The presidential election remains fourteen months away, and yet the news commentary coverage of this election has already rendered it as banal as possible.
This weekend I signed up to make a twenty five dollar loan through kiva.org, which funds microloans to folks in the third world. If the loan "funds", then apparently I'll be a lender to a Tajik clothes retailer. I'm glad to participate in this very small way in micro-lending.
My favorite remix site, ccmixter.org, just added tons of albums by the ambient artist Robert Rich to its sample pool. I do not own much Robert Rich, but I am delighted to have the chance to remix those samples. This weekend I created a song using a sample from my nose flute, a foot-operated bicycle pump, a battery-powered toothbrush, some bolts from Home Depot, and my 25 dollar softsynth Sawcutter 2.0.
This week's song title at Songfight.org is
"history of my broken heart", for which I believe my song has the perfect instrumentation. I have until Monday morning to devise and perform lyrics for the piece.
My prior songs adopted that style of lyric writing involving really trite, obvious lyrics at a failed attempt at irony. This time I will write a long free verse piece that will sound remarkably like my weblog voice. If one is in for a penny, and for a pound, one might as well be in one's own way of doing things.
I still am not very good at recording vocals. I get the raw track down in fairly good shape but I am not good at processing the sound into the mix. I will keep trying to read and learn.
A fellow on youtube who watched one of my Texas hike short films asked me about places to hike near San Antonio. As I put together the information to send him a detailed discussion, I got a longing to go on the hikes I mentioned. If there were but world enough and time, this cloistering at work would be no crime, but I hope I get to take a few of those hikes in the larger world when there is enough time.