To my fans: Jun 4th, 2021 #

Maximum appreciation go out to all of you who's supported me ever since I started this project. From what I can tell, a lot of you are very loyal. For that, I love you.

Thank you for being with me on this musical journey and for fanning the flames of creativity.
There's way more to come.


P.S. Do reach out. I love hearing from my supporters, especially if you're a creator. Show me what you've made!

To my friends: Jun 3rd, 2021 #

Thank you for putting up with my seemingly impulsive decisions, my overly serious character and my difficulties expressing emotions.

Know this: You are extremely important to me. I don't make friends easily. If I consider you a friend, you are the best person in the world to me.

Never say yes to things that suffocate you.
Always remain true to yourselves.

Your friend,

Independence & Clarity May 27th, 2021 #

Contrary to extra-wisdom, some people don't find pleasure in being part of a group. I think I've finally come to accept that, after years of wondering why I never felt like I belonged anywhere. Always searching for something I now know doesn't exist.

Most of my friendships can be explained as independent nodes; me being the node of origin. The connection between my node and other nodes don't usually crosslink, meaning, I don't usually befriend friends of friends (but as with anything, exceptions occur.)

One upside to this is that I get unique viewpoints that aren't shaped by any form of group mentality.
...At least, no group I'm part of.

In my view, the best ideas grow independently. They require focus to be realized. Untainted by outside influence. Crystalline clarity.

To the point: I have gone underground.

Look for the rings on the surface.

Finding inspiration in the unfamiliar May 3rd, 2021 #

At first, you know nothing. Everything's exciting. You learn rapidly and have fun doing it.

You become decent at what you're doing. You're starting to understand your tools and become fluent in their "language".

You then hit the intermediate stage. You're starting to properly understand the underlying fundamentals of your craft.

You get to the advanced stage, where you find ways of using your tools in a manner unique to you. You see and hear nuance invisible to most people.

Then you become bored. You understand so much about your craft that very few things excite you.

In my case, I don't find much inspiration in music anymore. Almost all of it comes from disciplines I don't fully understand. Take illustration for example:

⋅ You have a completely blank canvas, a pencil or brush.
⋅ Every single detail is put there by hand.
⋅ The toolset is usually limited (that will be the subject of a future blog entry.)

Why not do the same with music and sound? Why should I use other people's sounds when I can make my own?

And, in fact, that's what I've been doing lately.
To me, there's no better feeling than being able to say "I made this. All of it."

Introduction May 2nd, 2021 #

I'm Shiftdelete. Known offline as Emil Nord. I make music.

This is my blog, or journal. Content will be focused on music, creativity and sound design, with the occasional moments of self-reflection.

To the few of you reading this: I welcome you. I hope you find my future writings useful and applicable to your own work in some manner.

do, don't dwell