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New Year’s Resolutions… really?

by Kim Lajoie on January 4, 2013

This is a nice big long post and I’m going to give you some gold in the second half, but first let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Ok, what are some of the usual suspects? “I’ll spend more time making music” “I’ll buy less gear” “I’ll read the manuals for all the gear I already […]

Bare Toes Into Soil – The Dust We Share [video]

by Kim Lajoie on August 23, 2012

This is not the 135BPM techno project that I’ve recently started. This is an atmospheric electronic project I’ve been working on all year. The first video has just been finished (above), and the debut four-track EP is on Bandcamp. Believe it or not, the Bare Toes Into Soil concept began as minimal electronica. Aside form […]

How to start a collaboration

by Kim Lajoie on September 26, 2011

I’ve written before about some of the benefits of collaborating with other musicians. In order to start a collaboration, however, you need someone to collaborate with. Your first choice should be your friends. You already know each other and, more importantly, you already trust and understand each other. Trust and understanding is essential to any […]

What’s the difference between workflow and project management?

by Kim Lajoie on September 12, 2011

As concepts, project management and workflow are similar and related concepts, but they’re not interchangeable. They’re not the same thing. When I discuss workflow, I’m discussing the order or tasks required to reach a goal such as recording a song. Usually a workflow is short and general enough that it can be applied over and […]

Balancing time and money when planning projects

by Kim Lajoie on August 29, 2011

With a project plan, you have an overview before you begin. You know how long it’s going to take, how much it’ll cost, who’s involved and what the outcome is going to be. Delving one level deeper, you know which parts will take the least time, which parts will take the least money, which parts […]

What is workflow?

by Kim Lajoie on July 18, 2011

Workflow is a term I use a lot, and I use it with a quite specific meaning. When I use the term ‘workflow’, I’m usually referring to project workflow - a series of processes or stages that a piece of work goes through from initiation to completion. For example, a typical workflow for a song might […]

Endless revisionism

by Kim Lajoie on July 11, 2011

What’s the difference between making one change and making twenty changes after a song is finished? Here’s a hint: It’s a smaller difference than the difference between making no changes and making one change. Endless revisionism is a killer for productivity. Most commonly, it’s a killer for completion. Every now and then I’ll see a […]

Get the plan right at the start

by Kim Lajoie on July 4, 2011

Know what you’re doing, before you do it. Actually, it’s a bit like seeing into the future. Except you get to choose what happens in the future. Ok, seriously, it’s called project planning, and any undertaking of more than a few hours can benefit from having a plan. A project plan can range from a […]