June 30th, 2010
Posted by pftq

Statistics Tool

I haven’t programmed anything in a while, so I guess this is a fairly small comeback but it works. This is not as useful if you already have a graphing calculator, but it could come in handy if you have numbers already in a table typed out (and you don’t want to retype + hand calculate).

Statistics Tool

It’s fairly basic as I said before but it helps a lot if you’re in the position I am in with homework being online. At the moment, it doesn’t return that many stats but I am open to any requests. The whole script took less than 5 minutes to make afterall.

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June 12th, 2010
Posted by pftq

"Cloudless" & "Raindrops" Songs Remastered

Just for the record, I usually listen to songs using Etymotic earphones, so I’m able to pick off details from the music very well. I guess that was part of the drawback of using them when writing music as well because I never realized how muffled or quiet my songs were until I tried playing them on some crappier speakers. :P

So I just spent the last two days applying EQ and compression to two songs I already made. The compression helped a lot for “Cloudless” (no EQ needed) but “Raindrops” just has too many instruments going on at once. Compression only took it so far, and any EQ I tried to apply to it just really distorted the flute and strings. Right now, I’m just using a Limiter and a little bit of filtering to remove any clipping while just increasing the volume on the song. I added a little bit of EQ to the song but avoided affecting the strings (really want to keep the dynamic there). Either way, it’s much better than it was before in my opinion anyways. Of the two, “Raindrops” will sound the most changed, almost as if a muffling wall has been removed so you can hear the instruments better. I might have been listening to them too often to hear anything wrong anymore though, so let me know if any part sounds distorted or odd. :P


Raindrops


Cloudless

I read somewhere that classical music generally does not use mastering due to the importance of dynamics. Wishful thinking on my part on an excuse not to master my songs, but at the same time, I do not want the songs I make to sound so quiet compared to everyone else’s. :(

On a side note, I’m revisiting an older song I started last year called “Darker Stormy” (check it out). Right now I just have a short draft up, but it should give you an idea of what kind of song it’ll end up being. Progress is slow at the moment because I keep forgetting the song as soon as I sit down to record it, but we’ll see. :D

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April 30th, 2010
Posted by pftq

Short Song/Video on Cherry Blossoms

     One of my instructors for a class wanted to have a video demonstrating how creepy Japanese cherry blossoms could be. I didn’t really have that much time for this (wanted to go much further), but this is just a quick video I put together. The effects are mine entirely while the footage is from a documentary or news report the instructor gave me; the photo in the beginning is mine though. The song I made out of scratch but it’s short and simple.


Poison Cherries

     Obviously only the effect is shown here rather than the whole music video as I don’t own the copyright to the rest of it. Nothing fancy, but enjoy. :P

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April 11th, 2010
Posted by pftq

New Song Finished - Raindrops

     I had this one in my head for about a month before I actually started recording it. Somewhat under pressure to top my last song Cloudless and I’m not entirely sure I did either. :P


Raindrops

     As the title suggests, think of rain when you hear this song. Think of rain in all its forms (drizzling, shower, storm, hail…) and then think of the sun when it begins to emerge. The initial idea was for the piano to represent rain and the flute as either life in general or the sun (just something counter to the chaos), but it’s really up to interpretation. I just happened to think of this song during a rainy day.

     I had the theme going in my head for almost a month before I was finally able to record it; initially I kept playing it in the wrong key signature and even after I’ve finished the song now, I don’t think I actually got the right one. -_-

     I actually have a version of the song shifted up to an A-flat key instead (correct me if I’m wrong; I can’t read music), but it’s only in piano: Raindrops (Piano) (can’t decide which I like better :P)

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April 5th, 2010
Posted by pftq

Working on a New Song - Raindrops

It’s been like half a year since I made anything, so I’m very happy to be making a song again. :D

Right now, it’s nothing compared to the “Cloudless” song I made last time, but I’m hoping it will top that one eventually. I’m having a really hard time remembering this one whenever I go to record it, so as of currently, it has no lead instrument and no real direction. Also it’s missing a lot of transitions, so the song tends to change abruptly but ignore that for now. :P

View: Raindrops

Suggestions and ideas welcome! I’ve had like no inspiration lately. -_-

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