NEXT STREAM JULY 24th. 360 Degrees of Summer. We are going to be doing something special, pending all things go well! This one will only be on Youtube because we are planning on doing VR and Immersive stuff that isn’t supported elsewhere, assuming it all goes as planned!
July 24th, 7 PST, see you there. Looking forward to rock and rolling with you into the summer.
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In addition to messing with 360 video, I’ve been getting into some new video related stuff that’s pretty fun. Learning more and more about reactive effects. I am not great at visual stuff but creating visualizations out of modules makes it a bit easier for me because it is more like programming a synth than drawing a picture.
I am also working on SONG SONGS, revamping old stuff, revising jams from the streams to make them more real, that kind of thing. It is a fun process and I am excited to write more/show more/and so on. I really like making music on the fly with The Boys and I’ve been bouncing ideas off of JD on the internet and it is a good time. Wrote some lyrics even. Let’s goooooooooo.
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May 19, 2022
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MOST IMPORTANT PART NEXT SHOW: MAY 15th. Theme is MAY DAY (MAYDAY).
(belated) MAYDAY stream
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Ok, down to business. Thanks for waiting. I know this is a little late but I’ve been doing other things!
Patreon is active. Working on perfecting the perks right now. FOLLOW is totally an option even though Patreon tries to make you think it isn’t. I’m going to post the songs from previous letters because I know some people missed them. We’re working it out here!
I also want to thank everyone who has left suggestions on things to do for the next stream. We see you, we hear you. Get ready! If you want to leave a suggestion, drop on by the patreon or reply to this email. We’ll figure it out! Also, if you’re reading this on patreon just pretend like it is reasonable for it to be here.
I’ve resisted the urge to go “drone mode” with cellitar for a long time. The systems used to teach music here in America are pretty xenophobic (as is the culture around being a music brained person) and I’m trying to embrace other perspectives. I just want to do what I can to not participate in the crueler parts of the system.
I love chords and harmony but I also feel in love with music theory concepts through modes. Modes are kind of like scales within scales with very pronounced sounds. The interplay with chords can be important but at the core of it, give me a drone underneath and a great mode and I’ll be good to go! One chord vamp me into the night.
So I’ll say I know VERY little about Raag / Raga at this time but I’ve wanted to learn more about this music so I got an app that lets you select a Raag and gives you an appropriate backing track. I feel weird talking about this music because I know so little about it but I hope to learn more over the coming months. There is something very therapeutic about playing along to these tracks. My understanding is that Carnatic music is mainly vocal but it seems to be the best word I’ve found for what this style of music is.
The raga is called “Yaman Kalyan” and I’m not sure how accurately I played it. There is a complexity I haven’t quite unlocked so I would say at the very best it is probably an approximation. I listened to some songs that use it. I’d recommend “Kaatril Varum Geetham” from the film Oru Naal Oru Kanavu. There is a portion of the raga that has a string of notes that is some REAL good stuff. Wish I could speak to it with more clarity but I truly am a neophyte in this domain.
Anyway, playing Cellitar again and learning about the raga system. Let’s gooooo!
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I saw some live music this past month. I sure did miss live music. Saw two bands this past month. Went outside for the first time in a while. Shout to the people in my life telling me to go outside (Rachel and JohnDavid and John, for instance) I almost forgot to!
SESONEON – great band. inside, mostly masked. I did feel a bit of terror when I stepped into the room. Haven’t been around that many people in a long time. It is strange how it only took 2 years to forget what it is like to be around people.
SUNGAZER – musician and guy who makes videos sometimes Adam Neely’s fusion(?) band. Inside, a little scary, but life goes on. It was great watching a group of great musicians with a great system. The looks, the gestures. A lovely thing to see.
When I was younger I loved going to shows, one of my favorite bands to see was The Locust. RIP Gabe Serbian. Incredible drummer.
We’ll be playing improvised music for the first time live in a couple of years now. It sure does feel good to get back into it. I look forward to “seeing” you there.
Did you wonder what I’d “mostly like to” last month? I don’t remember what I was going to type. There really isn’t much to update on my front. I’ve been working on the process for the stream on the 6th. I’ll be implementing samples that Davin will trigger on the drums. I’ve always liked adding “non-instrument” type things to my music so I’m excited to rip those things out of the aether (online) and throw them into a sampler and toss them back at drums. It may seem confusing now but it’ll make sense on the 6th at 7 PM PST on twitch.tv.
February is a weird month. I’m excited to get back to performing. Here is my pledge to not worry about the numbers and resist the grind (it is a lie) while still improving my craft. It is an important thing to hold on to when everything is so easy to attach a number to. The Numbers do not equal your value. Uh, but see you Sunday.
== Davin’s Corner ==
What does it mean to be a creative? That’s a question ive always struggled with. Ive watched my friends and associates grow as artists, self-titling and all. Developing their styles and tastes, whether it be music, visual art, or different forms of writing, I admired there sense of place I seem to have missed. I didnt include myself in the community I was so strongly connected with for a very long time.
For me, creativity has always been a part of my thinking, I just never realized. My imagination was very strong, and in my youth, I had an ability to think outside typical constructs. If i wanted a treehouse, id build it. If i wanted a garden, Id grow plants and make one. I wanted to learn and grow, so I’d take the leap of faith that is to risk being terrible at something, for explorations sake. I never thought to myself, I can get good at something. I guess thats what was the authentic part of my identity, and I was able to be honest with myself enough to improve.
I sought it when i didnt know. Younger, i always loved to play legos and build. I learned how to color and draw from my parents, but the true call, and desire i felt with building with legos was unparalleled. I would spend hours and hours, imaginging and trying to form in 3d my concepts and ideas. I was so in love with it, i stayed building well into my adolescent, even showing people at school, despite the teasing. The problem solving, and adapting to create a connection was the draw, and I considered it a pleasure and expression of my true self.
During that early time, I also discovered i enjoyed rhythm and movement. Somehow that translated into drums. I danced far younger, and to be able to dance and create a sound, others would dance to was fascinating. I dont remember the exact path, but somewhere in there, i began to play and took some lessons. The magic was my thoughts and ideas, and motions, would create and translate into somehting greater than myself, or anything else. It would be a life of its own.
On and off, I delved into my drumming. Some days id be very motivated, others id feel the lack of cohesive, consistent rhythm and feel bad. I dont know why i kept going but it was addicting. Maybe similar to the work out for a dedicated gym goer, or a person who needs that one aspect of life they can completely control, I ended up making it my sole expression, and outlet. The saying you cant see the progress from your perspective rang true. Despite being blind to where I was, I didnt care. To create and express felt good. I did it for myself.
At some point, hardship and struggling created by life made me appreciate drumming, even more. It was there for me. I knew it always would be, and I can count on it to help me. It soon turned into a pure expression of me, my identity, the one thing I have and know I can do well. I played a show at a place in Oakland, and I remember someone coming up to me, and asking, “when did you get good at drums?”. MY response was” Ive always been good”. Of course I didnt mean literally, but I finally was able to take pride and accept myself into a community ive always been a part of, but felt a stranger. I was always good, because it felt good, it was one of the first things I was acknowledged as good at, and it drove me to be better at other things. From there, I was an artist, a musician, and a drummer. I was a creative.