Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Tiger's Den - Update Medeli AKX - 10

 


Video:  Medeli AKX - 10

Presenter:  Jeremy See



The above YouTube video is what convinced me to get
the Medeli AKX-10...
or what I will refer to in the future as the Max - 10.

I just received it today.

It took a while because this has been selling out all around the world.

I will be slowly incorporating its features in the cover songs I plan to do.

I have made a separate blog for my cover songs...
and of which I will list once I load my first cover.





I ordered the connecting cord from the Max - 10 to the computer...
and will receive it in a few days.

In my first cover...
I will use the Max - 10 to blend in a cello with the guitar and bass flute.

I will incorporate various drum and percussion sounds as needed by the songs...
at a later time.

I will only use this for music other than Bass Flute and Bass Guitar...
 Classical Guitar, or Electric Guitar.

I will not be using preloaded instrument samples...
but will operate this using the keys of the Max - 10.

It will take some time as it is all new to me...
and I will have to stumble along song by song as I try to 
learn how to use this instrument.

I will have to take my time in using the Max - 10 as...
not only are there so many functions to use...
but...
I cannot even play the simplest of songs on the keyboard...
so...
I am going to teach myself the keyboard...a little at a time.

Below are just a few of the color options for the Leds.







As you can see...
when you play...
downward facing Leds light up in the desired colors.

I had not put in all of the color combinations...
but, I did take pics of the ones I will use most often.





Life just got better...

as my musical options just grew tremendously.


The Tiger's Den is now effectively complete.


On to writing and making music.




Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Tiger's Den - My Music And Writing Studio

 


Song:  Fire On High

Group:  ELO




I had just finished hanging up my guitars in this photo
(I installed the hangers directly into the wooden studs).

The electric Bass Guitar is on the left...
the Classical Guitar my son had bought me is in the center...
and the standard Electric Guitar is on the right.

And of course...
my Bass Flute is in front of the computer.

I kneeled on my bed to take this photo.  

Hopefully soon...
I will have my Medeli AKX -10 keyboard music arranger
 just to the right of where my chair is.

And even though I am still a beginner in music...
I hope to soon be able to play covers of some of my favorite songs
with these instruments.

I use the condenser microphone only to record the bass flute.

When I play the guitars...
I plug them directly into the computer interface...
even the classical guitar my son had bought me.

I had placed a contact transducer microphone in the middle of...
and just behind, the bridge of the guitar.

The sound is superior with this type of microphone for classical guitar.

For those wondering how to layer music...
I merely use the software included with the Mac...
GarageBand.

It allows you to listen to the previously laid track/s on headphones
as you record the next track.

This is how one may keep time with the other instruments already recorded...
while recording multiple layers of a song.

I then use the software included on the Mac...iMovie...
to make the music videos for YouTube.

I also use Pages...
the included software on Mac...
to write and publish my stories.

It is all so interesting and so much fun.

I just love my Mac computer.

Anyway, this is where I do all of my writing and music.

I have two basic modes of operation...
writing...
and music.

When I write...
I listen to beautiful music.

I spend most of everyday here.  
I have a comfortable captain's chair which is generously padded.

When I get deep into my writing...
I will sometimes sit in the chair in front of the computer
 for more than 20 hours at a time.

When I am really absorbed in writing a story...
I will often fast for a few days...
as I don't wish to interrupt my thought process by having to cook or eat...
and I will write until I get sleepy...
wake up...
and start writing until I again get sleepy...
and so on...
sometimes for days on end
(I usually do this when my younger sister has my mother for those days).

I had blacked out the window...
and insulated it from light or noise.

I am nocturnal.

I am most creative after the sun sets...
until the sun rises.

I generally write and play music by the light of the computer only...
as it aids in feeling isolated from the rest of the world...
so I may indulge myself in my world.


This is the Tiger's Den.


For me...
there is almost nowhere else I would rather be.






Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Reason

 


Song:  The Reason

Group:  Hoobostank





Alex's mother emailed me on the latest news of Alex.

This was one of his recent lunches near UC Berkeley.

He is presently taking two graduate level math courses...
one independent study undergraduate math course...
and an Honors Thesis Math course
(He had completed all of his undergraduate core courses already).

Alex is working on his Honors Math Thesis...
as he is in the Honors program.

Once he completes and gets his Thesis accepted...
he will be able to graduate with Honors.


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Alex is so fortunate in life in that he had found his life's passion early on.

He has relentlessly pursued it all of his life.

It is what he loves thinking about...
researching and learning more and more about...
and what he simply loves doing.

He had found...
The Reason.


The reason for Alex's great happiness in life is that he is chasing and living his passions...
plans to make it his life's work...
all the while being able to make a good living at it.

It is the best of all worlds.

It follows the old adage:

"Do what you love doing...
and you won't work a day in your life."


Our lives are very short.

Spend it hiding away from necessary displeasures...
and you will live the life of a rabbit in his underground den.
Which if instead you face them with the discipline to overcome and do them anyway...
and with the intelligence to learn to love them...
you may live the life of an eagle.


Yes, a person may hunker down in life...
spending all his resources and time avoiding displeasures...
and then spending all of his life in chasing momentary distractions
to temporarily flavor his dull existence.

But that is not truly living.

That is living a life in search of freedom from anxiety.

That is merely existing.

That is hiding away from life for fear of it.



Soar the skies as an eagle...
with a constant view of distant horizons...
with the freedom of all the skies.

In order to do this...
one merely must spread his wings and fly.

Alex is presently soaring the skies as he exercises his wings...
scanning the land for life's opportunities while keeping his eyes
open for new opportunities on the distant horizon.

During his flight...
he soars among the clouds...
the metaphorical home of the gods.

His ultimate altitude is under his control and will.

After achieving his goals...
he may find a mountain peak of his choice to make his nest...
and it will be from there that he will be able to enjoy the glorious sunsets in life.


The reason to soar the skies is what each of us must find for ourselves.

It is the reason which gives so much color to life.

It is the reason that gives us our hunger for life...
and for our supreme enjoyment of all the simple pleasures within.


Once a person experiences the freedom of the open expanses of the skies...
with the warmth of the sun upon him...
with the fresh air flowing through his lungs...
with the ever changing cloud formations and the kaleidoscope of colors
 the sun plays upon them...
with the ever expanding horizons of new lands to explore...
he will never choose to be a rabbit safely ensconced in his den...
devoid of light and freedom and...
The Reason.


An eagle braves the buffeting storm winds because of...
 The Reason.

An eagle relentlessly exercises his wings in preparation for his first flight.
He knows that should he not prepare himself for his first leap off the cliff...
he will plummet to his death.

And so...
he takes his preparations seriously.

But it is not fear of death which drives him forth.

It is...
The Reason.

An eagle lives chasing...
 The Reason.

The eagle's parents prepared their eaglet for life by exposing him to
life among the clouds high in their mountain perch.

They had given him a taste of distant horizons...
glorious sunsets...
and a world open to his greatest desires.


To soar among the clouds...
to find the perfect mountain top where you may enjoy
life's sunsets with a loving mate...
to raise your own eaglets so they may find...
The Reason...
to view all of life flowing from this...
being guided by and with it constantly driving you forth from within...
 to feel the colors of the sunsets...
to flow with the music of the buffeting winds...
to be a god in the clouds as you soar above them...

this is...
The Reason.




























Sunday, August 29, 2021

Alex's Last Trip To San Francisco Before Fall Semester

 


Song:  Into Dust

Group:  Mazzy Star


As Alex begins his first class of the new semester at UC Berkeley at 0800 tomorrow...
he wanted to take a day to visit San Francisco before it started.

He and his mother took the ferry to San Francisco...
and had ended up walking over 15,000 steps on that day.

They had gone to many different places and just took in the sights...
and ate delicious food.







China Town is always a good place to visit.


















I love listening to the street musicians there.

























At the end of the day...
they were back at the ferry dock near home.

Alex had enjoyed his day at San Francisco...
and he is all ready for the start of another semester.

I plan to visit them in a few months.

We are planning on going to San Francisco once I arrive...
as well as eating at many restaurants.








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