OMG BLOGGING

Some basic info, to catch up for many years of no blogging:

  • I’m about to turn 39 in a few days
  • I have a daughter who recently turned 5
  • I’m going to celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary next month
  • I still program (https://github.com/michaelchadwick)
  • I still work by the beach (https://scripps.ucsd.edu), and have since mid-2016
  • I’m still in a band (https://flylikevenus.com)
  • I still make my own music, too (https://nebyoolae.com)
  • I still own a dog, who is now almost 9 years old

Skimming through my wife’s old blog, I was reminded of the joy that typing out some words every once in a while can bring. Sure, Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and WhatHaveYou have all been around for years, and essentially serve the purpose of broadcast journaling. However, they are all about the micro soundbite, and not about the mulling of thoughts over various paragraphs that blogging brings to the table. I’d like to get back to it.

Think of this post as a new beginning (again), as I once again get back into the (good) habit. For now, I must away to pick up the Small Human and possibly play some Katamari on the Nintendo Switch.

Flat.io and Composer Quest

A few months ago one of my favorite podcasts ended. I was actually on Composer Quest a few times as a guest, and the host even stayed with me for a night during his World Tour. All in all, Charlie made a very cool thing, and I’ll miss it.

Before it ended, however, there was a challenge called the Composer Quest Olympics. Six events, each one with its own Olympic event theme. The second event was called Table Tennis, and I got paired up with a guy named Jared Coffin to compose something in a back-and-forth manner, just like table tennis itself.

The finished product is here:

However, the initial seed was done in Flat.io, which is a great tool and works like Sibelius on the Web. They recently started allowing you to embed your scores in a neat little iframe, and so I can share the rough origin of the track (that is, without the improved timing, instrument, and effects).