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Journal of No. 118


January 22nd, 2004

(no subject) @ 03:56 pm


Writing a speech about the market for lasers in bioinstrumentation is not as much fun as it sounds.

The World of Cthulhu has been rocked by, well, Worlds of Cthulhu, a new magazine devoted to Call of Cthulhu. The surprising thing (to me) is that it's being run by Keith Herber and divers hands of rare talent. Seeing Doc Herber's name associated with the project made me sit up and actually pay attention. This has the potential to fill the gap created by the anemic publishing schedule of Chaosium & Pagan Publishing. And with good stuff. Stuff good enough that I might have written it. Stuff that I might, in fact, write. dusts off gaming-writing-guy hat

I downloaded the demo of Metro SE. It took me a while to get everything hooked together properly - the operating system, the MIDI interface, the synthesizer and the software all have to mesh like clockwork. And they didn't feel like meshing at the start.
I haven't had much time to fiddle with it, but I think it will easily do everything I need it to, and a lot more.
Since Metro records audio in addition to MIDI, I could conceivably sing into the miniphone on the iMac on top of the digital output from the synthesizer. Metro gives me a poor man's recording studio for a mere $70 (not counting $1300 for the iMac and $800 for the synth)
 
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From:mersh
Date:January 22nd, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
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What kind of music are you making?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:January 23rd, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
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Sadly, mostly I will be capturing (and digitally perfecting) my performances of classical works. The last time I had a fully operational set-up, I managed to put together an entire recording of one of Bach's Brandenburg concertos, with separate voices for violins, horns, etc.
But I will probably also be drawn into creating mediocre electronica.
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From:mersh
Date:January 23rd, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
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you could probably do good electronica with a foundation in classical music.

lots of people who make it don't have any formal training. and a lot of those have no imagination. but that's sturgeon's law, isn't it?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 23rd, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)

aaaahhh!

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No, Sturgeon's Law is completely false.

;-)
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:January 23rd, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)

Re: aaaahhh!

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90% of anonymous LJ comments are crap.
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From:mayxbo5
Date:January 23rd, 2004 12:50 am (UTC)

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OR you can come in and record some spicy hot shit with me! ;)
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:January 23rd, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
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Hot! Though really your time would be wasted on me. Though now that I think about it, if you're looking for people to record... I could hook you up with Colleenky, who's now Assistant Director at Jouyssance; she's got a great voice. Or the erstwhile Enigma Players, who have been known to sing a tune from time to time.
Or hell... somewhere there's a stack of DAT with the jumbled up pieces of a radio-theater performance of one of Lovecraft's stories, working off an adaptation I wrote.
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From:mayxbo5
Date:January 26th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)
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Well, you know, it's not that I don't have anyone to record. it's just I have trouble finding BANDS. I want to record whole bands for the experience. The only people I know are solo artists.

With Ben, I ended up doing his piano part first, then drums, then guitars and bass, and it was just kind of weird and unconventional.

Journal of No. 118