April 30, 2005

post-mortem

That's not really a nice name for it, but nonetheless, I have posted some audio clips and pictures etc from the Portland cd release event last weekend. If you were there, go ahead and re-live the glory, and if not, well, see what you missed out on.

Portland cd release

post-mortem

That's not really a nice name for it, but nonetheless, I have posted some audio clips and pictures etc from the Portland cd release event last weekend. If you were there, go ahead and re-live the glory, and if not, well, see what you missed out on.

Portland cd release

collective

A Portraitist Whose Canvas is a Piano

Philip Glass, Richard Serra, Trisha Brown and Chuck Close as young unknowns discovering their paths in New York together is incredibly inspiring to me. Everyone starts out this way, right?

There is almost nothing cooler than thinking about the possibility that right now, in some dark warehouse in some inner city, a group of brilliant individuals who view the world like no one else and are capable of expressing these views through their art, might be hanging out helping each other with their creations.

Well, being one of them would be cooler...

Posted by halsey at 11:49 AM

April 27, 2005

I suck at Final Cut!

Turns out that video editing with Final Cut Express isn't quite as intuitive for someone who doesn't like reading directions as I had hoped. Nonetheless, I persevered with my brute force introduction, and have something very exciting to share with you from the Portland cd release event last weekend.

Check it out:

Jeff Peterson is my new best friend

The pink shirt and "booth voice" belong to the famous photographer, Tanja Hollander, and yes, they spelled my name wrong despite filming me spelling it.
Please forgive the crappy edits and unprofessional compression scheme. A bit of outside assistance and more practice on my part will yield a better version eventually.

Posted by halsey at 10:21 PM | Comments (7)

April 25, 2005

ANNIVERSARY!!!

Today is the first anniversary of this weblog. I must admit that I never thought I'd make it a year, but here we are.

Here are some statistics:

posts - 204
comments - 214

For old times sake, check out my first post. Didn't really turn into what I had thought it would, it seems. Writing and posting has certainly become easier along the way too. I used to be all nervous before putting stuff up, but now, I think it is pretty clear that I just let 'er rip and don't worry about it. I'm not sure what's better.
Thank you to everyone who has been a reader, a commenter, an offline contributor etc. This is made much more possible by your interest.

Posted by halsey at 07:51 PM

ANNIVERSARY!!!

Today is the first anniversary of this weblog. I must admit that I never thought I'd make it a year, but here we are.

Here are some statistics:

posts - 204
comments - 214

For old times sake, check out my first post. Didn't really turn into what I had thought it would, it seems. Writing and posting has certainly become easier along the way too. I used to be all nervous before putting stuff up, but now, I think it is pretty clear that I just let 'er rip and don't worry about it. I'm not sure what's better.
Thank you to everyone who has been a reader, a commenter, an offline contributor etc. This is made much more possible by your interest.

Posted by halsey at 07:51 PM

April 21, 2005

intended 1.1

working on the outro. I decided to switch this triplet theme that I've had in the piano for the verse part of the song over to the marimba for the outro. So I'm playing it on the malletKAT with a nice ritard at the end, though I am finding that this instrument is no where near responsive enough. I'm using a sample from the Garritan Personal Orchestra for the sound, which is a hundred times better that the marimba sound from my JV-1080, but without the proper dynamic range from the controller, it's hard to get what I really want. maybe I need to adjust the settings? If only I had an extra $5000 to go buy a five octave marimba from MarimbaOne or something. Then I could get the sound I want! Electronics are great, but not substitutes at all.
I'm really liking the manufactured phrases I put into the second chorus. Unintended, but now intended, for sure.
ProTools LE 6.9 is giving me some grief, quitting randomly on me. Don't know why and I swore at the computer quite vigorously when I lost some notes. It drives me crazy, but I can't do much of anything without this setup, so here I am.
added high piano melody and subtracted strings in third chorus. opens up a LOT without the string pad and the simple piano melody is beautiful.
good night.

Posted by halsey at 10:29 PM

April 20, 2005

haunting

I was digging through some old stuff in boxes today and came across some footage that I thought was long gone. Unfortunately, it still exists and brings to light an embarassing time of my life right after college when I attempted to start a music career in Norway as a guitarist. After a bit of G5 magic, I now have a functioning Quicktime movie for your enjoyment:

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Too bad Thor couldn't keep his pants on...

Posted by halsey at 04:22 PM | Comments (3)

April 18, 2005

intended 1.0

this is what results when I have internet access on the same machine as my recording setup...

finally really working on my new song again. I think I might call it "my name is intended and unintended" this is the best title I've come up with so far.
this evening, I worked on the beginning. I'm using tons of clips of people saying my name and I created this cool intro that has these 'halseys' jumping around all over the place, getting crazy and building up and then this rhythm falls out of it all. it's nice. I think it will work.
and now I'm working on putting this rhythmically stilted solo distorted flute sound over the third chorus. I recorded in loop record and got around ten takes of this four bar pattern I think I'll extend the section to eight bars and use two of the clips sequentially. maybe I'll play around with panning. that would be good.
it lags behind the beat. I played it on the malletKAT and it seems to add a nice organic sound to this part. something that isn't programmed tightly. the timpani below trading motives with the kick drum is also a cool effect, I think, but it's much improved with this line over the top of the whole thing. the ear goes to that line and the rhythm below fits in better in a supportive role.

Posted by halsey at 09:24 PM | Comments (1)

April 17, 2005

follow-up

I updated the BYOV site with some info and initial 'results' from the Boston event last week. There are some audio clips from those who participated. It's kind of fun to play them on their own and simultaneously as well.

Boston CD release event summary

Soon, I'll add some photos.

Posted by halsey at 08:58 PM

follow-up

I updated the BYOV site with some info and initial 'results' from the Boston event last week. There are some audio clips from those who participated. It's kind of fun to play them on their own and simultaneously as well.

Boston CD release event summary

Soon, I'll add some photos.

Posted by halsey at 08:58 PM

April 14, 2005

globed!

By now, hopefully most of you, my faithful readers, are aware of my cd release event this evening at Milky Way. Thanks to Christopher Muther and the Globe, many more people will know about it too.

Talk To Me

Check out the print edition too as there are a few good photos, including one on the cover of the Calendar section. Does this mean that people on the street will begin asking me for autographs? Ha!

Posted by halsey at 07:28 AM | Comments (1)

April 12, 2005

remixing culture

This kind of stuff gets me all worked up.

Exploring the Right to Share, Mix and Burn

It is so exciting to see people in positions of power and mass influence support such a worthy cause. This has reivigorated my excitement about my pro-filesharing song idea which Downhill Battle is helping me with.

Posted by halsey at 09:29 AM

April 06, 2005

Portland cd release event

WHEN: Friday, April 22, 8-10 PM
WHERE: Casco Bay Books, 151 Middle St, Portland, ME


Still don't have time to write music!
But this is worth it, as things are looking promising for both events.

Posted by halsey at 08:28 AM

April 04, 2005

math can be beautiful

I have been way into Steve Reich lately. I admire the uncanny way he is able to combine incredibly interesting concepts with remarkably listenable and engaging music. Often it seems like when art is conceptual or based on something that is more of an idea than an emotion, it becomes stale and lifeless or sometimes even plain old ugly. Mr. Reich does not have this problem.
I went to the Gardner Museum two weekends ago to see So Percussion perform several Reich pieces, including his incredible 1971 masterpiece 'Drumming'. This piece is so hard to play and so freaking cool that it turned a bunch of pudgy, super dorked-out 20-somethings into gods for the evening. I could go on and on about what it is that makes the piece so interesting, but I really want to get this posted soon!

The piece is over an hour long and there is only one thing that happens the entire time. There is one rhythmic motive that repeats literally for the entire duration. It is played by up to a dozen musicians in and out of phase with each other, and the tonal qualities are shifted throughout by moving from tuned bongos to marimbas to glockenspiels, but nonetheless, there is only one thing going on. I'm serious; there are essentially no melodies, and no harmonic shifts. Sounds boring, eh? I challenge you to listen and come away saying that.

I have found that when you go to concerts by yourself, there are hidden benefits, such as not having to worry if your companion is having a good time and more importantly, having the ability to sit in those single seats that pop up in good locations. It is safe to say that I wasn't early to this concert, though with a little effort and aimless wandering through the general admission setup at the Gardner, I managed to secure myself a seat in the front row. As in NOTHING in front of me but for the musicians, ten feet away. I am pretty familiar with 'Drumming', but seeing it played so expertly right in front of my eyes was another experience entirely. I could actually see the phasing of the instruments with each other as well as hear it. The blur of sticks and mallets added a new dimension that the cd does not provide. And it was remarkable that the performers didn't get inextricably tangled up with each other as they piled multiple players on a set of bongos and a singular marimba.
It was really refreshing to be at such an incredible performance surrounded by teenagers and octogenarians alike. It was loud and raucous and fun and simple and complex and difficult and all around the expression a genius.

Posted by halsey at 04:13 PM

April 01, 2005

Boston cd release event

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 7-9 PM
WHERE: Milky Way Lounge and Lanes, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Scheduling has been finalized.
Location has been visited and mentally prepped.
Press invitations have been sent.
Mailing list has been informed.
Nerves have been wracked.
Help has been procured.
What else is there?

Can I write some music now, please?!

Posted by halsey at 09:46 AM | Comments (35)