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Having a super quiet Sunday morning, getting messed up on coffee and learning to use my new H4N. I beat the living shit out of my old H4, and it was time for an upgrade. The new one is a little clunkier, but far,far easier to manoeuvre around menu wise, has better sounding built in mics, and an option to do 4 channel recording by running the on board stereo mics and 2 external ones as well. Thank you ebay and you’re overstocked electronics warehouses for such a sweet deal. The first sound I recorded on it? Samwise licking my hand. Up close and in 120 degree stereo -
Also, upon recommendation from a bunch of respectable musicians, I started reading Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit”. Really interesting and motivating without being preachy. I like the fact that it deals with not just feeling inspired, but what to actually do with that inspiration. I seem to always have a dozen thoughts about interesting sounds or pieces or projects going on in my mind at once, but I lack the discipline sometimes to actually just do one of them. There seem to be some ways to examine this kind of thing in a realistic manner in the book, so we’ll see how it all goes.
What’s that? You’d like another book suggestion? Well, ok, sure. Finally found a sound related book that’s written in a language that the common human who doesn’t have a degree in advanced physics and a minor in acoustics can understand and enjoy. It’s called “The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want” written by Garret Keizer. Enjoying it so far, really clears up what I define as “noise”, and the human relationship to it over the years. A good one.