In Progress

May 28th, 2017

This one has been therapeutic to work on.



In Progress

Februrary 4th, 2017

Annd we're back to acoustic



In Progress

September 4th, 2016

Got my amp back and trying that last one out on electric. Still hate the recording process and how it's coming out but like the content.



In Progress

June 12th, 2016

Another unmixed sample. Feel like this one might get the non-acoustic treatment when my amp is back from the shop, we'll see.



YouTube Recall

April 15th, 2016

If you use Google Chrome and you watch a lot of videos on YouTube, especially longer videos, might I suggest you check out my new Chrome extension. It allows you to save and manage the positions of your YouTube videos and reload them later. It has an easy to use interface and it can even sync your saved videos across all your computers that you are logged into Chrome on. I made it because I was watching a lot of long-form videos on Youtube and it was a pain trying to remember how far into a video I was if I needed to come back to it later. I made it for myself to use but maybe someone else will find it useful as well.

YouTube Recall on the Chrome Store

New Song: Compos

April 13th, 2016

Still getting the new equipment dialed in but we're getting there. As always, you can stream and download all my music for free from my Bandcamp as well as on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and TIDAL if you prefer any of those.



In Progress

March 8th, 2016

Unmixed sample of something I'm working on. Trying to keep things higher tempo lately.



New Song: Cinder

November 4th, 2015

That distored guitar didn't come out exactly how I wanted but recording on this new equipment is still a work in progress. Anyways, as always, you can stream and download all my music at http://dougtafoya.bandcamp.com/ as well as on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and TIDAL if you prefer any of those.



Arduinos and the Heat

October 11th, 2015

In my never-ending quest to:
 a. Find a use for my Arduino
   and
 b. Combat the scourge that is all temperatures above 70 degrees

I've created a way of monitoring heat levels while I'm gone. This was, again, mainly to put my Arduino to some sort of use beyond blinking LEDs (it's like Cirque du Goddamn Soleil in here when I fire that thing up though (see: no it's not)) but also it was a good learning experience. Using a thermistor and a 10k resistor you can read the temperature using an Arduino and then using a simple Win32 console app you can connect to it and read the values over the serial connection. I used this set up to connect the thermistor to the Arduino:


(Ground) ---- (10k-Resistor) -------|------- (Thermistor) ---- (+5v)
                                    |
                           Arduino analog pin 0

This uses the 10k resistor as a voltage divider so you can read the resistance of the thermistor. Once you have the voltage, you use the Steinhart–Hart equation to calculate the temperature. Don't worry, I don't really understand that one very well either but it's a well known equation for computing the resistance of a semiconductor at different temperatures. The simple version of the Arduino program would look something like this:


#include <math.h>
double getTemp(int rawV) 
{
    double Temp;
    Temp = log(10000.0*((1024.0/rawV-1))); 
    //Note: Steinhart–Hart coefficients are taken from an average 10k resistor.
    Temp = 1 / (0.001129148 + (0.000234125 + (0.0000000876741 * Temp * Temp ))* Temp );
    Temp = Temp - 273.15;            // Convert Kelvin to Celcius
    Temp = (Temp * 9.0)/ 5.0 + 32.0; // Convert Celcius to Fahrenheit
    return Temp;
}
void setup() 
{
    Serial.begin(9600);
    int temp = int(getTemp(analogRead(0))); //loss of precision, but I'm just looking for the whole number
    Serial.print(String(temp));
}
void loop() 
{
    int temp = int(getTemp(analogRead(0)));
    Serial.print(String(temp));
    
    delay(750);
}

There are much more complicated versions that give you greater control and more accurate readings but I tested this against a proper thermostat and the readings were more or less the same. Connecting to the Arduino to work with and display the temperatures can be done easily with a Win32 console application connecting to the proper COM port. You can get all the code here if you are interested. It's a very simple debug first draft. After running for a day the values ranged from an ideal 68 degrees fahrenheit to somewhere near the center of the Sun at 97 degrees fahrenheit.


Now Available

September 29th, 2015

Some of my music is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and TIDAL if you're into any of those. You abolutely should not buy it from any of those that are paid seeing as it's completely free on my bandcamp but still kind of cool to see it there. Just use the links or search Doug Tafoya on any of those!


Stuff in progress

June 16th, 2015

I made the mistake of getting a new amp, new guitar, new recording interface, new recording software, and a new mic all around the same time. It's been slow but I think we're getting somewhere. Here's an unmixed sample of something new.



New Song: Deluge

May 2nd, 2015

I posted a new song to my Soundcloud and on Bandcamp, you can stream it here and you can download all my music from my Bandcamp,http://dougtafoya.bandcamp.com/



New Song: Vereor

April 14th, 2015

I posted a new song. This one's kind of weird but I like it. Give it a listen! As always you can hear all my songs at http://dougtafoya.bandcamp.com/



G'bye Wordpress

December 12th, 2014

BIIIIIYEEE Wordpress. BUH BYE. GOOOOOOOD BY-This layout I've made isn't particularly exciting but at least I have full control over it and it isn't a nightmare to work with. I will be posting music and maybe some tech stuff here.


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