Monday, December 30, 2013

Game Jam!

Spent the last 2 days working on this game jam. Took me 6-8hrs on the first day to get the gameplay sorted out, then the 2nd day I spent ooooh, 10-12hrs maybe to create and playtest/tweak the 8 different stages. Didn't have time to write music for it. I probably could have, if I didn't go out for lunch, read novels, cat naps etc XD

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The First Noel

Had this tune stuck in my head, so decided to arrange it, and experimented using the sax and tin whistle together. They actually don't sound that good together, so in the end I decided to leave the sax out of the 2nd half of the piece - it was supposed to be playing harmony, which I replaced the sax with a vsl flute playing the harmony instead.

Monday, December 23, 2013

What do Cellular Automata sound like?

That was the question I was asking when I created this above. In all honesty, it does not tell much, it would be better if both axes contributed to the sound generation. And, instead of using samples, actually some sort of synthesizer. Alternative sound schemes would be like sounds played when cells become alive or when they die instead of playing back tones based on location.

Alternative modulation schemes could include taking into account the number of neighbours adjacent, or even a few steps out and use that to modulate say, volume. So many ideas.

Originally, I had planned to have the vertical axis be for the notes, and the horizontal axis for instruments, but I do not want to go there as I want to quickly finish this experiment and move on to my next experiment.

Game is here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


We had snow last night, and waking up this morning it was white all over! Surprisingly it was not _that_ cold and the fresh snow was a delight to walk on. In the evening things were rather warm, and the snow had melted into the usual black slush. Eww.

It's a far cry from the weather we had on Saturday:
Looks almost tropical, doesn't it? That was on Saturday, at -5C though :P

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Distant Worlds: Montreal 2013

This is the 3rd Distant Worlds concert I've attended, and I think the magic of it is wearing off on me. It is still a great experience, with loads of old music but something felt a bit off today. I am pretty sure some pieces were missing some lines, and I felt in some places the rhythm section kinda went off against the rest of the orchestra. The new FF6 Opera arrangement, (above) I felt the pacing was not as good as it could have been. The stretches between the voice actors felt really long between.

I left for home right after, didn't really feel the need to check out the merchandise like other years.

Thinking about it, it's probably the music, really. No Susan Calloway == really sad, and the other pieces aren't as inspiring as the previous two I've attended. Blargh. I think the most memorable was Dancing Mad with the Royal Albert Hall's pipe organ, that was amazing.

On the flip side, it's rather nice to hear an orchestra in the flesh again. I think it's been almost a year since I last hear a live orchestra.  The double bassess doing pizz is just sublime. 6 of them together? Bliss. Thanks to an orchestration course I'm attending at the moment, I'm keeping an ear on how things are orchestrated and am able to appreciate it so much more. The basses together with the tuba is a great sound when heard live.

Unlike the Royal Albert Hall's tiered orchestra layout, this particular orchestra sits on a flat platform, and the choir sadly is nigh impossible to see as they are all seated behind. I really should have checked out what the seating is like and perhaps taken a seat higher up behind. And bring some binoculars to check out who's playing what?

Let's see what happens next year...

Saturday, December 07, 2013


Spent two evenings on this. Learnt a fair bit about vectors and forces.


Tried a new burger place today. This was at The Sparrow. The decor stood out first, not sure of the worlds to describe it, but its rather hmmm "antique" looking. The tables we sat at had these tiny picture frames built into the top of the table. Damn, I really should have just taken a picture of this place.

On weekdays, they only seem to be open on Friday for lunch,  the menu of which consists of some semi-breakfasty food like eggs benedict, and burgers etc for lunch. I ordered the burger, rare, with a side of fries. Pretty good, and I'd probably rate this as my favourite burger thus far in Montreal. The serving size is good, not excessive, and the meat is very tender. Some pickles can be found in the dressing too. Fries came somewhat warm-ish but still tasted pretty good. Not sure what the cream coloured sauce was, but I was enjoying that!

The Sparrow appears to be a cash-only place, lucky as I don't usually bring cash out. Definitely a place to return, if only to try the eggs benedict!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

The South Wind

Arranged this piece for one of my music exercises, and the stars and moons are finally aligned enough so that I could record it.