Books and She Moved

I keep meaning to start writing proper reviews of books. I was going to begin with Terry Pratchett’s “The Last Hero” hardback ‘picture book’ which I managed to get for £2.99 in Swansea’s Oxfam.  The many and rather magnificent illustrations seemed to have a profound effect on TP’s prose (or perhaps my way of reading was altered by the format) and I took a while to adjust to the experience. After adjusting, the book really was a riot and the illustrations really did enhance the reading experience. Before I could write a review, I began reading “Thief of Time” and that novel is proving so enjoyable that I haven’t had the inclination to write the review. Still, all in good time eh?

I began writing an Earth Balm arrangement of “She Moved Through the Fair” recently but abandoned it and have instead completed a solo guitar arrangement in the altered Csus2 tuning. It’s not the best tuning for a Mixolydian melody but I was able to use some of the ideas in my arrangement of “Lisa Lân” to accommodate the flattened seventh.

Next…

I thought that I might start taking my time and make a proper effort with the blog. Perhaps re-organise and give all posts a structure and may be even rename – take out the ‘Music’ from the title as it’s as much about books (and children’s in particular) as is it about Music.

Thoughts?

 

Photograph of meself on the North Yorkshire Moors.
‘Tis I, on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Andy Summers

One of my favourite guitarists is Andy Summers and I’ve recently been working on improving my playing of his Police era style ‘guitaring’ to add texture to my Earth Balm re-recording and new track work. I admire the palm muting, chord voicing, tone, effects use and the philosophy of ‘less is more’ in the work. I might even invest in some Mooer effects pedals to model his sound (no, he doesn’t use or endorse them but they are a cost effective way to get his trademark sound). The Elec Lady (now I believe called the E Lady) is particularly good.

 

Taking a break from taking a break

Thought I’d just take break from taking a break from the blog and just post that music and graphics for the CD are moving at pace. Getting to know Logic and Daz Studio and Photoshop (Elements) very well now. I’ve ditched the idea of drawing and painting the physical artwork by hand as I don’t have the hours required to acquire efficient skills. I will be investing in a set of Rode M5 microphones shortly, to record acoustic guitar solos, in addition to my ‘band’ style work.

I also have to mention that I’ve begun reading my first ever Terry Pratchett novel (Unseen Academicals – not the best Discworld novel with which to begin ((it’s the 37th)) but it was a bargain hardback, in a charity shop, in Monmouth). My kind of (brilliant) author! There’s some clever wordsmithery going on and some well realised character development. I haven’t laughed out loud quite so much with a book before now!

Unseen

 

Back to the music!

LuxRender versus iRay (again)

Have been experimenting further with Daz studio and rendering simultaneously with both iRay and LuxRender (via the Reality plug-in).

I thought I’d share my two most recent renders:

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Picture of Daz Studio composition rendered with iray. Copyright (c) Dale Warner 2017
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Picture of Daz Studio composition rendered with LuxRender via Reality. Copyright (c) Dale Warner 2017

It’s difficult to say which is better as both have their strengths. I think another composite is in order!

Later… and here it is:

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Picture of Daz Studio composite render. Copyright (c) Dale Warner 2017

Conclusion: The composite lightened the Lux image and softened off some of the sharpness of the iRay render (difficult to see at this small scale I know – the originals are 2500 x 1406 pixels at 300 dpi).

First time I’ve ever rendered a dragon as it’s a bit of a cliche but the Daz Millennium Dragon has such nice texturing (needs a sharper bump map and less glossiness though!).

Progress

I’m making good progress on the iBook now; generating ideas, sketching out maps, pictures and diagrams, creating animated videos, writing a little and drawing a little each day, working on music tracks too and still finding time to continue decorating the house. I hope I finally get to finish the project and not lose the momentum part way through.

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