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by PlainSongs
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Help! I want to learn the Harmonica...
Replies: 29
Views: 8120

Re: Help! I want to learn the Harmonica...

So I got this toy harmonica, handy to kill some time. Chinese 'Parrot' brand, costs peanuts, doesn't sound too bad. After some experimenting I find it's not too much like a blues harp. It gives a tremolo effect and it's got 16 holes, but each one only produces a sound by either inhaling or exhaling,...
by PlainSongs
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: The cooking thread
Replies: 97
Views: 10866

Re: The cooking thread

Unsweetened cocoa? The aromatics would be awesome from your mix and "might" allow me to live without the sweet. But I am a sweetaholic. I'm sure it's permitted to add sugar or whatever you fancy. However the true hot & bitter kick is in a niche of its own. It's still a little sweet ac...
by PlainSongs
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Free Sound Banks
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Free Sound Banks

Some free ones I've tried: Maestro Rock Kit Hard Rocker's Drumkit The Maestro one sounds better but is less extensive. Neither is wonderful but they ain't bad. Just had a look at this: G&S Custom Work Drum kit Sample Library 1.0 . Seems very good. But it's big (350Megs or so) and comes as a set ...
by PlainSongs
Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)
Replies: 48
Views: 5304

Re: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)

In my relative ignorance I'd call what is commonly known as classical music, "elite music" (which sounds unintentionally value-laden, and also it refers to an economical and political elite, not the swimming or thievery elite, say); but Wikipedia gives a classification that seems okayish t...
by PlainSongs
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)
Replies: 48
Views: 5304

Re: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)

Yeah well I said "recording technology didn't affect the evolution of popular music in a similar fashion at all", not that it didn't affect it generally! I am going to assume for the sake of this discussion that when you say "pop music," you mean the pop music of the 1950s and la...
by PlainSongs
Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)
Replies: 48
Views: 5304

Re: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)

BTW Frankie, interesting theory. Recording technology didn't affect the evolution of popular music in a similar fashion at all. I assume this is sarcasm :) Nope, just a juxtaposition. Not sure Frankie's theory is correct, but it could be. Then the question is why didn't the same thing happen in pop...
by PlainSongs
Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:37 am
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: The cooking thread
Replies: 97
Views: 10866

Re: The cooking thread

A great serious non-sweetly yet non-alcoholic and non-cafeinated drink is pseudo-precolumbian-style hot cocoa:

Hot water + unsweetened cocoa powder + chili powder (essential)
+ vanilla + grated cinnamon (flavour).

No milk, no sugar.


Add red wine to get drunk!

(Some background here.)
by PlainSongs
Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:09 am
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)
Replies: 48
Views: 5304

Re: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)

Good ideas folks. No. Every exciting form of music has been created already. I've seen the master list. Notice the question that came right after: Like what? Tell us? The question was half-rhetorical; but half-serious. There's human creativity. But could we rapidly have explored a large part of the ...
by PlainSongs
Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:40 am
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)
Replies: 48
Views: 5304

The Future of Music (not: of the Music Business)

This question pops into my head on occasions, such as breakfast this morning: What will music be like in 25 years time, in 50, in 100? Anything beyond that (if not those intervals already) seems too speculative; what will the world look like by then in the first place... Note the thread title: this ...
by PlainSongs
Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Walking through Shadowy Reviews (In The Valley Reviews)
Replies: 76
Views: 23910

Re: Walking through Shadowy Reviews (In The Valley Reviews)

Thanks all for your interesting opinions! Here's the accurate valley-o-meter measurements: Adam Adamant - This does indeed seem to be a song about not so very much at all (though not quite), which I find a little disappointing. However it's fun and pleasant to listen to. It's like you're from the fu...
by PlainSongs
Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Ye Olde Lyric Archive
Topic: In The Valley
Replies: 11
Views: 1818

Re: In The Valley

[ In The Valley à la Plain Songs for Doves & Tigers ] That night we slept in the valley not a five star spot to sleep But the peaks were lost in rainclouds and the slopes were soggy and steep. The bottle of vodka went largely untouched we were weary of its warmth and the baked beans were barely ...
by PlainSongs
Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:07 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Awwww, Rover's got his leash (Walking the Border Reviews)
Replies: 43
Views: 12618

Re: Awwww, Rover's got his leash (Walking the Border Reviews)

I decided to vote and then might as well review a bit. See if you get fruit. Beuhiss - This grooves, nice. Sounds clean, except for the vocals of course, they're ok though, but without the effect I might have understood a bit more. Good ending. Apples. The Chadderandom Abyss - I thought this was goi...
by PlainSongs
Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: passaggio from chest voice to head voice
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: passaggio from chest voice to head voice

Thanks for the ideas. The 'picture higher notes farther away' in particular rings true but I reckon it varies from person to person. Sticking to the same ol' key was my old strategy, but you're screwed when you want to sing along in a jam or to the radio, and sometimes it forces you to play wicked c...
by PlainSongs
Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:48 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: passaggio from chest voice to head voice
Replies: 8
Views: 701

passaggio from chest voice to head voice

Anyone got tips on singing up and down the gap between chest and head voice? I've been reading up on it and practicing: - humming, 'lip-rolling', and ah-ing short scales up and down - singing songs that bridge the (for me) problem zone - concentrating on breathing from diaphragm, relaxing neck muscl...
by PlainSongs
Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: A truly significant digit (God's Thumb reviews)
Replies: 58
Views: 13221

Re: A truly significant digit (God's Thumb reviews)

Ross wrote:
PlainSongs wrote:Ross Durand you get that terrier what sits next to the bar and knows all the patrons.
Woo hoo!! I'm Spuds Mackenzie!! Sounds like my song was a success.
:P

... figured for a bit that Spud has a bar and a (subbreed of) terrier called 'Mackenzie'. Google suggests no.
by PlainSongs
Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: A truly significant digit (God's Thumb reviews)
Replies: 58
Views: 13221

Re: A truly significant digit (God's Thumb reviews)

Plain Songs for Doves & Tiggers: [...] The drums however sound retarded, completely lacking in rhythm. Pah to that phrasing but point taken, roughly, ta. A good part of it is +- as intended, so may be a taste thing too. But re-listening to the solo drum track - I did butcher the flamenco variat...
by PlainSongs
Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: A truly significant digit (God's Thumb reviews)
Replies: 58
Views: 13221

Re: A truly significant digit (God's Thumb reviews)

Okay! Reviews, written while listening. You all get an animal totem for your efforts, they do not represent any fixed aspect of the tune, just whatever seemed to resonate with some aspect(s). A lot of good material in this fight so it's a handsome zoo. BLT feat. Paco - Nice intro. Crisp sounding dru...
by PlainSongs
Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Monkey Business
Topic: Awesome Youtube videos
Replies: 1217
Views: 106167

Re: Awesome Youtube videos

! Yeah. The way the robot stays on foot, that's such a complex bunch of motions :shock:. Wonder how much of the controller for that is 'evolved' versus hand-designed. I also wonder how reliable it is - these may be its finest moments... Still, impressive. And scary? Perhaps not more so than a live m...
by PlainSongs
Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: Complaints and Suggestions
Topic: I hate change!...
Replies: 73
Views: 10434

Re: I hate change!...

Did the SongFight! logo on the earlier board header not take you back to the songfight.org main page? Which is handy to switch beteen the forum and, say, the music archive.

(And yeah the previous board looked far better, and matched the main page. Oh well, all in good time.)
by PlainSongs
Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Currently Digging
Topic: Rediscovered music
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Rediscovered music

This is just a thing of beauty
This too...
by PlainSongs
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Gyutan at Prince's house (Purple Tongue)
Replies: 18
Views: 9577

Not a very good fight this week. Probably in part due to the title. I thought it was a pretty cool title. The image made me wonder: well what about that tongue? whose is it? why is it purple? Which can go all ways (as the fight shows). For e.g. 'Radio Ready' the theme seemed more restricted. But ma...
by PlainSongs
Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Gyutan at Prince's house (Purple Tongue)
Replies: 18
Views: 9577

The Capitalist Youth * Love the "It came to an edge... and jumped" line, lyrically and musically. And the banjo! Not so much the percussive cymbal-like thing that goes for most of the song; sounds a bit canned. Good vocals and lyrics, even if the latter get a bit hermetic (which doesn't h...