Another silly song. This was done in Ardour, with instruments played in SimpleSynth/MidiKeys using Soundfonts I downloaded, and a Hydrogen drum track, all piped together with Jack. The keyboards are all just me typing on my ibook keys, so they’re far from perfect. But it was fun. About 1.5 megs.
Free Wheeling is a piece of software created by coder and musician J.P. Mercury specifically in order to help him compose music live in the fashion which works for him.
That is so cool I can barely stand it.
I am in awe.
Alas, I am not on board, cause I couldn’t get it to compile on OS X. It wanted “libfreetype6,” whatever that is.
I put this together today. The melody is something I dorked together a couple days ago using “midikeys” and “simplesynth” to play a soundfont into ardour while a click track played in the background. Today I designed a a drumbeat to go with it. It was trippy — once I set up the synchronization between Jack and Hydrogen as described in the tutorial, not only did hydrogen start playing when I started recording in Ardour, but when I started playing my Hydrogen stuff while I composed it, it triggered my melody to play in Ardour! So I could put the drum track together in Hydrogen and have the melody play in the background in sync with the patterns I was composing. Neat.
I had no idea how hip the Prez was.
This is seriously fun and cool.
Also not to be missed: Sunday, Bloody Sunday.
I used to dabble in conlanging for roleplaying game cultures. What killed me as a conlanger was getting stuck in the idea that I needed to know everything about how real languages work to do it “right.” I ended up endlessly studying real-world linguistics, and never actually creating anything.
I would advise anyone starting a creative project to learn as little as possible about the field before diving into it. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing — too much knowledge is lethal.