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October 2011 - Chris Schuette


October 31, 2011 | By | No Comments

I’ll be honest, I can’t remember if I ever posted this short video of Isla doing the ASL sign for “more.” Well, if I did, here is is again.

I’m actually posting this to test out whether I can do a video podcast.  In case you haven’t noticed (and judging by the stats, you haven’t,) I have a neat little Podcast over at iTunes.  Whenever I post an original piece of music here on my blog, it automatically gets added as an audio podcast on iTunes.  You can subscribe by clicking on the “iTunes Podcast” button on the right sidebar. Oh, and it’s free!

Well, I am attempting to see if I can add a video podcast as well.  If this sounds very geeky and if I lost you 5 minutes ago, you’re finally starting to understand what a conversation with me is actually like.  Either way, I hope it works, and I hope you enjoy the short (23 second) video.

A Little Halloween Music

October 28, 2011 | By | No Comments

Ever since I was a little boy growing up in the brown-tinted era known as the 1970s, one of my guilty pleasures has been scary movies. I clearly remember sitting in front of our (color!) TV in the shag carpeted, wood paneled family room watching a show featuring clips from all sorts old classic scary movies, including Psycho, Halloween and The Omen. Obviously, I HAD to see these movies.

You thought I was kidding about the Family Room?

I’ve written about this before, but excellent blogs including Final Girl and Kindertrauma have helped to bring back some great memories…memories of watching TV; kinda sad now that I think about it.

I also remember seeing the commercial for 1979’s Phantasm.  I didn’t see the film until years later, but just watching the trailer freaked me out. (What’s that flying silver ball with the spikes? Who’s the creepy old tall dude?? Holy crap, that kid is supposed to be safe in bed, but these jawa-looking things start attacking him!!) OK, it looks kinda tame now, but hey, I was 8!

(Man, film trailers back then mentioned the film title A LOT)

Since it’s almost Halloween, I put together a piece of music reminiscent of the scary film music at the time.  Specifically, I was thinking of the minimal scores John Carpenter wrote for most of his own movies. A lot of the films were done on a tight budget, so the themes often used synthesizers rather than full orchestras. I don’t currently have a full orchestra hanging around my studio, so please enjoy the synthy goodness!

Happy New Ear

October 18, 2011 | By | No Comments

Isla spent most of this summer listening…to everything. Her cochlear implant was activated in July, and it works like a dream. The implant is for her right ear, since that was the ear with the most hearing loss. As a result of being able to hear better, she is now vocalizing more and learning how to make the various sounds that will eventually develop into words. She is also attending speech therapy, as this is essential for learning how to hear, as well as listen. (Yes, there is a distinction between the two.)

Most importantly, Isla is happy. She loves learning new things and is excited when she can show off her newfound skills, such as book reading, book tossing, and book attempted-eating.

She has also moved on from simply laughing at her dad’s antics, to actually trying to crack me up as well. This is her scary face:

Kid’s got some serious comedy skills. There’s no way this will ever lead to something bad, right?