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24Jul/110

Bandcamp, Part II

I added "A Sketch," an improvisation based upon the main theme to "Ocean" to the bandcamp site. Here's the embedded player (we'll see how well it works with WordPress):

And here's "Ocean," the track upon which "A Sketch" is based:

I'll be adding more soon, including some new stuff.

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20Jul/110

Bandcamp

A lot of my musician friends are using Bandcamp these days to distribute their music. I've had an account for a while but never finished setting it up, until last night. I like how they do things. They have a nice option that allows fans to listen to tracks or to buy them for whatever price they name. So I'm going to be moving my existing tracks there and adding new ones as well. And I invite you, of course, to have a listen:

http://jamesnotjim.bandcamp.com/

The first track, "Ocean," is there already:

http://jamesnotjim.bandcamp.com/track/ocean

Bonus: if you do choose to buy a track, you can choose your format. Bandcamp lets me upload the wav output generated by my recording software, then creates other formats (mp3, AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, etc.) based on the original file.

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1Jul/085

“Good Day”

More fun with GearBox's "Analog Delay w/ Modulation" effect simulation. I recorded this Monday night, and Monday was a very good day, hence the title:

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If you're a TonePort user, here are the settings:

Time: 1005 ms
FX Tempo: 240.0
Feedback: 100%
Mod Speed: 76%
Mod Depth: 88%
Mix: 50%

I used my trusty '85 Fender Jazz Bass Special, sporting a brand new set of Hartke HSB 440 strings (new strings always make me want to play my bass).

[Update (07/02/08): Here's a direct link to the mp3, if you'd like to download a copy.]

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22Apr/081

“A Sketch”

I was playing around with delays in GearBox and came up with this variation on a theme from "Ocean." It's all done in one pass (just bass + delay).

You can check it out at its bandcamp page:

http://jamesnotjim.bandcamp.com/track/a-sketch

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16Dec/073

End of year project review

It has been ages since I finished a track for the James, Not Jim project. But, now that the semester is finally over, there may be hope. I decided that I'm too much of a perfectionist when it comes to audio and that I should take the open source mantra of "release early, release often" to heart. So dug through my James, Not Jim project folder and did quick and dirty mp3 mixes of everything that looked remotely promising. Here they are, warts and all. Tell me which ones you like, which ones you don't. Constructive criticism and outright snarking is welcome:

Araby

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Brahms Lulaby

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Chang, Chang

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Circus

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First Run with Gearbox

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Funky Wav

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Loopy Llama Test

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One Four Five

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Portrait

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Postage

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Second Run with Gearbox

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Smoove

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If you'd rather download the mp3's, just hit the audio folder:
jamesnotjim.com/audio/

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4Jun/06Off

New James, Not Jim track, “Prodigal Son.”

I'll probably keep tweaking on the mix, but it's good enough to get out the door. You can hear it/download it at my myspace page. Here are some performance/recording notes. I also put together some for "Soundcheck".
If you're a bass player, check out my new community site for bassists: bassplaying.com.

[Update (07/02/2008): "Prodigal Son" has its own page in the music section now.]

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2Feb/06Off

First track + MySpace

The eagle has landed! I did what I think will be the final mix of "Ocean" tonight. I submitted it to myspace (soon, I'll make a space here for the mp3s, but it's fun to have them on myspace as well). It should go live tomorrow. Here's the link.

[Update (07/02/2008): "Ocean" has its own page in the music section now.]

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13Dec/05Off

Getting started…

I set up my studio last night for the first time since the move. I recorded this sound check last night to make sure everything was working and uploaded it to myspace to check out their service (though I'll be hosting everything here at jamesnotjim.com).

[Update (07/02/2008): "Soundcheck" has its own page in the music section now.]