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Since I have to deliver 8mb of 16-bit/44.1kHz wave mono, what I have to produce is a four-minute song that still sounds cool and doesnt get repetitive, that only uses 8mb of samples, he adds. That can be really hard to do.
Variety is the Spice of Life
When I first left Nine Inch Nails, I was focusing on producing and remixing. But now, with the way that the industry is going like everything else Im just having fun making music for whatever application whether its for a record, for a game or a film or TV theme or cartoon or whatever, explains Vrenna. Every one of them is different and fun.
But I definitely have been switching gears into more composition-based stuff lately, he says. Right now its mostly games, but I just had a meeting for a potential movie. Id definitely like to move more into that realm.
Tweaker is Vrennas pure creative baby the thing he gets to do purely for himself. If youre producing a project, the A/R guy is going to browbeat you for the radio single, and a host of other things, explains the multi-talented composer and producer. If youre doing a score, you have to answer to the director, the producer, the studio and even more people. On a game, you have to probably even more people to please.
I think everybodys gotta have something they can do where no ones gonna tell you what to do one way or the other. Opinions are one thing, but you dont actually have to actually answer to them. That is Tweaker, says Vrenna.
Thats what keeps you fresh...when you get to have fun making something stupid by yourself, he adds. Its such a small project at the end of the day, and everybody knows that, there arent any false expectations about it, so that gives me even more freedom.
Tweakers 2 a.m. wakeup call is now out on iMusic/BMG. Vrenna plans to tour in support of the album with just two other members of the band Clint Walsh and Paul Ill playing both guitar and bass, plus both of them also on keyboards. And of course, Vrenna will handle the drums.
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