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Monthly Archives: April 2014

21 Apr 2014

a bit of advice

  I post a bit of advice.  After working a bit hard on something (working with Beth to make this website for example),  on the day you finish that something (going public with the site) and are exhausted,  if you find a few minutes to do something else DO NOT decide this is a perfect time to work on your wife’s computer and DO NOT decide to clone her hard drive so you can work on the cloned copy and […]

15 Apr 2014

Artist’s Sketchbook

      My artist’s sketchbook has become a powerful tool which I use almost daily.  Although there are many digital ways to document and organize work,  the physical act of putting pencil to paper jumpstarts my creativity  My sketchbook lives close by my workstation, ready for notes about the tracks I am working on – my impression of what’s working, what’s not,  chord progressions,  ideas to try,  etc.  It’s also handy for writing down numbers (ie. delay times) or […]

10 Apr 2014

Technificial  (a ploam in progress)

    Technificial (WIP)   This audio clip is from our latest  “ploam,”  (ambient music video)  in progress.  Without giving away too much,  I should probably explain that this piece,  Technificial,  tells a dystopian,  tongue-in-cheek tale of high-tech machinery run amok.  This snippet is from the second track in the ploam,  and I’m having a lot of fun with it!   I started with Pro Tools’  “Signal Generator,”  a plug-in I dismissed as just a lowly test-tone generator until I […]

10 Apr 2014

playing with typefaces

  First off,  I learned, I think,  what word to use.  This analogy helped me: When you talk about how much you like a tune, you don’t say: “That’s a great MP3”.  You say: “That’s a great song”.  The MP3 is the delivery mechanism, not the creative work;  just as in type a font is the delivery mechanism and a typeface is the creative work.  (from The FontFeed).   My interest in typefaces started when we made The Liberator trailer.  We wanted the typeface […]