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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » 2006 »

June 9, 2006

Eastern in the early summer…

Category: K-1 — kaldor @ 1:32 pm

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Status By: (June 09th 2006, 01:30 pm)

This looks like a normal-human time, ay ;)

Ok, I didn’t blog a lot about K-1 in the last days, because I just didn’t find the time for it. But I guess we all prefer that I do some coding than blogging right? And yes I’ve coded a little bit. First of all I want to show the people, who scream for screenshots, some visual results:

Preview

Preview

I did some rework on the loading stuff. Some informations are shown during the loading process. But that’s only the visual part. Beside that, I found a way to load a file about 100% faster than before. To be honest, the old implementation was total crap. But as always you recognize this only at a second view on it.

Additionally there is a new About Window, which I do not show any screenshots of. And it has been time for adding the first easter-egg. Currently only one beta-tester has been able to find it, although all hints for it are given in the About…

As there is not many time left for me this day, I will just give some short words, on what have been fixed also

  • Rendering engine has been fixed. When saving got cancelled, playback was broken…
  • Updates german locale files…
  • Fixed some typos…
  • Updated the building engine a little bit…
  • Added Revision number to About window for more easy beta-testing…
  • Worked a little bit on R5 compatibility…

And now I am off watching the opening match of the Soccer World Championship here in Germany.

When machines surpass the men…

Category: General, Music — kaldor @ 1:20 am

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Some of you might have listened to the MIDI files I uploaded during the last days. Although MIDI is a very convenient way to save grooves, you still feel, that it is a machine just going along the click.

To get a better impression of what the grooves would sound like in the studio or at least with semi-pro equipment, I asked our keyboarder to re-render the songs for me in his private studio. As he’s currently absolutely fascinated on analyzing other musicans style on different instruments, he seemed to have a great time with my drum tracks. A few hours later I received a mail from him, with some words about what he appended to the MIDIs. Hm… I thought I just wanted to have a more decent sound in the mp3, but ok. He mentioned, that maybe there are a little bit to much humanizer effects on it. Until this moment I only had the chance to read some articles about humanizing or having some talks about it. This time was the first opportunity to listen to a humanizing result. And wow, yes from now on, I believe that you can really make drum computers sound like live. But first listen to the result in the following mp3.

mp3 file

First of all I have to concede to our keyboarder that it is too much humanized. It nearly sounds like someone is studying and playing the song for the first time. But that’s the point. When you listen to the song, always keep in mind, that it build out of MIDI, a system which is as precise as no drummer will ever be able to play. Every drummer always stated that you loose the feeling with computer made grooves, but this is the perfect example for showing the capability that a computer can simulate the feeling you set into the groove, be it straight forward or laid back.

Concluding I can just finish this entry with my scared feeling, that drumming lost its uniqueness. Drummers can no more state on the fact that they are irreplacable. Drummers can no more state that computer made grooves will be revealed in every situation.

During the next days I will upload the next MIDI song which has a really heavy laid back midpart. I am really interested in the results of this MIDI being humanized.

Stay tuned…

June 4, 2006

Composed in an alpha state…

Category: Music — kaldor @ 7:26 pm

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Welcome back from another MIDI’ing day.

It took a while, but now the MIDI’s for the song Dragonfyre are created. Actually this has been the first song written by the band in 2001(I guess) and if I remember correctly, we all didn’t know where this whole project will end in. It is also far from being progressive, which I usually prefer and sometimes even preach :) The style is very simple and straight forward, although nevertheless I had to admit, that I did my 8th offbeat on the bass-drum already at that time. So it looks my style seems to be pretty static since some years… Damn it….

All in all this isn’t the most interesting song for outsiders. It’s more a emotional part, when I listen to this song, remembering I got to know some of my best friend because of this one…

So for these people who are still interested in MIDI or mp3, take a look here:

MIDI File

mp3 File

June 2, 2006

Analyzing your own style…

Category: Music — kaldor @ 2:16 am

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Wow, this has been a long evening working with MIDI. As I am leaving for Berlin in some weeks, I made a promise to my band, that I will create MIDI tracks of the drumming part. During this time you remember lots of things happened during the creation of the song and of the band in general.

But you also get quite a good impression of what your drumming style is really about. All in all I have to admit, that I am no fill drummer. Basically the fills I create are modified grooves arranged for one complete or half of a bar. Additionally it seems using the snare in combination with the crash and some double-bass figures underneath are also one of my standard solutions for powerful breaks.

So if you are interested, you can download the song Illusions(Part2), which is actually our first song of the album, as MIDI or mp3 file.

Download links:

Midi File

mp3 File