New notations and practice tracks naming scheme.

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So I’ve been putting off posting again. I wanted to update on that last month (two month ago now), but things weren’t going all that well so I elected to not worry about it until early or mid-December. Which is fine. I haven’t progressed at all with the drawing or painting. I’m still poking around once in a while with the idea of writing stuff, or going through older notes, stories and texts, but I’m making no illusions about ending up with anything concrete anytime soon. Maybe next year. It’s really secondary to a bunch of other stuff so further stressing over that is overly futile.

Now December is (was) in its last week, another year at that, and well, yeah. One nice thing is that at the start of the month I was gifted with a subscription to Drumeo, which I had mentioned to a few people, and started looking at some of their lessons. This sorta gave me the motivation to write down some notations and make stock of some of the things I’ve playing and practicing up to this point, give myself a marker of sorts, or benchmark of where I’m at after a couple years of learning drums, get serious about keeping track of my progress and take good advantage of the coaches and classes I now have access to. The daily journal died somewhere into November, again, and without any art or content to show… well, just blogging to complain about stuff, wether personal, societal or existential, isn’t much of an appealing concept to me. And I’m definitely not short on things to complain about.

Having had to move 3 times in 2021 (making it 4 times now since this same time in 2020), and for that ending up in enough debt to mean I’ll be broke for the next 2 years paying it off, is one of those things. Where I’m staying at now is almost twice what I was paying before all of this, and the engines from the refrigeration of the store in the adjacent space (not to mention all the beeps and ringing) is wrecking hell with my tinnitus, which has only gotten worse, are even more of these things. Otherwise the place is fine, free from the worst of what had me move around so much. The layout is nice, there’s enough space for everything and doesn’t feel cramped or claustrophobic at all.


I didn’t know how to keep naming these tracks, or even if they’re tracks at all instead of just a semi-random assortment of practice patterns glued together as to pretend to be grooves forming a coherent structure. Since they basically started from one idea which then led to another as I tried to line up various things I was working on, I went with Rabbit Hole. Part I more or less stopped evolving much and had been around, nameless, since early 2020 or so, Part II is from the beginning of the month when I realized I had too many little incongruous parts I was spending time on that didn’t really fit anywhere, and needed to find something around which it could, which is where its first measure comes in, and how it got tied to the end of the first part. I’d like to keep the parts relatively short (ideally to just 1 page of notations), so there’s still quite a few exercises left out. I’ll stick with the name for now going forward, since Part III evolved in pretty much essentially the same way, but is more intentional: two versions of the double paradiddle rudiment continuously orchestrated back-to-back around the kit, as an exercise in independence mainly focused on left foot control. And that’s basically it.

The notation for both parts are here:
Rabbit Hole jpeg or PDF
Rabbit Hole II jpeg or PDF

It’s still improving, I’m focusing less on nailing all the bells and remembering motions, more on having better consistency and dynamics. I’ll update with a better video once those are in a comfy zone. One that doesn’t feature breaking the take at measure 30 for some nebulous reasons (must’ve suddenly remembered I was recording or something).

Aside from my obvious stop in the video at that measure there in part 2, I otherwise fell kinda satisfied with it as a whole. It unfortunately kills the momentum at that point where I go at the triplets too slowly, pausing and then just restart the 2nd half of the measure at the next metronome tick. Measure 33 and 37 are still the ones that usually confuse me the most though, strangely enough. Next level or step after that is getting comfortable at hitting the hi-hat parts either way with the hands crossed or open, and refitting in more left foot hi-hat somewhere perhaps. More likely though, I’ll leave it in its current notation form, seeing as the 3rd part already taking shape focuses heavily on left foot independence anyway. Really looking forwards to having more facility with that and have fun giving those hi-hats more range in expressions.

Beyond that, there’s still 3 more ‘pre-lessons’ so-called tracks left that’ll need proper video and notations: August Tom Groove, Stupendously Huge Massive Object (cause why not, better than calling it just ‘Track #N’ I suppose), and Boson Bagel (fermion free). I haven’t set up for the double-bass yet, I could and don’t really know why I don’t, so it’s not like I’ll be trying to learn Chainsaw in F♯ any time soon. It’s starting to feel like I’m at the point where I could manage it though. That’s nice.


And this is where I’ll wrap this up. Again, I’m kinda sad at not getting around to making more drawings or paintings. I currently have at least one digital and (at least) two canvas paintings stalled at various steps of completeness, and finding it really difficult to get back into. Also, seeing there’s consistently several visitors to this blog every month, I’d like to say thanks for coming by. And if you’ve been reading this far, thanks again, I very much appreciate it. This goes the same to all my followers too, and those of you who over the years have regularly fed my blog’s traffic stats page with their continued interest and occasional feedback. It does encourage me to be more diligent about posting, somewhat, and is a welcomed little extra source of motivation that I’m grateful to all of you for. Regardless of all that, there’s a healthy aspect to diaries too, it does help at processing and expressing things, it has its definite benefits, and because I did and do want to journal and blog more, if only to poke out that creative part of me. Never mind the angst-fuelled, parasocial-intolerant starved abyss staring right at me, what power does it have to stop me? I mean, what else does it have? Might as well take advantage of the situation and share stuffs on the internet, right? I usually feel good and all the better for it when I do. So again, thanks for letting me share it with you.

Happy New Years !

Progress update and other stuff

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Here it is:

There’s a few spots to touch up then a semi-glossy finish coat or two. If I find more of these boxes I might do some more. No clue as of yet what I’m going to stuff in there, but if you want to send me some amount more money than what it’ll cost to ship it to you, I’ll stick some bubblewrap in it and send it out. Leave a message through the site’s contact page with at least some vague description of your whereabouts to start the conversation.


Right, so over two years now. Reliably executing this track correctly, with all the right parts in the right places, it’s not a thing. I’ve tolerated the bumps and blocks as my kick leg and overall independence improved. Seems like I could, still was rough and needed polish, but the snares felt soggy and boring so I rewrote them. Almost what, 1 year now since I dropped back down to training wheel speed 60bpm grinds. Staying there (excluding the occasional 90bpm full tryouts or section looping) to flattened out all the curves and wrinkles instead of progressively increasing by 1-2bpm each time as I improved, even while overall other exercises and tracks have gotten better and faster. I’d like to get a good enough recording done by now and move on. Move the fuck on already. Anyway, but which part to leave un-good-enoughed?

Dividing it down into 4 main sections, an intro, two halves each further split into 4 parts, and an outro, it’s difficult enough to play a take exactly like I wrote and learned, at 60bpm, not to mention its intended bpm of 90, wanting to have it hold some dynamics and groove without falling of the click just makes it a nightmare.

In this one: forgetting the 2nd section snare/hi-hat pass that throws back to the outro and doing a double instead, playing the b version of the kick pattern instead of the regular one in the mid-section of the 6th part. Otherwise feels kinda okay really, sounds like it should. The triplets on the hi-hat bang on, as in off-beat.

1 2 3 4 …

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Or ‘Why is this so difficult?’ Trying to bury the click, and the… and, and the 1 e & a or the 4 ti ta? 2 3 4 go.

So over a year after revisiting Liquid Volts Pi with some extra snare and improved flam, and I still can’t play it anymore at its preferred tempo of 90bpm. Even playing it dozens of times a day, that speed bump just keeps moving around. It’s all over the place now and no way I can go back to the limited snare version I could manage decently without tripping all over myself.
At least it’s a good improvement. I can try it once in a while and only butcher like half a dozen bars or so, although it does sound much tighter as a whole, more even, feeling much easier and controlled around the doubles, flams and such, but I’d rather keep on flattening that bump… literally, as you can no doubt tell in this, one of my better takes recently, where almost looks like I’m having hiccups. I’m just trying to hold on to the sticks and stop all the bouncing.

I recently moved (again) and the space is (finally) a much needed improvement this time, despite it being doubtful on the long term. All that moving around was expensive, and it’ll take me a long time to recover from the debt and stress of these past few years… which were suppose to be a mandated rest from the events of the previous few others, and so on mostly. Hopefully things stay stable at least long enough to get better some.

All that aside, in an effort to get back better organized I’ve returned to keeping track of things with renewed motivation. There’s two more tracks pretty much rounded out I just need to settle with a metronome beep for, and a third one that just needs a title, which I could ‘mlog’ a post about. I’ll focus more on those in the coming weeks as well as some other rabbit holes I’ve been gravitating abouts without much reason or structure.

Today was essentially a somewhat planned procrastination day, spent listening to the better recents takes on a loop, uploading and selecting words to send out to the internets in this specific particular order so as to thereby assemble themselves into this content which you might be reading right now, and pondering over the next possible entries in this, my log of music and mostly art-related activities. While on that note, I’ll wrap up by mentioning that the next posts lined up for the site are probably going to be about painted art pieces (mostly the decorated cigar box I’m putting the finishing touches to), maybe possibly another digital bda (I’d like those to get back to being a monthly thing at the least) too, and also mention that you can help me get out of debt by clicking that button at the bottom of the page. In addition to instantaneously having nothing delivered right to you, you can also print out any of the works on the gallery page as an extra thank-you for your support.

Cosmic Poll

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A recent survey of the CMB (no, not the Cosmic Marijuana Branch, the other one, it’s Microwave Background one) has shown that an overwhelming majority of photons strongly agree with the following statement:

“Can’t wait for the heat to die off and get out of here, so as to then finally respond to this survey.” Also, on a scale of ℏ to 10, a large majority again would describe things as a “very crowded.”

Poor little things don’t have a proper notion of time apparently. Fortunately, or not I suppose, turns out that out of all the many possibly probable and impossible worlds out here, or in wherever dimensions somewhere thereabouts this is, it adds to ending up in the only one in which the Multiverse doesn’t exist. So it might take a while before we get to find out just who was banging whom exactly.

Gluon-Free Lepton Croutons

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Here’s the latest of the tracks I’ve been working on these past few months. It’s fairly simple I think. I’m posting the mp3 from the standard midi kit along with a video of me playing it a few days back.

Gluon-Free Lepton Croutons – standard midi



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August Tom Groove

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A track I’ve been working on these past few weeks. This mp3 of the midi version is pretty much its final form and an accurate transcript of what I’ll be recording in the coming days. I have some ideas for bass, chords and whatnot, but unlike Molten Dry Bips which sounded perhaps a bit too dry without the extras, drums only seems fine this time so not going to risk another disaster and shelve that thought. They’ll end up on my bandcamp page at some point. Feedback is welcomed, so are any tips and support sent.

August Tom Groove, bleedleaf 2020 (CC BY-NC-SA)

The cymbals are close but not quite like the same as what I have setup on my drum kit. The hi-hat is mainly played half-closed or so most of the time, but here I don’t delve into the editor enough to give it more variety in sounds. There’s some more snare and floor tom rimshots and assorted accents here and there too that’ll come out once I get around to recording. 80bpm is my overall maximum currently, but it’s not quite the same at that speed. Although I think it sounds best around 72bpm, it’s where I’m at in practicing my triplets on it, it holds up okay at 60bpm too, like a similar feel despite a somewhat different personality to it. Haven’t decided for sure yet, though I’m leaning towards recording it at 60bpm.

Molten Dry Bips (project rc.1.02)

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So here is the result of one of the practice pad exercises I’ve been working on these past months. It will no doubt go through a few more transformations in the times ahead as I move over to practicing it on an actual drum set. It does use a few more cymbals and toms than I currently have on my kit, and obviously my original practice pad sticking will need to be modified slightly to accomodate for the fills, and for the toms’ and cymbals’ physical setup (no point in trying to fast-switch hands on the ride bell in-between snare hits, for example, when you can paradiddle them instead… duh). The placement of kick-bass hits might get tweaked a bit as well as I get comfortable with the groove, but mostly the main bass line’s modulations is where I’m thinking it could use additional changes.

In a no-doubt overambitious plan that’ll never get done, there’s also a few ideas for extra instrument add-ons floating around in the back of my head (like flutes, whistles, horns and trumpets or other wind/brass, etc), potentially making it much longer. I’m open to suggestions, so send your collaboration ideas, comments, feedback and such. It will be greatly appreciated.

In any case, it’ll join the other tracks in my experimental drum album on bandcamp sometime in the not-so-distant future


Molten Dry Bips:

Morsels of specialty engineered V-Drums and E-Bass carefully melted dry, and meticulously blended together in self-contained bips to strengthen the teflon in your brain and keep it safe.

Ingredients:
v-drums
e-bass


like most of my work this track is licensed CC BY-NC-SA, so you’re free to do with it as you like as long as it’s not for commercial purposes. Just drop me a message if you do end up using it in any of your own projects

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Badly Drawn Animals #50

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59 individual line segments with their bends, corners and curves, aligning to form a total of 60 separate shapes which are colored so as to have each shape in frame be directly adjacent to at least one of the 13 black filled spaces. 10 of them are colored blue, 9 of them red, 8 of them grey and 7 of them white. The remaining 13 shapes retain the paper background’s texture.

Badly drawn animal #50 (click thumbnail for gallery and full-size image) :

¡send more kibble!

Badly Drawn Animals #49

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This bda, like most of them really, is not properly done justice to by the usual descriptive rundown of its main and predominant features. It’s been said about it however, in fact again like most of the other bda featured on this site, to have been known to reveal the secrets of its inner workings to one who’d dare stare at it for long enough. Or in other words, and from a certain point of view perhaps, to one who’d dare stare at it for far too much longer than is necessary.

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