Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: February 2007

February 27, 2007

Famicon fuckin' wrawks!

by Chris Randall

Cheer up, emo kid. There's hope! Just take a longing gaze at that picture above, and realize that no matter what a dork you are, there's someone out there dorkier. As in, dorky enough to create a Famicon-shaped guitar, and do a really nice job of it. Whether the Famicon console beats Ikea tabletops for figuring and tone is open to conversation, but there's no inherent tone that can make it through a Line 6 Pod anyways, so it's really academic at this point. Go forth and ponder.

February 26, 2007

Cubase 4 Initial Impressions...

by Chris Randall

Got Cubase 4 in the mail today. Some initial installation funnies ("This program requires Windows XP SP1 or greater to run. Exiting installation...") that were solved with a 5-minute browse of the Steinberg site, but otherwise all seems to be in order. The two major problems I was having with Nuendo in Vista (the entire graphics system not updating for 10 seconds about every 40 seconds chief among these) seem to be solved, and some minor annoyances as well. All in all Cubase 4.0.1 seems to be happy with Vista.

I'll put up some more thorough thoughts after I've spent a little time with the new features. I haven't tried out the synths, and I haven't looked at the studio manager, and these are the only major differences between Nuendo 3 and Cubase 4, as far as I'm concerned. If anyone has any specific questions, I'd be happy to attempt an answer.

February 25, 2007

Smoove, times 100.

by Chris Randall

No particular reason for posting this, except that it is fucking nice on a Sunday morning. From the description on YouTube:

This is an excerpt from a Ray Charles Quartet performance w/ the Royal Festival Orchestra in London around 1986. On the off season of Ray's touring schedule he would do Symphony gigs with his quartet which here is Jeff Pevar on guitar, Morris Pleasure on bass and Paul Kreibich on drums. In the middle of the concert Ray would play a blues with his quartet and feature Jeff Pevar on guitar.

Is there a better Rhodes solo than this on film? I think the answer to that is pretty much an unqualified "no."

February 24, 2007

Affordable Solutions For Better Living...

by Chris Randall

Zachary Guitars. Ikea blank table tops. A match made in Heaven. Or something. Details are here, and while I don't trust any hyperbole about a guitar, especially if it's written by the person that made it, and the way the text is written this thing blows Blackie out of the water, it certainly seems like a reasonable DIY solution. One I hadn't thought of, that's for sure.

February 23, 2007

Open Thread...

by Chris Randall

I'm kind of in idle right now. I'm obsessing over this track I'm working on, and I can't really work on anything else until it's done. Waiting for parts at this juncture. Also, my copy of Cubase 4 will be here shortly, which will fix my MIDI issues (hopefully) and I don't want to start anything new until I've dealt with that.

So, our open thread topic for this week. One of the most common letters I get goes something like this:

"Hey, Chris: I know you get a lot of songs in TV shows and video games, and that's what I want to do. Can you hook a brother up?"

This is the one area in which I'm generally unwilling to help people out, and I would think the reasons are obvious. My wife and I have spent almost a decade building our list of consistent placement contacts, and it is probably the single most valuable thing we own. Sharing it is quite simply out of the question. I know several other people that do what I do in some fashion, be it for a production music house, scoring, or placement of existing songs (the latter is what we do) and they're all like us, inasmuch as there's no fucking way they're gonna drop names.

Is this a bad thing? Hard to say. This is a competitive business, and there are always more people out there willing to poop out music than people that have a place for it. What I do know is that reading shit like this is a big fat waste of time.


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