not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake

administrative notice regarding music sketchbook

Way back in 2003, I started trying to record one "music sketch" a week, and I put them in the public domain. I kept a nice web page with a bit of information about each one and various recommendations so that people who weren't encountering them at the one-a-week rate could get something useful out of it. After comments from listeners, I started adding tags to the mp3s so they'd have authorship info etc. I successfully completed 52 instrumentals. 2003 was a resurgence in music writing for me; it also saw me complete my first 5 24-hour albums.

In 2005 I tried the weekly sketches again, but only got through 17. My 24-hour albums peaked in 2005 (after that I've only done instrumental ones), and my general music production has decreased.

Late thursday night (friday morning) at the beginning of February 2011 I suddenly decided to start recording some quick ideas on the guitar, since the collaborative project I've been working on for over a year is mostly done by composing with General MIDI files, and I wanted to play some guitar.

Over the last nine days I've recorded and posted 12 sketches to LJ. The sketches have no mp3 tags describing authoring, and there is no proper html web page.

There is no plan. I may try to keep up an average of one-a-day for a month. Or I may feel like I've run out of ideas next week. Or I might keep doing it for an entire year. I may put them in the public domain. I have no idea.

This is a low-stress, low-effort engagement. I'm finally logging some significant time using Reaper to write/record the sort of stuff I traditionally do (I only started using Reaper in ~2009). The original music sketchbooks were recorded on a roland hard drive recorder; I attempted to switch to pro tools in the late 2000s and that pretty much exactly corresponded to when I stopped recording music. (This may or may not be a coincidence.)

Reaper is a big win for me; that's a combination of it being a better program for me, and me having a bunch of practice at doing MIDI stuff (which comes mostly from my Machines of Loving Grace MIDI files posted previously). Reaper is good for me compared to other software I've recorded with because it largely abandons the "use metaphors traditional analog equipment uses" approach; I can edit quickly, it's extremely flexible and fast without forcing arbitrary constraints on you, the folder groups are a godsend (I almost never use busses; I used one for the reverb on the #12, but usually I just add the reverb separately to each track). And if I want drums, instead of firing up the keyboard and playing them by hand, I can just whip out some MIDI drums. (Ideally I'd sit down at my drum kit and record me actually playing them, but since I've been recording these sketches in the early AM that hasn't been possible.)
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