Ok, I don’t know what to call this thing. I got a request for this today, and it was pretty simple to do. I’ve seen these types of grid with data plots before. Be careful with this, as it can add a lot of visual clutter to your data if done wrong. I recommend light colors and thin lines. But you can do whatever you want…
The entire royalty-free music section of my site is revamped. I’ve been working on setting this up for a couple of weeks. It isn’t complete, but it is better than what I had – so I switched it.
It is now database-driven, and has a simple search engine. So if you’re looking for a Calming and Eerie piece of music, you can take your pick from six I currently have online!
Eventually, you’ll be able to search and sort on tempo, instrumentation, and keyword (as well as genre and feel).
I think I got everything right. If you find a problem, please let me know!
I’m really getting around these days. If you’re into tech podcasts, you’ll recognize these. Diggnation, Infected w/ Martin Sargent, and Indigital. I just need to get in with Leo Laport, and I’ll have most everything covered.
In other news, I have music in A&E’s upcoming special on Madonna, Blame Society’s Fun Rangers, and a radio drama – Father Brown Mysteries available in the US on XM and Sirius, and I think BBC radio in the UK.
It’s fun time, everbody! I recently picked up a keyboard. It is kind of old, but no worries. It is a Technics KN700. Just today I found the best setting ever. Style #10: Folk Rock. You’ll recognize it as Wesley Willis’ favorite auto-music generator. These don’t really fit with the rest of my music, so I didn’t link them off of any page.
I still don’t have the “fill button” skills down, but if you enjoy one of the few men who has his own genre, you will enjoy these tracks.
It seems the KN700 is the same vintage as Willis’ KN1200, but it doesn’t have the auto harmonizer that you hear in songs like “Kill Whitey”
Ok. I made a ringtone. Were this a normal ringtone, I’d hate myself. But this isn’t. It makes other people not want to answer your phone. Also – it isn’t annoying in a theater. Who would suspect? Get it (right-click “save link as” to download it.)
Please don’t email me asking for support. This is an mp3. If your phone takes something else – this won’t work. No, I don’t know how to get it on your phone. I just transfer with bluetooth, so that’s all I know… but I’m not even going to support that.
A revision and a new piece today. It seems that the uber-happy synth line from Shiny Tech has been done before. A lot. It was pointed out by my friend Kelly that a very very similar line appears in Trainspotting when they go to London. She brought over the DVD. Indeed, the line is very similar. Anyway, I did a retake – and pulled down the ‘pop’ on it.
The new piece is my favorite so far (of these kinds of things). Harmful or Fatal. It has speed guitar in it, but it behaves alongside and in compliment to an electronic instrument. I need an audio engineering degree – because this isn’t as loud of a mix as I would have liked. I’m missing something. The length of this one got out of hand, but it really requires the time to develop. It might be even better longer.
Today’s piece is a crazy Slavic-sounding folk-ish thingie. It is deliberately rough-around-the-edges and features a nice accordion. There just aren’t enough pieces of music with accordion these days.
Miri’s Magic Dance
I wrote this for a possible stage show. I forget the exact constraints, but they included a small ensemble and a raucous mysterious feel… or maybe I just made that up.
In the project, there are lots and lots of instruments that didn’t make the final cut. Harpsichords, clarinets, triangles, drum sets… bunches of things. But even at its 4-piece level it is quite chaotic.
Two new pieces today. Both electronica dance, and completely dissimilar.
I wrote these both a possible sketches for an upcoming film I’m scoring. Shiny Tech is a full-bore happy peppy dance/techno piece. Were it a real techno piece – it would probably be three times longer than it is. The themes are introduced and killed off as quickly as possible to allow for fast development. I recommend!
In a Heartbeat, on the other hand is a nasty piece of music. It is hardcore ugly and produced to be very very loud. By “nasty”, I don’t mean it is bad. It is gritty and grating… the kind of things the kids are into these days. This piece has quite an effect on my affect. After about 4 hours of working on various blips and screams – I was downright angry.
Yes, music can make me angry. This is not a surprise, but it does make one lose perspective. I wasn’t quite sure if it was good – or if it just made me angry because it was not good. I’m pretty sure there will be another version of this piece… there is just something about the structure that is unbalanced right now. Of course, that may just add to the anger – so maybe it is a good thing. We’ll see.
Also, I found out that quite a few people subscribe to the RSS feed on this site… Thanks, everyone – keep the feedback coming!