I hope your Sunday afternoon (or whenever you’re reading this) is going well. It’s been some time since I last posted a blog, but one reason for today’s entry is a recent discussion I had with DK Wyatt, a long time friend, podcaster, and social media connection. We were talking about the age old topic of being a consumer vs a content provider on social media. There are tons upon tons or topical matter on this, so I won’t delve deep into it at all, put provide my own perspective. For me, I’ve been a “content provider” since I was 15, the year I started playing in guitar and playing in bands. For those who know my age, this was LONGGGG before social media was born (LOL). That said, the advent of social media (pick your site) has made ANY user a content provider, should he/she want to be. With that, I’ve used social media as a content provider in the area of music production and blogging equally. The thing Dk and I were touching on is the amount of consumption vs the amount of content creation. For us, we’ve agreed (and it can make sense depending on the path you’re own) that consumption, while easier, takes up MUCH time. The question to ask is, how does that consumption benefit you?
I’m an early adopter of Twitter. I’ve had my ID since November 2006, and even though it has become a behemoth in the world of social media, it is still a go to spot when I want to consume information that makes me smarter and helps me achieve things I’m trying to achieve. I’m more of a consumer than a content creator on Twitter now only because the information resources that it provides have become so vast. In addition, creating content on social media is often times associated with branding, another huge topic I won’t touch here. Do I brand when creating social media content? Yes, but I am nowhere near the expert many are or claim to be, but I will say it has benefitted me – doing so created one of the biggest opportunities I’ve had – music scoring for a web series (hence the graphic above).
So, the QOTD, should you choose to answer it – Are you more of a provider or consumer of social media content? Feel free to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page if you are a member or my Twitter feed (this post will be linked to both sites).
Another weekend gone… 🙁 In any event, it was short, but productive. I finally submitted the rough cue music embedded in the video for the director’s review. Had a short telecon and pleasingly got the thumbs up on the title sequence music AND the scene music in Episode 1. With a slight suggested change for the title sequence track and one for the episode, I’m happy with the results, being a newcomer to all of this.
This evening was spent working on music for episode 2. As mentioned in the first post of this series, the closing scene is comprised of something I, well….never had to compose music for – let’s just leave it at 🙂 Good news is, I think I have something that fits it. I think I have one more scene I need music for and I should be ready to submit this episode as well…we’ll see.
Anyway, this is a short update. I’m anticipating a long work week ahead, and to get into bed before midnight is probably best.
Hope all are well. I’m taking a break from watching the SB, it’s half time (Go Seahawks!). I’m starting another edition to a the series, Chronicles of A Remix, that I began back in 2011 when constructing a remix along with Bill Cammack from NYC. This time, I was invited to try remixing a track given to me by a DJ and music producer in Baltimore, MD. After view some of my Instagram videos, he noticed I use Logic and happen to have a track he was working on in Logic. He decided to “gift” me the track to play with. After getting the stems and the Logic project from him. I set out to regroove this. The downside was that the Logic project he sent to me is in Logic X. I still use Logic 9 so I couldn’t open it to hear what the original track sounds like. Actually that’s not a bad thing because the key to moving forward is one piece of information – BPM (beats per minute) or teemp of the track. Once I got that from him I was golden. Below is a short video basically summarizing what I said above. Stay tuned for subsequent installments.
Sunday night, 9:43pm. As usual, where did the weekend go? It seems like a long minute since I posted. This is probably do to a simple necessity of replacing a dying hard drive in my studio computer. What’s the correlation to not posting? The correlation (reasoning, whatever) is due to the fact that not only did I get it replaced (on Black Friday no doubt), but had to spend day after day reinstalling not just the OS software, but music production software I mostly had backed up to DVD, or frim the original DVD. In 2014, as in other applications of software, many installs are done from the cloud and with a not so spiffy wireless connection, the entire process became too tedious. In addition, add another long desired unit to the production arsenal (one that also need software installation and updates from the cloud), the Maschine Mk2, and time to at least play with it, and there you have about three weeks of time taken up.
So, what’s the deal with the Regrooves EP? I’ve heard one of the remixes that will appear on the project and I *like it*. The concept for the remix I’m providing actually (finally) came to me today (why great inspiration always finds me in the shower is how is for another story, another time!)
As mentioned in an earlier post, this will be a five track EP and the remixer artists I’ve chosen to participate have already released their own tracks, so from what I’ve heared them release, I’ll looking forward to manifestation of their interpretations on the tracks I’ve assigned to them
In any event, I may leak the track names in the next post (wink).
Blogging. Something I started, and did a lot of, in 2007, a few months after becoming an early adopter of Twitter. With the advent of Twitter and other forms of microblogging, I reduced traditional blogging in the last few years. Conversely, I’ve found that there is something to be said about self-publishing (though from my possibly skewed vantage point, it seems blogging is less popular than it used to be).
Now I have a renewed interest in blogging. In my early days, I used to make it a point to blog everyday, or every other. Later I developed a rule that I still adopt today – if I have to think about a topic that comes to mind more than 30 secs, I find it’s not worth my time to blog. Strange maybe, but it works for me.
Doing short podcasts like The Timesobviously rolls all of the tenets of blogging into audio form and does away with the typing, but there’s something tactile about blogging in the classic way.
With that said, let’s see what comes down the line.
Welcome to the first podcast of 2014! It’s great to be back. I appreciate all the requests and glad that you’re taking the time to listen to this edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. Seventy percent of the playlist are new tracks never featured on previous podcasts, so I hope you enjoy them.
Last year was a year of musical collaborations that were (and still are) very satisfying. One such collaboration was on the project entitled “Moods” by Todd “Big La” Kelley. The track, “One Time” is featured on his farewell release, which is available as a FREE download on Bandcamp. The remainder of the playlist is sure to provide tracks ranging from lush to tightly knit smooth grooves, perfect for that chillout timeframe in your day. So, without further adieu…the playlist:
1. Rhythmbreeze – Fresh Moods/Fresh Moods
2, Almost There – Hideo Kobayashi/Om Lounge 10
3. Fantasy (Hideo Kobayashi Deep Vocal Mix) – Afterlife/Fantasy
4 Sentient – MrFijiwiji and Tulpa/Friends EP
5. Want Me – Affelaye/Maybe There
6. Racetracks – Tony Watson/Abstrakt Sampler
7. Loose Tunes – Skipless/Rooftops
8. Francesa – Ricardo Silveira/Storyteller
9. Janeiro (Chiller Twist Blue Line Remix) – Solid Session/Armada Lounge
10. One Time (f/C3) – Todd Kelley/Moods
A big shout out to my entire podcast massive (you know who you ALL are) as well as the listeners. Have a great day, whatever day it is, whatever time it is.
Yes, it’s been two months since the last SSP, and a good friend who recently had a minor coughing fit (hahah), pinged me about the lack of podcasts. Ironically, I went from weekly to monthly in order to produce better quality podcasts, but in retrospect, let the supposed free time get occupied otherwise. For that I apologize for I truly miss bringing you the new tracks.
After a very productive meaning this afternoon with my business/recording partner/longg time friend, we’ve gotten our final CD project schedule completed. That being said, I can get back to my hoped for weekly production schedule for the monthly podcasts. I have tons of new tracks ready, but for today, I bring you a recast. I hope u enjoy now, as u enjoyed it then. It’s my true intention to begin working this back into my schedule, starting tonite.
I hope this post finds you well. It’s a late Saturday afternoon here in the DC metro area. I was surfing around YouTube and came across a “behind-the-scenes” (if you will) video of guitarist Mike Stern in a short discussion about the equipment he uses on stage. Being a guitarist also has me interested, and slightly biased :-). Interestingly enough, he plays a custom Yamaha Pacifica, which has the same body style as the legendary Fender Telecaster. Personally, I like the Pacifica better, appearance-wise, anyway. Mike is no stranger to the jazz world and has been nominated for a Grammy in the past. He brings a unique combination of jazz, blues, and rock to his style of playing and his been recognized as a world renowned guitarist for years, especially since being on the scene with Miles Davis’ comeback band in 1981. Mike Stern’s “Big Neighborhood” is nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album this year. Here he is, in a video from late 2008, talking gear.
Thank you for joining me once again for yet another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I hope it finds u well.
I began a brand new podcast today, but unfortunately got sidetracked with other things (how many of u feel me on this?), so, instead of skipping a week, I decided to do a recast instead. As the title says, it’s actually from April 2007. For those who don’t know the history, the Sunday Soundtrack began in December 2006. An unfortunate incident with my previous host provider (who will remain nameless, though part of me wants to put them on blast), caused me to lose the ENTIRE year of 2007. Google and other search engines have allowed me to recapture cached pages of the playlists, but it remains difficult. Luckily this was one I was able to find. So, I hope u enjoy it.
I appreciate the comments always. If you’re so inclined, always feel free to leave me a message about the podcast. I can be reached at 301.458.0499
Have a great week, and definitely remember….to keep it chilled.