May Already? Checking In

Wow. May. This year is going so quick!! Yet some days don’t feel as quick, so I guess there’s some balance there… Anyway!

Let’s look at the previous post and do an update, ‘eh?

  • Broadcasting a live performance from my studio several times.
    • Well, as it turns out, I got all of my stuff together (Twitch panels, OBS scenes, etc.) and then we booked some major work to happen in my studio area.  I’m now in a “temporary” yet probably longer-term (1 year+) situation in my wife’s office, however it’s not so bad! I was wanting a change in how my things were arranged in my studio and this pretty much forced me into a different way of thinking about my existing workflow and the goals I have for my music. I’ll take pictures and talk about it more in the VIDEO content I create soon.
  • Attempting to be booked for live shows in the PNW.
    • I’m certainly behind here. Life is so full of things to do, see, experience, and we have 2 very engaging boys that are so full of life… I also had a bit of a reality check when it came to the ‘live rig’ I had built: It’s not feasible to take that elsewhere and set up each time. Maybe when I have my own crew or roadies one day. ;)  I’ve adjusted my expectations for live performing and am back to set design and practice.
  • Testing Traktor Pro 3 with timecode vinyl and my studio audio interface to get back into DJing a bit.
    • This may lead to some DJ sets being released as I pull favorites from my vinyl and digital libraries (provided Traktor Pro 3’s “scratch” mode works well for me).
    • I tested it! It works! However, now I don’t have access to my turntables. This will have to wait.. I just hope that it doesn’t wait so long that the timecode and software ages out of usefulness.  I already miss my vinyl that’s in storage.
  • Get into a ‘content creation’ habit for audio/video that keeps me releasing content to fans throughout the year.
    • I’m still plugging away at this.  As I mentioned above, with the recent transition into a new and more compact studio configuration in my wife’s office I will need to re-think some of my recording of video.  I aim to find a cadence that lets me record small but varying cross-sections of my creative endeavors and thoughts.

So there you have it. That’s what’s up as of now as I try to hold onto this wild ride of life. =)

Plans for 2019

Goals; a declaration; resolution.

Whatever I want to call it, I have some ideas for how “this year” should go. Then again, I don’t use January as a marker for the ‘start’ of something, so much as I check in with myself now and again at any time to see where I’m at, how I’m doing, and where I’d like to go.

On the table for this year? In no particular order:

  • Broadcasting a live performance from my studio several times.
  • Attempting to be booked for live shows in the PNW.
  • Testing Traktor Pro 3 with timecode vinyl and my studio audio interface to get back into DJing a bit.
    • This may lead to some DJ sets being released as I pull favorites from my vinyl and digital libraries (provided Traktor Pro 3’s “scratch” mode works well for me).
  • Get into a ‘content creation’ habit for audio/video that keeps me releasing content to fans throughout the year.

Those are the goals.. the direction.. for my music/art business at the moment.  I have personal goals as well that I’m just not ready to share in great detail here (for instance, I’ve been intermittent fasting for majority of 2018 and I plan to continue doing it for 2019… I might post about that more because it does have great affect on my art; my brain; how I feel).

Oh, and obviously I should note that I plan to post here more.. to write more in my journals (online and offline).. as part of the whole ‘content creation’ habit.

I hope everyone out there has some goals of their own and is in a good spot to work toward them!

Have a good one,

-Sean

Blog? What Blog?

It’s finally come full circle. My blogging youth that I left behind in favor of professional work, music, friendships, video games, and a life of privacy (though not so private since I’m embedded in the Gogol Empire) has been itching to get out for years.  It hasn’t been until a resent fit of ‘soul searching’ on my artistic self that I’ve come to a decision to fully embrace who I am.  Sliptide.

What does that mean?  It means that Sliptide produces music, has side-art adventures in music and media, and also plays games, reviews tech and gadgets, and is an active participant in humanity at large.  It’s my nickname. My moniker. My musical identity that is so much more than just a “music project” like so many bands, DJs and artists.  It’s my romantic view of my relationship to this world and the world of computers.

I need to write. I don’t write enough in my physical journal and I haven’t written online in years. It’s time to get back into it and blog about my musical experiences, projects, some personal stuff, some reviews of things, and maybe even some chronicling of my life in general.  It’s time to share. It’s time to reconnect myself to the world.

It’s also time to adjust sliptide.com to accommodate this path forward. Let’s see how this post appears on the site!