New Music Installation… My Upcoming Wedding!

We’ve got less than a month to go before the “big day”… we’ve been planning out music, and my fiancée would love for me to play some of my stuff. However, since most of it is ambient and minimal, there really wasn’t much of a place for it, except for maybe dinner or cocktail hour.

Then, collaboratively, we came up with a plan. Using two small portable speakers on either end of the porch we are having cocktails at, I will layer some of my tracks so each end of the porch plays different layers of those tracks, together making up the actual track, very similar to my installation pieces can be used (Layers 1, Layers 2, and Layers 3). Below is a representation of how those will be configured:

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This however created a problem…

  • I need these to be re-usable, so I can duplicate this process again if needed for other installations down the road.
  • I need the speakers to be independent
  • I need them to be battery powered
    • ….and have a decent battery life
  • I need them to support playing MP3’s from a Micro SD card
    • Keep this simple, not multiple gadgets strung together
  • They need to also be loud enough for people to hear on an open porch with lots of people talking
  • Needs to loop at the end of the playlist to the beginning
  • Also, be reasonably priced. Due to the cost of the wedding thus far, I did not want to break the bank even further!

Because of the prevalence of Bluetooth speakers, it is very difficult to find something that matches these specifications! I started ordering from Amazon and Jet (free returns!) to test out speakers. After a couple of failures, and hitting up my friends on Facebook for their recommendations, I finally found something that works! Enter the DOSS Touch.

It’s a Bluetooth speaker with an SD Card slot, AUX 3.5mm input jack, rechargeable with a 12 hour playtime, and is decently loud at 12 watts. The controls are easy to use, and, it WILL loop at the end of the playlist, so I do not have to load even more songs on it, and can just use a cheap 8GB Micro SD Card.

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Everything I needed… and… it is only $32.99 from Amazon. So, if you are ever in the market to do something like this, or, just need a REALLY good Bluetooth speaker for just over $30, then check this thing out.

If any of you are interested (and let me know in the comments), I can release a special edition on Bandcamp once I’ve done all of the processing on the tracks to be used (tracklist below) and their layered components for your own use?

Track listing:

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I made an album entirely out of Windows Vista default sounds once…

Yes. Yes I did. Used just some of the default Windows Vista sounds one time as source material to create this experimental ambient album 10 years ago… maybe one of the only good things to come of that Operating System?

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Atchafalaya

I recently took a trip down to New Orleans with my Fiancé, and got to experience the city in a whole new light than I have before. It was a wonderful trip, and we had an amazing time.

We did a couple of things while we were there:

  • Ate really, really, really good food
  • Met with some friends we have not seen in a long time
  • Visited the Singing Oak at City Park (follow link for video)
  • Walked along the Mississippi
  • Ate some more really, really, really good food
  • Walked around Magazine Street
  • Walked around the French Quarter
  • Listened to street performers
  • Viewed some amazing art
  • Ate even more really, really, really good food
  • Visited the Tree of Life at Audubon Park
  • Rode the streetcar up and down St. Charles Ave
  • Gazed in amazement at all of the gorgeous mansions and houses in the Garden District
  • Drove across and back the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (~24 miles each way over the lake)
  • Walked through the swamp at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • And visited the Singing Oak again

IMG_20170404_183441_processedThe Singing Oak easily became my new favorite place in New Orleans. Also, while I was there, I brought along my trusty travel recorded and gear, and captured sounds inside and outside of the city. Below is my take on the rendering and mixing of these sounds of one of my favorite cities.

It is long, slow, and wandering… just as if it was on New Orleans time.

The name itself comes from not only one of the amazing restaurants we ate at while we were there, but also the Atchafalaya River. While we did not visit the River on the trip, it provides more of a Southern Louisiana feel to this track, because all of the sounds captured were from both inside and outside of the city.

This is the first rough cut, so please be honest, even brutal in your comments if you need to be. All feedback is welcome and will help render the final version of this piece.

Thanks in advance for listening (and hopefully commenting!)

New Musical Nature Profile Image/Logo

PROFILE PHOTO 022317-em.jpgIf you follow me on the twitters, SoundCloud, the Facebooks, etc… you would have noticed a new image appearing tonight as my profile photo.

And if you’re not blocking awesome images, you should also see it to the right of this text right here. Like, over there ——>

Just have to give a huge shout-out to the lovely and talented Em DelSanto… or as I like to call her, Em Varosky-to-be, for creating this masterpiece.

She is an amazing person, and also a graphic designer. And just needed to toss her some love for this.

Check out more of her awesomeness at http://evarodesign.wordpress.com.

Also follow her on the Twitters and the Instagrammythings.

The Layers App

The other day I finally got around to posting my latest release, Layers3: Abstractions to SoundCloud.

Layers1, Layers2, and Layers3: Abstractions are 3 minimal long form releases designed to be used either by themselves, or together, in any order. Think of it as an art installation.

Shortly after posting the release to SoundCloud, someone liked one of the tracks from Layers3, and posted the following comment:

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layers512What a brilliant idea! I recently started building some Android apps (Donation Estimator and MX Lookup), so I decided to take on this challenge as well! So, after a couple days, I have put together an Android App, which can be found in the Google Play App Store – Layers.

If you wouldn’t mind… please download it, and let me know what you think if you wouldn’t mind?

It may very well be buggy… but I am new to Android app development, so please take it easy on me.

I have some similar ideas that are kicking around along the same lines as well… so I will keep you posted here on my blog.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.varosky.layers

Welcome to the new musical nature site!

It feels good to say that! This has been a long process. If you check the Internet Archive, there used to be this little gem of a web property out there:

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Take note of the dates… I had kids, life got complicated, and music unfortunately took a back seat for a number of years. Flash forward to 2015 – I finally jumped back in, and got working on new music. Since then a lot has happened!

I’ve released 9 new recordings. 9. I’ve apparently had a lot that was waiting to come out during my hiatus.

What else has transpired during the revival of musical nature?

And, something very exciting – I have started up a collaboration project with my fellow SharePointer and Musician friend Keith Richie which we are calling VR. Click here for more information on that project! A lot more to come on that front.

With all of that going on, I’ve also been trying to get this site going… and finally, it is ready!

If you are an old fan – thank you for sticking around! If you are a new fan or just stumbled across the site – welcome, and thank you for listening! Check out the discography to listen to my music, and please make use of the contact form if you have any questions, comments, feedback, or, ping me on Facebook and Twitter.

Keep watching this site, I plan to update it regularly with news, information, new releases, and general ramblings.