Wednesday, October 02, 2019

My Music

Inspired by a Quora answer I gave today. Do I listen to my own music?


I’m currently in a phase of listening heavily to my own music. Particularly my work-in-progress.

And really enjoying it.

In fact, I’m probably not sufficiently objective or critical of it. I find the slapdash sketchiness of it charming rather than problematic. ;-) 

It does what I want from music, it has the kind of tunes I like, against the kind of instrumentation I like, and rhythms I like, and experimentation I like. Without anything that I don’t like. Or which I find unnecessary.

Now, at the same time, I wish it was better. I wish it was more skilful. I wish it was less repetitive. (It is, I have to admit, very repetitive, made on looping DAW software). I really wish I was better at music. I wish it was more sophisticated. More elegant. More trendy and more admired. And certainly I wish it was better mixed and mastered to sound better on other people’s sound systems.

But I no longer wish it was different. I don’t wish it was somehow closer to genre norms, or more like artist X. It’s exactly like artist ME, in the kind of messy between-genre that I make. And that’s exactly what I want to make and want to listen to.

I struggle to be objective. I see flaws. But I don’t know how to improve on them. Every time I go to change something I feel that I’m losing something as well as gaining. And that’s hard to handle. I know that hurts the objective quality. I’m sure everyone else will hate the music because the flaws glaring at them.
 
That’s the (possibly not very) strange paradox. I simultaneously don’t trust the music is good enough for anyone else to like. But it’s the only thing that I could like this much.

Friday, September 13, 2019

New EP : Fernanda Design Tree, on BandCamp, SoundCloud etc.

I'm back to doing a lot of music at the moment.

Particularly cleaning up old sketches and half-finished tracks and polishing them into something that rest of the world might actually want to listen to.

This week I launched my new EP on BandCamp.


 

Friday, June 21, 2019

"If even modestly successful, Libra would hand over much of the control of monetary policy from central banks to these private companies,” said Hughes, a co-chair of the Economic Security Project, an anti-poverty campaign group. “If global regulators don’t act now, it could very soon be too late."

Facebook co-founder: Libra currency could give firms excess power

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Blogger

Meanwhile ... WTF Google?

You just don't care at all, do you?

How come Blogger in 2019 still doesn't have Markdown input as an option?

It's lack of attention to details like that which means you lost Google+. You still have Blogger as a social play. It could still be great. But you won't put any energy into making it better.

Facebook Libra

It's over.

Facebook finally conquered the world.

And not in the way we usually say companies "conquered the world".

I mean they already own our social network (ie. all our friends and relationships) and have become the only way that people can talk to each other. Now they will become money and be the only way people can pay each other.

I don't have a FB account. That means I am continually excluded by default from a range of things that people send information about. I miss events because they are posted on Facebook and Instagram and nobody remembers to use an alternative channel which I might see.

Tomorrow I might not even be able to be paid without being signed up to have Facebook as my Identity Provider.

With Uber signed up, I might not even be able to find work without Facebook's permission.

Here's a hint to the nation states of the world. If you want to still be in business in 20 or 30 years, ban Facebook Libra NOW!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Music 2019

Some music related stuff I've been doing recently.

Here's a quick recap :

I wrote a "Global Ear" column for The Wire magazine on the Brasilia underground / noise / experimental scene. And made a playlist you can listen to now.

You want to know about the future genres of music? Check this recent Quora answer I wrote about CineBeat.

Want to make Trap in Sonic Pi? Watch my video tutorial.