adventures in dysthymia

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Storms and Spaces

The hurricane pretty much passed us by, no loss of power, not even enough cloud cover to mess with my satellite internet reception. I would have welcomed a little more rain, actually. Perhaps some precipitation will drift back this direction as the storm churns its way inland.

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I’ve been playing around a bit with my Electro-Harmonix MicroSynth, which is a cool little effects box with filters and octave generation and such goodies. It’s intended for use with a guitar – to make it sound like a synthesizer, essentially – but I like to plug a high-impedance mike into it and use my voice instead. It can be followed with other effects to further shape the sound, chorusing, ring modulation, whatever! Maybe I’ll actually put together some compositions utilizing it when I find more time.

Speaking of guitars, my left hand is all messed up from over-use or something (work in the yard, I assume) and playing is difficult at the moment. The whole hand is sort of numb and the ring and pinkie have minimal feeling and control. And the pinkie is also rather sore in the joints – I use it a LOT when I play so this is a major inconvenience.

So I’ve been mostly strumming the four-string instruments recently, the uke, the plectrum banjo. It’s not quite as satisfying however.

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Well, it’s been like a month since I left FaceBook and there are both goods and bads involved with that decision. The ‘good’ is more time – I’m way too O/C not to end up spending too much time at a place like FB once I get started. The bad, of course, is not keeping up with a handful of friends I actually would care about.

If and when I get out and about, making music (it should happen eventually...), having pages there may be useful. They did not prove very useful for the art and writing stuff I’m doing now, though I suppose if I were doing readings or such I could announce them there. Anyway, I may reactivate the account someday. But not for a while yet.

That makes me think about MySpace. I have five accounts there still, all of them more-or-less music oriented. Will they be worth my time, later on? I do see some advantages to them over, say, having pages at Reverbnation or SoundClick (though one should probably have those as well), but nothing quite equals having material on ones own site, with ones own domain. I won’t delete them but I don’t know if I’ll ever find the need to use them.

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