A SURVEY OF PRESENT INTERESTS, CURIOSITIES, AND RECURRING THEMES:
Native Instruments Reaktor 6: Talk about going under the hood of virtual synthesis and peaking daily curiosities!
I slowly got into Reaktor 5 a few years ago with the intention of really making it part of my workflow. There’s a steep learning curve with Reaktor and I found it cumbersome for daily tasks related to sound design and arranging for pageantry. I had only scratched the surface back in 2013 when it really peaked my interest. It’s been a breath of fresh air learning how to use the interface on a daily basis and I’ve really enjoyed “attempting” music to write music on a daily basis - there more like little vignettes of ideas that may or may not be expanded upon later.
Washing dishes 2-3 times a day have become a recurring theme. We’ve gone through more dish soap than toilet paper. Go figure! If you’re looking for a great way to cut down on waste checkout Sustain LA. Joy and I have been using their products for the last couple years and we’ve really cut down on trash and disposable plastics with everyday items like hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, deodorant, cleaning agents, and plastic bags. Check em out!
To keep my body moving I’ve enjoyed a daily running routine - usually at the Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale, CA. There’s been a somber vibe at the Dam lately watching day workers dismantle what was going to be theRenaissance Pleasure Faire. The bright side - more area to run alone.
I’ve experienced a sense of nostalgia digging into old hard drives and rediscovering projects and sound design drafts of old. I’ve posted some of these nostalgic projects on the “AT HOME” blog page. I’ve tried my best to write something new everyday I sit down at the computer. I honestly have no idea what’s going to come out. The only agenda is come up with something in under an hour if possible, explore to processes, and exercise turning off the part of my brain that says “You can’t do that”. It’s been a liberating part of each day while under quarantine.
*limited spelling and grammar checks. More of a brain dump.