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And Relax. 30 July, 2010

Filed under: Life,Music,Rambling — bonzairob @ 11:06 am

University

So in my last post, I documented all the crap university has put me through this year. Well, it’s finally all over, and I got a 2:1!
I haven’t checked if I could have got a first, without the docked marks from the essay. I got it done and in, but well below the word-count, and got a bad mark for it.

But, honestly, I don’t care! I’m just glad it’s over! The emotional pain of going over all the marks and working out what I could have got isn’t worth it to me. Sod it, I have a decent degree. And, besides, I don’t think I would have got a first anyway, as most of my marks were low 60s (70 average being the threshold for first).

Music & New Site

A new song for you to listen to! One of my courseworks was to arrange an existing song (by someone else) for string quartet and woodwind quartet. We had these performed live, and I got a really good mark for mine. Here it is:
Waker of Wind

Now, I haven’t updated the music portfolio page, and there’s a reason for that. I’ve re-registered bitcrush.org, and I’m going to turn it into a portfolio site. This blog will get moved there (or simultaneously updated or something, I don’t know yet), along with lots more music, and examples of my art, design, and coding.

I’ve also started a tumblr, which I intend to use to post art; my graduation present from my family is going to be a Really Awesome Thing that will make more art possible =D I can’t wait for it to arrive!

But, next in life comes trying to get a job. See you next time!

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A Musics 8 November, 2009

Filed under: Games,Life,Music — bonzairob @ 12:25 am

Post a week. Hah!

I made a musics: Tree of Life.
It’s a piece for a friend of mine, who is making a Pokemon fangame, for PC. He’s happy with it; the brief was “crystally, pulsing, lively, mysterious”.
Also, I misnamed it, it was “Tree of Creation”.

I’ve been ill the last few days; ironically I’ve got lots done. For my uni coursework, and P&R, I’ve been making this game: Waveform.
Annoyingly, the most important part of it doesn’t work properly at the moment: making music. I was planning to record the wave sounds to files, but they don’t get played fast enough. I’m going to have to switch to MIDI to play them, but it doesn’t seem to work on OS X. I knew it had been going too well!

Things have also been going well, if slowly, for P&R; the TurnShip demo nears completion, and we’re experimenting with C++ and OpenGL for some faster, 3D games than Python can handle.
I also worked out that, if we sell (later) games for £5 each, we’ll have to sell an average of 16/day to live off the proceeds. I’m also considering a £3/month (or something) subscription to get access to beta testing, extra things, that sort of thing… maybe also free games. I don’t know, I need to discuss it with the other two guys at our Monday meeting this week.
A “pay what you like” system might also work for the games we’re doing for free, rather than just donations.

Right. Until next time I remember this blog~!

 

Music, Part 2 20 June, 2009

Filed under: Life,Music — bonzairob @ 9:02 am

Well, it seems to have worked!

Last post, I said I was going to listen to the music to see where it wanted to go, for my coursework. I did, and the result is up on TurnShip’s site, here.

TurnShip, by the way, is part of Propellor and Ratchet Games, a studio founded by me and Pete with, so far, one other member and a website coming soon. However, for all that we’re small, we have 95% of a working demo of TurnShip! All it needs is menus, because to play it, you need to be able to connect to someone else over LAN or internet. This is brilliant because we can intercept it and get a reading of how many people are playing TurnShip at a time.
TurnShip itself is a game set in (ambiguously) either a post-apocalyptic future or an alternate past. Society is roughly concurrent with the 17-1800s, but there are some technological advances. It is a war game, and you are fighting off an invasion, with both sides using airships.

It started off as me and Pete having an ideas session (for we have something like six other games planned, one of which is also in production). Then Pete started making it and we’d have meetings dedicated to TurnShip. And now Pete has been overtaken with enthusiasm for the second game and has left m, pretty much, to make TurnShip as I see fit, and he’ll code it.

I’ll make sure it’s awesome.

Thought I’d tie up some loose ends from other posts:
Monitors and Things: I managed to solder the connector back in place but the monitor is stil bork. I’ve obviously broken it while fixing something else so I’m giving up on it and getting another broken backlight monitor from ebay.
Active and Passive: I started getting up earlier and letting ideas flow rather than trying to force them out; the creativity fairy seems to be enjoying itself more. Now it’s a matter of organising myself to do work every day.

 

Music 5 May, 2009

Filed under: Life,Music,Rambling — bonzairob @ 4:16 pm

I’ve whinged a bit about me and music on here before, so time oto do it again! HURRAH!

I’ve just spent an enlightening half an hour searching for and listening to the pieces of music I wrote for my AS and A2 levels. I don’t feel like I’ve written anything better, so I wanted to have a listen. And then, of course, it hit me.

Nowadays, I know a lot more music theory than I used to; I’m a bit out of practice but I can work out what time signature, key, tempo a piece of music is in. just recently for some exercise, suggested by Luke, I transcribed the opening bit of 19 Days by Gavin Harrison (Spoiler: swaps between 7/8 and 12/8).
Yes, now I’m more technically skilled than I was. But, back when I wrote music that I couldn’t write today, it just flowed. I didn’t know what the chord sequences were that I wrote, I wrote them because they sounded good; because that, in my head, was where the music wanted to go. I’m attempting to write some battle music for TurnShip and I spent some minutes (displacement activity) writing out what chords I’d used, what relations they had, and the other chords in this key.

That was wrong of me. I should be listening to the music, not telling it what to do.

I’m going to try to write how I used to, and see if itflows easier; if it does, I might have cracked it. If not, I haven’t really lost anything.

There’s an mp3 up here of my AS piece; the A2 pieces weren’t put together in a long piece like this so I haven’t bothered. The recording is simply my computer’s midi instruments; there are one or two little skips. It’s still better than the midi itself.

 

Portfolio Update 20 May, 2008

Filed under: Life,Music — bonzairob @ 1:06 pm

I’ve been busy with university work lately, but there are a few things I need to mention.

The Portfolio has been updated with my latest piece, which was composed on a Gameboy. I’m happy with how it’s turned out.

My radio show, BiTcrush, goes out live every Thursday at 8pm GMT.

I am currently working on the website of Source Radio, the hosts of BiTcrush.

That’s all for now… more posting in June when my work is done.

 

And We’re Back. 6 March, 2008

Filed under: Life,Music — bonzairob @ 12:49 am
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The move is complete, and our new flat has a working, fast internet connection.

I’m not really sure what to update now.. me and Ruth have been having some health problems lately, we’re pretty sure it was stress from the move. Just stuff like colds and fevers. It seems to be settling down now.

Ruth says I need a proper portfolio for my music… I suppose a page on here doesn’t really show off my talents particularly well. I’ll keep it for now and work on another one. I want something cool and professional in Flash. Anyway, there’s a new piece on the portfolio page here.

That and I’d like to record an album of some sort. But I wouldn’t really know what to put on it. I just need to mess around with instruments more, I think, and get stuff down and done. I’d like to get my name out there.

Excuse the writing style, I’m sleepy. I must go to bed soon. Shine on, you crazy diamonds..!

 

Cello 18 January, 2008

Filed under: Music,Rambling — bonzairob @ 1:49 am

I got my new cello today. It arrived in a box the size and shape of a coffin. I hope it’s not undead.

I’m pleased with how it sounds :) I’ll probably upload a new version of Legend with the cello in, if I can play the arpeggiated bit properly once. At first Ithought it sounded metallic, but then realised that the cello i’d been using before (borrowed from high school) in fact had a dull tone. This one is nice and loud, pretty in the high registers and pleasantly farty in the bass.

(In my experience of university, whenever a tutor mentions a bass instrument, they always use the adjective “farty”. I have no idea why it’s so universal, but it’s effective, don’t you agree?)

It was nice to play with a cello again. I feel like I’m actually fluent in this instrument; sure, I can bang a tune out of a guitar, but with the cello it feels more controlled. Like I can think of a tune, then play it after like three tries. Being the hopeless nerd I am, I played t least four tunes from Zelda along with the only Bach and Tchaikovsky pieces I know (Suite 1 for cello and Chanson Triste Op.40 #2 respectively). Maybe it’s sad, but I can mostly play them from memory too.
The cello came with a cool case, as well – it’s a solid one (rather than canvas) and it has some secrt pockets, space for two bows 9which i now have) and a little embedded humidity gauge thing :D Also wheels. Those might be useful.

Tomorrow (well today) we’re doing the final signings before me and Ruth move into our new flat! Woo! It’ll be nice when our future isn’t so up in the air. Although it’s only temporary, because we’re going to Italy next year for Ruth’s course’s year abroad. Hopefully in Italy, some kind old lady will pay me to write string quartet pieces or pinano* miniatures.

Well, I believe it’s time for bed. More on the cello tomorrow, perhaps.

*If you’re cool, you call pianos pinanos. Otherwise I’ll PEER PRESSURE ya.