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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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) link

haha its exactly what it sounds like

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

roxy high school is an amazing band name

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


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

this is going to be really awkward when you reject me

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

i think we are gonna be called "high school"??
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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) link

sp3ctacular l0ud s3x

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

would watch n/a z s band

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

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

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

l0ud high school s3x

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

the biggest audition opportunity of my lap

lol dan

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

oh no, I've said too much

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

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

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

Cheers n/a

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

what are you using?

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

i love stuff like that.

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:28 (seven 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 (seven 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

a) tepid b) vapid c) simpering d) milquetoast (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 19:18 (seven years ago) link

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.

a) tepid b) vapid c) simpering d) milquetoast (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 19:22 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

i'm listening to spotify

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

I got a bit addicted to William Byrd's motets this year and have been analyzing and pulling the separate lines apart and using them as inspiration to come up with these...idk, classical/home listening-ish sounding tracks?

Lord knows what I'm supposed to do with them once it's all done, but there's almost a record's worth.


Maresn3st, Thursday, 3 December 2020 01:05 (one month ago) link

My church choir recorded my arrangements and I’m really, really pleased with how they came out

DJP, Thursday, 3 December 2020 01:25 (one month ago) link

Just put down the money with CDBaby. Limited run of CD-Rs and digital distribution expected for early January.

The New York Times' effect on man (Sund4r), Monday, 14 December 2020 00:11 (one month ago) link

And just found that a 1m cello piece I wrote was selected by a local new music group to be part of a livestream concert of 1m pandemic pieces in the spring.

The New York Times' effect on man (Sund4r), Monday, 14 December 2020 04:44 (one month ago) link

That's cool!

DJI, Monday, 14 December 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

had good jam w/ electric sound of jim today! got some nice Berlin school vibes down.

2 Markov Chainz (haitch), Sunday, 3 January 2021 13:54 (two weeks ago) link

I have been working on doing solo stuff all year (what other choice?!) and finally recorded what I consider the best sounding version of this improvised solo percussion jam. I recorded another one that is similar but this one turned out groovier so I am sharing this one. (description: instrumental solo improvisation with various small percussion)


weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 4 January 2021 17:32 (two weeks ago) link

(description: instrumental solo improvisation with various small percussion and drumset)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 4 January 2021 17:33 (two weeks ago) link

I'm transcribing/writing an arrangement of Ride On, King Jesus based on the Burleigh version for our MLK weekend service

Totino's Fortnite Training Room (DJP), Monday, 4 January 2021 18:17 (two weeks ago) link

LL that percussion loop at the beginning is really cool, what is that?

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 January 2021 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

It’s me! I looped some cymbals, a cowbell, some small bells

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 4 January 2021 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

I just bought a cello!

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 16 January 2021 18:42 (one week ago) link


Inside there's a box and that box has another box within (Sund4r), Saturday, 16 January 2021 19:00 (one week ago) link

LL that is cool, love it

the now on hiatus band I'm in with global t. has an EP culled from a bunch of jams we did in our drummer's basement coming out, and a couple of the guys are doing a video for one song

I bought a midi controller and an trying to learn Ableton Live

did this kinda hip house song, just trying to learn how to structure stuff in Ableton and I'm pleased with this, at least did a breakdown then brought it back type thing

Ableton is weird/cool, very different from other DAWs I've used but starting to get the hang


Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 16 January 2021 19:10 (one week ago) link

I recently upgraded my ableton set up as the gear I was using was ancient and collecting dust, new laptop, new audio interface, new version of ableton. I'm getting reacquainted with it, making various sketches, but still find putting together full song arrangements to be more challenging than it should be. Testing out various workflow approaches that might make it less painful.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Saturday, 16 January 2021 19:41 (one week ago) link

Sympathies, moodles. I have a VERY clunky setup with utterly ridic workflow.

I vacillate between wanting to embrace the clunkiness (like in an "oblique strategies" spirit) and spending gobs of money on gear that will leave me slightly less frustrated but just as limited in terms of skills.

A couple weeks ago I had some free time (between jobs) and put put a call to my musical friends seeking collaboration opportunities. Got like eight songs, and am busily working up tracks. Things are good on that front for me at present... but I really do miss playing live.

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 16 January 2021 23:13 (one week ago) link

What is clunky about it?

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Saturday, 16 January 2021 23:42 (one week ago) link

You mean what is clunky about my setup?

I run all my signals (mics and direct instruments) into an analog mixer. The tape out from that mixer goes into a USB interface, then into a laptop for mixing. It works, kinda, for my purposes.

These days I typically record a track at a time, alone. It's pretty much all wood and metal and skin and air in front of microphones (that is, no synthesizers or MIDI or drum machines).

But there's still a lot of plugging and unplugging and finding the right cables and connectors. I can simplify things slightly by going to a mixer with USB, which could serve as an interface.

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 17 January 2021 00:29 (six days ago) link

I recently added an M-Audio M-Track Eight to essentially serve this same purpose, although I've been doing very little recording of analog signals lately, mostly just working 100% on the computer.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Sunday, 17 January 2021 00:42 (six days ago) link

the novation launchkey controller/keyboard I got is amazing for Ableton, just plugged it in and it automatically mapped everything

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 17 January 2021 00:47 (six days ago) link

Those look really nice

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Sunday, 17 January 2021 03:24 (six days ago) link

I'm playing (guitar) an awful lot more at the moment and there have been a couple of times recently when I'd have liked to record stuff to share with people (no more widely than a couple of mates!). I'm still pretty shit and wouldn't want to spend much but is there a decent basic mic setup I could/should use?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 17 January 2021 10:57 (six days ago) link

Honestly, it doesn't matter too much for amateur recording purposes, given the standard of contemporary recording technology. If you're playing electric, a Shure SM57 (costs about $140 CAD here) on the amp would be great and that's a pretty versatile mic. You could also just DI the guitar straight into your interface, which would give you an even cleaner sound. For acoustic, a spaced pair of condenser mics is often the standard so if you can rent those affordably from a nearby store, you could try that, but you can get a perfectly acceptable recording with less, as long as you take the time to set things up right and EQ after. I did this with just an SM57 in a non-soundproofed downtown apartment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOOYYQE9HKg . I wouldn't charge people money for it but it's reasonably clear and quiet, without any loss of sound during quiet parts or distortion during loud passages. A Rode USB Mini condenser (also about $140) can give an even cleaner, crisper sound, I find, and that requires barely any setup and is great for videoconferencing as well. Start out with the mic about 15 cm from the soundhole, test the sound, and adjust from there.

Inside there's a box and that box has another box within (Sund4r), Sunday, 17 January 2021 15:41 (six days ago) link

Imo if you’re going super budget lo fi & it’s just casual sharing among friends just record on your phone — no extra cost!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:36 (six days ago) link

Yeah, that's totally fine for sharing with a few friends; was just filling in on options if you wanted to spend a little more.

Inside there's a box and that box has another box within (Sund4r), Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:45 (six days ago) link

Thanks for the recording advice. I've recorded a couple of things on my phone but the fidelity + my arthritic rhinoceros playing was too much to bear. This thread has convinced me that it's the guitar and the mic that's the issue :).

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 18 January 2021 08:49 (five days ago) link

tbh, a quiet room, pointing the iPhone at the guitar the right way, it's kind of amazing how good it sounds. I've released recordings with iPhone-recorded guitar. Even the quality of the guitar is kinda arbitrary, I have a $200 cheapo classical guitar and a very-expensive pre-war Martin Concert and they both sound great into an iPhone. If the room is quiet, that is. And the iPhone is placed correctly.

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 18 January 2021 10:38 (five days ago) link

Re: my cello. I was corresponding with a luthier these past two weeks whose instruments I am VERY passionate about, and he turned out to be a total fucking weirdo. He refused to give me an estimate, and instead wanted me to convince him to make me an instrument, like I needed to convince him of my artistic vision, and eventually said that I seemed "fearful"?! it was a very bizarre exchange and I think this guy is either insane or just very Russian. Anyway, I ended up getting a budget instrument, for now.

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 18 January 2021 10:48 (five days ago) link

i always feel extremely alienated with my music friends because i don't care about the recording quality

Karl Malone, Monday, 18 January 2021 16:31 (five days ago) link

re: instruments obtained in sketchy circumstances, my first set of drums was a jason-segal-in-freaks-and-geeks type of set-up, 2 BD, 6 rack toms, 2 floor toms, 5 or 6 cymbals. it arrived in my life somewhere in 8th grade. my dad worked in some sort of ambiguous sheriff's dept / cop role back then, and drove an unmarked gigantic white van everywhere. one day the big side doors on the van opened in the driveway, and all of those drums came out of it and into our basement and they were mine. all of those drums, plus the smelliest, toughest bags you've ever seen to protect them. our entire basement immediately smelled like cigarettes. anyway, my dad told a very short, vague story lie about where he had obtained them. i didn't pay attention to his story back then because even back then it was apparent he was a giant fucking liar. anyway, sorry to whatever pour soul lost their awesome huge-ass drumset back in the mid-90s, my dad's an asshole

Karl Malone, Monday, 18 January 2021 16:35 (five days ago) link

Wow fgti, I kinda respect that he's acting like the master sword maker in Kill Bill asking you to prove your righteous quest, but also no one needs that irl.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 18 January 2021 16:38 (five days ago) link

Those were a couple of great stories, guys, thanks!

DJI, Monday, 18 January 2021 16:58 (five days ago) link

I’ve had similar weird encounters with a luthier and, indirectly, with a drum maker. Imagine having to convince Siemens to make you a Dishwasher.

29 facepalms, Monday, 18 January 2021 17:39 (five days ago) link

luthier is a profession that attracts some odd guys

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 January 2021 17:44 (five days ago) link


Inside there's a box and that box has another box within (Sund4r), Monday, 18 January 2021 18:04 (five days ago) link

luthier vandrodd

trans-panda express (m bison), Monday, 18 January 2021 18:26 (five days ago) link

I found a viola in a dustbin last month. Don't think I'll ever learn how to play it, but it's fun just to make terrible noise with. Lockdown has been doubly cruel to my family.

kieth chagrin (NickB), Monday, 18 January 2021 18:41 (five days ago) link

Yah when I asked the luthier a ballpark idea about what his instruments cost, he said "oh I don't want to be like two people arguing in the grocery store about the price of potatoes" and I'm sitting here like dude it is a cello, it is a huge investment, it is not a potato.

He kept talking about art, and meaning, and spouted a bunch of "impossible is nothing"-style "you have to give your 100%! this is all there is to it!" When I explained that music is actually my job and I don't have a legal profession to fall back on to drop huge bucks on a passing fancy, that I always have to make purchases with cost-benefit in mind, he got ruffled by suggesting that his clients were lawyers, and talked about a number of them and their backstory

Then I said "no, I only mentioned 'lawyer' in passing because my lawyer brother also plays the cello and can afford to have a finer instrument than an amateur perhaps deserves" and the luthier suggested I have my lawyer brother buy one of his cellos for me instead

I am starting to think this is kind of part of his sales pitch

To keep me off-balance and 'wanting it' enough to not-flinch when he tells me a probably-outlanding figure

Man, what a dude. His instruments sound amazing though, gotta give him that

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 18 January 2021 20:10 (five days ago) link


flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 18 January 2021 20:12 (five days ago) link

Haha I have to admit I haven't come across luthiers like that but I kind of want to now.

Inside there's a box and that box has another box within (Sund4r), Monday, 18 January 2021 20:17 (five days ago) link

lmao at NickB's post in the midst of all this btw

imago, Monday, 18 January 2021 20:20 (five days ago) link

I really have to up my dustbin game.

I sold my college guitar (modded up Squire) to a friend after undergrad in 1991.

I had not heard from him SINCE I SOLD IT, and he hits me up on LinkedIn two years ago. He asks for my address so he can send a holiday card.

A week later my college guitar shows up on my doorstep unannounced with a note that says, "I'll bet you wondered what became of this." The electronics were rusted from sitting in his attic for 27 years but the neck was straight as an arrow so I fixed it up and it plays really well now.

Ira Einhorn (dandydonweiner), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 00:58 (four days ago) link

A lot of guys I know get guitars from this luthier who seems to be a model of sanity, at least based on my own interactions with him and everything I’ve heard: http://www.borysguitars.com/

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 01:04 (four days ago) link

You have to keep this luthier talking (and you have to keep sharing him here!). He's a character waiting to be written.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 09:04 (four days ago) link

thread contributors, you are obliged to work in "you have to keep this luthier talking" into the lyrics of a new song you write this year.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 14:59 (four days ago) link

ddw that is a great story, post pics of the guitar!

I was thinking this morning that I might send some of the information re: this luthier to a doc-making friend, see if he's interested in doing something about early music lutheries and musicians. The characters I've met are compelling and exhausting and the music (and instruments) are spectacular

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 16:35 (four days ago) link

Also James those guitars look gorgeous

I got my archtop needs all taken care of already but they really are beautiful

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 16:37 (four days ago) link

I wonder if drum makers (drumiers?) are like this? Probably.

I'm still working on a mastering chain & workflow so I can self-release tracks that I'm happy with (partly because the label I've been working with for the last 5 years is coming to a natural conclusion this year). So far the results are improving, basically I'm doing very little EQ and going back to the mix if I need to change individual levels or EQ, and focusing on loudness/dynamics. The only problem is that when I add something to the chain or learn a new trick, I feel like I need to go back and re-master this clutch of 8-9 unreleased tracks that I was previously happy with. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Also have my album of programmed kalimba pieces coming out in in a little over 2 weeks! With some video bits by our own Karl Malone.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:50 (four days ago) link

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