Yeah, so… I haven’t been that active on my blog lately. I know I keep promising new tracks over and over again. But this time I’m serious.
MrHoix/Hoixsoft has been working hard lately to round up a trio of composers (MrModez, Chaseoman [YouTube], and myself) to work on the soundtrack for Spyro: The Dragon Eclipse. Now that we’ve begun to regroup our efforts and work together, it seems like we’re starting to get more done (at least as far as the soundtrack is concerned). We will each be tackling around eight tracks per composer, but we are going to try to collaborate on the theme song. I’m currently on song number two, and I plan to release my first new composition as soon as MrHoix/Hoixsoft gives his approval. I’m thinking that some of the older songs will need to be altered drastically to fit this new sound, since we have actually managed to track down a good portion of the samples and sounds used in the original Spyro trilogy (which I couldn’t be more stoked about – I’ve been looking for them for years!).
If anyone would like to hear an early (and very rough – this was before EQ was attended to) draft of my first new composition, here you go:
Last month, I was looking through the Google realms to see if I could find a good deal on a nice, big studio desk for my musical work. I wasn’t that surprised at the results – for a good desk, I was gonna be cut short around $1,000. Yeah, not gonna happen. 😛
So I thought, “hey, I work at a hardware store – surely making a desk can’t be that hard!”. That one thought led me on a one-month journey with some pretty sweet results at the end.
It started with my discovery of this post online. Seemed simple enough.
And, as it turns out, it was simple enough. All it took was some wood, stain, polyurethane, and a truly magical device known as the Kreg Jig. Oh yeah, and about $175 (still not as bad as $1,000). The end result was a beautiful desktop, perfect for holding my keyboard and Mac, which I dubbed “The Stage”.
Everything was completely custom. No conceptual drawings or design layouts were used other than my own – my dad and I built this from the ground up. Even the mousepad is custom, courtesy of Zazzle.com!
And just in case anyone’s interested, here’s the first conceptual sketch I made of the desk:
As of last Sunday, I have finally been able to upgrade to Logic Pro X. I had to part with a very nice foosball table, but we didn’t have room for it anyway. So far, Logic Pro X has been a learning curve just in transition from Logic Express 9. It figures that they had to revamp the entire layout just as I get ready to upgrade. 😛
-Chris (AKA. Soundragon)