( photo things + living life)

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Casual Music™ 5

Last days I've been working hard, compiling the fifth installment of my own music compilation CD's... They started as a way to compile some different and eclectic songs and pieces for my couple when he had to travel far away for long times. But one day he put the first 'Casual' in his office, and all his partners seemed to like the compilation... So I started creating one new CD whenever I felt I needed a new one....

...and here we're now. Of course, these CD's are only for my own home (I'm not trying to sell them or break any legal rule).

Casual Music is, I think, the most intimate and quiet CD in the series.... probably because of the winter time and my current feelings. There's place for some electronic, jazz, pure new age, folk.... all I really like. I've tried a new normalizing technique based on RMS power of the songs and dynamic compression so there will be no volume difference between songs (compiled from very different CDs) but no audio information is lost.

The CD is soft mixed with Mixmeister and I added some winter atmospheric sounds as transition between some of the themes.....

I know is not fair if I say it, but I think this is the best in the series, in sound quality, mixing and selection. Here we go with the track listing:

1. Karen Matheson - Morning
2. State of Grace II (Paul Swarthz) - Turning to Peace
3. Henry Mancini - Megeve (from Charade OST)
4. Sarah McLachlan - Time
5. Annie Lennox - The Sadest song I've got
6. Anders Widmark - Holly Hannah (Instrumental)
7. Dido - Stoned
8. Dusted - If I had a child
9. Enigma - Out from the deep + The Cross of Changes
10. Regina Carter - Après Un Rêve (Gabriel Fauré)
11. Maggie Reilly - Gaia
12. Kate Rusby - Underneath the Stars
13. Vanessa Carlton - Rinse
14. Mastretta - El Ultimo Habitante de la Tierra
15. Michael Gettel - Loch Ness (The Kelpie)
16. Claire Pelletier - Marcelle et Chrysostome
17. Natasha St-Pier - Nos Rendez-Vous
18. Pat Metheny - And Time goes on
19. Oystein Sevag - Evening

Now, I'm waiting for a good photograph to create the cover of the CD :). If you really really really are dying for more information regarding the CD drop me an e-mail.

Friday, January 16, 2004

New Photograph + Song

Hi there,

for today I have a new shot. It's about home things.... in particular it's about my mom's kitchen. She has an stylish thing in her kitchen and I wanted to get a shot that would fit with that mood. Here it goes:

You can click to go to see the photograph in a bigger size :).

Anyway, this week I'm completely crazy about a song from the latest album by Sarah McLachlan, Afterglow. Absolutely fabulous adult pop with gorgeous lyrics like this one...

"Time here all but means nothing just shadows that move 'cross the wall
they keep me company but they don't ask me they don't say nothing at all

I need just a little more silence, I need just a little more time


(You have to listen to the song to know what happens then :).

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

An strange Sunday

Yesterday was an strange sunday for me. I had to stay at home all day. Photography is my most beloved hobby but these days I'm having some dificulties to find interesting subjects or new things to explore. So I was thinking about my latest vacations near the sea... all the stuff to be done at home... my creativity crises... and that combined with a new photoshop book with lots of digital techniques had the following result:

You can click in the photograph to view it at a large size.

Well, it seems the photograph hasn't received "rave" reviews... almost all people told me that the camera I used to take the photograph was very bad... The problem is that the original was much more clear and without all this blue colour cast. I added all of that stuff (as well as some selective blurring) using Photoshop.

Anyway, I won't give up. I had a nice time playing with the photograph and dreaming about my vacations and I think that even if the results are strange and different I like them. It's better to have bad reviews than not having anything at all.

Stay tuned for my next release.

Friday, January 09, 2004

Photography Web Page

Today I've been rearranging my photography web page. I usually post my photographs to usefilm.com, photo.net, and to my personal webpage. I also added the links to this page so you can follow my work if you're interested. All kind of comments and critics are welcome because I think that's the way to improve.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

A New Blog has born

Hello everyone there.... Finally I did it. A new year is starting right now, and it seems a good moment to share my thoughts with you. Stay tuned for some photographs and comments. And sorry if my English is not so good.... I'm Spanish!.

Now I've arranged the style of the blog as I like so posting and comments can start.

Welcome aboard!!