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this can be a rolling thread, maybe. forgive me if one already exists, i didn't see it.

i started taking guitar lessons again! that is exciting

my long term black/doom metal band (argentinum astrum) recorded an album last fall and we're waiting on a label dude to get another label to go in on releasing it? i have no idea how or what that is about. i want it to come out soon because we haven't put anything out in a couple years and i want to tour and am antsy about it.

im learning ableton in order to start doing electronic stuff by myself. that's kind of on the backburner atm tho

one of my fave local bands atm asked me to replace their bassist/harmony singer and i am probably gonna do it. it is kind of superchunk-esque?

i started a band with 2 of my girlfriends and we just had our first practice. guitar, bass and drums. playing kind of 60s-esque poppy tunes so far, but i have no idea where we will end up. i think we are gonna be called "high school"?? please tell me if that is a ridiculous name.

i recorded this local band called Killer Whale who play very crazy surf-influenced punk/metal, i love them and i am excited to record bands and put out records and things tho god it is so expensive to do this

i've been playing in this band with a weirdo that plays only covers of local, small time musicians. i just joined it, but it's kind of a local institution, been around a while with a rotating cast of ppl around this one guy. i don't know. it's fun to play with him , and very fun to choose and learn the songs, but he has a weird value system w/r/t music, ie he doesn't want me to sing harmonies cause i sing "like an angel", which isn't really true. he also has no ambitions (how can you be ambitious with a covers band really tho) and is really skeptical of people who have them. its fun tho.

i dont really have time to do any of this stuff

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:04 (six years ago) link

this band with a weirdo that plays only covers of local, small time musicians

haha i love this

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

haha its exactly what it sounds like

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:18 (six years ago) link

the first person I contacted about guitar lessons is too busy to take me on as a student but promised to give me contact info for other ppl, which basically means I am back at square one re: finding a guitar teacher

I am currently in the process of tracking down sheet music for a recital of solo and ensemble spiritual arrangements I'm doing as part of a quartet made up of ppl from my church choir (inc. my wife as the soprano) for the Tuesday before Easter; we're also going to take parts of that recital to do as music for the Good Friday service later that week.

I'm also looking over the Dvorak Mass in D major, which I'm doing at an evening Good Friday service in Dorchester; my primary responsibility AFAIK is augmenting the bass section but I believe I'm also going to be doing the tiny solo parts as well. (The other ppl from that include my wife again plus other folks from the spiritual ensemble we sing in.)

Also have a concert with the church choir coming up where we're doing Stainer's Crucifixion; I am not the bass soloist for it (thank God).

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:42 (six years ago) link

i didnt realize you were a bass! it occurs to me that i have never actually heard you sing. i imagined you having a very high tenor voice. haw.

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:43 (six years ago) link

i started a band with 2 of my girlfriends

Me too! We are called Ta1nted Pussy and have played 2 shows so far. We were supposed to have a show next Saturday opening for this weird Dutch guy, but he got detained by the Dutch government and told he can't leave the country without a work permit, so that show was cancelled. I play bass. I have not played bass since I was a teenager. So now I get to have fun learning/re-learning an instrument, plus I get to have fun with pedals. We are all noise/new music ladies, thus lots of fun with pedals. I got a Dr. Sample 202 for christmas! More fun! I kept one of the built-in samples, which is a lady saying "Stand By" for when we have technical difficulties during our sets.

We are planning to tour at some point later this year. L.A., maybe the South?

sarahell, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:53 (six years ago) link

next month we have a gig opening for Cock E.S.P.

Our singer said, "Why do we always end up on shows with other bands with dirty names?"

sarahell, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:54 (six years ago) link

having trouble finding time/motivation/energy to do anything too focused or serious over the past couple of years. i was playing with my friend who's a full-time musician but he decided to just play shows solo instead of with a band because the economics/logistics are easier that way. i've been doing some sample-based stuff on reason recently, i like it because it takes me back to when i was learning guitar and didn't know what i was doing and would come up with cool stuff by accident. also occasionally jamming/recording with the drummer from my old band, doing shitty lofi four-track stuff.

i would really like to have a more regular band where someone else bore the heavy lifting of the songwriting and i could just come in and play guitar and play shows a few times a year. but i'm not really connected to any kind of music scene anymore so i don't know how to find that kind of situation.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:56 (six years ago) link

Band practice tonight. Eagerly anticipating our two track demo bak from being mixed/mastered although worried it might sound bad as we only spent two days on it.
Working on writing and practising our next batch of songs after an initial 6. It's now a concern that we have a 'sound' and aesthetic developing, meaning that we have songs we wrote and quite like that for one reason or another don't work very well alongside the others. Anyone had this problem? It didn't really matter before because we were still forming an identity which eventually formed into 6 upbeat slightly unhinged post punk numbers, but now this next one is a big dramatic sweeping thing with a more serious tone and we're not sure what to do with it.
Also written a reggae song, which I'm please with but need a way to subvert because right now it's verging a little too close to sixth form peace and love bob Marley cliches and I want to put a twist on all that really.
Wrote a sort of fast kinda sung-rap song but my girlfriend said it sounded like flight of the conchords. Not that that's an insult, but I wanted it to aoud more like Haim or something.

dog latin, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:02 (six years ago) link

i didnt realize you were a bass! it occurs to me that i have never actually heard you sing. i imagined you having a very high tenor voice. haw.

haha that would make my dad very, very happy (he's a failed tenor in a previous life, sang lead in a doo-wop group in college)

I am technically a "bass-baritone" which really means that because most of my singing experience comes from being in ensembles rather than private, focused vocal study, I have no idea how to use my head voice and sing practically everything in chest; I have a sneaking suspicion I would end up being a true baritone or even a low tenor after several years of focused, serious voice training based on how my low range actually sounds, but the flip side is that I can actually croak out low notes even if they're inaudible unless I've been binge-drinking the night before so I dunno. But yeah, I've always sung low.

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:17 (six years ago) link

(which is actually why, in my teens, I realized I was never going to be a pop or rock singer, and why I was so taken by the grunge explosion)

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:18 (six years ago) link

putting the last touches on my new record (doesn't feel new, been working on it for about 15 months now) to send to mastering next week, figuring out how to put it out.

then i want to take some time to switch up my process, shake things up a little. work on some new synth sounds without any goals, try to finally learn ableton, record a bunch of new percussion samples. i want to take some piano lessons too, since i do everything with midi + mouse. i can figure stuff out on piano very sloooowly, so i thought it would be fun to play through some tunes in real time and get some chords under my fingers.

honestly though i probably won't do most of these things and i'll go back to what feels easy & comfortable. :/

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:51 (six years ago) link

I just got our first track back from the studio. I love it and I also cringe a bit because I can hear bits where my voice goes a bit wrong or a beat doesn't quite land how it's meant, and I'm trying to work out if anyone in their right mind would really notice or care.

dog latin, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:57 (six years ago) link

roxy high school is an amazing band name

flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:58 (six years ago) link

this is a neat thread idea.

i've been playing with a couple guys for the last month or so but it's just working out that well. they seem like they really want to sound like real estate or something, which isn't terrible, but a bad real estate impersonation comes out sounding reaaaaally bad, and it's not much fun to play drums to, either!

i've been writing and recording some new tunes, which doesn't sound like much but it's actually been a big breakthrough for me after about a 10 year songwriting/music coma that i didn't realize was a coma.

i'm moving back to chicago in a few months and i'm determined to join up with a good band. i used to be good friends with the cave/bitchin bajas scene so i'm hoping i can be looped back into all that stuff and that someone needs a good drummer

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:05 (six years ago) link

and yeah, high school is good, although i have to say i liked it even more when i thought the name was high school??

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:05 (six years ago) link

haha

flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:08 (six years ago) link

whoa z s do you want to be in a band with me?

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:10 (six years ago) link

this is going to be really awkward when you reject me

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:10 (six years ago) link

well, that was easy. sure, let's play!

it's gonna be more like september or so

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:12 (six years ago) link

i think we are gonna be called "high school"??
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I started a band in college called junior high university. I recorded one song for it and we had two practices and then everyone split up in different directions. that was the last band I was ever in.

have not touched my recording computer since my son was born. I long for a classical acoustic guitar so i can play around the house but I have no money for that now. debating selling an amp or two. I think my creative well has run dry for the foreseeable future.

we're beautiful like robots in dis guys (m bison), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:19 (six years ago) link

i'm really burnt out on school this semester & have been slacking off to spend more time doing music stuff. all three bands i'm in are pretty active rn which can be overwhelming at times but is really fun. most notably i went on tour in january and started a new band called l0ud s3x which i am just so, so stoked on. the other songwriter in the band is really prolific and i really want to keep our ratio of songs 1:1. it's been a really fun challenge trying to keep up, he also writes amazing songs so i've had to be really strict about scrapping my tunes if they're not up to par. we're playing our first show at the end of the month & i'm pretty nervous because not everyone shows up for practice consistently and i want it to be spectacular

flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:21 (six years ago) link

sp3ctacular l0ud s3x

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:25 (six years ago) link

I am not going to go into any more detail than this but the biggest audition opportunity of my lap literally just fell into my lap; I fully expect it to go nowhere but still, you never know...

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:28 (six years ago) link

would watch n/a z s band

flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:29 (six years ago) link

DJP on x factor, it's America has been waiting for
xp

we're beautiful like robots in dis guys (m bison), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:29 (six years ago) link

l0ud high school s3x

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:32 (six years ago) link

the biggest audition opportunity of my lap

lol dan

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:33 (six years ago) link

oh no, I've said too much

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:34 (six years ago) link

I am in month 15 of releasing a home-made recording every month. A lot of times I put it off until the month is almost over and then go into crunch mode. But at this point, even though I approach each song as its own thing and wasn't trying to make an album or anything, I can listen to all the tracks straight through and it sounds really cohesive to me, which I think is really cool. I also feel like I get a little better/more efficient at production each time.

I haven't performed onstage in like a year though, which was a conscious decision and I don't miss all of the bullshit that made me sick of doing it, but I do miss being onstage. But I maybe just joined a band that I actually think is really good and is kind of successful locally, which is cool because I don't feel that way about hardly any local bands and also I've never really been in someone else's band. They have kind of a Modern Lovers/Beat Happening/Magnetic Fields/Morrissey vibe. It'll also be neat because I'll be playing synth and I'm not actually a keyboard player at all, I'm a guitarist and songwriter, but that's also why I'll be a good fit for this.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 21:33 (six years ago) link

kicking off recording of a new album. finally a chance to properly use all this new synth gear

the history of mom's apple pie (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 00:49 (six years ago) link

Hey all - could I get a little bit of constructive feedback on this please? We've had an initial "how's this?" from the studio engineer on one of our tracks. Overall, I think it's okay but it's very difficult to distance myself and listen to it with uninvolved ears.

I'd really like to hear your thoughts, particularly on the mixing/production (we can't really go back into the studio to do any overdubs or retakes so we're working with the raw material we have, for better or worse). Are there any glaring errors on this track or things I should mention before I get back to him? One thing I noticed is that he's been a bit heavy handed witht he gating and compression, particularly some of the vocal parts where the sibilants and plosives are almost non-existent.

I'm only gonna keep this track online for a short while, but if someone could give it a listen and let me know their thoughts, i'd be very much obliged: https://soundcloud.com/doglatin/honolulu-demo-050313

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 11:36 (six years ago) link

god this sounds like a super harsh thing but i dont mean it that way - do you want/intend the beginning to sound like a 80's nylons style acapella group thing? like exactly like one? because thats what i hear. also some pitchy weirdness in the "so afraid" "yesterday" multivoice responses. again, if these are intentional things, no prob.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 16:49 (six years ago) link

Lol, I haven't hear the nylons but it is supposed to be a bit of a tongue in cheek doowop thing and if it comes across that way I guess that's intentional. The song is very much a comment on retro culture and so it's littered with 60s and 80s references. Cheers for checking it out jjjusten, I'll look into the autotune thing. Think the sound guy's gone a bit overboard with vocal manipulation, but then we're not at all trained singers so there's undoubtably gonna be a push/pull thing going on.

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:29 (six years ago) link

song sounds good to me, esp. for a demo. i like it.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:30 (six years ago) link

Xpost If you're talkin about Housemartins/Flying Pickets, I def see what you mean and kind of don't mind. I (was made to) grow up with that shit, haha.

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:31 (six years ago) link

Cheers n/a

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:32 (six years ago) link

I am making a lil album of songs that are about a min long each, I have about 10 so far where the music is done but I have finished singing over one of them, I've come up w/ vocal melodies for about 3

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:47 (six years ago) link

I am seriously using the dumbest most unwieldy out of date programs to put the songs together because for whatever reason I like how it all sounds more than if I do it in ableton?

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:54 (six years ago) link

what are you using?

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:13 (six years ago) link

I (lol) am using cues in virtual dj to play my laptop like an mpc or w/e (I could slice to a drumkit in ableton and do the same thing I guess, but idk, when I use ableton I spend 3 extra hours on shit) and then editing shit further and recording vocals in audacity, its a forehead in my hands deal, but still

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:22 (six years ago) link

i love stuff like that.

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:28 (six years ago) link

well I hope it lives up to its rudimentary description, I'm starting to embrace it, at least this way I don't end up fucking around with corpus for a week with no results

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:35 (six years ago) link

Good sounding demo, dog latin. I'd get some friends in a room for the backing vocals. And as for your solo performance it's a little too measured, just make sure you're saying "gate" instead of "gay" and make it fast and effortless

I was just in Prague recording with a budget-priced orchestra, stuff for five different clients and some stuff for my own use. There were 30 "pieces" ranging from 45-second long bits of orchestral incidental music to 20-minute marathon workouts. A total of 2.5 hours of music and 24 hours to record the whole thing. I def. got paranoid and overworked but I didn't break. I drove that bus.

It went very well but I instinctively prioritized the work of my clients, taking the time to really get something beautiful out of that shaky orchestra. I left not enough time for my own material. Now I'm futzing.

cheers FGTI - I did the lead vox, the others did backing. I think the engineer's but too strong a release on my vox because yeah, "gaze" sounds like "gay" etc...

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 23:42 (six years ago) link

i'm listening to spotify

markers, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 23:42 (six years ago) link

gotta get these tapes out soon (for this band i recorded) but have no idea what im doing! i need to buy a tape duplicator! i need to buy...tapes! i need to figure out how to get this shit onto a master tape! what am i doing with my life! HELP!

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 00:58 (six years ago) link

i told my mom i was in a new band called high school and she recommended that we call it COOL GIRLS instead. additionally, "i like just a girl's name, like maureen, or mabel, for a girl band"

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:01 (six years ago) link

lmao at cool girls altho tbh i would like it as a name for a coed or all dude band

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:01 (six years ago) link

Gotta get one of those OX boxes :P

https://www.uaudio.com/hardware/ox.html

DJI, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:11 (one month ago) link

Is there no joy in headphone jamming?

The album that I finished back in January is finally coming out, one song streaming rn:
https://astralplanerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/seven-spheres
https://open.spotify.com/track/4KX7jL8yZv5dJvW9VqQ1De?fbclid=IwAR0rT_N-Sxn9RqzasN_JWFOhxJu6aYFOremfgqyts-IyfXlYIs4YPHz6v0g

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:18 (one month ago) link

started listening to guided by voices last week. life is good. dont want the honeymoon phase to end

boobie, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:24 (one month ago) link

Is there no joy in headphone jamming?

i really want to headphone jam! unfortunately my amp doesn't have an output jack

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:31 (one month ago) link

What? Can you get an adapter?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:32 (one month ago) link

i'll probably just end up getting some sort of cheap headphone amp (Vox Amplug?) while the actual amp sits in the corner collecting dust

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:34 (one month ago) link

nice, what kind?

A used but good Peavey; $90 CAD including the case. I was looking for something inexpensive for teaching bass lessons. This is better than what I expected to find.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 19:43 (one month ago) link

karl i was just reading about switching out the tubes in my fender hot rod deville, and apparently lots of people do that to give fender amps more room on the lower end of the volume knob. tubes cost like $12 and are supposed to be easy to swap out, so it might be worth a try.

na (NA), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 19:53 (one month ago) link

caveat, i don't actually know anything about this stuff

na (NA), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 19:57 (one month ago) link

that is intriguing! i'll probably hold off on modding anything until at least next month. i'm moving in a few weeks (location tbd) but hopefully my next place will be slightly more amenable to playing music, or at least be closer to a practice spot

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:00 (one month ago) link

I sang three of the solos from Five Mystical Songs at a church service on the last Sunday of July; it went well but my voice completely cracked on one of the Fs and I was SO ANGRY for days afterward

brigadier pudding (DJP), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:02 (one month ago) link

(xps) I have a Vox Amplug AC30 and it is surprisingly good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYbS7ZIZ1Ag
(this is not me in the video, btw)

just another country (snoball), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:13 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

One of my best friends, and a regular collaborator (we've had two bands together), has always made really interesting music. About two years ago he showed me these weird a cappella recordings he'd made, just him overdubbing his voice and singing. They are unquestionably some of the most interesting music I've ever heard, and stand head-and-shoulders over anything else he's made (or anything I've made, for that matter). It has the dense writing of Mary Lou Williams (a big influence on him) coupled with dense Ligeti fugues. They are completely bananas.

I told him I wanted to transcribe them for live performance. I've been asked to curate and compose for a concert to accompany the opening of the Rubens exhibition at the Art Gallery Of Ontario. (I'm having an antiphonal choir sing the final posted text from the Heaven's Gate cult, a suggestion aero made several years ago. I'm also arranging a couple of Julius Eastman pieces for two harpsichords, which will be performed-- the harpsichords are recreations of the Flemish harpsichords that would've been contemporaneous with Rubens.) We're also staging a performance of one of my friend's pieces.

It's ten-minutes long and is 27 overdubbed tracks of his voice. I am taking the day to transcribe it and arrange it for the antiphonal choir. I'm posting here because I'm really having a moment with his work, his is unquestionably some of the best and most interesting choral writing I've ever encountered and I can't wait til I'm done so I can send PDFs to all my friends to show them.

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:26 (four weeks ago) link

The writing is so dense I'm having to go track-by-track-by-track. I'm really good at transcribing from mixes but this is just too complicated for my ears. So exciting.

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:28 (four weeks ago) link

oooh this sounds incredible

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:40 (four weeks ago) link

Wow, that sounds amazing, I hope it will be recorded/released at some point (the solo version esp)?

My album is finally coming out tomorrow, and I'm actually really glad that I will be involved in attending/DJing/wrangling the PA for a friend's wedding this weekend, so that I don't get totally strung out on social media.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:41 (four weeks ago) link

Speaking of voices, my deep listening Pauline workshop went really well last night! 20 ppl showed up and we got lots of positive feedback. Very enjoyable to hear and make human voices

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:43 (four weeks ago) link

xxp - what Dan said! I wanna hear this!

I have a couple shows coming up next month (both solo, 2 different projects). The curator/booker for one of them is asking me about merch, and I feel like there are way too many tapes, cds, etc. and plus, it's only a month away, so I think I will do a zine. ... Maybe at some point, I will have an idea for a shirt design and do shirts.

sarahell, Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:44 (four weeks ago) link

Jordan I would like to listen to your album. I need to figure out how to beat do that bc my listening situation is messed up!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:44 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah yeah to different kinds of merch!! Toss me $15 and I’ll toss u a cool T-shirt. I’d like to make some merch actually but have been stuck.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:46 (four weeks ago) link

fgti that sounds like fascinating work

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:46 (four weeks ago) link

LL - did my friend N0rman come to your workshop?

sarahell, Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:46 (four weeks ago) link

Ya DJP and sarahell it's right up both your alleys, I think. He hasn't made it available yet so I can't share it publicly but https://princenifty.bandcamp.com those are his albums. His albums are great but his choral work is beyond beyond.

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:52 (four weeks ago) link

Thanks LL, aren't you doing mp3s these days? The workshop sounded really interesting btw.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:52 (four weeks ago) link

Hmmm I’m afraid I don’t remember a Norman. We did introductions and I got about 15/20 names for the email list however I do not have perfect name recall. Face, I could answer definitively!

Jordan - I do mp3 but my download/device situation is in flux. I might try to use WiFi/streaming on my old phone but right now I’m “cds in the car” for most enjoyable listening experience lol

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:16 (four weeks ago) link

Sorry! I forgot to google proof!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:17 (four weeks ago) link

slender, african-american guy, kinda quiet

sarahell, Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:18 (four weeks ago) link

No, afraid he was not there but I cordially invite him to give me his email address so he can stay abreast of our next one. I’m already plotting!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:32 (four weeks ago) link

I am very impressed and inspired by everyone’s recent activity and output!

I learned how to play Blackbord pretty well last night. I need to get that Pink Floyd butts poster to complete the experience

Karl Malone, Friday, 23 August 2019 01:34 (four weeks ago) link

If and when this event happens and you are able to attend, you will see a copy of that poster on the wall of the hall: NYC FAJ? How many ilxors make music in the nyc area?

TS: “8:05” vs. “905” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 August 2019 01:38 (four weeks ago) link

Just bought a bass

Another guitarist who thinks they can teach/play bass? You are dead to me now (j/k)

TS: “8:05” vs. “905” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 August 2019 01:53 (four weeks ago) link

I got a work bonus with which I bought a Thinline Telecaster (a longtime lust object). I also ordered a bouzouki / octave mandolin, which isn't here yet.

Rumspringsteen (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 23 August 2019 09:28 (four weeks ago) link

I was teaching bass (to relative beginners) over the past year, actually, and have done it before. I just didn't own one and was using a school's bass. As the song goes, that's nothing; you should hear me play piano.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 23 August 2019 11:10 (four weeks ago) link

I heard you play some nice numbers

The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:17 (four weeks ago) link

FYI Jordan's album bangs

https://open.spotify.com/album/69dl4uZ2iHY1EYizzxHwXG?si=X3DIJ2L3Rpi3j7lGyIzFuQ

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:39 (four weeks ago) link

Exhausting week is over. Performed my own composition at guitar festival on Thursday, played wedding ceremony + 2h of solo guitar music for the reception on Saturday, gave a lecture on my guitar composition work at the festival on Sunday. Took the day off except for one lesson today. The wedding reception was the longest I've ever played solo, unprocessed guitar in one stretch in front of people but I know I can do it now (at least one easy lower-level classical piece between every comparatively challenging piece, lots of improvising on standards; in the end, no one's listening that closely so it seems like you can do p much anything as long it's tonal and has a pulse).

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:20 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

I am arranging Julius Eastman's "Evil N" for duo double-harpsichord performance. I was excited to receive the score and then I received the score-- it is essentially just guidelines for improvisation. In order to effectively recreate the effect of four-pianos, I set about transcribing the work from audio. I have never engaged in such a mind-numbingly difficult and tedious job. I am finding myself needing to take breaks every 20 minutes. I am drinking water every break so, at the very least, I'm well-hydrated.

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 23:54 (one week ago) link

Ha, wow, that does sound difficult for an arrangement job.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 01:24 (one week ago) link

Dang. Fgti, are you familiar with Jace Clayton's Julius Eastman project?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 02:13 (one week ago) link

Yes indeed I love it. I am supremely frustrated with this transcription, though. I just finished the legwork, it's on to the formatting. I thought this would be simpler than it has been. I guess it's part of the Eastman experience... pieces that are punishing to perform and punishing to transcribe. I hope there's a feeling of enlightenment on the horizon, right now I just feel ear-tired and butt-soft from spending so many hours on it.

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 02:23 (one week ago) link

I now have an octave mandolin

https://i.imgur.com/VKFJD2v.jpg

Ramen? No thanks, I prefer them cooked (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:00 (one week ago) link

Beautiful!

I just bought a backup archtop for my normal archtop.

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 12 September 2019 02:08 (one week ago) link

This is the thing I've been working on btw

I'm pretty excited about it, I've never taken on such a large project before

https://ago.ca/events/ago-live-songs-heaven?fbclid=IwAR3t0VKIoC1CAfbDexNivNklCJGwX_wzH6UzA7FmsePvXhnThxfn9FDgFNw

My choral piece is insane, aero suggested to me a while back that somebody should set the final missive of the Heaven's Gate cult and so that's the piece, for antiphonal choir? Very excited about it.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 13 September 2019 17:30 (one week ago) link

Wow

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:42 (one week ago) link

Very cool!

DJI, Friday, 13 September 2019 19:32 (one week ago) link

I might join this group: https://open.spotify.com/artist/64mXwTe92xIUKqJCTdfRnK?si=wOLgOwTORtyx8vBra1V6TQ

Here's one of their recordings: https://open.spotify.com/album/5bOrj3e1FP7mmZPwIxfJGu?si=kl79-n4sSOORcffpfc3fYQ

However, their rehearsals are on my D&D night

brigadier pudding (DJP), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 16:13 (four days ago) link

Finally caved and put up ten minutes of my Frippertronics-ish guitar improv (combined with field recordings) on Bandcamp, more to come as I find the time/inclination:

acalaman.bandcamp.com

It’s a decent start, maybe?

spastic heritage, Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:03 (two days ago) link

I’m standing in on bass for one upcoming gig only with the 46th best Scottish band ever (other polls may present different results).

It’s helped prompt me to sort out my home recording set up to some extent too, so I’m actually enthusiastic about that at the moment too - results unlikely to emerge for a while.

Just need to stop coveting synths and guitar pedals for a while.

michaellambert, Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:17 (two days ago) link

New single/video out today!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfYx_2NjLVg

DJI, Friday, 20 September 2019 15:15 (yesterday) link


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