Busy, busy, busy. I've got lots to say but no time to say it. Again, I have barely logged into Eve but this is entirely due to doing Eve things out of game. I did manage to catch the end of the Sarum Prime Drifter Incursion. Well done CCP for doing that. My Vigil Lore ambulance chaser was ideal for the job so pleased about that.
The out of game activities revolve around a couple of music projects I somehow got involved in. Both are quite challenging for different reasons. One is a very specific piece and it imposes quite a lot of creative constraints. This is not a bad thing. You have a target to aim at and an expectation to meet. So while you don't have to worry about developing an idea you do have to be disciplined in its execution.
The other piece is completely different. Essentially a blank sheet. A sort of "Go ahead and do something Luobote". So the struggle here is getting an idea to run with. This is always hard and inevitably a few attempts get binned after the good night's sleep test. The killer vibe can turn into a "What the hell were you thinking!" in the cold light of day. Once I get something that seems viable the rest tends to follow quite naturally. I think I have reached that point now with this piece (but it is a bit left-field so we shall see). In theory it is now just a matter of filling in the spaces.
Its quite good skipping between the two and it has consumed most of my spare time. Quite what the clients will think of them I am not sure. But if they think they are half decent then likely you will get a chance to listen to them too. I really enjoy doing this regardless of the outcome. Attempting to be creative in a game of destruction just appeals. But I also get to meet people across the game who I wouldn't necessarily come across.
I have been asked a couple of times about the equipment I use. Hardware is just a Window's laptop with some medium priced ear-buds that seem to have a fairly flat response. I wish I had a man cave but domestic erm.. pressures ensure that is never going to be a realistic possibility. The software I use primarily is Reason 8. It's not the go to choice for a lot of musicians but I really like the workflow. I used to work in an 8 track reel to reel studio a long time ago. Anyone who has done that will get why I use Reason. For vocals I sometimes use Melodyn. I am not entirely happy with Melodyn but I haven't come across something that is as quick and easy to use that doesn't involve a mortgage.
Anyway once I have got those pieces done I will hopefully be clambering back into my spaceships in what will then be a post FozzieSov world