February 23rd, 2005

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Melodic use of insomnia

I completed my first ambient work using the music notation software I got in the mail last weekend. It's called "Trinity Trail". The sound differs a great deal from the more noise-oriented and mildly "darker" things I recorded prior to this work. Further, and perhaps sadly, no kazoos were sacrificed in the making of this work. The piece required no mixing, but merely required composition, setting up the MIDI voice, recording the MIDI to mp3, and uploading the work to the site. The biggest challenge has been getting the right picture to appear on the site.

Rather than being particularly quirky or experimental, the work aims for a slow, gentle, hymn-like purity, a simplicity both slightly minimal and hopefully a bit evocative. It's not a complex work, but a pleasant hike in diatonic, melodic sound. It's the aural equivalent of a tuneful chord meditation on an autoharp, except that autoharps don't have MIDI voice settings called "Goblin".

I love to hike the literal Trinity Trail, whose nine miles take me past cedars, rolling hills, a lake,
tiger swallowtails, and crying crows. If you'd like to visit my metaphoric "Trinity Trail", at no cost and with no need for plane tickets, feel free to click into my soundclick site, and click on the song "Trinity Trail".
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    Trinity Trail
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The National Dog Biscuit Day Game

Today, February 23, is National Dog Biscuit Day. How do I know that? The internet told me. Every day should have its dog, and every dog's holiday should be celebrated, preferably in the day's afternoon.

I propose, therefore, a game. If you reply to this message with the simple, typewritten word "Arf!", I will, within 24 hours of receiving your bark,
ask you to write me a paragraph. The assignment might (but will not) go like this:

"In the comments, please write me a paragraph about a dog biscuit which went to the Metropolitan Opera House in Detroit, and what happened next".

You then celebrate the day within 24 hours by writing just such a comment.
When we are done, we will have a series of dog biscuits in the comments strewn about the world in all sorts of fascinating situations.

I am not much for rules, but here are a few. One, if you'll pardon the observation, a dog biscuit game is so silly that any premeditation as to replies is strictly discouraged. Two, to keep this space biscuit-friendly,
I suggest that the use of the dog biscuit as a metaphor or stand-in for various innuendoes is a somewhat tired device (and I will omit the self-serving statement about how there are more things on Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than your biscuit science can devise). Finally, write with glee, write with abandon, and don't worry that you're really a cat person.

So, Arf? Yes, Arf! Within a day or two, we should be up to the gills in biscuit prose!