Go By: Ziggy
Graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, USA
Lakewood Community College in Lakewood, Minnesota, USA
Degrees: An Associate of Arts at Lakewood Community College and a BA at Hamline University in Music Composition.
Plays keyboard/piano, Drums and Percussion
Plays melodic instruments.
Here's a little update of the happenings in the Music Studio.. I'm in the midst of building a new/refurbished studio computer with spare parts and a case from a past studio computer. I don't want to wait for the one I sent back to the retailer I bought it from to repair the main one and send it back. I'm sure it will take 1/2 month to get it back and set it up to where it originally was.
So, in the midst of putting down all these great grooves, melodies, timbres, melodies, harmonies and beats in my head, I will build a new computer and get on it. I'm about 1/2 finished building it. I just need to install the Windows 10 O/S all of the software, plug-ins and so forth.
So, get excited, I'll try to keep you up-to-date as to how the studio's coming along.
until then, keep on playing what I have so far and enjoy the sounds!!
All Right everyone,
I'm working hard again in the studio cleaning things up, tweaking sounds, adjusting the drum set for a better feel, finding how to make the carrier signal from the set's Main Output to the main board's input channels. There are a ton of ways to do this, I'm just trying to find the best one. (That I have done.)
Every time I look at the lyrics, I find myself wanting to dive right in and sing a few tracks. But I'm going to hold off until I get the instruments in the studio all set up well.
Then I can get the creative mind rolling. Every now and then, I find something to tweak in the lyrics as well. So, as it were, when get everything clean to the point of creation in the studio again, I'll try to keep you all up to date. Until then, enjoy what I have so far and anticipate more!!!
Happy Listening, Ziggy
I've been rewiring and cleaning the brain (Main sound boards) of my electronic drum set. Now I have the adjusting of the physical instrument pads and stands to adjust them exactly right for the best feel I can get for the drum set itself. Then I need to work on the sound (volume, effects, choice of instruments and tweaking them.) and studio volume. I'm not going to go into specifics and bore you with all that.
The next thing is the music. I do have the lyrics finished for the song "Extra Extra". The premise of the song is about 3 things. 1) what's going on these days, 2) newscasters and what they are like and 3) taking the place of the word 'vaccine' with 'love' because we all could use some form of 'love' as a 'vaccine'. I hope the song behind the words works out because the lyrics are really powerful, fun and all encompassing.
if you would like a copy of the lyrics, I will put them on here as I have for the song "Meetin".
And thank you for listening & reading the words.
Now, it's off to work in the studio!! (Well, play or one of the two....)
I've been busy changing the wiring of my electronic drums and putting together the next song "Extra Extra". Also, resurrecting the session (songs) that are uploaded here. I will be uploading the updated mixes of the sessions (songs here) on your favorite streaming and downloading stores such as Amazon Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google music, Tiktok and 150 other of your favorite stores. So, look for it and new songs as well. Things are happening faster now.Read more
I've been getting critiques about the way in which I create these songs. So I put up a few pictures of the instruments I use. You can see, they are electronic drums, electronic keyboards and a computer. Yes, I use MIDI. But I actually play these instruments. The only time I change anything I played live sis to either tweak edit sounds here and there. If I don't want to play the same thing over again, I just copy and past measures, saves time. Ir if I don't get something exactly the way I wanted it, I go in an edit it.
So, weather it's MIDI or Audio, I still need to tweak and/or edit with Pro Tools. Now this is the standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Known the world over. There are degrees in this. Iit can be linked to video, a score program and live link. it's not amateur stuff , it's "ro Tools.
I suppose some of you would think "la de da" (no big deal) It is a big deal. Very powerful program, tons of support around the world and lots of videos to learn it. Even then, You need to start from scratch and go to school on it. After the university, I took about 2-3 years to really dive in and learn it.
OK, now I'm off my high horse about MIDI critiquing.
I'm working on 2 songs. 1 is to finish up that "unfinished 5.8" I'll put some strings in there, sing the melody of lyrics I wrote a long time ago. (I have to find one of the tens of lyrics I wrote that matches with the melody, harmony and beat.)
The next song I'm working on called "Extra Extra" has a violin section in the beginning and abruptly goes into a funky dance beat. From there, I don't know where I'll take you. (or it). We'll just have to see.
From here, good music and good sounds,