Archive for the Music Category

Somebody’s Watching Me

Posted in Art, Music, Photos with tags , , , , on November 9, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Been quite busy lately and haven’t been around the homestead much, to the chagrin of stella,  but I am very much alive and well.  There will be more fall pictures soon.

Back in the Day (Not a Kid Anymore)

Posted in Art, Hip Hop, Photos with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2010 by trapperKeeper

but some days i sit and wish i was kid again

Deadly Trio

Posted in Music, Photos with tags on October 16, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Fall Rain (The Way of the World)

Posted in Art, Funk, Music, Photos with tags , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by trapperKeeper

I’ve been talking about putting mixes together for a while.  Today, while I was working on some other tasks, I threw together a play list inspired by the rain and That’s the Way of the World (1975), a frustrating, but enjoyable film if you’re a fan of Earth Wind & Fire, Harvey Keitel, and diatribes against the music industry and commercial perversion of art.  My music collection is massive and only gets bigger, even as it gets trimmed, so I have no reason not to put more together besides sheer laziness.  Today’s didn’t take too long to put together and repetition increases efficiency.  When I get more time, I’ll start doing more than just throwing tracks together.  But with all the other things on my plate, it might be a bit before I’ll before I get too much into the audio.  Photography and video come first, but it is nice to take a music break.  Anyhow, you can check the mix out at:

Fall Rain (The Way Of The World) by Trapperkeeper on Mixcloud

  It is a funky, soulful mix with a touch of spaciness.  Enjoy, or don’t.

206 Hip Hop (Waves of the Mind)

Posted in Hip Hop, Photos with tags on August 5, 2010 by trapperKeeper

A little while back, I got out for a friend’s hip hop show to shoot some pictures.  I’m not going to use space posting them here, but you can find them on flickr ( and all my other photos.

Explosions Over Seattle

Posted in Art, Funk, Music, Photos with tags , , , , on January 5, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Happy new year.  2009 was a rough one for many.  While it wasn’t the easiest year for me, 2009 will go down as a good one.  Getting started on music production, helping out in throwing some events, and getting more seriously involved with photography were all positive building blocks.

I’ve been working more in Photoshop.  Having worked through a CS1 book once so far, I’ve already started applying the learned lessons.  Experimenting is another important aspect of any creative endeavor, including ones of the visual realm.  Lately, I’ve had a few visions, both specific and broad, about the evolution of my work.  I’m working on one piece now.

Lastly, the kaleidoscope ideas have been emphasizing colors and multiple layers.  Last night, I came across an old plug-in which I had forgotten about.  Instantly, I knew the rediscovery would bear sweet eye candy.  While delivering on the promise, unfortunately the plug-in wasn’t working properly when it came to the actual processing of the data.  I am working on remedying the situation.  Previously, I had successfully used the plug-in.  I will not be defeated for the twisted results made my eyes jump with joy.

A track that helped me out during recent Photoshop work has been Flying Lotus’s “Melt,” which you can check out here:

I’ve been listening to some of his other stuff as well as some older funk.  “Melt” is some deep, drum-driven, funk.  No other music in this post.  I’m compiling tracks for some mixes.  I’ve done similar work in the past, but those lists were lost when I switched over to MediaMonkey.  For a while, I wasn’t listening to a lot of music while working on the computer, but the pendulum has swung back the other way.  Check back soon for more pictures, some thoughts about photography, and a useful trick I’ve discovered for better utilizing the on camera flash.

Spill the Wine

Posted in Art, Funk, Music, Photos on December 30, 2009 by trapperKeeper

So I’ve been slacking on posting music for a while now.  In fact, I’ve been slacking on listening to music lately.  Just one of those cycles; however, it appears the cycle is over and I am back on the Funk.

Working on photo editing certainly gives me a lot of time to be going through my collection. Needed breaks away from the world of Photoshop should make music posts fairly easy to squeeze in.  I am a little under the weather today.  Santa is a fat jerk for bringing me a cold.  I think this may be the first time I’ve been sick all year.   My immune system has been on top of its’ game even more than usual considering the environment I work in and relying on public transportation. Now that the solstice has passed, the days have grown longer and my spirit feels refreshed.  Over the previous three months, I accomplished a decent amount.  Now that I have figured out a path and taken preliminary steps down it, I need to work on self-discipline, so I can really get down to work.

One of the albums I enjoyed the other day while working on these pieces was The Isley Brothers’ Giving It Back (1973).  Enjoy the visuals; they are getting honed and new programs should be added soon. Looking back at the progress I’ve made in only a year, I feel that my five year plan is actually feasible.  Enough for today.  Enjoy the images and music.

Christmas Glow (If I give good speeches, can I have a peace prize too?)

Posted in Art, Music, Photos on December 11, 2009 by trapperKeeper

I have a new tool/toy for taking pictures, a Canon EOS T1i.

I haven’t shot much with it yet, but have tried it out and gotten intimate with the setup.  Having previously shot on a Canon, the transition up to a dSLR isn’t a big deal.  I’ve gotten through more of the photoshop book and started messing around today with the RAW editing program.

My goal is to have all my Canon Powershot photos edited and catalogued by the end of the year. Sorting through and tossing out the refuse provides a cleansing feeling.  I hate clutter, whether physical or mental.  It bugs me out.  So starting off the new year with the work of the past properly put away will allow me to endeavor forward unencumbered.  Some time away from words makes articulating a pleasant activity.  For that reason, I would like to finish up the archiving and editing project so I can get a little breather.  If things work out as planned, I should have some work editing wedding photos in the spring.  I have run out of steam and want to get some pizza dough going by early afternoon, which means vibrating bristles and sand blindness.

Here are some unedited jpegs, albeit fairly boring; however, to be fair,  I was out in the frigid cold to only to test out the camera’s abilities.

I leave you with a jam from earlier today.  The electribes have seen the majority of my creative time the past few days.  Good progress was made on developing drum sounds and practicing my playing.  Remember to pet your pets.

Bynomite (Price Check on Maxipads)

Posted in Art, hoops, Music, Photos, Pistons on December 5, 2009 by trapperKeeper

I enjoyed a Piston victory, old friends’ company, and a slippery walk home.  After getting home,  I went through a few photos, played on the boxes for a little, and gave Stella some attention.  I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the boxes.  Slowly, I am getting there.  My soundcard isn’t performing terribly well, so I apologize for the sound being off.  This is only a jam, but one with ripe fruit for plucking.

The above image is from the great Detroit Pistons’ blog

Playing w/ Boxes & Tweaking Knobs

Posted in Music on October 31, 2009 by trapperKeeper

Here are some recent sonic experiments.  They are still raw, but they were recorded live.  I am still working on properly integrating the electribes into ableton.  For now, I feel it is more important to work out the sounds, write patterns, and practice those patterns.  Things are coming together.  Baby steps.