Category Archives: Personal

Still Alive

Musicam novam præsento. Cued by my post here about the resurrection of the ISEE3 probe, I thought I’d take a shot at Still Alive; if there’s any context in which my reedy voice seems appropriate, it’s GLaDOS’ plaintive narration to this, Portal‘s endsong. There are some new friends on this one and a couple of […]

Terminology note: Pope

Via Rorate coeli, Archbishop Jan Graubner reports recent remarks by Francis I, the incumbent of the See of Rome: When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, … [Francis] made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns […]

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

In the Black, take 2

Musicam antiquam præsento. Received wisdom has it that you can’t “fix it in the mix”; this is an exercise in doing precisely that. The cover of Marian Call’s In the Black that Heather and I did a while back (see my post here) was tracked in late 2011,  but I was unhappy with the mix. […]

Tape and tradition

This is a post about audio recording and tape that becomes a post about politics, tradition, and the reform of the reform. Last week, I posted my recording of 74/75; I sent a copy to my parents with the observation that it surprised me that so much of the sound for which I’d been looking was tape, and […]

74-75

Musicam novam præsento. Years ago, “the Connells” were a one-hit wonder with 74-75; I have no idea what it’s about, but I loved the song. I’ve been evaluating Reaper as a new DAW, and I wanted to try recording a piece that used a single track of guitar rather than layers and a piece with […]

The Hon. Robert Heron Bork, 1927-2012

Requiescat in pace. Bork would have been a towering figure even if he had done nothing after The Antitrust Paradox; we have lost a great American of whose service as a great justice we were cruelly deprived. May he rest in peace, and as Judge Easterbrook put it at a recent conference celebrating Bork’s work […]

Wish You Were Here

Musicam novam præsento. I stumbled across a recording that I (apparently) did of Wish You Were Here (from the eponymous Pink Floyd album) in June. I have no recollection of recording it, but if such a recording should exist, it would apparently have a double-tracked 12-string acoustic guitar, panned hard left and right, a dreadnaught panned […]

St. Crispin’s

Recordatus erimus; nos pauci, nos pauci fortunati, nos cohors fratrum! Namque qui cum me hodie sanguinem effundit frater meus erit.

Won’t back down

Musicam novam præsento. Feeling some slight post-election petulance, I took a stab at Tom Petty’s defiant classic.