Mexico, an original song and a cappella music video

First of all, I don’t know if we, as a species, will ever truly figure out how to spell “a cappella” in a way that we can all agree upon. I’ve chosen the proper Italian, and will probably take a hit to my search results because of it. Which is fine; it’s about attracting the right search queriers, not the most. Also “queriers” shouldn’t have a red line under it, Google. For shame.

There are a lot of exciting things going on. I’ve been enjoying running my YouTube channel, and will eventually do a post about what I’ve learned. This site is also in dire need of a redesign due to that and also just because I’m tired of this one. It should help me get excited about posting more again.

Speaking of segues, here’s an original song I wrote and recorded as an a cappella multitrack music video. The song’s called Mexico. More soon!

I’m Back

Back from Mexico, from scuba diving, and from quite a lot of margaritas. I shall make up for lost time by putting far too many links in one post, and call it art.

First, a practical link from Spectral Layers, a visual spectral audio editing program:

Spectral Layers from DIVIDE FRAME on Vimeo.

Not the first program to provide/attempt a spectral editor, but the layers and intuitive interface seem pretty novel. Other similar programs would be iZotope RX 2, Photosounder, CEDAR ReTouch, Adobe Audition, and of course the completely free SPEAR from Klingbeil. That’s probably only a partial list.

Spectralism is quite the can of worms, and I could easily do an entire post on it, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable tackling it at the moment since I’ll probably be studying it in depth in the coming year anyway. The compositional applications are only part of the use of visually representing the sound spectrum, other obvious uses include mixing and mastering, sound removal, timbre hijinx, etc. I definitely recommend all musicians, electronic or no, at least experiment with spectral waveforms to get a feel for the physics of what they do on a daily basis.

A photo of the handiwork of Stikman, one of my favorite graffiti artists:

It says The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths, which is a recreation of a work by Bruce Nauman. Such a wonderful quote, and very appropriate to this blog.

Ravel plays Ravel – “Valses nobles et sentimentales”

Such a surprisingly emotive work, I feel as if his playing adds a sort of desperate attention deficit disorder to the overall feel, which makes my little heart skip a beat. Amazing stuff.

And, finally, in honor of my recent week spent in Mexico!

The amazing and alluring Larkin Grimm, everybody.

Larkin Grimm

Happy Summer!