|Cyberpunks||July 22, 2010, 4:02 pm|
So a few months ago, a friend of mine here at work had an idea for a "community compilation CD". Basically, anyone in IT or development who also happened to write music could submit a track. Since I'm a system admin/tech support by day and do some occasional programming, I figured I would write a new track and submit it to him.
The compilation got released today (here), but I decided to post my song as a separate release as well. This is partially because my friend decided to apply some extra dynamic range compression to the final CD, which sorta screwed up (in my eyes) the sound of my track.
Anyways, that aside, the track I wrote is called "Cyberpunks". Probably one of my best tracks yet. I've written a blog post, which has the embedded audio and some download links (mp3, ogg, and flac), as well as some behind-the-scenes info as well.
|Crazy roads||September 29, 2009, 2:25 pm|
The image above is of Black Bear Road, which is here in Colorado. The past few years I've been trying to get out of the house so I can see more of the state. I think this is definitely a place I'd like to visit some time (and take the tour that drives you over the pass). A co-worker said he actually had his honeymoon there.
Anyone ever visit any crazy roads?
|125 Songs Released This Month||August 21, 2009, 5:41 pm|
Well, technically 115, since 10 of them have been up before.
So it's been 10 years since I first started writing music (9.5 years since I finished the first album). Partition 36 has been around since late 2006, but I had never posted anything I did from before (save for one album). So I decided to have some fun and create a Back Catalog page, where all 122 tracks from before Partition 36 are posted. They can be downloaded individually in mp3 or Ogg Vorbis format (I should have zip files of whole albums in mp3 format up by the end of tonight), or listened to in the browser. If you have Firefox 3.5, it'll even use the nifty new <audio> tag (Flash otherwise).
"But wait!" you say. "You said you released 125 songs! Where are the other three?"
Near the beginning of the month I also finished a few remixes of I Love Penguins. One is a simple vocal-less mix, which just lacks the voice samples. Then I also did the following two:
I really like the Electro Mix myself.
On the technical side of things, both the Dirty Mix and the Electro Mix use the new synthesizer I got last month, a Clavia Nord Rack 2x. So far I really like the thing, though it isn't as fat sounding as my Poly Evolver, which surprised me. Been great for leads and pads, though.
|New Song AND new EP||July 4, 2009, 12:34 am|
I decided to try writing a slightly different style of tune. This one is more downtempo than my other ones, and is sort of inspired by Boards of Canada. What's interesting is that I wrote it and mastered it in less than 24 hours. Whether that was smart or dumb is another question.
Linux users might enjoy this more than others...
http://www.partition36.com/music-fi...%20Penguins.mp3 (or get an Ogg Vorbis here)
EDIT: Actually, I've released the EP that this track shows up on: http://www.partition36.com//2009/07...e-opcode-1.html
|Finished some new songs||June 1, 2009, 7:19 pm|
It's been a while since I posted any of my recent music here on Doomworld. I ran into some computer problems at the start of the year that sort of postponed any work on a new album. I did get the computer fixed though, and I have three new tracks finished.
The last one was a remix of a track I wrote last year. If you want to listen to the original, you can here. It sounds similar, but the drums are 100% new, I changed up the structure a bit, and the melody is now layered between my PolyEvolver Keyboard and some soft synth that comes with SONAR (Pentagon, I think).
My favorites are definitely the first and third. The first uses hardware more than software, something I haven't done in a long time.
|New music album released||November 1, 2008, 5:39 pm|
After a little over two years, I'm finally releasing a new album, called (incf partition-36).
This one is different from the last one in that I completely changed what I use to write music. Rather than solely using Reason 3, I've since switched to using SONAR 6/7, a bunch of software synthesizers, and my two hardware synths (and old Roland JV-1010 and a PolyEvolver Keyboard). Overall I think it came out sounding a bit more diverse and richer than my previous efforts. There's not nearly as much techno/trance on this one (really, just three songs), and I've experimented with a couple of short "interlude" pieces. I think that, in the end, my favorite tracks are numbers 1, 5/6 , and 7.
If you have a car with subwoofers in it, you'll likely enjoy numbers 7 and 10 the most, btw.
So yeah, individual mp3 files can be downloaded from the link below. There are also two links to zip files, one containing the entire album in mp3 format, and the other containing it in FLAC format. The album's shoddy attempt at artwork is also there.
|Pinky Hurts||October 18, 2008, 12:15 am|
I'm finding that the pinky finger on my left hand is starting to become quite sore in general, sometimes more so than others, and also physically tired. It always feels like I need to pop or stretch it, but doing so only makes it worse. I'm pretty convinced that it's because I'm editing a lot more code and text these days (in other words, I think I'm getting Emacs Pinky).
I would look into a more ergonomic keyboard, but I'm usually in my laptop, and the places I use it at makes it difficult to take a keyboard around with me. So instead I'm going to look into making the capslock key act the same as the Ctrl key.
Probably doesn't help that I even write my email in Emacs these days. Stupid operating system...
|Odd sort of realization with language||January 18, 2008, 2:36 am|
A week ago, I had the start of this odd realization about languages. It came while I was watching a Japanese drama called "Nissen no Koi" (二千の恋, "Love 2000" or "Love of The Year 2000"). Though I didn't know it when I bought the DVD, there was never an official overseas release of the drama or even subtitling of it, so what I received was a cheap Hong Kong copy of it. The subtitles, though they matched what they were saying and the spelling was good, did not really flow well in English. But what this did for me was give me a glimpse into the underlying structure of the language, sort of into the realms of implied meanings and nuances. What especially came through was the overall feeling of indirectness, and the almost philosophical application of concepts to things in what were basically everyday expressions.
This carried into real life when earlier this week, in an independent study I'm doing with a previous Japanese teacher of mine, we came across the phrase "ki o tsukete" (気をつけて) in the Katsuhiro Ootomo manga "Domu" (度夢, "Child's Dream"). The phrase is often used as a sort of "goodbye" to someone, similar to the English "take care of yourself." But that translation is functional and utilitarian at best, as a crapload of nuances is lost in the kanji. The first character, "ki" (気), is the same as the Chinese "chi". The verb there, "tsukeru", means to attach, add to, or stick on. So really, you are asking someone to attach ki to themselves (or possibly the situation). Thinking about it this way, "please attach this/your/my/something's ki to you/the situation/whatever", gives rise to a lot more meaning. I'm sure it works the other way too, but I wouldn't know where to look for this.
Now for the past year or so (stay with me here, I'm getting to the juicy part), I've been working on teaching myself how to program in a language called Common Lisp. At its core, the entire language is defined within two of its own most simple data structures: atoms and lists. Atoms are defined as "not lists", while lists are sequences of atoms or other lists. However, Lisp looks and acts differently than other languages. At times, the differences will, like the subtitles in the DVD, give a glimpse into the inner workings of the language where odd things become apparent.
I mention Lisp because it seems to show this clearer. The realization I've had is that programming languages are the same as written languages, not just in the sense that they have grammar, style, and vocabulary, but that they're both lists of symbolic expressions defined within themselves. Digital in execution, analog in spirit, possibly quite similar to how John von Neumann described the human brain once. Without any way of interpreting the symbols we come up with, they're useless gibberish, but without them, there is no way of interpretation.
So yeah, I basically see spoken languages the same as programming languages, and vice versa.
|New Laptop||May 25, 2007, 3:33 am|
Last Friday I ordered a new laptop for myself, which just arrived today. This is the third laptop and seventh computer I currently own, so it wasn't quite like I needed it, but I bought this one to actually replace my previous laptop. The last one, an Alienware Area 51-M, turned out to be too heavy and bulky for everyday use (it weighed about 10-12 lbs, not including the 6 lb power block); after using it for about two years now, I was tired of lugging it around.
When I went looking for a new laptop, I went about it differently than I did last time. I rarely play games these days, and most of my time is spent either programming, doing Linux administration stuff, or browsing the web, so a laptop with a hefty video card wasn't a necessity. I was also looking for one that I knew could run Linux, a problem my Alienware had. When I had tried to install Slackware on it, the thing said "no" (stupid Promise SATA RAID controller). It wasn't just Slackware, either. Debian did the same thing. In the end, I was forced to use Ubuntu, which isn't bad...but it isn't Slackware, either.
Anyways, my Alienware laptop was basically overkill for what I needed to do. I had no need for a RAID 1 array or dual DVD+-RW drives in a laptop. Instead, I needed a non-gaming machine, and I was determined to get one that would work with Slackware. After shopping around a bit, I came across a local company called System 76. They were a bit pricey, but looked pretty good, and they installed Linux (albeit Ubuntu) by default. Eventually, I decided on them.
My decision paid off. This new laptop runs Slackware flawlessly, it's built really well, performs very nicely, and best of all, it has a keyboard layout I love (page up/down and home/end are vertical and on the right-hand side).
-Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.13Ghz
-60gb 7200rpm hard drive
-Integrated Intel 950 graphics (like I said, I don't need a hefty card)
-Integrated wireless card (never had one before, actually)
-Slackware 11.0, decently modified
-About 6 lbs
Since I mainly use laptops at school to take notes, write LaTeX documents, program, and administer servers/computer labs, I think this one will more than adequately serve my needs. And best of all, it won't weigh me down anymore.