How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy

APPRECIATE THE SMALL THINGS AND LITTLE MOMENTS IN LIFE FOR THAT IS WHAT HAPPINESS REALLY IS; GRATITUDE FOR EACH MOMENT.  HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE!  MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO BE HAPPY NOW!

 

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YOU’RE THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOU. HAPPINESS IS LIKE THE ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY.  TRYING TO GRASP IT WITH SELFISH DESIRES IS IMPOSSIBLE.  IT JUST COMES TO YOU IN THE PROCESS OF LIVING AND LOVING OTHERS.Copy of happiness is a choice.png

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DON’T FORGET TO DANCE, EVEN IF YOU CAN’T, LIKE ME!

 

Flower has a thousand petals.

Flower has a thousand petals

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“Don’t go outside your house to see the flowers,

My friend, don’t bother with that excursion.

Inside your body there are flowers.  One flower has a thousand petals.

That will do for a place to sit.

Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty inside the body and out of it,

before gardens and after gardens.”

Kabir

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Prince of Romance is Dead

Prince of Romance is Dead!

How sad can life be?  We lose another great one.  A tall, dark, handsome, charming, and disarming Englishman with a low, slow and breathy, sexiest of voices.  What are we to do now? You know he can never be replaced but he is our real life angel now.  British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga and other films, has died January 14th of pancreatic cancer. He was only 69.

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Alan Rickman looking oh so romantic.   Alan Rickman in “Sense and Sensibilty” with Kate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Winslet.

Cutest and Funniest Dance Ever

Sexiest Dance You’ll Never Dance

 

This was the sexiest voice on the planet.

Rest in Peace, Sweet Prince!

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Dance Magic Dance

“Dance Magic Dance”

The magic man seemingly from another world, David Bowie, dies of cancer at the age of 69.  Iconic singer David Bowie died Sunday after an 18-months-long battle with cancer.

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Jennifer Connolly and David Bowie in “Labyrinth”

“Magic Dance” video with David Bowie, Jareth,”The Goblin King,” from Labyrinth

                                             David on Broadway as “The Elephant Man”

Bye David, creative and musical chameleon genius, we’re really gonna miss you, God speed!

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David Bowe’s Many Incarnations

Rest in Peace David Bowie

RIP DB

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Here I am as the , “Fairy Queen.”

David’s Music

This is: David Bowie (Spotify Playlist)

Enjoy!

Inspire Me!

Inspiring Assignment

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My last assignment for my first class of my doctorate is writing a personal reflection paper about myself.  First thing I must do is find something to inspire me and hopefully you all too.  I am going to use different quotes from different people and you can help me out by picking out the best or one of you own and write it out in the comments.

My Dad!

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Nothing is worth more than the value of a good education and you can never learn too much.  “Usa austucia” or use your logic and your intelligence in every situation.  Be observant of your environment and look in all four corners.

My Mom

The picture on the right I drew of my mom and me (when I was 3 years old).

Eat your vegetables everyday.  Keep useful pure.  If you don’t drink, smoke or are promiscuous, you’re not missing much.  You body is a temple.  It takes twenty four hours just to take care of yourself.  Do what is the most important first.  Don’t waste time; life is too short.  A good education makes one polite and refined.  It is very important.

Aunt Rori

Aunt Rori

Karen Quintana Esquivel and Aurora Holguin Quintana (Rori)

You can never be too rich, too thin or have too much education.  Both of her children, a girl, Karen, and a boy, Chris have PhD’s and are professors and she is very glamorous.

Famous Quotes on Education

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Albert Einstein

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Nelson Mandela

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Aristotle

What do you think?

Value of A College Education

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/value-of-college-education/

What is an Education Anyway?

 

(This is a first in series of features on thinking deeply about life and self improvement for the new year 2016.)

All About Oscillators

 

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Hello,

I’m Melissa Ann from El Paso, Texas.

My people, the music people, artists,writers and lovers, God bless you, I enjoyed communing with you and sharing ideas.  This was really a fruitful year however, I hope this new year (2016) is even better and it kicks a**.  Love you all!

The Oscillator (Voltage Controlled Oscillator – VCO)

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The Oscillator is the thing which creates the sound. This sound created is based on different geometric waveforms, their selected shape in particular. When a note is played, in this is where the signal will begin before feeding through the other modules of the synthesizer. The most common waveforms are:

Waveforms

  • Sine Wave – Represents a single frequency with no harmonics.  Sounds very pure and loud.
  • Sawtooth Wave – The sound is often fuller as it contains all harmonic. Like the sound or timbre of a violin.
  • Square Wave – Produces a  very thin reedy, hollow sound  (like an oboe) as it is missing the even harmonics.  Like the sound or timbre of a clarinet.
  • Pulse Wave – Produces a similar sound to the square wave but has the unique ability to have its width modulated.
  • Triangle Wave – Produces sound like a filtered square wave however the higher harmonics arrive much faster.
  • Noise – If the vibrations do not follow a pattern, the waveform can be random and the sound is discordant and called noise.

Oscillators, Frequency LFO and Primary Modulation with Direct Control and Pitch (Class Screen Shots)

(Voltage Controlled Amplifier – VCA)

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After the signal is changed by the filters, it then passes through to the Amplifier which is usually a unity-gain type amplifier which varies the amplitude of a signal in response to an applied control voltage. The response curve may be linear or exponential.

The Amplifier determines the immediate volume level of a played note, and it will quiet the output at the end of the note. A VCA may be referred to as being “two quadrant” or “four quadrant” in operation. In a two quadrant VCA, if the control voltage input drops to less than or equal to zero, what happens is that the VCA produces no output. “In a four quadrant VCA, once the control voltage drops below zero, the output gain rises according to the absolute value of the control voltage, but the output is inverted in phase from the input” (http://introduction-to-music-production.blogspot.com/). A four quadrant VCA is what is used to produce amplitude modulation plus ring modulation effects.

The Envelope
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The Envelope modulator is attached to the Amplifier to control its movements . Although envelopes can control different parameters, the last one in the synthesizer will usually be the Amplitude Envelope.  The ADSR controls are:

  • Attack time – the time for initial run-up from zero to peak level, beginning when the key is first pressed
  • Decay time – the time taken for the subsequent come down from the attack level to the designated sustain level
  • Sustain level – the level reached during the main sequence of the sound’s duration, until the key is released
  • Release time – the time taken for the level to decay or decrease from the sustain level to zero after the key is released

These four controls define a path for the sound to follow and adjustments to each of these will have an what we hear with the human ear.  For example, an organ envelope represents a switch, functioning almost “on and off”, and we can use it to emulate blown or bowed instruments that hold sustaining notes. To emulate a percussive sound, the sustain level will be at zero.  The length of the note is controlled by the decay time. For a punctuated sustaining sound however, like that of a trumpet, the sustain level can be set somewhere in the middle to allow a decrease by decay.

Envelopes can be used really well on an existing patch to modify and perfect it until it sounds just right.

LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator

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Low-frequency oscillator (LFO) is an electronic signal which is usually below 20 Hz which creates a rhythmic pulse or sweep. These signals are often used to modulate synthesizers, delay lines and other audio equipment in order to create audio effects in electronic music. “Audio effects such as vibrato, tremolo and phasing are examples” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-frequency_oscillation). LFO can be used n many ways.  When routed to modulate to control pitch, it can create a vibrato and when it modulates amplitude, it can create tremolo.

What it is and the Basics

Differences between LFO rates also can be used or a number for a number of effects in modern music. For example, a very low rate can be used to modulate a filter‘s cutoff frequency, which shows up as the gradual sensation of the sound becoming clearer or closer to the listener (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-frequency_oscillation).

Alternatively, a high rate can be used for strange ‘rippling’ noises or sound effects. For example, Dubstep and drum and bass are forms of electronic music which employs frequent use of LFOs, that are often synchronized to the tempo of the track, for producing bass sounds that have a “wobble” effect, by modulating the cutoff frequency of a low-pass filter to create a distinctive opening-and-closing effect. Because of this the LFO wobble is now being found in other forms of electronic dance music such as house music (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-frequency_oscillation).

Reflections

“That’s that’s all folks”-Bug Bunny from Looney Tunes

I learned a lot in this class, from zero to twenty percent, just kidding, at least around 80 percent.  Always keep learning and growing even when you’re old like me.  Life is a bowl of cherries although sometimes its the pits.  Keep on rocking.  Any questions or problems with this assignment, let me know because I’ll be here and I care.  Bye!

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Delay Spectrum and Doing Delays

Hello, I’m Melissa Ann from El Paso, Texas and yes it’s the Sunbowl and it’s snowing.

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Delay Spectrum and Doing Delays

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Example of a Flanger

“Delay forms the basis for a wide range of effects that can transform your tracks from dull and pedestrian to polished and professional.”
Geoff Smith

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Delay would probably be the effect to pick if you only had one to choose.. Why? Well, delay isn’t only an effect in itself; it’s also one of the basic building blocks for many other effects, including reverb, chorus and flanging — and that makes it very useful.
Slapback Delay

 


‘Slapback delay’ is generally used to describe a single echo of 60-180ms that creates a thickening effect. Famous fans of slapback delay on their voice track include John Lennon and Elvis Presley. ‘Slap delay’ is also a standard treatment for hip-hop vocals because, as Jaycen Joshua put it in SOS August 2010, “reverb is the kiss of death on rap vocals” (/sos/aug10/articles/it-0810.htm).
(http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may12/articles/designer-delay.htm)

How to Do Delays on Vocals

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1. Create a send from your vocal track and on the send, call up a delay plug-in. It doesn’t need to be a sophisticated one; in fact, the simpler the plug-in is, the easier this will be to follow. For example in Logic Pro use Logic’s Tape Delay.
2. Set the delay time to a quarter note and the feedback to zero. If you’re using a delay that doesn’t have tempo-sync options, you can still get things in sync by remembering the following equation: ms = 60,000 ÷ bpm
(http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may12/articles/designer-delay.htm)

Types of Delays

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Simple Low Pass Comb Filter
1. Comb Filtering – A complex filter with a series of evenly spaced notches across the frequency spectrum

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Good Explaination and Drawing?

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2. Slapback Delay – Better used to get the sound of something bouncing off a wall and has a thickening effect. Use these settings on a simple plugin to get this sound. These are 20% wet, 80 ms delay time, and 0% feedback.
3. Synchronized Long Delay – Like an echo off a canyon sound. It creates tremendous reverb. I think probably the easiest way to get this sound of tremendous spaciousness is through a convolution filter which can sample several common (night club) and unusual (outer space?) real spaces. You can also use algorithm filters to get more specific but also more mechanical effects.

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I hope you enjoyed my little presentation. If you have any thoughts or questions, let me know. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. God bless you and thanks!

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The Kids and I Hope You Had a Very Merry Christmas!

(No they are not my kids but my cousin’s kids.)