I’m no virtuoso yet, but it’s the furthest I’ve advanced with any instrument. I’ve had a guitar since high school and simply cannot contort my fingers to produce a decent sound from it. I’ve also had numerous keyboards and access to pianos and have never managed to get very good with them either. I mean, I can play a few chords, but beyond that; forget about it.
I’m pretty excited about this. :)
since I feel the need to tack on at least one additional topic to every blog
Biplanes HD is in playtest right now on the XNA Creators Club; getting some valuable feedback on it's current state. Those guys always come up with things we hadn't considered. They're wizards. :O
Back in October 2009 I ordered this...thing. It's a plank of wood with strings on it and it makes noise, kind of like them geetars the kids are into. It's a 24-string tapping instrument. It's tuned to a whole tone scale (C, D, E, F#, G#, A#). It also has some interesting tech built into it. The bass and melody strings go through separate built-in pre-amps. When you lift your finger off a string it stops immediately thanks to the per-string mute system. Also, it sustains forever, which is weird.
Anyways, a few months into the build they offered to upgrade it from the D1 to the new K24 model they were working on, but that it would add a few extra months to the build. Decline a free upgrade? Hell no! So now, nearly seven months later, it has finally arrived. Yay!
A few images for those who are allergic to videos:
In Other News
I saw a squirrel. It was going like this. *squirrel*
I have been making noise. Rock-like noise; you know, guitars and drums and stuff, but with the addition of a few chiptune synths and orchestral strings for good measure. Yes, it's very Machinae Supremacy inspired. It's also got a bit of Iron Maiden in there, which was also the inspiration for the accompanying video using wartime footage.
Well, not really. Quite a few people have played it and the consensus is that it's horrible, so very horrible, which is why I bought it. I went into this game expecting the worst and it delivered. It does have some genuinely creepy encounters and the "badness" of it all was enjoyable in it's own way, but mostly it's just a tedious grind through empty environments.
I have abridged the I'm Not Alone experience into 80 minutes of video:
I've made some other, "Let's Play" videos too since my last time posting about them: Eufloria and Hammerfight.
Games recently finished:
(note: I use a 4 star rating system - not fun, occasionally fun, mostly fun, super fun.)
Bayonetta[ 2/20/2009 ]
(Fucking ridiculous. Well played, SEGA. Gets repetitive after a while though.)
Mass Effect 2[ 2/25/2009 ]
(Superbly done; but not without technical issues. I must have Mass Effect 3!)
Eufloria[ 3/05/2009 ]
(Great to look at & fun to play but a few control annoyances & uneven difficulty.)
Chains[ 3/07/2009 ]
(I would have liked more variety, but what was there was enjoyable.)
I’m Not Alone[ 3/14/2009 ]
(I bought this expecting the worst and my expectations were exceeded! So bad.)
Peggle Nights[ 3/15/2009 ]
(Well, it’s totally Peggle and Peggle is good, so this is good, as it’s more Peggle.)
I'm close to completing everything in DiRT 2, which is great so far.
I tried out something a little different yesterday; I had a camera and screen capture going while I wrote a song. I'm not super-comfortable doing live performance or having people watch me while I make stuff, but luckily, it all worked out.
The sun has set for the last time and it will never rise again. Make the most of this bleak situation and enjoy what precious time remains. The end belongs to those who believe the sun will rise again. As the last pocket of heat dissipates and the last plant dies, the stars of distant planets mock us from afar.
This is a piano solo I wrote around the idea of the sun dying and the time spent until the earth dies. :)