Posts Tagged “music”

  • The eclectic soundtrack of an aberrant mind

    Sometimes I think I'd like to build a sensory deprivation chamber that lets me have only my hearing, and only hear music.…

  • Taking advantage of YouTube music on Mac and iOS

    There are two new solutions, one for Mac and one for iOS, for taking advantage of the wide array of music available on YouTube.…

  • Web Excursions for July 30, 2015
  • Your teenage rock band

    You're a high schooler. You love music. You want to play music. Not marching band music, and orchestra isn't cutting it for you. You want your own band.…

  • In preparation for the new Systematic

    The ESN.fm relaunch of Systematic is almost ready. The first episode on the new network should be live next week.…

  • More custom ringtones, just for you

    Because my wife is out of town and I'm bored, I have taken it upon myself to provide four more ringtones, in addition to the six I've already put out there. As was the case before, the new batch is based on some of the best songs ever, assuming you share my musical proclivities. If you don't, you can always make your own.…

  • Vox 2.1 with SoundCloud integration

    My favorite music player just got cooler. I've written about Vox here before, and covered the 1.0 release on TUAW. Version 2.1 is now available on the App Store.…

  • The history of Rock and Roll in reverse

    I love music. I love discovering new music. I love discovering old music. I didn't have any guides to the world of music, really. I struck out on my own and found what I love by buying, trading and stealing until things made sense. And it all went backwards.…

  • VOX 2.0

    I wrote up the Vox 1.0 release for TUAW a little while back. It seems like it's only been a few months (it's been 6), but Vox 2.0 is already here. I love this powerful little music controller and have been using it as my main (non-Spotify/Simplify) player.…

  • Sidecar 1.3, now in Technicolor

    A quick one... Sidecar 1.3 now comes in four variations: Blue (original), green, black and white. Just for fun, here's a video. Download the update after the stunning performance.…

  • Sidecar 1.2

    It turns out I like Sidecar (my new jacket for Simplify) enough to keep playing with it a little. I present version 1.2 for your review.…

  • Who loves music and 27-inch monitors?

    I had a little fun this morning making a very large theme for the Simplify music controller. I wanted something that made use of the background screen real estate on my Thunderbolt display. "Sidecar" is what I came up with... keep in mind it was pretty early in the morning. Naming things before 6am is not my strong point.…

  • Junkyard Country Poprocks

    Rounding off a very quiet week, I thought I'd throw an unusual recording of mine out there. I've been prepping a podcast, working on some non-blog writing, and managing (or attempting to) a large project at the day job. Thus, slow posting rate. Forgive me, the code craziness will continue after these messages.…

  • A little rock and roll: Inconsequential Martyr

    And now for something entirely different... I wanted to test out GarageBand '11 as a musical scratchpad, so I put this together last night (also my first recording with an electric guitar). It's mostly first takes (which is especially obvious on the vocal tracks) because I wanted to see how well the app worked for just getting ideas out of my head. My conclusion: it works really well. The Groove Sync and Flex Timing fixed a lot of little mistakes. If only it had an autotuner (you'll say, I'm…

  • Title track: Something Precious

    This is a song I recorded a couple of years ago. I like it, although it's a bit dark. Yes, even darker than my usual. You may be happy to know that --- since getting my new electric guitar --- I've actually been writing some happier music. I haven't recorded any of it yet, but hope to find some time soon.…

  • Blue Bags: new song with 33% more metaphor

    You can count yourself lucky if you have no idea what "blue bags with red letters" might be, but I think you'll get the idea from the lyrics to this song nonetheless. Within certain circles, the stamp bag is a common form of packaging powdered goods... at least in New York and other high-traffic cities. A small envelope, often blue in my day, stamped with red letters which spell out the name of the dealer/batch the contents are from.…

  • And now... something happier

    Junky Angel, my last post, was a rather dark look into my psyche, which makes this next one, "All Comes Spilling Out," seem happy by comparison. It's a love song, dark though it may be. Kind of like Robert Smith's more stable side doing a cover of "Give My Love to Rose." Maybe.…

  • Sad songs, part 2: Junky Angel

    If not the saddest song I've ever written, "Junky Angel" is at least in the top 5. I'm not always this much of a downer, but I really needed to get this one up here as I start publishing my more recent work, mostly because this song in particular lays a historical and emotional backdrop for the journey and growth that follows.…

  • Sad music for happy people, part 1

    While I normally keep my blogging pretty technical, I've decided to start sharing some of my more personal projects, just to see what happens. I've been (slowly) working on a few songs for a very low-budget EP, and this is the first one I've "finished," per my own standards, anyway.…