I got about 2 1/2 hours of sleep, and found myself awake for no good reason whatsoever. So I started editing my promo for Nummy Muffin Cocoa Butter. On Thursday, I had Kareem over to record his audio track for the "one string guitar" story for Immortal Human Skin Cells. At the same time, I had him record some promo dialogue. I added a little of Froggy's (the 1 string guitar) noise to the background, learning how to use cakewalk in the process. Here it is:
Country Nummy Muffin Cocoa Butter Promo, mp3, 304k. It's very Roy-intensive. Nicole, do you want to record a Nicole-intensive version soon?
After that, I realized that I had a project specification to write for my Distributed Computing class, and that it was already late, so I wrote that up. Lee, you'll be happy to know that I'm basically analyzing all the current competitors of WinkFish, and then outlining what I consider to be a better system. WinkFish is a post-Napster (kill me) app Lee and I have been brainstorming about that would enable streams of video and audio to be shared amongst listeners, rather than flat files. This has come to be known as peercasting.
So I wrote that up, and then started to send out some e-mails. One advertised the IHSC jam session scheduled for Sunday, and one advertised the "Storming the Tower" planning meeting/rehearsal scheduled for Tuesday. Part of this includes trying to revive the Austin Cacophony Society, so that we can have a larger peasant mob. The ACS is a very BUH-like disorganization, and if they actually did things would be a great resource to mutually exploit.
Here's where I got off track for a bit. Mindy and Brendan came over, and we made quesadillas. Then we went to Target and purchased Parcheesi. Parcheesi, it turns out, is just a rip-off of Sorry! National pastime of India or no, they need get an original game! Rip-off or no, Parcheesi was a lot of fun... primarily because the game tokens were camels, tigers, elephants, water buffalo, and pumpkins. Okay, so we added the pumpkins. Dave joined us, and took up the role of the tigers/pumpkins. Brendan won the game, but I was the funniest. AS ALWAYS.
I was forced to sleep in late on Sunday, to recover from my deficit. Upon waking, I mowed the lawn, and then taught Colleen how to read music. I don't envy Colleen her task.. She has to stage manage an Opera, and needs to know where they are in the music. The music is around 400 pages long, has scribbled in translations (subject to change), and is in a variety of time-signatures and keys. Not only that, but the only recording she has is of a different performance, with a different translation.
After that, everyone came over for the IHSC jam session. Everyone this time meant Brendan, Mindy, Dave, Nicole, & Richard. Unfortunately, it was pretty much a waste of time. We couldn't find sheet music worth a damn, and had trouble deciding on what song to learn. We eventually settled on Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror", and we spent a long while hacking at a midi file to make it presentable. Still, we came away with a couple of things. Dave's going to orchestrate "Man in the Middle" and "Free Your Mind" for next time, and we'll probably add some sort of Nirvana song to the line-up. Also, Mindy and I have pretty much memorized "I think We're Alone Now".
I also learned (right before the jam session) that DM-1 is still shifting on its foundation at an alarming rate. In my room, next to the closet, the sheetwall has cracked. There are several spots elsewhere like this, too. Foundation repair is hella expensive. So that's no good.
Sunday night was spent alone, stewing over the foundation woes. But I did manage to practice the concertina a lot, in an attempt to add The Star of Munster to the list of songs I have memorized. I'm getting there, but it's got a lot of high notes I'm unfamiliar with.
Somewhere in the weekend I managed to review a couple of CDs for KVRX, too.
The moral of the story: It's been coming to a head for a while, but I've come to feel more and more that what I really want to do with my free time is work on stuff that interests me. Watching TV or lounging about or eating obscene amounts of food are fine, but if I can take those same hours and churn out an audio track or get some sketch comedy that much closer to being completed, the pay-off will be that much sweeter. I've also come to realize that I have a SHITLOAD of stuff to learn, and that my editing skills are woefully inadequate to the task at hand. I also know that the first IHSC cd will be amateur and not meet with my approval. But that getting it done is the first step to doing it better next time. I'll ramble much more about this stuff later.