Rainy afternoon Illustration by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music

Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

I created another acoustic guitar instrumental track, continuing to experiment with Audacity. Same method as my last track: I recorded a snippet of rhythm guitar, copied and pasted it into a sequence in the Audacity timeline, then recorded a solo over the rhythm.   You can listen to my last track here and watch a… Continue reading Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

Guitar_Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, Music

Original Music on Acoustic Guitar: Circles of 9

  I was inspired recently to create a picking sequence on acoustic guitar. I recorded a 25-second piece of music, then played around in Audacity to create a full track. I replicated the original sequence eight times by copying and pasting into the timeline window of the software interface to lay down the rhythm, then… Continue reading Original Music on Acoustic Guitar: Circles of 9

Bacon potato lettuce frittata
Food

Frittata with Bacon, Potato and Lettuce

Frittatas are good to make for weekend brunch, when you have more time to do prep. Feel free to get creative. The basics are a lot of eggs and some dairy. Other than that, let your palate guide you. Ingredients: 2 medium potatoes, chopped into cubes 4-6 bacon slices, chopped 1-3 stalks lettuce, chopped 10… Continue reading Frittata with Bacon, Potato and Lettuce

Sleepy John Estes by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music

Listen: Diving Duck Blues

  I've started playing around with a USB microphone and Audacity. So much fun. Here's my first recording with this setup. There's audible hiss and a bit of echo, but I like the rawness of the sound. Reminds me of old recordings. This is a cover of "Diving Duck Blues" (1929), a song by the… Continue reading Listen: Diving Duck Blues

chicken rice porridge
Food

Chicken Rice Porridge

I was inspired to do a take on congee, which is Chinese rice porridge. My porridge is on the drier side, but you can control the moisture level with the amount of water according to your preference. The flavor base is the chicken broth, and soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil round out the profile.… Continue reading Chicken Rice Porridge