Optimizing my digital life

There have been a few changes around NoiseTheorem HQ.  

First off, I killed any/all social media sites I’m not active with.  Goodbye to Ello, Blogger, Instagram, Fickr and snapchat.  Oh, and Pinterest.  I just give zero fucks about Pinterest.  I am keeping twitter, facebook, google plus and Tumblr.  

I also killed my custom private web page, and will just use this blog as my primary communications platform (since it works and syndicates data to other platforms so well).  I’m going to work on the layout a bit, but nothing crazy.  Visuals are not my thing.

And I guess that’s what is driving this: not only realizing what I’m not, but accepting it and working with that.  I think it’s an important step.  

Studio Diary – 2016-12-06

I didn’t get to spend much time in the studio last night, just a short bit listening to a recording and taking some notes. I’ve got a third concept for a song going and I’m starting to jot down ideas for it’s execution.  It’s likely to be near the middle or end of the album.

The album is not looking like it’s going to be very uplifting.  In fact, each track seems to be a small expression of how I think everything will actually end.  I’m into exploring that a lot at the moment as I need to work through this ever growing pessimism I’ve got seething behind my eyes.

Also, I’ve started making changes around my social media.  I killed any service that just felt worthless and burdensome to me.  I have no use for Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Snapchat, Ello or….a half dozen other small sites I just don’t bother with.   My media interactions are going to be focused on this blog, Twitter, Facebook and Google + (I had high hopes for that last one, but still believe it’s viable).  Any other social network, I’m killing.

Cleaning up my digital life is important, cleansing.   It’s also clearing up my mind for what’s ahead.

Work calls.   Off to it.

Studio Diary – 2016-12-02

Continued working with the virus tonight. The more I do, the more I get used to it's front panel. It's obvious to me that once access created the VSTi, they decided the front panel ergonomics didn't matter. It's a great synth, but a terrible interface!

I also started toying with a cover I'd thought about conceptually in high school. It's a great classic song who's time has really come around again, unfortunately. I've a singer in mind, and I'm hoping she will work on it with me.

 

Studio Diary – 2016-11-29

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.

 

Studio Diary – 2016-11-27

Not much to report from this weekend. I had very little time in the studio. Friday was Pigface 25th anniversary, and I got home…the next day. Spent that day largely recovering.

Sunday, a friend bought a Yamaha REFACE CS…whatever…over. I don’t know the model number. It’s a fun little synth. I hate, hate, hate minikeys and nothing will ever change that. For what it is, it was pretty cool. If it were $100, I’d consider one.

I wish Yamaha would bundle all their REFACE boxes into a single, awesome synthesis workstation with a great interface and digital connectivity beyond USB. I think that’s about as likely to happen as an asteroid landing on Donald Trump. Oh well.

Tonight, I’ve got some dedicated studio time. I’ve got a nice drone patch on the Virus TI that I’d like to record some source material with. I’ll post it up if I think it stands on it’s own.

Studio Diary – 2016-11-22

More experiments with the Virus TI2. I've got a nice musical pulse that's generating that could be a possible addition to my current piece. I also worked with making a noise drone on the Pro 2, but wasn't getting anywhere tonight.

I've also pulled out the schritmacher for a bit. Am I sure I want to sell this? Yes… yes, I am. Better things are coming..

A discussion on twitter lead me to go dig out an old noise track, embedded hear for your enjoyment:

PolyEvolver Drone Demo by NoiseTheorem | Noise Theorem | Free Listening on SoundCloud

 

Studio Diary – 2016-11-21

Tonight was a quite night in the studio.  Nights when I’ve got my son usually are.   Most of my time was spent listening to an internet stream and doing some programming on the Virus TI2.  

Working with the virus is almost weird at this point.  I’ve had it in so many of it’s incarnations, and you’d think it’s sound would have gotten dull and boring to me by now….but I still find odd corners to explore with it..new ways to make it drone and bark.  

I also listened the new track I’ve been working on for a bit.  It’s got a nice, slow, industrial feel.  It’s needs a melody, though.  I think the virus patch I’m working on might work for it.