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flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 16, 2019


Something sad happened this weekend..

In the grand scheme of things, this building doesn't mean that much - it hasn't been a functioning theater for a few decades, and was close to falling down on its own anyway. I grew up right next door to it, and played in the park outside it every day. I threw rocks at it in middle school, broke into it in high school, and helped try to fix it in college. I spent weekends painting walls that were falling in on themselves, cataloging moldy costumes, laminating old playbills.

My family has run a theater program the last 5 years on the grounds of the theater, and have been trying to get the place opened up again, at least so people can see inside of it. They've had some success - we did a play last summer on the balcony of the theater, and opened it up for tours for the local schools. They both work full time jobs and put all their spare time and money into this program. They've gone to every town meeting for 5 years to try and get any support they can, with very little luck.

They stayed up all night to watch the fire, because what else can you do?


I used to sneak out of my bed and sit on the roof with my brother when I was a kid so we could hear the shows they did on summer nights. We couldn't see anything through the trees, but we could hear the words, and my brothers tried to explain what was going on.

I was planning in getting married in the park. Just ordered invitations, too. Going to visit the wreckage this weekend and make some decisions.

Anyways, here's a song I wrote.

PS: the kicker is that at the last town meeting, people were talking about how now they could finally build condos there.

do it do it do it do it

[PM me if you want some drum samples/plugin recommendations/any help getting started]

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Helen

Shucks, y'all - stop making me blush!!

Hopefully more folksy stuff is on the horizon for me - I have enough songs written for an EP, just a matter of finding the time.


Yeah, she is also an incredible flutist - I really wanted to find some way to work that into this song, but it just didn't fit.

OOh, I like that idea! I'll pitch it to her in case she ever performs it live again.

I am indeed! Also moving chromatically up at 0:52 ish.

I am happy to talk shop! I use Reaper and love it dearly, mostly because it's just what I know best at this point. I've been using it for about 4 years, and because I'm a stingy bastard I still use almost exclusively built-in plugins for EQ, Delay, Compression, etc.

I messed around with Ableton for a little bit - I found it to be a great place to work on ideas and get creative, but I was just so used to Reaper that it never really stuck with me. If you're looking to make some sort of electronic music, Ableton is definitely a good pick.

Also, if you are interested in making electronic music and happen to have $250 to spend on something musical, I highly recommend the Arturia Microbrute, especially this particular package. This is what I use for basically all my synth stuff, and it's awesome. The Microbrute itself is an awesome way to learn the basics of synthesis in a hands-on way (plus it sounds great!), and it also works as a velocity-sensitive MIDI controller. The real beauty of this package is the synth library they include with it - there are something like 6000 presets, including some really lovely electric piano/organ stuff.

All that being said, I recall that there are some nice synths built into Ableton, so the above recommendation may be irrelevant.


What sort of music do you like? Do you have anything you've been working on that I could listen to (maybe PM me?) Always happen to meet another musician on here!

In closing, here are two somewhat goofy but very useful videos you may find interesting:

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 24, 2018


I am here, just tired all the time and not doing much interesting enough to post about. That being said, I'm quite happy with how most things are in my life these days. I'm working full time at a preschool, which is both great and exhausting. Learning a lot, and the school is paying for me to get an Associate's in teaching.

Also planning a wedding.

Also learning the harp.

Also writing scores for some extra money. Please find attached the score for a friends movie which is nearly done being edited.

"Nanette". If someone told me "here's a fairly interesting (albeit very navel-gazing) Ted Talk on the structure of comedy and the problems therein", i would at least have not felt cheated. Instead, half a dozen people told me that it was the best comedy special they had ever seen. I, living in a world where words have meaning, assumed that this meant that it might be the funniest, or at least most entertaining comedy special they had ever seen. Oh, how wrong I was.

Note to future self: if the content you are about to watch is referred to as "important", "vital", and "game-changing", but not the primary adjective you associate with that genre, e.g. "funny", steer clear.

I don't really have any problems about the content of the jokes that were told, and couldn't give less of a shit that most of the jokes were at the expense of straight men. It was just the fact that there was seemingly one "joke" every 5 minutes, and the remainder was a one-woman-show that I had somehow been duped into seeing.

But at least Hannah Gadsby had something interesting to say about the form and problems of comedy, even if she didn't have many jokes. I just hate the trend in comedy recently where every other special has to shift gears into sad life stories in the third act. There are a million goddamn places to listen to good storytellers talk about their personal lives, and a comedy stage is almost never one of them.

I've seen a lot of truly terrible live stand-up from people who have gotten the impression that stand-up is first and foremost a form of therapy, rather than, you know, an opportunity to tell jokes or make people in some way happy for a little while. It's all well and good to want to talk about your feelings in a serious way - just call it something other than comedy so I can know not to see it.

Also, fuck Radiohead, Hamilton, and every Marvel Movie.

I don't know how or when, but some time ago I realized that I fundamentally lack the willpower and capacity for cold-calling venues needed to make a living as a modern musician, and that my life would be much easier and happier if I gave up any goals of getting a livable amount of money for making music. So far, so good.

I know people who make a living off of music (and one or two side jobs) - I generally feel that I am as capable a musician as them, but they are actually willing to spend huge amounts of time networking, cultivating a social media presence, living in New York - all deeply upsetting activities to me.

I have a full time job teaching kids - music, among other things. I make decent money. I have a room of my own just for working on music, and every day from about 4 PM onwards, that is most of what I do. I don't have to worry about booking shows, getting followers, or even putting out new songs. Nobody is really expecting anything new from me, and I can just work on making the best music I can - quietly and for myself, until I'm convinced it's worth sharing.

I would not have the luxury of enjoying making music if it were my primary source of income. Maybe someday if I decide I never want kids or a sense of security, I'll give it a shot. Till then I'm okay as things are.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: I saw some movies

If you like documentaries, I highly recommend Three Identical Strangers. Should still be in theaters, fascinating and full of turns.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 15, 2018

An Arturia Microbrute and the included synth software (Analog Lab). Highly recommend it, it was around $200 when I got it (and it was bought for me as payment for the score, which is even better). It's the first decent synth I've ever had, and it's proven incredibly versatile so far.

flac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 15, 2018

Big fan of all the above - a semi-broken $20 Portastudio was what I first started recording on.

Earthbound is, of course, amazing, but I think the game I've put in the most time on is Kirby's Dream Course. Once you get the hang of the mechanics, it's insanely fun. My fiance and I spent many nights in drinking beers and playing a few rounds of kirby golf.

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