This song of mine "Somewhere" isn't as popular as "I need to see" but I love it so much more for some reason.

soundcloud.com/compact-joy/som

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So @coda and I did a jam last night, and this song came out of it. It's just a simple loop for now, but FUCK: soundcloud.com/compact-joy/the

While doing jamming, I was enjoying what I was doing, but I felt like I only had a few tricks up my sleeve to make things sound nice.

I really want to get better at two handed playing and gaining more knowledge about how to switch between keys/chords. I know a few things, but I stick to C major and A minor a lot for obvious reasons. Gotta streeeetch myself again.

Time to go back to keyboard class?

Tried working on my depressing sad song last night, and I just can't get the lyrics to come out. The song in my head seems confused about what it is and won't stay focused enough to make sense.

So after about an hour of trying to work out lyrics to it, I gave up and wrote a random bouncy happy thing, then just did some jamming on my seaboard for a while.

Listening to my latest song after coming back from the cruise, it's really hitting me that I really really like this one. It's probably my favorite yet!

soundcloud.com/compact-joy/som

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I've been super anxious about the singing on this one because it was super hard to sing, but I'm feeling better and better about it as a few days pass since I put it out: soundcloud.com/compact-joy/som

My new track is finished! soundcloud.com/compact-joy/som

Super Audio Cart! Singing! My first time doing harmonies! Aaaaah!

Given the reaction I've been seeing to these songs, after I have like 8 or so songs for this playlist (soundcloud.com/compact-joy/set) I might release it as an album with a little extra polish and help from some music friends.

I'm working on song 5 now.

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It's really interesting to listen to music and start hearing some of the same patterns and choices I've made being repeated in various ways.

My current struggle is trying to figure how to make a B section of a song sound different but not TOO different.

I did all this setup during the first 3 months after I started to learn music. Basically summer of 2017. I haven't changed it much since then, though I didn't do a lot of music in 2018.

The only thing I struggle with are plugins. Mac and Windows do them very differently, so it can be a bit of a PITA to work with that.

The portable setup fits entirely in my backpack, and I can take it anywhere. I've gone hiking with my portable setup and made some music in the woods and stuff.

The way I have this setup, it gives me roughly the same functionality in either situation. Both the portable and desktop setups have similar functionality. The desktop has more space and more functionality, but most of what I use from it is available in the portable setup.

I'm really happy about my general music setup.

Desktop Setup:
1) My "Lunch Box" desktop computer w/ 2 monitors, 1 4k, 1 1080p
2) Roli Seaboard Rise 49
3) Alesis V61 Keyboard
4) Ableton Push v1
5) beyerdynamic DT 990 Headphones

Portable Setup:
1) My 5 year old Macbook Pro
2) Roli Seaboard Block
3) Akai Pro LPK25 Wireless
4) Akai MPD218
5) Novation Mk2 Launchpad Mini
6) beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones

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