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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

  Fragments

I have about an hour's worth of midi fragments. I have rendered down most of it. The key to it all is that at most there's 32 bars of anything that's any good, then noodling, then something else. Most of it is not in the midi tempo.

There's places where the overdubs are good, and otherplaces where they are bad.

Bunch of new age stuff, not good enough to make George Winston scared. Not all this is labeled yet.

Interregnum - which is this piece in Am and D (and some C,G) that is basically the same chord changes as Rhysling and me, but more or less stands alone. There's a sax or a flute in this one eventually. I've also done it with a howling bass part... hmm...

In no particular order on these files:

A couple good blues intros. Maybe even a pair of complete blues. Who knows?

Rhe first part of a piece I call "Estonia, 1956", which is one of the earliest things I ever wrote. It's normally in Gm, Cm and D, but I had transposed my keyboard up or down somewhere and I haven't figured out where it landed yet.

Another thing called "Spooky", in Em,D,C,Bm. Or maybe not.

Born to Cry - Basically a walk in D.

The walk:

D A# B B G F# E A
D A# B B G F E A

The chords:
D A B B G D E A
D A B B G G Gm7/F Gm/E maybe an A not sure yet

Next up - extracting the good bits from the monday's jam andtuesdays's jam.

I will periodically update these, and ultimately put up links to the rendered music. It seems to take about realtime to mix down a 96Khz mix down to 44.1. I'm typing this while that happens, the a cd burns for a test listen. I think I'll switch to audacity to cut apart the bits.

My recording pattern is now: fire everything up, record midi and audio, record, record. Stop. Save everything. copy it over to another box. Start rendering it there. (Same setup, just dual processors and 10ms latency on jackd) Go back into overdub mode on the main box, try a few things. Make some annotations. Get coffee while it plays back. Hold cat. If it held up, save everything and cp over to other server which is hopefully finished rendering by now, start it rendering again. Exit everything. Bring up rosegarden and linuxsampler. Start editing...

At the end of the session I have another half hour of some fairly worthwhile things. Cool, I can listen to all this stuff with a notepad while I get some sanding done. Enter exit everything mode.
 
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