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I wrote and recorded a new Interrobang Cartel song, 'The Anti-Piracy League'. It's another Garage Band extravaganza.

It's basically a children's song, maybe, although it could work as a logic puzzle if the title of the song hadn't already appeared twice in this message.

Additional vocals were provided by [livejournal.com profile] majorzed, [livejournal.com profile] kerri9494, Kerri's son Teddy, and [livejournal.com profile] urbeatle. [livejournal.com profile] manfire and Shiro Akaishi provided feedback on an earlier version of it. Thanks to all!
jwgh: (interrobang)
I posted links to a few Interrobang Cartel recordings if anyone is interested. One is a new recording in which I accompany [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort, and the other two are older recordings I made that fell through the cracks somehow.
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I put up the lyrics to [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort's Versicle on the Interrobang Cartel wiki. There are both Unicode and ASCII versions of the lyrics.

I'm interested to note that while Internet Explorer and Firefox on my Mac both get more than half of the symbols right, only Safari gets them all.
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After my last entry, a couple of people said that they had heard and really liked "Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth". This is great, but probably the version they heard isn't the version Chris and I played last night, so I wanted to set the record straight ... party out of fairness and partly so that if anyone comes to a Killdevils show they'll know what to expect.

A History of "Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth" )
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before I head off to New Hampshire to visit my sister's family.

It was really great! We were relaxed and played well, I think. There was a pretty small crowd but they were responsive and one person bought a copy of Chris's CD even.

We did two Interrobang Cartel songs, "Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth" (my version) and Editors at War. The audience seemed to enjoy both. (Truth to tell they liked them a lot more than I expected.)

When I introduced Editors at War I told the following joke, which I got from [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort (who wrote the lyrics to the song):

Q: How many reference librarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
punchline )

The crowd laughed.
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I posted about this to [livejournal.com profile] interrocartel, but I recorded an a capella ditty called The Ballad of the Eire Canal (lyrics by Ranjit Bhatnagar, arrangement by [livejournal.com profile] dumplechan ... see the [livejournal.com profile] interrocartel post for more info).
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I've been working on putting together some music for [livejournal.com profile] urbeatle's Rewind lyrics for a couple of weeks. As part of this I had asked Charlie to provide a couple of guitar solos, which he did. But he also recorded an entire other version of the arrangement I was working with, using the same basic chords and the same number of beats per minute but using a driving rock rhythm guitar to propel the thing. No vocals, but I could put the vocals that I had already recorded for the other version of the song, since they were the same speed ... which was fun, but it didn't quite work.

However, I was going to drive up to New Hampshire and back for Thanksgiving to visit my sister and her family, so I threw all the different versions on the old iPod and listened to them and sang along.

Then I came back to Providence, and this evening I recorded what I suppose is the definitive vocals for this version of Rewind.


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My flight last night got cancelled, so I didn't get home until today at around noon. It's very nice to be back.

I did a bunch of music stuff today (even though I said I'd finish updating the Interrobang Cartel website before I did anything else IC-related! Bad jwgh!). I think this might be because I've been away for a week during which I couldn't do anything musical, so it built up. Anyway, one of the projects is not really in a state that I want to make public yet, but hopefully it'll get done in the next week or so ... I don't quite have all my ducks in order yet.

The other musical thing I did today was throw together an arrangement for some lyrics [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort wrote earlier today (unfortunately the original article doesn't appear to be in Google yet, but here's a post that quotes them). I may twiddle with it a bit more but I think it's basically done. It's a folk ballad in a minor key called Editors at War. I got to use the broken banjo my father gave to me -- yay! (The peg for the drone string keeps falling out. Fortunately, I don't actually know how to play the banjo so this isn't really a problem for me.)

[livejournal.com profile] paracelsvs wrote a couple of C programs that allow me to convert files to and from the weird audio file format my digital recorder uses natively. (I could convert from but not to previously.) This should allow me to do all sorts of crazy things. Look for my music to become more annoyingly gimmicky in the future! (I doubt anyone else have much use for them, but if you have a pressing need to convert to or from the .aud sound format, let me know.)

I also got a half-price haircut today courtesy of a coupon [livejournal.com profile] kerri9494 mailed me, which was nice and which also got me out of my apartment for a chunk of the afternoon so I could enjoy the beautiful day.

I think I will sleep a very, very long time tonight. Ahhhhh.
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I woke up a little after 4 am this morning to use the bathroom, then figured I'd have some water, and hey, as long as I'm up for a few minutes I might as well see what's new on alt.religion.kibology ... then right back to sleep! Right?

Two and a half hours later I've thrashed out a rough arrangement for for Talysman the Ur-Beatle's new Interrobang Cartel song Rewind and have sent email to a couple of people I want to help me out with it.

This is probably not the most intelligent way to act if I want to expedite the departure of my cold. Maybe I actually will go back to sleep now.

This is more or less how I recorded the secret bonus track, too (except I already had the part Kibo recorded). (Why can't I be this productive when I'm actually fully awake?)

Tomorrow I take a plane down to Maryland for a week of work-related meetings (including my annual review, the first one I've had in three years). It looks I will see some Kibologists (Hi [livejournal.com profile] manfire!) while I'm there, which will be fun.

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One of the things I discovered while designing the Interrobang Cartel CD is that I really don't know what I'm doing. Here's some notes about making the CD while I remember them.

Actually the notes are here )

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I rerecorded the Interrobang Cartel song Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth today using the new digital recorder referred to previously. (I also used my Mac for some things -- I started writing a long, tedious description of how I recorded the thing but it started to bore even me so I decided to give it a miss. You can thank me later.) The nose flute solo was wrestled into shape using some samples provided by Mr. Jeremy Impson.

I'm not sure if I like it better than my earlier, more bare-bones version, not to mention CB's version, but it's certainly different.

One thing about this version of the song: Even though I added an extra verse for the NOSE FLUTE SOLO, it's still thirteen seconds shorter than my previous version, which itself weighed in at a paltry 66 seconds.

I had to speed it up to match up with the AWESUM NOSE FLUTE SOLO, so it was worth it, even though I no longer have any fingers. (Depending on how many beats you think a measure have, and where you think the measures begin and end, this version of "Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth" clocks in at either 165 or 330 beats per minute, either of which is pretty respectable, I think.)

Anyway, I'm proud to AFFIRM that I am not a SLAVE to the FOUR-MINUTE POP SONG FORMAT.

And now that I'm typing in all caps I should probably go to bed.


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