It's not just a happy tune, it's also my ringtone.
I was in NAMM
I'm going to be at the NAMM convention in Anaheim tomorrow. It's a trade show for music production stuff. Synths, guitars, midi controllers, mixing consoles, etc. I shall be taking pics and recording videos, so perhaps some of that will get posted in my next blog. I'll be messing around with uStream, though probably not live. I'll simply be using it to capture and upload videos at the show instead of having to wait until I'm home to upload them.
If any of you have interest in a certain piece of music equipment, such as a Haaken Continuum or Gibson Robot Guitar, post it's name and I'll see if I can find it at the show and fondle it.
I'm spending time back home with my folks this holiday. Had Christmas dinner a few hours ago. We don't do any sort of gift exchange or holiday festivities. It's simply not our style. Really, we just use Christmas as an excuse to consume ridiculous amounts of food.
As far as video games go, I played some Espgaluda 2, Tekken 6, GRiD and Silent Hill: Homecoming on the 360. Finished SH:H - it was decent. GRiD is just as unplayable on 360 as it is on PC. Tekken 6 is...well, Tekken and Bob is a badass. So is Alisa. Espgaluda 2 is ridiculous.
Since I don't have access to my PC right now I can't jump into any involving games, so I've been playing various casual games with my mom. She's got her own Steam account now with a selection of PopCap titles. So far her favorites are Plants vs. Zombies, Bookworm Adventures 2 and Bejeweled 2.
SYNSO:SH is something that I probably shouldn't enjoy as much as I do, but it seems to just hit all the right buttons. It doesn't take very long for the screen to turn into absolute nonsense, making it completely unplayable, but for whatever reason it's still wholly enjoyable. The closed captioning makes me laugh too. *shrug*
I bought a few games during the Steam holiday sale.
Just a few.
I plan on seeing Avatar on Tuesday. Possibly at an IMAX theater. Possibly INNNN THREEE DEEE!!!. Though I'm not sure if my eyes could handle three hours of omg-three-deee-vision-shut-the-fuck-up. Who knows though. Gotta try it to find out.
Within a Deep Forest. Knytt. Knytt Stories. Three fantastic exploration platformer type games by Nifflas. Perhaps some of my favorite games. They're also freeware. To my surprised, Nifflas released a new game just a few days ago called Saira. I haven't played much of it yet, but what I've played so far has been quite good. One thing that differentiates Saira from his previous titles is that it's being sold for $17. I have no issue with that as Nifflas is die fick-zauberer. Those screenshots are crap, but they're the only one's on the site. The game is quite nice looking.
I've bought a Roomba. It's amazing.
It's like a dog, but instead of shedding hair everywhere it vacuums it up.
I have a strong attraction towards organizing and cataloging things.
Earlier this year I catalogued all my games utilizing the list feature on Giant Bomb. I also made an image-quilt style page on my website cataloguing all of my games as well. Yet, I was not satisfied. I wanted them in a richer format with additional information and full-length box art. There's a program for Apple PCs called Delicious Library which has absolutely everything I'm looking for. Unfortunately, I have a Windows PC.
Delicious Library in use about a minute and a half in:
Recently I stumbled upon a program called Media Man 3. Feature-wise it's a lot like Delicious Library and visually it looks like a feature built-in to Windows Vista. Joy!
With the trial version installed, I spent my morning scanning in bar codes and replacing poor quality box art images with super sexy ones. The software pulls additional info from Amazon when possible and has a way to link library items to files on your hard drive, which sounds useful. I think I have about 75% of my stuff catalogued now - just 60 or so titles left. Yay.
Sadly it doesn't text-2-speech the names of the games when they're scanned in:
Click hard for teh biggar image!
Q: So, you've catalogued all of your games for the third time. Are you actually playing any of these games?
A: Yes, yes I am!
Games currently being played:
Tales of Monkey Island - Chapter 2
Trackmania United Forever
A lot of racing games. Weird.
Games recently finished:
(note: I use a 4 star rating system - not fun, occasionally fun, mostly fun, super fun.)
Tomb Raider: Underworld[ 11/1/2009 ] (Quite good. Better than Anniversary and perhaps Legend too. Still ridiculous.)
Prince of Persia (2008)[ 11/6/2009 ] (Simple gameplay with a fantastic art style. Enjoyable but stretched a bit thin.)
Batman: Arkham Asylum[ 11/14/2009 ] (Fantastic! Fun and engaging the whole way through except for Riddle cleanup.)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3[ 11/14/2009 ] (Not as good as Red Alert 1 or 2, though still a great addition to the series.)
Hammerfight[ 11/16/2009 ] (A fun and original game. The story is interesting and the combat is satisfying.)
Aquaria[ 11/28/2009 ] (Aquaria is truly great. Huge too. One of the best games I’ve ever played!)
Tales of Monkey Island: Season 1
Episode 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal[ 12/03/2009 ] (Definitely off to a good start. Cheese and manatee jokes are always enjoyable.)
Zombie Shooter[ 12/04/2009 ] (Low-resolution sprites. That’s how you fit a thousand zombies into every level.)
Dreamkiller[ 12/13/2009 ] (2004 called and they want their twitch FPS back. Fast oldschool fun.)
I just thought about S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.
Hola, como estas. Me llamo es Jamez. Te amo. *hump hump hump* Ay, chihuahua!
It’s been a while – a few months since I last posted a song here – but now I’m back with some uplifting chillout for that ass.
The overall tone of this track is airy and light. The track has the traditional Indian combo of Sitar and Tabla as well as a simple bass guitar and some electronic elements. Also within the mix are Russian vocals sung by my friend Larissa.
A few of you wanted to hear my take on the Bombcast break theme. It took me a few days to figure out how I wanted to approach such a fine composition.
I changed the oom-pah tone the music had into a kind of daydream sound so that it would work for the upcoming indie film about 4 guys in Sausalito who get sent to bed without any supper and soon find themselves whisked away to a magical dreamland of fun and adventure.
Hey, got some new epic-sounding stuff here. :) This track is a continuation of the ideas I expressed in the tracks, “Chaos out of Nothingness” and “Ablation Cascade”.
There’s a moody cinematic quality to it all with influences being pulled from industrial and film score. The track is mostly comprised of synth drones, dissonant noise and drums. There’s also a piano, some strings and brass to balance it all out.
Influence Of Mind takes a little trip into Psychedelic Rock territory. Basically, I've taken some ideas from Pink Floyd and regurgitated them into my own thing. There are some other influences in there too, but whatever, you'll notice the Floyd. :P
Astral Projection is an upbeat and carefree sounding electronic track. 808 drums, crusty synth sounds and some strings. There's also a bit of guitar towards the end. I wrote this one during a justin.tv video broadcast.
I have a huge appreciation for Post Rock and Progressive Rock music. I borrow from their ideas quite often. I haven’t really done a full on track in either genre though. Making Contact is the closest I’ve come to making a Progressive Rock or Post-Rock track.
Chaos Out Of Nothingness comes much closer. Layers of guitars, bass, drums, piano and ambience that build-up slowly to the big finale. Not too slow of a build-up though, cause I get bored when the build-up is several minutes long. :P