2022 Was Pretty Good

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

There’s been so much that’s happened in 2022 that I’ve not realized passed by me. My goal was to find a new job and luckily I was able to meet that goal late November. But as I start to think about the things I’ve done I think it would be nice to start unpacking have it be realized.

Photoshoots
I was able to photograph a bit this year and considering the amount of work I’m processing (I’m still scanning images to this day) getting to be commissioned to photograph clients was a nice change of pace. It set the stage of how good my approach was from all the grinding I do. It also tested the fact that I can photograph a whole event with one camera and one lens. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it helps keep the rhythm and consistency of images for me. Here are the images that I took this year.

Wedding with Greg and Felicia






This was my first wedding in a long time and coordinating everything photographically wasn’t something I was expecting to do. I managed to do it and got some pretty interesting snaps in the process. The behind the scenes was the best part of the project. It let me know how vulnerable the process can be.


Roarie





Roarie and I made a song and photo project together this year. This was easily my favorite collabs that hasn’t been released yet. Sure enough these images and song should make its way to the universe. Until then more to come.


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There were a couple more photoshoots along the way that I did, but I’m just too lazy to post up lol. But this year was certainly busy as a photographer and as a composer. For the last 6 months or so I’ve been doing my best to write and record songs that are in preparation for next year. I’ve been motivated to create stuff just to create it and most of it really looks like a release to me. I'm having a lot of fun with it and just stoked on releasing this stuff soon.

I think there will be a shift in the process of recording records from here on out considering the fact that the tape approach has been something I’ve been down for these last few months. I noticed a lot of my ideas were coming off organic and realized. Not to say it didn’t have that while recording on my DAW, but I’m getting interested in doing projects a different way these days. The DAW may be the aspect of collabs, but the personal recordings will be focused on the tapes.

Cassette tape recording has to be one of the weirdest approaches of recording I’ve ever done and I think this approach is really stupid in most ways. However, the organic nature of my recording process really shines through and it’s given me the love that I needed. Of course the computer will help put things together and master the records for the most part, but it’s been awesome going to a project with the expectation of it having some failures and reroutes.

I have a couple of things I’m going to release. Some of them will be deployed to Bandcamp and streaming platforms while others are going to stay in Bandcamp and Instagram. The approach is to showcase more work I’ve been keeping for awhile. On top of that I want to start looking into tangible releases. I need to realize that my work needs to be seen and heard. I need to understand that my work needs to be held and maybe even hung up on a wall in a home.

Until then I'm going to keep working on these projects. I'll be reporting here more since people are wanting to check out blogs again I guess lol. Whatever. I think my place here has been a great haven for ideas and just having conversations. It's been fun.

- (_ab)

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A Little Late, but Lately….

Tuesday, December 13, 2022



Joselyn at the Boston Mall


Posting work has definitely slowed down, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not working on stuff. I have a couple of projects I’ll be finishing up in the next few weeks (hopefully) which will open up some things I’ve been putting to the side. And knowing that things are getting done has given me the chance to feel a bit more accomplished. This year really put me in a good place and I’m happy to know that things have been swinging my way as of late. That cliché “it’s not the destination, but the journey getting there” is worth noting on how I got here. On my last post I announced a new job and have been on the grind with the trainings for the last several weeks. It’s funny because a lot of this work is something I’m very much familiar with and have waited to have something like this for a very longtime. But we’re not necessarily talking about my new job…. It’s really the art that I’ve been creating.



Over the last few years I’ve been trying to figure out how I wanted to represent myself as an artist. And being that I’ve been taking pictures & writing music simultaneously the pairing between both was such an uncanny decision to make. I’m an artist who creates music for pictures. It’s this representation that allows me to define myself as an artist. I’ve been very comfortable photographing personal surroundings and displaying them to create relationships not only with the person, place or things, but the strangers that can possibly tell the same story. And with that I try to amplify that visual with compositions that hopefully fit the fold.

So… I have a couple of releases coming up. Some are short and others kinda big, but they are collections of songs/pictures that I’ve stored in my archives for the longest time. There was never an appropriate time to present these projects until now. I’m glad I waited this long and am glad that I’ve given myself some time to really understand what these images called for. And because of this I’m happy to be presenting them in such a fashion.

Writing music has been fun as well. I’ve been tinkering around using the Tascam 424 & the Tascam Ministudio Porta 03 which have been both instrumental on the mastering process and the looping segments of songs. As of late I’ve been trying to integrate more of a tangible format than DAW over the last few months. I’ve been seeing the writing on the wall for people who have been losing their material from hard drive crashes and such and have been advocating in doing something more secure and alive. I want to have a more preserved exercise than have it be kept onto a digital device. It’s been kinda scaring me as of late to be honest. And also I just want to have something preserved for future listeners. I’m not sure what the format of music services will be, but I anticipate it being worse than what it is now. Given the conditions of how music is received and played you don’t get to keep things that are solid.

I’m also looking into getting the Tascam 388. This has been something I’ve been considering just so that I can do more tape recording for future projects. Obviously I will be doing some DAW arranging and such, but just to have a copy of something just in case something were to happen really gives me security. On top of that film has also been a thing that I realized I’m glad I preserved. Nothing really last forever, but it could at least last for 100 years.



Preservation has been something so key into my thinking and I’ve been thinking about how things are just so perishable. Like things don’t have longevity anymore and things just became so much more artificial than it was back in the day. Like we don’t take time to make shit anymore and that everything is so conveyor belt garbage. Everything is immediate and recycled and that we don’t really have time to polish stuff anymore. It’s very “drug addict” thinking and feeling.

















So, yeah lol. That's pretty much. Kind of a big update with all the pictures I've posted up here, but these are just images that I've been kinda holding onto for no reason. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be posting more, but for now enjoy!

- (ab_)

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I Think I Called it and Said This Was My Year

Monday, November 21, 2022

Just a bit ago I was offered an opportunity of a lifetime: I'll be working as a Connecticut Careers Trainee at the Department of Social Services! Since the beginning of this year I've grinded applying for State Jobs and the like before, during and after work like a mad person. And in-between that I was also writing drum scripts for some releases coming up this year. It's been crazy trying to find a job that could cater to what I've been doing all this time. I got the call and immediately from the recruiter and said yes to the position, gave my resignation letter and left officially a couple of days ago. It's been a wild month so far and damn it's hard to describe.



It honestly feels weird to be excited about these kinds of things considering the type of person I am. I'm now a working professional doing some working professional things. I think I want to try something different this time in approaching things in a more humble and confident nature. I'm going to really push getting good at this and hopefully make my cohorts feel proud. I'm almost certain that this will be my last destination for employment. This meaning I want to kinda go hard and get higher positions through DSS. I don't think I want to go anywhere else. This is the first time I feel like I'm using my skillsets and degree towards something that's really important and official.

The photo/music thing will stay same. I'm still making it a point to at least have 15 minutes of creativity a day to ensure my chops are straight. Not to mention I'm going to start editing images given the more time I have in the morning. And being real I think it might excel higher than it did before. I'll have more to work with in the coming months without having to think about any issues. I mean there weren't really any, but this job alone will allow me to be more of a rookie than a veteran for once. I can depend on higher ups than them depend on me for things which relieves the stress I've had for awhile. Since the income wasn't really much of an issue I can forsee projects that I had in mind really come into a reality than before. Tangible releases may be a real and regular thing.

For the last few weeks I've been trying to finish up a couple of projects that have been ongoing since the end of September. I know I'm not really in any deadlines, but I'd like to get things sort of poished before I start to promote the work. I've been so excited on how things have been creatively that I've been trying to keep the momentum going. I'm really glad I decided to keep this routine going because trying to go full throttle and stuff just doesn't do it for me anymore. I think I'd rather put myself in a position where the boundaries are stated clearly with some of the things I love and let it rest when it needs it.

I've stated this before and noted that I haven't been posting a lot of my work as much as I used to. Possibly because I'm really trying to get better at polishing stuff and deploying work that has more meaning to me than before. I'm coming to that point where photography and music need more of a presentation than just a regular post engaging on likes. It really doesn't have anything for me to look forward to and I feel like I'm not living life being part of the platform. Pretty soon I'll be using the app less and less.

So, there you have it. That's pretty much everything I can tell you at the moment. I'll be updating again soon. Until then I hope you all have a great rest of your day.


- (_ab)

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