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October 4th, 2005

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10:34 pm - ...Frank's banana... (I swear, I just said that.)
October's MP3 of the Month is up. It's called Forbidden Fruit and contains my first attempt fabricating a convincing distortion guitar via MIDI. I actually started three different pieces of music specifically to be October's MP3 (not together -- I was going to finish them all and choose the best one), but on Friday none of them were ready and I wanted to do something else, so I put Forbidden Fruit together instead. Check it out.

Anyway, I'm watching Clerks: The Animated Series in its entirety tonight, which I've never done before. I don't rent movies, and though most of my friends bought it, you all refused to loan it to out or watch it with me so I didn't bother with it until yesterday when I found it cheap at Preplayed. Yeah, it's worth about what I paid for it. Which is fine. It's not half as rewarding as watching the entirety of Twin Peaks, but it's five minutes shorter than Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and not as depressing. There's also considerably less creamed corn in the story, but at least Clerks features Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of Patrick Swayze. There's comedy gold in them thar h It's funny.
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Current Music: Clerks

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Date:October 5th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)

That's actually one of the better synthesized guitars I've heard. I'm actually pretty impressed with the bass, but that could be just because I don't know any better.

This is quite evocative of a great Castlevania MP3 I have. Perhaps the last thing you want is for it to be compared to pre-existing music, but I wanted to combat the notion that it wasn't Halloween-y enough. I certainly don't mean to say that it could be mistaken for Halloween music, just that -- in me -- it successfully calls up the same imagery as, say, the Simon's Quest theme.

Thinking about music this way reminds me of days of yore...

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Date:October 5th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like the bass, too, which I think has mostly to do with the quality of the instrument sample. Through most of the piece it just keeps the rhythm, but there are a few places where it gets a little more complicated (say, around the 1:33 mark), and I'm really happy with those.

Yeah, it's not that I'm trying to compose soundalikes, but
this is the sort of music that I always thought should have been in the soundtrack to Castlevania. Those soundtracks always sounded like NES arrangements of Iron Maiden to me (yet somehow I don't like Iron Maiden -- go figure). I always thought that when video game sound technology improved, we'd be treated to something like Forbidden Fruit, and I was disappointed when the Castlevania games adopted techno. I like techno, but I was hoping for something closer to The Minibosses.

Anyway, days of yore... Why come you stopped composing music? Just had other, more pressing interests?
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Date:October 5th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. I guess my desire to do other things trumped my desire to improve my real or imagined deficiencies. The other component was my perfectionist nature and penchant for giving in to impatience -- I wanted to be better NOW, not later. The process got tiresome: I can compose a symphony in my head and play multiple parts simultaneously with all the bells and whistles of a legitimate recording, but my sense of pitch doesn't extend to knowing the name of the note without outside help. I have no idea how to mechanically describe what I'm hearing, and this lack of basic applied music theory makes transcribing the stuff a chore -- by the time I get down ONE line, the process has successfully destroyed any mental access I had to the others. Maybe I should just buy a tape recorder and hum?

I still find I mentally deconstruct music; a track here or there of a well-known song will capture my attention. Almost always I'll be in no position to do anything about it, such as when I'm on a long car ride.

But, I AM starting to think about it again, especially since I have no musical instrument around at this new place, and I need some kind of outlet.

So, on a related note, if you're ever looking for a new outlet, would you like to provide a tune or two for any video game projects? I've been bugging Dustin about it as well.

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Date:October 6th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
I have another answer:

I drudged up a copy of Noteworthy and went through a few old files I have. There are a couple "noteworthy" files (har har), but mostly I somehow felt STUPIDER for listening to them.

I think I need to make a clean break and just start all over if I have any hope of picking this up again.

...Frank's banana... (I swear, I just said that.) - Garmonbozia for the soul. — LiveJournal

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