Music update

This is just a quick note. I’ve done a bit of additional mixing to the Mirror of Eternity song. It’s all very subtle but I’m hoping that the mix sounds a little bit clearer and that it translates better to more speaker systems.

Mirror of Eternity – version 3

(If you are interested in the dry, technical details, the changes mainly involve: level and compression adjustments, slight randomization on the bass and snare drum, and the use of a linear phase equalizer. I particularly think that the new equalizer makes the overall sound slightly clearer, as other equalizers can tend to phase shift the signal. Phase shift isn’t necessarily bad, mind you, but it does colour the sound and I didn’t like what it was doing to the mix. As for the compression changes, they make the apparent volume seem slightly lower than before but the dynamics are better preserved. I also made use of a free plugin that simulates some classic compressor circuits to colour the sound a bit. I like the way it helped liven up the mix.)

Yes, human beings have walked on the moon.

Monday, July 20, 2009 will be the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It bugs me to no end that some people, rather than thinking rationally about the landings, choose instead to believe in some major government conspiracy using sound stages and elaborate visual effects (that would have been created without computers, yet). Keeping in mind that the Soviet Union (who tracked the entire flight) did not accuse the USA of any trickery, belief in such conspiracy theories seem bizarre at best.

Mythbusters has put together an excellent set of tests to see if the conspiracy theories have any value. The answer is, simply, no. I’ve embedded the Youtube videos below (and have linked to the Youtube pages in case the embedding doesn’t show up for you – the last one seems to have embedding disabled).

Enjoy! I especially like the moonwalk test that they did with a plane that simulates 1/6 earth gravity.

  • Photography myth part 1
  • Photography myth part 2
  • Moon walking (REALLY COOL!)
  • Footprint in a vacuum
  • The flag that waves?
  • The laser reflectors – best proof that yes, we’ve been there
  • Another new song

    Here is something I whipped up on Sunday/Monday this week. It’s done entirely with software instruments, using the Logic Studio jam packs. I think it comes close to approximating some real instruments, especially the African drums and some of the vocal sounds.

    Summer Vacation.mp3

    It is fairly upbeat and somewhat reminiscent of the Disney tunes for The Lion King. Because it’s summer, I entitled it Summer Vacation. Yeah, I’m not that creative with titles. :-)

    Nuts.

    This was on the Vatican Information Service this morning:

    OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

    VATICAN CITY, 3 JUL 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father:

    – Appointed Bishop Albert LeGatt of Saskatoon, Canada, as metropolitan archbishop of Saint-Boniface (area 38,000, population 436,000, Catholics 119,000, priests 115, permanent deacons 18, religious 356), Canada. The archbishop-elect was born in Melfort, Canada in 1953 he was ordained a priest in 1983 and consecrated a bishop in 2001. He succeeds Archbishop Emilius Goulet P.S.S., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

    Nuts. Bishop Albert, we’ll miss you here… :-(

    The formal CCCB news release is here:
    http://www.cccb.ca/site/content/view/2694/1214/lang,eng/