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Orchestral and chiptunes music

Well, it's been almost a year since I've posted, and I feel like I should have a better explanation, but the truth is I burned myself out trying to keep up with my weekly video posting schedule and just kind of stopped abruptly. Whoops!

As for what I'm up to lately, I've been experimenting with new music styles and new instrument sounds. Last month I wrote an orchestral song called Sunrise at the Peak and had great fun selecting brass and woodwind instruments, taking my time to arrange them and mix them in Ableton Live. I have a lot to learn but I'm very pleased with how this turned out!

This month I've been fiddling with an app called Beepbox which is great for making chiptunes - songs that sound like they could have been on 8-bit Nintendo games because the sounds are generated in a similar way. The first song below was me figuring out how the system works, and the second one I wrote for a challenge to avoid using these notes: D, Eb, Gb, Ab, B.

At the moment I'm working on something I can't share yet. It's a commission for a play and it involves even more new instrument sounds. As well, I continue to enjoy doing voice acting for podcasts. So far I've been in The Strange Case of Starship Iris, What's the Frequency, and Misadventure by Death. I would like it a lot if I could make a career out of it.

That's all for now, have a great day!

August 28, 2018

First time trying LaunchKey 25 with Ableton Live

I went to my local library and tried out the Novation LaunchKey 25 they have in their audio booth. I fiddled with it for about an hour, and this video is the best chunk of music making I did during that time. It was a lot of fun!

I was using the Ableton Live set I made in this video: Loopmaking in Ableton

This video includes some text explanations for what I'm doing, but no speaking or singing.

I definitely want to try this some more! Next I think I'll try using my iPad as a midi controller!

September 19, 2017

How to put on a Fringe show Part 2 - Budget

In this video I talk about the process I went through of planning my musical, My Boyfriend's Girlfriend, which was performed at the Edmonton Fringe Festival 2016. I had never done it before, and I'm hoping some of what I learned will be helpful to other people.

This is part 2, and is about marketing, budgeting, and putting on the show. I include real numbers for how much everything cost and how much I made.

September 12, 2017