Thursday, October 25, 2012

it's not exactly riding a bike


The sun sets in Houston. Kevin McHale is laying down the facts of life for Jeremy Lin.

Our best scorer has come out and said that despite his semblance to the President as a young man, we have no chance to compete.
Our GM has said we have no star player and everything we do is to put us in a position to get one. Last time I got damned with praise that faint, my high school crush was telling me I was the only guy who loved her 
more than her mother. You follow? The sky is the limit, my son. We have no expectations, so we have all the expectations. You like Nine Inch Nails, Jeremy? We can’t be stopped. Fuck that, how about Geto boys?

When you never expect to reach the moon, you still learn a lot about the Van Allen radiation belts? No.
If the goal was never realistic then you’ve got a great opportunity to enjoy the journey? No.

It’s an exciting time, JL. We’re not the least-talented team in the NBA, but we are the JV. We are discounted and overlooked and unloved. It’s time to find our pissed off inner middle school hesher, is what I’m trying to say. Do you think you could magic marker “SLAYER” on your sneakers- maybe you and Chandler Bang can get some traction going on that- Royce White seems like you could talk him into liking Agalloch. Matter of fact, I think you should grow your hair out, get some bangs to blow out of your face in frustration. See if Omer Asik aint got a little black leather & Erkin Koray in him.

Monday, March 19, 2012

MIDI and bass guitar don't like each other. myth busted, lets go for a drive

No effect pedals, no overdubs, no sequencing. Just me, my bass, and it triggering MIDI in real time. This is an actual experiment. Later I will put this new style of bass-fu truly to work.

Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012 "Let Us Never Dance Of This Beat Again" [Second Mix]

I feel as something is still amiss in the first half of this song. If you can tell me what it is, I like you. If you make it to the second half where I'm happy with everything, I love you. and either way, we're all in love with this reverb patch i wrote, right?

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I've not only been slacking on Drone-a-Day, I've also:
- just not doing it at all for most of February and end of January
- been straying from the concept (ie; beats)
- and not archiving it properly here. Oh well.

Here's Wednesday's entry, which should have been named "Middle-Aged Retooling Tai Chi Tortoises":

And Thursday's, the title of which, "Be my J.O. buddy, nah just marry me" comes from something a recently married friend of mine said, when confused as to how he could take his relationship to the next level with his lovely bride.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eno said repetition is also drone...

..but then, my beats are more like lead instruments anyways, sinners in the hands of a learning god, having to remember his place, or at least where the one is.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Drone-A-Day...pResumed. 2/20/2012

as a warning...there are beats. so this isn't really a drone.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Why Drone-A-Day is paused for a sec

So, I have gathered a couple of listeners I have never met by this project, and I'd like to say hi and thank you for your ears. And of course, just when I get you listening, I stop. This was for quotidian reasons- travel delayed by weather, being a full time single dad for a week, and one non-q reason, which is that all my music making time lately has been taken up by mixing and working on the steelydanfielding record. (for those not in the know- sdf is my working title for a record i made in Manhattan with some friends back in October)
Anyways, I got to a place with all the tracks I recorded with the SDF project that I'm comfortable with, and now I need to go deeper into production than I ever have, because I think this is the best music I've ever made.
I feel "guilty" I am slacking off on Drone-a-Day, but I really must learn how to use these mastering plugins. It's not even a matter of finding reward in what I do, it's just going to the well of give-a-fuck that's hard sometimes. The answer of course is finding another gear inside, learning to make music in the day as well as night.
Aaaaannnnddd...I think I'm going to open the parameters of Drone-a-Day up a little. The texturescapes may just have beats in them going forward. Ok, enough talking, gotta go actually DO this now. Thank you for your indulgence.

np: Aphrodite's Child- "Break"