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I played a set of Native American flute music today at the Yellow Springs Street Fair in Ohio today, and this fine gent was in the audience. To all of the old Kristal forum people, we know him as MusicianFishin, but his name is Joe Stone. A long time forum friend, but I had never met him in person until today. Yeah, it was a good day..
I've been busy performing these past few months. Mostly smallish events, but it looks like the next couple of months it should get interesting. I inquired and auditioned to be a performer at this years annual Flute Festival at Sunwatch in Dayton, Ohio (USA) but didn't think I had a chance, since they had already booked some pretty impressive Nationally and Inter-nationally known flute artist. But what do I know..LOL, I was picked to start the event at 4:30pm on Friday, August 16th. (They spelled my name wrong, but what the hoo) I wasn't that nervous until I saw the artist that will be following me that night. Holy cr@p-ola!! Johnny Lipford, Painted Raven, and Mark Thunderwolf. In the Native Flute world, these are some heavy acts. I guess it's back to the bat cave to practice until my lungs bleed!! But really, I am stoked about the oppotunity to be included in this line-up, and a chance to make an impression.
I'm starting to get the season's shows, festivals, and events all lined up, and this is the first of the big ones. I even got my picture on the poster..LOL.
I will be playing solo Native American Flute all around the complex and on both stages. It is set at a Nature Preserve and animal rehabilitation center. It should prove to be a wonderful day..
I thought I'd share some photos and a sound sample of a new flute I bought about a week ago. It is called a "sister" flute, because of the two chambers? I'm not sure why. But it does have two chambers. A holed chamber that you actually play, and a "drone" chamber that provides a harmony to the played side. It is made of Poplar wood and the bird is Poplar also. It is in the key of F#. The sound sample starts with just the played side, and then I add the drone.
Putting the final touches on a new CD titled "WaterWay". Solo Native American flute with Nature Soundscapes of the water theme. Rainstorms, streams, brooks, ponds.
Here's a taste: titled "Cry of the Loon"
New song recorded in a new / revamped studio, with new mic setup, new flute, and new drums.
I've been busy with this and that, so I haven't been around alot, but I thought I'd share an experience that happened this morning.
My wife and I stepped out onto the back porch to go down to the barn to feed this horses this morning just before sun rise. I had just closed the door to the house, when we noticed a big buck deer about 50 feet away from us. Then another buck stepped out from around the garage and was not more than 15 feet away from us. Just then another buck came out from behind the pine trees, which were 15 feet away from us. We just held our breath and didn't move a muscle. The big buck (from around the garage) started to eat some of the nuts on the ground from the hickory tree, when the little buck from the pine trees approached looking to get a meal also. They approached each other, lowered their heads, and locked horns. Nothing real brutal, but they clacked and pushed for about 30 seconds, when the little one decided to back off and leave the bigger one alone. WOW, all this just 15 feet away from us. Both of these deer were 8 point bucks and they looked to be fat and happy. We waited about 15 minutes until they were done, and decided to move on. Just absolutely beautiful, and I can't understand how anyone (in this day and age) would get any enjoyment from blasting them.
My wife and I feel very fortunate that we witnessed these guys so close up.
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I was contacted this morning (20 August) to see if I was interested in playing my flute at the intertribal Pow Wow at George Rogers Clark State Park in Springfield, Ohio, in September.
Looks like I would also have a booth to sell CDs. Not sure of the specifics yet, but I cleared it with the misses as she will have to do all of the weekend chores with the horses while I'm at the Pow Wow, and I started the ball rolling.
I guess I better start practicing that traditional playing, as I don't know yet if they just want a traditional performance, or one with full orchestration. Funny, before I knew of this, I put together a mp3 player, mixer, and powered speakers to see if I could do a live show of my recorded songs. I played a recording of just background synth stuff, and played my flute to that, and it sounded pretty darn good if I do say so myself!!
I will have to see what my contact has to say, so I will be updating here as my journey goes from recording artist to live performance..
OK, here's what's got me stumped at the moment. I listen to a few different recordings from artist here and at TTM (including my own work) and I hear a difference in not just "volume" but a "presence". It's as if some recordings are "closer" to the listener than others. As an example, listen to the challenge songs at TTM for this month so far, and download them so they can be examined in a .wav editor such as Audacity. Here's the link: (go ahead I'll wait) http://www.ttmbandroom.com/The_Open_DAW_Challenge/blog.php
OK, got them? Good, let's start...
What I have noticed is that way2lon's and Smurf's recordings seem to be much more "present" than Jack the Ripper's recording, and yet, when examined in Audacity, JTR's song is max'd out with -1 dB and RMS in the 14 - 15 range. JTR's song has been clearly limited to almost brick walled. where Smurf's and way2lon's recordings aren't that pushed, but sound more present or louder. So what gives? I thought the way to get more presence was through compression and limiting. Is there something else that I'm missing? I seem to have the same results as JTR has, and everything I've read or researched points to compression and limiting.
Any help or ideas?
Last night we had to have one of our horses put to sleep. He had developed an intestinal twist and there wasn't anything that we could do. At 5:00 pm he was fine, but by 9:00 pm he was gone. We buried him this morning behind the riding barn. He will be missed by all, as he was the leader of our herd. He was 25 years old, about average, and had had a racing career before he came to our farm. We knew him for 15 years and was my wife's first horse. He was full blood Arabian and his name was Sha Sha Fatiha (but we called him "Champ")
A sad day indeed..
This is a new song that was recorded and mixed in Studio One (my first one with this DAW). I have re-tuned my room and monitors, have different headphones, and of course, a completely new format in Studio One, so I am not sure how this mix translates with everyone else. It has been a labor of love, though. Studio One is absolutely the BOMB.. After using the free version to get aquainted, I went ahead and bought the "producer" version. Quite impressed, although I'm not sure if I have a handle on it yet..that's where you come in..LOL. Any feedback or suggestions very welcome. The song itself is not the issue, only the mix, but if you want to comment on the song as well, that's allright with me.
Yesterday we had to put my cat Winston to sleep. He had been battling urinary infections about every 8 weeks since November, and this last one was too big for him to fight. In between the infections, he lived a happy and active life, so it wasn't like he had been suffering much. But they had taken their toll, and he just couldn't fight this one off. So we decided it was best to let him go. The hole in my heart is immeasurable, and by far, he was my favorite of them all. I will miss his companionship and his extremely large personality. He was my little buddy, and would make me laugh and smile everyday no matter how bad I felt. Please send me some positive thoughts, as I will need them today...
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:00:19 PM »
I have been really busy with work lately (that's a good thing!!) and have had some interesting projects to work on. I do Architectural drafting, engineering, design, and 3D modeling. I recently received a contract to do a 3D model of an existing building that was bought by the Cincinnati Center for Autism. They are remodeling the inside for training rooms and offices, but they are having a fundraiser on the 21st of April, to raise funds for the exterior remodel. I was commissioned to create a 3D model of the new remodeled building, and to provide a few "snapshots" to be shown at the fundraiser. I volunteered to create a short "movie" with a fly-around included to be viewed on a big screen TV.
This is the finished product, and would love for any comments, since I'm a little new at this. The music was composed by myself, so no problems with copyright!!
Anyway, hope you enjoy..
« on: March 03, 2012, 05:49:18 PM »
Seems I'm at a stage in my music development where I'm ready to burn a finished product onto a CD. Just send and burn? It's not that easy if you want good results. The final step in recording a project is Mastering a CD.
This forum board will hopefully be a place where tips, descriptions, and information can be exchanged to help the home studio musician finish that project and record a great sounding CD.
From process, equipment, and plug-ins to types of media, sample rates, and Red Book standards, everything will be explored in order to give the home studio musician the tools and information that seems to be so hard to find on this much overlooked topic.
As I explore and gather information, I will pass this along, and hopefully others will do the same. Sample mp3 or soundfiles can be uploaded to demonstate the topic at hand if need be, so feel free to share in the conversation.
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