Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Scoring With Cockos Reaper
Tutorials / March 25, 2020

Here are some things I discovered while switching to Reaper from Cubase after I landed a job scoring a TV show. 1. Get A Free MIDI Orchestra and Template for Reaper Download this awesome guide/template for reaper that also show you some free libraries that are already plugged into the template and ready for use. If you need to compose something today, and have no cash to spend, here is your solution! Reaper Orchestral Scoring Template v2019 – 100% Free!!! (101 Tracks) Thanks to AJB for putting that awesome collection together! 2. Using Subprojects for Scoring Your Film One of the main reasons I switched to Reaper from Pro Tools/Cubase, was because I love the robust management of subprojects from the main project timeline. As summed up in the SoundOnSound article: Reaper’s Subprojects allow the majority of the benefits from…setting up a master project to contain the entire film, but composing each cue inside a Subproject. This provides a ‘whole film’ view, where individual cues can be accessed quickly with a double click, and then edited. And, since we’re dealing with audio, any time-signature or tempo changes within a cue Subproject will remain completely independent of their neighbours, just like…

A Primer on Audio for Games and Interactive Environments in Unreal Engine 4+
Gaming / January 31, 2020

Unreal Engine has incredible tools for spatialized audio and sound design. It is deep, it is robust, it is complex, but also astoundingly easy to implement and deploy once you have a basic hang of things, using Blueprints or even C++. To get started with your interactive sound design adventure, and assuming you don’t already own an expensive DAW like ProTools, Cubase Pro, Logic or Performmer, then you can use Audacity which is free but also use Cockos Reaper which, though it may take a little while to figure out why, is perhaps the greatest DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) ever made. Also, register an account at where you will source countless amazing sound effects and audio samples in exchange for nothing or some simple attribution. Next, have an objective. Want to make a sound when a door opens and closes? Check out this simple and excellent little tutorial Then you can begin to explore some of the documentation, which will make a little more sense once you have semi-mastered the above tutorial: Audio and Sound documentation – Unreal Engine Want to go deep dive into Unreal Engine’s amazing audio features that do a lot of things that leading middleware…

Five Semi-Obscure Workflow Tips for Premiere Pro That Will Make Life Better
Tutorials / December 25, 2019

There are many video editing tools out in the world today – and though many share some basic conventions, most are quite different from one another in their approach and layout. In my series of interesting little tips and hacks I have learned the hard way, I made a quick video for people getting started with Adobe’s video editor Premiere Pro. For seasoned editors, this will be obvious stuff, but for the (8 billion-seasoned editors) population out there that doesn’t know this stuff and *eyeroll*, I hope this can be a salve to getting up and running faster to tell your awesome and unique stories! I wanted to share some seemingly hidden tools for or techniques for handling some key parts of an editing workflow with Adobe Premiere Pro. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

My Top Ten Board Games in 2019
Uncategorized / December 4, 2019

Not necessarily games that were released in 2019 – but that I played and enjoyed the most (and most of which can be played solo – denoted with a *): *Everdell – this gloriously animated anthropomorphic worker placement, tableau/engine building game is quickly becoming one of BGG’s highest rated games of all time. *Renegade – Richard Wilkinson’s absolutely brilliant cyberpunk hacker game.* *Villagers – A wonderful worker engine building/tableau game. Solo mode is exceptional and differs substantially from the core game. *Tiny Epic Zombies – a truly epic adventure in a box! *Aerion – the Oniverse is one of the most artistically creative series out there, and this may be my favorite among them. Sky pirates for the win! *Dungeon Degenerates – a review I like at OMG if Haight Ashbury and Glitterbest had an orgy with Robert Crumb and a blacklight you’d get this devil may care successor to Games Workshop anything. Pure, vile, joy. Gloom – Dark and bleak and like and Edward Gorey picture book, created by the dude from the Decemberists and with a fairly unique – plastic see-through card mechanism, Gloom is a storymaker. *Roll Player – the awesome conceit of making a board…

Unfuck Your Adulting: Give Yourself Permission, Carry Your Own Baggage, Don’t Be a Dick, Make Decisions, & Other Life Skills
Uncategorized / September 7, 2019

First of all Portland’s Microcosm Publishing is awesome. Starting in the very Gen X zine culture, they now publish really practical and useful books on everything from better urban planning and locomation to all things psychology. Which is where this candid and legitimately effective book comes in. Dr. Faith G. Harper offers a no-holds barred but also totally compassionate view of how to become a responsible, accountable, respectable and functional grown-up. Not home ec, or laundry doing or any of that bullshit – just the being an upstanding, self-respecting person part. In between the punk attitude I heard so many important echoes of my sessions in therapy with my Jungian psychologist, or from The Four Agreements, or simply things I had come to understand over time through really tough growth phases but never had the time to stop an annunciate. Well it’s in here. The good stuff. I really enjoyed. You can too. And if possible but it directly from the publisher; you’ll get a better deal and so will they. Support independents!

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Uncategorized / January 21, 2018

I read this book when I was a kid – maybe 15 years old. It left an indelible impression on my though I could never pinpoint why. I suppose things happen, but there is a decided lack of bombastic adventure that shifted my energy in engaging it. Like a Brian Eno album, where you stop looking for choruses and instead surrender to the zone. That said, I revisited the book via an audiobook version read by a colorful British narrator. The book now struck me as a sort of Lord of the Rings pastoral, seemingly innocuous beginning into something that must have influenced the 1970’s animated sci-fi erotic film Fantastic Planet. Except that, being of Lewis’ mind, is more pious and chaste. But the strange, oversized aliens, oppressors of the galactic territory that the protagonists discover, are so fresh and interesting, that of course the mind wanders and clings. I love tone-pieces that expand my palette. This is the cover that I remember.

Arabat by Clive Barker, Hardcover
Book notes / January 7, 2018

Date range read: December 2017- Jan 2018 Picked up at Will Durant Public Library, Hollywood What an absolutely gorgeous volume, who glossy, heavy paper carries beautifully suggestive color illustrations by the author to embellish but never overpower the wonderful imagery he creates with the writing. Each chapter plays like a new thought experiment, but are linked one to the next in a weaving twisting yarn. This is not a horror novel, as might be expected from the creator of Hellraiser, but rather a whimsical, perhaps only sometimes slightly macabre comedic and mythic fable. So nice to hold this tome in my hands – the tactile nature is a major component of its virtue.

Hard Magic: Book One of the Grimnoir Chronicles
Audiobook , Book notes / January 7, 2018

Format Audible, Unabridged Read by Bronson Pinchot So this is what a Michael Bay movie reads like I feel like Im hanging out with a room of six-year-olds negotiating who shot who with a nerf dart first. I persist because I desperately want to be entertained for entertaiment’s sake. I figured this interesting mashup of hard noir and fantasy might align with A Wolf Among Us or the very au currant Bright – that Netflix movie where orcs live and work among the Los Angeles Police Dept. Like the character of the little anthropomorphized mouse with a tough past Production notes Pinchot of gives a great performance, by the way.