About the Project

Hi anyone,

Welcome to Project 52: my harebrained attempt to record and release 52 songs over the course of one year.

The rules are simple enough – I have to post a new song on my blog every week for an entire year starting on September 6, 2009, my 34th birthday, and ending when I’m 35. I’ve been writing and recording music for the last 15 to 20 years and it’s occurred to me that I haven’t done a whole hell of a lot with it, so hopefully this is what I can say that I accomplished by the time I was 35.

I will try to post mostly new material, though I have a pretty large back catalogue of songs in various states of record, and on those weeks where I can’t seem to shake anything new out of my skull I’ll cover some of my songs from former times and former bands and who knows, maybe cover a song or two by others. It will be a work in progress.

With the short time spans, I’ll need to be creative with the recordings. I don’t expect everything to sound perfect or even good all the time. I’m going to try to use my  iPhone as much as possible to keep things quick, simple, and spontaneous. Right now, I’m using an application called FourTrack by Sonoma Wireworks with mixed results. I do most of my other recording, mixing, and mastering with Reaper. This is a really great and affordable DAW that I highly recommend.

I will try to include some information with every post to keep it interesting. Probably stuff like what tuning I used, what instruments, what mics, how it was recorded, etc. In the process I guess I’ll be documenting my life for a year, so I might as well toss in a thought or two here and there – maybe mention a band that I’m really digging, or whatever comes up.

I’m completely open for suggestions about anything and would love to hear from you. I’m hoping that occasionally a friend or family member will take a minute to check this stuff out, but I wouldn’t mind hearing from others, and as I’ve played shows with so many great bands and crossed paths with so many great folks over the years, I’d love to hear what people are up to. So chime in.

I should probably tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Corey Layman. I have been calling my music Developer for about five years. For a period in 2005 and 2006, Developer took the form of a three-piece band that played  some local shows here in Pittsburgh. The line-up included Karl Hendricks on bass and Jake Leger on drums. This also happens to be the line-up of the Karl Hendricks Trio. If you’re not familiar with the Karl Hendricks Trio, well you really should be. There are plenty of well-written things about the history of the Trio, how great of a writer Karl is, and how underappreciated of a band that are just a Google search away, and really, I’m a bit too partial an observer anymore to have any credibility. I’ll say that it’s been an absolute honor to have played with and recorded for Karl. Anyway, back to Developer. The Hendricks/Leger lineup of Developer recorded a full length album, Meet the Widget, but the band dissolved before I got around to releasing it. Three of those songs ended up on the 2006 Hope Records release, Season Tics EP, which was meant as an introduction to Developer and included some other various recordings of mine from over the years.

Another sometimes project of mine is a collaboration with David Bernabo, a brilliant and prolific local musician and artist, called Woolslayer & Main. W&M is the name for our production work. So far, we’ve successfully and unsuccessfully recorded soundtracks for video games and TV commercials. Dave and I worked together separately on the soundtrack for the upcoming comedy by Wrestling Team – Wrestling Team Epidode III: “Charcoal Bonemeal Bergman” (see the trailer here). We decided to continue working together and did the soundtrack for a WiiWare release by Konami called Critter Roundup, thanks in large part to an old friend of mine at Epicenter Studios. We also did the music for a public service commercial for the State of Delaware called “Couch Busters,” and we are available for your music production needs at stupidly low rates.

In the real world, I’m a father, husband, and city planner. I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for thirteen years. The steel city has converted me into a slightly rabid sports fan, and though I don’t have much of a social life, I have a blast with my family, go on occasional short tours with the Trio, and am otherwise generally sleep deprived.

I haven’t played live shows much in the last few years due to having a kid and always sort of being close to forming a band but never really pulling it together. I’d be up for playing some solo shows in the future should they arise, but for now, I’ll see where this crazy project takes me.

Anyway, thanks for paying attention. I hope not to fall flat on my face with this and I hope you enjoy some of the music.

- c

7 Comments to About the Project

October 28, 2009

Good luck Corey, I found this blog through the MultiTrack forum. I’m impressed with your project and will be following it with interest.
Greetings from Sydney, Australia.

Dale Markham
November 23, 2009

Hey Cory,

Just wanted to let you know,

The first minute of “Pushing it” is the some of the finest and most beautiful music I’ve ever heard.

November 23, 2009

Thank you Dale. That’s really generous of you. I appreciate it.

evan thomas
January 6, 2010

i did this two years ago. someone forwarded to me. my weekly released project was since remixed and released by no sleep records

January 6, 2010

Hi Evan. I just had a chance to check out your website and info about your 52 weeks project on the No Sleep website. Since starting this I’ve run into a bunch of similar variations on the music/art/etc every week for a year theme. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Shane Beales , he appears to have completed a song-a-week project 52 as well back in 2006. One of my goals for the site is to revamp the links page into categories with one of those being various 52-week projects.

Congrats on having your project released. The little bit that I’ve heard on your Myspace page sounds really good. Also, it looks like we had some of the same motivating factors leading up to doing this (though I’ll begrudgingly admit that the initial inspiration came from my wife making me go see the movie “Julie & Julia”. I’m glad you contacted me. Your success keeps me motivated.

BTW, I had a great time when we played Chicago in November. The Hideout is a great venue. Hopefully the Karl Hendricks Trio will be out again this year. It’s a great city. Let me know if you’re ever playing in Pittsburgh.

Best of luck on your current endeavors.


The Zodiac
June 22, 2010

Good luck with this, man! I decided to Google search to see if anyone else is doing this. I’m also recording one song per week for one year. Mine started December 7th on my mom’s Birthday and I’m still going strong. We have 2 different genres of music but people have no idea what it takes to write, produce, and record your own tracks. Good luck, man!

-The Zodiac

Kord Taylor
August 24, 2010

Have you done any stuff with Looptastic yet?

Cool site.

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