This project started as demos for a recording project for my band. Unfortunately the band didn't like it. They thought that some of the early songs were too dark, or too much of the "devil's advocate" spin, or my demos were too extensive and would require too much work to adapt them. So it has remained as my own project.
I use Pro Tools LE version 8.
This project has turned into a series of experiments. Many of the songs started as experiments, either with a technical idea - write a song in 3/4 (Vanity Fair), or 5/4 (Gatekeeper), or in drop D (SOD) - or I got ideas from plug-ins in Pro Tools (such as the XPand intro to Dream). And I get alot of ideas from blogs like Air Users Blog, then I have to go change things. These songs have lots of flaws (such as my voice), but the flaws have taken on a life of their own and represent the sign posts of the journey. The big challenge is that I learn new things in Pro Tools or I get new plug-ins (like Ozone4) and it changes the whole feel of the song, so I have to go back and tweak the old songs.
Please keep in mind that this is a hobby. My studio is my computer room. And these songs are demos, essentially. Although it is my plan for 2010 to assemble a band to play this project live at least once.