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Posted by frootza - 2 weeks ago
Just wanted to let you know I am healing up quite well... Slowly, but surely!
I am still growing, upper/lower body condition, I need to create mobility for myself with a cane, different conditions are healing up. Even now, this is physical therapy for me. So thank you for being there, and being here as I jump through this process.
Posted by frootza - 3 weeks ago
Hey guys, so I have made a new "secret" radio station, as a bit of Physical Therapy for myself called "Bearly Radio" it is on twitch, and I will link everyone soon enough, in the mean time I'd like you to join me here--on Mixer before it gets taken down.
Here is the Mixer!
Feel free to add me on Xbox too at "Murph Playz" *a space not an underscore^
Posted by frootza - 1 month ago
Some may have heard, some may have not. A few weeks ago I had...
-Paralysis of the lower half of my body
-Broken neck, hands, arms, knees etc.
I won't get into why, but on my end--completely non violent. I am safe and secure at home, can play guitar slowly again.
Rushed to the hospital, a local brilliant hospital I was observed by a team of medical professionals that knew something had to be done.
I am healing, bit by bit by but. 2%, every day. It doesn't matter.
For more info? Just message me, add me or anything you would like
Tom, thank you for helping me indirectly recover here, and the... <MI> assistance. The Direct messages that went back and forth should be a big help at putting the pieces together.
My head is still a bit foggy? But I'm doing alright. I love everyone here, if you hate what I do, love what I do, it doesn't matter. We're here to create BEAUTIFUL things. That is what we do. Everything. By Everyone.
I need to eat, but I hope this covered a bit.
Nothing but love,
-Frootza/Murph (I am no longer hiding behind my alias)
https://www.saintclares.com/Our-Locations/Saint-Clares-Denville-Hospital.aspx More info on the hospital in the link above. My heart goes out to the entire global team who helped me get through this.
Posted by frootza - August 31st, 2015
Take a Break
That is my advice, truly. If you are writing non stop, and reach a creative block, it is, in my opinion, your brain's way of telling you to slow down so it can rewire itself.
Go outside, and just ponder music. You will find inspiration in the strangest of places. Quick example...
I was writing some music with my drummer at his place. We took a break to just sit and think. I listened to his fan banging rapidly against his dresser and it had a fast tempo and unique rhythm. So, we decided to run with it and came up with some tasty music.
So, in summary, don't forget to take breaks, you will let your brain refocus when you go to compose again.
Detailed posts arriving shortly, hang tight guys!
Posted by frootza - July 1st, 2015
Composition Advice (#4)
Karnatic Rhythmic Subdivision ***
Karnatic subdivision is a really interesting concept to delve into. I first heard this kind of music when I would listen to artists like Ravi Shankar, and first seen it live when I went to a Diwali festival with an unbelievable Sitar and Tabla player who were writing their own music and playing some classical standards too.
Karnatic Subdivision is found in Classical music in Southern India. What fascinates me about it, well one of the things anyway, is how they can seamlessly transition between these very intricate time changes. I'm going to attempt to explain this as simply as I know how, though I might expand on this later with notation *Yoink, I did, it's at the bottom! *
You can also include KS in Western music! It isn't restricted to that region, and certain artists have began implementing these rhythmic techniques into their playing.
You have probably heard of a triplet, sextupet, nontuplet even. This, in it's most basic sense, is what karnatic subdivision is. In fact, if you look at a Whole Note, you have probably heard a whole note like this. Speaking in 4/4 time.
Whole Note: 4 Beats
Quarter Note Expressed:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Simple right? It isn't as hard as you would think, but counting it can get very difficult.
*This simple form of subdivision is referred to as Chatusra*
My point being is that when we begin so subdivide beyond this, it starts to look a little bit different. To elaborate...
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -
This is the basic triplet illustrated textually, where each set of three (123) is linked to 1, 2, 3 and 4 (beats) respectively. *This is known as a Tisra in Karnatic music*
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -
This would be a quintuplet. Again, the subdivision going to the quarter notes. *This is called the Khanda in Karnatic music.*
*Misra is 7
Sankirna is 9
Tisra second speed is 6
Chatusra is four
Chatusra half speed is 2
Chatusra second speed is 8*
In order to start implementing this into your own musical writing and playing, it might be a good idea to practice counting these subdivisions to a metronome, as slowly as possible at first. The reason being is because you need to be able to feel the subdivisions of the beat, as they aren't going to be handed out to you like they usually are with a metronome or a drummer.
BEYOND the basic subdivision, are the permutations of the beats themselves. By that I mean, you can still count the subdivision, but it doesn't mean that your notes must fall on the subdivision since you can rest, and play with the note order while still subdividing the beat.
I'm not an expert on Karnatic musicby any stretch (yet!), as I've just discovered it recently and have began studying it recently as well. But, I do hope that you found this read interesting and may consider implementing some of these concepts into your own writing as well.
Take care! I'm going to be including a quick illustration of KS at the bottom, or somewhere in this newspost for you guys to peruse. Later I might delve into sequencing KS (which can be tricky), but as I was writing this I thought it would be more useful to explain these concepts first. Enjoy, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. This is not a subject that can be so easily glanced over in my opinion, and takes time to understand and implement into your own playing and writing.
Pretty cool example of some of this stuff being utilized in a jazz-improvisational format.