Sounds from a life in Rockland County.

Ma's House in Palisades

As some follows of Wire to the Ear know I moved from Berlin, Germany back to New York about three months ago. I bought an apartment in the city that needs a complete renovation. Not only do I have a new apartment to renovate I also bought a two car garage I am turning into what I hope will be an amazing studio. Because the apartment needs a complete gut my wife and I have been staying in the upstairs apartment in my mother’s house in Rockland County. Rockland is a typical New York suburb just about 20 minutes north of the city. It’s actually quite nice and I am very familiar with the area because I grew up here. The photo above is Ma’s house.

When I was in College at Suny Purchase I took a class called Social Sciences in the Arts. I never forgot a lesson the professor thought was important. The basic gist was that no artist made any art without an audience in mind. This ties into my Rockland chat above because I’ve been doodling a lot music wise on my laptop over the past three months and realize I am making tunes for my mother and Doug (her husband). Little diddy’s about the car they own, a song about the fact that my mother is top sales lady at her office and a song about Milo their dog. Milo is incredible cute (see photo below) but without a doubt is the boss here. He has these treats called “Dingos” which he demands often. When I say he demands them I mean it. A few of us will be in the kitchen talking and he will walk in, bark and growl loudly until someone gives him a Dingo. So without further ado here’s the song I did called “Milo the Bad Dog”:

Milo the Bad Dog

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Please keep in mind this is no way an official song or anything that I will ever release for sale. It’s just a fun blip that took about 40 minutes last night. I used the few simple plug-ins I have on my laptop and I sang in the bedroom using the Macbook Pro’s built-in mic. The drums are an Ableton Impluse with D16 Devastor on them. The synths are an old ReFx Vanguard and Fabfilter Twin.

Today when I got back from the gym the birds in the driveway were extra loud so I took a photo of the tree they were all in and recorded 30 seconds of audio for you. I used the Griffin iTalk app on my iPhone. You can hear the birds and cars going by on Route 340.

Birds in the Trees

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Something tells me when my apartment is ready I’m going to miss suburban life.

Related post: Recordings from my day yesterday.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm, filed under music, plug-ins, song writing, sounds and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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14 Responses to “Sounds from a life in Rockland County.”

  1. John Holdun says:

    Cute.
    Are you going to give us any information about the construction of your new studio? I’d love photos and details on that process.

  2. Oh yeah for sure I will photo the process. Everything depends on cash and a building permit so I’m hoping early summer but honestly if I am 100% set up before the year is over I will be happy.

  3. malissa says:

    hilarious. tell me, how often do u turn the corner to find joan deep in conversation with milo?

  4. Augustus says:

    I’m so going to play this next time I DJ. This is awesome.

  5. ronnie says:

    I don’t really like pets all that much, but for some reason I love dogs like Milo. Lovely pic!

  6. Thanks Augustus… they me know how it turns out.

    Yeah Ronnie… just look at his face… he’s thinking “Give me Dingos!”.

  7. ballpein says:

    best song about a cute bad dog, ever.

  8. [reposting this comment because there were some issues, sorry if this ends up double posting]

    Nice, I’ve been using my Macbook’s built in mic to do some weird little arrangements as well.

    Also, that dog’s ears are epic, very adorable :)

  9. Festival says:

    Great picture from the house. Dogs are great.

    Could you remember those Chip E. chicago house track …where he used dog “barking” samples (I guess from a Mirage Sampler) and used this in the track?!

  10. Hmm not sure which track that is… I’ll ask John Selway he has everyone Chicago house track ever made.

  11. Festival says:

    I mean this track

    Chip E: – Time to jack from 1985…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXuQb8Ln6_g&feature=related

    sadly in the original mix the Dogs are missing…but the dogs are in the dub mix

    http://clone.nl/babedaf796ed46a6f62d732f97d07f3b.m3u

  12. Thanks for sharing this great song.

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