January 12th, 2006

Wedding day

As promised, here's my "what I've done over the last few days" update:

Yesterday somebody brought in to work a three-pound Whitman's-like chocolate sampler. That's a lot of chocolate, and I was surprised to see it still mostly intact until I tried a piece. Believe me: Nothing curbs chocolate cravings like getting cheap Easter basket stuffing when you're expecting Ghirardelli.

This has been a pretty uneventful week. I'm having the unusual experience of finding that my days are dragging by very slowly, and yet I was astonished to realize this morning that today is Thursday. I have to practice with offBeat tonight. I swear I just did that like, last Thursday.

On Monday night I went to agaysexicon and fuzzyinthehead's where koriandrkitten finally helped me fulfill my slightly-more-than-a-year-and-a-half-long dream of seeing Harry Potter III: Revenge of the Sith. Why come I didn't see it a year and seven months ago? Because all of you lot went in a group and bought tickets in advance before you thought to ask me. Anyway, now that I'm up to speed on the movies, I can see HP4: With a Vengeance. Probably see it with Gemma on the Imax, if it sticks around long enough. Still working on caring enough to read the books. It took me many abortive attempts over five years to actually get interested in the first one, and I'm still struggling to get into the second one. This is what reading almost nothing but William Gibson, Mark Leyner, and Douglas Hofstadter for five years does to a person. It was a mistake and I don't recommend it.

I had plans on Tuesday night, but they didn't pan out. I stayed at home and mostly got angry when, after recording a whole bunch of music, I discovered that it was full of little sonic defects thanks to my decision to follow some recording advice given me by one of evil_jim's friends. It's fine, it's a learning experience. On the plus side, I've figured out some great ways to misuse some of the features of my sound-editing software.

I also watched Big Top Pee-Wee because (shut up) it's the only major Tim Burton movie (shut up, I said) which I hadn't seen. I completely failed to get into it. Possibly I wasn't in the mood for it, but mostly I think it's just a mediocre movie. It might have been more enjoyable had it not been the sequel, but it's also deeply flawed as it contains too many love-triangles to be appropriate for kids, but too many wisecracking pigs to appeal to adults. Nice score from Danny Elfman, though. Like you care. I atoned by watching Blue Velvet last night. Remember when I said that watching David Lynch films is probably an unhealthy practice for me? Blue Velvet is a perfect example as to why.

Wednesday night I rerecorded all that stuff from Tuesday, and having listened to it today at work, I'm happy with it. The drum needs to be one dynamic quieter in the first movement, but otherwise it's fine. Most of you won't care about this, some of you might care and a few of you already know and have expressed interest. Quite some time ago (say, late 2001) I started work on three instrumental suites inspired by The Fates from Greek mythology (represented in music by winds, strings and harp), the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Old Testament of the Bible (chamber string ensemble), and Ragnarok, the ancient, Norse vision of the end of the world (general electronic/orchestral). It's finally freakin' finished, which it might have been in Fall of 2003 had I not suffered such composer's block over Ragnarok.

Those who knew me Back in the Day will remember that I used to sell music on MP3.com, and that after their business model failed, I stopped sharing my serious compositional efforts with the world. Bandwidth does not come cheap. I've just recently installed and been testing software that sells and manages MP3 downloads though, so that'll be up and running in a few days.

Anyway, this post has run really long, and I need to leave work so um, I'm gonna do that.
  • Current Music
    Tears For Fears - Standing on the Corner of the Third World