About my music

I've been doing music for a long long time. I'm either a bass or a baritone with a range that stretches up fairly high, and can play pretty much anything with frets, keyboards, or a sequencer. I was recording on the computer in the mid 90s before it was the cool, industry altering thing to do because I saw it coming ahead of time.

I have just enough musical theory knowledge to not be able to claim that I can't read music.

In 2002, I switched gears in a major way and went from being somebody known for his music to somebody known for his art. Between 2002 and 2010, I have done pretty much nothing with music. However, I've always vaguely wanted to get back into doing something, so I finally did.

A longer version of the history and People I've worked with

The music

Blues Improv 1999
This would be me on the guitar, Charles Li on the keys, Mike O'Sullivan on the trumpet, and Anne Thissen-Roe on the vocals.
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Blues Improv (Y2K Courtyard show #1)
Me on the guitar, Charles Li on the keys, Mike O'Sullivan on the trumpet, Laura Johannsen on the Cello, and Peter Kuo on the bass. Tied with the 1999 for one of my favorite improvs.
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The Chase
This is my more recent work, where I try to shake 5 years of cobwebs out of my brain.
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Experiment #17
Me, messing around with my new old Digitech f/x processor.
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Experiment 7 (Live)
This is from the second Electronic Cafe of 2000. It's a high-speed collision between Robert Miles and metal.
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Freedom (Live)
This song features a chiptunes sample that was actually some random file on my hard drive that I thought sounded kinda neat when played as a sample.
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Funk Improv (Y2K Courtyard show #1)
This was me getting down on the bass, Ash Wise on the guitar, Anne Thissen-Roe on the vocals, and Manny on the drum machine. I really love doing funky bass parts, in case you haven't noticed.
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Funk Improv (Y2K Courtyard show #2)
This one's just me, Ash Wise on the guitar, and Peter Kuo on the drums.
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I've got LogaRythm

So, this is another one of those "Gee, I haven't tried to stretch myself, compositionally, pretty much ever. So I should screw with things a little" pieces.

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Mirrorshades
This is the song. Everybody has at least one good song in them. This is clearly mine...
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Music Blog

The Mic Preamp situation...
I've been interested in doing recording again. And the biggest gaping functionality hole is microphones and their accessory gear...
About my ears
I've got a healthy dose of skepticism about my ears and the acoustic acuity thereof. This comes from a generalized transition that I had to make that, while I''m perhaps smarter than your average guy on the street, I''m probably not some √úbermensch and always need to make sure that I''m not engaging in endless self-aggrandizing without some degree of justification...
Fun with Audiophiles (and their expensive Serial ATA cables)
Honestly.... I have enough storage-related nightmares. If I discover that a cable is actually sufficiently marginal to corrupt the data flowing over it or cause the transfer rate to drop so low that it can't even handle 44.1 kHz audio... I'm going to go balistic on wherever I picked up that cable. And, furthermore, if the analog section of things is so marginal that any EM leakage from a Serial ATA cable is hurting the signal, it's crap....
Reliced instruments suck
I have a distinct memory from my childhood. See, I was taking piano lessons but I wasn't practicing regularly. Finally my dad points at a guitarist's well worn acoustic guitar and tells me "See, look at that woman's guitar! Do you think she had a machine to wear down that guitar? No! She practiced! That's how she got good!"
Realtek audio drivers make my computer bluescreen
Handling audio in such a way that both professional audio-centric users and casual users wondering why they can't hear the IM beep while playing MP3s are happy is actually fairly tricky. In the early days it was, naturally, quite easy. Your application wrote to the hardware. The hardware reacted pretty much instantly. No biggie. But multitasking threw a wrench in that.
What's happened since I've been gone...
or: How we've done nothing to make more interesting sounds since 2002 or so...
Adding more voices...
I've been finding that I'm not satisfied with the way that my music was coming out. I've been sitting down with the same software that I've used for years, the same basic instruments and samples as before, etc. I even found that with my guitar, all of the muscle memory is still there, except for the lack of calluses on my left hand and a little bit of playing speed...
The fingers remember...
I discovered that my fingers, other than needing to re-develop calluses, largely remember how to play the guitar...
An old guitaring friend
The story of the Digitech Legend 21 goes something like this...
Felix's Machines(via)
I think the thing that really sells this piece is how the LEDs trigger in sequence with the hammers of the instrument.
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Music Reviews

Don't Be Afraid by the Information Society
I have a lot of old links pointing to this article that hasn't been present for a long long time, so I figure I should wrote something here. I found my old review in the Internet Archive and decided that I should really write it all over again. I'm a better writer now, and I can give more thoughts.