First up: again, major thanks to @marcus_fischer for spearheading this.
Pretty good, and I’m not sure I’m going to change this list much when I make a list for 2019. On the Guitar/Theory side, it was a great year. I continue to take guitar lessons weekly (it helps the school is, like, two blocks from where I live), and practice a lot, usually half an hour a day, often quite more. I got a cheap acoustic guitar for my birthday (to supplement my Stratocaster), and having that in the living room for spur-of-the-moment noodling has been a big help. On the Synth/Software tip, I used my modular synth (6U Eurorack) a lot, swapped out about half of it, and am very much enjoying it. I use it mostly to process guitar and field recordings, and I wanna get some percussive-oriented modules (likely Elements, and something to shape IFM output), and sort out my nagging dissatisfaction with the 4MS Spectral (primarily that it doesn’t do individual outs per spectrum — likely meaning I’ll just give 4HP over to a FXDf). I didn’t make a ton of progress on Coding, but did dedicate time to it. Switched from Processing to SuperCollider as my focus. Still at it, and hopeful for 2019. And I did Record/Post/Document more. I’m trying to sort out how to organize all the files that I produce.
The main thing of note here is I am, apparently, now part of a music-trio project. We’ve had two practices and one actual concert at an actual venue (a cafe in Berkeley). The guitarist made this happen, bringing in me and a (phenomenal) vocalist. I process both their sounds, and am processing field recordings. Next step is for me to add percussive sounds.
A so-so year here. I did a lot on Next Music/Sound Book, though nowhere near what I’d hoped to. The This Week in Sound newsletter came out in spurts. I put the Disquietude podcast on hiatus because much as I enjoyed it, it took time I needed to apply elsewhere — I did, though, start the weekly Stasis Report playlist on Spotify and, later, Google Play Music. Junto went great, though the extra-project activities and dedicated site didn’t (well, there is now an extra-project planned for next year, and I suppose much of that effort occurred this year). Disquiet.com went great, though I still haven’t introduced guest posts or do a redesign. Freelance Writing went OK, but I’m still sorting out the benefits versus focusing on Disquiet.com and book-writing. Big Side Project was largely dormant.
Fiction: Didn’t complete but am pretty darn close. Handwriting: progress, though much to go. Social media: Much progress through limits, like not participating on weekends or after hours. I’m on year-end hiatus now, for two months, and somewhat looking forward to getting back in the throng come January.
Very good year. Didn’t get to the gym much, but otherwise very good, including starting tai chi and occasionally going to an actual yoga class.
Main thing is the trio mentioned up above.
Thanks again. I may tweak this response at some point, but wanted to get my thoughts in order. Here’s to 2019.