1 – I wish EMU hadn’t been purchased by Creative Labs and had continued to make hardware samplers. I’d love to see what a modern Emulator would be like with all the advances in CPU and processing power. What would their octatrack or MPC Live be like?
2 – There is a whole in my workflow that I need to fill. I get a few parts put together in the hardware and I play around with it…but recording it feels like such a god damn chore. Taking it to that next step in the process feels…ugly. Need to think on this.
3 – I’m building a fire pit in my back yard. Fire good.
4 – I recently was recording a thunderstorm when I realized it had started to hail. My car was in the driveway getting pelted by the hail, and I had to rush out to the garage, move a bunch of woodworking tools, and then run out in the pouring rain and hail to get my car out of it. I recorded all of this. It needs to be a song.
5 – As soon as I think about selling the Roland V-Synth GT, I start playing with it and realize why that would be a terrible idea.
6 – I don’t want to sell my Virus TI2 Dark Start when I’m not playing it, but when I do, I always feel like I should probably let it go. But I never do.
7 – The Korg Kronos is the shit.
8 – Drum machines rule.
9 – Roland gear is insufferably complex.
10 – I need a vacation.
I am sick of blog posts starting with “It’s been a while and I’m sorry”. There are like, 4 of you that read this. I’m not fucking sorry at all.
Anyway, it’s been busy around camp NoiseTheorem. A lot of mundane house activities with a little studio time. Trying to get back into it, but my muse has been eluding me lately.
Speaking of my muse, it’ve been thinking about her a lot lately. Seen her in my dreams. There are many ways to interpret this, but I see it as her taunting me. She’s so close, I can almost smell her, but really…your muse doesn’t give a fuck about you and your productivity. It will come when it pleases and you just have to live with it.
Well, that got dark and angry really fast. Typical me, typical me…
I’ve started evaluating my studio again for some reorganizing. I’ve meant to write up the DeepMind12 for so long now that I think everyone’s forgotten about it and moved on. I’ll short that conversation by saying that I love it, but it’s literally nothing I can’t do with my Virus…or my Kronos…or my V-Synth. Yeah, it’s true analog, and I love that you can absolutely *nail* a Roland Juno 106 impression out of it, but that’s also a synth that I played out in 1994. That said, I do love recreating my old 106 patches and then taking them further by adding dynamic expression and FX. Kinda reminds me a little bit of the Alesis Andromeda, actually. Now if they could just go back and put a second filter and a few more LFO’s on there, I’d be happy as a pig in shit. As it is, this one’s probably going on the stack of ‘occasional use’ instruments, and not going to be my synthesis workhorse.
I got a modded minibrute in a trade. Anyone want to buy/trade for my minibrute? I don’t know why..I love the sound, but I can’t see myself really using it that much. I’d like it modded into a full eurorack module or parted out into a series of them. That would be cool if someone wants to try..
The new novation stuff looks really awesome. I want the Peak, but it would probably just end up being like the DM12. I don’t really need it, so why go through the hassle of having it?
I also got back on the Logic Audio bandwagon. That one deserves a full post, and I’ll write that later. In 7 or 8 months. when no one cares.
In case you’ve lost track of me, I am still actually here making music. I’ve been too busy to blog, actually, and that’s been a good thing.
A few personal updates:
– I’ve decided not to move. As such, my studio needs an inauguration as *my* place. It is the place that my studio will be for at least the next 10 years. What shall I call it?
– my work has been crazy, but I’m feeling good about it.
– I am cleaning the fuck out of my house. It’s a lot of work, but I’m dedicating myself to living in the place I am. I am committing to it in a way I never have. This is awesome and terrifying.
– I’ve been doing more written word writing than music, but I’ve still got ideas.
– I kinda really want to have a band again.
That’s all for now. Much to do, much to do.
I’m planning to move all of my SoundCloud broadcast tracks to BandCamp. Does anyone know if there is a time or track limit I may run into? I’d like to just create one big collection album for all of my R=C broadcast work rather than creating a separate page for each (though future broadcasts will get their own individual pages).
What are my readers thoughts on this?
It’s been over a year since the last time I did a broadcast, and I think it’s time for another. I’ve been thinking about this since I optimized my setup.
I took a blogging hiatus for the last couple of weeks while I was on vacation. The end of 2016 was not a good time. I don’t even know where to begin with that, so I’ll just leave it at that for now.
Musically, though, things are going pretty well. The album continues to take shape, with 4 songs now in the pipeline. Two of them are very firm in my mind and the other two are sketches. Good concepts that I need to give form. My muse seems to be with me for the first time in forever, and I am doing what I can to make the most of it.
I am really driven to collaborate more on this album than the last. I want others involved. Unfortunately, everyone is so god damn *busy* it seems like direct interaction is going to be difficult, if not impossible. It’s damn frustrating.
On another front, I’ve started getting back into the eurorack rat race as I tweak some of my modulars configuration. Man, that market moves fast! So much stuff has come out in the year and a half I took a hiatus that I’m almost totally at a loss to catch back up. I’m finding that I’m really only looking at manufacturers I knew before, who’s modules I loved and trusted before. The one exception is Mutable Instruments, who’s clouds and tides modules are pretty fun, and I’d like to add their Warps module to the setup.
I’m really looking forward to having some sounds to play for everyone. I think you’re going to enjoy them.