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by AJOwens
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Compouter monitor you use with your DAW
Replies: 8
Views: 112

Re: Compouter monitor you use with your DAW

I have a monitor that emits a high-pitched whine when the brightness is set a certain way. Otherwise it's fine. Before you give up on yours, try experimenting with the brightness and contrast controls.
by AJOwens
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Complaints and Suggestions
Topic: Current fight optional challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: Current fight optional challenge

I think in some thread, somewhere, someone (current fightmaster?) mentioned that that information was never archived. It's only listed on the front page at the time of the current fight, or like you said, in the review thread. See "Documenting the optional challenge," a few items down in the curren...
by AJOwens
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: My new blog
Replies: 0
Views: 110

My new blog

After all these years, I finally got around to setting up a free blog on WordPress. It has nothing to do with music, and it's tacky-looking (let's just call it "hipster HTML"), and so far it's just a barely discernible sketch of my Grand Vision, but I'm plugging it anyway: https://staggeringimplicat...
by AJOwens
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Song Fight!
Topic: Song Fight! Is 20 Years Old!!!
Replies: 119
Views: 6369

Re: Song Fight! Is 20 Years Old!!!

Real life good friends love to rip on each other (in a hopefully funny way) not flatter each other. I generally think that too but for a while now I have started to think that may be a generational thing, and the whole "tearing you down to toughen you up" vibe I had/have with my siblings/friends wa...
by AJOwens
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: flabby, farty bass (and mix balance in general)
Replies: 30
Views: 877

Re: flabby, farty bass (and mix balance in general)

Most of what needs to be said has been said. Even the cheapest Yamaha bass is a reasonable-quality product, and there's nothing wrong with the one you have. I use a '65 Hofner 501 (almost the same model Paul bought in Hamburg because he could afford it at the time) and an American P-bass (sounds a l...
by AJOwens
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Song Fight!
Topic: Song Fight! Is 20 Years Old!!!
Replies: 119
Views: 6369

Re: Song Fight! Is 20 Years Old!!!

I found out about Song Fight! from a co-worker who was married to a guy who was in a house band with the company I worked for. He didn't work for the company, so I saw him only at practices. After the band dissolved, I lost touch with him, but one day I asked his wife about him, in that polite offic...
by AJOwens
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Song Fight!
Topic: Song Fight! Is 20 Years Old!!!
Replies: 119
Views: 6369

Re: Song Fight! Is 20 Years Old!!!

Caravan Ray wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:03 am
Lunkhead wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:04 pm
Flabby/farty bass
Can we have a thread for that? I often think my bass is flabby and fatty - and I screw everything else up trying to fix it. I’ll take this elsewhere and ask for tips
Do not feed your bass beans.
by AJOwens
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Politics and Other Crap
Topic: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)
Replies: 168
Views: 4841

Re: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)

In fairness, the same kind of thing can happen in a parliamentary democracy. When Stephen Harper was Canada's prime minister, he attempted rule by decree. Prime ministers traditionally stack the appointed Senate with political supporters, many attempt to stack the Supreme Court with like-minded judg...
by AJOwens
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Politics and Other Crap
Topic: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)
Replies: 168
Views: 4841

Re: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)

When a president parts a sea of peaceful protesters with brute force so he can pose in front of a church holding a Bible, a tone of melodrama has already been struck; incredulous horror is the normal reaction. If your Constitution can put a stop to this obvious descent into fascism, good for it. So ...
by AJOwens
Sun May 24, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Politics and Other Crap
Topic: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)
Replies: 168
Views: 4841

Re: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)

[edited for clarity] I think I get it. The election process involves the interminable Primaries, where the Republicans and Democrats decide who they will offer as President; and then the big election on Nov 4th, where people choose who they want to be President, among other things. To vote for a can...
by AJOwens
Fri May 22, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Politics and Other Crap
Topic: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)
Replies: 168
Views: 4841

Re: Modern democracy (was: COVID-19 freakout thread)

We can register as a Republican/Democrat/third party, and vote. . . Canadian here. This "registering as a Republican or Democrat"(or other -- that's news to me) is something I've never understood. In Canada, if you're a citizen, the government mails you a card around election time and you take it t...
by AJOwens
Sun May 03, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)
Replies: 51
Views: 2291

Re: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)

what is the instrument that kicks in at 1:45? That's the Flute patch from a Yamaha CP-40 Stage Piano. Played straight, it sounds a lot like a real flute. Played the way I did, it sounds like the Mellotron the Beatles used on Strawberry Fields. By using the 4/4 beat over a 6/8 backing, I hope I adde...
by AJOwens
Sat May 02, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Ye Olde Lyric Archive
Topic: Mythical Creature
Replies: 14
Views: 773

Re: Mythical Creature

Mythical Creature -- James Owens They say to the North is a devious tribe Where the people do nothing but steal from the rich And the leaders tell lies to control what you think And the good are abandoned to die in the ditch Safer to stay home, my friend Safer to stay home They say to the East is a ...
by AJOwens
Sat May 02, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Ooh, cryptozoological! (Mythical Creature prefight)
Replies: 25
Views: 1104

Re: Ooh, cryptozoological! (Mythical Creature prefight)

I'm in slightly late, with something thrown together at the last minute.
by AJOwens
Sat May 02, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Ooh, cryptozoological! (Mythical Creature prefight)
Replies: 25
Views: 1104

Re: Ooh, cryptozoological! (Mythical Creature prefight)

I may update the site Sunday night, so, all y'all stragglers should aim closer to the deadline this time if you can. I am scheduled to have some dental surgery Monday that will have me laid up for a few days, so, I'll need to take care of the update before that so it doesn't sit around for days. I ...
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)
Replies: 51
Views: 2291

Re: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)

Thanks, I think I've got something oblique.
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)
Replies: 51
Views: 2291

Re: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)

As I wrote the reviews for Lichen Throat and Hot Pink Halo, I began wondering why I was more forgiving of Lichen Throat's pitchiness. Lichen Throat's work has always reminded me of an old friend, a genuinely engaged, highly creative person with a strange, somewhat alienating approach or style, and f...
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)
Replies: 51
Views: 2291

Re: Near enough to perfect... (Bent Straight reviews)

It’s super interesting to me to hear how other people go about writing their lyrics. My approach is to think about the prompt for a while until I settle on an idea (in this case bending light > gravity > general relativity), then I choose a structure and write to it in no particular order. I'll gen...
by AJOwens
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Lying just under the surface of (Uncharted Waters reviews)
Replies: 48
Views: 2147

Re: Lying just under the surface of (Uncharted Waters reviews)

James Owens : The melody works well here even if it reminds me of something very particular that I can't quite put my finger on. Not Fade Away, maybe? (I'm thinking of the Rolling Stones cover). As far as I know, it's kind of a general-purpose Bo Diddley riff, freely used for this kind of thing.
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Not crooked anymore (Bent Straight prefight)
Replies: 30
Views: 1400

Re: Not crooked anymore (Bent Straight prefight)

I've done what I can with my entry, for better or worse. It's in the mail.
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Lying just under the surface of (Uncharted Waters reviews)
Replies: 48
Views: 2147

Re: Lying just under the surface of (Uncharted Waters reviews)

Some songs in this fight remind me of Procol Harum's "A Salty Dog": 'All hands on deck! We've run afloat!' I heard the captain cry. . . Amby Moho - Some very liquid sounds in this highly textured song, although the initial rhythm feels like riding a terrestrial animal. The fast tremolo is a bit unse...
by AJOwens
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Not crooked anymore (Bent Straight prefight)
Replies: 30
Views: 1400

Re: Not crooked anymore (Bent Straight prefight)

I've put together some guitar-drenched R&B. I'll sleep on the mix.