Posts Tagged ‘music’

Good Ol’ NaNoWriMo

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Funny, I linked this all sorts of places, except on my own sites.

My First House Filk

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

There is a story I relate about my wife talking to a Malaysian woman. She was shocked to find out that Keren was married to a Filipino male. One of the reasons was the amount of people Filipinos liked to have over every weekend. According to her, no white woman would stand for that. But my Dove is a very patient woman and now she knew that my desire to have small populations visiting my house was built in. What does this have to do with the post at hand? Read on!

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FKO20 – Noob at a Filk Convention

Monday, April 12th, 2010

This past weekend, I attended Ontario’s Filk convention. Filk is a music genre, mostly folk music, dedicated to fantasy and science fiction. However, one could write and sing about any obsession that spans the geek spectrum.

Filk Shot - I'm the geeky one (more…)

Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus.

Very cool

50/90 – Write 50 Songs in 90 Days & how I am not doing it

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Mid June has not been productive. Neither has early July.

But 50/90 has started up and I am remembering the energy of FAWM.

“This is the club. Each summer, 50/90 forges a collaborative community where musicians of all walks and skill levels write a slew of new music material (50 songs) in only three months. That’s roughly one tune every other day. Participants are a mix of music professionals, students, homemakers, and folks who work day-jobs but rock nightclubs.”

Now I am resisting doing 50/90 because it takes up a lot of time. This is not a negative slant! Playing Civilization takes up a lot of time and can go into the wee hours of the night . I enjoy every minute of it. That’s what it is like for me with these crazy song writing challenges.

I can’t help myself.

And the FAWM community is trying to sucker me into doing more songs. They are enablers. Dealers and pushers of music creativity. And I, wanting just one little taste, have agreed to collaborate on a few songs.

11 songs, I do believe.

And so last night, I finished off an arrangement for a pirate song made by Billy Sea! I went onto Youtube and started researching pirate songs. It did bring me to a song from Monkey Island, flooding me with a desire to play more games, but I didn’t end up using it. Nor did I use the Pirate Song which seems to be quite popular, but I don’t know anything about it, other than I’ve heard it many times.

But, in the end, I stuck with Pirate Song (Salty Dog) – Flogging Molly . I liked the arrangement. But it’s hard to do a fiddle, sadly enough. So I took the tune that Billy Sea made and tried to recreate the same arrangement. I would have changed it up a bit more, adding in a chorus and mixing in other pirate song references, but it had taken me almost 3 hours to do what I had so I finished it.

Then, after that, I wrote some lyrics for Cow Exchange. It’s a simple love song and I may be able to add it to my Geek Love Songs v2.0 album. Huzzah!

But it’s a dangerous path I tread. I log onto the forums, I log onto the chat. I have resisted listening to songs but I know I shall do that soon.

And why am I so reluctant to get involved? Because my poor family bears the brunt of my addiction.

“Daddy, I want hugs.”
“Quiet! I’m composing here. Don’t interrupt the FLOW!”

Well, ok, not once have my kids asked for hugs. Rotten, spoiled kids. I offer them hugs every three minutes and they roll their eyes at me. They’re not even teenagers yet! It’s not like I’m giving them sloppy wet kisses like they used to give me when they were 1 year old! Drooling, milk-breath, messes they were. Yuck.

I digress. But all this intense focus does take up time and energy. And I stay up till 1am or later each night.

Who knows how late I’ll stay up tonight. I have another collab to work on.

I can’t help myself

Monday, May 18th, 2009

About three days ago, it was two days before I left for Germany. Dove, my wife, was busy getting ready for the trip. I don’t know what she was doing, I think she was buying stuff, or cleaning, or maybe doing adult responsible things.

What was I doing? I was video taping myself. Many times. I couldn’t help it. Not only did I start playing with 12seconds.tv, I made a music vid with Zoe. I worked on the “Geek Love Songs” intro for almost 2 or 3 hours to get it like that.

And then the day of the trip, I made another music video of the song I sang to propose to my wife. It’s like I knew I couldn’t do any animation and so I went overboard and started filming myself.

I am having way too much fun with After Effects. I should have brought it to Germany.

Charlie Cheney’s Music Exam – Interview with Errol

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Allo!

During FAWM.org, Charlie Cheney had a nightly radio show where he would play music from FAWM, and people would call in and we’d have all sorts of fun.

Lately, he’s been doing shows focused on just one person, and last night was my turn after me harassing him everyday. I warn you, this thing is 45 minutes long.

Charlie Cheney’s Music Exam – Interview with Errol

In this episode, Cow Exchange and Mike Skliar call in and ask me personal questions, fortunately not about my anatomy. Furthermore, we play a few songs and there is also a wonderful “Errol Promo” that Cow Exchange created.

Songs played:

* Geek Love Songs v1.1
* Beta Male
* The Sensitive Polka
* The Chicken and the Alien
* Springtime Cha Cha

Ooooh! Someone may make a 3d music video of one of my songs!

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

So I wrote this cute little children’s song called The Chicken and the Alien with Nancy Rost, who was also part of FAWM.ORG (and also has like a million songs).

Anyway, I get an email from someone who wishes to get into the 3D business and wants to build up his portfolio, so he wants to make a 3D animated music video of our song! How freaking exciting is that! Hopefully, the guy isn’t like me and abandons projects as soon as he starts them, but the first pic is really cute. You can find it on his blog here:

http://www.jordanmharris.wordpress.com

And he’s blogging as he makes it! It is so cool! :D

http://tcata.wordpress.com/

As of this writing, he has a pic of the chicken and the alien. :D

Why My Daughter Deserves a Pony

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

There comes a time in a man’s life when he has realized that whatever goal he has unconsciously set out to complete has finally, unequivocally been accomplished.

That occurred a few days ago. Life has been busy. I’ve had a flurry of crazy jollity with FAWM, which I could blog about because it was so insanely fun, but this touched me deep.

As you may have been spammed to death about, I wrote a song called Geek Love Songs v1.1.

If you haven’t seen it, then you need to go watch it because you won’t really understand this next part. You see, my daughters love this song. I don’t know why they love it. They don’t understand 90% of the things in it, there are no princesses or pinkishness in it, but they love it.

So I was recording Ekko for a collaboration in FAWM, and she just needed to sing to a track. I didn’t need anything specific, she could just sing random stuff. So she did her normal ‘la la la la’, ‘Deck the halls’, ‘My name is Luca’ kinda singing, and then I suggested she should sing Geek Love Songs v1.1.

And she did. She did miss a verse, yes, but I was absolutely floored at how much she knew. I knew she went into my room, and played it on the ipod on repeat but I didn’t think she retained as much as she did. She hasn’t read the lyrics, she wouldn’t be able to even if she could, but she still was able to retain most of it.

So here it is, in all it’s glory:
Geek Love Song v1.1 – Ekko

I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of Ekko in my whole life. Maybe I should buy her Disneyland.

(And Yes, Zoe knows the song as well but I couldn’t get her to record. She deserves a break. She works so hard. Poor girl.)

Yay Internets. It’s teaching me the Blues…

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The internets is teaching me the Blues, albeit with limited success.

Someone from FAWM wanted me to do a jazz piece, which I can’t play. So I went onto youtube and found how to play the blues. This led me to Expert Village. Where you can learn everything from folding laundry to building atom bombs:

http://www.expertvillage.com/search.htm?s=blues+piano+lick+easy

Three levels. There are intermediate and advanced. By the middle of intermediate, things became really hard. Advanced was just a bit too crazy for me. Now I’m going to have to