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George emailed me to say:

I wanted to ask your opinion on what you think computers could do to make it easier for musicians to create and perform music.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and wanted to blog two of my replies:

Collaboration: There’s a lot of opportunity right now for better creative tools. The biggest feature missing from all the major Digital Audio Workstations is semi-realtime collaboration (realtime is probably asking too much until the net gets better). I was just bugging Justin at Reaper about that the other day. Maybe ohmstudio (http://www.ohmstudio.com/) will fill the collaboration role but I think it’s a feature every DAW should have within a few years.

Songwriting: For a long time I’ve been fantasizing about rapid songwriting software. Something analogous to a lot of the more creative, less technical software for screenwriters. The software could prompt the songwriter for sections, melodies and riffs and keep them cataloged. It’d let you easily rearrange the structure and experiment, organize your notes & ideas and help you generate new ideas. Throw a good rhyming dictionary in there, a markov chain generator for lyrics, etc. So a musician can quickly hammer out a bunch of song ideas and flesh them out without spending much time dicking around in software. I should be able to write and record an entire song with a guitar, microphone and foot pedal to control the software.

And that’s the tooth.

Posted on - November 23, 2011 [at] 6:55 pm by Brad
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I turned 35 yesterday. Luckily I had a flu also so it’s all uphill from here.

I’ve decided to get my mid-life crisis over with before 40, so I’m off the antidepressants, in two types of therapy and I hired a personal trainer. While it wasn’t a disaster, I’m not interested in doing the next 35 the same way I did the first. So I’m trying to put some work in on that.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, I really appreciate it.

Posted on - November 15, 2011 [at] 2:53 pm by Brad
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Hey. my music’s being used in this cool AirCassette iPhone app:

I threw all my bags of tapes out long ago but I still have have an emotional connection to some of the cassette designs.

Posted on - November 7, 2011 [at] 7:24 pm by Brad
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