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What creative projects have you been working on?

This topic is part of a monthly series. It is meant to be a place for users to discuss creative projects they have been working on.

Projects can be personal, professional, physical, digital, or even just ideas.

If you have any creative projects that you have been working on or want to eventually work on, this is a place for discussing those.

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  1. [3]
    facedeodorant
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    Using traditional (non-electric/hand tool) woodworking techniques to make a massive 8 foot long, 3.5 inch thick pine workbench top since my last one was a thin hand-me-down that broke. Somewhat...

    Using traditional (non-electric/hand tool) woodworking techniques to make a massive 8 foot long, 3.5 inch thick pine workbench top since my last one was a thin hand-me-down that broke. Somewhat ironically I'm using lumber from the big box store, so that's not very traditional, but this quantity of nicer lumber starts to cost far too many dollars from better lumber yards. This winter I'll be using the bench to make more garden boxes for once the weather warms back up.

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      xstresedg
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      That sounds really satisfying, actually. I've been watching a lot of bushcraft stuff and all the hammering and sawing sounds is so cathartic.

      That sounds really satisfying, actually. I've been watching a lot of bushcraft stuff and all the hammering and sawing sounds is so cathartic.

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      1. facedeodorant
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        It is very satisfying. It's a good time to be quiet, careful, and use your body and mind together to produce something useful.

        It is very satisfying. It's a good time to be quiet, careful, and use your body and mind together to produce something useful.

        2 votes
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    sunjammer
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    It's still in the idea stage, but I want to create a local live music sessions series on YouTube. I'm a big fan of The Mahogany Sessions and similar sessions series. I love the aesthetic and the...

    It's still in the idea stage, but I want to create a local live music sessions series on YouTube. I'm a big fan of The Mahogany Sessions and similar sessions series. I love the aesthetic and the connection between music and physical space. I live in a "Renaissance City" (read: hipsters + gentrification) in the U.S. which has so many great local musicians and interesting spaces that are often culturally overshadowed by the announcement of another new restaurant, apartment complex, etc. Despite an influx of young, creative people, the local music scene has no mature means of discovering these artists or appreciating these spaces, and I think combining the two would be a lot of fun.

    The investment up front is pretty hefty (I don't own any high quality video equipment) and this wouldn't be a for-profit endeavor, but I think this would scratch my itches as a musician, creator and marketing professional and help better connect me to a sense of local community, which I am increasingly in need of. Any input is welcome!

    Edit: grammar

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    1. [3]
      krg
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      You can get pretty damn good video quality out of a Sony a5100 with the XAVCS codec and they they go for <$300, used. Pair that with a cheap + fast manual lense (like this or this) and steady...

      You can get pretty damn good video quality out of a Sony a5100 with the XAVCS codec and they they go for <$300, used. Pair that with a cheap + fast manual lense (like this or this) and steady hands and you got yourself a fairly capable run-n-gun video setup. You'd probably want to invest in a separate audio recorder as the a5100 picks up gross breathing sounds (in my experience).

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        sunjammer
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        Thanks very much! That is all much more affordable than I thought it was going to be. I already own a Tascam, which helps. As an audiophile, gross breathing sounds are a mortal enemy of mine. :)...

        Thanks very much! That is all much more affordable than I thought it was going to be. I already own a Tascam, which helps. As an audiophile, gross breathing sounds are a mortal enemy of mine. :)

        Now I'm going to have to do some homework on being a better filmmaker to put this all to good use ...

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        1. krg
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          With manual-focus lenses, the biggest skill is maintaining focus as you're filming. Bigger productions will have a person dedicated to maintaining focus, but as I imagine you'll be doing it all...

          With manual-focus lenses, the biggest skill is maintaining focus as you're filming. Bigger productions will have a person dedicated to maintaining focus, but as I imagine you'll be doing it all yourself you'll have to worry about framing and focus yourself. The a5100 has a useful feature that will outline things on its screen in red if it's in acceptable focus, though, which helps.

          If you go the a5100 route, eventually you can purchase a lens with autofocus and use the touchscreen to touch what you want to bring into focus. It works reasonably well.

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  3. Wulfsta
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    I've slowly been designing a set of neural networks to use for style transfer and image upscaling, as well as trying to hack a DTG printer together from an Epson printer. I'd like to print the...

    I've slowly been designing a set of neural networks to use for style transfer and image upscaling, as well as trying to hack a DTG printer together from an Epson printer. I'd like to print the stuff I make onto a canvas as a base layer and then oil paint over it. I have almost everything on the machine learning side of things done, but Epson has made their printers annoyingly difficult to modify.

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  4. Staross
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    I've got an old project I never managed to finish. I was a big fan of a compilation of French music called "Les fran├žais chantent mal" ("The French sing badly"), which is a crazy mix of...

    I've got an old project I never managed to finish. I was a big fan of a compilation of French music called "Les fran├žais chantent mal" ("The French sing badly"), which is a crazy mix of semi-professional French music (always with a voice), TV and film samples, random mixes that echoes each other, etc.

    I've been collecting material but I'm missing good songs, I want only unknown songs that are good and sonically interesting, which is not easy to find. Doing the mix is always very time consuming. For example this evening I made a short section where I switch quickly to different song using a VST that simulates a radio tuning. The effect is pretty cool but it took me 2 hours to do 2 minutes...

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