topic: music

Everything I’ve written on the subject, from the beginning of this version of the site.

I may also have written on this on earlier versions of my website:

  1. 2006 – 2011 (link coming soon!)
  2. did not have a blog!
  3. 2012 – 2013 (link coming soon!)
  4. 2014 – 2019
  • 2020

    • May

    • Jun

      • 28

        • 15:59 — NOTES

          In semi-related news: my fingers are remembering how to play somewhat more complex things on the piano again, and it’s been really, really good for my soul.

    • Jul

      • 15

        • Presence — JOURNAL

          A few notes on God-with-us in his Word and at his Table.

      • 28

        • 18:40 — NOTES

          Got our daughters iPods Nano — pre-touch screen! — and it’s delightful to watch them learn how to use this old” technology.

    • Aug

      • 21

        • 09:20 — NOTES

          I’m ridiculously excited to sit down and listen to the whole of Christopher Tin’s newly-released To Shiver the Sky — an album I backed on Kickstarter back in early 2018. Worth the wait? YES.

    • Nov

      • 07

        • 16:56 — NOTES

          A thing I’m extremely committed to: any orchestral sample libraries I buy must absolutely pay royalties to the musicians they recorded the samples with.

      • 08

        • 15:56 — NOTES

          A thing I would love: Logic Pro on the iPad and a rich instrument sample library ecosystem to go with it. I love working on my big iMac, but I’d also love to be able to work in Logic and with great sounds on my iPad.

      • 26

        • 10:59 — NOTES

          Sooooo much to learn about Logic Pro and the new virtual instruments I got via early-Black-Friday-sale… but I’m having a ridiculous amount of fun with it. (Good samples make a huge difference!)

    • Dec

      • 06

        • 20:14 — NOTES

          I’m in an archival mood this evening, so I’m exporting all my old Sibelius files into MusicXML and MIDI: proprietary formats are bad for long-term storage!

          Along the way, I’ve discovered music I wrote in the 2000s that I had completely forgotten about. 🤯

      • 11

        • 11:01 — NOTES

          Getting ready to upgrade my main machine to macOS 11. First things first, though: I have a ton of musical scores in Sibelius format, I’ve since moved to Dorico, and my old version of Sibelius doesn’t launch on Big Sur. So: spending my morning exporting everything to .mxl.

      • 27

        • 18:36 — NOTES

          Dear Apple: would it have killed you to include a headphone port on the iPad Pro? Using it for music production would be a lot easier if you had.

          cables, ugh
          cables, ugh
      • 29

        • 11:38 — NOTES

          I would love a study score of Ludwig Göransson’s Come With Me” from the closing credits for The Mandalorian Chapter 16. (Hint hint, Disney+ — there is money to be made here!)

  • 2021

    • Jan

      • 18

        • 09:44 — NOTES

          Status: not far from the point where I just sell my iMac in favor of running a 5k monitor off of my M1 MacBook Air, which is literally twice as fast.

          Only thing holding me back is RAM, which does matter for large music productions.

        • 19:52 — NOTES

          What the heck do people who do this stuff for a living use for editing ID3 tags and publishing? The cheap-or-free tools available out there are terrible for the I want to make this piece of music seem professionally-produced” scenario: they all focus on manage your library!”

    • Feb

      • 21

        • 14:02 — NOTES

          I feel about Jon Foreman’s Departures almost exactly how I feel about The Mountain Goats’ Goths: I really like it! — but the opening track promises (or at least suggests!) a different album, and I really, really want that one to exist, too.

      • 23

        • 20:22 — NOTES

          The slightly bonkers feeling of opening a large Dorico project on my M1 MacBook Air… and it being noticeably smoother and faster on the Rosetta build than it is on my late 2015 (and then-top-of-the-line) iMac. 🤯 Imagining the native speed and an M1X etc…

    • Apr