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Making digital lemonade

February 2, 2012

Today was brutal, or at least it was for a while. It started out smooth enough: got up, made breakfast, checked out the news sites, read email, worked out, listened to some music, even worked on some music. Then I decided to take off the old headphones and go work in my studio.

We had a power outage/surge whatever yesterday while someone from the power company was working in the neighborhood. Nothing too bad, just reset a few clocks, the stove and the dishwasher and I was back in business. I did hear a soft clicking noise as I was reading last night. I eventually tracked it down to one of my studio monitors. The power was already off, so all I could say was, “Well, that’s weird.” Part of my brain wanted to be concerned, but the rest of me was tired so I simply unplugged it.

My brain was right, when I powered up the studio today to get some work done, the lights on the monitor were pulsing to the rhythm of the clicking … and no sound was coming out. FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU………………

I did some research, and there’s definitely a blown component somewhere on the motherboard. How convenient that this happened right after the power company caused a surge. I filed a claim with them, but it’ll be at least 10 business days before someone can get back to me (more than likely to claim that they are not responsible for the damages.) I’m basing my pessimism on the other times I’ve need anything from cable/utilities providers … other than my bill of course. They’re always real efficient with that.

So, with headphones back on my ears, I soldiered on and finished my work. The picture at the top of the post might not make sense to most of you, but as a relatively new Ableton user, I feel pretty pleased with myself after putting that session together today. My musical cohort and I are getting closer to the outboard-gear-free nirvana that we’ve been visualizing for a long while now. I’ve got more loops to build, grids to layout and eventually hardrives to replace and interfaces/software to buy.

I’d slap a big ‘ole Native Instruments sticker on the front of my Macbook and make some promo videos if I could “test out” a copy of Komplete 8. hint hint!

For the immediate though, I’ve got a solid hour to round out. Treating my laptop as another member of the band rather than just a tool is definitely the most foreign concept I’ve tried to tackle in the past few years, but all in all, it’s turning out to be a pleasant experience.

I don’t have much together to show anyone yet (and I haven’t paid WordPress for the privledge of posting Mp3s), so I’ll leave you tonight with The Petebox. Enjoy!

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