This year has centered me around replacing fences in the area due to the major storm damage that insurance companies categorized as catastrophic. Thanks so much insurance companies! I have already finished 2 brand new fences and am actively working on the third and am bidding on lots of projects including smaller fences and some big landscaping projects. 2021 is looking fantastic so far!
The First Fence of 2021
My first fence of the year was a recommendation from another client. Though I didn’t get to use my “go-to” steel posts, I did get to paint a fence for the first time, which was really cool and fun with a paint sprayer! Painting and staining is a lot of hard work with one. The fence came out very straight considering I had to deepen many of the holes by 6-10 inches to ensure that the posts were two feet in the ground.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the result and so is the client. I did two cans of paint and used some really nice redwood materials. This was about 65ft of fence that turned into 80ft once the owner saw the work we were doing out there 😀
The Second Fence of 2021
The second fence was a recommendation through yoga, which is just such a great way to connect with people that are likeminded about nature, durability, and quality. My client wanted more privacy and needed her whole fence redone which ended up being about 200 feet of fencing.
This time I got to use steel posts and kicker boards to bring the fence up an extra foot for more privacy from the neighbor’s yard. I was lucky enough to find a fence board supplier during the massive shortage that California is currently experiencing.
I will be adding a latch to the bottom of the gate and am also hoping to stain the entire fence to help to optimize the lifespan of the boards. The client was so happy that she agreed to do a testimonial, so I will add that to the site as well as a post getting into more details about the project.
Moving Forward in 2021
I am already in the middle of my next fence project and am always looking for more work. So far this year has been very steady for work and I just want to keep that going. I also enjoy learning and working with unique situations so I am very excited for the potential of some of this years projects. Here are some progress photos from the job I am working on now that is right on the border with Folsom Lake.
A Forlorn Hope
Noer the Boy is at the helm of a new generation of pioneers exploring the frequency spectrum through abstract bass music. His beats crush with punishing distortion and his music seethes with melodic and harmonic intricacies that will being your dance moves to the next level. From his background in marching band, choir, and video editing; Noah grew a fascination with kinetic beats, industrial sounds, and the unrestricted freedom of computer sound creation.
Noah is 27 (August 3rd, 1993) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Noah was born and raised in Appleton, which is about an hour and a half from Milwaukee on the northern end of Lake Winnebago. Noah studied music and band in high school playing the French horn, which is pretty damn cool and also became a drum major for his high school, Appleton East.
Noah is a member of DJ Shadow’s imprint Liquid Amber, Los Angeles collective Courteous Family, and Noisia’s DIVISION, Noer the Boy has also released music on Mass Appeal, VISION, Alpha Pup, and Orange Milk Records. Noer teamed up with Shadow to co-produce ‘Horror Show’ featuring Danny Brown and tour Europe following the release of his debut album ‘Mechanism’. His sounds have grabbed the attention of bass music figureheads G Jones, EPROM, Machinedrum, Ivy Lab, and the Low End Theory club night in LA.
Noah seems to be in a solid space, even with the impact of CoronaVirus in 2020. Pretty awesome considering he now makes a living off making music, sound design tutorials and sample packs, and has an awesome Patreon where you can get exclusives of all his newly released tracks, as well as deeper packages to help music creators augment their productions. He works hard for it and his sound reflects that.
I’ve been lucky enough to take lessons from Noah for about the last year and a half and we’ve been drilling down into mix engineering, deeper sound design, and modular synthesis. Noah is really a wiz at music, so make sure you follow him because he will definitely be releasing new music. He’s recently started to make heavily synthesized house music, or electro, which I have to say I am ecstatic about. Electro-House is my favorite kind of music.
I interviewed Noah about A Forlorn Hope, in an effort to get a better understanding of his music creation process, and what this latest album means to him. I loved the album, especially Shapeshifter, Nebula, Exile, and Rule of two. The whole album certainly deserves a listen on some high quality speakers! (your car is probably not loud enough). Check out the Q and A with Noah below and leave a comment if you feel inclined:
Interview with Noer the Boy
Q1. Elliot: “I personally love all of your music. But this album seems special. I think it hits harder than most and that the sound design is pioneering. What kinds of processes and techniques do you use to make your sounds and mix stand out so much? What kind of special sauces do you use to create such a punishing sound?”
A1. Noertheboy: “Don’t underestimate the power of layering. A few simple sounds or effect chains can combine to form something that appears much more complex than it really is. Treat sound design as building with lego bricks – maybe the instructions are useful but also maybe you want to experiment instead.”
Q2. Elliot: “A Forlorn Hope has some of my favorite tunes on it. But I think that the title track is special and its kind of the motif of the album. Its fat. What inspired you to create that track, and the sounds that are in it?”
A2. Noertheboy: “Without giving too much away, Forlorn Hope is about a doomed journey to the edge of the known universe. ‘Forlorn Hope’ was originally named ‘Event Horizon’, but after watching the 90s film by the same title I didn’t want people to think I made the record about that movie.”
Q3. Elliot: “My favorite track is Nebula, I’m not sure why, but I just love the cohesion of the track and the melody that persists and finds an apex near the ending. What are your favorite parts of the album, and why?”
A3. Noertheboy: “It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite from my album. Each album track is my favorite for a different reason. If I don’t feel 100% like it’s my favorite song made so far, it doesn’t make it on the record.”
Q4: Elliot: “How did you come up with the theme and storyline behind the album? Its pretty cool. It reminds me of a combination of Lost in Space, Dune, or maybe the Abyss.”
A4. Noertheboy: “‘Forlorn Hope’ itself is a term for a group of soldiers tasked with a leading mission, usually a suicidal mission where casualties are high. That combined with my love of deep space SCI-FI films have influenced me a great deal. The Alien series, Interstellar, War of the Worlds, 2001: A Space Odyssey – movies like those have shaped a lot of my sonic identity. The world that ‘Forlorn Hope’ exists in is also the same world that my first album ‘Mechanism’ takes place in. I’m a big fan of concept records.”
Q5. Elliot: “You said on your instagram that writing this album has been particularly Cathartic for you. In what ways have you grown personally and professionally from writing A Forlorn Hope?”
A5. Noertheboy: “I only start write an album when I have something new to say and new tools to showcase. So a lot of growth has to happen to get to that place. And the album writing process itself is transformative. Writing a few songs will undoubtably inspire me to write more and that process leads to rapid growth and breakthroughs that might come much slower if not for writing a cohesive LP.”
Q6. Elliot: “How long did you album take?”
A6. Noertheboy: “The process took a little under a year and a half.”
Q7. Elliot: “How long have you been writing music? What was your first show like?”
A7. Noertheboy: “I’ve been writing music as Noer the Boy for going on 8 years, but music has been an integral part of my life ever since I can remember. My first show was a house party in college and I remember playing hella Pretty Lights, rap music, and Skrillex mashups IIRC. Shoutout my old music homies Kaelin and Alec for playing with me at that first show!”
Q8. Elliot: “You’re pretty good at writing music, Noah. But why do you make it? What’s your primary inspiration. (or 2, or 3)”
A8. Noertheboy: “Music put simply is my everything. It’s what I know. I’d make music if nobody listened.”
Q9. Elliot: “Is there anything else about the album that you want people to know? Maybe you can comment on how you feel about it being finished and out there in the wild to have a life of its own?”
A9. Noertheboy: “Shirts and vinyl copies are in the works! Big thanks to everyone listening and sharing the record, I really appreciate it.”
Q10: “Any last notes? Any coronavirus advice?”
A10. Noertheboy: “Take the stay at home orders seriously so we can get back to enjoying live music.”
That’s it for the interview, feel free to comment on anything and make sure to check out this very avant-garde production from Noer the Boy – A Forlorn Hope.
Sorry its been so long since I’ve posted about my music here. I’m getting back into the swing of my second job (yoga instruction) and I started a new landscaping business this year, so it has been very difficult to find time for things other than work and relaxing from work, and music requires a lot of attention, effort, and time.
However, I have been working super diligently on my music and continuing my lessons with Noah, aka Noer the Boy, whose music you can check out here. He’s a really talented dude with an incredible grasp on distortion and how to manipulate sound to create ultra heavy beats, so make sure you check out his music. His melodies are also really incredible, make sure you listen to his latest album: Forlorn Hope.
The biggest challenge thus far in learning how to write music has certainly been learning to write effective and ear catching melodies. Ideally, to create melodies that resonate and build upon themselves to create an overall harmony that is enjoyable. Thus the release of ‘Mystery’ and ‘Go Big’, which are by far the most melodically oriented tracks I’ve made. I have kinda pushed sound design to the side to explore music theory in more depth and to get a handle on mixing, which has always been really challenging for me (before Noah, I was completely self-taught via youtube). I’m thinking about getting another mentor also just to keep growing in different ways. I’m also working with my buddy who is literally the best guitar player I’ve ever met, Rich Santana, to start making more analog sounds (drums, guitar riffs, bass riffs, etc). I’ve also picked up the Arturia CMI Fairlight and Buchla Easel emulations, which are super fun and incredibly unique instruments.
Learning to mix has been quite the journey for me. I got into music because I love sound and experimental beats, similar to Mr. Oizo, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Eprom, and No Mana, but obviously all of the artists I just mentioned are fantastic mixing engineers. Experimental sound design isn’t really that cool unless you can properly mix the sounds, because of the overlap of the distortion and lack of quiet in certain parts of the frequency spectrum. I am continuing to educate myself on how exactly to mix sounds to create heavier beats and will continue this journey for a few decades, I hope.
Crystal Caves – Elliot’s newest track
This brings me to my latest piece of music, an abstract BASS track that I call Crystal Caves. This is significantly slower than the majority of my music, because I am trying to branch out from my favorite genre, house music, to play with more experimental and heavy rhythms. I’ve also worked out longer intros and some serious layering of melodies in combination with tighter mixes through precise equalizing and compression to make more cinematic music.
Get my music pretty music anywhere
The track is available on most streaming outlets and I’ve actually used a 3rd party distributor for this track instead of using DistroKid, though I am very skeptical of continuing to work with any distributor. I want complete control over my own music, which makes it tough to even send my stuff out to labels. Please share my track with your friends if you like it, I also really appreciate anyone who reaches out to me with a comment or even a buck or two to support my journey in making music. But I really appreciate anyone who is just willing to give my music a good listen.
Follow my releases here: https://linktr.ee/etelford32
Triangle Pose and Hamstrings – Intermediate 30 minute Sequence
Overcoming Technical Difficulties for a longer video
This past week was a very long week of dealing with HUGE file sizes. I finally found a much more efficient way of producing videos with Adobe Media Encoder, where I don’t have 50 Gigabit files that I have to move between my phone and computer. I think I spent over 20 hours waiting for my computer to try to process the video, only to fail because of lack of hard drive space. I eventually uninstalled almost all of my applications and made space for the large file and I learned how to create much smaller video files using the Media Encoder.
A Longer Intermediate Sequence
I want to enable people to practice yoga on their own whenever they have an internet connection. This sequence is a great foundational sequence for working into the backs of the legs. It is also efficient, 30 minutes and a couple of those minutes are just resting on the ground.
I did my best on the audio quality, but I don’t have a sound proof room or studio. Just doing the best I can with that I got.
List of Postures
- Standing meditation
- 2x Standing back bend
- Forward fold
- 2x Half-lift
- 5x Chaturanga on knees
- Cobra pose
- Down dog
- 2x Sun salutations
- Chair pose
- Standing splits, right leg in front
- Low lunge
- Dragonfly twist 3 breaths
- Runners lunge
- 10 breathes Triangle pose
- 3 legged down dog 5breaths
- Tippie toe to forward fold
- Halfway lift
- Sun A moves
- Standing splits
- left leg in front
- low lunge
- twisted lunge
- runners lunge
- 3 legged dog
- Downward dog 5 breaths
- Chair pose
- Twisted chair
- Floating leg twisted chair
- High lunge 5 breaths
- 3 legged downward dog
- Knee to forehead x 10
- High lunge 5 breaths
- Pyramid pose 5 breaths
- Revolved triangle pose
- 3 legged down dog
- Sun a
- Chair pose
- Twisted Chair
- Floating leg
- 10x forehead to knee
- revolved triangle
- Jump through to meditation
- Forward fold 10 breaths
- Spinal twist
- Happy baby
Episode 1: Chaturanga Dandasana and the Obliques
I am so so so so so super happy to present you with my latest work of art: Yoga with Elliot, a YOUTUBE series. I have been working towards this for a long time and am stoked to see where it goes. Sometimes its hard to believe that I’ve been teaching for 7 years now.
I am looking for yogis and yoga instructors to collaborate with, so send me an email or leave a comment if you wanna do an episode with me!
Check out Episode 1 below:
Here’s a good description of Episode 1 sequence:
Beginner oriented warm-up sequence – this one is geared towards beginners, or people coming back to their yoga practice. We are going to hone in on chaturanga form.
~88 breaths – Oblique, lower back and neck tightness focus
10 minute duration, beginner’s difficulty level
(don’t forget to breath through your nose and rest)
- Mountain pose breathing mediation 5 breaths into standing back-bend
- Forward fold- Half lift 5 breath repetitions
- Plank pose 3 breaths
- Modified Chaturanga on 5 breath repetitions
- Cobra pose 3 breaths
- Child’s pose 5 breaths
- Downward dog 5 breaths
- Forward fold 3 breaths
- Half lift
- Standing back bend x2
- Forward fold
- Half lift
- Upward dog
- Downward dog 5 breaths
- modified side plank 5 breaths x2
- Forward fold
- Half lift
- Standing back bendx2
- Chair pose 5 breaths
- Upward dog
- Downward dog 5 breaths
- Child’s pose 5 breaths
- Virasana 5 breaths
*bolded poses are Oblique-centric
I hope you enjoy the sequence, please take your time to practice yoga, there is no need to rush through any of this. Subscribe to my youtube channel to get updated when I post new episodes.
Recently, my good buddy Kyle Murphy decided to start a podcast, which I am super proud of him for. But its actually turning out to be really, really good so you should go check it out immediately. He’s just finishing up season 1.
I did an episode for the Bewilderness Podcast with Kyle about a year ago, you can check that out here on www.bewildernesspodcast.com. Episode 2, baby!
Kyle is a great narrator and has done an excellent job of creating a quality podcast. I haven’t listened to all the episodes, but I love the ones that I have taken the time to listen to.
Kyle takes a pretty relaxed approach to some serious issues. He does an excellent job of guiding his guests to the core of their stories and shares his own views along the way.
I’ve really enjoyed a few episodes:
- Cody Tarantino – Cody is a gifted young artist making a name for himself in a unique way. He talked a lot about his viral success through tick-tock and about the instagram grind that helped to lead him to success, as well as his influences. Hayo Miazaki is mentioned a few times and Cody’s art is on par to give Miazaki fans a new treat. His drawings are awesome you can check them out on his instagram
- Romain Dial – Romain is an old-school adventurer with a ton of experiences surviving out in the wilderness of Alaska. He recently lost his son very tragically and talks a lot about the perils of the outdoors. Definitely one of my favorite podcast conversations of all time, Romain is an old soul who has been through the some of the harsher aspects of life.
- Jeff Shapiro – This dude Jeff is a zen daredevil that will blow your mind with his technical wing-suit diving and relationship with the beyond. He seems like such a nice and intelligent dude; I’d never guess he spends a lot of his free time jumping off and out of things with a wing suit. Having lost a lot of friends recently, this sobering discussion will leave you wanting to express life to the fullest extent and cherishing the present moment that we all share.
- Buck Lewis – Buck is a yoga instructor and team coach that has impacted the lives of hundreds of people in the Roseville and Sacramento areas. He owns MomentOM, a yoga studio in Roseville and used to teach at the same yoga studio as me (East Wind). Buck’s journey is full of peril, self-realization, and fierce passion; enjoy a little bit of police violence on the side, too.
- Mike Veale – Mike is a conservationist and wildlife expert that personally cared for the last of the world’s white rhinos. His experience in anti-poaching and protecting animals, as well as zoo work and animal care make him extraordinarily interesting to listen to. Get ready to expand your views of conservation in this science oriented episode that talks about climate on a level that is both refreshing, honest, and scientifically informed.
Enjoy this great collection of conversational art-work by Kyle; good job out there man!
Over the month of February, I had the pleasure of planning and installing a full yard landscape. I love to work by myself, but this was a particularly taxing project. Mostly because I decided to do the tear out completely by hand, instead of renting a tractor. (I’m getting pretty good with heavy equipment :D)
I had a few friends come out and help me, but I did the vast majority of the work myself and I have to say, it came out really nice! Here is a clip of drone footage:
Functional Creek Beds and Drought Tolerant Plants
The Sacramento area is famous for a combination of droughts and heavy rains. This makes for an extremely interesting biodiversity in the region.
Creating functional drainage in a yard is a big part of plant health. Roots needs to breath oxygen, as much as they need to absorb water. Standing water and overwatering are a major reason for plants dying.
This Creek bed was a great way to create sloping in the yard that will allow the water to exit efficiently, meaning that there won’t be any pooling or standing water. It makes for a wonderful contrast between the rock and the plants and bark.
The creek is supported with 3″ drain pipe and outlets every 10-12 feet. I also used fabric exclusively for the creek bed.
Irrigation and Water Supply for Plants
The second biggest challenge, after forming the creek, digging the drains, and moving all the rock was to find water outlets for each of the areas of the yard. Lots of the old pipe had been abandoned, so it took a tremendous amount of testing to figure out how to get water to each of the different area of the yard.
I put an appropriate emitter to each plant and secure them in via huge steel staples. I also ran new timer wire along the house to the locations of the newly installed valves, both with pressure reducers. Then I installed a new timer, rain sensor, and wifi module for the timer so I can access it online. It also updates with the weather. I try to automate watering as much as I can.
The Xeriscapes Plants
I Installed well over 100 plants out there, and probably got pretty close to 150. All of them are small and will grow in, maximizing the value and lifespan of the plants. I really don’t like to buy mature plants. I put a layer of redwood bark around all of the plants to increase pest resistance and provide them with some extra nutrients.
Here is a list of the different species that I installed out there:
- Australian Tree Fern
- Sweet Broom
- Leather Fern
- Western Sword Fern
- Asparagus Fern
- Elfin Aloe
- Elfin Thyme
Check out the recently updated Landscaping section of my site in the menu above!
This year I have gotten some excellent opportunities to work in the Sacramento area. My projects are happening from Antelope to Auburn with lots of work in Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, and other places in Placer County.
I’ve been extremely lucky to have great customers that appreciate the level of quality, durability, and value that I can create in a project.
My projects can fit into 3 major categories:
Most of my other work revolves around create an appropriate habitat for plants so that they can thrive. Plants are well suited to all environments, and sometimes it takes a bit of experimentation to get plants that work in tandem.
I am enjoying creating xeriscapes and using more drought tolerant plants; I am also learning to special the plants for different areas. Auburn is slightly different than Antelope, or even Rocklin, so the optimal plants are slightly different also.
2. Water: Irrigation/Drainage
Drainage is essential for the health of plants, especially drought tolerant and Xeriscape oriented plants. Sometimes, you can get away with superficial drainage, or non-subterranean drainage, by creating a creek bed in the landscape to create a path for water through the yard. Below, you can see a creek bed xeriscape I created in Antelope, CA:
3. Masonry, Carpentry, and Outdoor Structures
I have also been working very hard to learn masonry and mortar setting rock and brick. Masonry is really fun for me because I love to create long lasting work.
One of my most recently completed projects was a black slate patio in Roseville. This took me a couple of weeks of work with concrete that was already set. I did rough up the concrete a lot to ensure that the mortar had as much traction as possible and washed the rock with muriatic acid at the end. Check out the video!
I have also included some photos of my other projects. Enjoy!