These are my last days in my home studio in Chisinau. Establishing myself in Cambridge will take time and probably after several months I’ll receive there only the MIDI keyboard, and the sound card plus the microphone. During this time I don’t think I’ll be able to write much music. In Cambridge probably I’ll change my workflow, and also the software and the platform. I need a high quality strings sample library, good reverb, and other better quality DSP. Due to this, there is a need to change a lot, also the DAW and the platform unfortunately.
Sine I have made an upgrade of my Geontime Studio with a more powerful computer, I started to install all the configuration and software that I need for composing music in GNU/Linux (Debian). I want to reach a stable configuration for my workflow for at least the 6 next months, when to concentrate only on music. I have compiled Ardour from the repository and the rest of the basing plugins I use, and other software. But not everything goes well from the beginning, and something is crashing here and there. The last week I made a crash fix for Yoshimi synth and today for Calf plugin, and they were merged into the master. Now probably I am closer to my stable workflow, and can continue the mix for the piece I am working.
Yoshimi is a software synthesizer, and since it has also a LV2 plugin I started to use it now in Ardour. Ardour warned me once that I need to increase the maximum locked memory, but I ignored this. Working on my new piece, and adding new tracks with Yoshimi as an instrument, the Ardour started to crash. Studying a little the crash with GDB I found that it comes from Yoshimi. Cloned the Yoshimi repository, and fixed the crash and made a commit to the project. At least Yoshimi will not crash Ardour if there is not enough memory to lock.
Now I’ve seen that my contribution was accepted. I am happy twice. 🙂 The work on the piece can continue, and soon I will start the mixing phase.
This is how you are becoming addicted by GNU/Linux and free software. You want a viola in a track, qsample crashes when you want to load SF2 instruments… you download the latest code of qsample, and it doesn’t compile… than you comment some lines of C++ code in qsample that gives errors, but you don’t think this will affect sf2… so you compile, run, load the instrument… and your track is playing the viola… and you are happy! That’s a real composition. #music #freesoftware
Until now my workflow was LMMS->Ardour. Than I updated Debian and LMMS (repo version) started to crash. I thought It was due to some plugins, but not. I have compiled the new version of LMMS, but it doesn’t compile the ZynAddSubFx plugin. Anyway I had plans to move completely to Ardour.
Now I succeeded to compile Yoshimi as a LV2 plugin, so, I have started to work on a new idea purely in Ardour.
Here are my main thoughts about Ardour MIDI editing:
- Sometimes the first note of a region is not played.
- Transition, for example, from one chord to another often the previous chord is still played and clashes with the current cord (it may be from the synthesizer, but I don know).
- Note dynamics (velocity) is visible only by color nuances. That is not so practical. Not event saying that there are a lot of people with dichromacy.
- I think piano roll is the right thing, and there are other issues regarding MIDI, but I’ll see if my experience will change after some pieces created.
LMMS community released the 4th album that includes 26 best pieces from the 2017 LMMS competition. My piece “Tomorrow” was selected among these pieces. Here you can listen the album.
LMMS is a sequencer developed by LMMS community, and I am using it to compose my music.
“Once Upon A Spring” is my new piece, where I depicted a story that happened many years ago… I was nostalgic. It is not chillout, it is similar to my piece “A Summer Day”.
The track “One Upon A Spring” is released under the license CC-BY 4.0.
Original cover image “Blossom”, by Vladimir Kud, license CC-BY 2.0
I have decided to change the name under which I am publishing my composed music. Iurie is my real name, but I would like one not to be tied directly to my person, I don’t feel comfortable with this. I am not going to hide myself too much, but I think this is better.
The last week I released my new chillout piece “I Know”. The inspiration came from a person I know, and who wanted to change its own life by taking an unknown and risky path. I don’t know if I will see this person again… I hope she is ok now.
I worked about 3-4 weeks on this piece, and in the first and the second part I tried to add a kind of sensuality and sadness. In the last part I tried to add a piece of optimism with a little fear before goodbye.
You can download this piece from my site in OGG format (256 kbit/s). Other formats, including formats like WAVE and FLAC can be downloaded from Bandcamp.
I hope you’ll enjoy my music. 🙂