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drawing: camping

June 16, 2019

camping_by_al_lau

I did a cartoon drawing of camping for my friend’s birthday card. We used to camp together in great locations such as Cape Cod and Cape May. Unfortunately, he moved away which makes it more difficult to plan a trip. But alas, I still love to go camping. My most recent camping trip is to upstate New York. I have the chance to cook on the portable stove, tour a small town, do some canoe fishing and simply breathe the fresh air. If you like the outdoors and camping, check out my short video .  What is your favorite thing to do when camping? Let me know :)

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music: space vampire

May 4, 2009

music_waveform

My new song, Space Vampire is available for your listening pleasure on Indaba Music.  For music equipment, I used an old Yamaha as a MIDI keyboard controller, a Roland MV-30 sound board/sequencer (which uses floppy disks), my MacBook Pro and lots of wires scattered across the living room.  The composition is entered for the PBS Music Instinct contest.  I submitted it just in time, on the afternoon of the deadline.  Part of the fun is seeing how different each musician interprets the material.

The following sound effects were used (provided for download by PBS):
– yes and no
– car starting
– cheerleaders
– thunder with heavy rain
– train crossing bell
– ferry boat horns
– wind chimes
– pile crusher
– swarm of flies
– rumble low frequency

Update: I know it’s not going to win.  I guess I should be glad that it is in the top 50.

Update 2: Oh cool.  I did better than I thought.  30th place.

Peter Schilling’s song “Major Tom (Coming Home)” was hot back then, and it is still hot now. His song is covered by Shiny Toy Guns in the latest Lincoln commercial.

Update: The full song is now available as a free mp3 download on the Lincoln website.  Thanks Lincoln!

Update #2: It’s no longer available for free.  Oh well.  But now, you can purchase it on iTunes.

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