Saturday, December 19, 2015

Still here.

From the numbers of people viewing the blog, maybe I should do a tour of Russia and China.  I haven't written for a while, working new job, in a completely new universe.  The paychecks are a bit smaller, but the conditions beyond anything I've ever experienced.  Not to mention actually having weekends and holidays for the first time in over ten years.
In the music department, many changes.  I've recorded two discs worth of material that I'm about to completely redo.  I've been studying Joni Mitchell, guitar tuning and playing technique, the tracks are sounding different, of course.  What I enjoy most about music is that I always have more to learn.  A friend, of whom I consider to be s better musician recently stated that he was "still trying to learn how to play guitar".  I feel the same way.  With the intervention of revelations like Cmaj9th tunings, it's like opening a door to a big room, where every step I take brings about more light.
The website is coming along, slowly, but coming.  Dave has taken over again, and having to learn what was done while working a job where he is training employees as well as raising a new daughter.  Kudos to him for everything.
I do have a reason to start playing gigs. I need the money to buy few new guitars.  I'm looking at a 9-string Schecter, an Italia electric sitar/guitar, and a fretless electric.  I refuse to use 'bill money", so gigs may be coming, which can only have a positive impact.
Ta ta for now.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A new life

This year has been unbelievable.  A major illness, a new career, a catastrophic event in the home which has totally changed the way I live, and a very interesting change in the demographics of Oenyaw.  A year ago, I would have probably been able to accept a prediction of these events, while not have been able to predict them myself or provide details.  I will say I have become stronger physically and emotionally due to the changes, and that I'm looking forward for all that may happen next.
I only give details on Oenyaw on the blog, so I'll attempt to explain what is happening without even trying to figure out how things are going the direction at present.  There seems to be a significant change in who, or the location of who, is listening.  After years of an Oenyaw audience being five to ten friends listening with two to five others in the world checking it out, I now find myself being followed by a much larger group of people in southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia.  I find myself looking up cities that I never knew existed to get an idea where they are.  There's a smaller number in India and Africa, but the change has led me to the equator, for the most part.  Another stunning (from an ignorant American point of view) aspect of this new demographic lies in the realization that many of them are Islamic. They seem to be a very loving group of people, which is getting more and more difficult to find in this country.
In conclusion, I welcome this with an ecstatic feeling, knowing that my music is being accepted by a group that I never would have thought to have been interested, much less accepting and (hopefully) understanding what I'm trying to accomplish as Oenyaw.  I only hope it continues (and escillates).
BTW, album 41 is complete, I just need titles.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Oenyaw rebuild

I've started a project of recovering all the Oenyaw music data files, then saving them as wav files, as opposed to only mp3 files at 256kbs.  It's a mountain, but moving along rather quickly, or quicker than I thought it would.  There have been a few surprises.  Such as there are numerous tracks that were actually one take mono recordings.  It didn't remember that "A Quiet Evening With a Few Friends" was recorded in three sessions.  Some of the tracks are requiring multiple increases in gain, while others are do loud that it blows the headphones off of my head and takes a while to recover.  I'm planning on putting the tracks on clouds, sending to internet radio stations, ect.  Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.  Thanks.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Five new discs

There are five discs that haven't made it to the site yet.  "Drawings From the Ancient Gallery" contains tracks using various methods (guitar, midi, synthesizers, percussion software).  Tracks are "based" on poems by William Blake.  "Conversations With Apollo", "A Charming Evening's End", " Music for Colonoscopy Preparation ", and " Elements of Involuntary Memory" are exclusively electric guitar.  I am presently preparing for something new, and will write more when it's all up.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Typee

A musical interpretation of Herman Melville's novel.  Odd coincidence is that there are 35 chapters in the novel, and that this was my 35th disc.  I attempted many different versions, the final is 35 named tracks, which will hopefully make it on the site someday.  It's all electric guitar, by the way.

Conspiracy Therapy

I recorded this one while finding short wave tracks for the Mortician.  It's a lot of noise, but what the heck.  I had to use it somewhere.  Call it a psychology experiment.

Waiting for the Mortician (... or someone like him) Open Mic Night at the Vogon Poetry Club

The title is a mouthful.  It's my tribute album. I have mentioned before that my favorite Beatles song is "Revolution #9", I have numerous references to Douglas Adams and The Firesign Theater, and a long standing love for " Bullwinkle and Rocky", so here it is.  The title is a dead rip from "Waiting for the Electrician(...)", and then there's the idea of a night club on a different Planet where Vogon Poetry is featured.  The voices throughout are backwards tracks from radio broadcasts (shortwave, AM & FM), as well as a speach by President Obama.  Their were initially over 50 tracks, which were combined for obvious reasons.  Many of the tracks titles are from various sections of " The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ", with a few different titles, one is the only line ever used by both Firesign Theater and Monty Python's Flying Circus, one then there's "Revolution #9" backwards.
The overall idea stems from too many weird gigs, including walking into a corner bar and finding a dysfunctional group of people on stage arguing and playing.  I would be hard pressed to describe how I did this one.  I would have to go section by section of each track to figure it out.  I consider this to be the Oenyaw comedy album, laid out like an all night musical play.  I really enjoyed making it, and still laugh while listening.  It, too, is being repaired.