Texture

Standard

Let us begin with a gander at my latest painting:

Corporate Casual

“Corporate Casual” (Acrylic 20″x16″)

This is a remake of a now twice redone sketch from my early college days (the other two on Photoshop). You can see how the first remake doesn’t pack the same punch that the original rough sketch had, but I think I’ve finally done it justice.

Corporate Casual small master-small

I apologize for the long delay between posts. Gotta work on my rhythm.

Rhythm. It takes some to say it, or makes rhythm in saying it.

As we grow, our tastes develop. We find new details in things we like that thrill us more than what we looked for before. With music, I moved from overall sound (a production thing), to technicality (lots of notes), to texture (a way you layer the notes), and then added rhythm. The key to texture is the space between the notes – it changes how you hear them. Harmonic texture is what notes you play – is it pretty? gritty? Rhythmic texture is the pace and placement of those notes – is it smooth? rumbly? If there’s too much of the same texture, it flattens out – turns neutral – like white noise (and usually becomes boring). Doesn’t matter what flavor it is, you can only have so much pizza before it goes bland and you can hardly enjoy it anymore. Eat nothing but pizza for a month and you get a taste for why I’m so picky with music (or everything).

Half the reason I haven’t had anything to show recently is that I spend a good amount of time composing. I want some really dark, intense metal – without the flatness of screaming or whacking the guitar with a brick the entire time. I’m very technical, but I want to avoid sounding like a Bach enthusiast and just sweep and arpeggio for 40 minutes and call it an album. Being that I can’t even do that yet, I’m doing a pretty good job of it (pat on the back).

I have most of an acoustic album written, (aimed at having a metal tone) but that’s on hold for a bit while I’m gathering material for a real metal album. It’s much more fun right now. I even have some tasty lyrics in the works – that I will SING. I don’t want to program drums, but might have to for the demos. Though I also like industrial, so maybe I’ll work it in. Time will tell.

If you want to listen to two songs that are nothing like what I just described, here’s my SoundCloud page! (Dendrex) http://soundcloud.com/dendrex

I may start recording the finished acoustic pieces and get that album out of the way sooner than later. And as far as art, I want to dip into landscapes now and do some character designs, though little is certain at the moment. Time will tell, and I will tell you about it.

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