Circuitry and Soul

Circuitry and Soul

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Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago to Ionut Mirel Udrea


Ionut, Thank you again for taking the time to listen and for the support! Cheers!

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Ionut Mirel Udrea posted over 30 days ago


Always a pleasure, my friend!


Ionut Mirel Udrea posted over 30 days ago to Circuitry and Soul


Hello Brent! I want to thank you for taking the time to listen and rate so many of my songs! I really appreciate your continuous support.
All the best to you and your wonderful music!


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Marilyn Oakley posted over 30 days ago


Thank you for rating my song and adding songs to your playlist. Appreciate.


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


Very welcome Ionut! Your music is always enjoyable!


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago to Ionut Mirel Udrea


Thank you Ionut!! I appreciate that! Happy new year man!

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Ionut Mirel Udrea posted over 30 days ago


My pleasure! HNY to u 2


Marilyn Oakley posted over 30 days ago to Circuitry and Soul


Thank you for the 5's and PL adds of several of my songs. I appreciate it very much. Have great holidays. All my best, ~M

   
 
Susan Odella posted over 30 days ago to Marilyn Oakley


Hi Marilyn - Thanks for the stars on "Sonic.." - nice of you! Susan

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Marilyn Oakley posted over 30 days ago


Very welcome, Susan. :o))


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


Thank you Marilyn for listening and for the stars & PL add!!! Cheers!


Marilyn Oakley posted over 30 days ago


You are welcome Circuitry and Soul. And TY for the PL add of my song.


Doru posted over 30 days ago to Ionut Mirel Udrea


Ionut, thank you very much for the 5-star rating on my latest song. I really appreciate you taking time to listen to my song. Best of luck in everything you do and Happy Holidays!

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Ionut Mirel Udrea posted over 30 days ago


Always a pleasure! Happy Holiday to you too!


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


Hey Ionut! Thank you for the stars and PL adds!! I appreciate that! Sorry I haven't been around much. Trying to catch up some!
Merry Christmas!!!


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


David,
thanks for the 5 star for Harlequin!! Love the new on Just Tryin' To Dance! Great Huse tune. Would you care to collaborate from time to time?


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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Hi Teri, Just occasionally I collaborate but I'm often stuck in the studio writing for various libraries! If something special comes along I will consider it


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago


Cool! If I write something I think you might could lend a hand to I will let you know. Thanks David


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago


I have a song on my page I'd like you to listen to. I wanted a pop House version. The soft mix is the original version the rock mix came after..Crazy In Love With You is the title. Also, if you wish to tackle a song about Priest abuse give a listen to Oh Father
TNF


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


Very cool and interesting music! Creative compositions and excellent production. Mood and feeling!!!


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago


You are too kind of David thanks for listening!


Ionut Mirel Udrea posted over 30 days ago to Circuitry and Soul


Hello!
I want to thank you very much for taking the time to listen and rate my new song "Steps To Your Heart". I really appreciate your continuous support. All the best to you and your wonderful music!


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Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


Very welcome Ionut! Another great work!! Excellent stylish production!!


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


Thanks for the stars David! Much appreciated! I like your recent works! Always original and entertaining music!! Brent

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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


You are welcome Brent, my only criticism would be to change the title. Get rid of the word Celtic if you are pitchin this to music libraries. They like the title to give a clue as to what the music might be. I'm sure it will get placed no matter what! Great moods you create! David


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


Yeah the title could be more descriptive. Did that before I was into sync licensing. I'll definitely give it some thought. I appreciate the feedback! Thanks David! Brent




If I gave up ten years ago I wouldn't be doing the cool stuff I've done recently. Worth considering.

It doesn't have to be about the money. Sometimes it's for your soul.

Hope you're well sir. Keep the faith.

N


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Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


You really know how to kill inspiration. Without even reviewing my music you told me I need decades more practice. I had no thoughts of giving up until you told me that. Now you want to talk to me about soul! Really? You've already done enough. Best to leave me alone now so I can deal with it. The tracks I deleted probably needed to go. Maybe they all need to go.
If you're right about my music, then it's time for me to say goodbye to Broadjam and give up on any plans of sync licensing.

Decisions, decisions.... :(


N.Jones, Protilius Productions posted over 30 days ago


Hmmm... we'll, I did preview your work, and I Myself need practice.

I've attempted to be nothing but encouraging being you

A: said you just started
B: are facing problems similar to those I have
C: I will not lie to make people feel better. I will instead show them how what they are doing shows promise.

If I could show you how I struggled I would. I can't.

I can only suggest that if you push forward... stop beating yourself over things you can't change... and stick to it.

There is nothing you can't accomplish.

Or...

You can interpret everything I've said in the worst way possible and blame me for your own choices.

Doesn't matter.

You seem to have it all figured out...

Although, if you were serious when you said you read my story, you'd already know it took me two decades of studying music to get to here.

So... my question is this.

Are you here to make money? Or are you here to do something you love?

I feel it's money... well, you're gonna be disappointed, just like I was and often "am."

If you're here to do something you love? And stay?

You're gonna learn a lot of cool stuff as you go... and maybe, make some money while you do it.

Anyhow.

Sorry to have upset you. Was trying to show you encouragement.

I was a homeless bum with Autism two decades ago.

Don't give up.

N


N.Jones, Protilius Productions posted over 30 days ago


Think of it this way.

The guy that just won the local shindig for best songwriter is telling you to "prepare yourself for the things to come."

He's also telling you that you can do this. But you need to be prepared to struggle.

I couldn't tell you how often I've cried at, raged on, and ultimately beat my machine.

Only that I have... and there were more setbacks than successes.

So.

I will tell you this instead.

"It was all worth it."

Good luck.

N


Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


Nathaniel,

I apologize for saying it that way but I was being honest too.

There must have been some kind of misunderstanding in the very beginning. In that first message, I was just saying I could relate with you about overcoming challenges in reference to your story. When I said I was going against the odds, I was just referring to being older and the time it takes to break into sync licensing. You may have thought I was thinking about giving up or something. Never! :) The next thing I knew, You were telling me how much work I need.
I appreciate you trying to help but telling me I sound like you did when you first started playing music. was not exactly encouraging even if it's true. ;) I appreciate truth, opinion and positive critique but It would have helped me some if you had given me some idea what needs attention or which track you were referring to. Now because I questioned your conclusion, you're making assumptions about me that aren't true.
I don't have simple answers for any of these things but If I don't reply, then it looks as if I'm not serious about music or something. I feel I need to try to clarify a little so the misunderstanding doesn't get any bigger. I can only try to explain where my music is coming from, why I do what I do and why I joined Broadjam.
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Sorry, I meant that I was new to sync licensing, less than a year. I've been experimenting off and on since the 70s but only started spending more time with it after 2011. Now it's mainly a MIDI keyboard, a Q-chord and home made sounds with lots of manipulation. I have limited equipment and funds so a lot of the time is spent experimenting. Sometimes long days sometimes I can't do anything for days. As you recommend, I'm practicing what I do as much as I can, when it's possible.

No, not the same challenges you've had to endure but some things have helped me to soul search, learn, grow and to change my perspective. You know how the educational system labels dyslexic students as not being not as bright. After a while you begin to question your own intelligence and so do most people around you including potential employers. Without knowing what the problem is, you're constantly questioning what's wrong with you. No one wants to learn and improve more than a dyslexic person. Being different in this way can become a lifetime of embarrassment, failure and frustration. I'm not whining about it, I'm just saying that it forces you to adapt and evolve in different ways to compensate and to fit in with society's normally accepted ways of doing things in the same way everyone else does. I've evolved into an oddball. I've spent my whole life wondering how to fix it, with no answers. Lots the students are having this same problem right now.

I'm not illiterate obviously but it takes a lot longer to articulate what my thoughts are. The words just don't flow the way they should. Recent research is now finding that dyslexic brains are physically wired differently. Not so good for reading or writing but tend to have strengths in creativity and other things. If I had only known that before I was in my 60s, it would've at least helped. I knew there was something positive because of the odd things I was able to do and understand. But how could I possibly explain it to anyone, I couldn't even understand it myself. I still don't, so it's impossible to explain to anyone else, except maybe another dyslexic person. Being like this all my life has taught me to never judge anyone because you never know what they've gone through or what they're dealing with in their life. I understand why teachers gave me failing grades and some thought I was retarded. What other conclusion could they possibly come to back then. The good side of it is that it's forced me to always have to try harder at many things and it's made my life interesting and rewarding in lots of other ways. Dyslexia is an amazing gift for those who learn how to use it.

I started down the wrong road when I was younger. Bikers always accepted me for the oddball I was. So I added motorcycles, partying, drinking, drugs, fights, crashes, trouble and more trouble. I didn't get back on track until it met my future wife and started to settle down a bit. Sometime after that I bought several old instruments and started trying to learn to play the sax, clarinet, trumpet, piano and violin while listening to 1920s and 30s music, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and all those guys. Heavily into that music for over 10 years.
Along the way I ended up with with a broken wrist, a broken elbow, a crushed vertebrae and scoliosis. Things that didn't stop me back then but now, combined with arthritis there are things my body can't do anymore. My wrist was broken in several places and now the pain prevents it from moving properly without extreme pain. I'm not whining about it, I'm just saying some things can't be improved by practicing. The arthritis in my wrist and the coordination problem make it pretty hard to play most traditional instruments now. I still have the violin but I can't play it well. I have to us a keyboard but I focus more on experimentation than playing.

Back about the time when you were homeless, I was 45 and my wife was pregnant with our second daughter when I was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma. The same thing that killed my mom. Instantly all my creativity and inspiration was gone. I felt like all my hopes and dreams in life had disappeared with one phone call. The news alone made me sick with a fear that's never really gone away. Luckily I survived the cancer and radiation treatments but the chemotherapy almost killed me and it damaged me forever, including my coordination, something you really need for playing an instrument. That particular type of chemo is also known to increase your chance of getting 4 other types of cancer, but what can you do. The first treatment sent me to the emergency room and changed me forever. 7 years later, I was still messed up from the chemo and felt like I was slowly dying. I hadn't been able to do any art for years, was in depression and slowly going downhill. I felt as if I was slowly losing my soul and once it was all gone, it would be the end. I am not religious but at that point in my life I began to pray. I needed help so badly that I started drawing little sketches of a Guardian Angels coming to save me. Very desperate and strange behavior for sure.
Not long after I did those odd drawings, a miracle happened when I accidentally heard some music of a strange Icelandic girl. That music started a change that brought me fresh inspiration and new strength. The power of musical healing helped me begin to repair my spirit, my soul and my body. I started feeling better and begin to recover faster, started to live again and to create again, but with more passion and inspiration than ever before. Even though I've never been quite the same since then, I survived the struggle and learned a lot about myself during that period. More than I can ever tell anyone.
Years later after lots of music exploration, I bought an old Q-chord to experiment with and later a MIDI keyboard. Not much but with a couple brushes and a few colors you can paint anything! I may not a traditional musician but sounds are the same as colors and shapes. They are all frequencies so I just use them in the same way to create. It's the only way I can make music happen. I practice what I do a lot. I'm devoted to my music but there are things that I have no control over.

I didn't know I was dyslexic until a few years ago. And only recently learned about the creativity connection and the other good things about it. It suddenly lifted a giant weight off my mind. For the first time in my life, all the dots of a lifetime started to connect and thousands of things begin to make sense to me. The dyslexic brain is not designed for reading or writing but for exploring, conceiving and creating, which I had already been doing my whole life. Einstein said that creation is more important than knowledge. I didn't realize that Einstein, Edison, the Wright brothers, Tesla, Da Vinci and Galileo were all dyslexic and lots of musicians are too. For the first time in my life I had confirmation that I was not alone and not stupid, only different. While It's fun to have strange abilities, there is no substitute for good reading and writing skills, I will never have those skills. I would be embarrassed to tell you how long it is taking me to try to explain all this. Even with a spellchecker it takes forever, and my (voice to text program) makes as many mistakes as I do. I have to triple check everything :( That's why I usually say very little using a computer.

At around seven years old, I was out in the back shed with a Victrola wind up record player listening to Scott Joplin's "Dipper Mouth Blues", fox trot's, Ragtime, swing music, big band, Arabic music, Chinese music, etc, and hundreds of other 78 RPM records from 1900s to the 1940s. We had a smaller Victrola wind up record player, (a big portable). I truly enjoyed listening to all that music and I'm sure it planted seeds of future musical inspiration somewhere in my brain.

In the years of collecting, I did a lot of research and even though I was mainly for identification purposes, I couldn't keep from seeing and learning a lot about World War II during the process. Over a period of time a lot of information gets stored in the brain. Some things you see, can never be forgotten and it happened too often. Eventually I realized that I had seen and learned more than I could handle. Especially when I realize how little the world has learned from the past. It's had a powerful impact my soul. One day I realized that I had lost all interest in collecting anything anymore. I wanted to do something more with my life. It's not just the tragedy of war, but all the human suffering since the beginning of man that's on my mind. I've come to have an intense awareness of and strong feelings about certain things in life. As I get older, the big picture of all these things weighs heavy on my mind. I can't change the world but making music is a good way to redirect those dark emotions and negative energy into something positive and useful.

Also during my collecting years I got involved with historic reenacting but once the other people realized I could restore collectibles and reproduce many of them, everybody wanted me to work on their collectibles and reproduce items for them. They were willing to pay me for the work but after years of devoting all of my skills to other people's needs, I needed to be free to work on my own projects and ideas.
Eventually I started my own website as way to get my art seen and maybe find a way to get some compensation in return for my ideas and hard work. Everything on my site is 100% original and I had things that no one else in the world had until the image thieves started stealing my designs and images and using them all over the Internet. It's one of the hardest things for an artist to experience. Being on SSI, I can't afford to officially copyright everything I do. These thieves are like ants, too many to fight off. No matter how original it is or how much work you put into it, you don't own it on the Internet, the thieves do. This is another reason I have a strong desire to express through creating music.

My life's been a blessing compared to lots of folks but it's taught me to look closer and more carefully at the world and myself. To search for truth and understanding in everything. I've been soul searching for a long time. I can't say I've found it for sure but I can feel it now and I've found some interesting things along the way. One of the reasons I decided on the name Circuitry and Soul, is because those are the two main components of my music. I believe music is always about the soul, even experimental music comes from our inner need to explore and discover ourselves. I don't have years of experience with any musical instrument. But I do have dyslexia and passion. :)
My work done through inspiration is not about money. Making music means so many things to me, an experimentation and discovery process, healing therapy and a form of personal human expression without words. I'm not trying to produce any particular genre. I think of art and music as the magical gift of personal expression. Even though my music is mostly instrumental, it's an extremely personal thing to me. When I focus on producing music, I'm in a world where I have control of everything (except coordination) nothing else in the world matters.

Some of my music already had a cinematic feel to it and Broadjam offers me a chance to possibly do something more with it. Most of my music is done for fun but I've done a few experimental backgrounds and underscore just to see if I can apply what I'm doing to sync licensing. Unfortunately I'm getting older, slowing down. Every day is a blessing. I wish I would have started long ago but this is where I'm now. That's why I've been working on it so much in the last few years. Some days I'm incompletely worthless but as soon as I can, I'm back at it. Yes, I'm serious about it but some things have limitations.

I did read your story, (using text to voice) every word. I told you I was moved! I actually cried. I never comment on anything here but felt I could relate to the personal struggle and the determination to not give up. I just wanted to let you know I felt it in my heart. That was only reason I commented on your story. I wasn't trying to get you to review my music. I don't do that. That's why your comment caught me off guard.

No, I'm not blaming anyone for anything or trying to beat myself over the head. And I don't have it all figured out. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. I know it usually takes a minimum of five years to break into this stuff. I know nothing happens fast in sync licensing, it took me over six months to get my first track into a library. I have patience, I just don't know how much time I have.

Of coarse I don't want to be lied to. I was only questioning your ability to decide I need decades of practice by listening to 2 tracks out of 47, especially when the styles vary so much. Tracks like Night Taxi and Celtic Clockwork are extremely different from the underscores and backgrounds.
There are a lot of things that I'm not satisfied with in some tracks. That's why I remove older tracks as I grow. I do strive to improve but when you tell me my music sounds like yours did when you first started making music, I'm not sure exactly what that means. When I said you know how to destroy inspiration. I wasn't trying to be a wise guy, I was being honest. Inspiration is a delicate thing with a lot of people, not just me. It doesn't mean we're not dedicated or serious about what we do. I do believe it's worth having inspiration temporarily interrupted, when it brings us knowledge, wisdom and truth. At the same time, all true creators understand that breaking the rules is the only way to move forward.

I appreciate your good intentions. This was surely just a big misunderstanding. When I write, I usually say too little or too much and as often say things in the wrong way. We both follow similar dreams. It's not a big deal. Like I said, you've done enough to motivate me to take a harder look at my work. And I've already taken steps to improve. I was already thinking about eliminating several older tracks and I decide it was time to do it. That wasn't a protest, that's what I do as I improve. I do the same thing with the art on my website too.
I'm sorry this explanation turned out to be so long. It's because there is no simple way to explain where my inspiration comes from and the dyslexia part because it affects everything I do in my life, including my music. It's impossible to explain. It's why I've become a loner, always off by myself working on odd things. I'm lucky in so many ways because of dyslexia and I would never want to lose it now. Now is the time to use it! :)

Every day is such a gift and I've wasted too much of my life not doing the things I was meant to do. Life is too short but it's a magical opportunity to do something worthwhile during that time. Most of us can't change the world but we can leave something behind. Sometimes, memories are the only thing that remains, and then they die too. Sometimes a single creation from a person living thousands of years ago can travel into the future and have an effect on someone's life. It's true because it's happened to me many times.

With my family being involved with antiques, relics, artifacts, etc, I got to see and hold so many unique amazing things. As a kid who liked making things, my imagination ran wild wondering about the people who make all those amazing things so long ago. I felt humbled to be able to touch and hold something made by someone in ancient times. I always wonder about the person who made each item. What were they like, what was their world like. Why did they create this interesting thing that I'm holding in my hands 1000 years after they're gone.
I've always felt an extremely strong connection to the past that I can't explain. My art often expresses that influenced that same strange energy also goes into my music. Ancient people wave inspired me to teach myself to do repousse (Hand embossed metal) I wish there were a way to connect to these ancient artists to show how much I appreciate their work and that it inspires me to also want to leave something behind to share with future.
For me making music is more about personal expression and accomplishment than it is about money or making a name for myself. I just want to do something worthwhile with my work before I'm gone. My music is made with electronics but it's embedded with as much of my soul as I can put into it. That's one of the reasons I decided on the name "Circuitry and Soul" to represent my music. I've never been more happy to be alive than right now. In pain, yes but I keep adjusting to life just like everyone else and making music slows down aging! ;)

Anyway, I just wanted to clear up any misconceptions. These are some of the places my music is coming from and why it's naturally different from what you do. We all have so much in common yet every person has their own unique magic that no one else can experience unless we share it with them. Sometimes others can't see it at all. I can relate to your youth, energy and enthusiasm. I remember those days but nowadays I'm powered by my soul and the full moon. :)

Thanks again. I won't give up! :)
Brent


N.Jones, Protilius Productions posted over 30 days ago


"I apologize for saying it that way but I was being honest too. "

None needed brother. Thank you for showing me how I harmed you.

"I appreciate you trying to help but telling me I sound like you did when you first started playing music. was not exactly encouraging even if it's true. ;) I appreciate truth, opinion and positive critique but It would have helped me some if you had given me some idea what needs attention or which track you were referring to. Now because I questioned your conclusion, you're making assumptions about me that aren't true."

It is unfortunate that we often see ourselves in those around us. The things that have harmed us especially. Sometimes we fight those things in the open, other times, we fight them internally.

I have my fair share of demons. As such. I often recognise the pain in others. Sometimes I presume. Sometimes... I am too truthful as well.

Sometimes... I am wrong.

I hope regardless of anything. My thoughts are received in the loving form they were intended. (Smiles. Leans in close.) You see... People can sometimes get full of themselves, and me? I'm nobody. You know?

So... I decided that I was going to try and be the change that I wanted to see in this world. Show people what's up. You know?

Fail...

People take it the wrong way and I hurt them instead. I guess... Sometimes its really hard to just tell people the truth. Especially when they can't even interpret that observation or opinion in a way that is well received, you know?

While struggling with my own conditions, I have found human nature and ego are the two biggest eye sores on the whole stage...

It detracts from the whole.

I'll take one unqualified guy willing to learn over an ego driven chest thumper with 20 Grammies any day. You know?

It is literally the concept I've banked my entire career on.

"Good people can win too."

Just working... Don't give up.

No matter how much goes wrong, what opportunities are squandered, or how hard waking up each day becomes.

Don't give up.

Love you sir. Know that I respect the time you've taken here today. Know that I realise this wasn't an easy letter.

"I have limited equipment and funds so a lot of the time is spent experimenting. Sometimes long days sometimes I can't do anything for days. As you recommend, I'm practicing what I do as much as I can, when it's possible. "

I remember working on Reason 2.0. I would hammer out 12 bar loops that I'd design myself, and then layer new ones.

Just 12 bars... Over and over and over again.

Sometimes those 12 bars weren't even that... Just 4.

I'd make loops. Really cool, fricking awesome, loops. I kept practicing at that until my mind expanded just a step further and then I started doing bridges... and choruses.

Thing was? I knew those bridges and choruses wouldn't be worth a penny if I didn't nail my first 16 bar loop.

So I sticked to the loop until I was making some of the best loops on Broadjam. Not songs... Loops.

You see. You can be king of "many mountains." I was comfortable with loops for a while.

"No, not the same challenges you've had to endure but some things have helped me to soul search, learn, grow and to change my perspective. You know how the educational system labels dyslexic students as not being not as bright. After a while you begin to question your own intelligence and so do most people around you including potential employers. Without knowing what the problem is, you're constantly questioning what's wrong with you. No one wants to learn and improve more than a dyslexic person. Being different in this way can become a lifetime of embarrassment, failure and frustration. I'm not whining about it, I'm just saying that it forces you to adapt and evolve in different ways to compensate and to fit in with society's normally accepted ways of doing things in the same way everyone else does. I've evolved into an oddball. I've spent my whole life wondering how to fix it, with no answers. Lots the students are having this same problem right now. "

They drugged me with Ridlin and I got angry. End of learning curve. Got off that crap when I left home at 14. I came back... The Ridlen was presented again... I left permanently.

School system was filled with morons teaching morons in a 2000 population town. Can't really hate a people for being uneducated... You can when they try to make you think like them though.

Rebel.

"I'm not illiterate obviously but it takes a lot longer to articulate what my thoughts are. The words just don't flow the way they should. Recent research is now finding that dyslexic brains are physically wired differently. Not so good for reading or writing but tend to have strengths in creativity and other things. If I had only known that before I was in my 60s, it would've at least helped. I knew there was something positive because of the odd things I was able to do and understand. But how could I possibly explain it to anyone, I couldn't even understand it myself. I still don't, so it's impossible to explain to anyone else, except maybe another dyslexic person. Being like this all my life has taught me to never judge anyone because you never know what they've gone through or what they're dealing with in their life. I understand why teachers gave me failing grades and some thought I was retarded. What other conclusion could they possibly come to back then. The good side of it is that it's forced me to always have to try harder at many things and it's made my life interesting and rewarding in lots of other ways. Dyslexia is an amazing gift for those who learn how to use it. "

Only books I ever read were RA Salvadore's Drow Elf series and a great Star Trek novel where a world eater, Q, and the Borg all show up to wreck havoc on the Enterprise.

I love those books.

Otherwise? I prefer to be shown things and use my hands to build things.

Working with a mouse is bullshit. It sucks... You'll be there for an hour doing something you should have just learned how to play live... Seems shorter. Easy to get discouraged.

Sequencing MIDI is absolutely like learning a new instrument. It takes time... and training.

Disciplin? Nah... Just practice.

Only need to master the trick once... and then you can do it a thousand times over and over again.

Ah man. I wanna respond to all of this but my little girls are in need of a nap raising.

I'm gonna come back to this and continue to respond to your letter.

I'm just very busy with these twins and my level 3 autistic son.

I've seen incredible improvements in his knowledge assimilation and reproduction skills. He can identify and speak numbers non sequentially, identify and speak colours non sequentially as well (smiles.) We're struggling with potty training but we'll get there.

I just know he can't know the life I knew... That's all that I care about.

None of my kids can know the life I knew.

(Sighs.)

Yeah... I'll get back to this. I will make the time to respond to this.

Thank you sir.

You are appreciated.

N


N.Jones, Protilius Productions posted over 30 days ago


"Also during my collecting years I got involved with historic reenacting but once the other people realized I could restore collectibles and reproduce many of them, everybody wanted me to work on their collectibles and reproduce items for them. They were willing to pay me for the work but after years of devoting all of my skills to other people's needs, I needed to be free to work on my own projects and ideas.
Eventually I started my own website as way to get my art seen and maybe find a way to get some compensation in return for my ideas and hard work. Everything on my site is 100% original and I had things that no one else in the world had until the image thieves started stealing my designs and images and using them all over the Internet. It's one of the hardest things for an artist to experience. Being on SSI, I can't afford to officially copyright everything I do. These thieves are like ants, too many to fight off. No matter how original it is or how much work you put into it, you don't own it on the Internet, the thieves do. This is another reason I have a strong desire to express through creating music. "

I combat the world's expectations by explaining reality and making a solid offer on what I'm willing to do for them.

If they do not like my offer... They have plenty of options out there and there is no need to offend one another by dragging out a negotiation that has no future.

I don't allow others to dictate my value. I just look at each deal as they come and make as informed a decision as I can.

If some one comes to me? I have a Non-Exclusive library that I'll license out at any point.

When people are building something substantial, and need a producer like me to do it, and then keep it?

My rates are posted. You know? It slows people down from expecting the wrong thing too soon. The friends and good apples out there get the insane discounts with benefits. lol

Knowing the difference between a client and a friend is hard... Mostly because these days? It is truly about the people you surround yourself with. Your best friend in the whole world could be a team member and you might not even know it till the moment has passed.

I treat business partnerships like friendships. There is no other way forward. So... When a publisher representing cooperations approaches me?

I have an attorney look it over and ask my attorney... "Are these guys trying to be my friend?"

Turns out... That's an expensive way to make friends.

So, yeah... Business and friendship has always blurred the line with me. I just try to work with people who treat others with a level of decency and respect.

It's me well so far. All of my collaborators are awesome. They act like human beings, know how to laugh, and know when to take something seriously too.

It's pretty cool. Took me a lifetime to find that you know?

And still... I know much like anything, that network of good friends can be removed in a heartbeat.

It's why I quit drinking. I'd lose my shit in a public forum and it would always be "on."

Rebel.

In my old age... I have found the best form of rebelling is insurrection.

The ole trojan horse.

I've been trying lead by example but most people nod off by the third paragraph of story time you know? lolol

"Of coarse I don't want to be lied to. I was only questioning your ability to decide I need decades of practice by listening to 2 tracks out of 47, especially when the styles vary so much. Tracks like Night Taxi and Celtic Clockwork are extremely different from the underscores and backgrounds.
There are a lot of things that I'm not satisfied with in some tracks. That's why I remove older tracks as I grow. I do strive to improve but when you tell me my music sounds like yours did when you first started making music, I'm not sure exactly what that means. When I said you know how to destroy inspiration. I wasn't trying to be a wise guy, I was being honest. Inspiration is a delicate thing with a lot of people, not just me. It doesn't mean we're not dedicated or serious about what we do. I do believe it's worth having inspiration temporarily interrupted, when it brings us knowledge, wisdom and truth. At the same time, all true creators understand that breaking the rules is the only way to move forward. "

There are no rules... Only guidelines.

Those tools are there for you to use. If you create a monster masterpiece out of loops from ten different collections?

Worth it. Who cares how many shoulders you stood on.

This website is filled with publishers that feel the same.

"Is it legal? Does it sound good? Through the grinder then..." KA CHING!!!

This is their life.

From the couple tracks I heard I immediately thought "Handheld gaming." If you can sequence that stuff into MIDI packets, a sound designer can license you melodies for their game and then you'll end up as a composer of a game by default.

Doesn't need to be mozart.

Publishers know this. There is a place for every kind of music imaginable.

Not everything needs to be Hans Zimmer and James Horner.

We need some Danny Elfman stuff too (says with a smile.)

You see my meaning though yes?

Infinite variety is good.

Playing any part of the system as a whole... Is good.

It means you're doing it.

You only need a couple hits and you'll get paid for it even...

I've seen artists of all levels of skill set make wayyyyyyyyyyyy more than I ever have.

Don't believe me?

Mr.West has too many Grammies to deny it.

This business is 99% showing up with a straight tie and a good attitude and 1% talent.

And most days?

You don't even need the 1%. You'd be shocked what the world needs in their films, advertisements, and television shows.

I once heard a garage band that sounded like screaming cats get signed for a $5,000 gig because they... Needed a piece that sounded like screaming cats.

The band found a home for that train wreck you know?

"I appreciate your good intentions. This was surely just a big misunderstanding. When I write, I usually say too little or too much and as often say things in the wrong way."

I may have just thrown my career under a bus by shaming all of the people who would celebrate me.

Its ok... We all fuck up.

"With my family being involved with antiques, relics, artifacts, etc, I got to see and hold so many unique amazing things. As a kid who liked making things, my imagination ran wild wondering about the people who make all those amazing things so long ago. I felt humbled to be able to touch and hold something made by someone in ancient times. I always wonder about the person who made each item. What were they like, what was their world like. Why did they create this interesting thing that I'm holding in my hands 1000 years after they're gone. "

See that two mile cave network that just got dug up in South America?

"I've always felt an extremely strong connection to the past that I can't explain. My art often expresses that influenced that same strange energy also goes into my music. Ancient people wave inspired me to teach myself to do repousse (Hand embossed metal) I wish there were a way to connect to these ancient artists to show how much I appreciate their work and that it inspires me to also want to leave something behind to share with future.
For me making music is more about personal expression and accomplishment than it is about money or making a name for myself. I just want to do something worthwhile with my work before I'm gone. My music is made with electronics but it's embedded with as much of my soul as I can put into it. That's one of the reasons I decided on the name "Circuitry and Soul" to represent my music. I've never been more happy to be alive than right now. In pain, yes but I keep adjusting to life just like everyone else and making music slows down aging! ;) "

I was trained... and continue to be trained by 5.

Have faith brother.

You are not alone in this world.

Love and light.
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Circuitry and Soul posted over 30 days ago


No problem brother, I understand, and me overreacting didn't help any. I get myself in trouble for trying to offer advice too. It's always meant well but sometimes it's misunderstood or just bad timing. ;)

I can never give up making music. Even though I can't work on it every day, it's one of the things that I wake up wanting to do it everyday. I'm unfamiliar with a lot of the newest equipment and software. I started out using Audacity and then in 2014 I bought (Studio One) with a bunch of extras that came with it, Native instruments, etc.

I've never heard anything good about Ridlin. I'm glad you survived it and was able to get away from it.

Yeah, I've missed out on a lot of good books, but did struggle through a lot of reference books and manuals. Some written information is valuable but it's always limited to someone else's explanation, definition, opinion, description or conclusions. When we learn through experience and exploration, we gain true knowledge that often can't even be put into words. So much room for improvement in our education system. "just another brick in the wall" ;)

Ah, All those kids are enough to keep you busy full time!!! well worth it though! :)

Yeah, the caves in South Africa are cool, what a hidden shelter!

I have trouble deciding what genre my music is most of the time, except for soundtrack type music. I would be happy to apply my music to anything it could be used for. But the style and type varies enough that it could be used for different kinds of things. The music comes out best when I'm just having fun experimenting. I have trouble sticking to my plans. Instinct usually takes over and leads me off in a different direction. I'm usually happy with the results but it's always a discovery process and I always learn new things with each new track.
I need to learn more about proper structures for cues and trailers. I'm slowly learning these things as I go. And spending more time on the keyboard. Even with the problems I can still improve. I don't need to be a pro on the keyboard, I just need to create good instrumental parts to use within the music.

I appreciate all the info here Nathaniel! It helps and gives me a lot to consider and to look into.

It's a full moon now so I'm getting in the mood to experiment. To the sound laboratory! ;)

Thanks again Brother!

Peace, love and respect!
Brent


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