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Dec. 14th, 2007 | 08:50 am
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

It occured to me yesterday, that somehow everything I do is related to video games in one way or another.

I'm still a WoW player. Still enjoying it, and the people very much. Well more so the people I'm sure. I've met a lot of great players, and I probably would have quit that game a long time ago if it wasn't for the people in the guild I'm in. It also introduced me to voice chat, which is a side of the internet I hadn't really explored at all until a few months ago. So the social aspect does go a bit beyond text and chat which somehow makes it a little more...personal? Maybe not the word I'm looking for, but certainly actually hearing someone's voice makes it feel a little more "real" if you will.

But then I work, on video game music. I compose, and I compose, and it's all for this game or that. I've often toyed with the idea of actually composing an album, but all the inspiration I draw upon when creating instrumental music comes from a scene description, or a screenshot. I don't know if I remember how to just write something.

AND when I'm not doing either of those, I'm working on my own video game project(s). (http://rysen.seanoyler.com)

More recently, however, I've found myself addicted to playing Guitar Hero for my X-Box. Damn, that game is a lot of fun. It combines my two greatest loves: Video games and music. What's not to love?

What got me thinking about possibly trying something new, was recently we had quite a snowstorm. Power was knocked out here for eight hours or so, and I was really lost as to what to do with my time. I played guitar for a couple of hours, and that was fun, kept me occupied but after that, I found myself cursing that I had no electricity to play a game or hell, even just randomly surf the internet.

It then also occured to me that I didn't actually own a computer until I was 15. And I tried to figure out what it is that I did with my time before that but came up blank.

So...I'm thinking, I need to look into doing something new. Something that keeps my interest as well as these fancy computer thingy's, but requires less...technology. I've tried to get myself into drawing, but I'm horrible at it. I'm not much of a writer, but that is something I've thought about trying. Guess I'll just have to keep trying different things, and hopefully come up with something fun!

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Ted Kehoe

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from: quanta
date: Dec. 14th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Clearly the solution is to obtain a DS. ;P

Seriously though, power outages always present a challenge in finding something to do. Don't forget that all the lights in your home are out as well, so the only way you can do most activities is to plant yourself next to a window and get as much done as possible before the sun goes down, then light a candle or grab a flashlight and hope that you have enough light to keep going.

Whatever you choose to do though, it's going to require practice to get good at it, just like your music, so don't discount drawing right away. If you intend to write, I highly suggest reading as well so you can see how it's done. ;)

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Rysen

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from: rysen
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
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I agree 100% with you that anything I took up would take practise to become well at, however, I'm kinda impatient. :P I will be the first to admit that I do as well at music as I do today, because I played and played and practised, and all that fun stuff, however, and I by no means think I'm a prodigy, I have a natural apptitude for it. So when I took it up, I saw improvements pretty quickly as I practised more and more.

I don't have that with drawing. I'm terrible at it, and it would take hours upon hours, I'm sure, of practise until I did something decent with it :P And I think that's why I discount it, cause I always think about taking it up, then try, get frustrated and stop. :P

I read quite a bit thank you very much. >:P But yeah, writing is something I have a bit of talent for...well poetry at least. But whenever I write poetry I feel like an emo kid. *shrug* Might be something I'm gonna try doing more of though. :)

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CeramicPig

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from: ceramicpig
date: Dec. 14th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Have you considered just grabbing stock photos or even teaming up with an artist/writer to make an album? If you make music to scenes, maybe you just need to come up with some scenes. Worse has been done. :D

Seriously though, if you want to make an album, you should. It would be awesome. And if your music tells a story then all the better.

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Rysen

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from: rysen
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
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This is a really great idea! I hadn't thought of just grabbing some photos online somewhere, and seeing what comes to mind.

Great suggestion man, thanks a tonne!

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