Create Each Week: 4

So I’ve been toying around with a ton of ideas for DJing, making remixes, sampling, etc. Lot of stupid ideas, lot of fun ideas but way out of my skill range (as of now).

Anyway, I wanted to get into what it would take to do this. My friend Kaye the Beast has a track from his album SALT that I thought could fit in with “She Drives Me Crazy” from Fine Young Cannibals, so I threw this together in 15min:

Not terrible, right??? Granted, I did this in Final Cut Pro X (a video editing program) instead of something where I can better equalize the audio mix, but still it works.

I also started slowing creating playlists for me to eventually start mixing together to make some DJ sets. I probably won’t actually get into the mixing part until I get a controller (spoiler alert: won’t happen until we move later this year), but at the very least I can get familiar with controller software like Digital DJ or Serato.

Create Each Week: 3

Oh man, we're getting ready to start a sleep plan for our baby, which means "I plan on not sleeping while my child screams every 45min in her crib". Anyway, I made some dumb tweets week:

 Watched Aladdin an couldn't help but think:

Dad joke #1:

 Dad joke #2:


Create Each Week: 1

Ok, so I set my goal of creating something each week mid-week, so not much to report on.

* I watched a video about Machine Learning (ML) in 3D animation. There's a particular part where he describes ML spitting out a bunch of objects based on some parameters, which enables him to pick from a set rather than build from scratch. 

I thought this was a pretty clever way to leverage ML as something to seed inspiration and to make the creative process more efficient by reducing how much time/effort is spent on dicking around with ideas and jump right into creation. This gave me a good starting point. 

Google's ML library TensorFlow is pretty cool, but it's still way over my head in terms of building stuff, but their Magenta library is awesome. There is a Generate app they built to spit out random MIDI tracks based on parameters given, so I made a bunch of variations for melody and beats. From there, I just started trying to find ones that I like. There's a few that are just straight tones, some are just the scales. But there's a few that are the seeds of something worth pursuing.

So, this week, I created some FL Studio files with these random clips generated by Magenta and started building up a melodies folder and a beats folder. Hopefully I can make a small library to reference for inspiration or fills.

Create Each Week

I usually make some goal each year instead of resolutions. Some have been lofty, whole others have been somewhat ambitious (only took me 2 years to put out the album). However, it's been a little difficult to perform as much with the arrival of my daughter. But just because I can't go to a bar for 2.5 hours to perform a 3min set on front of 12 people doesn't mean I can't still be creative.

So this year, I want to just set a goal of creating SOMETHING each week. Could be a joke, a couple of chords in FL Studio, a meme, whatever. I find that being a father is already creating these new experiences and feelings that are the perfect seeds for inspiration. I don't want to limit myself to creative outlets that take time away from my family, but I don't want to lose that ability to express myself.

So feel free to see that crazy random shit I make this year. Who knows what I'll create?

Happy New Year

Hey, 2017 has been crazy! I'm so thankful for everyone who came out to a show this year (there's been a lot). I got nominated for a Big Easy award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, and so did my wife! I started a show with some friends called Big Easy Live, which has been a lot of fun. 

Big stuff next year- recording an album, playing Seymour in Little Shop. Who knows what else 2018 will have in store? 

Hope to see you soon next year!