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.
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?
Yesterday was a subtly very productive time in the studio, even though I wasn’t in the studio for most of the productive moments.
After work, I met with a friend who has done voice work with me before. I showed her something I had written that I may be interested in having her record. We discussed its themes and tone over a (very good) drink and agreed to setup some studio time after the holidays.
I also made a deal with a friend who wants to sell off all his eurorack and go all in on Serge modular stuff. He doesn’t want to be bothered with the whole process of pricing, posting, haggling and shipping all his stuff. I agreed to broker the sales. He’s going to send me his whole rig, I’ll part it out for him. My broker fee is play time with the rig.
It will be interesting to work with someone else rig for a while, even integrated with mine. His selection of modules is very clearly from a different mindset to my own, having a lot more digital, fewer filters and a lot more crazy oscillators and function generators. Combining the rig with mine should be interesting.
And, finally, on the eurorack topic, I installed my Mutable Instruments Clouds installed and started futzing with it. It’s a very interesting module that creates a very interesting ‘smeared’ version of whatever signal you toss into it. Very interesting possibilities there. I’m going to need to feed it some signals from outside the euro, I think, to get the most out of it. It creates some very interesting textures out of the source material it’s given.
Today, I won’t have a lot of time as I’ve got the whole holiday shopping waste of time to contend with. Blah….
Last night was supposed to be a studio night, but a train struck a pedestrian and I was delayed 3 hours getting home….so a cheeseburger and hockey was how I spent my night instead.
The last few days have been quiet. When writing music, it’s also good to listen to it as well. That’s what I’ve been focusing on as I’m taking notes about concepts for tracks.
One thing I need to find is a way to come up with some dialog for a few tracks. I wish I was a better writer, as I’d like this album to have a sort of story. I’ve got some great voice talent who wants to contribute to my recording, but nothing for them to *say* or *sing*. This seems forever a problem.