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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

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

haha

shit tie (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:57 (six years ago) link

playing in Europe thruout beginning next week thru end of April. Very excited. First time (solo).

That elusive North American wood-ape (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 18:00 (six years ago) link

fantasy send links
I was just told my voice had a newfound maturity and it was a bittersweet thing to hear

♫ don't you have your own computer? ♫ (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 18:01 (six years ago) link

would ilxmail work 4 u? I need to rerecord some vocals today but I'll send em

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 18:52 (six years ago) link

yes

♫ don't you have your own computer? ♫ (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:06 (six years ago) link

webmail'd u sorry 4 my voice

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 01:14 (six years ago) link

played a couple of "finished" lil songs for a friend and got a p bleak reception, I hate being in the room w/ people hearing my shit 4 the first time, turns me into such a demanding-yet-craven little thing (tho I'm probably just more aware of how demanding-yet-craven I actually am)

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:48 (six years ago) link

Sang in a recital of spirituals yesterday. It went well and my wife and I each made $50.

I sang:

I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
Don't You Weep When I Am Gone

My wife sang:

There Is A Balm In Gilead
Were You There

we also sang as part of a quartet:

Soon-A Will Be Done
Crucifixion (He Never Said A Mumblin' Word)
Since You Went Away
Steal Away

We're repurposing a lot of this for an afternoon Good Friday service; later that evening we'll be singing Dvorak's Mass in D major, with the Sanctus and Benedictus being done with us as part of an octet (really a septet; there's only one alto soloist). Bummed we don't get to do the solos in the Agnus Dei.

the pheromones of hot clothing (DJP), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:04 (six years ago) link

also I still don't know if I'm singing the opening solo for Easter Vigil or not; I've done it the past... two? three? years so it's no big deal but I keep thinking I should ask

the pheromones of hot clothing (DJP), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:08 (six years ago) link

I hate being in the room w/ people hearing my shit 4 the first time

i've learned that this is just not a good idea

shit tie (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:13 (six years ago) link

i once accompanied hymns for a unitarian congregation. they replaced every instance of the word "god" with "all."

eaumaille, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:22 (six years ago) link

hey so, i have a question about getting asked by promoters to open for touring acts. if it's a popular act that's going to fill the room anyway then great, the promoter is basically doing you a favor. but when the idea is that the local act will provide a crowd for the not-super-well-known touring act, it gets a little weird, right?

the main problem seems to be, why would your friends/fans come and pay a higher cover to see you open for someone that they don't know (or don't like) when they know they can see you a few weeks later for less? i feel like i have a hard time getting people to these shows, and then worry that the promoter is going to blame me for a small crowd/losing money. i guess the only reason to do these gigs at all is to eventually get on some of the bigger shows?

shit tie (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:27 (six years ago) link

You got it.
If you're worried abt giving your regular fans value for their money, maybe you think the headlining band isn't worth their time? and thus not worth yours?
Typically though it's always good to play direct support for anyone everywhere (and never play 1st of 3 unless you're less than a year old)

Puff puff I owe you an email but basically I just wanted to know your inspirations and intentions, also don't be discouraged

a source of "vegelate" (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:38 (six years ago) link

i feel like i have a hard time getting people to these shows, and then worry that the promoter is going to blame me for a small crowd/losing money. i guess the only reason to do these gigs at all is to eventually get on some of the bigger shows?

― shit tie (Jordan), Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:27 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I doubt anyone is going to put you on the bigger shows if you don't bring a crowd anyway. IME getting a better show without bringing a crowd only came when we were new to a venue and the booker/owner/whoever REALLY liked our set.

i've a cozy little flat in what is known as old man hat (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:45 (six years ago) link

Plus I hated subjecting people who liked us to bands I didn't like, although more often than not we didn't have a choice

i've a cozy little flat in what is known as old man hat (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:46 (six years ago) link

Puff puff I owe you an email but basically I just wanted to know your inspirations and intentions, also don't be discouraged

― a source of "vegelate" (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:38 (21 minutes ago) Permalink

thanks for the help, ur 2 kind, there's absolutely no rush

idk I think discouragement is kinda alright, it's just that there a part of me that doesn't really know if, right now, my stuff is lol bad or if my friend (and his gf silently shuffling around the back of the room) just didn't get it or if it really matters either way. I'm just happy making stuff. idk this thread is really cool tho because ppl like you and dan and jordan and every1 else are all in some diff part of their musical lives

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 22:11 (six years ago) link

hey, i wouldn't let the reaction of other people in the room impact you too much either way.

(warning: totally subjective and neurotic perspective (or total hangup) that is probably shared by <2% of the population coming up)

personally speaking, i HATE being forced to listen to someone else's music in the same room with them. if you're in a band with someone, or they're really familiar with your music, then cool, whatever. but if you're just a friend or, even worse, an acquaintance, then it's a really uncomfortable experience as a listener. because i'm not the kind of person who will come flat out and say "hey, i didn't like that song", or "i don't like your music". it's just too awkward of a thing for me to say in person. the worst i'll say is "yeah it's pretty good!" or something. so that means that having to listen to someone's music in the same room with them, and being expected to give some sort of reaction at the end, basically turns into a high-pressure acting experience. this, combined with the fact that people are understandably really touchy when others are listening to their music (god, a few months ago someone said "stop singing" and i thought they were referring to a song i had posted where i sang, i immediately deleted everything with vocals off of my soundcloud and just got WASTED by myself, so i understand!)...it just makes things way too artificial and awkward and uncomfortable!

your holiness, we have an official energy drink (Z S), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 22:41 (six years ago) link

I doubt anyone is going to put you on the bigger shows if you don't bring a crowd anyway. IME getting a better show without bringing a crowd only came when we were new to a venue and the booker/owner/whoever REALLY liked our set.

Plus I hated subjecting people who liked us to bands I didn't like, although more often than not we didn't have a choice

yeah this is exactly why i maybe shouldn't have agreed to this gig. :) it wouldn't be a big deal except i have another show a few weeks later that i'm much more invested in, and that's the one i'm really trying to get people to (without looking like i'm totally half-assing the promo on this one, which i am). oh well. hopefully it's not a disaster.

shit tie (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 23:28 (six years 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 (four weeks ago) link

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

DJI, Friday, 20 September 2019 15:15 (three 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

Congrats, fgti

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:42 (three weeks ago) link


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