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.
The staples of my broadcast rig will remain intact: Octatrack and Modular. I’ll use the Analog Rytm as the drum machine since, well..it’s the only one I have left! I’d think about putting the iPad back in service for the broadcasts. That could be fun.
Essentially, I’m creating a live rig, aren’t I?
And If I do that…why don’t I figure out how to do live shows with it?
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.
It’s been a while since I posted one of these, but that’s not becase I’ve been inactive. Quite the contrary, actually. I’ve been deep in writing what I *think* is goig to be the title track for the new album. What that title is, I’ll just hold onto for now. It’s survived the two week test, being a name I’ve been playing with in my head for some time.
The song started as an idea. Some words written on the train and some sounds swimming in my head. It’s going to be built around a sound I created on the DSI Pro 2 that shows a different side of that instrument than I normally see. It’s a softer, gentler, burbling sound that makes for an excellent back drop. I am countering it’s softness with a wave sequence off of the Kronos. The more I work with the Kronos, the more I realize it’s an instrument I have been waiting my whole life to own. It’s absolutly fantastic.
There is a pad melody thats swiming in my head, too. This is coming off the V-Synth GT and/or the Virus TI. I haven’t made up my mind yet.
I haven’t made my choice of readers for the spoken word portion of the song that I wrote on the train. In my head, I heard Neil Degrasse Tyson reading it…but good luck with that. The more I think, though, the more I want to go into a more gentle and sad direction.
So…right. Back to it. I’m looking forward to my vacation next week to really dig in and finish this one.
Tweak till you think you broke it – that’s what today was all about.
I spent all of my time working with the Dave Smith Pro 2. This is not a synth that likes to sound ‘nice’ or ‘warm’. It likes t sound like an audiological middle finger. I have no problem with this. In fact, I think this is what makes it a perfect companion to the Virus TI. They never want to stand on the same ground, and compliment each other well.
I hate December.
The holidays are majorly messing with my ability to create. Parties, people…and more people. I’m getting into that part of the year where I want to just go hide from everyone and hibernate until after my birthday.
Birthdays…ugh. I hate them. Enough said.
I did, fortunately, have some time to work in the studio this weekend. A little bit on Saturday morning and a little sprinkled through the day on Sunday. For whatever reason, I decided to work with that Electronic Music Works EMW-300 Controller/sequencer that I bought on a whim a while back. I’d like to say that I’m finding it’s magic, but I really am not. There is no way to sugar coat it – buying it was a mistake. It’s a one trick pony and I don’t like the trick. What’s worse is I can’t sell it because I found out the clock input isn’t working. More specifically, the switch that switches from internal to external clock is faulty. Color me pissed. Off to the closet it goes. Maybe one day, I’ll hack the shit out of it or something.
So I guess this is to say the time was not very productive. Oh well.
Did I mention I hate December?