Out with the Old

Today marks my official recovery from the holidays. Hopefully you’re not such a late bloomer! Here’s what’s been keeping me busy:

Uncovering Antiques

We donated several carloads of stuff to Goodwill, and in the process I uncovered a relic:

CD Listening Station

I paid $500 for this beauty, which houses a CD player locked in a solid steel chassis, with attached headphones for potential buyers to try before they buy. Steve Jobs singlehandedly rendered it obsolete. Any ideas what I can do with it? I can’t even figure out how to remove the CD, so it’s effectively a “Life’s Fairytale machine.”

Windows to Mac, take two

Once upon a time in 1996, I decided to switch to Mac, so I picked up a Quadra 650. Pro Tools was out of my league financially, so I opted for the $3000 Digidesign Session 8, a three rack space unit capable of playing back eight tracks (!) of audio at once. Sad to say it didn’t “just work.” The thing crashed constantly, so I switched back to Windows after wrapping up my second album, Tuesday Song.

A few hours with the tablet-friendly but otherwise underwhelming Windows 8 Developer Preview convinced me to make the switch again. Here’s my new even more minimalist setup, centered around a pimped out Mac Mini Server:

New Studio
Bad USB Keys

Everyone who ordered The Complete Color Theory should have received it by now (there are still a handful left). A few fans had problems with the USB key reporting that it was write protected. If yours is affected, please let me know and we’ll get it replaced!

“New” Releases

There are two “new” b-sides releases on the horizon (owners of the USB key already have all the material), one of which contains my version of a song by The Midway State. I recorded it a couple months ago for a commercial placement with McDonalds in Ukraine that looked promising for a few weeks, but ultimately fell through.

Outside the Lines, Volume 2

You may have noticed that the “song a month” plan didn’t work out. You guys made it clear that you prefer more than one song at a time, and I wasn’t able to find an affordable, reliable graphic designer to handle the cover art. Maybe a 5-song EP is the way to go?