Whale Song

I was experimenting with the VCV Rack modular synthesis software, when it started making sounds at me that I thought similar to whale songs.

I couldn’t resist putting this together. It also contains some interesting generative drums.

It is already on my bandcamp store and has been uploaded to my distributor. It should be available on Spotify, iTune, Google Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc. in about a week.

Here it is on Soundcloud:

And here on YouTube:

Namaste,
Cy

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Another Release.

Two albums in one month. Very exciting. With this release, I have finished putting my 2018 production out there for sale. It is all very different from my previous work.

This album is called Meditative and it is. Quite ambient, downtempo.

You can listen and maybe purchase on Bandcamp. https://cyball.bandcamp.com/album/meditative

You can view it on my YouTube playlist:

Or you can listen to it on my Soundcloud playlist:

I hope some of my readers like it!

Namaste,
Cy

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New Album for Sale!

Today, I issued the first album that I have issued in well over a year. It’s very exciting.

The album is called “A Bit of Chaos” and it is available for sale on my bandcamp store:

https://cyball.bandcamp.com/album/a-bit-of-chaos

All who know my work for the past year will realize the this is Modular Synthesizer generated, experimental music. Some of it is pleasingly ambient.

It has been uploaded to a distributor and will soon be available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music and many other online sales and streaming services.

You can listen to the playlist on YouTube:

or on Soundcloud;

Thanks for listening,

Namaste,

Cy

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Learning Lessons

Maybe I’m getting a little slow with old age. It is taking me a while to learn this:

I will get illnesses that are not NETs or PNETs! even if it looks like NETs symptoms.

Friday night and Saturday morning, I vomited blood and went to the hospital. Sunday, my bowel movements were bloody as well.

These are symptoms that I had before because of NETS. The doctors immediate response was they did not think so but they would keep Dr. Liu my oncologist in contact.

The emergency room had me on an NG tube (avoid that if at all possible) to check the amount of blood in my stomach. Once I was admitted, the doctors had it removed. The gastro-intestinal doctors did an endoscopy (camera down the throat to stomach) to see what could be seen. They found a tear in my esophagus near my stomach.

The problem is being blamed on a “perfect storm” of drugs to quote the GI doctor.

  1. low dose aspirin to prevent heart problems
  2. Eliquis blood thinner because I have AFIB
  3. A strong NSAID prescribed for my arthritis (which I took for 90 days and quit just a week before the incidents above. It wasn’t very effective.)

I am off all of them for now. May go back on Eliquis (ridiculously, greedily expensive and annoying and dangerous of course) in two weeks. The others not.

Interesting to me, the GI doc said that recent studies showed that aspirin therapy may not be that good anyway. He suggested Tylenol for arthritis which I already know is not that great. When I suggested CBD oil, he “Try it.” As far as I can tell, anything for arthritis pain is either not effective, incredibly expensive, and/or has terrible side effects.

I left the hospital with a prescription for omeprazole to heal the bleeding tear. Once again, this is confusing because 12 years ago I had had a burning stomach for years and developed a bleeding ulcer and was told that I took too much NSAIDS and put on omeprazole for two years. Later that was proven to be totally wrong. Stomach burning and bleeding was from the neuroendocrine cancer (I had it but was not diagnosed yet.) and omeprazole has a questionable relationship with NETs in animals not proven yet with humans.

The good thing is that Dr. Liu told me that short term omeprazole is ok where necessary.

Enough adventures! I hope that this really is not a NETS symptom or, if it is, that is will be resolved by the Peptide Receptor Radioisotope Therapy (PRRT) that I start in February.

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

Cy

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A Couple More Songs

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

It seems like December was a productive month for me. I have created and released two more generative pieces of music. Hope some of it is inspiring.

“A Bit of Chaos” below was actually released today (New Year Day). It originally was just and experiment with various plugins that I had not used. It evolved into something that I rather like.

“Experiment 8” published 4 days ago was another experiment that developed into a finished piece. This stuff is very much fun!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

Cy

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New Synthesis Music

I have created two pieces of music since my last blog post.

As usual, these resulted from experimenting with new plugins in VCV Rack.

The first is a piece that I am very proud of. It has gotten good feedback from both musicians and public. My goal was to produce a good piece with minimal plugins. It evolved into something pretty striking, I think.

The next piece, I just uploaded today. Again learning plugins that were new to me plus adding in some vocals which I had not done in VCV Rack. It’s interesting. See what you think.

It moves along pretty well!

Happy Holidays to all and may we all have the best possible outcomes.

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Meditative Music

You know that I like making modular synthesizer music and you know that I like meditation.

What better than a meditative piece of electronica? This is a generative piece which means the notes are all generative randomly.  As the notes are generated, I push them through a quantizer to get them to a musical scale (in this case F# Locrian scale). Then they go to VCOs (voltage controlled oscillators) which actually generate audible sound and then through an envelope generator which shapes the sounds.  Finally all goes to a mixer and though a delay and a reverb to make the final product.

I hope you like it.

Namaste, 

Cy

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New Music Tutorial

How to create risers in VCV Rack

I just completed a tutorial for music producers who like to put devices called risers in their music.  A riser is a musical noise that starts at a low volume and a low pitch and rises gradually to a quite high volume and pitch. 

Risers are very common in EDM, Pop and Electronica. Risers are used as background or to separate parts of a musical piece or to accentuate tempo or key changes and add excitement.

Sample Riser

As you can hear, risers are not necessarily simple sounds. 

A modular synthesis is an ideal way to create unique sounds including risers. This tutorial uses VCV Rack software modular synthesizer which I have been spending a lot of time with.

I have made three other tutorials about VCV Rack.  This is a YouTube play list including them. 

I also have playlists with much of my production in modular synthesis.

This one is more meditative pieces:

This one is more experimental and up tempo.

Thanks for your attention to my efforts…

Namaste,

Cy

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Good Vacation and Missed Opportunity

Vacation in Scotland

We spent about 10 days in Scotland ending last week.  Our son, his wife and son live in Cellardyke near St. Andrews.  We take every chance we can to visit them.  We love to see them especially the five and a half year old grandson.

While there, we took the wonderful train system to Stirling. Stirling is an ancient town with a castle that dates to the the 14th century.  It was perhaps the most used of the royal residences during the reign of the Scottish Kings.  The Scots have done a very good job of restoring the interiors of several of the castle rooms to look like they did during the King’s residence. The battles of Stirling Bridge and of Bannockburn pictured in the movie “Braveheart” was fought very nearby.

All in all, it was a very good trip. I regret that I have not pictures of family or castles but my phone with it’s camera died on the first day of the trip.

Health and Missed Opportunity

I have written in Another NETspot GA68 Scan – Next PRRT that I am “on the list” for a treatment called PRRT.  While we were in Scotland, an opening in the list occurred for today Nov. 9.  The oncology office called and left messages but I was in Scotland and my phone was broken.  I finally got the message when it was too late to begin the treatments this week. This was a bit disappointing but could not be helped.  I am still on the list for early next year.

Last Friday, just two days after our return, I got my monthly Sandostatin injection for NET Cancer. Since then, I have been experiencing some of the Carcinoid Syndrome symptoms that don’t usually bother me.  I mentioned this to my oncologist and he told me that sometimes the injection is done badly or the batch of medication is bad.  

Namaste,

Cy

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Net Cancer Day

2018 NET Cancer Awareness Nov. 10

Net Cancer Day
Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day

Tomorrow (November 10) is International NET Cancer Awareness Day. 

This is important to all of us who have the disease.  NET Cancer has been one of the least recognized cancers with less research and diagnostic effort than most. Due to efforts like these awareness days, doctors and researchers are becoming more familiar and producing more tools to diagnose and treat our disease.

Most states governors have signed proclamations supporting this day.  Though the efforts of my co-leader of Colorado Carcinoid Cancer Support Group (CCCSG), our governor here in Colorado has signed this proclamation.

You can read more about NET Cancer Awareness Day here.

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

Cy

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