(As a side note, theoretical astrophysicist and science blogger Ethan Siegel has some interesting analysis on the concept of parallel universes from a more mathematical/cosmological perspective- if you're interested then check out his Starts with a Bang! podcast, episode 14.)
So I just realized that for me now, it is this first demo recording of a new song (regardless of whether it should be heard by other humans or not) that represents the point where the arrangement comes together and it transforms from a sketch/concept into an actual thing, a song. For instance, when I started recording I wasn't sure exactly what to do at the end, but it just didn't sound right ending just ending with the chorus, so I tried reprising the intro with a new vocal hook, and it just made sense (both sonically and thematically) to repeat that part a bunch and fade it out. The lead guitar part that I really like at the middle & end was cooked up about 30 seconds before I hit the record button for that track. And what I thought were the lyrics going in got a heavy dose of editing as the Monday evening grew late and the bottle of wine emptied. So all this is pretty typical when I try to record a first demo of something, but it was just particularly fun for this song because it all happened over the course of a single evening instead of across several weekends.
The recording was about as straightforward as it gets, with the acoustic guitar and vocals both being recorded in one or two takes each in Audacity using my basic Proslogan DM-1208 mic. However, for the end of the song I switched it up and used my my new crystallized Anthenite microphone, and if you listen closely you can hear copies of me in right as they split off into the branching multi-verse. I hope those guys are having fun out there!
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