If you’ve been keeping up, my music-making PC died in the final throws of finishing up More Awesome Than Awesome. It took a while to get it all my software together working on a new one, but I think I’m finally ready to get back into it. I even have Sonic Foundry Acid 4.0 working on it, as well as possible, at least. Why? Because I’m preparing my 2010 album, Modus Operandi, for an official 2019 release! Continue reading “Random Blog Post #19”
Holy crap! It’s been forever since I last posted here! Well, I have lots of good news. My new album isn’t quite done yet, but it’s super close. So much so that I’m going to start publishing posts to talk about each song individually next week. This post is going to be all weird and disjointed. It’s after midnight, and I feel sad or something.
Anyway, yeah, it’s been a long time since I last posted a real update here. I still feel good about the album, but I suppose I do have concerns. As you may know, I haven’t put out a full-length album since 2015. So this new album, More Awesome Than Awesome, is made up stuff I’ve worked on since then, and even stuff from as far as back 2013. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #18”
Today I’m going to write about my semi-elusive next album and whatever else crosses my mind. That’s why this is a Random Blog Post and not in the new album blog post canon. The album is at this cool point in its life. I suppose I’ve always thought of most of my music as being weird. Maybe that’s a nice way of admitting it’s bad. I don’t know. But with my next album, an additional focus I’m trying to have is making it weird, in a good way.
What I’m working on lately is going back to songs that are either done or close to being done and weirdifying them. This can be anything from adding random audio samples that I’ve gathered to glitching out the last quarter note’s worth of music in a measure to applying awesome vocal effects. Man, I just found this awesome vocal effect VST, and it’s game changing! Seriously. My relationship with vocal effects is a long and storied one. This is a Random Blog Post after all, so let me talk about that. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #17”
Rather than post a review or an audio sample of an early draft of a song, I think I’ll do another Random Blog Post! Yeah! So what have I been doing? I have been meticulously crafting new music. That’s what.
Over the last 3+ years, I’ve been amassing a collection of semi-complete songs that have yet to transform into full fledged compositions. They range from pieces that were recorded during the Heat Stroke sessions to stuff I recorded last week. A few months ago, I listened to all of these, and plucked out my favorites. From there, I took 30 second excerpts of each song and compiled them into a medley of sorts. I believe there were 18 songs. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #16”
Hey, I haven’t posted in a while. “Kill the Buffalo” is very close to being done. I’m trying to get it sound really good, namely the drums and guitars. Previously I had mentioned (I think) that I recorded a bunch of guitar tracks. Normally that means the guitars sound big and awesome. But when you use the same guitar with the same amp and effects, it may sound big, not maybe not so awesome. So I’m going to re-record the guitar a few more times with different guitars and/or effects, so that it will sound big and awesome.
What else am I doing? I don’t know. Hm. I did sift through all the musical projects I’ve started in the last couple of years to see what I have to work with. There are probably 20 good-sounding songs that are basically done except for the vocals. So my plan is to listen to the songs, get inspired, and throw vocals on them. That makes it sound less well-thought-out than it actually will be, but that’s what it’ll amount to in a sense.
So yeah, that’s what’s going on. “Kill the Buffalo” will be out when it’s ready. And then my next album will be out…later this year…maybe?
Today I’m going to talk business-y! As anyone who has listened to any of my music could tell you, it’s obvious I don’t make music to make money. I make music for myself. But through digital distribution statistics, I can see what songs are streamed and sold more than others. And it’s all pretty interesting. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #14”
It’s time for another random blog post! It’s been too long since the last one. While on Christmas break at work, I had hoped I’d be able to work on a lot of music. That didn’t happen. Between not having as lengthy of a break as usual and screwing up my left thumb, putting guitar riffs together is something I couldn’t manage very well. My thumb still hurts. I don’t know what I did to it. Hm. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #13”
What have I been dooooooing?! Here’s what I’ve been doing: I’ve been working on a buttload of music. It’s been easygoing and stressful at the same time somehow. It’s not because of deadlines I’ve imposed on myself or anything like that though. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #12”
Oh, you want to know what I’ve been doing lately, huh? Well, just last night I finished up some music for a cool podcast you might have heard of. It was effectively about 30 seconds long, which is what I was going for. After I was done, I realized how fun and different it was for me. It had clean guitar of all things in it! That’s crazy! But yeah, I entertained the idea of adding vocals to it for the “final” version, but ultimately decided against it. But I’m still hoping it’s not just me that thinks it’s a cool song and I’ll be able to do more with it than just leave it as a 30 second thing. Why am I keeping the podcast a secret? I don’t know. I’ll probably make a big deal about it when it ends up in an episode. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #11”
It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, so I’ll write one now while I’m lunch break. My workplace had blocked this site a few months ago for some reason. This site was buggy to say the least, and I wonder if it was still being caught by some kind of malware catcher thing. I don’t know. It works now, and that’s what matters.
So what’s new? I’ve ran into some recording problems. The problem is that depending on what equipment I use to record, not only do I receive minor electrical shocks to myself, the recordings also get mangled. The shocks I can avoid by wearing long sleeves or one of those cotton wristband things. I have yet to figure out how to eliminate the recording problem. There are a lot of factors going on, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the amp or the guitar because I’ve tried using different amp and guitar combinations and the shocks still occur. It could be a grounding issue or maybe something with a power strip. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #10”