Possible Big Shift in Bonsai Project

So… things are not looking good for the crape myrtle. The branch structure continues to curl into itself and is clearly dying back. The question is only whether there is enough root health to produce new sprouts when the tree ceases its dormancy phase — if it ceases its dormancy phase.

The good news is that if it doesn’t, I’ve got a back up plan. Some very helpful squirrel planted a mulberry in my back yard which managed to spring up to nearly six feet in just one Summer and already has a stout trunk and some interesting branch structure.

Before the Spring growth begins I’ll get it trimmed down to a primary trunk and prune back the long growth. If the crape myrtle fails, I’ll get this mulberry potted into my tray before growing season begins and we’ll see how things go with that. It will need some serious wiring to have any interesting shapes, though. Right now it is growing straight up.

Or I could pot it half on a rock to get it to slant over.

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Crickets and Choirs v2

[This track is now finalized, and thus located on Bandcamp, not Soundcloud. The link below will fail, use the link above. ]

Very minor tweaking here to levels and mixes — but I’ve added algorithms to allow the low drones and the mid pulses to move a 5th at random 50% of the time. Independently.

Crickets and Choirs, version 2

Still Small Voice and Melanoma will be going to Bandcamp as soon as I get them pared down to meet Bandcamp’s 287Mb size limit.

Crickets & Choirs

[This track is now finalized, and thus located on Bandcamp, not Soundcloud. The link below will fail, use the link above. ]

Today Nick sent me a few photos of his latest canvas which he called “Cricket Sounds & Choirs”. This is almost the artistic salon equivalent of an inside joke, but that’s ok.

I love this canvas.

I love it so much, that I banged this rough draft out in something like 2 hours which is about 50 hours less than it usually takes to reach this point.

Crickets & Choirs is now on Soundcloud, although not even close to done yet.

And yes, Nick and I are having a minimalist running shoe race to the bottom of the literalism pile. We don’t care. We’re too busy having a lot of fun being friends.

Also, Melanoma and Still Small Voice are likely to migrate to Bandcamp shortly unless I hear meaningful critical feedback from anyone.

Still Small Voice v3

[This track is now complete, the link below does not work, and you can find Still, Small Voice on Bandcamp.]

Added a low thrum to try to fill in the empty spaces (as they are so long). Trying to strike a balance between delicate, fragile, fleeting voices and a piece that’s too quiet and too spare. I think this is getting pretty close.

Version three is here.

Melanoma v3

[This track is now complete, the link below does not work, and you can find Melanoma on Bandcamp.]

An even better distribution of the two melody lines to phase, un-phase and re-phase and a better cross fade of the clean and destroyed versions.

Melanoma v3 is available here. I think this may be the final version.

Melanoma v2

[This track is now complete, the link below does not work, and you can find Melanoma on Bandcamp.]

There’s a lot of cross fading going on here, and it needed a lot of tweaking. So, here’s an improved version that (a) keeps a more consistent volume across the piece and (b) mingles the two sounds more completely as it goes so that the one over-takes the other more thoroughly.

Melanoma version two.

Melanoma

[This track is now complete, the link below does not work, and you can find Melanoma on Bandcamp.]

This track starts out sweet, simple, sparse and pleasing. But over time, the cancer grows, spreads and spoils.

Drogo suffered some kind of disfiguring disease while on his pilgrimage. Melanoma is a track intended to feel the inevitable creep of what cannot be stopped.