Bryan Baker
Bryan Baker
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Hello, I'm Bryan Baker. I flirted with music and recording when I was a kid. Experimenting with portable reel-to-reel recorders, then doing 8-track collages and silly kid stuff. Got my first 4-track in college and soon after found Option Magazine around 1983. A few years later I started publishing a zine called GAJOOB featuring home recording artists. I never talked much about my own recordings in the zine, but I like making everything from rock songs to crazy sound experiments. I do a lot of the latter at tapegerm.com. I'm just getting into Logic Pro now and still exploring and having fun. Hit me up for a collaboration or something.

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Loopers and Songwriting


By homemademusic, 2018-09-05
Loopers and Songwriting

I find working with loopers can be a helpful tool for songwriting.

Check it out on Amazon.

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Finding Old Lyric Scraps


By homemademusic, 2018-09-01
Finding Old Lyric Scraps

This morning I was looking for my clipboard so I could fill out a jury notice I received in the mail yesterday.

It was on top of a stack of old mail which is sitting on a table in my bedroom which holds a rack of old outboard effects and whatnot. Clipped to the clipboard is roughly 25 sheets of ruled paper, the top paper consisting of the start of a song; one verse (pictured).

The lyric reads:

So sad, so sad
I'm so sad
Don't know if I
Can be the same again
Oh, please, Lord, send him back

Judging from the chords notated above the lines, I was most likely writing and singing this on guitar, but I don't really recall doing this. My memory is not full of detailed, linear scenes from the past. It's more like brief flashes that might piece together to form a slice of time.

So this lyric could be one thing or it could be another; I'm not sure.

It could be written around the time I wrote Dear, Charlie. It could be about the same event, but from the perspective of a wife or lover losing a loved one to suicide. Charlie is words from a man taking his life to his child.

However, since it's on the clipboard, I think it was written at a later time and probably about something else. The inspiration behind a song often doesn't linger around, waiting for you to capture it. It's here and gone. You have to put in the work to keep it framed within the words of of song by completing the song.

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Crystal VST Instrument


By homemademusic, 2018-02-24
Crystal VST Instrument

Crystal is a semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lforates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. Not only that, Crystal has wave sequencing, granular synthesis, program morphing, MIDI learn, and imports soundfonts. The musical applications for Crystal are literally boundless.

Website: http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/about.html

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u-he Triple Cheese


By bfbaker, 2018-02-24
u-he Triple Cheese

Winner of the 2006 KVR Developer Challenge, Triple Cheese is a unique-sounding freeware synthesizer plugin. Triple Cheese doesn't use any of the classic synthesis techniques – substractive, FM or additive – but various forms of comb filter i.e. very short chromatically tuned delays. The three cheese modules in a row either generate their own signal, or process the output of the previous module.

FREE DOWNLOAD https://www.u-he.com/cms/triple-cheese

Download the user guide.

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New Methods


By bfbaker, 2016-05-31
New Methods

I've started down a new path exploring new recording methods with an iPad Pro 9.7 Inch.

It's a different approach for me, coming from very basic DAWs like Bias Deck and ACID. Before that I was on 4-track, so this has been a long time coming.

I guess I've always created in phases. I made 100's of recordings on 4-track cassette in the 80's and 90's, tapering off as GAJOOB became a focus and then the beginning of homemademusic.com as an online store and shortrun CD distributor.

Between 2003-2005ish I found another groove and recorded on an OS9 iBook and Bias Deck DAW. I was luck to get 16 mono tracks (basically an 8 track recorder). No MIDI, no extras. I was also using ACID by Sonic Foundry in conjunction with most of my Tapegerm collaborations. 

Stems: All My Love


By homemademusic, 2013-11-01
Stems: All My Love

I've made all of the multitrack stems for the 2003 recording of my song, "All My Love," available for download. I'd like to hear some different creations resulting from something sourced from these stems. I have them as a project at tapegerm.com as well, which has resulted in a few creative takes -- I love hearing that!

DOWNLOAD STEMS

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