“Slowly, over the past decade or so, as I have built up a creative career I’ve learnt that the way to have a sustainably creative life takes three basic things:
1. Working little and often (perhaps for just 20 minutes or less a day).
3. Recognizing what has been achieved.”
- Michael Nobbs, Sustainablycreative.com
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The four elements that compose
cocaine are the same as those that make up TNT, caffeine, and nylon:
hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. The combinations and
proportions of elements are different in each substance, of course. But
the point, for our purposes, is that the same raw materials lead to
different results. I foresee a similar drama unfolding in your own life,
Sagittarius. How you assemble the ingredients you currently have at your
disposal could produce either a rough and ragged high, a volatile risk, a
pleasant stimulation, or a useful resource. Which will it be?
I’ve spent an afternoon relearning a short piece I wrote three or four years ago.
I came up with it the usual way, a chord pattern turns up under my fingers, then a second chord that I like, then a kept poking until I find a complete set.
A bit like collecting bubblegum stickers for a sticker album.
I recorded a quick and dirty sketch mainly to work out some harmonies but ended up with synth backing instead.
We used it as one of the pieces we performed with Shane & Terry until that fell apart, but I’ve hardly even thought about the piece since then.
Relistening to it last night I was a little irked at the sloppiness of the playing but mostly I was confounded by how obtuse I’d been in my note choice. I know my ear is a bit rusty and this just underscored that rust before going back over each letter with a biro.
I was deliberate in using chord fragments that don’t play to the usual major or minor & root configurations, and I think this piece is better for it even if the hand positions, the changes and the rhythm of it are awkward to play convincingly.
I tried to rerecord of to a click track once and failed completely, so I may try it again. If I can ever play it right.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You have both a poetic and a cosmic
license to stretch yourself further. It’s best not to go too far, of course.
You should stop yourself before you obliterate all boundaries and break
all taboos and smash all precedents. But you’ve certainly got the
blessings of fate if you seek to disregard some boundaries and shatter
some taboos and outgrow some precedents. While you’re at it, you
might also want to shed a few pinched expectations and escape an
irrelevant limitation or two. It’s time to get as big and brave and brazen
as you dare.
From Rob Brezsny
Things may escalate quickly.
Further to last, I have remedied my computing woes.
Results at this link:
I had a P4 laptop with 750ish meg of ram, a 30gb hd, running Windows 2000, then XP.
I was using Cubase LE 1.1 and everything was fine. It never glitched while recording or during playback and it handled my largest project without issue, seven minutes of seventeen live audio tracks recorded to a click with programmed tempo changes.
I had fades, EQ and FX applied.
It never once complained until the laptop itself failed.
So now I’m using a one-year-old laptop, Pentium B940, 640GB HD, 4GB ram, Win 7 and Cubase Elements 6.
It will not record a single live track without the latency becoming painfully obvious before the end of the third bar, drifting ever further out of time the longer the recording.
I want to hurl all my hardware, laptop, soundcard, speakers, keyboard, mouse, into a skip and go back to using two stereo cassette decks.
Seriously, making music should not be this difficult.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): NASA used whale oil to lubricate the
Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager spacecrafts. There was a good
reason: Whale oil doesn’t freeze at the low temperatures found in outer
space. While I certainly don’t approve of killing whales to obtain their oil, I
want to use this story to make a point. It’s an excellent time for you, too,
to use old-school approaches for solving ultra-new-school problems.
Sometimes a tried-and-true method works better, or is cheaper, simpler,
or more aesthetically pleasing.
So. Old-school. What accepted approach can I adopt that I am not already taking? And to what end, to what should I apply it?
I have a feeling that Oblique Strategies may be called for.
Here’s one of the two things I’ve been working on today. The other thing is nowhere near ready to listen to.