Acoustic Guitar and Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree with Guitar

My neighbor, Greg, and I have been practicing my Gift of Peace for guitar and bass, and this shot of the tree, with the guitar and music stand, seemed quite lovely. I used it this morning for a Daily Create.

Peace (and Song),

DS106: Remix Monday (Week 4)

I’m doing a five-week, every-Monday remix of a piece of art from the earlier days of DS106. (Read more about what I am up to here). This is week four. So one more week to go. It’s unusual for me to stay with something like over many weeks time. I am usually a move-quick and get-it-done-and-published, but I like taking some time here over a period of a few weeks.

For this week’s activity, I took the text from the original image (the text has become my main focus for remix) and pulled it into Lumen5, which is a video-making site. I decided against photographic images, which is usually how Lumen videos are created, and instead, I used one of its templates with designs. I think that makes more sense for what I was looking for in the words flowing from one phrasing to another.

Peace (and Remix),


Google’s New AI Tool: MusicFX

I have long been interested (sometimes, alarmed) by how some of the new machine learning/AI tools might impact the making of music. Mostly, I have not been all that impressed (good thing for human music composers, right?) but I also know that the technology is only getting better. (See some earlier posts)

The results have been awful or weird or un-listenable.

Google just released its new tool called MusicFX in its AI Test Kitchen (so, you know, beta) and, well, it’s a big leap forward to what I was playing around with just a few months ago. You write in text about the kind of music you want, and you can add genre, instrumentation, etc, and the site generates a 30 second track. The few experiments I did sounded decent.

Bad news for human music composers? Maybe.

Peace (and sound),

PS — there’s also a new TextFX in the same platform but I can’t for the life of me figure out its value.

Gift Of Peace Remix 2023

Five years ago, my friend, John, and I went into a recording studio to record a holiday song that we wrote – A Gift Of Peace (For Christmas) — and each year, he and I try to do different remix versions of it, just to keep the song fresh and alive for us.

This year, I used some music software to convert the song into music manuscript (which I then printed out and packaged as a gift to my friend, John). Here, I turned the manuscript into a video, with the instrumental part of the song as backing track.

Peace (not war),

PS — the song is still in the music streaming ecosystems:


Spotify:…   / a-gift-of-peace-for-christmas-single  

Amazon Music:…


DS106: Remix Monday (Week 3)

I’m doing a five-week, every-Monday (unless I space out and forget to get it done) remix of a piece of art from the earlier days of DS106. (Read more about what I am up to here). This is week three.

For this week’s remix, I took the text of the image about remix, and used a Black Out Poem tool off Glitch, to find a poem inside the text. The I went into LunaPic and did some artistic layering behind the found poem.

DS106 RemixMondays week3

Peace (and remix),