Outside of that, last week, I picked up on my music again. I play around a lot with electronic music. I try to write some stuff, but end up just getting a lot of 1 - 2 minute snippets of stuff I really like. I am starting to flesh out some actual projects that I would like to work on. There are some very specific ideas that I have, so I am trying to get those rolling.
If you are at all curious about just how I do this music stuff, I use a couple programs on my computer that act as virtual synthesisers, samplers, drum machines, and effect units. I also have some midi hardware that I use as well, to include midi keyboards, Roland Groovebox, Akai S3000XL sampler, Digi002 Rack. I also use a Mackie HUI control surface for ProTools.&nsbp; The DAW software that I use is Propellerheads Reason, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase SL3. Some plugins I use are Propellerheads ReBirth, Novation V-Station, Native Instruments Absynth.
All of this gets pumped through a Mackie Big Knob and a pair of Event Tuned Reference 6 monitors. I also use various mics and play an Ovation guitar (but that doesn't appear much in my digital music ;-) ) For mic and guitar, I use an Aphex 207 Tube Preamp which I have to say I really enjoy. It seems like the guys at Aphex are incredibly geeky, which is ok in my book. The printed manual is an engineers dream of specs and diagrams, and their engineers tell you why they made certain decisions. It is pretty cool.
I really make the music to unwind. It is kind of one of those things that is for me... A lot of friends ask me to put some of my music out so they can hear it. I think when I get something finished that I am happy with, I will. Until then, like I said, the music is very much for me to unwind and relax. I think if I were to play it for people, they would feel obligated to provide feedback... well since it is for me, I don't want any feedback. It is not about how they think I could do it differently or improve it. It is about, what did I feel when I was putting that track down. Maybe I know that I am a control freak and wouldn't be able to handle criticism. When you think about it though... how in the hell do you criticize art? It is someone elses creative thinking process. I think and artist really only has to answer to one person. That would be them...
On that note, Cheers all!