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by Mostess
Thu Nov 11, 2004 3:08 pm
Forum: Politics and Other Crap
Topic: The South.
Replies: 146
Views: 40548

Definitely a funny essay. Although the author confuses "RNC talking points designed by marketers to appeal to white southern voters still bitter about their disenfranchisement by the Democratic party in the 60's" and "the South," the vitriol is warranted. No, the founders weren't Democrats. But they...
by Mostess
Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:10 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Where do you get your best ideas?
Replies: 21
Views: 6859

Bell Green wrote:Like I said, I get really good ones when I'm riding my bike
I get mine walking. That's why they're all about the same tempo.

Was it Emerson who said: "Never trust an idea you have sitting down."
by Mostess
Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:04 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Where do you get your best ideas?
Replies: 21
Views: 6859

the good ones stick. i figure if i don't remember it later, it wasn't good enough. That's always been my theory, too. But I have no evidence. I would probably write ten times as many songs if I ever took the time to record little hooks that come to me before I forget them. Who knows if those would ...
by Mostess
Thu Nov 11, 2004 9:58 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Lyric-writing Tools
Replies: 36
Views: 11795

Dan-O from Five-O wrote:Yeah, because everyone knows what defenestration means right?
Defenestrate your dictionary. Buy a thesaurus.
by Mostess
Thu Nov 11, 2004 9:53 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Chicken or the Egg? Which comes first Lyrics or Melody?
Replies: 20
Views: 7673

Mine are more like bread

Model and clothes are too seperate for me. In my mind, it's more like bread, where the music is the flour, water, and yeast; words are the sugar, milk, potato flakes, oatmeal, rasins, etc. etc. You only need the former, but without the latter it's not going to be anyone's favorite loaf. And like bre...
by Mostess
Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:08 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Pitch Correction Software?
Replies: 60
Views: 17482

I've used it, because most people tell me my pitch sucks in their reviews. Sometimes they tell me that after I used the pitch correction. Hmmm.... -bill I doubt this applies to your over-critics, but I thought it was funny: I forgot one odd bit about Auto-Tune that I didn't expect; it tunes to conc...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:37 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Replies: 35
Views: 12140

15-16 puzzle wrote:(or denying them whiskey).
Too cruel.
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:25 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Replies: 35
Views: 12140

Learning something slow and then speeding it up has never worked for me because there are subtle temporal shifts that you unconsciously make as you speed something up or down, like wanting to hold a note slightly longer (percentage-wise) during a slower version. If you make a recording at 1/2 speed...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:09 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Replies: 35
Views: 12140

Mushing a passage is going to happen, and your students MUST be able to handle that without stopping, or indeed without registering any alarm on their faces at all. It's just a clam, forget it and move on. I can add a bit to this as a scientist: My first psychology research experience was in a lab ...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:47 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Replies: 35
Views: 12140

...so is "muscle memory" a crock? Not entirely. I think when people say "muscle memory," they're talking about automaticity, which is certainly something real. Because it feels automatic, people assume their brains are not doing it; it must be in their muscles. But most of what your brain does is c...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:49 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Replies: 35
Views: 12140

Man. Jim and JB beat me to the punch. Color me redundant.

(Though I'm inclined to be a bit nicer to Fripp because of some lovely stuff he did with The Roaches, but I understand the sentiment.)
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:46 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Replies: 35
Views: 12140

You have to show them exactly how to do it, and I mean exactly, just like programming a computer. Garbage in, garbage out. Perfect practice. That's absolute poppycock. If there's one thing your neruomuscular system is not like, it's a computer. Your brain/body does not learn muscle movements, it le...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:12 pm
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: I Just Don't Get It
Replies: 290
Views: 62725

(I assume "commercial success == everybody likes it") 1) Harry Potter. Why has it become such a franchise? The first book was fine, but no better than the slew of "I was a misunderstood orphan until magical powers whisked me off to faraway, mystical adventures wherein I became heroic" books marketed...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:40 pm
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: NaNoWriMo
Replies: 76
Views: 20410

I just found this thread. NaNoWriMo is the shit! Good luck to all you do-ers! I did one in 1999 and it was so much fun. It's crap, but it's not unreadable. There's a kind of zen in writing just to put words down, knowing full well that no one, not even yourself, is likely to read them. Go go go! 50,...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 11:17 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Pitch Correction Software?
Replies: 60
Views: 17482

...just apply it to selected sections that are a hair off. Nudge things into place, so to speak. I don't have a problem with that, personally, because it's a legitimate way to use a take that is awesome but flawed. ... It won't work if you're a quarter-tone off, though, unless you're really subtle,...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:39 am
Forum: Complaints and Suggestions
Topic: forum forum forum forum mushroom mushroom
Replies: 26
Views: 11457

So, uh, Mostess? Are you implying that when we log onto the site, we should only go the the threads that interest us? That's a good idea. (Really, I'm implying that I want to raise my post-count by making facile jokes. And that people sound silly when they complain about having to do a little think...
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:11 am
Forum: Television
Topic: Top 5 Sitcoms of All-Time
Replies: 159
Views: 69668

...skateboarding over Springfield Gorge episode which has the best visual gag ever in the Simpsons (and quite possibly the rest of comedy too.) Ah, yes. But they outdid themselves with Bart's shaken beer can prank on Homer. What season or episode was that? I still laugh just vaguely remembering it....
by Mostess
Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:53 am
Forum: Complaints and Suggestions
Topic: forum forum forum forum mushroom mushroom
Replies: 26
Views: 11457

Someone should set up a Bayesian algorithm to infer the preferred thread content for each user so that when User X logs on, the page can categorize threads into "Threads X is following", "Threads X should read", "Threads X might like to read", and "X should ignore these." Since the fightmasters (app...
by Mostess
Fri Nov 05, 2004 2:30 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: How to make great mixes
Replies: 41
Views: 16458

The software kind of got in the way. Thanks for the story. I know what you mean. But 4-tracking was no picnic, either. Every second I spent rewinding was a second I could have spent playing. And that was a lot of seconds! That stupid little box sucked plenty of soul out of my music. I'm not going b...
by Mostess
Fri Nov 05, 2004 10:04 am
Forum: Complaints and Suggestions
Topic: Two dumb questions.
Replies: 47
Views: 17729

frankie big face wrote:"Instrumentals are welcome, but you should probably skip the messageboard that week because people are going to berate you for not understanding the definition of a song."
That's all I'm sayin'. Reduces confusion. Confusion is bad. Controversy is fine.
by Mostess
Fri Nov 05, 2004 9:25 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: How to make great mixes
Replies: 41
Views: 16458

How to make great mixes

I am practically paralyzed by the mixing possibilities of my new digital recording system. I grew up with a four track, so after all the recording was done, I had eight knobs to deal with (four levels, four pans). That's about the size of my mixing brain. Now I have nearly as many tracks as I want. ...
by Mostess
Fri Nov 05, 2004 8:29 am
Forum: Complaints and Suggestions
Topic: Two dumb questions.
Replies: 47
Views: 17729

That's just mean. That was mean. I'm with you, Jim. I think the only restrictions for submission should concern technical, computery issues (file length, kbps of mp3, etc.). The content of the file should be entirely free to vary. Currently, the FAQ says "No covers are allowed, unless you are so cr...