Living With Tinnitus As A Musician/Producer

Around 2006, I notice strange sensations in my right ear. “What is this?” The first time I heard it I was creating music on headphones and I was beefing up the low-end of a snare. I was receiving a weird crackling in my right ear. I said to my self, I don't remember putting an … Continue reading Living With Tinnitus As A Musician/Producer

Escape The Dream World: Comfort Is The Nemesis

Get Uncomfortable and Keep Moving Forward Stepping out of one's comfort zone can prove to be a worthwhile cause. I find the average lifestyle is lived to the level where luxury, immediate gratification, satiety and comfort take a front seat. I see the average lifestyle as decadent, thrill-seeking, lazy and of without a sense of … Continue reading Escape The Dream World: Comfort Is The Nemesis

My 5 Staples Of Weight Training

Fitness is a part of my life just as much as music. In the last 10 years or so my main focus for exercise related tasks has been primarily weight lifting. It was a process of learning the movements, building a routine and comprehending the mechanics of it all. As well, as cleaning up my diet … Continue reading My 5 Staples Of Weight Training

Self-Awareness, Phones and Posture In Modern Culture

Self-awareness via Wiki:  the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. When I see people shuffling through malls, its really weird for me when coming from the other side of town, making music slightly away from civilization, but I still notice that more … Continue reading Self-Awareness, Phones and Posture In Modern Culture

Nova Spire – 2014 In Review

It's been a great year. Filled with music, scores and collaborations from. Thank you for joining me with all my endeavors and my blog posts. 2014 Musical Highlights Gift Aesthete Klomb The High Energy Protons Replica 114 Ottawa Industrial League: Exclusive Track Things I'm looking forward to in the future, more collaborations, more art and … Continue reading Nova Spire – 2014 In Review

Epictetus: Art Of Living: Happiness Can Only Be Found Within

Often times we take the quote “Happiness Can Only Be Found Within” as a cliché, but it is brought up in discussion of how to live a good life and philosophical discussion. I think Epictetus' Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue on Happiness and Effectiveness lays it down in a simple and eloquent … Continue reading Epictetus: Art Of Living: Happiness Can Only Be Found Within

Forcing Creativity Addendum: At First It Is Difficult, But All Things Are Difficult At First

“At first it is difficult, but all things are difficult at first.” Miyamoto, Musashi. This is an addendum to my original creativity post.  "You can't force creativity" is the common mantra of artists. I say you can force it but it requires time. It is a skill to be developed like anything else. You indirectly … Continue reading Forcing Creativity Addendum: At First It Is Difficult, But All Things Are Difficult At First

How Physical Activity Can Help Moodiness

Life has it’s ups and downs. People handle it differently and it shows. Some people wallop when they are chased by waves in the storm while, others sail and coast along the wave. There can’t be much separating these kinds of people. Knowledge is perhaps the leading factor. When I say knowledge I mean knowledge … Continue reading How Physical Activity Can Help Moodiness

On Living Forever: Technology And The Infinite Artist

Writing inspiration today : Pink Floyd's - Dark Side of The Moon "I Wanna Live Forever" I’ve claimed the authentic artist wants to live forever, to be passed on in time. At first glance, it may seem egoistic, but if there’s positive value being provided I think it’s a worthy goal that should be taken up. … Continue reading On Living Forever: Technology And The Infinite Artist

Lazy People Think Fitness Is Solely For Vanity – The Real Effects Of Fitness

When you can access people’s limiting beliefs and their excuses to life you can understand someone really well. Your attitude is essential in keeping to your goals. Excuses that come out of a person a 100 miles a minute are not worth listening to. “You can’t” “You won’t” “I don’t think I can” People think … Continue reading Lazy People Think Fitness Is Solely For Vanity – The Real Effects Of Fitness

At The Grip Of An Audience: How Being Authentic Is Golden

Grip Of The Audience I wonder how many artists musical or other mediums have struggled with deciding whether or not they should pander to their audience. It's a problem because you become locked in an approval seeking, validation seeking mode. It must be horrible to be at the grips of your audience. They own you, in … Continue reading At The Grip Of An Audience: How Being Authentic Is Golden

Best Quotes From Earl Nightingale’s Strangest Secret

People like to put down the book “The Secret” - Also Known As The Law of Attraction, but if you suspend the notions of law of attraction and listen to everything apart in this lecture it is truly brilliant. Earl Nightingale distills his own view on the Law of Attraction but he still posits you … Continue reading Best Quotes From Earl Nightingale’s Strangest Secret

Time is Not For Wasting – Make The Best Of Use It

Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. If you ever had the problem of procrastination not being able to get through to the goals and activities that you wish to be done, … Continue reading Time is Not For Wasting – Make The Best Of Use It

What Is The Most Important Aspect Of Diet and Exercise

I have always had an active lifestyle. In my younger years while in elementary school I would do gymnastics on floor mats. It was on a team and we would do presentations at high-school auditoriums filled with people. I was fairly active at this time in my life. Doing all kinds of flips, round-offs etc. all learned … Continue reading What Is The Most Important Aspect Of Diet and Exercise

How To Build A Positive Identity And Have A Creative Edge

  Escape vs. Exploring  There are two ways to look at people with drive. One is a passive and the other is definitely more active. The difference between the two is expression, attitudes and having a common goal.  Escape or escapism is a very prevalent method of coping, adjusting, ignoring all of one's internal self, limitations, … Continue reading How To Build A Positive Identity And Have A Creative Edge

Do Hours Make Mastery? What Is Needed To Be A Master?

They say that you need 10,000 hours in order to develop Master. This is the notion that keeps making its mark from Gladwell's book the Tipping Point. He has since retracted his claim, retouching it as a simplified theory. I thought it was intriguing. The author Tim Ferriss in lectures he claimed that you do … Continue reading Do Hours Make Mastery? What Is Needed To Be A Master?

Getting Into A Flow State

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2498/4183278431_9e130bcda5_b.jpg I know when I’m in a flow state, through experience I get that.  I can usually tell when I have just hit it. This goes for so many different moments in life, not only making music. Yet there is a paradox of the flow state. You lose track of time. When you are done, … Continue reading Getting Into A Flow State

On Patching Your Own Synthesizer Sounds

People who create electronic music usually don't creates patches for there synthesizers. At least, that's what I have noticed as of late. I think in part it is a matter of the over saturation of edm, again. But It can also be a time consuming affair, it can be a challenge to learn, yet an … Continue reading On Patching Your Own Synthesizer Sounds

Gather Inspiration From Everywhere

A true artist can find anything compelling. Anything can be interesting. Boredom is often a term expelled by those that are boring. I'm looking at the textures of my closet door, they are rippled, white and they remind me of throwing stones into a pond, the way the waves ripple and echo. It is pleasing … Continue reading Gather Inspiration From Everywhere

How To Come Up With An Artist Name

What’s in a name? A hell of a lot. Given names affect how people perceive you, so it should not stop at an artist name. I write this tongue in cheek, but I think there should be purpose behind your artist name. An artist should get that perception is everything, so they should be inclined to … Continue reading How To Come Up With An Artist Name