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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    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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