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personal hygeine

By license on August 16, 2020 10:38 pm

I don't regret making it, but what I uploaded last week was a bit raw in more ways than one, and I apologize if it weirded anyone out. I'm a bit better now.

This last week was pretty rough. After work, I didn't have any energy for anything but video games. I literally played XCOM2 for 14 hours yesterday. So I didn't work on any music, but I decided I wasn't going to beat myself up for it because it was such a shitty week.

I took a small amount of time to do this jam today (Sunday) and I found that working with machines without screens was therapeutic, as was working with this semi-modular stuff. There's little pressure to go in any particular direction. It's like a moderately sized box of audio legos, enough to have fun and follow your nose but not enough to get overwhelmed. I just ran everything into the Thyme and multitracked it on a hardware recorder. It might not be the most interesting thing to listen to, but it was soothing to make, and I'm all about that at the moment.

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August 18, 2020 10:54 am

I am sorry to hear, you had a shitty week before. Hope this week will be more relaxed. I don`t know if doing XCOM2 for 14 hous is good for regenerating. Maybe take a walk outside for a couple of minutes or hours.
btw, listening to your jam is great, it is so vital and refreshing. I understand the therapeutic part of it.
I bought an OP1 to do something musical on the fly, not beeing dependent on a computer and the studio. It is fun sitting somewhere outside and getting lost in it. But it is true, some advanced options are missing and it has not all the features I need to record. But I will find a way to make it my steady companion. The track this week was WITHOUT the OP1. First have to get to know it better.

August 18, 2020 2:26 pm
Q-Rosh wrote:

I am sorry to hear, you had a shitty week before. Hope this week will be more relaxed. I don`t know if doing XCOM2 for 14 hous is good for regenerating. Maybe take a walk outside for a couple of minutes or hours.
btw, listening to your jam is great, it is so vital and refreshing. I understand the therapeutic part of it.
I bought an OP1 to do something musical on the fly, not beeing dependent on a computer and the studio. It is fun sitting somewhere outside and getting lost in it. But it is true, some advanced options are missing and it has not all the features I need to record. But I will find a way to make it my steady companion. The track this week was WITHOUT the OP1. First have to get to know it better.


Thank you very much for the kind words. I agree, playing so much XCOM2 is not good for me and I really need to get outside more.

It is great having these small tools that are seemingly limited, yet they have so many possibilities as you learn the interactions between their parts. Not only do you understand the tool better, but you gain a better understanding of how to transcend those limits and realize you can actually do more with less.

August 19, 2020 11:52 pm

Creating live music on machines or instruments, taking risks and going down avenues is one of the coolest things. I like the fact that you don't have a safety net, you have to go with it. And it allows for cool experimentations too. There is some fun stuff happening on this track, keep it going!

August 20, 2020 2:58 am
Kedbreak136 wrote:

Creating live music on machines or instruments, taking risks and going down avenues is one of the coolest things. I like the fact that you don't have a safety net, you have to go with it. And it allows for cool experimentations too. There is some fun stuff happening on this track, keep it going!


Thank you so much! I agree about losing the safety net! Lately, I relish mistakes as surprises and unexpected opportunities that I wouldn't have thought of without getting my hands dirty.

August 20, 2020 2:34 pm

I hear ya on those shitty weeks.  Def a change of environment or just a new distraction is always a good idea.  So many cool sounds going on in this track.  I swear at one point I heard a droid from Star Wars in there lol.  Machines without screens would also make a great band name smile  Hang in there!

August 21, 2020 8:14 pm

Yeah, making things that are soothing is so good. I do the same thing, music should be therapy. "Like a moderately sized box of legos" ... there's a great title!! I don't think I know Xcom ... but some of these sounds could be in a game I think. Sounds like a fun jam with the new gear!!

August 22, 2020 10:44 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

I hear ya on those shitty weeks.  Def a change of environment or just a new distraction is always a good idea.  So many cool sounds going on in this track.  I swear at one point I heard a droid from Star Wars in there lol.  Machines without screens would also make a great band name smile  Hang in there!


Yes, new distractions are sometimes necessary. Thank you! There are definitely some robot sounds in there big_smile Feel free to take the band name!!

miraclemiles wrote:

Yeah, making things that are soothing is so good. I do the same thing, music should be therapy. "Like a moderately sized box of legos" ... there's a great title!! I don't think I know Xcom ... but some of these sounds could be in a game I think. Sounds like a fun jam with the new gear!!


I completely agree that music should be therapy. I used to be a total perfectionist, but now I'm happiest with the sounds that made me feel good. Lol, feel free to take that title big_smile There is definitely a game vibe there. Yes! I hope you get a chance to play with this stuff, it's good fun smile

August 23, 2020 7:01 pm

Great that you could do this after the week you had. Great art comes from personal experience and you used what you had. Demanding, but somehow interesting trip to the legoland smile. Great!

August 23, 2020 7:23 pm
Ashen Simian wrote:

Great that you could do this after the week you had. Great art comes from personal experience and you used what you had. Demanding, but somehow interesting trip to the legoland smile. Great!


Thank you smile Lemons and lemonade, right? Yes, I'm afraid I put some challenge on the listener, but I'm glad it's not completely unlistenable.

September 9, 2020 10:24 pm

I have Xcom2 for free via Playstation, but I like, don't get it - I'll try it again!  What do I need to know, going in?

This year has worn me out and all I can do is watch DVDs and play videogames and eat junk food, it is tough out there!

I love the track title, I'm struggling with personal hygiene at times.

This track sounds like how you must feel, emotions and thoughts running rampant, often in opposition to each other.

September 10, 2020 5:07 am
orangedrink wrote:

I have Xcom2 for free via Playstation, but I like, don't get it - I'll try it again!  What do I need to know, going in?

This year has worn me out and all I can do is watch DVDs and play videogames and eat junk food, it is tough out there!

I love the track title, I'm struggling with personal hygiene at times.

This track sounds like how you must feel, emotions and thoughts running rampant, often in opposition to each other.


Dude it's hard. I have been an XCOM fanboy for literally 25 years, but this one whooped my butt. I actually finally beat it this morning. I had to start over twice because I decided my campaign had become "cursed", i.e. I just got too far behind on stuff. Anyway, it's multi-pronged - first is battle, and the trick there is to find the right balance between force (doing damage) and keeping your squad safe and in as much cover as you can get away with. Then with the management, the trick is figuring out the dependencies and the right order to do things - for example, every time you upgrade your weapons the battles get easier (sometimes WAY easier), but you have to have your research up to snuff, and that also requires stumbling upon stuff. I'll spare you any more rambling (unless you want more lol) but suffice to say I ended up reading this and it helped a lot: https://guides.gamepressure.com/xcom2/

I feel ya on all the couch-potato-ing. I try not to beat myself up about it. It is what it is. I'm trying to short-circuit that dopamine-seeking part of my brain into, y'know, making tunes, but with mixed success.

Thank you for the kind words smile Yeah hygiene (which apparently I can't spell lol) is a big thing lately - not only for safety but because it's just hard to, like, give a shit when you're stuck home all the time. And I was also thinking about mental hygiene - like it's easy to mess up that balance between being gentle/lazy with yourself and striving/struggling toward meaningful goals. After my little buddy died I felt like I really wanted to be kind to myself and just do things that felt comfortable but not too hard for a little bit, but I think I'm actually happier with this track than anything I've done this summer.

That conflict/drama you're noticing is definitely a thing. I also gave this the old 4-track treatment I used to indulge in regularly, where I record one really loose thing, then I do whatever completely different but still loose thing feels good on top of it, and repeat until I fill up the tracks. That probably adds to the conflicted feeling. It's good fun; now I'm thinking I wanna do some more smile

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