Friday, June 26, 2009

When Push Comes To Shove, You Gotta Do What You Love

...even if it's not a good idea. :)

Oh come on, be happy.

This is a song about a whale... NO! This is a song about being happy!

Just Beat It Already

Seeing that we just lost a very important figure in the music world and this is a music blog, I thought I would share my thoughts on the whole Michael Jackson thing. Yes, it's sad that he died, but get over yourselves. Almost everybody and their mother ripped on him for his plastic surgery escapades, his child molestation, and you know, the whole baby-dangling thing. Now everybody is mourning him and insisting on remembering his musical legacy. Yeah, he was a musical genius and an immensely talented performer. Yes, he had a horrendous childhood- he was forced into the spotlight at an early age by a disgustingly abusive father. I just find it hypocritical that the very same media who published every botched plastic surgery photo and every child molestation story is now acting like they'll dearly miss him.

And yes, while I do feel sorry him, certain behaviors, certain things he did (that we've all heard about), are just gross and inexcusable.

You know, there's other things going on in the news, such as the Iranian election and the Guantanamo detainees being released to Bermuda. Why are the networks devoting every waking minute to this man?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Brain make people dumb!

1. Step 1- Go to Double Vision's Myspace.
2. Step 2- Check out new pics, new info, a new blog entry, and our show listing.

Alternatively, add our Double Vision page on Facebook.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Test test, anybody out there?

It's late. And while I should be in bed, I'm still up. The alarm goes off at five thirty tomorrow, and it won't be pretty. I hate being without my car right now. The train rides are far too long, but at least they give me time to maybe compose or catch up on some reading. Speaking of reading, check out this book.

You see the flyer to the left? You need to go. Check out the Annex website for details. Check all over NYC for flyers.

Maybe I need something here to fill up this space. Listed below are some random thoughts:

-It's such as shame that the shittiest song ever written, MacArthur Park, has such an unconventional chord progression. Somebody needs to put that to good use.
-The best thing I've found I can do with violins is give them pizzicato parts. The next best thing is giving them screechy minor second dissonances. Maybe I can even get away with quarter tone dissonances in my next piece.
-Writing a piece based on "Porky In Wackyland" was an awesome idea. :)
-Fuck you, Youtube, for taking down "Porky In Wackyland".

And with that, good night.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Berklee Sings South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

It's Easy, Mmmmkay
Blame Canada
Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch

Theremin Mania!!

For the longest time, it has been my dream to own a theremin. Or at least, it's been one of my dreams.

But then I realized I could program one using Max MSP. Which I am in the process of doing, because lord knows I won't be able to find a theremin player for THE COMP RECITAL OF THE FUTURE. Using the trackpad and something else as an interface, it should work pretty well. Or really well, if all goes good-ly.

In the meantime, check out this nifty video.

(P.S- If you play theremin and you make yourself known to me, I will give you chocolate.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Yeah, I think I'm seriously billing my comp recital as THE COMP RECITAL OF THE FUTURE. Spring '10 ho!!

Well, I'm at home, trying to take it easy for a couple of days. You know, showin' up to work whenever I want* and finally getting around to some choice musical projects is just what the doctor ordered right now. I have a senior recital to start planning for next year. Next year brings many good things- my comp recital, graduation, new episodes of Futurama (ya srsly), and hopefully some kick-ass Double Vision tracks.

So, this is what I've been tooling around with for the last week or two- Max MSP. Download it and try it out. Or if you are interested, I'll see if I can send you my patch that uses an NES controller (hooked up to a USB converter) as a musical instrument. If all goes well, I hope to include some musical Max MSP programs I write as part of an exhibition at my recital.

I figure I'll need the summer to really get the program and other plans for the recital together- I'll be far too lazy to do it over winter break.

*Not really

Monday, June 8, 2009

Booking Shows the NYC area... It's been a little rough so far.

These are some places I know of/sent emails to:

The Annex (possible show here)
Arlene's Grocery
The Cake Shop
Kenny's Castaways
Crash Mansion
The Bitter End
R Bar
Alphabet Lounge

and so on.

Unfortunately, it seems like one guy does the booking for half these places, and he's pretty douchey. Oh well, hopefully this whole gigging thing goes better. In the meantime, the band can always record.