New mix "BUGZ!" more walking for creativity, and beauty for Gazan refugees

Heya folks,

I've been slow getting back into the habit of these since the holiday season, nevertheless, welcome back to another edition of Sharing Notes!

New mix "BUGZ!"

Some artist clients of mine, Doctor Generous and Mina Bloom, put out a music video for their song "BUGZ!" It's a tongue-in-cheek synthwave jam about our interconnected life with and dependence upon arthropods. I had fun mixing and mastering this one and adding some production final touches. With this one, I had to mix several diverse drum loops together into a cohesive whole, and I found using a clipper to be incredibly helpful for getting these loops to hit the same target volume. My personal favorite is StandardCLIP, and if you're looking for a free option, I'd recommend Free Clip.

More walking for creativity

Last time I wrote you, I shared about walking as creative exercise. Not only does moving get the mind grooving in a way that stillness simply can't, going for walks can offer you new images for your creative practice. Biologist and artist Marianne North says, "Every day's ramble showed me fresh wonders." Thich Nhat Hanh says, "We walk in such a way that every step can help us to stop running the useless race and get in touch with the wonders of life that are available in the here and the now."

Beauty for Gazan refugees

Beauty is not a luxury, it's a necessity. In the words of one Guinean refugee, "As refugees we lose our sense of beauty, and when that happens, we lose our sense of everything, of life itself." Today, Gazans continue to face displacement as Israel orders the evacuation of Khan Younis as a part of its military operation. One Palestinian researcher shared that their home in the refugee camp "feels like living in jail, but that they still make it a beautiful place to live." Enjoying beauty is a part of resistance, and making art does not preclude us from taking part in the the work of liberation.


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