My latest project is a music application application called “Bop”. Currently, it’s a Unity app that connects to Logic Pro X via MIDI. Bop can be used by songwriters to discover new musical ideas and/or enhance existing ones. Basically, it can help you think outside the box.
The functionality is very limited now. You can currently manually create note sequences, place them on a timeline and fill them with random notes from the current musical key. Even with these limited features, it’s still possible to create some very interesting musical parts.
Eventually, I plan to expand the app to be able to produce complete musical works with multiple coherent parts. I’ll post updates as a progress.
Here’s an example of a track I composed with Bop:
The death of David Bowie is almost too much to process. He was a larger-than-life presence for kids like me growing up in the 70s. His music has impacted my life in so many ways: I named my company after one of his songs (“The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud”), we named our dog “Bowie” and my daughter went to school today wearing all black in honor of him.
My David Bowie journey began in college in the late 80s. I remember my sister, Heather, was getting into Bowie and I went to Horizon Records in Greenville, SC to find a gift for her. I picked up a used copy of Diamond Dogs and took it back to my dorm room. The cover was so curious and I couldn’t resist giving it a listen. It blew me away…
Listening to Diamond Dogs obliterated whatever stereotype I had developed for David Bowie. I realized it wasn’t just aesthetics, costumes and make-up that was driving the phenomenon. Bowie was the real-deal musically. I listened to this album over and over again and still consider Diamond Dogs as my “ground zero” David Bowie album.
Luckily I worked at the radio station at Clemson and had access to their huge library of records. I started an intense exploration of his back catalog. I felt like I had discovered a treasure chest full of riches. I digested every album I could get my hands on: Hunky Dory, Low, Heroes, Aladin Sane, and on and on… I was lucky enough to see him play live four times during the 80s.
David Bowie taught me that you can be whatever you want to be and that you can do more than you thought you could do. The way he managed to reinvent himself is inspiring. Always reaching for the next challenge and never settling on his laurels. David Bowie didn’t just “dabble” in different musical genres… he owned them. Young Americans is a truly great soul album. Man of Words, Man of Music is a truly great acoustic folk album. The Man Who Sold The World is a truly great hard-rock (almost heavy metal) album. You get my point…
When I think about what it means to have a successful life, I can’t help but think of David Bowie as a shining example of success. Even after his death, he lives on through the impact he’s had on the world and the wealth of beautiful art he has left behind.
“I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to do… So I’ll just write some love to you..”
Psychic Babble is the side project of Circa Survive’s Colin Frangicetto. Here are a few pictures from his 4th show ever last night in Atlanta. Colin is an amazing person and I’m very lucky to be able to call him my friend.
We drove 8 hours to see Big Country’s final US stop of The Journey tour and it was totally worth it. They were having the best time that night and I think many of these pictures capture fun and camaraderie they had on stage. At the end of the show, they announced they would be coming back next year. It can’t come soon enough.
As an added incentive, I’m also giving away a free copy of any of my apps (your choice) if you donate $5 or more through my Invisible Children fundraising site.
I’m currently raising money for the organization Invisible Children to help stop the war in northern Uganda and to end the use of child soldiers in this conflict. Please follow the link below to visit my fundraising page and donate what you are able to.
To increase the incentive, I will be matching the next $500 of donations made through my fundraising page until Wednesday the 14th at 11pm. If you exchange donations as holiday gifts or are otherwise moved to donate, now is your chance to DOUBLE your donation! Please help me reach my goal of $1000.
Dan Russell-Pinson’s Invisible Children fundraising page:
Thanks so much!