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So Comes Spring

on Mon, 05/09/2016 - 22:30

Six months already since my last post here. These past few months have been, . . . interesting. I was laid off from my job at the end of October, but have managed to keep a flow of income, even if just a trickle at times; there, but for the grace of God, go I. 

Things have been up and down, but I have managed to maintain my motivation and keep things going in a positive direction. I've made significant progress with the music technology, and it's being taken in three separate tracks.

So Comes The Autumn

on Sat, 10/03/2015 - 16:02

The Fall has always been my most prolific, productive season. I'm not quite sure why, but as early on as we are into it, I'm not disappointed. Summer was quite productive as well, having recorded and produced a live video DVD of two more LICO performances, but I continue with every free moment to finely hone my workflow processes and production quality.

Using 3 iPhones to capture performances of my Live Improvisational efforts, I managed to go through all the production processes necessary (to completion), capturing the spirit of my dreams of LICO in motion; audio and video, and with

The Effects Of Dust

on Sat, 07/18/2015 - 18:46

Productivity has been mild, but optimism has been high. There's a high pressure area circulating in the right side of my brain, and I'm looking forward to seeing some circulation in that area. What the heck am I talking about ? Inside, the weather's fine.

I'm working on a last little bit for the customized Live Remote Scripts for my Launchpads, but I'm just scratching the surface learning the programming language (Python) required to modify them this one step further. If I have the opportunity, I'll farm it out, as I did in the early stages when I designed my workflow process.


On The Air

on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:26

First thing this morning I posted two audio recordings from the audio/video recording session I mentioned. It was something I felt I had to do, and so released these two to the world. In general, I'm not interested in releasing things I don't feel I can be completely proud of. I'm comfortable listening to them anytime, and I'm their harshest and closest critic. There will be time, God willing, to shake the tree and release some choice fruits, but for me, it's the journey, not the destination; or the landmarks.

I can safely say there will be more than enough released along the way for all to

Short and Sweet, Here and Now

on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:38

I have to be brief, but I am finally making recordings (video, MIDI and audio) of my improvised performances. One I made a couple weeks back is in the final stages before being posted online, and there are many more to come. I anticipate a veritable cornucopia of endless possibilities and variations, which will only get better with time as I hone my processes and workflows, and bring my musicianly skills up to my standards.

It's such a beautiful thing to be able to bring out what comes to mind and enters my heart, as it comes to me in the moment.

Ground and Flight Test Program

on Sun, 11/30/2014 - 12:46

Forgive the reminiscence, but nearly in another life I was a Flight and Ground Test Instrumentation Technician; I worked on such fine naval aircraft as E2's, C2's, A6's and F14's. I was a "road warrior."

I worked with a crew that built up the instrumentation package on the test aircraft. We then tested the package, assured full functionality, and when all was ready to support the test program, I followed the plane wherever it went. I did this over and over, and enjoyed the heck out of it. During one particular test program, I was even out on aircraft carrier for week. What an experience.

Slow, and Steady

on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:39

Incredibly, it's been 5 months since my last post. Frankly, it's embarrassing. You'd never know how serious I am about this stuff, but I've had some income challenges, and they obviously take precedence. I will not betray my muse, and am facing and dealing with strategic initiatives to assure a solid foundation. Once the short-term plan is accomplished, I will continue on with the music initiatives at as full a pace as possible. Under such difficult circumstances, one could only hope to receive a portion of the support  which I have received from my wonderful wife.

Problems and Solutions

on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 16:39

Minor setback : Serendipity rears its ugly head. Some issues I have had with the most powerful computer I've ever had the pleasure to use has resulted in an unanticipated upgrade to the most powerful computer I've ever had the pleasure to use. The story goes like this : with six months left on the warranty for my HP Elitebook 8460w, the ongoing problems I've had with the jack for the power on this wonder of a laptop had recently resulted in its total lack of cooperation in starting up.

A Change at the Crossroads

on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 02:19

Nice title;  I feel a blues song comin' on.  :-)

Just a short little update here. I've made the wise decision to ditch Logic, because it's just too squirrelly on Rube Goldberg workarounds to give me the warm-fuzzy in my environs. So I have been led unwittingly back into the Cubase camp; a wayward MIDI-ist in search of the muse.

So, I've discovered my Cubase history not recent enough to net me much benefit in the way of discounts, but the base Cubase product (Cubase 7 Elements) looks like it's going to fit the bill quite nicely.

The Last Loosened Loose End

on Sun, 01/26/2014 - 01:50

Whoops !

Somehow, I seem to have overlooked one simple, and nearly insignificant element : digital audio recording.  (Tongue planted firmly in cheek ! ) So, that's where things sit now; just some last minute touches on my template in Logic Pro 9, and we'll be good to go. Unfortunately without it, I'm pretty much dead in the water.

The unforeseen circumstance is the "oil and vinegar" -like mix of Komplete, Vienna Ensemble Pro 5, and Logic. Fortunately, being a Systems Engineer, my troubleshooting and technical skills are quite good.