In the last few years since I met my wife, every year something big has happened. That’s good, I think, to have something big happen once a year. Obviously this year (by far) it’s the birth of our (first) daughter. So that’s the big thing for 2018.
In 2017 it was getting married. I didn’t do a birthday post on January 2018 for some reason that I don’t remember at the moment, but I’m sure was very justified.
Anyway, we celebrated my 42nd birthday by going out to nature again, this time with our daughter. It was a lot of relaxed fun. Then we went out to eat and later in the evening we went to see a movie (Instant Family. Not bad.) We haven’t gone to the movies since the birth, so that was a lot of fun – to be out just the two of us.
Unfortunately after the birth I stopped working out (I switched exclusively to swimming because of some pain I had sometime during 2018.) This means I’ve been gaining weight and I’m not happy about that. Hopefully I’ll get back to at least occasionally doing something in the realm of physical activity from time to time.
I started making electronic music after getting 2 Pocket Operators as a gift, then buying another one and eventually buying the Synthstrom Deluge, all of which I enjoy playing with a lot. You can listen to my “tracks” (they’re really amateurish) on my SoundCloud tracks list. I also post them here on the blog. Making music has proven to be a wonderful new hobby for me. I really enjoy it, even if I never become actually good at it.
If you know me then you know rainy days are not my favorite – I’m a sunny day kind-of-person. But if rainy days bring you joy and peace of mind, then you are a pluviophile and there’s a new website for you, which is being maintained by a good friend of mine.
This is a presentation by my friend GL0WKiD of the new album No Tourists by The Prodigy (available on all streaming platforms). A great way to listen to the new tracks mixed along with older tracks and great commentary. Check it out.
Who knew this day would come? Our (first) daughter was born over a month ago and only now I’m writing about this. Just goes to show how invested I am in this blog :)
Seriously, though, it’s been very exhausting to have a newborn in the house. We’re still getting acclimated to the new situation, while enjoying our wonderful beautiful (I’m totally objective) child.
She just started to smile, too, which is heart melting. Getting a smile from her is like a ray of light on a cloudy day. It makes all the hard work worth it. Well.. most of the time, at least :)
I had to put aside my new endeavor of music-making for now. There’s just not enough time for it at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it in 2019. Also, I didn’t write about the new and excellent new album by The Prodigy, which I’m enjoying a lot.
Not too long ago I got a new music making device called the Synthstrom Deluge. It’s a professional portable synthesizer, sampler and sequencer. Or, as I’ve seen it described, it’s a groovebox.
My first track with the Deluge is very basic in the sense that I only used sounds from the internal (and vast) library of sounds. Also, I almost didn’t tweak any sound and just used most of them as is. I think it came out OK.
The fourth single from The Prodigy’s upcoming album, No Tourists, is out. It’s called “We Live Forever” and it’s a fresh, fast-paced rave tune that takes you back to the 90s dance days with a modern Prodigy twist.
I didn’t set out to create a Lo-fi kind of track, but after sampling a few sounds and playing around – it’s what came out. One of the most melodic tracks I ever created, and I like it (the few previous tracks weren’t so nice on the ears :)