a reply to: LightSpeedDriver
Yes, it's very similar to Ableton in many regards. The most obvious and notable exception is that it doesn't run on a computer; it is standalone
hardware. The trade off? Program information, parameter changes, etc. are read on a much smaller LCD. Learning how to use it, not only in a basic way,
but in the context of a workflow, is definitely a two steps forward, one step back affair. At least for me. Up to now, my instrument had been mainly
acoustic guitar. A stick with strings is easy to operate, in comparison.
I've been meaning to take some pictures of my studio and share them. There's been a lot of activity among the ATS musicians (posting new songs, etc.),
accompanied by shoptalk in those threads. I'm very fond of my setup.
I have a new song that I've been waiting for the right moment to finish and I'm excited to finally complete it to share. I am living in a shared space
which is not very ideal or conducive for casual music-making. One of the most common ways that pans out is having to wait indefinite periods to
attempt recording vocal tracks.
The most recent thing I worked on was something I produced but didn't play on. The music is performed by a group of older gentlemen who play in a
weekly bluegrass jam in a local bar. (Bluegrass is a proto-country music.) They came together to record an impromptu album for one of their regular
jam buddies after he had a freak accident; to my understanding, debris was shot through his eye and out the back of his skull while cutting through
something with a chainsaw. This happened in spite of his wearing safety glasses.
I met this person several times and must make a short remark. He was friendly but what really struck me about him was a certain type of
bravery/tenacity. You see, he had never picked up an instrument or tried music until after retirement; he had a career as an electrician, I think. But
he always wanted to play. It is hard to learn music as an adult -- someone as easily discouraged as I might not even try. He was very much a beginner,
and several times when I attended the jam, I witnessed others "correcting" his technique or performance in one fashion or another. After he had
mustered up the courage to put his voice out there and sing a song while strumming the guitar -- I remember him singing "Dark as a Dungeon" by Merle
Travis -- I think it'd be discouraging to be corrected instead of applauded for the effort. Perhaps I'm projecting here. But it rolled clean off his
shoulders...he'd smile and say something like "Maybe better next time." He didn't let it get him down. I think that's remarkable, and sad that the
world should lose a person of such a quality.
Anyways, this gentleman laid in a coma for perhaps two weeks, and the music was played at his bedside. It was reported to me that when the decision
was made to remove life support, his breathing calmed when the music was played. The music seemed to help escort him to the next life.
12/8/2019 by DictionaryOfExcuses because: (no reason given)