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[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 06:40:57 EST from fleeb <>

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Someone at work posted a link to a music video on the work chat from a guy named 'Ferg'.

I took the time to listen to it. A little over two minutes of what I assume is one of Ferg's more popular bits of music. I think it's titled 'Work', although I can't be sure.

I assume it's popular because my coworker posted it. Not because I've been paying attention to trends in popular music lately, in any way whatsoever.
So maybe I'm wrong.

I hope I'm wrong.

Pachelbel's Canon has an ostinato where the bass line repeats the same eight notes throughout the entire piece of music. While the bass plays this repeatedly, the other voices provide a theme-and-variation to explore those eight notes in as many ways that Pachelbel could manage while maintaining some interest.
Still, despite the enduring nature of this piece of music, many of us today kind of laugh about the repetitious nature of it.

It seems Ferg attempted to reproduce this same effect, but with four notes, and he put them in the upper notes with a keyboard instrument using an instrumentation that sounds a bit like mysterious bells. It takes about 2 seconds to play all four notes (maybe less), enough time to create a transition from one scene to another in a video, as if you were transiting to a cut scene of a memory.
Ferg repeats this for two minutes.

Two minutes.

(Actually, longer)

Ferg easily created an ostinato from hell. Without effort, he manages to bore the listener with an ostinato that doesn't forgive or forget. It doesn't really do anything, actually. It just repeats, endlessly, rending any hope that the tune might become interesting.

So, you figure, let's try to (easily) ignore the ostinato and focus on the lyrics.

Nope. No good. Neither do those lyrics provide rhythmic interest, nor do they provide any subtle word play at all. As soon as the tune is over, you will not remember them. They will move you to no action at all, except perhaps to reach for your cup of tea... although it isn't the music moving you to that action so much as perhaps a thirst that welled within you.

He does manage to repeat the word 'nigger' a fair amount. I guess if you want to make record sales, and you don't really have the talent to create something that folks might remember in the centuries to come, you might instead focus on buzzwords and musical triggers that lead to making money for corporate executives with clipboards and formulas they've carefully crafted after decades of preparing people to listen to this shit and think they're getting some kind of value for their money.


I despise what has happened in this fucking country. Music provides a clear example of an overall trend here where the fucking public boils the soul out of everything and puts beige on a pedestal to worship.

[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 08:01:13 EST from wizard of aahz

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Beige.. I think I'll paint the ceiling beige.

[#] Mon Dec 10 2018 09:09:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I despise what has happened in this fucking country. Music provides a

clear example of an overall trend here where the fucking public boils

the soul out of everything and puts beige on a pedestal to worship.

As I've mentioned before ... the 1996 regulatory changes did this. They don't really do A&R scouting anymore, because the payola market is now hyperconsolidated so they just publish music that follows an established formula for creating pop success but doesn't actually have any soul to it. Nearly all pop music today is written by only two people, Lukasz Gottwald and Max Martin. Literally two people.

[#] Mon Dec 17 2018 13:13:58 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I just arranged all of my Led Zeppelin bootlegs. I now have over 300.


[#] Mon Dec 17 2018 14:05:57 EST from wizard of aahz

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Sounds like it's time to visit when Ragnar's not home. Of course the minefield and laser guns might be a problem.

[#] Tue Dec 18 2018 14:48:58 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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And now all available digitally. That was an interesting task.

[#] Wed Dec 19 2018 11:16:47 EST from zooer

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Have you guys heard of this song?

[#] Wed Dec 19 2018 15:29:34 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Nope. Have you heard this one?

[#] Thu Dec 20 2018 10:30:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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When the original Wayne's World movie came out, there were some younger people calling into radio stations asking them to play "that new song" from Queen.
Quite a few frustrated DJ's had to explain that the "new" song was written in 1975.

Oh, and if you're going to rickroll ... I prefer [ ] which is a mashup of Rick Astley's seminal work "Never Gonna Give You Up" with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" ... I've posted this before; it's the very very best mashup I've ever heard.

But since Christmas is only a few days away, it's well past time for Fleeb to link us to [ ] (mandatory listening, every year).

[#] Thu Dec 20 2018 14:38:18 EST from zooer

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"Younger people", congratulations you are an older person.

[#] Wed Dec 26 2018 17:16:25 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Perhaps, but I'm describing something that happened when I was 21 years old.

[#] Wed Jan 02 2019 09:38:48 EST from fleeb

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"Have you guys heard this song?"

From the text client, no. But then, maybe I'll copy the URLs and view them later to see what you mean (perhaps when I'm home).

Oh, yeah, damn, I forgot about that oholynight.mp3. I've been very slack about it this year. My apologies.

OTOH, I've been seeing a vocal trainer for the last few months. I've addressed my original reason for seeing him, and now have the full strength of my voice returned to me... at this point, any more strength I'd gain is a bonus. However, I plan to continue going to him for a while yet. I'm curious to see where this could go.

Lately, he has me working on Sarasto's aria from The Magic Flute, O Isis Und Osiris (except in English rather than German, which supposedly makes things harder since the vowels make things strange for this tune). Damned if that aria doesn't make me obsess a bit. I'm trying to find that balance between sounding strong, but gentle. I don't really want to sound like an operatic baritone, even though all the recordings I've heard for it feature that sound... I kinda want my take on it to go in another direction, to emphasize Sarasto's gentle nature... but then, there's that weird balance to maintain, as he's still a strong character.

It's also very weird to think that I can even sound like an operatic baritone... but the notes for this are low enough where I can.

This coming Saturday, another aria, and one of Shubert's song poems.

Overall, the focus appears to involve getting me to withstand long passages without a breath, yet still retain enough strength to carry them.

[#] Wed Jan 02 2019 11:07:06 EST from zooer

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Mr. Fleeb, for some reason there seems to be an influx of youtube videos where people listen to wildly popular songs for the first time.  These adults claim they have never heard songs like Comfortably Numb and as referenced in the above link the video is mocking people saying they have never heard "Bohemian Rhapsody before.  

A friend and I were talking about how these people who never heard popular songs before must be full of shit.  A few days later he sends me the above link.

[#] Wed Jan 02 2019 12:16:23 EST from fleeb

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Ah... yeah, I've seen one or two of these. Some guy into hip-hop who said he'd never heard [wildly popular tune from the 70s] listening to it for the first time, etc.

But then, most people would claim they've never heard Dies Irae, the Gregorian chant, yet most would recognize it the moment they heard it. That's sorta my take on it.

The tunes these guys claim never to have heard are likely recycled into television commercials and backgrounds to other pieces of music such that they likely have heard it, but didn't know the origin.

[#] Thu Jan 03 2019 13:39:39 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ah... yeah, I've seen one or two of these. Some guy into hip-hop who

said he'd never heard [wildly popular tune from the 70s] listening to

it for the first time, etc.

...never heard it, but recorded a hit "song" using a few bars of it looped over and over again with him "singing" over it.


[#] Fri Jan 04 2019 13:15:32 EST from fleeb

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That loop might have been all he'd heard of it before, heh.

[#] Sun Jan 06 2019 18:45:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Don't know what your budget is, but you can look at the Line 6 big
brother to the Pocket Pod, like the M5 Stompbox.... But if you want to

step up your pedal game, look at the Boos GT-100.

So I looked at Line 6 (which I owned a smaller version of), and Boss (which Ragnar recommended) and Vox (which pandora recommended) ... but I ended up getting a Zoom G3N.

For about $150 it includes all of the usual effects (distortion, overdrive, chorus, and a few others) plus a bit of amp modeling, some decent presets, a tuner, a looper, and a simple rhythm generator. There's a higher model, the G3XN, which is the same electronics but with an expression pedal, but I just can't see myself ever using an expression pedal. I'd have to actually be a decent guitar player to use that.

My biggest need is to have a nice clean crunch without sounding muddy, and it's doing that very well. The preset called "Big Twin" combined with both pickups on my Godin A6 Ultra (one humbucker near the bridge, and one piezo inside the hollow body) is almost perfect right out of the box.

[#] Mon Jan 07 2019 13:04:51 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Nice. I'm thinking about getting a new amp. Looking at the Mesa Fillmore.....
Check it...

[#] Wed Jan 16 2019 19:04:10 EST from wizard of aahz

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Ragnar - Whenever I get annoyed or frustrated I still pull out the travel guitar and strum. Amazing how that works.

[#] Thu Jan 17 2019 12:48:18 EST from pandora

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Have I mentioned the assuei show Like A Version yet? I'm watching it now, and not sure if I've mentioned it, but it's amazing.

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