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I live in New Mexico, U.S. I have been a musician (piano/keyboard player) for most of my more than 5 decades of life so far. I also like to garden (flowers, vegetables, orchids and carnivorous plants) and bake bread from wild yeast I have cultured myself (sourdough bread).
I occasionally upload some of my music in various formats such as OGG, MP3, MIDI, PDF to my online repository at:
One of the items there is a collaboration between myself and Thorsten Wilms, called "This and That." Thorsten provided the great drums/percussion/effects track with some melody and harmony, and I added more melodic and harmonic elements.
Notes for This and That
I recorded everything live as digital-audio this time. However, sometime in the future I hope to record everything as MIDI first (using Muse or Rosegarden probably), for editing purposes (it's a pain to re-record digital-audio if one makes a mistake ;-) Please be aware that each separate track is padded with silence from the beginning of the piece up to the point at which the individual track makes an entry into the mix. Therefore, if you download a track from the above URL and can't hear it (at first), you will have to "fast-forward" to the approximate time in the piece that the part makes sound. This is easy to do if you open the file in Rezound, Audacity, Sweep or Ardour and look at the waveform of the file.
Notes for anyone who may be interested -- (and listening to Dave Phillips's "Talkin' 'bout the Weather" and "Lazy Moon" (for the hundredth time), Spamatica's "Norma" and Tim Hall's "Samsara" as I type ;-) I imported Thorsten's breakbeats file into Audacity. I then recorded my additions each into a separate stereo track in Audacity using my outboard gear, listed here at Stephen Doonan. I added a few fade-ins and fade-outs to individual tracks, then padded each track with silence from the beginning of the recorded audio back to the beginning of the piece. I did this so that when I later exported the individual tracks, their relationship to each other in time would be preserved. Otherwise, when I later imported each file into some other program, each would begin at zero and all the parts would sound at the same time, rather than in sequence. I exported each track as a .wav file, then quit Audacity and launched Jamin and Ardour (I'm becoming very fond of both!). I routed all the tracks to Ardour's master outs (left and right), and then routed those two master outs to Jamin. I created a new stereo track in Ardour and routed Jamin's right and left outs to that Ardour track, as well as simultaneously to two ALSA PCM playback outputs, so that I could play all the tracks and fiddle with the mix and with Jamin's controls.
When I was done playing with track volumes and Jamin's controls, I record-enabled the new empty stereo track in Ardour, clicked the master Record Mode button and then the Play button to get the tracks rolling. Ardour fed it's output to Jamin, and Jamin fed its altered result back to Ardour where it was recorded onto the new track. I then exported that individual stereo track from Ardour to a .wav file and encoded it into OGG at the command line with oggenc, tagged it using the "File Info" function of xmms (which allows one to edit OGG text tags and save the edited tags with the file), then uploaded the .ogg version to my webspace for anyone to hear.
Note: thank you, Ron Parker, for offering your excellent information, advice and tutorials about mastering on the 'net!
- Keyboard - Yamaha P-90 MIDI digital piano (great expressive action, highly recommended)
- MIDI tone generators:
- Roland Fantom XR (some gimmicky sounds, and quite a few beautiful sounds)
- the SRX-02 (Concert Piano) and SRX-09 (World Collection) Roland expansion cards for the Fantom XR
- General Music Real Piano Expander (fairly old, but very good piano and keyboard sounds)
- Yamaha MU90R (Yamaha's sounds are a little punchier (harsher) than Roland's, but they are useful occasionally
- Compressor - Presonus ACP-22 (everyone needs a good compressor!)
- Mixers - two one-rack-space mixers from Rane, among the most valued items of my gear:
- Rane SM 82 Stereo Mixer
- Rane SM 26B Splitter/Mixer
- Patch Bay - DBX PB-48, 48 quarter-inch TRS-plug balanced (important) patch bay
- Studio Monitor Speakers - a pair of Mackie HR 824s (expensive, but excellent sound and flat response)
- Sound Card - M-Audio Delta 1010, 24-bit, 96KHz recording, excellent analog/digital and digital/analog converters
- Linux Computer - homemade from off-the-shelf parts (from newegg.com mostly); I would abandon computers altogether if I had to use Windows!
Software (Linux/*BSD Music and Audio Open-Source Programs)
- Demudi, a great multimedia Linux distribution based on Debian which includes the following and MUCH more
- Ardour, a high-powered digital audio recorder/editor
- Rosegarden, a MIDI sequencer and digital audio recorder
- Muse, a MIDI sequencer and digital audio recorder
- Audacity, a digital audio multitrack recorder/editor
- Lilypond, a wonderful music notation program that produces beautiful scores
- ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and Jack (Jack Audio Connection Kit)
Be happy in the travel -- there is no destination.