trekkiejj
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Lubbock, TX
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About me
I discovered tracking when I was barely in junior high (~1992, '93-ish), and I was hooked for quite a few years. Sometime around college I got away from it and have since rediscovered it. I love writing music as a hobby, and tracking offers a nice cheap way to explore that hobby. Now that trackers like Madtracker 2 and Renoise support VST plugins, tracking is much more robust and flexible than it used to be. I've always tracked rock/pop music (not so much electronica), and it's always been hard to make that type of music sound halfway decent in a "track."

Currently I work as a librarian at the Texas Tech University library. I've been in my position since August of 2005. Though I am a librarian (and am actually considered tenure-track faculty), I work in a more technical capacity. My actual title is "metadata librarian."

I'm really kind of a dork and enjoy all things tech. But, like most of us who dabble in tracking, I'm a little more artsy than your typical geek.

Favorite music editor
Madtracker 2

Favorite musicians
Umm...wow, too many to name.

Musical inspiration
Anything and everything. Now that I'm older, my "musical inspiration" comes less from pent up emotions than it did when I was younger and angsty. Now I just want to write stuff that sounds neat and is fun to listen to, but is maybe a little bit more interesting than your typical mainstream music. My musical influences are mainly rock, jazz, and "classical" (including many different eras--from the early 20th century back through Renaissance).

Advice to other musicians
Wow...I have so many ideas about what I could say. After tracking for 15 years and searching for techniques to produce perfectly believable rock-like music (esp. guitars and drums), I've learned many many things. I realize that by wanting to track music that is normally performed (and not electronica), I am in the minority. But there's something very interesting about trying to compose that kind of track. You're not just composing a song or a piece of music--you're also crafting a performance. And both aspects of a "realistic" track are important. So--yeah, advice for people trying use tracking software to create music that could fool people into thinking it's actually a performance: learn about the instruments that you're trying to emulate. Watch people who play those instruments. Watch their technique. Listen to the sounds they produce. Learn what's possible (and what's impossible) to play on those instruments. Learn the subtleties, the nuances of how people play. Then copy those things as closely as possible in your tracks. With good samples, VSTs, and the right choice of tracking software, you can actually get pretty close.

Notes about my music
As I said, I'm on a rock music kick right now. And not death or thrash metal like what most of the metal tracking subculture seems to write. I'm still fine tuning my technique, but I think I'm actually approaching a pretty high level of realism. My next genre to tackle perhaps is orchestral, but I'm not sure. Since I'm a hobbyist (and not a professional), I try to do things on the cheap. In fact, my only tool that is not free is my registered version of Madtracker 2. I'm constantly scouring the web for free samples, free VST/VSTis, and free soundfonts that I can use. It would probably be a lot easier to achieve my goals with an expensive sample pack, but I don't want to shell out that much cash for my hobby. And it's kind of fun to see what you can produce using free stuff. And, finally--all of my music is 100% tracked. I don't record any of my guitars, drums, etc. I often spend months on a single track just making sure that every little detail sounds as realistic as possible. I think the effort pays off.

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Shuffle on down the Rhodes
By: trekkiejj
Added: 8/30/2008
Genre: Rock
Downloads: 11
Plays: 25
Reviews: 1
Playlists: 0

 
Slam the Door
By: trekkiejj
Added: 2/15/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Downloads: 4
Plays: 19
Reviews: 0
Playlists: 0

Titles are for Pansies
By: trekkiejj
Added: 2/15/2008
Genre: Rock
Downloads: 4
Plays: 18
Reviews: 0
Playlists: 0

Fizzy
By: trekkiejj
Added: 2/15/2008
Genre: Rock
Downloads: 4
Plays: 16
Reviews: 0
Playlists: 0

Two Degrees Celsius
By: trekkiejj
Added: 2/09/2008
Genre: Rock
Downloads: 16
Plays: 76
Reviews: 0
Playlists: 6

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