Tomorrow is the first day of spring, the vernal equinox. We’ve had a lot of rain this spring already (unlike last year’s drought which started early), so I’ve been making new field recordings for the Rainmaker project. To “ring in spring” I had some fun playing in the rain with kitchen mixing bowls for about a minute of ringing raining percussion. Not to everyone’s taste, but it was fun! 🙂 Of more general appeal is “Lazy Rainy Day”, which is nearly five minutes of nice fat rain with some distant rumbles of thunder. If you listen closely you can occasionally hear a blue jay calling in the background. “Ringing In Spring” and “Lazy Rainy Day” along with other Rainmaker tracks can be downloaded free from the Downloads page. Splash into Spring and enjoy! 😀
This is it. “ThunderDog” which is now on the Download page will be the last rain track for a while. I have other projects to work on—and I don’t want to tempt fate by working on Rainmaker during hurricane season. 😆 LOL This track is a study in contrast: the rain is very quiet, light, soft, but the thunder is really crackling. So much so that it spooked the dog who can be heard to give a few barks near and far on the audio, as she moved back and forth, to and fro, in agitation at the storm. The occasional bark isn’t a big part of the audio, but I think gives a context to the storm, makes it less like a sterile recording in isolation. There is a danger of monotony with a project like Rainmaker. All rain and all storms don’t sound alike, but they’re similar enough that often what makes a track stand out are the non-storm elements, like frogs, birds, dogs, cars. It create a world in which this rain is happening. I’m still sifting through previous years of of field recordings and hope to bring you more free tracks (see the CC licensing restrictions on the Download page) either in the fall or next spring.
In the meantime I’ll be working on that long ambient piece I mentioned some time back as well as a couple of book manuscripts. My author website and blog is updated more frequently and is a bit more general in subject matter than this blog and I encourage you to pop over and take a look. There will be a certain amount of overlap but most of the material will be new because I blog there more often than here. So add A Truant Disposition to your rss feedreader.
The sky has clouded up, but the 3 month drought hasn’t yet been broken—at least not at my house! Today I’ve released another free rain track, “Rainmaker”, which is just a monster track. Over 15 minutes long, with rain turning into a sudden downpour around the 9th minute. That’s not an edit, folks! That’s real! 😀 So click over to the Download page and grab some big rain!
I’ve added a new free download of a rain mp3 on the Downloads page! Some of you may remember that I do field recordings and have been intermittently working on a project of recording rain. So, I’m working on the files and will be releasing more as I get them sorted through and edited.
We’re in a severe drought here in the Houston area. We’ve gotten 1/5 inches in the past three months. (Less than that at our house.) Flooding is more typical of spring weather. Someone passed on to me today the stat that we’ve gotten the same amount of rain as the Sahara this spring. So much for living in a wet, tropical, coastal area. (sigh) I love rain, having grown up on the Texas Gulf Coast, so the drought has driven me back to work on the field recordings. For a while I was recording them faster than I could review and sort through them, so I’ve got a lot to listen to.
The project now has a name: Rainmaker. The previous field recording on the Download page has been renamed— both title and file name, but “Treefrog Rain” is the same file and “Pitter-Pat and Peeps” is the new track. I’ll be releasing another wonderful (and very long) track next week. I’m going to keep working on the rain files until we get rain and I can start recording again. 😀
So head over to the Download page and get yourself some cool rain. 🙂
I’ve been meaning to let you in on one of the projects I’ve been working on for the past year, involving field recordings. In the spirit of immediacy (since I should have done this sooner) I’ve uploaded one of my most recent recordings of rain (and frog!). Just under 3 1/2 minutes, it’ll be a refreshing break when the heat and drought of summer sets in. So click on over to the Downloads page, scroll down to the freebies and grab some free rain. 😀
As promised, here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to lately. 🙂 This spring I got a cool field recorder and subsequently got sucked into an ambient/environmental sound project some of which will eventually turn up in Gymshoes music. I’ve already got everything from birds to pure noise, as well as some odd stuff that falls inbetween. 😉
I’ve also been writing new songs for guitar, demoing some older tunes and sorting some things out regarding starting a new band. For those of you who missed it, my internet band, Undead Monkey disbanded due to lack of time of most of the ever-changing band members. Rather than continuing it, I’m going to build a live local band from what I started with UM. It will be a continuation in the sense that it will be mostly the Undead songbook (ie my songs), but it will be different because it will be a different set of musicians and we’ll be able to all play in the same room with each other at the same time. This feels almost like a luxury coming after the whole internet band thing. 😆 While there are advantages to collabing online with people all over the country, it’s going to feel good to again play in the same room with other musicians. 😀
I’ve already begun putting out some feelers and interviewing people. I’ll be posting updates on the Undead blog. Why there? Well, since I formed UM to handle my non-solo, non-electronica songwriting and since the new band will go forward from where UM left off—and since most ads/profiles online are either “band seeking musician” or “musician seeking band”, forming the new band using the Undead name as “band seeking musicians” makes a certain amount of sense.
Besides, I’ve been trying to think of another cool name and haven’t come up with anything yet. 😉
I expect that once the band has gelled that we’ll discuss names and may retire the Monkey moniker, but that’s too far in the future to predict. I don’t expect this band to come together fast. I optimistically hope so, but typically these things take more time than one hopes.
In the meantime I’ll continue rounding up band members, recording cool stuff, and working on Gymshoes music. 🙂