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
― 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
― 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
― a) tepid b) vapid c) simpering d) milquetoast (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 19:18 (six 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 (six 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 (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
I was briefly in a(n all-male) duo called "Sarah"!
― EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:52 (six years ago) link
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.
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
― 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
― time turns all men into pies (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:29 (six years ago) link
― 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
I had my first jam with some really nice neighbors I met -- they are both classical musicians (a Juliard-trained composer and a violinist) who have other careers now but the guy is learning banjo. I played through some basic folk tunes with them (with my sub-sub-sub-Doc Watson-style flatpicking) and it was really nice and unaffected and it felt good to just be playing some pretty songs without trying to have an edge or angle of any kind. First time in a couple years I've played with other people.
― space phwoar (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:33 (six years ago) link
Also have been doing kids songs for my one-year-old, and played at her birthday party, which was the first time I've performed in at least a couple years.
― space phwoar (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:34 (six years ago) link
hope you got free drinks at least
― shit tie (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link
three cake tickets
― space phwoar (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:37 (six years ago) link
My performance was very moving, a couple of audience members even cried.
― space phwoar (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:38 (six years 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 (one month ago) link
Just bought a bass
― TS: “8:05” vs. “905” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 August 2019 01:53 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link
I heard you play some nice numbers
― The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:17 (one month ago) link
FYI Jordan's album bangs
― brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:39 (one month 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 (one month ago) link
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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month ago) link
I now have an octave mandolin
― Ramen? No thanks, I prefer them cooked (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:00 (one month ago) link
I just bought a backup archtop for my normal archtop.
― flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 12 September 2019 02:08 (one month 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
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 month ago) link
― All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:42 (one month ago) link
― DJI, Friday, 13 September 2019 19:32 (one month 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 (one month 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.comIt’s a decent start, maybe?
― spastic heritage, Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:03 (one month 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 (one month ago) link
New single/video out today!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfYx_2NjLVg
― DJI, Friday, 20 September 2019 15:15 (four weeks ago) link
Idk how it happened but I fell behind over the past week and only ended up with five days to write a 25 minute choral work for four choirs
I have been working constantly and subsisting on DUMPLINGS!, basically, having manic outings after 11pm if possible but otherwise a couch potato with a Rewire Piano Object attached to my right and a MacBook to my left
The process is basically I slow-improvise my way through each section of the lyric with my iPhone running and then transcribe it later
I got halfway through the piece and I got cold feet about “onslaught of new material” on the audience for 25 fucking minutes so I prayed to “The Drift” and I prayed to “Music For Strings, Percussion and Celeste” and said fuck it I’m done composing, now it’s time to start copy-pasting
The text is the final text of the suicide cult Heaven’s Gate and so I did it like Scott Walker and Bartok— it is just an ornery repeat of every section right from the beginning, like Scott does in “Clara”— you heard it once, now listen again, shithead— but also Bartok because there are so many elisions, we’re going back through it all. Not faster, just shorter, like a recipe you’ve gotten good at
At the end I have the full choir screaming triad slow-glissing from triad up to mediant-related triad and the words are a synthesis of Heaven’s Gate begging the reader to come down to Southern California and kill yourself with Kool-Aid to board the spaceship, synthesized with Jesus and his disciples telling the listener to come to Galilee and give up their life so that one might find eternal life under the shadow of the Father
So it’s been a lot of work and I look great, every morning I slice a lemon in six so I have six glasses of water to remember to drink. My body is not so good, no muscle on my calf anymore, just on my ass all day writing whatever this is
I snuck away for 90 minutes and had dinner with my friend and her new boyfriend. They were intimate with each other, with their hands, at the dinner table, in the restaurant. I was happy when the food arrived! but I would’ve been impressed if they kept their inside hands on each other while feeding themselves with their outside hand. Olympic level PDA. That’d be amazing to see
I’m walking home, I have my bike but I was a cigarette, and my boyfriend calls me. He misses me. He tells me so. He says, “I want my boyfriend back.” I don’t respond especially well. I say, “this choral piece sliced my brain in two.” I feel my inner thighs chafing. I feel bad and also bad.
I thought I could finish it in three, but it took me four. I finished it. I formatted it. I mailed it off. Then I listened to it, all 79 pages, 25 minutes, and I thought: this piece is strong, both conceptually and compositionally
And there’s a little mental solar flare that happens right when you finish the writing process so I’m documenting it here. Tomorrow I’m going to take my boyfriend to the park with the dog and take him out for Filipino food
― fgti (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 26 September 2019 07:39 (three weeks ago) link
*stands up and applauds*
― change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 September 2019 12:05 (three weeks ago) link
Best Music Writing 2019
― brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 26 September 2019 12:29 (three weeks ago) link
― All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:42 (three weeks ago) link