Northern Wave IFF

Best Icelandic Music Video, Northern Wave International Film Festival

I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time until now to update on something really exciting! A couple weeks ago I went to Rif on Snæfelsnes for the 10th Anniversary Northern Wave International Film Festival.

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The weekend was a lot of fun, and I saw a ton of interesting Icelandic and international short films. The music video I created for Jae Tyler’s “Life As a Wall” was among 14 selected for the Icelandic Music Video category, Continue reading

Review: The Robinhood App is a Great Way to Dip Your Toes into the Stock Market

I’m writing this review because this is something I recently got into and I think my perspective could be helpful to other people. If you use my referral link we both get free stocks.

A few months ago I stumbled across an article about Robinhood, a stock market app that charges no commissions. I’d never had any interest in the stock market before — actually, I’ve always been a hardcore cynic. But since Robinhood is totally free I figured there was no harm in checking it out.

In retrospect it’s a no-brainer. Before, I was saving money in a savings account, earning close to no interest on it while inflation slowly ate away at its value. The stock market on the other hand returns on average something like 12% a year. With compounding that means that on average every 6 years you would double your money. I think a lot of people come from that same place of ambivalence that I was at before I tried Robinhood, so I’m going to walk through what I learned since then. Continue reading

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Joy Division Omni Vox/Solina synth patch for the MicroKORG XL

Somebody asked whether I had any Joy Division-sounding patches for the MicroKORG XL. I didn’t, so I decided to make one. It’s a bit difficult to play Joy Division stuff on the MicroKORG XL since usually the keyboard has a left hand and right hand part that are more than three octaves apart, but hopefully you get the idea.

I have a handful of other patches I’ve been working on for the MicroKORG XL that I’ve added to the patch bank. I’ll be preparing a video to show them off soon. If you have any requests, send them this way!

Best Place to Sell Musical Instruments & Gear Online

Ebay vs. Craigslist vs. Reverb.com

Throughout the years I’ve done a bunch of buying and selling musical instruments online. Buying is easy — you can just compare different sites to find the best price — but where is the best place to sell musical gear online?

Craigslist, ebay, and Reverb.com each have their own advantages and disadvantages, but from my experience there is one clear winner. I’ll talk through them here. Continue reading

MicroKORG Sound Editor Troubleshooting Guide

KORG’s MicroKORG Sound Editor is free software for transferring presets (patches) back and forth between your computer and your MicroKORG via MIDI, as well as for editing those patches. The software is clunky, and not at all self-explanatory.

A few people who have bought my original patches for the MicroKORG have run into trouble loading them into their synth. From my experience, these are a few of the common problems people run into. Hopefully this information will be helpful to others as well.

So if you’re stuck, here are some things to check. Continue reading