Ready to Downsize

I wrote in my post Having Enough that I would need to find the passion for downsizing before I would be ready to do so. I’ve finally reached that point as I’m losing interest in some of my other passions and gaining interest in living with only as much as I need.

I’ve done some precursory sorting of items, which has influenced further downsizing. It’s shown me that I have far too much unnecessary stuff and there’s no way I’ll need a great deal of the things I have.

The first (and easiest) thing to get rid of will be all the paper materials. I have lots of old notes, envelopes, and loose papers that either serve no purpose or could be converted into document files. Once that conversion is done, I’ll shred said paper materials. Shredding is something I enjoy doing because it’s a very tangible representation of removing extraneous things.

I’ve also researched some places online that seem to be good sources for getting rid of media: Decluttr for CDs, DVDs, and more recent games and BookScouter for books. Decluttr is especially useful, because I overbought some of the CDs made for Concatenation releases, and I can sell them roughly at cost. In a pinch, I can give things away to a thrift store of my choosing.

I plan on downsizing even beyond that, but I’ve got to take things one step at a time, or else I’ll get overwhelmed and put off downsizing even more than I already have. Paper first, then media, then who knows.

I’m not getting any younger and I’d like to not worry about excess as I grow older.

Ambience in F Sharp Major, Op. 2

I finished this piece a week ahead of schedule because I had Sunday off from the brewery, so I spent a majority of the day piecing the rest of it together.

I kept the 3400 second framework (plus one second of silence at the end) from Opus 1, but there are a few differences from that piece.

For instance, I used six different instrument voices instead of just one, which makes the piece more dynamic. I also wrote sections of varying lengths and stretched them accordingly, instead of writing each section the same length.

I had to reign in the high-octave range because I got some grating tracks that didn’t mesh at all with the rest of the piece. To prevent that from happening again, I’m setting a basic octave framework (a four octave range) and going from there.

There’s not much else to say about the piece, except that I hope you enjoy it!