If you have kept in the know recently then you know my head has been all over the place. Bouncing this way and that with this project or that project. It had consumed all of my creativity and left me for dead, the Chaos. However it has been returning, thanks in part to my role in Cartoon Heart.
Initially I had thought we would ride this one out, my brother and I, and finally get a band going. The academic school year had different plans. Make no mistake we intend to keep working together, and hopefully spawn some amazing original music. But for now, it (at least in my part) has been pushed to the back burner. Everyone has life roles, preparing for their next phase and I am no different. And with summer coming, a break for them means an opportunity for me. They will continue to write and flush out original material and I will chip in here and there when I can.
For the summer, I am continuing on my original mandate in the beginning of the year - growing my electronica project FM Glowe and my prowess as an electronic composer and programmer.
I have begun to experiment with other methods of composing music. Intiially, when this began, I found haven within Audiotool - a quite robust web-application considering it’s free. Within a year and a half (or so), however, I have begun to exhaust the workflow and web-based environment it provided. I needed to flee elsewhere. I logically ended up at Reason as it was a more robust program, disk-based, and a lot of the same basic modular concepts of Audiotool were present. However the level of robust it was, was daunting, and was inhibiting my creative flow. I turned to a simpler mechanism of action -
I began experimenting with different applications - trying to get my hands on whatever freeware I could for wallet and experimentations sake and began releasing sounds that were pent up in my head and within my being for the past year as I’ve laid dormant.
With my juices flowing (albiet tired as I write this) good things are about. I feel somewhat at home again and the inaudible mess that was within my head is now becoming organized sound and music, note by note, chord by chord. The next several weeks promise a chaotic cluster of sounds and ideas no doubt. But that’s the hidden beauty of composing on an iPad - it’s so similar to real-world hardware in terms of physically touching something (as opposed to computer clicks) that I am able to sketch out ideas rather quickly and let myself be released to the spirits commanding my musical army. With this sketches and ideas (and I growing sense of theory) - I can later replicate the sounds that interest me most and build around them.
Brace yourselves. New FM Glowe is coming.