Dec 3, 2012
There's this little project I've been working on for about, oh, a decade now. I call it "Dumeh". It's a modern (meaning it's probably a little too pop-ish, has a drumkit, and I wrote it in the 2000s) symphony in three parts (fast-slow-fast), and is in the key of Cm (I think!; not good at that kind of thing, actually). I'm working with a local union of musicians to get it performed and recorded all legitimate-like in the next few months, which I'm incredibly ecstatic about.
Nov 29, 2012
Checking In On Band-a-Camp-a
Since getting most of my albums up on Bandcamp earlier this year, I’ve checked the stats pretty much every day. BC keeps track of plays (partial and full), “buzz” (where people come from), and purchases/downloads. It’s in a nifty graph and you can see recent, all-time, and many intervals in between. It’s something I never got around to doing properly when I created a custom place to host my music, so I’m glad they’re smart and ambitious and can deliver something better than I’d ever come up with on my own.
Oct 11, 2012
VexFlow TabDiv - Easy Musical Staves Via Code
Some really cool guy who does audio programming (among other things, I presume?) that goes by the moniker 0xFE made this really sweet musical notation API called VexFlow. By using a text-based language called VexTab, you can make graphical music staves without needing images!
Sep 19, 2012
So, it's been a looooooong time since I did any personal dev stuff. I used to spend a lot of time on web apps, making my own blogs and music database systems and the like. Somewhere down the line I just kind of...completely lost interest in maintaining any of it, let alone making new stuff.
So I dropped it all.
Aug 29, 2012
New Release: Stringing You Along
I’ve loved playing the guitar for nearly 16 years now. That’s more than half my life. Of course, once I became more well-versed with making music on the computer, using synths and samplers and sequencers, just sitting down to play and maybe record myself playing a solo acoustic guitar became less of an activity. Here and there I’d revisit it, but it’s hard not to play with multi-track sample power once you get a taste of it. I like the timbre of more than just the guitar! I also can’t play everything I can imagine!
Aug 1, 2012
New Album Rumblings Update and A Performance First
Spurred on partly by a request I received several months ago and then delivered upon last weekend (more on that in a minute), I’ve made progress on the new album of music I’m working on. Solo acoustic guitar pieces are the theme this time, with the codename of “Stringing You Along” (until I can think of something less lame), and I’ve gotten about 60% of them recorded. It’s felt really good to just play the guitar a lot, and my confidence as a player is boosted considerably.
Aug 1, 2012
Vir Heroicus – Vir Heroicus EP
A friend of mine makes music. He makes great music. Melodic and unique and…vibe-y. One aspect of his compositional abilities takes on the form of something called Vir Heroicus. Listen below:
Jun 21, 2012
Clocks Striking 13: A 10 Year Retrospective
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One of my earliest musical idols was Joe Satriani. Satch. Satchmo. After picking up the guitar mid-way through high school, I began to get into the instrumental guitar music scene. Crystal Planet was one of my first purchases during this period in my life, and I listened to it quite a bit. By that, I mean track 8, “Ceremony”, which just went on loop for weeks before ever listening to any other track. I had heard it before buying the CD (ha, CDs!) and just laser-focused in on it.
Jun 6, 2012
Reggie Watts covers “Panama” from the AV Club Undercover series
This video is one of my most favorite things now (and possibly forever).
May 8, 2012
Rumblings of a New Album on the Horizon
Yes, I have another album in mind and in the works (conceptually, at least). Unlike the past few, however, this new album isn’t going to be new works. Instead, I’m going to recraft some old ideas (some of which are covers, too) into a single collection. Basically, between the rocking 4-piece instrumental rock stuff and the electronic grooves, I occasionally bust out an acoustic number here and there. I started my compositional hobby with just a single guitar with no accompaniment, and I like to return there now and then.