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Dadanaut: Schatten - Movie
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:02:42 -0500
Schatten - Movie
Watch it here
I never finished this track. The music always reminded me of a popular soundtrack.
Until today I never knew which one ... do you too?
Video and Music by Dadanaut. | dadanaut.com
solovey: Back on iCompositions and Alchemy
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:30:11 -0500
Back on iCompositions and Alchemy
Its been quite a while since I have been back at iComp and is good to be here. - Announcing the release of Alchemy.
Its been quite a while since I have been back at iComp and is good to be here.
We have since released two new Crystalline Dream albums, Journeyman in 2014 and Alchemy released on September 6th, 2016 !
Threshold Studios and Crystalline Dream are very proud to announce the release of Alchemy which is continues with the musical tone poems from the preceding Crystalline Dream albums. Alchemy ventures into the musical realm of sonic spaciousness, percussive polyrhythms, and visionary dreamlike soundscapes.
Alchemy has charted with #1 ( Pb-Au ) and #3 ( Aelous ) tracks positions and #1 album for the month of September on the Our Place Radio Network and receiving great reviews.
I will be posting one of the tracks for you to hear soon.
Alchemy is available at CDbaby, iTunes, and Amazon and streaming world wide on most internet radio and streaming services.
Richard (AKA - Crystalline Dream)
Eidolonia: A new chapter?
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:42:56 -0500
A new chapter?
An update for the small handful of people who might still remember me.
Almost four and a half years ago I posted a blog titled 'New music is coming...' -- and then no new music materialised.
So what happened? Was I eaten by bears? (Evidently not.) Living in a hole? In space?
The truth is a bit more mundane. I did spend quite a long time working on Dark Days, the album that I advertised in that blog. I got all ten tracks sequenced up in Logic Pro on my old, now-defunct MacBook. My good friend herrsolera
made some magnificent, really killer drum tracks for me. I spent hours dialling in tones with my new Peavey JSX amp and Paul Reed Smith guitar. I even got some of the recording done -- all the bass and piano, clean and acoustic guitars for about half the tracks, and rhythms and leads for about a third. Then... I stopped.
The truth is that I just wasn't feeling it. Dark Days was written when I was at university and a much younger, angrier, angstier person than I am now. I started reading back over the lyrics and immediately knew I wouldn't be able to sing them as they were -- I just couldn't get behind those messages any more. Songs about grief, insanity, alienation, loss -- for various reasons those things are no longer significant drivers in my life, and there's no easy way for me to reconnect with them, nor do I really want to.
I found my interest in the guitar waning, and the piano pretty much took over. For the last three years I've barely touched a guitar, and have instead been slowly and laboriously learning to play the piano, which is a wonderful instrument but one I can't help feeling I should have started learning when I was 5.
So what I am doing back here? Am I ready to dazzle everyone with my pianistic virtuosity? Hell, no. I've reached a point where I'm ready to start playing around with making my own music again, but it's very much going to be a journey of exploration. Nothing is mapped out -- I have to try things out and see what works for me, what makes sense for the person I've become.
As part of the journey of the last few years I've gotten into electronic music, and the upload I posted ten minutes ago is a reflection of that. The very vague plan in my head is to get back into making music by exploring a variety of genres of electronica, partly to learn the software (I'm playing with MuLab at the moment) and partly to see what resonates with me now.
Let's see where it leads...
Schleppy: Thank This
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:56:13 -0500
Schleppy Shows Update
Hey Gang, Big Show this coming weekend.
Morty got me the Dinner Set at Uncle Roberts Awa Bar and Kale Drying Warehouse.
See Morty about the Midnight Frog Fry and Smoked Kale Buffet
Directions: Route 130 South to the End of the Road. Can't miss it.
Paigan0: SINKERR (SINK + KERR Collaborations)
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:08:44 -0500
SINKERR (SINK + KERR Collaborations)
Two quirky multi-instrument Chapman Stick enthusiasts in 2 different countries rock out and make music together over the Internet.I play a bunch of different instruments but piano/keyboards is my main. I went to school for Music Composition (Kansas State University) and like to write songs. I play guitar and bass (badly) and then I discovered Chapman Stick, a two-handed tapping 10-string guitar. I also discovered another musician, Scott Kerr, known here as Tapicus Maximus and also Jayesskerr, who also went to school for music, writes songs and loves to do collaborations, and who also loves Chapman Stick (and also struggles with me on learning it).
Our first project together was "Chromatic Jack," found here: http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=218866
Our latest, as of this morning, is "Spirit Chewality," found here:
We've been sending each other MP3s with beats per minute and minimal instructions, and letting the other go to town with whatever instruments we can rock best at. Sometimes we'll add or delete some sections, or turn a bridge into a solo or whatever. Scott uses Logic Pro X and I use Pro Tools and we'll share source files back and forth through Google Drive.
Here is Scott Kerr (Jayesskerr) and my latest SINKERR (SINK + KERR) prog rock INSTRU-METAL creation, called "Spirit Chewality." This is our second collaboration (that we've let you see anyway! ) http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=219025
I play Railboard bass, keyboards, drums, acoustic and some rhythm electric guitars; Scott plays most of the rhythm guitars, and all of the solo and lead 6-strings, as well as the entirety of the intro and the outro in Chapman Stick Grand 12-String (bass and melody). Whew!
I wrote my parts; he wrote his parts. He gave me an initial rough version, and my producer credits include saying "More shredding here and kill that 13 seconds there with fire!" and then slapping some Engineer pixie love (hi/low pass filters) on the tracks he delivered to me--about 20 tracks in total. The basic song structure and chord progressions are mine, although Scott vastly opens up any song harmonically that he is on.
Someone asked for "An exploration of Spirituality, Technical yet Expressive." And thus the prog rock tune "Spirit Chewality" was born, crafted by Chapman Stick enthusiasts Stephen Sink (Paigan0), and Scott Kerr (Jayesskerr/Tapicus Maximus). Together, we are the prog rock INSTRU-METAL band SINKERR.
Bass: Chapman Stick Railboard (Sapphire Blue, 10-string)
Rhythm Guitar: Gladius 6-string
Acoustic Guitar: Acoustic-Electric 6-string
Piano: Pro Tools stock piano plugin. Bright piano patch
Keys: Saw-tooth wave at bridge, and Deep Bass quarter notes throughout
Drums: NI Machine + NI Studio Drummer + samples
All of Steves guitars and Sticks were recorded direct into the board and then post-processed. Effects are a combo of Native Instrument Guitar Pro, and Pro Tools cabinet emulator called PSA, and a slew of Waves products.
Bass and Melody: Chapman Stick Grand 12-string. Boss GT100 direct in; some reverb
Rhythm guitars, Solo and Lead guitars:
The guitar was a Malmsteen Strat plugged into a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 401 combo. Scott mic'd it with a somewhat off-axis Sure 57 (what else?) and ran that through an all-tube EHX preamp.
I look forward to many more awesome compositions with TapicusMaximus, Jayesskerr, Scott Kerr, "Master Strings Wrangler" and the KERR part of SINKERR.
Cheers! Thanks for listening! [...]
Schleppy: A Chilled Bottle of Whine
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:32:41 -0500
A Chilled Bottle of Whine
Schleppy Shows Update
Happy Weekend iCompers.
Just a note to tell you all that up here at Camp Runamuck we will have a party from DC and I'll be the Lounge Act, of course. They are having a Whine and Jeez Tasting. Almost all are welcome for an evening of spoof and falling down drunks.
Reservations: contact Morty at the back gate.
Komit: Appreciation Post
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:42:22 -0500
iCompositions has been by far the most constructive and genuinely human music-sharing site I've had the pleasure of using.
It feels refreshing knowing that the "favorites" and "downloads" numbers I receive aren't bots/fake accounts, and on almost every song upload I've checked, including my own, are comments that show respect, attention to detail, criticism without being out of line, and a passion for the improvement and continuation of all of our creative endeavors. On other, more popular music sites, almost every comment or "like" I receive is from a fake, anonymous account attempting to promote itself that couldn't care any less for the art and soul of music, and that always leaves me with an awfully empty feeling inside. We have an actual, caring community here and I'm so grateful for that. So far, in my experience, everyone here has been so civilized and intelligent, an extreme rarity for the internet, and there's also so much artistic integrity. Every piece I've heard on here, whether it was in my taste or not, was made for the love of music and not to sell out for followers, and I love that.
Just thought I'd share my honest thoughts about iComps.
TapicusMaximus: The Power Of Powerful Powerchords
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:17:55 -0400
The Power Of Powerful Powerchords
Power!!! wooooo yeeeeah!!!https://youtu.be/UhP3l1b6Oes
So yeah, I think that anyone playing an instrument that has an independence aspect as well as a harmonic and melodic one, should mess around with some power-chords.
Nothing fancy, just down and dirty Root-5th-octave in the left hand, and then Root-5th-octave in the right as well.
Have some fun, mess around. Try it on guitar, bass. Whatever! I found it to be really helpful when it came to developing my hand independence as well as my repertoire.
And it doesn't have to be super polished, either!
TapicusMaximus: It's a Guitarist's world
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:32:37 -0400
It's a Guitarist's world
Boss... Line6.... Zoom... What to use, what to use...?
So when I first got my Chapman Stick, I thought it was going to be easy to deal with the "gear" aspect. I have a bass rig, and I have a guitar rig. Multiple ones of each, actually.
Just in case, I got both of my Sticks outfitted with a Roland GK3 hexaphonic (midi) pickup, that way I could really take advantage of a lot of different possibilities.
It's a guitarist's world when it comes to effects and amps and stuff, so luckily I have some experience with a bunch of products. Oh, and hey... I'm a guitarist too! Cool!
Well, I'll tell you one thing that sucks about a stereo instrument that you try to play in true stereo, and that is the "lugging of the gear" when it comes time to perform. Set up and tear down can be a bloody nightmare.
Now I tried a lot of different gear configurations and finally decided on using two Boss GT-100 FX processors, one for the bass side, and another for the melody side. I may pare it down further, but for now; this setup satisfies my requirements both tonally and physically.
Now I can plug into a computer interface, a pair of amplifiers or a PA, and get the same tones. Live, or Studio it's very consistent and I love that.
Here is a video I made where I run down the set-up a bit, and provide some playing clips.
Like and subscribe if you dig it, there will be more videos to come...
Aamp: Feeling Nostalgic for iCompositions
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:34:41 -0400
Feeling Nostalgic for iCompositions
I keep meaning to post new music on Tuesdays but next thing I know it's like 2 in the morning and I don't get around to it. The other day, I was attempting to make backups of my files, poorly as usual and I have this routine of looking for a song I downloaded from Shadowofnine which has eluded me through the years. I've tried searching for it online before and wondered what I ever did with the files from that long gone computer but finally came across it on a USB stick. I loaded it to my phone and was genuinely happy to hear it again. Pretty cool to have that sort of years in between and to think back, believing it was lost and now found (image)
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:16:34 -0400
new 2016 digitalTRAFFIC album release - astronomii
Release date: 01 07 16
Format: digital download.
Tracks: satellite, system, infinitii, nexus, hubble.
astronomii - the 8th net release from digitalTRAFFIC features five heavy electronica tracks based around an astronomical theme.
The five tracks are an incoherent assault on the senses with heavy sound dissonance and unnatural rhythmic patterns reflecting the sounds of the cosmos. Without doubt a digitalTRAFFIC album with trademark distortions, illogical track structures, sonic layers of sci-fi sounds and noise interference creating a mind jarring journey through time and space.
astronomy has progressed due to advances in technology which has allowed us to see more of and further into the universe.
satellite builds from the initial communication between a digital request / response conversation "start program" finishing with a heavy distorted noise finale. system is a disturbing, discordant atmospheric track with dark heavy ambient undertones. infinitii is a lighter and more challenging electronica soundscape with repeating distorted dissonant lead. nexus is a more dynamic soundscape with a change of mood and pace. hubble creates an atmosphere of distance and depth to reflect the universe we can observe today finishing on "end program".
The album artwork is an impression of mans first experience of simple changing shadows that may have sparked the first thoughts about movement of celestial bodies.
(no machines were harmed in the making of this album)
click here to play astronomii on soundcloud
play / buy astronomii from itunes here
TapicusMaximus: Bach Cello Suite No 1 Prelude - duh lurned it reeeel good....
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:44:15 -0400
Bach Cello Suite No 1 Prelude - duh lurned it reeeel good....
Say wha....? Huh? J.S. Bach is, like the best...
Some music is easy to learn. Some isn't.
Or is it really just a matter of perspective? Maybe the music that is unfathomably difficult to learn, is just what one needs to be working on.
Or maybe the music that presents such difficulty in being assimilated needs to be analyzed a bit more closely so that we can see exactly why it is that we are having.
A friend of mine posted a cover of Bach's Cello Suite #1 (Prelude) on Chapman Stick and it was brilliant. I think he posted the tune maybe a month or two after getting a Stick. It took me almost 9 hours to just learn the thing, another 9 or 10 hours to get it up to speed, and then about 3-4 months getting around to recording it. I practiced it daily in those 3-4months, and I learned something about "learning" during that time. I think I did... lol
Maybe every piece of music you learn is BETTER learned if you revisit how you learned said piece, and try to look at it a different way? And maybe one would reinforce the 'new' learning by leveraging the previous learning... just a thought.
My version (This time) of the Bach Cello Suite No 1 Prelude was on the bass side of the Stick only, and I used the left hand only to play it.
Let's see what happens in the next version...
Komit: Track Listing
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:45:55 -0400
You can now take a gander at the labels I tossed onto a handful of musical shards.
The last little fragmented album I put up on here did not include any "song" titles, but eventually I got to naming all of those shattered and scattered pieces if anyone was curious.
TapicusMaximus: Improvisation - Spontaneous composition.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:01:28 -0400
Improvisation - Spontaneous composition.
Ugh. Errr gahhhhh. Ughwafff...
Improvisation, I have been told, is basically spontaneous composition. As I have written, it is my goal, my manifest destiny, my life's purpose... to be able to spontaneously improvise with both hands freely on the Chapman Stick.
Now, I try to "Improvise" something daily. Both as a sort of 'free jazz type thing' just to get the hands moving, and also 'with rules'. It is quite interesting how in both methods a startling lack of vocabulary presents itself.
Take this hideous thing on Oct 10;
A perfect example of my "Free jazz" type thing where I just play 'notes and whatever happens happens. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised, usually, though I find myself wondering when the cycle of 'habits' and 'muscle memory' is going to end so that I can create some music. (VERY funny, as this got a lot of listens, but very, very few comments. That means that the icomp'ers are really just way too nice! hahaha) Trust me, I know what it sounds like, and I am sharing it anyways.
Patience. Gotta have patience. Rome wasn't built in a day, and one has to take stock of the victories.
Now how about this little monstrosity on Oct 13;
I thought I might try a 'Blues' in C, and see where I am at. Lo and behold, I am playing the same solo I always play. What to do, what to do
The solution is simple. WRITE a solo or two.
I know, it's not spontaneous, and the solos might not even be that good (This is not a competition, I'm just trying to learn this thing!)
So, here I go today, writing a 'solo' for these changes that is different, and attainable. It can't be impossible to play, and I'd like it to be a 'stepping stone' to help me take what I do to the next level. I would also like it to be NOT an exercise in memorization. I want it to be simple, and fun, and sound cool.
Okay, here we go... I'll post my solo later today, should be fun!
TapicusMaximus: Learning a New Instrument. Where to begin?
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:11:44 -0400
Learning a New Instrument. Where to begin?
gahhhhh! Brain... Feel... Yucky...!
So where to begin, where to begin. I have this unusual stringed instrument that is not unlike a guitar, but played via tapping somewhat piano-like. Independence is a huge issue, and this isn't the sort of thing you learn overnight, no matter HOW good you are at other instruments, or what your musical background is.
I feel like a pianist who has already developed some decent two hand independence would have a good starting advantage. Wanna get good at tapping? Learn piano I guess lol. I feel like a drums/percussion background would come in handy too.
So where to begin? I have this crazy 12 string instrument that's split in two, half of it tuned in 4ths, and the other half tuned in 5ths and played in reverse. Yes, it came with some books. And yes, I got some DVD's and even took some Skype lessons. While all of that is useful, none of it really answered the question;
How do you develop two hand independence?
Well. Let's start by me stating an opinion that I have kind of "arrived at" after two years of study. The two hands aren't independent. They can't be. They play different things, simultaneously to form one cohesive piece of music.
A good pianist friend of mine (Also happens to play Stick) and an all around awesome musician posted a comment once that you have two choices when playing. Notes together, or notes separate. Two approaches really, hands together, or hands separate. No matter what hand or finger is doing what, they have the choice of playing notes together, or separate.
A simplification perhaps, but if one thinks about it, it's true.
Before I really delve into the illusion of "two hand independence", and the glory of being able to self accompany I feel like there is some "preliminary work" that needs to be done.
1) Know the notes on the neck. Know 'em all. Know 'em.
2)Get used to doing separate movements with both hands on the instrument.
Okay. More later on this. In the meantime, here is a tune I created using only the Stick; but I treated it as if it were a guitar. Lots of this I played simultaneously, and in time. Some of it was done in chunks, 8 measures at a time. It is what it is. Enjoy!!
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:33:27 -0400
Click. Whiiiiiirrrrr. Crunch. Smash. Jong-jah-jong jiggedy-jiggedy -CLUNK-
Ok. So, I was formerly posting here as "Guitarius Maximus" doing all kinds of guitar music, and whatnot. It was cool. You can't beat this site as far as exposure to music goes, and you can't beat it when it comes to a sense of musical community. Cool. Well, I decided to "reboot" and redefine my online musical identity. So here it is...
I decided a couple of years ago to embark on an approach to music where I could sort of "cover all of the bases". Guitar was cool, but I really wanted to be able to play bass at the same time, and improvise with bass and lead lines, and provide a harmonic context while simultaneously singing. I don't ask for much of myself, eh?
I decided to pick up a "Chapman Stick" a couple of years ago and try to go down the same path as Stanley Jordan and Emmett Chapman. To me, having the ability to "self accompany" is the ultimate goal and really has kept me inspired to keep doing music. Honestly, I was pretty much ready to just quit playing I was so burned out and uninterested (That's on me, nobody else to blame!) so it's good I stumbled across the instrument on my late-night internet searches. It's been two years since I got my first 'Stick" and I finally feel like I have pieced together a method/approach that will help me learn two hand independence so that I can do the music I hear in my head. Of course, I am an absolute beginner with it, so it will be a fun challenge to tackle... Some submissions will be better than others I am certain...
So here I am, with this crazy new instrument and documenting my progress as I go. I'll be sharing tunes and videos of what I'm up to. Thanks for checking it out!
thebenteights: Is it just me or is this site super slow
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:25:09 -0400
Is it just me or is this site super slow
Seems like before I get started here I am doomed because of connection issues
I have been struggling with this site for a long time really. I live in China and my Internet is not that great but I can open other sites from the US so long as they are not outright blocked. And then I can open them with a VPN. But I just feel I am fighting an uphill battle here. It took forever just for em to open this blog page. I almost gave up. I can never listen to people's songs because the connection is just too slow. At best I get ten to thirteen seconds of s song before it stalls out. I like this site much better than MacJams or Alonetone but not if I cannot open it, listen to songs, edit anything or upload material. I am sure the problem is on my end with my f'ed up ISP and all, but I cannot help but feel a bit discouraged. I have about ten songs I am wrapping up. I do not get it. In the end it is best to just stop fighting these issues I find and move on (image)
I just wonder if other people have any similar issues?
pharmakeus: Typhoon in Taipei
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:51:03 -0400
Typhoon in Taipei
Typhoons cure insomnia?
Been seriously ill with insomnia and other issues. Awake at night and sleeping days. Sorry I have not been able to record ... Typhoon came through today and I feel energized. No danger where I am. Just lots of rain and wind. Biggest event? A huge gust lifted something that broke a neighbour's window and I heard a cat yelp! I hear it is much worse down by the coast. We are halfway up a mountain ...
Fingers crossed, hoping to record in a few hours time ... it's 7.00am now ... and the wife and daughter will be okay with some noise by 11
Top priority is some outstanding collabs ... sorry I have been slow ... but I have been seriously ill
LaFayette: 11 years on IC :)
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:37:40 -0400
11 years on IC :)
LaFayette on IC : 11 years birthday
2005, 26 september, is the date of the first musical apparition somewhere on Internet of LaFayette.
It was on iCompositions (image)
The beginning of a story with a lot of friendly relations with you, other musicians, all around the world. We have a a common language by music.
Many thanks to you all, administrators and composers, to exist and support me (image)
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:47:10 -0400
Summer hid to remind us that it won't be around here much longer. We had frost the other day. So cold! Some of my outdoor projects had to be tackled and some had to go. I scrapped the project cars idea and took a pretty hefty loss on both time and money but learned from it. It was soul crushing but doesn't mean I don't have cars that still need a lot of work just all that remains are register-able and won't get water in them when it rains (image) .
I cut loose other stuff that I'd blogged about here in the past also and have given them away to new homes. I had my fun with them. Anyway, I recently took time amid piling projects to play a game, one that reminded me of how I used to enjoy doing that but have grown in to seeing it as a waste of time. I really liked the game and one key thing I hone into is a good soundtrack. At first, I actually didn't really like the soundtrack but as I played and explored, I could see that the music worked very well and I came to really like it. Made me think of my music. How maybe someone wouldn't like it on first listen and sometimes that's the only listen you could ask for or get.
As much as I love taking on arduous tasks, my music typically falls into the category of obscurity so I tore apart the studio (image) . Well, just to reposition and simplify it. Time to try new things as I can't expect different results otherwise.
Ultimately, I'd like some of my music to find its way into a game but even with years of experience, I'm yet at another experimental stage (and am really liking the early results so far) so it'd have to be for an imaginary game or I'd have to make one myself..
I can make games, just don't due to lacking polish, effort, and time constraints but with a couple other projects off the plate, this might happen. I've set a very tight deadline into getting something happening, like a demo with enough content to make it worthwhile playing. I'm giving myself one month with a half month extension buffer to get it done. After working, that's only a small handful of hours a day which means reaching into the portfolio and outsourcing some content. Found some excellent public domain art and am looking into licensing others. Most will be made in-house, including music, so I'll be re-imagining tracks I've been working on for a different project. I've remixed or converted a couple of techno tracks into atmospheric soundtrack material and it's turning out to be enticing and indirectly catchy which is going to work great to create the environment while not being too attention grabbing.
Whew, I hadn't thought about how exhausting this kind of work can be. I've been tired doing physical labor all summer but creating stuff has worn me out already. I was deleting files by accident last night when I should have been sleeping. Gonna have to find a balance. In the meantime, there may be more to blog about and songs I've made over the years to be shared and uploaded (image)
KCsGROOVE: 9 years on Icompositions
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:41:41 -0400
9 years on Icompositions
tomorrow it's gonna be 9 years
9 years ago my collegues Eagle and Mr. Red told me about this site. They knew I was uploading my music on other sites at the time.
Well I came here and never left and I think I'll stay here for a while longer. As long as songs pop up in my head, I will upload them here. I have been on quite a few other music sites but there's only one icompositions..
I must admit that I miss the old days when there was a bit more sense of community here. But luckily some old friends are still here... and some new..
Thanks all for the wonderful feedback, it helped me in writing better songs.
trob101: i am back
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 21:14:55 -0400
i am back
back from a break
So i am back. I took a break drugs and alcohol took over my life. So i sold all my recording equipment. I can say happy after a 15 year battle with my addiction i have been 5 years sober. So i plan to start making new music and grow more as an artist.
irok: midi guitar
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:49:26 -0400
anyone knows something ?
if you some i like to know, there s the yourock, some rolands and a budget squier, i have seen the squier very cheap but how is latency/tracking ? anyone got the yourock and is it so good i shouldnt even think about squire... well roland ism ust too expensive for the fun of it
thebenteights: Introducing myself here at iComp
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:10:34 -0400
Introducing myself here at iComp
The professional slacker attempts to validate his inertia
My name is Bill and I currently have two accounts here at iCompositions. The other one is called Arctic Transmissions and focuses on my ambient/soundtrack experiments. This is my rock music site. Both sites employ the approach of a pseudo-imaginary band or outfit. All parts are performed and recorded by myself including future vocal performances. I do employ heavy use of edited MIDI tracks for some sections, but never for bass or guitar or simple keyboard parts. I tend to not use loops unless I have made themselves, though I own a big loop collection I use for practice jams. I do not consider MIDI files loops though I guess one could debate that. I had an account here before with about 30 songs. I deleted that account because I didnt like the songs anymore and many were done on Sony Acid 7 and I did not even have a real ASIO interface then. I plugged right into my computer with a little USB interface from M-Audio my wife called the pignose. I later upgraded to a Roland DuoCapture and it began to change things for me.
So I have had a very limited input here and I wanted to explain that. I think it can be helpful to oneself to do that and maybe in the process sort out some of the problems one is struggling with. I have lots of ideas and stuff I am working on. But I have also had some big set backs over about the last 8 or 9 months. A year ago my personal life had a big issue come up that left me unable to think clearly for several months. When that storm settled I was ready to work again, but I began having serious PC issues one after the other. I had somemoney saved back and I convinced my wife she should allow me to send my own money on a Mac and a new Stratocaster guitar. Well, I got them. Eventually. But the transition from PC world to that of my iMAC took longer than I thought. As well I had struggles with Ableton Live on Mac. Switching from 32 bit 8 to 64 bit 9 took a toll on me and there were points last spring I wondered if I wold be recording again. I tried Logic Pro X because everybody raves about it. Well, I hated it. Obviously people love it here at iComp, but it took me forever to do something I could do in Ableton in a minute or two. I went back to Live and sorted out, over more time, what my problems were and how to correct them. Much had to do with resources being consumed by folders linked to the Places area. After that was fixed and Live began loading and closing quickly and I switched from using VSTs to AUs I was on my way. I then began recording some playing around stuff and at this point while I have not upped too much here I have a lot on the back burner in draft folders, most at stages of about 80 0r 90%, being halted at the vocal, lead guitar final mix stages.
Doing mostly cover song these days since it forces me into doing things in terms of guitar, bass, vox and arrangementsI wold not do on my own, but the goal, of course, is to eventually have some original tunes up here. In my draft folder right now ( I am looking at it) here are some songs almost ready to be put into EP type format and shared:
Cowgirl in the Sand
The One I Love
Ring of fire
Folsom City Blues
I Looked Away (Derek and the Dominoes)
Loving her Was Easier (Than)
thebenteights: Finally a compressor even I can manage
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:12:31 -0400
Finally a compressor even I can manage
FOR THOSE WHO FEAR COMPRESSOR
like a lot of people I always hear about compression but have only the vaguest idea what it really is and does. But I do know when something sounds like poop in my headphones. This compression unit, based on some compressor used in the early 60's, has three simple dials, a VU meter and basic stepping off presets. I use the ultra light myself most of the time. I use one in my send-return area and on individual tracks when i feel it is needed. It has saved me many a times. I just do not mess with much else in the compression department now. I am sure there are better but this one works for me. I have the T-Racks stuff and it my main mixing software, but was not crazy about their compressors (other than the Optmo one and I still dabble with it too). This came out with one one of the recent releases in the Custom Shop area. It will hard to muck up a mix with this one.
JimTheObscure: Exit Codons
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:43:51 -0400
An Electronica mini-album
Codons are like the digital blocks in our DNA, much of which is so-called 'junk'.
An Exit is a way out, perhaps from the mundane or the boring.
These 7 electronic pieces are basically experiments using various plug-ins in Ableton Live. I used Max For Live and Reaktor and didn't try too hard to be too tuneful or pretty. Lots of bubbles and squeaks and random accidents. I had fun and it was quicker and easier than writing and recording songs with vocals and multiple parts!
1. Plectrum Electron
2. It Would Be a Blast!
3. Water Sprite
4. The Blue Envelope
5. Cheaper Transistor
6. Gravy Pentagram
7. Bedlam Goodnight Kiss