Revisiting Roots

Now that my 27th batch of homebrew (a wild blackberry lambic) has been brewed, I figured I’d take the opportunity to write about how I’m intertwining the action of revisiting my roots with developing my new musical project.

I’ve been a gamer for over 25 years now, but my enjoyment of gaming has dwindled a fair deal in recent months. I’ve had my Super Nintendo hooked up recently and have enjoyed gaming on it, but after losing a saved game that I’d put quite a bit of time into, I’ve somewhat soured on the system.

As of today, I unhooked the Super Nintendo and hooked up the first console I ever played – the Nintendo Entertainment System – because it made sense to.

It made sense because I’ve spent the last few days listening to a great deal of NSF (NES Sound Format) files for inspiration towards my new project, and the name of the project itself is based off a NES game. I also plan to do short albums of NES covers, in which I hope to do justice to the source material.

As an aside, if anyone’s interested in listening to those classic NES tunes, the music files are here and the NSF player is here.

Of course, the songs for the project won’t all be video game covers, but I figure doing a short album of covers and then doing a longer album of originals will be a good way to better acquaint myself with the elements of the project.

I know I wrote at some point that I was going to stick with singles for my projects, but I know I can make albums now without the process being as all-encompassing as it was before (which removed the desire to create albums in the recent past).

With the administrative side of the project squared away, it’s time to get to work!

Shifting Priorities

After spending the last three days working 10+ hour days brewing at Outlander, I realize it’s time to shift some of my personal priorities and get rid of others.

Obviously, I won’t be blogging as much. Time is too short and a lot more of my mind is focused on how I can help the head brewer fine-tune the brewing process, increase efficiency, and make even better beer.

A good majority of the rest of my mental focus is being put into the project I spoke of in The Music Bug. The musical concepts have mostly come together, but I still need to figure out the artwork, the project name, and the naming conventions.

As for my other musical projects, I’m putting them on the back burner for now. It takes quite a bit of time to create the ambience pieces and the Memoritronic pieces are overlapping a fair amount with the new project.

I’m still making time for cleaning, as some old long-term goals that are resurfacing require me to do so. It’s going to be a while before those goals are achieved, so cleaning is definitely a lower priority.

The occasional homebrew day will happen when the time is right, but that’s not as much a priority because of brewing professionally, along with the fact that I have lots of homebrew left over from old batches that still needs to be consumed.

Basically, I’m still trying to figure everything out and adapt to my new schedule so I can still pursue the things important to me.