You probably don’t know what you’re looking at in this screenshot so let me tell you
This is a picture of my triumphs today
I finally fixed my computer’s audio/midi problems, figured out how to use the confusing (if beautiful) mess that is JACK and Catia/Claudia, and hooked up vmpk, the virtual keyboard, to my synth and an actual midi sequencer called Qtractor (like Audacity and a midi synth combined)
For the longest time I could not figure out how to record anything in Qtractor because it wasn’t registering anything from vmpk no matter what I did with the graph in Catia but after a ton of messing around I accidentally pressed the play and record buttons at the same time and recorded the ridiculous slides up and down the piano you see here
I am ridiculously happy right now
I can’t believe I made this pun but I am absolutely not taking it back
Part of the Zacharie song I was writing vaguely reminded me of a waltz in its melody so I decided to try to write a theme for Dark Teapot in 3/4 because why not.
I knew next to nothing about DTP except a bit of his appearance but I just kind of started with a beat and an emphasis on beat 2 in particular and then a song sprang up and I started putting random-sounding lyrics to it and I kind of like it though it’s incredibly silly.
Oh give me the night and I’ll ride on its floes
To bask in the haystack that nobody knows I will swing through the vast nothing shamalamaling
Like the ding of a rose (I suppose)
This is one of the most beautiful mistakes I have ever made
I accidentally deleted two measures of rests in the second strings ensemble part and
I simultaneously laughed and teared up a bit because this mistake was almost better than I could do on a purposeful arrangement and it was a freaking mistake
(The first iteration here is the way it’s “supposed” to sound, second is how it sounds with the mistake; I put the dynamic up one on the part with the mistake to make the new harmonies more audible)
I’m considering pasting it into the second verse while leaving the first as is, then fixing the parts that clash because there are a few of those but without those it would sound pretty good.
Nah the mistake doesn’t really fit in the second verse easily, which is a shame.
Here’s that WIP of Ssiv’s theme I kept talking about, finally.
I’m a little embarrassed it’s still not all that polished when I’ve had the full song written out in one voice for like, weeks, but as I was trying to add a convenient export command to libretto today (something you’d think I would have added a long time ago, I know :p) I got sidetracked again wrestling with beanshell trying to clean up the program source for a lot of the day (ultimately failing unfortunately).
This was supposed to be continuing the celebration of how actually decent it sounded already but now I just feel pathetic
There’s a story of a man who had ambition like a whale
He might not’ve saved no maidens or put on no ornate mail
But the truth of it is that bloke was bravest of the brave
There’s not and never ever will be none to trudge the road he paved
Now this man known as Kolonok had whiskers like a fox
And although they were a-grayin’ he had mostly brownish locks
His colleagues all respected him until the day he said
“I’m gonna prove there’s no true magic or I’m gonna end up dead.”
Praise be to Haru of the heavens The beaked defender of this sphere For to Him I owe all I have wrought below The height of which none will ever near!
I’m Arkturuse Miraharu A bird much like a darkened swan Between my worldly wits and this unfailing team We could carve towers to the dawn
Some may call me prideful and bombastic But is that not all just a part of being grand? A person of my quality should escalate Until the skies rain tears of sand
Hail Haru of the desert skies (An example for all) Hail Him above the jess (Yet I fear I may fall) Hail Haru of all-seeing eyes (Though I crow and I cheep) Which I do not possess (Deep within I just weep)
My doormat spells the name of Haru A falcon rests upon my head My faith spans greater than this boundless void And that’s quite a thing to be said!