Friday, November 21, 2014

Sleeping and other excuses.

So what's up? You've probably wondered.
Well in Dec. 2013 I took a leave of absence from my day job as a Multi-media Technician at the
U. of A. It was a buy-out package prior to my official retirement on my 35th year of service in Oct. 2014.
Looking back on my work life I've been steadily employed since I was 21 years old except for a period of one month in 1978 between jobs.
Almost 40 years of getting up every morning and trudging off to work can wear you out. So I've basically been catching up on 40 years worth of lost sleep. I spend most days now sleeping in until 8 or 8:30. Then I get up do my meds, (you young folks will get to know about that as you get older) make myself a nice breakfast and hit the recliner, eat breakfast with my 2 standard poodles while watching the previous nights PVR captures and after that, it's nap time with dogs. Waking sometime in the late morning the girls and I head outside for bathroom break and perhaps a cigar break (weather permitting).
By then it's lunch time and the above process repeats. Following the afternoon nap I start in on cleaning the house up for when my bread winning spouse comes home between 17:30 and 18:00hrs.
Then it's time to help with the evening meal for animals and people alike. Sitting down somewhere around 19:30 and 20:00hrs to eat and watch more TV until it's off to bed.
So you can see that sleep has become my main function and my life really doesn't allow for working much in Studio B.
I have managed to start a few projects one of which is a collection of sleep inducing ambient music like the type that can be heard on Sleepbot.
Hopefully sometime in 2015 I'll have enough material to release an album in Bandcamp or some other "pay what you feel" format. The idea isn't to make money off the project, I just like to produce mood inducing instrumental music.
I've also started to produce a few demo-quality instrumental rock type pieces but I'm slow to complete them due to the "daily schedule". But I've put a few ideas down in various DAWs. Sometimes in ProTools, sometimes in Ableton Live.
I've also been doing some mixing of stems of old sixties tunes like Marvin Gaye, Doobie Brothers, Def Leppard, Queen or Beatles stuff. I view doing these remixes as exercises just to keep my creative and technical skills sharp. Plus it helps me to better understand exactly WHAT the various DAWs are capable of.  
Other related stuff, I bought a new Epiphone Viola bass and have been playing a bit with that and I've hauled out of mothballs what I believe to be a 1957 Sunburst Harmony H62  guitar that a friend gave to me back in the 90s. I used it once for a slide guitar part on a recording I did at the University. It has tonality problems, I think because the original wood bridge has been replaced with a tune-o-matic bridge or perhaps I have the wrong gauge strings on it. Anyway it not in the best shape but it's fun to play with.
So that's what's up. If you read this. I'd appreciate any type of response either in the comments or you can e-mail me directly at