Look and Feel

:: There have been some obvious changes to those who have visited this site before. The new layout is a little less harsh on the eyes with a little more variety. This, in a way, reflects a bit of what I'm getting into with school and what I want to pursue in my studies of new media. I've realized that a variety of skills is a must in this world, and more areas of knowledge means more opportunity. Plus, the thought of learning about new fields of media like TV, video post-production, web, and others is really exciting. A lot of this is stemming from planning for certain internships next year; more on that later.

Another change you might have noticed is that all my audio material has been moved to my external site, aptly (and without originality) named the "File Vault". I will try to stay as up-to-date as possible with those, which I don't think will be a problem since it's a little more organized. A permanent link will be at the top of this page under the header, and I will include a link in every post that is about some project I've done and been able to upload for your listening pleasure. That link is below ::



File Vault UPDATE: Intro to Audio

:: The separate website I've decided to use to host all my audio files and projects has now been updated with my "Intro to Audio" catalog. Feel free to browse around if you haven't read my very early blog posts and heard my very early work at Evergreen. I did, and it was pretty trippy.

If you've forgotten the address or just can't find it on this page, it is http://musicianator.web.officelive.com/default.aspx ::


Jungle Boss - Final Mix (et al.)

:: I hereby present the final mix of the song Clo-da-do' by Jungle Boss (the title is pronounced "CLOH-deh-DOH"). This is the unmastered version that will be tweaked and adjusted for the final CD, but this represents all the work I have done for it; after this, it's out of my hands. I had fun working with Jungle Boss and fully enjoyed engineering their song. Last I heard, they liked the final product, and I liked the final product, so that's a job well done in my book. As always, I would love to go back and fiddle with little bits and pieces here and there throughout the song, but I absolutely believe that this recording can hold its own without any more input. I hope Mr. Kevin Kent, audio intern and mastering engineer, agrees with me and finds this song easy to master.

On another note, the new quarter has arrived. My Music Composition class is sadly no more, but I took the opportunity to start down my own path for my education. For my first eight credits, I'll continue in Advanced Audio and finish out the year, and for the remaining eight, I have undertaken an independent learning contract which I have entitled "A Study of Film Sound". The title is self-explanatory: I'll be reading two books ("The Foley Grail" and "In the Blink of an Eye"), writing what I learned from them, and applying their discussed techniques and insight to my own projects. One such project is doing all the soundwork for an animation piece entitled "Moon Diary", the story of which is centered around the final seven days of the moon's life. It should be interesting and challenging since I have never done this sort of work before. If that gets finished in a reasonable amount of time (i.e. before the end of the spring quarter), then I will possibly be composing music and/or recording sounds for my own short piece.

Advanced Audio will be taking a lot of my time as well. We have three major project assignments this quarter: 1) The Drop-In - Take a familiar song and add a new instrument in such a way that it sounds like it was always there, or at least should have been; 2) Multitrack Mix 1 - record and mix a group in the allotted two weeks; 3) Multitrack Mix 2 - record and mix a group in the allotted four weeks. Also, in week seven, we'll be taking a field trip to Seattle to tour some professional studios.

Both these programs should be fun, but all in all, a very full quarter to round out the year ::

UPDATE: Due to some weirdness with Office Live, my .mp3 is not being uploaded correctly. I'll have the file working as soon as I can.

UPDATE: The uploading process has been fixed, so the music should play normally. Don't worry about what the player displays for the run time; it's actually over 6 1/2 minutes.

UPDATE: File is now only available at http://musicianator.web.officelive.com/default.aspx