Memory

As has been illustrated in scientific journals, such as this paper, our memory is fallible. What we believe we remember may be a reconstruction from the bits and pieces that we actually remember. It’s as if the story happened the last way it was remembered, not necessarily how it actually happened. Here’s something that I wrote.

I have voices in my head
Telling me everything I've done
And everything I've said
Yes, I'm probably the one.
Time distorts like a filter
Memories become like dreams
Your past is an illusion
Or that's how it seems.
From what we remember
Come grudges and hate
And it's what we remember
That lets us relate.
But our minds are not right
Our memory isn't perfect
When on comes a light
We're scratching the surface;
We may imagine the middle
Or fill in the ends
Memories of being little
Of your family,
Of your friends,
Of your life.

On Your Feet

I wrote this one afternoon while sitting with my feet up on my girlfriend’s couch.

Old kicks, new shoes,
Bright whites, light blues,
Ankle high, size three's,
Ugg boots, to your knees,
High tops, high heels,
Moccasins, back wheels,
One swoosh, three stripes,
All-Stars, all types,
Boat shoes, just socks,
Work boots, flip flops,
Sandals and slippers,
The ones with the zippers,
Bowlers, golf cleats,
Runners, and bare feet,
LEDs, bright lights,
Air Force Ones, British Knights,
Over legs, over toes,
Thigh highs, pantyhose,
Deck shoes, pleather,
Oxfords and leather,
Rain boots, size two's,
Slip-ons, snow shoes,
Take the time, try to care,
On which you stand, on what you wear.

goodsoundwaves

I’m looking to put together a local music podcast.

I would like the show to feature Northeast Ohio artists interviewing and having conversations with other local artists. Original music could be incorporated, either pre-recorded or recorded “live” in my studio.

The most recent episode(s) will be hosted for free download here at goodsoundwaves.

Our first guest host will likely be Joe Nock, a local singer/songwriter.

Thanks to Joe for this humorous welcome to goodsoundwaves:

“In Love with You”

I wrote a love song for my girlfriend. Keep in mind I don’t play any instruments and I’m not a singer. So I copy and pasted drum strikes to make a beat. Then everything started coming together.

I’ve been slowly gaining experience creating musical pieces using samples. I can’t play the drums so, for this track, I created a kick drum beat by copying and pasting a one-shot from my sample library. From there I built the song up one layer at a time. For example, I found a snare drum strike I liked and a closed hi-hat sound that fit and copy and pasted like crazy.

For some extra feeling, I recorded my friend Smokin’ Joe Rodak as he played my Fender Strat along to my existing music. For the first half he pretty much played in line with the acoustic guitar. For the second half I asked him to improvise and play what he felt was right for the moment.

Then I did what I would like to think of as “singing”. Yeah, that’s me on vocals. It took me three takes to create the layers. The first layer “I’m so in love with you” is my straight vocals with a little assistance from Autotune. The second layer “Hey, baby” uses Antares’ Harmony Engine to sound something like four vocalists singing together. The final layer “And every time I look into your eyes…” uses a mutation effect to make for the affected vocals.

Lyrics

You’re like a dream come true (Don’t wake me)
I’m feeling deja vu (The same thing)
All days are good with you

And I could look into your eyes
another hundred thousand times because

I’m so in love with you (My baby)
I know you love me to (That’s crazy)
Hard times were all we knew

But when I look into your eyes
all I see is paradise and so

My heart is truly true (No fakin’)
I’ll gladly be your fool (Just playin’)
Now getting back to you

I love to look into your eyes
for my best surprising prize and so

I love the number two (Oh baby)
Like in those eyes on you (I’m sayin’)
My favorite shade of blue

And when I look into your eyes
I see the colors of the skies and now

I’ll share my life with you (I’m waitin’)
Do anything you want me to (I’m sayin’)
We’ll bake some cookies too

And we’ll make the kind you like
in the middle of the night; Let’s go!

I’ll spend my nights with you (My lady)
You’ll be my little spoon (Hey, hey, hey)
Cash in that IOU

And as we drift into the night
I hold you in my arms so tight and then

I’ll wake up next to you (I’m prayin’)
All my days are brand new (In some way)
Be my babe I’ll be your boo

From the new day’s sunlight
to the middle of the night

You like me and I like you (I’m stayin’)
No matter how or what we do (It’s hazy)
I want to be with you

I’d fly a hundred thousand miles
Just to see your pretty smile because

My heart is just for you (It’s beatin’)
What ever did I do (Deservin’)
Someone so right as you

You’re the girl that makes me proud
so I want to sing out loud to you

Can’t wait to be with you (Or maybe)
I love my love with you (So say me)
My actions are my proof

You make me always want to reach
to be the best that I can be

I’m so in love with you (Hey baby)
I know you love me too (That’s crazy)
It’s always me and you

And when I look into your eyes
I see I found my paradise…

  • Song Time: 4 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • 96 beats per minute
  • 4:4 common time

Choosing Your Next Audio Computer

I was watching a few videos about the changes in PreSonus Studio One 5.4 when this automatically played when I reached the end of the playlist. In this video Gregor from PreSonus gives some helpful tips and points out common mistakes people make when shopping for a music production computer.

Gregor provides five common mistakes that people often make.

Mistake #1: Always Ticking the Lowest Box

You don’t need to have the most expensive options on a computer order form to get the performance you need. There may be better options for your configuration if you look closely at all of your options.

Mistake #2: Only Looking at the Core Count

Any one song process is handled by a single core at a time. More cores won’t prove that beneficial unless their base clock speed is higher. For example, Apple charges +$7000 to add a 28 core CPU with a clock speed in the 2-3 GHz range while their 8 core CPU had a 4 GHz speed, which means that one song process will likely be faster on the lower core chip.

Mistake #3: Spending Too Much (or Too Little) on RAM and Graphics

Gregor shows how to see the base amount of RAM you’ll need. Basically, you don’t need to spend too much on capacity that will never get touched. You do however want some headroom to keep your system running smoothly. Also, don’t go with integrated graphics. Much of the work is offloaded to the GPU to enable the CPU to improve performance.

Mistake #4: Investing Too Much (or Too Little) into SSDs.

Solid State Drives are best for storing your sample library and for you project files for quick access and low latency. SSDs are often unnecessarily expensive for archiving, which is a task suitable for pretty much and other drive.

Mistake #5: Cutting the Wrong Corners

Get a big enough power supply, better quality (quieter) fans, enough USB ports, etc. Get a system that includes Thunderbolt connectivity if you intend to use devices with those connections.

Gregor also pointed out a couple of businesses that configure music production computers. He has links provided in the video description on YouTube.

Tunnels

Travelling through the Lincoln Tunnel and PA Tunnels.

When we were about to get to the Lincoln Tunnel my phone was clipped to the passenger side visor to record the experience. This was repeated as we left the city, and through each of the four tunnels through Pennsylvania mountains along our route home.

Rather than share our conversation, I replaced the audio with my own musical creation. I had originally had an original one minute track on loop which was a bit arduous to listen to by the end. The current background music was created by arranging and manipulating licensed audio samples into a video length continuous track. I tried to make a noticeable change in the music for the transitions from one tunnel to the next. I saved the arrangement as “Tunnel Workshop”.

“Tunnel Workshop” arrangement for the Lincoln Tunnel video.

I used Vegas Pro 14 to create the original edited video. I used Vegas Pro 16 to edit and apply changes to this video and Studio One 5 to edit and manipulate the audio samples.