A friend of mine asked that I explain my latest parlor-trick approach to music making.Â There are lots of different ways of making tunes on computers, but I’ve been fiddling around with a sortof “live layered jam” approach where I cycle through a loop, adding an instrumental part each time through.Â Loads of fun to do.
So click HERE to listen to this 11 minute podcast of a little 12-bar tune being built up layer by layer.
Richard, and the rest of the crew of the tall ship Bounty, are heading out in a couple days.Â They’re leaving from San Juan Puerto Rico with a destination of St Petersburg, Russia — so this is a two-way crossing of the Atlantic.
I decided to dedicate this little tune to the Bounty.Â It’s long, much like this voyage — and the many watches that they will all be standing.Â It’s a little boring, which is my fondest hope for the voyage as well.Â It’s in the key of E, so Rich and his crew mates can jam along on just about any instrument that’s likely to show up on the ship.Â It’s a bit of a lullaby, for those moments when things are hard.Â But it’s also a little jaunty, which describes Rich and the rest of the crew to a T.
Best listened to under headphones (think, iPod) — the bass part totally disappears when I listen to it on my PC.
Hey!Â It’s my 60th birthday today AND this is the 60th Geezercast.Â How ’bout that?Â This one is really short — just a 5 minute intro to a new tune that I built to learn about “slicing” — a musical technique that Robert Perry (son of Marcie’s cousin Joan Perry) taught me about when he came to visit a month or so ago.
This is a true Geezercast — capturing my thoughts for the grandchildren 50 years from now.Â I was at the ICANN meetings in Cairo the night of the election, so I have a few stories to tell about that too.
Mom died this month and this is the “lessons learned” Geezercast. A few words to my unborn grandchildren for when I do the same. It’s not as gloomy as that sounds, but it’s not wild entertainment either. Just some words…