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This is the silliest thing I've ever done.

So, today I worked on a couple of projects, then got sick of coding and starting looking for something a little more fun to do. Since our Internet was down due to a dysfunctional DNS server, I wound up breaking out GarageBand and started fiddling around.

What I discovered is that I am my own a capella group.

After years of listening to great vocalists like Bobby McFerrin and Keller Williams and so on, I started working on laying down my very first a capella track. Appropriately enough, I called it "Sunday Afternoon". Not very creative, but since there are no lyrics, well, it was as good a title as anything. It's not great by a long stretch, but that was the most fun I've had at a computer in weeks.

For your pleasure and my utter embarassment, I present 3 minutes and fourteen seconds of utter silliness: Sunday Afternoon.


Silly? Well, yes. But fun.

I'm curious as to how exactly you put it together. Did you record each track in full, or take advantage of the looping model to record separate snippets? What did you use to record it?

I've found myself being able to do some pretty good work with just the basic GarageBand library. Nothing that really serves as standalone music, but very useful for creating "background" soundtracks. I used it for a section of my "Loose Ends" piece, an audition video for "The Apprentice" I did for a coworker, and now for an official work video that'll be making its debut tomorrow. I know I'll have to spring for the Jam Pack "expansion set" to have enough content to continue doing this regularly, but I'm really happy with how easy it is to use.

Not that I don't have my own suggestions for improvement, mind you...

I basically recorded each track in full. When I tried looping them, I was having a dickens of a time getting the ends and the beginnings to match up properly in volume and tone.

True story--Today I woke up at 5 A.M. with this song running through my head. Curse you Geoff & your infernal catchiness!


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