2018-1st-Half Review

2018 is now officially just past the halfway mark, and (as usual) finds me struggling to keep up with updates! It’s been a busy year so far, but a good one as well. Here are some of the highlights:

My family moved to a new house, which temporarily put work on hold, but we’re all settled in, and the studio is up and running. Although moving was unexpected, I think will be good in the long run, both personally and professionally.

I’ve released a new album for Life Is My Soundtrack (Phoenix, Part 1). It’s the 1st installment in a 5 part series, which I hope to finish and put out this year. As of the time of this writing, I’m 2 songs away from starting to mix Part 2.

In other Life Is My Soundtrack news, I’ve spent a lot of my free time writing new material for future releases. Creatively, I’ve been on a high, and am trying to take advantage of it while it lasts! I would have to look, but I’m guessing I have roughly 40 new songs at this point. I’m going to do the best I can to keep the new releases flowing!

Teaching has been going great, and still seems to take up a large part of my time. Luckily, I get to work with some great people, and that makes the experience a privilege!

That’s all for now! I do have some different things that I’m still tinkering with behind the scenes, but my schedule has kept me from making significant progress in these areas. One day.

Thanks for all your support! I appreciate you!

 

2017-Q4-Review

Q4 has now come and gone, and it was largely a time for me to get back on track after having to put many projects on hold. It was also a time for me to sharper my internal systems for organization, accounting, and workflow, which will allow me to work more efficiently going forward.

I was also able to release a new Life Is My Soundtrack album called Auras, which has a strong minimal feel to it, and has been well received so far!

I spent the end of the year focusing on planning for 2018, and I’m excited to move forward in the new year!

2017-Q3 Review

Once again, I find myself behind in posting my quarterly news update, but better late than never, I suppose!

Q3 was very busy for me, though mostly behind the scenes (as has been the case lately). I took on several new students, and that’s been an exciting ride! Work on Life Is My Soundtrack had to be put on hold temporarily, as a lot of my free time was dedicated to solving an accounting error (which I caused) and rebuilding my financial databases (which was not as exciting as it sounds). That said, databases are a very important part of my work systems, so I had to do what was required to make things right. The good news, is that I was able to find a few significant ways to make the business-side of things more efficient, so in the future, I’ll be able to spend more time with music.

I’m dedicating the current Q4 (as I write this) to clearing up a lot of old projects and prepping for 2018. So far, so good, but there’s still work to be done!

Thanks for all your support! Its really appreciated! Have a great holiday season, and I’ll see you in 2018!

2017-Q2 Review

Hi! I apologize for putting this up so late! Things have been really busy here, and I’m still trying to get caught up! With that said, here’s my review of Q2.

My schedule was pretty busy with teaching, which seems to grow every year. Notably, I picked up a few students who want to play the ukulele, so that’s been a bit of a fun change.

In Life Is My Soundtrack news, I released 2 new albums (Prisms, and Inspiration, Vol. 04), and I’m really happy with the response they’re getting.

Behind the scenes, I spent quite a bit of time working on a few different projects, and while my schedule doesn’t allow me to spend as much time on them as I’d like, things are inching forward, and I’m excited to share them with you when the time is right.

Finally, I worked on planning some big updates to my website, which I’m planning to implement slowly throughout Q3.

That’s all for now! Thanks for your support!

2017-Q1 Review

The 1st quarter of 2017 was a great start to the new year. In Life Is My Soundtrack news, I was able to release 2 new Life Is My Soundtrack albums (Colors, and Inspiration, Vol. 03), and spent the remainder of the quarter working on the next 2 albums, which are rapidly nearing completion. One of my big goals for Q2 is to finish and release the back catalog of material that I’ve been working on for the past year, so I can move forward on writing new material.

In other news, teaching has kept me quite busy, and I’ve been doing my best to fit in as many new students as possible. It’s a good problem to have, but has also been somewhat logistically challenging.

In Q2, I expect to continue to be busy behind the scenes. I have a few ideas that I’m keeping under wraps for the time being, and I hope to share those with you when the time is right!

NAMM 2017 Review

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 2017 NAMM show last month in Anaheim. As always, it was a great show with lots of inspiring gear to check out. After 2 weeks of decompressing and giving it some thought, here is my opinion of some of the highlights:

My top pick has to be the news that the Korg Gadget is being ported to Mac OS. I use the Gadget App on my iPad every day, and it’s really changed how I create and approach creating music. I was actually so excited to hear the news that I took it so far as to hug the Korg rep. As of this writing, Korg has not officially announced a release date or price, but I’ll be picking it up as soon as it’s available. I got the chance to try out a preview build, and was impressed with the thought that’s gone into bringing it to the desktop, and taking advantage of the added screen real estate.

I also was very excited to get some hands-on time with Roli Blocks (Made of course by Roli). Last year, they were showcasing the Seaboard, and that was a very unique experience with an equally unique instrument. This year Roli continues their innovative streak with their new Blocks system. It’s made up of modular cubes that can magnetically attach to one another and feature touch sensitive pads. I could try and describe it more detail over several paragraphs, but instead I’ll encourage you to check out Roli’s website at www.roli.com for more information. The thing I liked about demoing Blocks was that it put me in a different headspace (creatively speaking). Creating music on a daily basis can be challenging at times, and any instrument or idea that gives me a new perspective very valuable to me.

Another great experience at NAMM this year was getting to check out Expressive E’s Touché controller. This instrument is also a bit difficult to describe correctly, so check out https://www.expressivee.com/touche/overview for more info. It’s really unique and adds a very human touch to your synth parts. It has a lot of possible applications, and it is very well-constructed. Similar to the Roli Blocks, the Touché has to be physically touched to really understand it, but it seems like a similarly innovative idea, and one that’s sure to spark creativity.

Speaking of innovation, most of the things that I saw at the show that I was the most excited about seemed to be conceived with the idea of thinking outside of the box. Taking chances to do something different can always be a risk, but this year I saw several companies (both big and small) that took bold chances and I believe they really paid off. I think it’s also important to note difference between true innovation, and trying to create without a strong vision. In past NAMM shows, I’ve seen more products that I would consider “gimmicky,” and none of them were ever able to find an market.

In closing, NAMM 2017 was a great event. I left feeling very inspired to create, and I’m already counting the days until NAMM ‘18!

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