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2016-07-22 10:54:33 by Nav

Don't tell anyone it's me, but I'm gonna be posting some music (weekly?) @ -- check it out!


2015-03-23 02:32:22 by Nav

what's new?

San Francisco!

I'm interning here for a few months. Come say hello if you want.


2013-05-25 16:36:44 by Nav

I might be making some more music soon. Currently working on getting my samples in order. Stay tuned. Tossed up some backlog for now that had been sitting on my Soundcloud page...

Also, I'm living in Manhattan for the summer :) If I know you from way back when, drop me a line and we can grab lunch/dinner sometime.

A Little Bit of Inspiration...

2012-10-15 12:08:55 by Nav

Just finishing up a sound recording class, half semester. It was a fairly good class, but one thing still sticks out in my memory as one of the more inspiring lessons from the time period.

Our professor is a relatively old guy, been recording since the 70s. However, he knows people in the area. So, he brought in a young rising rap artist (freshly signed to a major after years of being underground) and his "posse," which included a semi-famous DJ from the Atlanta area who'd been doing it for 20 years.

Our professor also requested that students bring in beats to show them. I, of course, had nothing, but I knew I could have made something if I had really wanted to.

I ended up chatting a little bit with the DJ about old records and sampling and turntables and whatnot, and the rapper did some impressive freestyle over the beats that the students had brought in. And I kept thinking to myself "...I could do that. I could do that no problem..."

That night, after I returned from the class, I dug for some samples, started 2 new projects and revived an older project. I've felt a lot better about producing since then. I don't think I'll ever regain that volume and burst of creative ideas that new producers get, but I should hopefully be able to produce a steady stream of stuff for a while.

Learning guitar has certainly helped me understand a few things. First of all, it doesn't have to be perfect. When I'm practicing, sometimes I mess up. That's okay. It's okay in production too. If the mix is a little off, no big deal. What matters is the whole. Second, I've been learning a lot more theory that I wish I had known a while ago. Chord shapes (which I was already somewhat familiar with), scales, etc. It's definitely helping my production abilities.

The track I submitted today is just a little thing I tossed together in a few hours. Not one of the projects I started that night a few weeks ago. But the ideas is for me to get back on my feet when it comes to producing. I think I'm headed in the right direction. Thanks for reading :)

EDIT: New track, this time not on Newgrounds - -outer-space

Learning Guitar

2012-08-26 22:29:05 by Nav

Progress is slow. Getting there, though.

My Top Albums Of All Time (Subject to Change)

2012-02-08 00:42:38 by Nav
Updated ime/134636

There it is. I'm going to change it as my tastes change, and it doesn't include electronic music that I like, just rock/pop/jazz albums.

It's in order with blurbs about each item.

Enjoy! :) This should give you a bit of insight on what I've been checking out these past few months.

I guess I'll start submitting what's left...

2012-02-01 11:47:22 by Nav

Hey guys.

I know I haven't submitted music in a long while. That's about to change.

I'm going to submit a number of things that are unfinished (but pretty damn close), or that I was saving for an EP project of mine that never got off the ground.

I've put up 2 today, 2 are planned for tomorrow, and I hope to keep submitting at a decent pace after that.

This happened because I read this article, a transcript of an interview with Brian Eno. He's a man whom I respect greatly. One of the things he said in this article struck me, right at the end:

If you could email your 20-year-old self about what was ahead, what would you tell him? Or would you tell him nothing and just let him get on with it?

I think I'd say, "Put out as much as you can. It doesn't do anything sitting on a shelf." My feeling is that a work has little value until you "release" it, until you liberate it from yourself and your excuses for it - "It's not quite finished yet," "The mix will make all the difference," etc. Until you see it out there in the world along with everything else, you don't really know what it is or what to think of it, so it's of no use to you.

Hopefully, by doing this, I can liberate all the past music from my head and I can move on and be a better producer.

Thanks for reading :) Enjoy the music.

EDIT: 2 more songs up. This means every song that I had planned for the Loosely Fitting Dirty Socks EP is now up. Hopefully I can find more junk to upload tomorrow.

Hi, where's the music?

2011-10-07 18:59:38 by Nav

The music is somewhere else. Supposedly, taking a break gives you inspiration. My audio equipment is now the best it has ever been. I have all the tools. But no music is coming. Maybe if I sit down and try hard enough...?

Music tastes are changing to. I've gotten into a lot of psychedelic pop/rock from the late 60s and early 70s. So I'm spending my time listening and doing a lot of work, seeing as I'm in college and whatnot.

So yeah. Feel free to send me an AIM, I'd love to chat with some of you who I haven't spoken to in ages. Maybe that'll help me get back into things. But for now, my creativity is at an all-time low. :(

Other than that and the part about having lots of schoolwork and long distance relationship, life is pretty swell. Attached is a picture of me setup. Speakers: Tannoy PBM-6.5. Amp: Pioneer SX-727. Turntable: Technics SL-1200M3D. Needle: Shure M44G. Subwoofer: idk but it's powered and mono and 45W and is good enough for me. Though I had to build a stereo to mono crossover/resistor network to get it working without the stray voltage (from the stereo to mono conversion) kicking in my amp's protection circuit.

Hi, where's the music?

Nav - Loosely Fitting Dirty Socks EP

2011-05-08 00:53:14 by Nav

It's coming. Keep on the lookout for it. It'll have a longer version of Respiration and a few things none of y'all have heard yet.

Will likely be 4-5 tracks long (hoping for 5), and released on the Torrentech netlabel under a Creative Commons license.

Keep an eye on this page! :)

Unrelated Footnote: Going to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA starting this August for Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Nav - Loosely Fitting Dirty Socks EP