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I am 18
Posted on June 30, 2012 at 16:55
Anyway before the actual blog, here's a quick question: Should I start doing game reviews? They wouldn't be amazing or funny like Cesque's shenanigans, but just basically be me ranting on about what's good and bad about a game. Should I do that?
First up, here's what I got for my birthday:
$90 (I got some for graduation though)
Ocarina of Time 3D
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
$20 3DS card
New strings for my guitar (One broke, but I don't play too often)
Arm weights for when I march (So I can get more muscle, a 6 and a half pound instrument isn't enough anymore :P )
Also I'm going to get a laptop for college soon. Not sure what to do with all the money I have. I was considering getting the air fixed on my car (No AC in Texas = fun!) but I'm not taking that to college so that would be pointless. I'm going to buy another kick pedal for my Guitar Hero drum set since it's annoying to play on expert with only one.
Speaking of college, I graduated High School this year, and I've been taking an english class at a community college, since I suck at writing and Baylor supposedly has really hard english classes. It's only one class, but it takes up time and I haven't had much of a summer yet, but it ends on the 5th (Like a half cadence) so that'll be nice. I'm going to leave on August 13th to go to Baylor University in Waco- Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in math. I'm also going to be in the marching band and I'll still be playing music, so I'll be pretty busy. If I don't like engineering, I'll probably change and be a music major, but then I won't have a career. Oh well.
Warning: Most of the rest of this blog is just me rambling on about music.
I started composing music a couple months ago, because I wanted to make an unaccompanied solo to play for the Solo Contest. There aren't many euphonium solos, and the one I was playing was actually for trombone so I couldn't quite play it like it was meant to be played, so I started writing my own. I also wrote it without a piano part, so that I could save money AND not have to go through the hassle of practicing with a pianist. That was a pretty good move, since most people who had accompanists got this lady that wasn't too great at piano and it hurt they're performance.
It started out as me just improvving in D major/b minor but I started writing down the parts of it I liked and based my improv off of that, so there wasn't too much theory or structure used to make it- I don't like having restrictions. Rather than have a main melody, I decided to just embody an emotion: sorrow. Eventually I was just going to have a couple "mood changes" and have the entire piece be maybe 10 minutes, but I decided it was best to cut it into movements. I took out the transitions and added endings. Eventually, it became a learning experience, which is why each movement is a different mode. Here's a list of the movements, hidden because it's not too interesting:
I-b minor- Just a slow, sad piece that ends quietly but happily in the relative major. It introduces a couple "ideas" or short phrases that are referenced in later movements.
II-D major- Sort of a happy, almost-march kinda thing. This is the only one where I had a main melody that reoccurs throughout.
III-D phrygian- Bipolar and pissed off. Starts off with the melody from II but quickly modulates to phrygian where it becomes very quiet and ominous. There are occasional quick "stabs" of loud notes, but that quickly goes back to the quietness. Suddenly, hell breaks loose and everything suddenly gets very loud. Throughout, there are some pockets of movement 1 that show up, sounding very beautiful amidst the chaos. Then, this repeating line begins; slowly and quietly at first, but then it accelerates and crescendos. Eventually, the rhythm changes and becomes more complex, requiring decent double-tounging. Just as it begins to seem like it's going to get impossibly fast, it drops down to quietness again but even faster it ramps up until it shoots up and octave and ends very, very loudly- and then there's a nice deceptive cadence as a tonic triad of the parallel major is played. One of my favourite movements.
IV-D dorian- This one is pretty unique also. The first 16 or so measures are just re-articulated D's, but with accents placed on some to keep a rhythm going. It's in 8/8, but there are isolated measure of 7/8, 5/8, and a small section of 6/8. There are also two slightly-jazzy sections, and then a cadenza near the end. After that, it quietly goes away, repeating some of the jazzy parts, but slowly and melodically, along with some lines from the earlier movements. This movement is entirely based on the style of how you play.
V-D mixolydian- First off, I dislike mixolydian, so this movement is maybe 45 seconds long. Just a silly, joyful movement.
VI-D lydian- On the other hand, I like lydian. It starts off with arpeggios of the tonic triad, to make you think it's just in major, but then the augmented fourth is introduced. A repeating phrase is introduced, that contains an unresolved 7th and the augmented fourth; as dissonant as you can get with just 1 instrument really. This accelerates until it breaks out into a different phrase, and then it ends by going back to the first recurring theme, and then ending with some double-tounging.
VII-D locrian- This one isn't entirely finished. Similar to the phrygian movement, it jumps from quiet and beautiful to loud and pissed. It alternates between a couple quiet sections, with loud fast cadenzas between each. It ends quietly, but after a slight pause there are 2 loud notes, just because it's funny to scare people :P
VIII-All keys with a home note of D- Haven't written this yet, but it will combine the ideas of the other 7 movements, only everything will be exaggerated. The loud parts will be louder and faster, the quiet parts will sound even better. I've just been too lazy to write it.
Without the 8th movement, I think it's about 22 minutes long. I only have 3 and 4 typed up because it's a pain to type these up, the rest are on paper. I would provide some recordings, but the acoustics in my room suck, so I'll need a room with good acoustics and a good quality mic. I played movements 3 and 4 for Solo contest, and I was going to play 7 for my marching band audition, but decided against it. I'm not sure if I'll compose anything after that. If I do, it'll probably have structure and make more sense theory-wise.
I've been playing mostly just TF2 and Guitar Hero lately. I can only drum since I hurt one of my fingers (it's almost healed!) and I've actually gotten pretty good at it. I wish TF2 didn't have a limit for items per week, I'd play more otherwise. If you wanna play either TF2 or Guitar Hero(360), I'm down for that.
I dunno, I don't feel like much worth mentioning has happened lately, guess that's all I have to say.
EDIT: Forgot something!
I've been learning a lot of new music lately. Here's a quick list of some of the things I can play on the euphonium:
Lord of the Rings theme (and a couple other LotR songs)
Some Zelda music
Mario theme song
YYZ by Rush (I've learned most of it)
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas (most of it)
Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
I arranged Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, but it has 3 parts.
Bare Necessities from Jungle Book
Star Trek theme (I might've forgotten it though)
Universal Studios theme
Part of Schism by Tool
I have a large list of things to learn, such as the theme from Up, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hyrule Field from Ocarina of Time, and Spanish Flea. If you want to request anything, go ahead! I'll put up recordings once I'm able to record.
Obligatory Christmas Oblogatory
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 16:42
One of the few days where I actually have something to blog about!
What I got:
Skullcandy headphones (These things are AMAZING)
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (From Kabob)
Batman: Arkham City (360)
Gears of War 3
Battery backup surge protector
Gold plated mouthpiece for my euphonium. Real gold:3
and money and some other small things, woo.
So Christmas was pretty awesome this year.
I also recently bought some games:
Morrowind GOTY (Steam)
Oblivion GOTY Deluxe (Steam)
Army of Two: The 40th Day
Transformers: War for Cybertron
And I plan on buying Halo Anniversary
Plus I'm finally getting a new computer. I'll put up the specs once I have it put together and running. The one I'm using now is 7 years old with some small upgrades since. It struggles to run Minecraft on Short view distance, even with Optifine, so I'm limited on what games I can actually play on it. The processor's a 1.8GHZ SINGLE core >_>
Senior year of HS has been really cool so far. Besides Physics and Calculus, all of my classes are jokingly easy, so if I'm ever tired, I can get plenty of sleep during the school day. I can finally drive so my Social Life has levelled up quite a bit (Minecraft just opened itself, wtf?). The car I drive, which technically is my parents but is basically mine, is a 1993 Saturn without any air conditioning, so it sucks to drive in the summer. Plus it's kind of falling apart anyway.
I've decided I want to go to Baylor University and major in Mechanical Engineering. It was a tough choice since music is my passion, but since I play euphonium, I wouldn't be able to get a job at all... So I had to choose being able to have a job, instead of doing what I love. I'm still going to be in the marching band and stuff though. I want to start recording myself playing some video game/movie music on my euphonium to post here, so I can actually do something productive for once. Oh, and I managed to get a 34 on the ACT, so that covers up my not-so-great GPA. Taking that test really saved me.
Over the fall, I only played 2 games: TF2 and Minecraft. School, friends, and music kept me busy enough. Now that break's started, I'm playing my 360 some more. Feels great. If you don't have me added on Steam/Xbox live, add me; Kamira929. We should have some more 64D TF2 days :D
It's weird, Minecraft just isn't any fun to me at all. Maybe it's because the server's full blown creative, or just all the time I've put into it. I still have a bit of fun doing single player, but I doubt I'll be on the server much anymore.
I don't think I'll ever open up GM again. Programming just isn't my thing. I kinda wish it was.
Tried to condense this blog to avoid making a giant wall of text that gets tl;dr'd like I normally do. Also, Ross is a jerk.
Edit: Forgot to mention, I met Pounce4ever at a band competition a couple months ago. She's pretty cool.
Disease and stuff.
Posted on August 12, 2011 at 21:21
Basically since very early Thursday morning I've had this stomach virus, so I haven't been able to eat for 2 days now. Fortunately it makes it so I'm not hungry, but the other symptoms are annoying. I'm basically living off of Kool-aid now, but I think I should be able to eat in an hour or so.
Anyway, I was a junior and I'm about to be a senior. So many of my friends were seniors so now they've graduated and I don't see them much, so that kind of sucks. These past couple of months I've tried to stray away from video games and focus more on having a social life, and it's weird because ever since video games seem pretty boring to me with few exceptions. So, days like these where I can't hang out with friends kind of suck.
The way I've thought has also changed these past couple months. I used to be really pessimistic and nothing much made me happy, but now I'm pretty optimistic (at least most of the time). Like now, I'm sick and bored and tired but all I really think about is how awesome having a diet of Kool-aid is and how I'm probably going to go to Cici's and eat until I explode once I'm better.
Back in June I went to Washington, D.C. It was cool, but not worth the lengthy trip or time spent. The only thing to do at the hotel was play Conduit, and that wasn't that great because I really hate Wii FPS's. D.C. has really cool squirrels though, they're practically tame, I got about 4 inches away from one. Then, a couple weeks ago, I went on a mission trip (local) and that was a ton of fun, I met a lot of new people.
Band camp started last week, the first week we had three-a-days, which is basically outside marching at 8-11:30, inside playing music 1-4:30, and back outside 7-9. Here in Texas, it's pretty much above 100 degrees every day so being outside isn't very pleasant, but after so much you actually get used to it. Also, ever since I became section leader, I get yelled at for pretty much everything I do. If I'm talking during practice and so are a couple people around me, I get yelled at, but they won't normally. It's very annoying.
I'm pretty much bored of Minecraft now, especially since we can't keep a consistent style of server (creative, survival, whatever). Really, the only game I ever play is Team Fortress 2, so you should add me on Steam, I'm Kamira929.
Sorry that this blog is kind of oddly fragmented, I have troubles concentrating because of being sick, and so some of the wording might be kind of weird.
I won a bee! Wanna be I?
Posted on May 11, 2011 at 21:47
Even though I has golden bee from Link to the Past, probably not. Boring year for me [/fad]
Don't have too much to say, not much ever really happens >_>
This year's been pretty dull, with the exception of January. Lot of fun band trips, especially this one where about 12 of us went on a weekend trip to play the fight song twice for the cheerleaders for their competition, so the rest of the weekend was spent having fun. We brought an xbox and all sat around and watched/played Halo, CoD, and Left 4 Dead 2. Band director ordered some pizza and then he decided to play some xbox, which was rather hilarious (lost horribly).
Other than that, school's been pretty standard. I've had a ton of free time because there's hardly any homework now, and most of it I finish in class. Apparently I'm good at chemistry because in AP Chemistry I don't pay attention all the time or study, and yet I normally get the highest scores on the tests (and there's a couple people in the top 10 in that class- I'm in the top 25%...) so, I have no clue how that happened. I'm sad because I would've aimed for a 5 on the AP test but it was much harder than the practice tests, oh well.
All this free time makes me bored. I hang out with people more often but normally they're busy, xbox isn't as fun as it used to be and Kabob is almost always on the good laptop, so I'm stuck with just my horrible 6 and a half year old computer. I'd be fine with playing low-settings Minecraft but I get about 15-30 second ping, but that should be fixed in 1.6. Probably not though. I recently finished my roller coaster, it's in Six Flags Over Melton Sea. Uh... Everything else I've done is relatively pointless, except making my house look better. I'd make more tunnels/expand existing tunnels but teleporting destroys the purpose.
I kinda want to get back into gamemaker, recently I concepted the co-op mode. Too bad I'm lazy and inexperienced.
Yeah, didn't have much to say.
Went places in January
Someone should buy Kabob a new laptop so I can use the family laptop. Or just, you know, buy me one.
An idiosyncratic juxtaposition of diction
Posted on December 28, 2010 at 17:01
I actually blogged twice this year. Yay.
Was pretty good this year, I got:
-A 32 GB 4th generation itouch w/headphones and a case
-Mass Effect 2 (for 360)
-Guitar Hero Aerosmith (360) (Yet I still don't have a working guitar. huh...)
-2 Guitar stands, 1 for my real guitar and another for my nonexistant working GH guitar >_>
-Flashlight (just like everyone else)
-Logitech wireless mouse, with invisible laser and a forward and backward button on the side
-Candeh, specifically Sunkist candy from Kabob799
Kinda wish I had gotten some upgrades for my computer (mouse doesn't count =p) but oh well.
Is really fun, there's not much else I can say about it that no one else hasn't. Right now I'm working on Six Flags over Melton Sea, the first amusement park in the server, located from either the Skyway or from the top story of my house/tower/skyscraper/whatever. Only has 3 rides right now; a diving board from above cloud level into the water, and 2 colluseums- it's one of those things where you're on a narrow ledge and you try to knock the other player off. One is above land, and so losing means death, while the other is above water is safe. There's a chest that you can put rewards for the winner in, and there's 2 storage chests for both players. Right now, I'm working on the water slide, which will feature a 1:1 slope downwards from cloud level to bedrock, then a water fall back up, and it'll reset. After that I'll work on a very fast minecart merry go round, and then a massive roller coaster. If you have any suggestions, just comment =p.
My only other major project is Underspawn, which links My mine, Spawn island, Trinity, Rune, and Melton. If you want me to dig a tunnel, just ask.
I quit project Top Down, and probably gml forever, though I might give the idea to Ross. Programming just isn't my strength.
Not only did I make UIL Region band this year, but I get to try out at Area (because I was in the top 2 chairs for my instrument =D) but I probably won't make it past that because you have to be a prodigy to make it any further. I don't have anything else to say about school this year other than I like having 4th period off, I only have to be at school for 5 and a half hours a day, so 180 less hours of school this year for me than most people.
Anyway, I probably won't blog again for 6 months because I never have anything to blog about.
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