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…Where did the Summer go! Despite my promise to myself to stop working on music during the summer, I did manage to start a number of things (some which will now have to be finished in the Fall/Winter!) - like this one:
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Lots of reaction over at Synthtopia regarding this study (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/08/16/1221454110) in which it was noted that how a performer looks is of much greater importance than the quality of a musical performance.
I am really surprised at the “gee whiz” responses, given the state of decay that the business of music now finds itself in - especially given the propensity of audiences to follow artists who are known for being “seen” (where do these guys/girls find the time…I am stretched to the limit keeping current on my instrument/composing music/learning how to use new techniques-Hardware-Software/TCB???).
A bit depressing, but to be expected given the McGurk Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McGurk_effect) - Video did truly kill the radio star all those years ago, and anyone who can’t admit to this is in serious denial.
However, this is nothing more than a reality to be “worked around” rather than a death sentence for music…we can’t put the genie back in the bottle, so we may as well learn to live with it; with expectations lowered, great music will still be written by “ordinary people” (and new “Milli Vanillis” will be born everyday.)
What did you expect? Van Gogh was never interviewed by “Entertainment Tonight”, so why should you be…?
As the band on the Titanic said/did: “play on”.
…all you “ugly” people :-)
After a very long gestation, the Synth Documentary “I Dream of Wires” seems to have been born (given that I received my “Blu-Ray Hardcore Edition” the other day).
To clarify, this is the “IDOW Hardcore edition” - which the film-makers have requested it be referred to as (instead of “I Dream of Wires” - this has something to do with them attempting to arrange for a theatrical release…though I don’t quite understand why this makes a difference).
In any case, I have still not found the 4 hours to view the “Masterwork”, but from what I saw by testing that the DVD worked on my system, it looks great (to me anyway). I really doubt there is interest in this release beyond the Synth community, but I’m sure I will enjoy it immensely.
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I admit, I’m a Mark Knopfler fan - maybe not the coolest thing going, but I think no one else quite does what he does these days with his unique songwriting/guitar/singing style (note here that I am talking his post Dire Straits career - I think Dire Straits started out strong with the first two albums, but kind of collapsed under their own weight).
So it comes as no surprise that I greatly enjoyed this recent UK documentary “Guitar Stories” in which Knopfler talks about six guitars that have influenced his life and music. Some of the guitar choices are no surprise, but others are.
This sounds like a boring premise, but the British generally do a great job eschewing celebrity worship (well except for Simon Cowell, the Spice Girls…) and really give a sense of the passion that drives Knopfler (who is still recording) and his love of guitar. At the end of it I have no idea how many ex-wives Mark has (by all accounts many), how many rooms his country estate has, how many cars he owns, etc., but I do sense why he still makes music.
It’s nice to see a “Music Documentary” about music…watch it while you can (I have no idea how long it will take before the YouTube copyright police catch up with the poster)
Binaural recordings of an Olympic sized swimming pool from various locations in the viewing area - sounds heard include: (unintelligible) conversation, water lapping, the diving board, swimmers splashing, etc. The other set of “Diving Board” recordings feature the sound of the diving board more prominently.
…and forgive the (slight) low frequency bump in the 2nd recording - the CS-10EM microphone that I use is terribly sensitive to wind noise (not something I generally worry about when recording indoors) and, sure enough, the building HVAC system switched on at that moment creating a quick, short burst of air overhead!
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Anyone who really knows me, knows that I’m not much for Celebrity -especially when it comes to musical types. If you push me on the matter, I might argue that (for other than a handful of Artists) success has more to do with sheer dumb luck than anything else. This is not to discount hard work, but the reality is that “unknowns” work just as hard as “knowns” and often produce music that is comparable; the secret sauce which makes one different from the other, I honestly don’t know (and I don’t think anyone else knows - not all the time in any case)
I don’t really have a problem with the above - that goes with a lot of things in life; but I have an issue when artists can’t admit to this. I know this is largely the media’s fault - I mean why let the truth get in the way of a good story…and in any case which would you want to read: “Average Singer/Songwriter becomes famous by fluke” or “Singer/Songwriter is more talented than the Beatles”?
So I didn’t expect much truth when I ran across “Superstar Hollywood Composer” Han Zimmer’s posts on a forum related to Virtual Instruments - what I got truly surprised me: (I will give you the Cliffs notes version by quoting some of the best tidbits below):
And so on…
Many thanks to Hans - not just for making some awesome film scores (not all of them!), but for being an honest, unpretentious artist and striving for some manner of truth in a world full of hype.
…and for having some great and quotable responses.
Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel
…more important than what things are called is whether they are interesting to listen to.
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I am happy to announce the release of the “Hinterland” album, now available on iTunes, Spotify and elsewhere (still doesn’t seem to be on Amazon yet, but it should be shortly).
This release marks the culmination of my work for the last year (or so) and I am looking forward to a break to pursue some other Sound related avenues…to this end you may well see a lot more posting on my sound design Blog, “A Hidden Sound” (http://danielottinisound.tumblr.com/ ), as I ramp up some long-put off field recording for the Summer.
I have several sketches for my next Album-related project and will be working towards that in the coming year (though I have no definite release date that I am keeping to); in addition I plan to catch up on some technical stuff (I never quite seem to learn to use all the tools I have at hand as well as I would like) particularly exploring the recent release of MOTU’s very excellent Digital Performer 8 for Windows.
You will also likely see a few more releases for the Production Music market as I focus on that sphere of my practice.
Many Thanks and keep watching this space!
The Centre Cannot Hold (Sound Iron Mix)
…the “Sound Iron” edit, featuring predominately sampled instrumentation from the excellent Soundiron libraries (including the libraries noted below), is a hybrid of non-traditional, acoustic instrumentation (sampled Washing Machines, incandescent lightbulbs, hemp twine, etc.) played with an electronic, (rhythmic) feel that produces a unique atmosphere for this track. Vocals are provided by Avanna and the Olympus Micro Choir; lyrics are from the Yeats poem “The Second Coming”
Soundiron - Laundronium (2 instances)
Soundiron - Anti-Drum Vol 1
Soundiron - Twine Bass (2 instances)
Soundiron - Olympus Micro Choir
Soundiron - Luminabells
Reaktor - Prism
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