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10:34 pm - ...Frank's banana... (I swear, I just said that.)
October's MP3 of the Month is up. It's called Forbidden Fruit and contains my first attempt fabricating a convincing distortion guitar via MIDI. I actually started three different pieces of music specifically to be October's MP3 (not together -- I was going to finish them all and choose the best one), but on Friday none of them were ready and I wanted to do something else, so I put Forbidden Fruit together instead. Check it out.

Anyway, I'm watching Clerks: The Animated Series in its entirety tonight, which I've never done before. I don't rent movies, and though most of my friends bought it, you all refused to loan it to out or watch it with me so I didn't bother with it until yesterday when I found it cheap at Preplayed. Yeah, it's worth about what I paid for it. Which is fine. It's not half as rewarding as watching the entirety of Twin Peaks, but it's five minutes shorter than Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and not as depressing. There's also considerably less creamed corn in the story, but at least Clerks features Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of Patrick Swayze. There's comedy gold in them thar h It's funny.
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Current Music: Clerks

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From:crabmoon
Date:October 5th, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)
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I would of loaned you clearks, and I wanna see Twin Peaks!!!
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 5th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
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I second the Peaked Twins.
From:renny1780
Date:October 5th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
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That just sounds like something dirty.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
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All right, all right, I'll see about getting the rest of Twin Peaks. I don't know when or where we'll watch it... My place is out of the question because there's about 19 1/2 hours of Twin Peaks you haven't seen, and RJ sleeps in the basement (where our TV is) until 2 'o clock on weekends. We'd only be able to watch a few episodes at a time.
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From:crabmoon
Date:October 6th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
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I'm game! You know you could bring it over to Jim's, as he said he was game. But it's up to you really. A few episode at a time is fine. *Grins*
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 5th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
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A very nice job with the guitars. I'm afraid I don't envision vampires while listening but that may be due to the fact that I don't care for a couple of the other voices. It sounds a bit more tragic/hero to me. I really like the tune, & it sounds like the tip of an iceberg, themantically. Good work!
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Out of curiosity, what are the voices you don't care for? I can tell you that I'm not fond of several of them myself, but they're the best samples I've got in terms of blending with the others.

As for this being vampire music, I might have been trying to emulate the gothic "orchestra with guitars" style which was popular in horror movies a few years back. Listening to the NES Castlevania soundtracks, this is the direction I would have expected them to go when sound technology improved. It's not that I don't like the techno in those games, I just think something like this would be more fitting.
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From:seanorange
Date:October 5th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Sweet!

That's actually one of the better synthesized guitars I've heard. I'm actually pretty impressed with the bass, but that could be just because I don't know any better.

This is quite evocative of a great Castlevania MP3 I have. Perhaps the last thing you want is for it to be compared to pre-existing music, but I wanted to combat the notion that it wasn't Halloween-y enough. I certainly don't mean to say that it could be mistaken for Halloween music, just that -- in me -- it successfully calls up the same imagery as, say, the Simon's Quest theme.

Thinking about music this way reminds me of days of yore...

~Away!!
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I like the bass, too, which I think has mostly to do with the quality of the instrument sample. Through most of the piece it just keeps the rhythm, but there are a few places where it gets a little more complicated (say, around the 1:33 mark), and I'm really happy with those.

Yeah, it's not that I'm trying to compose soundalikes, but
this is the sort of music that I always thought should have been in the soundtrack to Castlevania. Those soundtracks always sounded like NES arrangements of Iron Maiden to me (yet somehow I don't like Iron Maiden -- go figure). I always thought that when video game sound technology improved, we'd be treated to something like Forbidden Fruit, and I was disappointed when the Castlevania games adopted techno. I like techno, but I was hoping for something closer to The Minibosses.

Anyway, days of yore... Why come you stopped composing music? Just had other, more pressing interests?
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From:seanorange
Date:October 5th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Pretty much. I guess my desire to do other things trumped my desire to improve my real or imagined deficiencies. The other component was my perfectionist nature and penchant for giving in to impatience -- I wanted to be better NOW, not later. The process got tiresome: I can compose a symphony in my head and play multiple parts simultaneously with all the bells and whistles of a legitimate recording, but my sense of pitch doesn't extend to knowing the name of the note without outside help. I have no idea how to mechanically describe what I'm hearing, and this lack of basic applied music theory makes transcribing the stuff a chore -- by the time I get down ONE line, the process has successfully destroyed any mental access I had to the others. Maybe I should just buy a tape recorder and hum?

I still find I mentally deconstruct music; a track here or there of a well-known song will capture my attention. Almost always I'll be in no position to do anything about it, such as when I'm on a long car ride.

But, I AM starting to think about it again, especially since I have no musical instrument around at this new place, and I need some kind of outlet.

So, on a related note, if you're ever looking for a new outlet, would you like to provide a tune or two for any video game projects? I've been bugging Dustin about it as well.

~Sean
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From:seanorange
Date:October 6th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
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I have another answer:

I drudged up a copy of Noteworthy and went through a few old files I have. There are a couple "noteworthy" files (har har), but mostly I somehow felt STUPIDER for listening to them.

I think I need to make a clean break and just start all over if I have any hope of picking this up again.

~Sean
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From:wyrdsatyr
Date:October 5th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Your phrazing still feels keyboardish to me. The bends just don't seem to show resistence when they get up to pitch (IE slow the bend a little as it rises, then add subtle vibrato, this can be made even more realistic by mixing the bent note with the same note, unbent on a seperate MIDI track, thus simulating a unison bend)

I find myself more often using MIDI for rythm guitar, mixing the palm mute and either the clean, or jazz guitar, and piping the mix through an amp simulator to create my final guitar tone. Oc cource, being that my home instrument is guitar, I only do this when I don't have a real guitar avalable due to finances... also I am very picky about my guitar tone :)
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
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That's kind of funny, since the guitar is one of two voices that had no keyboard input at all. The other was the drums, and I created both by placing notes on the staff. I don't know anything at all about how guitars work, but I appreciate the input, though. As I said, I don't work with guitar very often, but having completed this piece is encouraging because it sounds less like MIDI guitar than, well, the previous stuff I've done. The software I'm most fond of is meant specifically for orchestral scoring, which doesn't help but I'm so attached to it. Regardless, thanks for the pointers!
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From:wyrdsatyr
Date:October 5th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, do you use Finale, or Sibileus? both are excelent. I generally start in either one of those, or Noteworthy composer, then move to cakewalk to tweak the details for more realism. Cakewalk also suports DSP effects which I can aply by simply recording the midi output of the instrument I require to an audio track. Since I moved to a mac system, I'll probably start using Garageband for final recording.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I use Noteworthy Composer. Didn't like Cakewalk when I tried it, but I know it's a better MIDI editor, and "learn and switch over to Cakewalk" is actually on my to-do list. I liked what little of Finale I used, but I simply can't/do care to afford it.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Er, "don't care to" afford it.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
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I still haven't seen Jersey Girl, but I think it was an innocent victim of the (admittedly justifiable) anti-Bennifer sentiment that reached its peak around the time that movie was released. My friends had mixed reviews, but something one of my coworkers said summarized them all pretty well: "It wasn't bad, it just... wasn't that good."
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From:seanorange
Date:October 5th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
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It's worth it for George Carlin's performance; if you don't like Affleck that much, Carlin is the only guy who gets away with insulting him to his face. That alone may be enough.

Other than that, it's really an Affleck/Liv Tyler flick, and somewhat redeems the cheese that was their onscreen "chemistry" in Armageddon.

~Sean
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From:theenigma42
Date:October 7th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
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I want in on this twin peaks expedition, but is it okay if I bring my twin? You may not get that, but Tom would. Anyway, yeah, Twin Peaks, cool.
-KEiTH
...Frank's banana... (I swear, I just said that.) - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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