Saturday, September 07, 2002

This is what I'm groovin on right now. Home sick from work tonight, so I'm downloading mp3s. This is a bootleg remix of Beyonce by Dsico.

For the heads out there, this is a website about breakbeats. Ever wonder where a particular drum beat came from? This is one of the places you can go to find out. And this is another such site.
Can't sleep.

Been thinking more and more lately about productivity. Basically, what it boils down to is that my dad died 12 years ago, because his body betrayed him. The older I get, the scarier that gets. Especially since I have this almost irrational faith that science could bring us practical immortality in the not to distant future. The trick is getting there. So I've been noticing the little things, the moles that I didn't use to have, or at least never noticed. The slow erosion of my youth.

And I have friends that are actually DOING things. Real things. Like real jobs. Or are at least trying to do what they want to do.

I guess I need to kick my own ass and start sending out demos. Mike says my music has gotten really tight, but I want to have each piece have a sense of progression before I send it out. I think I have the techniques down to make the sound I want to hear, but my compositional skills are not where I want them to be at.

Ok, I'm going to go try to sleep again.
Went to Mike's party tonight. Kind of his pre-launch sendoff thing. We burned him in effigy. And then we played a cool game of 1000 Blank White Cards.

Confused about electronic music? This may or may not help. Or this may be more to your liking.

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Nick came over tonight and installed my new hard drive and graphics card. Yay!

Still haven't gotten HalfLife to work, at least with the Multi Bot Launcher. But Homeworld works just fine. Now we'll see about NWN.

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

By turd, I didn't mean the Aguilera bootleg. I think it's sheer genius. Madcap acid dream laughter, and all that. I meant that a lot of the stuff you'll hear out there is crap. Ignore the crap. Or remix it. :)

In relation to my last post, here are some interesting comments on technology and art.
"Have laptop, will travel." This is a fairly interesting bootleg of Christina Aguilera. It was made with the help of a program called Reaktor. McSleazy has some info on bootlegs, if you're interested.

The cool thing about the era we're living in is how decentralized the means of production have become when it comes to making music, or other forms of art. Democracy. I'm fer it, I ain't agin it. So, a pop princess can be turned into a spectacle of postmodern glitch and glee.

Of course, just because the proliferating technology is beginning to allow more of us a creative outlet, it doesn't mean that it's all going to be good. Sturgeon's law and all that. Can't shine a turd.

Monday, September 02, 2002

Something that's called "Real" Sangria shouldn't be good, but it is, somehow.
Also, if you make electronic music, you might want to check out the 8packs on acidplanet.

Got a jones for cool and intelligent scifi? Read Schlockmercenary. It's one of the coolest webcomics ever.

Sunday, September 01, 2002

If you make electronic music, go look at EM411. It has a wealth of information.
If you're bored on a Saturday night, you can listen to WGN 720 AM, live, on the radio. Nick Digilio and Garry Lee Wright discuss all sorts of stuff, from pop culture to current events, to crazy wacky zany stuff. It's the Nick D. and Garry Lee show! You should listen.

You owe yourself this. Scroll down in the stuff section and listen to the Halloween scary sounds clip.
Went to listen to a friend of a friend's band tonight, the Scuffs. They were pretty cool. Very altcountry.

Listening to Bad Company, aka )EI3( right now. If you have not heard them, you should hunt them down. Some of the best drum'n'bass/jungle ever produced. Quite a bit of it is very dark, kind of industrial/heavy metal inspired in tone. But with fast crashing breakbeats.