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June 2010 - Chris Schuette

Guy Spy

June 28, 2010 | By | 5 Comments

In between my specific fatherly duties and my general paternalistic attitude, I hand-crafted a new piece of music for my own personal enjoyment (or “funsies” as the hipsters like to say.)

I set out to create something that sounded kinda late-50s retro cool, but not “pretty” like  Populuxe, which I recorded a while back.  I decided to make this one sound like an old TV detective show, or an early James Bond film.   So I started with high-quality sampled instruments, then proceeded to “dirty ’em up” with various effects.  Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out.  As a final touch, I added some vinyl record effects to give it a sprinkling of dust.

It’s called “Guy Spy” and it runs 1:00m.  Dig it.

First-Person Father’s Day

June 20, 2010 | By | 4 Comments


Today is my first Father’s Day as a new Dad.  Still feels weird to type that.  It will be kind of a “hands-on” Father’s Day, with a lot of diaper-changing, feeding and staring.  Isla is several years away from giving away artwork in the medium of elbow macaroni and construction paper, so we’re just going to hang out and enjoy the day.  Patty framed several of the new family photos for me, so they are now in a prominent location in my studio.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Speaking of my studio, I managed to record a quick little piece this morning.  I was working with some of my orchestral samples and I whipped up a little 3-part tune with Piano, Cello and Viola.  The whole thing took a little over an hour and it runs 1:43m.  Since I didn’t want to waste valuable Father-Daughter-Wifey time, I simply named it “Trio.”

Happy Father’s Day!

Spit Up and Take Notice

June 17, 2010 | By | No Comments

Elisabeth spit up on me for the first time today.  I haven’t had another human being spit up on me since my Confirmation, so the events of earlier today came as a peristaltic stroll down memory lane.  The strange thing is that I didn’t mind, not really.  It’s absolutely true; when it is someone you care about all other concerns just kinda fade into the background.  Not that I want to make of habit of this, mind you.

I should also point out that Patty & I have used more laundry stain remover in the last week than we have in the preceding six years.  (I won’t say the brand name, because it’s not like they’re going to send a complimentary 5-gallon drum for the laundry room.)

Speaking of laundry; at the risk of bragging about something horribly pathetic, I am becoming quite the laundry Jedi around here.  Sure, all of the websites I visited suggested that in order to relieve stress and catch some zzz’s, we’re supposed to let the laundry wait. You know, just let it sit there, mocking me. OK, but when exactly is this stuff supposed to get done?  Do you have any idea how stressful a big honkin’ pile of laundry is?  Besides, a lot of the new laundry I’m doing represents a veritable bio-hazard, so yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and hop to it.

The dirty dishes can rot in hell, of course.

Apparently Parents

June 16, 2010 | By | 2 Comments

Little Isla has been with us for a little over a week now, and other than the fact that Patty is still recovering and I’m lumbering around like an extra from a George Romero film, we are adjusting very well. I could go on about the staggering joy of being a proud papa, but I’m wearing a larger-than-usual quantity of spit-up, so I’ll wait on that for the time being. It’s hard to believe that just over a week ago, I had never changed a diaper or burped a human or eaten a sandwich. Now it feels like second nature. We are also continually amazed by all of the little noises and faces she makes. Admittedly, most of those adorable wittle things are gas-related, but since they’re cute as hell, we’ll take ’em.

Indie & Bear are also settling into their new positions in the hierarchy around here. No more jumping on the bed, no more dog parties until 2AM. They are having a harder time realizing that not all of the new stuffed toys are for them. However, that can be handled by gentle yelling. The good news for both dogs is that in order to keep them from getting underfoot, Patty suggested I tucker them out. So, the dogs and I rented Tucker: The Man and His Dream, which of course put them right out.

I feel like I have so much to write about, simply because I learn something new every day. All I know is that being a dad and husband is the best role I ever had.

Oh, Hey! Baby Pictures!

First Photo

June 9, 2010 | By | 6 Comments

Here is our first “official” photo of Elisabeth Jane.  I say “official” because Patty is the photographer in this family.  I’m simply the geek.  I can only assume I will be posting more photos in the future, but because I love each and every one of you, I’ll try to limit the photos of “nappy time.”

Hey, I said “try.”

Elisabeth Jane

June 8, 2010 | By | One Comment

Elisabeth Jane Schuette was born today at 11:24 AM.  She weighed 8 lbs 6 ounces at birth and measures 20.5 inches long.  Patty and little “Isla” are doing fine, although they are both alternating between hungry and exhausted.  I was thrilled to be a part of this amazing process and I find myself in the unusual position of being nearly speechless.  It all makes sense to me now.  Every decision I’ve ever made in my life has led me to this point, and every decision I make from now on carries an added dimension because it involves her.  I could not possibly be happier about that. She is a beautiful girl and she is going to see so many amazing things in her life.  I can’t wait to see some of them with her.

Oh, and her nickname is pronounced “EYE-la.”

Because we like it.

Anytime Now!

June 7, 2010 | By | 2 Comments

I actually I thought I’d be posting baby photos by now.  Seriously, I was certain that I would telling you how Wifey, Baby and I spent D-Day.  Alas, there is no baby yet, and we wasted D-Day by sitting around looking confused and eating ice cream.  Just like Arbor Day!  Don’t worry, though; there will be news soon enough!

It also dawned on me that unless our little girl wants me to read her books on the subject of  audio recording and/or home repair, I may want to start looking for some new children’s books.  I’m certainly open to suggestions, so let me know what you think.

I should also mention that during my search, I came across the website of a very talented illustrator named Nina Victor Crittenden.  She has no idea who I am, but I definitely recommend you check out her work at her website.  Very cool stuff.

I’ve also been making the most of the voluminous amount of free time one associates with pre-parenthood by continuing to make music.  I had a lot of fun recording this piece.  It has a toy piano, a Mellotron and a few other things that I can’t recall at the moment.  Patty said it reminds her of  a walk in the park.  I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I’m calling this one “Through The Park,” and it is 1:41m long.  Enjoy!