RPM Challenge

Day 3: Early Sketches From Son Lux's Album-In-A-Month Project

Note: This month, the artist Son Lux is writing and recording an entire album from scratch. Today, we get a sample of two early sketches from the project.

Ryan Lott, the artist who writes and records as Son Lux. i i

hide captionRyan Lott, the artist who writes and records as Son Lux.

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Ryan Lott, the artist who writes and records as Son Lux.

Ryan Lott, the artist who writes and records as Son Lux.

Brenden Beecy/Courtesy of the artist

My first two days were very productive. Here are a couple of initial sketches:

Listen to Sketch 1 From Son Lux

Making new Son Lux material is usually very time-consuming. One of the reasons for this is that I've been building my own custom virtual instruments using Kontakt. This sketch includes two of the instruments I made for the album I was working on before this RPM Challenge came up. One is an instrument made from recording organ harmonics, and another I created by recording a glockenspiel with a thin metal chain buzzing on the bars.

Listen to Sketch 2 From Son Lux

This sketch features drummers Darren King (Mutemath) and Mckenzie Smith (Midlake). The two of them met (for the first time) last year at Midlake's studio in Denton, Texas, to lay down some improvisations against loops I sent them. Initially, this session was for the other album, but material I didn't use is already coming in handy for this one. Darren is the one playing the hardware and rims and hi-hat bell, and Mckenzie is playing a marching-band bass drum and snare.

Tonight, my good friend Rob Moose is coming to the studio to begin tracking violin and guitar. Rob leads the ensemble yMusic, and throughout the month I'll be working with all six of them, sometimes together and sometimes separately. I'll have rough parts for him, but mostly I'll be dictating ideas for him to interpret, sort of guiding his responses to my little challenges.

I'll have another update tomorrow with video from day one, as well as a preview of Friday night's session.

Back to work.

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