Monday, November 11, 2013

Feedback would be nice

I notice people looking at this from many locations.  Please, tell me what you think.  Dialog would be nice.

Size matters

After buying a victrolla last year, and buying old 78's, I decided to research the subject of recorded music.  The standard of the 78 rpm took years to get everyone on track, which was no surprise.  What did get me was that the idea of the 3 minute song emerged from necessity.  It was all those records could fit, a maximum length based on available surface area.  Here we are, a century later, and the same restrictions apply.  Length of song restrictions are like restricting painting colors, or book length.  I have been looking into submitting my music for airplay, but the idea of picking the short ones or editing the long ones is a painful requirement.  I don't expect anyone to play, much less listen to "Conspiracy Therapy", but cutting it up would be ridiculous.  Just a thought.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Brave

I just found it's been a year since my last post.  Excuses are numerous.  Last year was a very bad year, very upsetting.  This year has been wonderful.  A new career
  I obtained a CDM license, and got a job as a dietary manager in a nursing home.  I spend every day making sure 100 people get fed three times a day.  More work than I've done on years.  Loving it.  I found out how to post from my phone, so I'll be writing more.  I have recently completed my 33 disc.  I'll explain soon.  I'm about to attend my second Soun of Music sing-a-long.  TYFN, Oenyaw.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hello World

I just figured it out that people are looking (reading) this blog from all over the world.  This makes me happy, and it would be interesting if someone would leave some comments.

I was driving to work this morning listening to Annette Funicello, taking in a foggy world.  I stopped to get a few photographs of a large field of grass that was hidden under a blanket of fog.  Really beautiful.

I often carry on discussions in my head concerning music to pass the time while driving, but I hardly ever write them down.  One of the items is that I consider there to be two ways of presenting music when performing.  Recital or Improvisation.  I have tried to go totally towards improvisation.  This type of music, when performed can be instantly ruined when someone causes a power surge that gets into the loop and causes an immediate end to the piece.  If it is something I have been working on for years and I'm finally getting a good groove on the piece, it would cause much grief.  If it's an improve piece, then if it is not too loud of a pop, I try t work it in. (BTW, this has happened, so I speak from experience.)

As far as recording, the pieces I have done that were pre-writen and later carried out do not have the same life that an improv piece may have.  Much of what I record is made up of constructed works anyway.  Some are one take, one track.  Some are a few tracks from separate sessions combined.  Most are usually one days work, or one week.  I have long felt that the idea behind making a track that lasts over an hour is not preplanned to be that long, I merely allow such a thing to happen.  The tracks that are 6 hours are preplanned to be that long.  I am now working on a four part, 24 hour (6 hours for each part) piece.  I had originally planned it to be something quite philosophical, but I have changed gears, become more honest with myself, and decided to make it more personal.  (It seems that everytime I get into some deep philosophy, I start researching the subject and find that there are many people who add their own opinions and extrapolate the philosophy to the point that I would not have anything worth while to add, and that if I did, it would provoke many arguments.  To quote Lincoln: "It is better to be quite and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.")  Back to the "more personal" theme.  I have decided that it will be type of self-portrait, one that defines Wayne Higgins' daily life.  The overall theme will be exploring just how boring of a person that I really am.

More later....

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WAR!

26-WAR!
01-The Demon Awakens     5:56
02-Youth and Patriotism    57:33
03-Dancing the Dance    34:07
04-Examples Of Opposing Victory Prayers  37:19
05-Before the Dawn    14:07
06-The Last Day of Our Lives   69:34
07-Final Preparations    37:42
08-Let The Fray Begin    33:38
09-The Presentation of the Chocolate Bar  2:10
10-The Long Road to Recovery   42:42
11-Home at Last                                 12:36
Total time    5:47:27
WAR! is an acronym for We Are Right!  I did this while I was recovering from an illness, brucellosis.  I'll write more after the settlement.

Regular Divisions of the Plane

Regular Divisions of the Plane
01-Tetrahedral Planetoid                53:29
02-The Sea at the Mouth of the Ebro     53:11
03-Mobius Strip                         24:45
04-Metamorphosis                       238:35
Total time    6:10:01
This album is based on a few pieces of art by MC Escher.  I'll be writing more when I have the strength.

Searching for Intelligent Life

Searching for Intelligent Life
1-The Universe Within            60:33
2-Procyon A,B                    38:32
3-Struve 2398 A,B                29:21
4-Lalande 21185                  21:20
5-Luyten 372-58                  16:08
6-61 Cygni A,B                   48:48
7-Lacaille 9352                  57:28
8-Ross 128                       24:12
9-Groombridge 34 A,B             84:25
Total time    6:20:52
I have always enjoyed reading about astronomy, and wish I had a better grip on physics and calculus to understand it more thoroughly.  Also, I cant see a thing through a telescope.  It is a simple task to some, but I just can't focus.  I did, however point my telescope into the sky one night and say so many stars in one area that it frightened me.  How anyone coudl believe that we are alone is personally unacceptable.  Each track on this compilation is named after a star within 12.5 light years from us.  The titles follow my own twisted logic of titleing.  The star, the system, the size, the distance, the process of discovery, the possible emotion of discovery, what life would be like in a sertian system, or even what it would be like to travel to that system.  Hopefully, I have never pretended anything but the truth.  Sometimes I name pieces due to actual visions or interpretations of impressions of visions, events, or emotions.  The introductory track, "The Universe Within" is a college of outtakes from the "recording sessions" of the remaining tracks.

The following scientific information is taken from a website http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/ which is created by Richard Powell.  The cover photo is also by Richard Powell and is a diagram of the stars 12.5 light years from earth.  I have attempted to contact him, but have no success.

Procyon A,B - Type=F5+DA, Magnitudes=0.4+10.7, Distance=11.41 ly
A brilliant yellow-white star, and the eighth brightest star in the sky. With twice the diameter of the Sun, Procyon is also the largest star within 25 light years. Procyon is orbited by a white dwarf companion first seen optically in 1896. The orbital period is 41 years.  [Musically, this was very exciting for me, for I finally found a method which displays my love for the music of the composer, Alexander Courage (the original "Star Trek" series).]

Struve 2398 A,B - Type=M4+M5, Magnitudes=8.9+9.7, Distance=11.6 ly
A binary system of two red dwarfs named Struve 2398 from a catalogue of double stars published in 1827. This system is also known by the rather more boring name of BD+59°1915. The two stars are quite widely separated (50 AU) and orbit each other in a 450 year period. [A backward/forward spiralling piece.]

Lalande 21185 - Type=M2, Magnitude=7.5, Distance=8.31 ly
Recorded in JJ Lalande's star catalogue compiled in the 1790's, this is one of the brightest red dwarfs in the sky, but it still needs binoculars to see it. G Gatewood reported in 1996 the possible indications of a couple of Jupiter sized planets orbiting it but this remains unconfirmed. [This one sounds more like an underwater sonar than a telescopic event.]

Luyten 789-6 A,B,C - Type=M5+M5+M7, Magnitudes=13.3+13.3+14.0, Distance=11.1 ly
There seems to be three red dwarfs in this system. The main pair orbiting each other in a 2 year period, and a dim third star orbiting the first at a very close range. [More Alexander Courage influence, with a bit of Stanislov Lem thrown in.]

61 Cygni A,B - Type=K5+K7, Magnitudes=5.2+6.1, Distance=11.41 ly
This binary system of two orange dwarf stars is famous for being the first star ever to have its distance measured by F Bessel in 1838. Both stars are very similar but are widely separated (86 AU) requiring about 700 years to orbit each other. [A quiet, dancing snowflakes, sort of piece.]

Lacaille 9352 - Type=M2, Magnitude=7.4, Distance=10.73 ly
A fairly bright red dwarf which can easily be seen with binoculars, it was first recorded in Nicolas de Lacaille's catalogue of southern hemisphere stars compiled around 1752. [The previous but at half speed.]

Ross 128 - Type=M4, Magnitude=11.1, Distance=10.89 ly
A dim red dwarf, also known as FI Vir - its variable star designation. [A variation on the theme used for "Lalande 21185".]

Groombridge 34 A,B - Type=M2+M6, Magnitudes=8.1+11.1, Distance=11.64 ly
Another pair of red dwarfs, this system is usually called Groombridge 34 from an 1838 catalogue of northern stars or sometimes BD+43°44. Both stars are variable in brightness and have the variable star names of GX And and GQ And. Both stars lie far apart from each other (150 AU) and orbit each other in a 2500 year period. [Another variation, this time utilizing a ring modulator.]