Time can really get away from you, when you stop paying attention. We’re already three weeks into September, and I have no idea where it went. Potentially good news on the job front, but I’m not getting my hopes up until I see some ink on paper. Been down this road too many times the last few years.

What strikes me as funny this morning is the predictability of my site stats. The last six months have been relatively flat, in terms of average visitors, with the same five sites contributing virtually the same number of click-throughs each month. It’s mildly comforting that I can count on these visits. It does appear, though, that word of the recently revived Sound Design Tools has spread. My bandwidth usage is way up compared to earlier this month.

Spent some time last night working on a Controlled Dissonance track for the new compilation project. I haven’t really been much inspired to make noise lately. I’m loathe to pull out any hardware, because it’s such a pain in the ass in my tiny bedroom. But I’m also sick of just taking sound sources I find on my computer and beating them to death with VST effects. And that’s why I’m trying some new techniques. I had a short and very minimal live performance that I’d recorded a few months ago. Over that I’m layering some tracks that have been culled from a sample performance on my old SH-101, databent and then processed acoustically with cassettes, stereo mics and a snare drum (snare drum distortion for the win!). It turned out to be a pretty decent bed of sound that I now have to pull together with something. It may not be my best work, but I feel that I’m pushing my boundaries a little bit and that is refreshing.

What I would really like to do is find out what has been sapping me of all my energy lately. If I can figure that out, I might be able to turn this thing around and get myself rolling. I need to score a short film and have that finished before November, so I can concentrate on NaNoWriMo.

Until then, etc. etc.

Oh shit (an addendum)

I forgot to mention that Controlled Dissonance made an appearance on the latest Just Not Normal compilation, nO-r-mal II. At some point I’m going to stop posting links to Mark’s label and just assume that you all know how to get there, but until then:

I’m on the “Dark Places” volume with C. Reider (who is appearing on the Of Places and Moments compilation) and, strangely enough, Palancar. In toto, the release covers six volumes and includes some of my personal favorite artists of the genre (the aforementioned included): Gurdonark, Voder, Mystified, jfox, DANADAX, Medmud, The Silence Bureau and Mystahr. I’m looking forward to hours of entertainment at work this week.

Random update

Finished mastering my submission to the Of Places and Moments compilation. Turned out a little better than I anticipated – even though I stuck with a relatively familiar deep ambient style.

I haven’t been invited out to play live in a few months, and I have a stock of Controlled Dissonance CDs that are collecting dust here in the apartment. I may have another Controlled Dissonance Giveaway Contest, similar to the one that I had when I released Thoughts Made of Sound; Sounds Made of Hell. If I opt for such an endeavor, you’ll find details here.

My contract with AT&T is up, so it’s time to ditch the old Blackberry and move into the 21st century. I’m definitely going with an Android phone, but I haven’t made up my mind which I want. The Droid has a terribly reviewed camera, and is huge, but I’m not sure that I’m ready for a touchscreen keyboard. I have until the end of the month to figure it out, so…

Until then, etc. etc.