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October 4th, 2005


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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.
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Clerks

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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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