Musical muses (Or tales from the Emerald Isle)

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  1. Paul Wickham

    Paul Wickham Oh no you didn't!

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    Well getting back on track, I shelved the last effort and the next one...Lyrics just not coming. Then remembered another track an instrumental with a distinctly African vibe that I had been meaning to get back to. What do you know lyrical ideas started to form for that. So lets see where that goes. Domestic duties will get in the way for the next day or so, but that may be no bad thing.
     
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    Paul Wickham Oh no you didn't!

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    Well here is a surprise. I have a mate who is an independent film producer. I have worked with him in an entirely unrelated to music role before. We met because I used to sword fight, both teaching and doing demonstrations. Long story short he needed a suit of armour I had one, we met. Later I co-produced a promo for a film on Vlad the Impaler that never got made and that was it. The other day he put out a call on Farcebook for songwriters with material he could use on his latest film. Okay I thought nothing ventured nothing gained so gave him a link to my Soundcloud. He picked three of my songs for the soundtrack!
     
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    Wade Garrett I am the projectionist.

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    Awesome. :D That's not something you read every day!
     
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    Ha ha. No I guess I forget that is not the the norm for most folk. Swords and sword fighting were part of my life for many years. Took me all over doing demonstrations, been involved in a couple of films and a slew of documentaries. Here for your amusement is me in said armour in Malta entertaining the crowds.
     

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    Paul Wickham Oh no you didn't!

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    Well you never know when the muse will strike, and struck it it. Having given up of the last couple of efforts that were just not doing it for me. This popped up. Lyrics just came as if they were always that easy. That's the fun and the frustration of working on your own. When it's flowing there is nothing better, when it's not it's a waiting game.
    Anyway for the curious, I will I guess post it in the appropriate thread, so pop over if it your want and have a gander at Stone Cold Crazy. (Love that title)
     
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    Paul Wickham Oh no you didn't!

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    Well it's been good to have the EJ200 back...Or version two of it. I had developed quite a liking for what is a very reasonably priced guitar. The last one I had changed the strings to Martins, and man it really came to life. Such an easy guitar to play as well. Also enjoying my Les Paul Studio, on sale and so well affordable. The Burnie I picked up at a reduced price is also working it's way into my affections more than I expected.

    Really when I look back a few decades at the dire planks that cost similar money we really do live in something of a golden age. While the top end has got kinda silly, down at the mid and lower end, it really is tough to buy a bad guitar.
     
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    Paul Wickham Oh no you didn't!

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    I really am the worlds worst at labelling tracks in my DAW. Projects full of Track (x). Occasionally I get all professional (as I always am working on other peoples projects, and as I taught when I taught such things) It is though depressingly rare.

    Yesterday in an attempt to finally get a grip I added pictures of all my guitars and miscellaneous magic boxes to the custom icon list. Will I use them? This remains to be seen, but I'm hoping that if I go to the bother of adding an icon to the track of what I'm playing, I might also type some informative words.

    It's all down to those heads you wear working solo. The Artistic Head is too busy being artistic to worry about typing actual words. Create track, set input...GO. But Artist Head has an ego, he will want pictures of his lovely guitars, so fingers crossed. Just maybe he can be induced to give Pre-Mix Head a helping hand, and that will make Mix Heads job so much easier, and replacing scratch parts less hit and miss.

    Everyday in every way...
     
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    Wade Garrett I am the projectionist.

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    This might be familiar behaviour! :D
     
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    Well the Fender bass has gone off to my local(ish) Guitar tech. Whatever is wrong is beyond my skills. So continuing on with the Ibanez bass. The last set of strings I put on it were a disaster, can't remember where I got them, but I suspect it was my most local music shop. Not a place I go often as it is pretty dire unless you are looking for really cheap starter gear.

    So when dropping of the Fender I took a look at what that place had. The Fender has been rocking D’Addario NY XL’s for a while I really like them. They didn't have them but had some RotoSound Nexus. New to me, but Kevin the shop owner said one of his customers a real bassist swore by them...They are black! The Ibanez is white! How could I not?

    Turns out to have been a good move. They sound great and look deadly.

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    Well peeps...The Fender Bass has returned. Turns out the electrolytic caps had given up the ghost and leaked their contents over the circuit boards. So they have been replaced and the boards cleaned. My goodness what a difference. Obviously the sound has been deteriorating over time and like any slow deterioration, passed unnoticed until the pops and crackles arrived.

    My Trike has also been in for repair. The mountings for the exhaust had all failed cracking the down pipes from the manifold and leaving the whole system free floating. That too has been fixed and at an incredibly fair price and returned the same day. So yesterday was a good day.
     
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    Well one of those days when a song comes out of the blue. I was having a clear out of some of those half baked ideas that tend to build up, you know the kind. Eight bars of something that seemed like a good idea at the time. I always take a listen then most time delete. During this process I came across a kinda Eagles type vibe thing. It still peaked my interest so worked on it some more, got the verse chorus structure down and picked up the pen...Low and behold lyrics arrived.
    Then the most singalong chorus I think I have written. The last verse was problematic, but came to me during a bathroom break. Heh I'll take it where I get it. Now the hard work of licking the vocals and harmonies into shape.
     
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    If the few who follow this thread would like to hear the song refered to above, pop over to the soundcloud thread where I have just posted a link. Bring a hanky. :D
     
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    Well just when you think your done with upgrades to your rcording kit something catches your eye and something else starts to bug you. The thing that caught my eye was a 500GB SSD on sale...Hmm, I thought, with a bit of judicious trimming of my system disk that is big enough to clone my system disk onto and use as a boot disk, saving wear and tear on my iMac system drive and allowing me to test updates to DAW and OSX without any downtime from nasty surprises. So this I did. Worked a charm...after some jiggery pockery, but used up a valuable USB 3 slot.

    Now to the thing that bugged me...My Raven touch screen was taking up a thunderbolt port. I picked up a cheap HDMI to Thunderbolt gadget when I first got the Raven but I have been running out of ports and it was time to upgrade that. Picked up a Belkin Thunderbolt Hub that opens things back up again. I can now have all of my kit connected and the CD burner instead of unplugging stuff to get other stuff plugged in.

    Then...Well, those SSD's were on sale...So picked up another as my recording disk. Have to say the whole system is flying, and now having a Thunderbolt pass through any future additions will have somewhere to live.
     
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    So after the successful studio computer upgrade, it was time to look at my sim racing rig. It's been struggling, over five years old which is like a hundred in computer years. A few of my racing buds have been raving about VR for racing. Oculus has the summer deal going so I thought I would take advantage. It was going to need quite a computer upgrade to get the best result but my current one would supply proof of concept.
    It arrived yesterday and after several hours of needed downloading of software, we were up and running. The concept well and truely proved.
    So new computer! I7 7700, 16gigs of DDR4 2133Mhz ram, GTX 1080 graphics card, 2TB hybrid drive.
    Hopefully, it arrives tomorrow and I see if my plan of cloning my current System drive to an external drive, booting the new one from that drive and doing a clean install of windows I have waiting on a thumb drive will save me a ton of downloading. I have done something similar before, sorting the various issues with a system waking up in a strange to its computer. It can be a bit of a brain ache but the thought of starting from scratch and downloading probably 60gigs of programs and data? It's the best option if it comes together.
     
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    The best-laid plans as they say. The plan failed dismally, not only that but going with the other option, the only other option of a clean install of windows was more trouble than it should have been. No problem starting the install set the thumb drive as the first boot option in bios and Bob should be your aunties live in lover.

    Not so! Every time I got past the first stage to the where do you want the install to go? The damn thing would not let me...Something to do with an MBR partition table on an EFI System. Hours of fiddling in Bios, internetting and all of a sudden it installed just as I had the bright idea of installing to an SSD I pinched from the studio, I plugged it in re-booted and suddenly the USB install fired up and let me install onto the internal. How? No idea, but I was happy it did.

    By three the following morning I had rescued as much data as I could, up early this morning to finish the job, still one or two issues but I raced today in VR and killed a few robots. The machine flies. It took longer and much more turning the air blue than I expected, but the end is in sight.
     
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    Well damn, it's been a long time since I was here last. So what's been happening? Well, not a great deal really. A couple of new guitars have been added to the collection, first an Ibanez RGEW521ZC (Such a catchy name)
    Not had an Ibanez since I owned a Focus 3000 many moons ago. This new one just hung on the wall screaming buy me...What are you going to do? It's a great tool and I'm glad I added it.

    Next was a Variax Standard, bit of a punt in the dark this one. B-Stock from Thomann. I was drawn to it because I'm getting Line 6 Helix floor for my birthday and the damn thing kept cropping up in demos. I was intrigued. Have to say it plays really well, far better than I expected for the price. The modelling side is of course what it's all about and while it would never replace the Lesters or Strat it does offer some interesting and usable tones and the on the fly retuning certainly encourages experimentation. Not everyone's cup of tea I'm sure but again I'm glad I added it to the collection.

    I am in the process of building another PC based workstation out of my old gaming rig and the Creamware Audio card from my old set up. It seemed such a shame for it to be gathering dust. With Cakewalk being free at the moment, a DAW that seems quite useful and not too dissimilar to Logic and a perfectly serviceable computer and audio card just doing nothing it seemed a good idea. The only fly in the ointment is Creamware went out of business and have morphed into Sonic Core. The old drivers and software to run this rather unique card, of course, will not run with Win10 so I will need to buy the Sonic Core version that fortunately should be compatible. They have been decent enough to give me a 48 hour test period just to be sure it all works so that is my next job.
    The weather here in Ireland has been glorious and I have been out on the trike more up until now than all of last summer which was monotonously wet. So that has been great.
    Anyhoo I hope you are all well and I'm off to play. :)
     
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    Well thanks to SonicCore and the 48 hour demo (Shh don't tell them I doubled that by setting my computer clock back) I managed to get this rather odd creamware card up and running. I remember it taking an age to configer it first time around, and that time was no different. But the end result is...Two studios. Pretty pointless on the face of it, but once you know I am actually looking to go in with a friend who has a live venue and want's to offer studio space too? The picture makes more sense.

    He knows nothing about recording, I know...well, more than the average Joe, so a team up is on the cards. Of course if that doesn't pan out? I have a nice little recording setup to sell.

    Getting to know Cakewalk has been interesting. Not a bad DAW, espesially given it is free at the moment. I find it's workspace a little on the busy side as compared to Logic, and it lacks Logics amazing content. However as a straight forward DAW for recording instruments? Yes it is just the ticket. P1020052.JPG
     
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