Music from ZendCon 2011

A couple of people have asked about the music from ZendCon.  Last year I had just written and released an independent album which you can get an Rhapsody, iTunes, CD Baby and a bunch of other places and Zend was nice enough to let me use them as the opening instrumentals.  This year I didn’t want to do the same thing and just play the tunes I had written last year so I had started working on some other tunes.  There were two pieces that I was working on but my

Free Music Sample from Coronal Loop Safari

In case you didn’t know, I also write music. 🙂 I probably talk about it more than some of the readers of this blog wish. But, you know what? I just really enjoy writing music. I may not be particularly good at it, but it’s enjoyable… at least when it’s done.

Last year ( it is now 2011 ) I released an album called Coronal Loop Safari right prior to Zendcon and Zend was kind enough to let me play the songs from the album prior to each keynote. But, that’s really not enough to hear what the album is like. In fact, I really don’t know what the album sounds like. But here’s what I wrote about it on my CD Baby album page.

How to NOT sell an upgrade, @CakewalkInc

So, I work in software and so I know that sometimes a software vendor is not able to do things in as streamlined a manner as possible. However, Cakewalk has taken the cake (no pun intended) when it comes to doing whatever they can to piss off their customers. I have been using (and upgrading) Cakewalk software for almost 10 years. When their new X1 was announced I was all kinds of giddy. When it was released I was even more so… until I tried to upgrade.

I need 10 reviewers for my album

Big news for me today. Yesterday I uploaded my album to CD Baby, which will be sending it off to iTunes, Rhapsody, etc.

But, I have a problem. I know what I like about it, but that’s just me. I don’t expect that I will get rich, or famous off of this album. And, honestly, I don’t want to be famous. Rich, on the other hand… 🙂 But what I really need is people to give their perspectives on it so I can a) quote them on it, and b) properly position in for others. The way I describe it isn’t so much what it is, but what it isn’t. It isn’t rock. It isn’t dance. It isn’t orchestra. But it has elements of each in it.

Writing music is hard

Writing music is hard. I love doing it but I have yet to write a piece where I did not have significant writer’s block. What I often do is wakeup early and spend an hour or so working on a piece before starting work. I have been writing and playing music for a few years and it is still hard each time. It really is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration. Enough so that I stopped and wrote a blog entry about it.

The music from Zendcon 2009

So there’s been a little bit of interest in the music I wrote for Zendcon in ’09. Some people liked it, some didn’t. I remember reading some of the Twitter posts on the wall and feeling a little nervous. The sound guys played it more up-front than I was expecting. I had no idea that they were going to turn it up the way they did. It wasn’t that loud (according to Kevin’s reckoning ) but I was expecting it to be background music. So the fact that I wasn’t chased out of there with pitchforks made me glad.