Routine & Creativity in Lockdown
In 2020 I did Weeklybeats for the third time. Weeklybeats is a free community site where everyone attempts to write and record a new song every week for the whole year. In past years I would start out strong but run out of steam as, you know, life happened.
Good Things From Quarantine: Part 2 - BOOKS
At this point in my life I’m usually able to read 2 or 3 pages of a book in bed before I fall asleep immediately. One nice thing about the past 6 months of lockdown is that there is absolutely nothing else going on and I’ve been able to do a good amount of reading! Here are a few books that I have really enjoyed (please be warned these are not smart people books):
Good Things From Quarantine: Part 1
Tomorrow marks the 6 month anniversary of my family (and a lot of us here in America) going into full lockdown mode. It has been a miserable and confounding experience that other people are better equipped to write about, but let’s talk about some good things. Here are three good things that kept me from totally losing my mind:
Running an Elektron Model:Cycles or Model:Samples from a USB battery pack
I recently picked up an Elektron Model:Cycles and I’ve been pretty impressed with it. One thing that didn’t fully come across from photos and YouTube videos is that this thing is pretty small and light! It immediately made me want their (possibly vaporware?) battery pack handle. But in the meantime that DC power port is right there, why not just use your own battery?
You probably have a USB battery pack lying around, but what cable do you need to hook it up? I AM HERE TO HELP YOU, FUTURE GOOGLER. Just buy this one: Onite USB to DC Cable (DC4+1).
Installing Ableton packs
Over at Wavparty I’ve been releasing sample packs that include Ableton instruments. These user-made Ableton packs are kinda weird. You basically package up an Ableton project and then other people can download and “install it” to open your whole project (or just pull out the tracks they want into their own project). Installing and managing the files is kind of confusing and I get a lot of questions about it so I put together this quick and easy guide: Installing Ableton Packs.