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Adventures in Home Recording

Prelude:From the Rising

When I first started the concept that would become Moments with Him, I knew that I wanted to include interspersed instrumental interludes (which is somewhat ironic since almost the entire project is instrumental – these just aren’t hymns.)

Anyway, I knew that these interludes would all be called “Interlude:” and then the name, such as Majestic. The exception would be this opening track, which would be called Prelude: From the Rising, and be characterized by an upward-moving motif on the piano, and that’s what I started writing. Continue reading

May 14, 2011 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , , | 3 Comments

A Little Bach

In previous posts I had mentioned wishing I could get the Garritan Stradivari and Gofriller Cello instruments, but, alas, they are discontinued. There is hope that they will be resurrected and better with the upcoming Garritan Orchestral Strings 2. But, GOS2 is an unknown distance in the future, especially with current developments in Gary Garritan’s personal life, for which we all lift our thoughts and prayers. Continue reading

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Production Diary | , , , , | 7 Comments

Production Update 8/27/09

Lots of news – unfortunately, none of it includes an up and running new music computer. That might change this weekend – stay tuned for future posts. Continue reading

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , | Leave a comment

Back to Work

Brass Choir 2005So, I’ve spent most of the summer out working on a highway for 10+ hours a day. I basically didn’t do any music from the end of April to, well, yesterday. Continue reading

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , | 2 Comments

An Orchestra All My Own

My new software arrived the day after Christmas. Unfortunately, I had to wait until the following Monday to go to the post office to pick it up (out of state when they tried to deliver). As you can see from attached image, I bought the Garritan Personal Orchestra, which I have written about numerous times in this blog. Continue reading

January 11, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Father’s World Arranging Done

Sunday night I officially finished arranging “This is My Father’s World.” Maybe. Continue reading

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | Leave a comment

My Jesus, I Love Thee

That’s right, it’s finally posted. I solved my little problem from the last post (dropping piano notes). It turns out that most DFD (direct from disk) streaming samplers have this same problem with off-line rendering. There is a setting you can switch to fix this. I haven’t checked to see if it plays back properly in real time, yet.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here it is – piano and cello playing My Jesus, I Love Thee.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6534510

For the future, I’m working on several items at the same time – unfortunately only one having to do with my project. I’m currently arranging the strings on Father’s World. I’m also working on two songs for other people – one a young lady I’ve mentioned before. I had her and her sister over for a recording session several weekends ago, and still need to get in and comp together the performances.

I’m also working on a synth line for another friend’s song. I’m hearing a consort of recorders, a la Stairway to Heaven. I’m arranging them right now and we’ll see how it turns out.

June 2, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | 1 Comment

Production Update

I know I’ve been spotty at posting of late. Mostly my time spent on music is so short and scattered that I cannot complete anything of note. That being said, here is where the various pieces fall right now: Continue reading

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

New Gear

In the four weeks since my last post I haven’t done a whole lot of musical things. I certainly am not ready to publish My Jesus I Love Thee. I’m actually not a whole lot further along on it, primarily because I’m still not totally happy with the cello sample. Continue reading

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Production Diary | , | 1 Comment

Moving from the Technology to the Art

I’m not sure how many posts have promised a look at the actual rendering of the music. I admit that we’ve gotten a bit wrapped up in the technical end of things. However, that’s not unusual. As technology gets more and more powerful, it also gets more and more complex, with numerous (or even innumerable) options to set. When just one of those options is set wrong, it throws a wrench into everything. Continue reading

October 4, 2007 Posted by | Piano Concerto | , , | 1 Comment