Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More Live Living

Or at least, the creation of another piece of musical life. An ambient loop, that I find soothing in a disturbing way. Or is it disturbing in a soothing way? Perhaps it's best described as hopefully unsettled.

That's how it is in my brain, of course.

String Things


The condition of being deliberately unknown and covered with mustard due to possibly congenital slowness.

Live Life

I had a 104 degree fever for a couple of days. This gave me some time to reevaluate the amount of time I have spent playing Warcraft. In short, fuck that. So I'm replacing that time with something a bit more productive. At least, involved with music production. This has involved getting more familiar - that is, at all familiar with - the program Ableton Live.

It's an all-around monster of sorts, with its core focused on live electronic performance via loops, songs, midi, and any physical instrumentation you want to plug into it.

So far engaging this beast has resulted in a couple of fun beats:

This is only a test 5

This is only a test 6

And so I have sat here a couple of hours this morning, after waking up early, installing software and flying around the Internet, getting this tutorial and that preset and the other patch. And for what?

To enjoy myself. : )

There's so many other projects I either love or hate but want to finish. But this is just pure fun in the moment right now, with the added far-off possibility of performance in the future - which is just completely teh awesome.

Does life get harder or easier as we get older? Both, I'd say. You have more physical energy and an easier recovery time when you're younger, but when you're older you know more both about the world and yourself, that can help you focus and marshal your energy the better.

But within this earned seriousness, sometimes one can forget to cultivate fun in one's life. And then turn around, seemingly suddenly, to find out you're marching forward in a barren field. That's no freaking fun at all.

It seems safe to say that, with my ideADDiction, that at least is an unlikely fate.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Force Walk With Me

Apparently David Lynch had the opportunity to direct Return of the Jedi, and turned it down.

Let's imagine:


wooo. This might take some time.

All i've got so far is a horrific incest between Darth Vader and Luke. Which is dark enough to be right up Lynch's alley.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A snippy musical snippet

So I was flying back from Florida for Thankgsgiving, with a cranky baby on crank crying for almost the whole way. When the baby was catching it's breath between bouts and I started to almost have some rest, the pilot would fire up the PA and tell us about the prefab food available for sale to amateur masochists.

So I pulled out my laptop, put on my headphones and wrote this loop - "Is it wrong to feel this way?"

I don't know if I'll ever do anything with it. But it damn sure felt good to write it - even if only because the headphones drowned out the crying outside. And the crying inside too.