Of Driving, Relaxation, and Ambience
I’m not quite sure what to write about this morning. I find myself in my old bedroom at my folks’ house on a foggy August morning, Barkie on my lap while I type, assessing the events that have occurred since my last post.
I’m waiting it out here for a bit before I have to go get my car tested for emissions, then hopefully it will pass (it should) and I can go get my tabs (then go to work).
It’s only been about two years since I’ve had my car and only a slight bit longer than that since I got my driver’s license, and those two things have certainly opened up the amount of experiences I’ve had since then.
I’ve lost count of the amount of road trips and day trips going here, there, and everywhere around Western Washington and Western Oregon (anywhere there’s tasty beer), but the experiences have all been memorable in some way.
As for the events of the weekend, Outlander had its 7th anniversary this weekend and it was fun! I brought out some barrel-aged beers and sours for the event, and the Nacho Mama’s (Chris and Sandra) came out to celebrate with my girlfriend and I.
The four of us also went tubing down the Snoqualmie River yesterday, and we were on the river for a good 4 1/2 hours. It was nice and mostly relaxing, save for the times we hit the rapids, which were definitely exciting!
Even with all that activity, I found some time to start piecing together my next album, Jibakurei_01. I’ve got the foundations for four of the seventeen tracks started and I should be able to do something with all 65 parts that remain to be integrated, whether that means putting them in a piece, or running them through Audiobulb Ambient again to create something new. After that, I have another set of samples to integrate into to pieces to make the album more cohesive - there’s still more work to be done, but I’m getting there.
I’m also going back through my ambient discography from the last two+ years to get an idea for what I’m aiming for with my next album. From Darkness Comes Creation was a bit of an aberration (hello 30-minute pieces), but that was the album I needed to make at the time I made it.
Jibakurei_01 is going to be more in the vein of Altered Sun and Harbingers Rising, with pieces staying under five minutes and an attempt to keep a similar vibe between all the tracks. I can’t wait to see and hear how the album continues to unfold!