[linux-audio-user] More Homemade Muzak

Steve D groups at xscd.com
Mon May 16 10:47:15 EDT 2005

On Mon, May 16, 2005 at 08:07:52AM +0100, james at dis-dot-dat.net wrote:
> On Sun, 15 May, 2005 at 06:04PM -0600, Steve D spake thus:
> > Herky-Jerk (OGG audio file, 3.4MB)
> > http://www.xscd.com/pub/music/herky-jerk.ogg
> > 
> > -Steve D, New Mexico US
> I like that.  Can I request a beat, though?  This is just the kind of
> thing I like to bop my head to while I'm in the house.
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Drums are a real weak spot with me. I have a good sense of rhythm and I
always wanted to be a drummer instead of a keyboard player (but my mom
and dad forced me to take piano lessons). I love Hydrogen but I always
feel that if I were to try to add a drum part it would sound
ultra-cheesy and unrealistic.

On the other hand, I feel that if I were to START with a drum part, it's
metronomic nature would restrict or prevent more fluid, expressive
tempos for the rest of the parts of the music. In a live band (I was a
professional musician for about a dozen years), the drummer and ensemble
are all in "psychological sync" in a way, so that the tempo fluctuations
sound "tight" and realistic, yet human and variable. That seems hard to
achieve using software percussion tools (or maybe I just feel daunted
without really looking into the problem and finding solutions).

One of these days I need to just bite the bullet and really try to learn
to create OK drum parts, OR, collaborate with someone on the Internet on
a piece or pieces, using an exchange of MIDI and audio files.

I really like the idea of musicians who are remote from each other (I
live in a very rural region of eastern New Mexico, US) being able to
work together via the Internet to create finished music tracks.

Anyway, thanks for your comment James. ;-) Best wishes and happy

-Steve D
The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.  -Ralph
Waldo Emerson

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