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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

I was briefly in a(n all-male) duo called "Sarah"!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:52 (six years ago) link

haw

possibly touring in the summer with the black/doom band, havent been out in a long time bc our guitarist lives a couple hours away, so we havent been as "active" in general. mostly an east coast thing, possibly all the way to canada, where i have never been

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 22:48 (six years ago) link

come to Atlanta!

I have been recording bits and pieces for an eventual cassette release. I've also been asked to do a split release with a local drone act. AND my band is recording stuff. So hopefully soon I'll have lots of physical stuff to give out at shows!

I've heard good things about getting cassettes made through National Audio?

C: (crüt), Thursday, 7 March 2013 23:00 (six years ago) link

Yeah National Audio is great, I've done a couple things through them.

cwkiii, Friday, 8 March 2013 03:48 (six years ago) link

guitarist in one band left us cuz he moved out of london :( which is a shame. was looking forward to recording those songs. we'd played 5 shows or so. it was going well. oh well. i have a decent recording of the last practice, guess i'll stick that on soundcloud if i can be bothered to mix it.

started a new thing with the same guys, got a new guitarist, and he rules! he's a bit older than us, used to run a drone and kosmiche club. had a practice on sunday and ended up with 16 little things to work on, 3 or 4 fully formed songs just happened, so looking forward to this band. krauty space rock with big OTT vocals and thinking i'm gonna bring an edp wasp and delay pedal into the equation. will prob play a show in the next month or two. my drumming is really rusty tho, need to get back on the practice pad before they kick me out!

tracks sitting in the computer way into the 100s by now, mostly experiments with the ridiculous synth collection that lives in the studio where i live. none of the synths are mine, but i'm free to use what i want and i've set up a synthesizer room and got everything patched up. pretty sweet. currently obsessed with the doepfer modular and making new presets for the matrix 1000- that's a seriously powerful bit of kit but the presets that come with it are crap.

playing classical guitar again, got my nails all purty, think i'm going to try and start performing too. maybe get some restaurants gigs.

have also been digging my uni pieces, trying to put together some sort of composer portfolio. surprised myself by how good some of those pieces are. the goldberg ensemble performed some of my string pices, which was very cool, had to ressurect an old hard drive, thought i'd lost those recordings for good!

Crackle Box, Friday, 8 March 2013 14:13 (six years ago) link

Why is having good nails important for playing guitar? I don't play with my nails. I guess if I had long nails it would be difficult but...

dog latin, Friday, 8 March 2013 15:55 (six years ago) link

if you play fingerstyle you get more control over your sound, you can also play louder and as everybody knows louder = better

Crackle Box, Friday, 8 March 2013 16:56 (six years ago) link

It's a really fundamental part of classical guitar technique. Your nails are the tools you use to create and shape your sound.

Do restaurants in the UK hire classical guitarists??

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 8 March 2013 17:14 (six years ago) link

What are you putting a composition portfolio together for, CB? Graduate schools? Grants/gigs?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 8 March 2013 17:16 (six years ago) link

*Show us your scoressss*

* (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 8 March 2013 17:28 (six years ago) link

making new presets for the matrix 1000- that's a seriously powerful bit of kit but the presets that come with it are crap.

surprised to read this, mine is coming back from service today but from the little i got to play with it before it went in i thought some (though yes far from all, or even most) of the presets were absolutely lovely. insta-BoC!

elephant's piss with milk and sugar (electricsound), Monday, 11 March 2013 00:48 (six years ago) link

i believe they ran a competition so the 1000 presets are all from users of the matrix 6 (which has identical innards) those patches are just a bit uninspired imo! but yeah totally get the BoC thing- if that's what you're after, they're perfect!

x-post, i'll up some stuff on my soundcloud and mayyybe post some stuff up here when i've got it all sorted, but i'm a bit shy about my own music, esp the stuff i've spent a lot of time on.

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 March 2013 14:01 (six years ago) link

and just doing a portfolio for.. err.. i don't know really. i've seen a few bits of paid work recently, such as composing some piano pieces for an audio walk in london. i'd have probably had a chance of getting that if i had some music organised and online. unfortunately the only stuff i've written that's even half listenable i did at uni ages ago, since then i've just been obsessed with synths, microtonality, learning to play drum kit and never finishing things.

Do restaurants in the UK hire classical guitarists??

yeah, you can make pretty good money (read: actually make *some* money) doing functions/events/restaurants/weddings etc. i'm thinking some satie, beatles arr. for classical guitar, cheesy spanish stuff, play through a little amp. will be good practice anyway.

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 March 2013 14:24 (six years ago) link

I played two harsh noise sets this week and someone who saw both of them posted that this city is "a patriarchal cesspool" on FB immediately after leaving the show tonight & now I'm irrationally worried that she's talking about me

C: (crüt), Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:29 (six years ago) link

don't worry about it

time turns all men into pies (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 14 March 2013 13:44 (six years ago) link

- offered up my sound work exp to a newly forming fairly hip arts council for my neighborhood in an advisory capacity. wondering how quickly that will turn into "hey i know it's 4 pm on sunday but the slam poetry competition needs you to come down and turn on their wireless mic."
- related to my endless pedal thread, but the fact that i am getting deluged with new pedal line offers is some strange mixture of feeling like the prettiest girl at the prom and huge stress wrt money allocation and decision making.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:57 (six years ago) link

thanks to Rocksmith I can fake my way through the following songs on the guitar:

"Boys Don't Cry" - The Cure
"Islands" - The xx
"Go With The Flow" - QOTSA
"Black" - Pearl Jam
"Where Is My Mind?" - Pixies
"Angela" - Jarvis Cocker

I can't play triplets fast enough to really play the RHCP version of "Higher Ground" tho

also I have to learn some spirituals before a week from Tuesday, well really by Sunday because I think I'm supposed to rehearse them that afternoon oops

also singing Stainer's "Crucifixion" a week from Sunday; I don't have the big baritone solo but I do get one of the mini interjections in the bass section (it's not as big a deal as that may sound as the entire bass section is 4 ppl; one is doing the big solo and the three interjections are split up across the rest of us) this does mean though that this season I will have had a little solo interjection thing in every concert with our church choir, which yay

Darth Icky (DJP), Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:05 (six years ago) link

I played two harsh noise sets this week and someone who saw both of them posted that this city is "a patriarchal cesspool" on FB immediately after leaving the show tonight & now I'm irrationally worried that she's talking about me

― C: (crüt), Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:29 AM (9 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i apologize crut but this is making me lol. you need to write a piece called partiarchal cesspool

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:11 (six years ago) link

that was a typo but tbh it works

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:12 (six years ago) link

cesspool party!

time turns all men into pies (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:29 (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 (1 week ago) Permalink

someone help me, every song I make is extremely disorienting for other people

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:12 (six years ago) link

Yes indeed I can! Most excited about You Get What You Deserve + Daisy Glaze, also I’m in Love...+ Give Me Another Chance but those are pretty mellow/not drummy

Daisy Glaze may be the craziest actual song I have ever played or attempted to play w other people.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 23 December 2019 03:24 (one month ago) link

Also newsflash I’m no Jody Stephens
It’s not for a few days and we will have rehearsed 2x. That’s enough right? I agreed to do this like 4 days ago.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 23 December 2019 03:28 (one month ago) link

how’d it go?

It went all right, thanks! The crowd was small and mostly there for the guys who put it on and played before me so there was a very small audience. It was fairly loose but I think the stuff came across all right anyway. Because there was less of a PA/sound system than I had anticipated, I ended up connecting my interface into the two amps of the guys who played first, which meant I kept trying to turn things down or adjust levels during my set. Still, I'd been hoping to put an album together for next summer so this got me to get pretty much all the material ready.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Monday, 23 December 2019 04:10 (one month ago) link

Alex Chilton thing sounds super fun.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Monday, 23 December 2019 04:10 (one month ago) link

Puffin: Yes, the blower was non-functional even after power was restored. I’m out of town on vacation now but I heard they fixed it before this morning’s service.

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, 23 December 2019 04:20 (one month ago) link

I have a new album out! Comes with a little book I drew as well. https://boomkat.com/products/the-saturn-star

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 23 December 2019 10:08 (one month ago) link

Djp: Glad to hear about the organ blower

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 23 December 2019 12:30 (one month ago) link

Am currently spending Christmas alone bc I have to sort through and edit 60 GBs of orchestral recordings for a film score

kelis navidad (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 23 December 2019 21:57 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

ahhhhhhh did a solo show tonight! the first thing i played got royally messed up from the outset and it was my first time out with the looper totally under my control so there were some bumps. but the second thing i played felt much more right and i feel so relieved!! ahhhhhhhhhhh

the last three weeks i have played
alex chilton tribute
regular rock show w the band i play with
solo w looper

a range of experiences in a short period of time, very satisfying :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 January 2020 06:16 (one month ago) link

Right on, glad the solo show smoothed itself out.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:02 (one month ago) link

BTW they didn't fix the organ before my Handel recital so we all ended singing to Casio accompaniment:

https://soundcloud.com/djperry1973/for-behold-darkness-shall-cover-the-earththe-people-that-walked-in-darkness

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:11 (one month ago) link

I guess I should have looked upthread to see that I already said this, oops

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:12 (one month ago) link

I was hoping for some glowing 8-bit type Casio sounds, now that would have been a happy accident

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

I'm gonna suggest we do a chiptone Messiah next year

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:32 (one month ago) link

And congrats LL!

My drumming has been feeling better than ever lately, but having a hard time with producing new music. Starting lots of tracks and abandoning them if they're not clicking rather than pushing through, which I'm choosing to see as wisdom rather than laziness. And having a hard time not feeling like I'm repeating myself, or like I'm making something that hasn't been done better by someone else. There's one track I'm really happy with, but I seem to like it more than anyone else, which is not ideal.

xp yesss

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:33 (one month ago) link

LL, that sounds like a great variety of fun stuff to be doing!

DJP - I'm gonna suggest we do a chiptone Messiah next year -> please please! I need this.

My band's album now physically exists, to be released vv soon, eeeek!

https://scontent.flhr3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/82119783_2650535134996085_2119605212850159616_o.jpg
(hopefully that works, ours is the LP on the right)

emil.y, Friday, 10 January 2020 18:52 (one month ago) link

Emil.y I can’t wait to hear it!!

The band I play with is releasing a record this spring too. I only play on one song on the album but it’s still exciting!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 January 2020 18:57 (one month ago) link

I'm gonna suggest we do a chiptone Messiah next year

Get a Commodore 64 and a MSSIAH cartridge!

just another country (snoball), Friday, 10 January 2020 19:19 (one month ago) link

A woman in my social-media orbit recently asked if anyone has a drum set sitting around, to potentially sell to her 17-year-old daughter.

As it happens, I am thinking about selling some drums (to get more and different drums, of course).

Nothing especially momentous, and perhaps it won't happen, but it does warm my heart to hear that there is a teenager living in the year 2020 who even a little serious about playing acoustic drums.

Yeets don't fail me now (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 10 January 2020 19:33 (one month ago) link

What started as a one-off show last spring evolved into us playing as an actual band and we've played a couple of shows at bars opening for other bands and stuff, and now we somehow ended up in a battle of the bands kind of show at a local venue tomorrow. If anyone told me ten years ago that in 2020 I'd be playing bass in a band in the town I currently live in it would have sounded insane. It's still terrifying but super fun.

I've never played live on a stage of any sort until this past year there is a whole world of logistical stuff I sort of vaguely knew about but never had to deal with when just fucking around at home alone, like micing and DI stuff and monitors and hearing yourself and others on stage vs. at rehearsal and seeing the dot markers on a dark stage and hauling heavy cubical objects into and out of places through alleys.

joygoat, Friday, 10 January 2020 21:22 (one month ago) link

Ha been there. Hoofed large amounts of gear up 4 flights of stairs to a loft space. My first time w cords + looper + drum stuff. Lost my power strip 😢

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 January 2020 21:42 (one month ago) link

Also anyone know why a looper’s looping function wouldn’t work through a PA but work fine through an amp?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 January 2020 21:48 (one month ago) link

I have another concert this Sunday where I will be the bass in a quartet doing Brahms Op. 92, Copland's arrangement of "The Little Horses", and "Stars" from Les Mis

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, 20 January 2020 18:13 (four weeks ago) link

\m/

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact (Sund4r), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 13:12 (four weeks ago) link

Finished recording one piece, now in the always-pleasant phase of listening obsessively for everything that could be wrong/deciding whether things are worth changing. I do intend to move on to the next soon enough.

With considerable charm, you still have made a choice (Sund4r), Monday, 27 January 2020 17:22 (three weeks ago) link

Yesterday went REALLY well; I got some applause on the Copland piece before I even finished singing and I had multiple people compliment me on the Les Mis piece (which I'd never really even listened to until about 4 weeks ago) including a jaded teenager, which felt like a massive win

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, 27 January 2020 17:58 (three weeks ago) link

I flubbed some minor spots in the Brahms but the audience loved it so 🤷‍♂️

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, 27 January 2020 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

Rad! Congrats.

DJI, Monday, 27 January 2020 18:08 (three weeks ago) link


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