Monthly Archives: March 2003

March 31, 2003

Irony of ironies, mastering tracks and burning them to a CD is impossibly simple. Synchronizing the DR-660 with the 788 is equally brainless, but I’m not using that capability just yet. In any case, my “practice” CD is now playing in the background, and during today’s driving around town in search of work, I’ll be listening to it and singing over it. I should have versions with vocals burned and uploaded by the end of the week.

Once that’s taken care of, I’ll be getting to work on full versions of songs instead, since I miked up my drums and set some levels for them the other day. They don’t sound too fantastic, but they’re good enough, especially considering how I can’t be at the board and behind the kit at the same time.

March 25, 2003

Ah, our missing refund from U-Haul was finally applied to my check card, enabling me to update my billing information with the friendly folks at Netacore (my hosting company). The feared downtime will hopefully be little or none, depending on how quickly they can process the payment, and how synchronized their billing and hosting arms are.

Cleanup and move-in continues, I popped the heads back onto the drums the other day, and have been slowly but surely setting up the recording space, along with the always-key video-gaming and movie-watching space. Today’s tasks will probably include a final vacuuming of the recording room, and finishing off the setup in there. In the following couple of days, I’ll probably try to get the drums miked up and set to passable levels on the outboard mixer I’ve got. I also have CD-Rs now, so I’d like to destroy a few of those as I try to figure out how to master from the 788 to a CD.

March 20, 2003

As promised, on the way to the suburbs of Kansas City, MO, I dug around and whipped up lyric sheets and song notes for a few newer songs that weren’t on the site previously. They’re called circles in squares, i only care, sweet, under a bad star, and year of the rabbit. Almost a whole EP’s worth there. There are more new songs, like “my banner,” but they require more lyrics to be finished up, so posting them would be kind of pointless.

I also made a minor change to the jobs page, citing my new location. I’m hoping to get to Chicago within the next few months and set up there instead, which would be a nice sort of full circle, second shot and all that. We’ll see how things pan out.

In the meantime, until we get some network glitches sorted out over here, my access will be sporadic at best. There’s also a matter of getting money into my no-longer-local checking account so that this site will remain properly hosted. It may go down briefly while I figure that out, as well. While both of these problems mean little or no updates for some indefinite time, it also means more time for me to get the new recording space set up, and now that I have all the gear I need to get full demos done, it’s just a matter of learning my way around everything. I’ll probably go ahead and wrap up the acoustic-guitar-only versions of songs that are partially finished already and upload those, then get to work on full versions of those songs and more.

March 10, 2003

Well, I haven’t kept completely to my 2-songs-per-day schedule, but I’ve done alright, all things considered. I’m headed back east, it turns out. Going to the Kansas City, MO area. I’m loading a truck just now, and will probably be there around Thursday.

During the drive, when it’s not my turn at the wheel of course, I was thinking I’d go ahead and put up lyric sheets and notes for some songs that aren’t up yet. Once I get where I’m going, I can upload them and post a news update about the whole thing. It will fill you with a certain kind of excitement.

March 2, 2003

I’m not sure how long I can keep this up, but I’ve set a goal of recording 2 songs per day, with all guitar parts (and nothing else). So far it’s been… one day, and I’ve recorded two additional songs. Right now I’ve got acoustic-guitar-only versions of the things i should have seen but did not, the acceptance speech of joe, a chicken, creepy, and one newer song that I haven’t posted lyrics or information for yet, called “under a bad star.” Tomorrow’s songs will probably be tin lisa and another newer one, called “my banner.”

In theory, this should be able to go on for about a month before I’m completely out of songs to record in this fashion, but I don’t think there’s enough space on the 788 to do that without archiving. Archiving requires CDRs. I have none. So we’ll see how long it lasts.