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    • 4 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom

      It's been a while since I posted anything on here. My last journal post was almost three years ago, and I was very, very drunk when I wrote it. That doesn't mean I've been absent though

      I've been working hard on my music career, performing with various bands, recording albums, writing my own music, teaching lessons, all of that good stuff that comes along with being a working musician. However, for the past few months, gigs have been slim. I have only performed once since October, and all of the projects I've worked on have been one and done deals, nothing long term, or that requires a great deal of involvement from me. I don't like that. I hate not working on big projects. I hate being idle, and doing day-to-day work. So, I went looking for inspiration. And, as I so often do, I ended up looking at Rooster Teeth.

      Watching the people at RT create content was a huge motivating factor for me. And better yet, there was a lot of room for me to create around the things that they made. So, here's a collection of projects I did that came from RT ideas.

      I added an orchestral score to part of Jack's Heist

      I wrote my first ever piano piece to Jeremy and Ryan's epic Nidhogg Battle


      I learned, and played a few songs from RWBY on the bass, and posted them on my Youtube channel.
      Time To Say Goodbye
      Shine
      Caffeine

      And, possibly most importantly, I started editing and mixing the /r/RWBY Sings project on the RWBY subreddit.

      It's been really nice to work on something just for the joy of working again. I don't do it enough.

      So, I guess I just wanted to say thanks to all the people at RT who helped me to create things. It's been very nice stealing your material and putting my own mark on it.

      Cheers,

      -Keith

      Epiphany of the Day: I need to spout gibberish on the internet more often.

    • I've Been Durnking.

      7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom

      You know who wears pants?

      Everybody.

      Everybody wears pants.

      Fuck pants.

      I'm Keith Lewis.

      Epiphany of the Day: My life is amazing. Every day, I get to wake up and realize that again.

    • Videos.

      7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom

      The music I play:

      One of the last projects I got to work on in Boston before I moved. Recorded with Matt Koelsch and the Allies after a gig at 3 in the morning. Exhausting, but awesome.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkue36s_7dU

      And, as requested, video of the new band I'm playing with, The Design. Recorded at a benefit concert we played in Raleigh last night. Surprisingly good audio for shaky-cam.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=0osJgWgyJ6k

      Epiphany of the Day: Hours of sleep does not necessarily equal wakefulness the next day.

    • 7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom
    • Moved.

      7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom

      It's that time again. Time for me to organize my thoughts in the form of a rambling journal entry because shit just got real.

      Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way up front. I've moved from the Boston area to Raleigh, NC to join a full time touring band. You read that right. I did it. I am a full time employed musician. As in the only thing I have to do to make a living is play music. All day. It still feels weird to say it. It's been a month since I found out, and two weeks since I made the move and it still feels like just a vacation I'm taking. I have an apartment, a contract, a cable bill... This is actually real life. Crazy.

      It's actually a lot more sane than I thought it would be. I spent months looking for an apartment in the Boston area. It took me a whole two days in Raleigh to find a place.Granted it makes it a lot easier when you have no other option and you have guaranteed income, but still... that's a little ridiculous.

      For those of you who care, the band is called The Design (www.thedesignmusic.com). I would classify their music as pop rock, but definitely more towards the rock side of the spectrum. It's a fun group with a killer live show. Seriously. I watched three shows with their old bassist my first weekend down here, and then played three shows last weekend and it might be the most fun I've had performing in a long time. I have a whole new wardrobe (sort of) and the requirement that I "go nuts" on stage. That's right. My boss told me, as a requirement of my new job, to "go nuts" while playing music for money.

      This is my life.

      There are no words to describe how happy I am right now.

      Epiphany of the Day: There is no greater declaration of freedom than pooping with the door open. Seriously. So gratifying.

    • 7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom
    • Busybusybusy

      7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom

      Life has exploded.

      Things that happened last week:

      -Was flown to Wisconsin for an interview with a huge company where they put me up in a luxury hotel and covered all my expenses including room service. Then I went on a tour of their massive campus that was designed by people from Disney. They have a building modeled entirely after Dungeons and Dragons, and an Indiana Jones hallway.

      -Played a pit show where I had 36 hours to learn the entire book. The pit was supposed to be string quartet, bass, guitar, piano. Ended up being violin, bass, piano. I had the book the longest of all the members of the pit. Pulled it off.

      -Ran outside during a tropical storm. That was awesome.

      -Had an 86 year old woman declare herself my groupie. Not sure how I feel about that.

      Things happening this week:

      -Five straight days of rehearsals with four bands.

      -Releasing my first album as a performer at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge with Gumbo Diablo.

      -Deciding whether to stay in Mass and pursue my career as a musician, or move to Wisconsin to work for a totally awesome company and build up some money to pursue my career as a musician later in life. Not looking forward to this decision.

      -Wishing one of my best friends farewell as she moves to New Zealand for an indefinite amount of time.

      Life is getting really interesting. At first I was conflicted about how I feel about everything, but just listing things out like this has really given me a lot of enthusiasm for what I'm doing. Can't wait to see what happens next week.

      Epiphany of the Day: Favorite thought about possibly moving out soon: get to make pickles again without anyone complaining about the smell. This excites me more than you can possibly imagine.

    • 7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom
    • 7 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom
    • Wood Brothers

      8 years ago

      kemosaabi Dandananabom

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG7AkNPZdNU

      And my jam for today.

      Epiphany of the Day: Practice. Hurt fingers. Weep softly.

  • Comments (48)

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      7 years ago

      If it takes me 20 months to find a job, I might freak right the hell out. But, from the sound of it, you've found your dream job so it makes sense that it would take you a while to find it. I just want to be able to pay my bills and sleep at night. Loving one's job is not something that most people get to enjoy. My dream job would be sitting around reading books all day but no one will pay me for that. smiley8.gif

      • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

        7 years ago

        Haa! That would be awesome. I'd be a good copy editor but I don't think that pays much. Something I'd do for extra cash. That would be great though. A lot of the books I read have a lot of typos too since they are released by smaller publishers.

      • kemosaabi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dandananabom

        7 years ago

        Well, in those 20 months, there was a lot of working not so dream jobs and paying of bills. Not so much sleeping, but that's mostly my own fault. And you never know what people will pay you for. I never thought I'd find a job where I just sit around a listen to music all day. Then I became a recording engineer and did that. Not sure what job would let you read all day, but there may be something out there. You could be the first "literary beta tester" or something.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      7 years ago

      If you'd have seen the place before I started, you'd understand why I'm doing all this work. The woman who lived there had bad taste in just about everything. She seemed to like big, gaudy stuff but it's a small house. You should see the mirror in the hall bathroom. Yikes. All the trim was painted a peachy-tan color. It looked like a smoker lived there. Gross. There was wall paint on the trim and trim paint on the floor and wall paint on the ceiling. Just shoddy work really but my OCD will not allow for that crap. I must fix it. smiley0.gif Now all the trim is bright, cold white with the warm, earthy tones I love on the walls with sharp, crisp lines. Joy. OCD abated.

      • kemosaabi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dandananabom

        7 years ago

        (Sorry about the long reply time. Lots of traveling the past couple of weeks.)

        Eesh. I'm usually not one to worry about interior decoration, but that sounds atrocious. Glad you got things worked out to your liking.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      7 years ago

      Aaaaah! You're featured! Congratulations! Enjoy the hundreds of alerts.


      No kidding! jeez! I'll be going through this mess for hours. smiley0.gif

    • millerj

      8 years ago

      That is excellent nice work congratulations on getting recognized. Great job.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      8 years ago

      They are doing that a lot lately. It's like they think the American movie-watching population can't read subtitles. REC was the same way. Such an awesome movie but it was in spanish. And instead of just giving it to us the way it was meant to be, we got Quarantine. smiley4.gif They do it with any foreign-made horror. Except High Tension. They left well enough alone there and thank godness. That movie rocked my face off.

      Trolls, as in mythological mean guys hiding under bridges?! Oh I'm gonna have to check that out. Silliness.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      8 years ago

      I've not been paying much attention either. I've been catching up on TV before the new seasons of pretty much everything start this week. I finished watching Season 2 of Fringe last night and there was much mouth-hanging-open shock and then much yelling. smiley0.gif

      I did see that they've made an American remake of Let the Right One In, one of the most unique and interesting vampire movies ever. I'm sure they've ruined it. Jerks. And a remake of I Spit on Your Grave. What the hell? Seriously? Unnecessary. And a sequel to Paranormal Activity. I'm sure that will turn out about as well as the sequel to the Blair Witch Project. smiley4.gif

      I'm trying desperately to think of an upcoming movie that I'm looking forward to and I just can't seem to do it. I would like to say that I'm looking forward to the Hatchet sequel because I liked Hatchet and it is the kind of movie that can, if done correctly, have a string of fun and entertaining sequels. But I am so very hesitant to get my hopes up. Better to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised.

    • Jeskid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Thx dude! Gonna be a bit for full episodes but will have some fun extras for sure coming soon.

      Please spread if ya would. Helps.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      8 years ago

      Yeah, it was really cool. He's a really nice guy too. I didn't even know he was going to be there. I was wandering around the celeb room, looking for as many guys who played Jason as I could find, and I just froze in place when I saw him. Holy crap, it's Winston. So awesome. smiley0.gif

    • Jeskid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      lol thx :)

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      9 years ago

      Ha ha! You sound like me. Worry, worry. smiley8.gif Well, I hope you end up where you want to be. It's important to feel fulfilled and satisfied in your work.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      9 years ago

      It was so much fun. smiley13.gif I can't wait until next year. smiley1.gif

    • BloodySparow

      9 years ago

      ah, from what I can see, the typical article on mixing usually was on some popular band or song and how it was written and what equipment was used... Any tips and tricks for mixing a particular instruments or genres didn't come up as often...

    • BloodySparow

      9 years ago

      hey dude, could you point me in the direction of some good articles on mixing? like just anything about mixing, mixing philosophies and what not...

      I'm trying to find one for class, but google is being sort of difficult.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      9 years ago

      ^_^ I could tell. Your anger and disappointment was quite palpable.

      I'm a horror fan so I'm looking forward to Trick r Treat. Been waiting for it for years now. I'm also lokoing forward to Star Trek on BluRay. I will be snatching that one up the day it comes out.

      As far as the cinema goes, I can't say that anything is really catching my eye right now except for 9. That looks awesome. I'd like to see Inglourious Basterds but I'm not bursting at the seams for it. I still want to see District 9. I'm somewhat interested in Gamer, mostly out of principle and Michael C Hall. I'm a little interested in Jennifer's Body. And Pandorum looks pretty neat. The more I think about it, the more I think it's the perfect time for a movie like that. Sci-fi horror has been terribly neglected since Event Horizon.

    • jerneyfers Bloob Airey

      9 years ago

      Absolutely! You're just much more eloquent than me, citing examples and whatnot. Well, done!

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      well.. there are actually three interviews...

      but at the end of the first two they were like "lets see if we can squeeze you into the next one really fast"

      long story short... I got the job! it's a grocery store with an awesome schedule changing system so that I can still work around studio time and what not, and since I'm in san marcos I'm actually spending more time in the studio


      otherwise... lots of crazy shit has been going down, but I'm back working on music, and it feels good...ish.

      long sob story of things you probably don't want to hear about

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago


      dude, I write lyrics and other stuff a lot... it helps to be poetic

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      pressure from Apple and OS X leopard would be my bet.

      They really take those apple commercials personally

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      ...your the only person I can't tell to try to play the bass with a numb hand.
      But I'll still bitch however I want.

      besides, we were up in the texas hill country. and I'm one of the texans that piratically get off to those balls hot summer days. I don't handle the cold well at all.

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      eh, although I tried not to break to many rules, it wasn't my biggest concern... I mainly tried to avoid parallel voices...

      You sure? That's the thing, is that I wanted the power of a horn section with the sort of edginess of a violin... I haven't tried it out yet, need to get people to record...

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      okay, I just sent them, thanks for your time again bro

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      I think I got it somewhere, also, you can just download finale notepad from the website for free...

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      hey dude, do you finale?

      I have these two pieces I'm working on, and I really like them, but as for horn section(ish) pieces I don't know if they're really that good or if I just like them


      I was wondering if you wouldn't mind me emailing them for you to give a quick out-of-10 grade, seeing as how you seem to know more than I do on all that...

      They're not full songs, just pieces of songs, where I want the horn section(ish) thing to be the focus for certain parts of each song...

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      okay, your comments on my journal...

      your right, there will always be that call for professionals, but with a lot of smaller studios closing down, the bar for professionals that people will shell out cash for is definitely going to rise... I'm hearing a lot of stories from our engineers, people losing jobs or working for a lot less.

      as for doing sound tracks, your right. and that's something that I'm thinking on...

      but in the end, the people who make it are the people who have the skill and the stones to excel... and I'm not sure of how well I'd match up against the competition, even when I'm just thinking on the people in the same program as me.

      Even if I do the law thing, it doesn't mean that I'm leaving the whole engineer thing behind, I'm thinking own doing it more as a side thing... I dunno...

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      well, that may not be a bad idea...

      I remember this one show I did with a jazz quartet, we were not prepared at all... and they thought I was going to take a solo on this one chart I hated with all of my heart... and they were like "DUDE IT'S YOUR SOLO" and I'm like "No, dude, I'm not taking a solo on this song" but it was obvious we didn't know what was going on so I decided to go to the higher register and then I started deliberately playing wrong notes as every time I tried to play the right ones before hadn't worked out for me... I actually got compliments for that solo....

      as for your tuba problem.... how loud was he playing so that you could hear him two floors up?

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      Oh my god, I love that quote

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      depends.... You see, although I like the upright, I don't have the inclination to carry it around that much... the damn thing is a boat. I decided if I were to get one in the future I would probably go for the stick, just because I don't see myself using it for anything more than a side thing...

      Now, if your going to be serious about it, and want to do ensembles and what not.... I'd go for the full size, you probably should do what I did, rent one for a while and get a feel for how to play before you actually buy one...

      but seriously, the thing is a pain to move, hope you have a suv... I've managed to put it in a few sedans before... but it left no real seating for anyone besides the driver... and it took a while to get it in there...

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      yeah, good thing, also the upright bass is a lot harder to play for me when my hands are cold... but I've never tried in that sort of weather...

      but I'd find it a lot easier to play the upright with just the index and middle fingers...

      but for the record, playing the upright is tons harder... but the sound is amazing, I love using the bow.... and I'm about to stop renting mine... I'm going to save for an electric upright eventually..

    • BloodySparow

      10 years ago

      so far playing jazz and the other ensembles here at the school of music have changed who I am as a musician...

      the stuff this bass teacher has shown me hasn't... maybe the fact you went in liking jazz did more for you than it did for me, I think what it is is that I like listening to jazz.... playing it... has me burned out... same for this bach and other classical stuff I'm learning. I like to listen to it.... but it's not why I'm a musician.. I'm more than half way through my time of required lessons with this teacher, and I don't feel like I've learned any thing...

      I wouldn't say my style is simple... but it definitely lends itself more to modal work and chord progressions, not individual chords... but I like working on making a series of chords that sound good together... sometimes that means a complicated chord every now and again, but most of the time not so much.

      As it is, everything I learn in lessons and now any jazz stuff I have to play... I just can't relate to it. I don't find so interesting that I want to play it. and it's not fair, there is so much more to music than what they show us... why don't they also concentrate on that?

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      oh that.. no....

      all I can say is that I've never heard of something so ridiculous..

      Can I just message you the link via RT message?

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      two words for you

      compression.
      Autotune.

      From what I'm guessing as in the stuff on local R&B and hip hop (complete crap, not real hip hop and R&B) pretty much screams that to me, as for pop... about the same...

      My opinion is that if the artist is good you don't need to use either one nearly as much. Unfortunately, if it goes on the radio it's compressed for the sake of being loud.

      And I'm sure you knew all that. If your trying to make a hit, you might as well follow suite. But if your making something for a real artist not trying to score big for the sake of scoring big, I think you'll know what to do...

      So yes, I think the industry follows the formula for trying to make at hit when it comes those genres. But if your underground, where the real good shit is at, you can probably take some liberties.


      Hey, gotta song I'm working with someone on the site, I'm sort of debating on putting horns in it, so far no ideas have come to me...

      Want to take a whack at it?

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      not offended, just intrigued.

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      dude, sorry if this sounds rude... but why do you log in so regularly but never do anything?

      just curious, the community is for interaction, but you never seem to interact

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      yeah, that talking helps cover the absence(ness)

      well that's cool man, as for me... a lot of stuff you can figure out from looking at my new journal... other than that, I'm not really writing anything new, but I'm arranging and re-arranging things I've already written...

      also, a lot more of my time is being dedicated to learning the upright bass.

      I'm about to start an internship at a recording studio in Austin that has done a lot of big texas acts

      so lifes looking good... besure to shoot some of the stuff you write over my way, I'd love to hear it

      take care and stay in touch!

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      hey, you, the motherF*** who doesn't like to talk!

      ------------------------------------------------
      The Mental Giants shall fiy again!!!

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      hey man, whats kickin'

      found anything good to listen to?

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      Cool man, didn't wanna bother you but I was itchin' to know if you had done anything... just keep me updated

      On this end, I've tried to rework it a little but the only thing I can come up with is to make a sort of vamp with D7 and C7... Other wise I've turned my attention to some other projects I had put in the back burner, they came out extra crispy...

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      hey dude, what's up?

      Anything with that song?
      ...or did you decide it wasn't that good and try again some other time?

      what's up in general?

    • MooseTrumpet

      11 years ago

      Check out the the Yamaha Custom Z series. I play the Bobby Shew model. It's a small bore horn but it blows freer than anything else I've played. It runs at about 1500.

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      No way! sometime I think the university here forgot we have the studio... Like most texas universities, they're investing in football, trying to move up to division one. Thing is, they forgot our team sucks

      Hey, this song is gonna take a while, I'm using a drum machine on my computer... it really kills the feeling I'm going for, I need to get a drummer for it, I'll look around but it could be a few weeks, I got somebody in mind though, I'll keep you updated... I can send you what I have so far if you want to toy around with it.

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      Well I sorta jumped the gun in contacting you, I haven't recorded the bed on my end yet... I still need to plan it out... but I was thinking what we could do was I would record my parts, then send you that, you record your parts, and then just send me back the track and I would throw my magic on it (if you want to put your magic on it first go right ahead, there's plenty of room for everyones magic) and that would be it, I would send you a copy of it when it's done... or if you have ideas for other instruments please let me know, cooperation over the internet is really cool, you get people and ideas you normally wouldn't be able to mesh with...

      And dude, that's so unfair, you get full access? at the Firestation (my place is an old firestation) freshmen aren't allowed into any of the control rooms or the studios, sophomores can use the rooms on the first floor, and juniors can go to the second floor where the BIG studio and control room is... I'm a freshman, I get you use the computers in the computer lab, which have M-Audio and what not, but access to mics and such is kinda scarce...

      So anyhow, I was planning on recording with my equipment, and put vocals down using a shiny new MXL V67G I plan on purchasing this weekend... ooh I can't wait

    • BloodySparow

      11 years ago

      Dude, I was just messing around in one of the practice rooms hear, jamming to an idea I had then someone playing a trumpet let out the most perfect note at just the right time and it sounded awesome! I was wondering if you have any recording equipment of your own, i'm thinking on arranging this little ditty and it would be great if I could get a trumpet player in there...

      It's not a jazz thing... I don't know what to call it... it's cool though, I'm playing the whole tone scale (starting on E) for most of the chord progression, and the last chord is a g minor in 1st inversion, don't ask me how, but it sounds like it resolves it pretty good... (not at all based on the music theory I'm learning in college)... If you're interested hit me up man!

    • MooseTrumpet

      11 years ago

      That's awesome, man. I've been playing trumpet for about 10 years and bass for about 3. I also play the clarinet.

    • momsboy

      11 years ago

      i play a yamaha. im on a 5c but getting ready to switch to a 3c. you?

    • momsboy

      11 years ago

      he wuts up. names alex and i play the trumpet/

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