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As predicted by many, there was no sack of quarters to be found at Nick-a-Nees. Oh well.
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Another They Might Be Giants song: She's An Angel

One thing I'm working on is my bellows technique. If you've a mind to, you will be able to hear my left wrist get progressively wearier as the recording goes on. (You'll also hear a blatant edit towards the end.)

Par! ty!

Sep. 10th, 2005 01:35 am
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[livejournal.com profile] cgoldfish's party was excellent. Thanks, everyone, for being great.

I stupidly neglected to bring a camera, but other people brought theirs, so hopefully the pictures will make their way around ...

[livejournal.com profile] christychristy couldn't make it to the party, which was sad, but her idea of having everyone collaborate on making a robot was a big success, so, thanks! Also, I wore the 'Imaginary Internet Man' shirt she made for me, which was the occasion for a few comments.

I did indeed perform Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head a couple of times. It was easier the second time. [livejournal.com profile] cgoldfish also requested that I sing "Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth", so I did. Interested parties will hear a recording at this location.

Good night!
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It's [livejournal.com profile] margo_virago's birthday today, so to celebrate I finally got around to recording the lyrics that I wrote based on the interests listed in her livejournal user info.

[Here's the recording]

It features some of the lamest pseudo-dobro playing every recorded.

I originally conceived of this as more of poppy pseudo-Fountains of Wayne song, but I ended up making it a pseudo-country song, because it is bitter and it is my heart.

Have a great birthday!
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In July 2003 I got my first decent piece of recording equipment (a Zoom PS-02 Palmtop Studio digital three-track recorder) as a late birthday present and as an initial test of it I recorded the first verse and chorus of the Gram Parsons song 'Sin City' with one guitar track and two vocal tracks. (The second thing I recorded: "Pumpkin, Mrs Farnsworth".)

A week or so ago, someone (I think it was [livejournal.com profile] sunburn but it might have been someone else) asked if I was ever going to record the entire song.

Today I finally did.


I enjoy singing harmony with myself.

I'm A Guy

Mar. 1st, 2005 04:03 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] galliusrex made a post about being a guy, and it was a post that in many ways I identified with, plus it had some (I assume) unintentional rhymes in it and reminded me of an old Bo Diddley song, so I recorded this.

I was interrupted when making this recording many times to do actual work, but it was a quick job anyway.

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Last night I want to see the Superchief Trio CD release show, which I had a great time at. They played well, the audience was large and responsive (especially during the second set), and it was just a lot of fun. I picked up a copy of the CD, natch.

The band consists of Keith Munslow (who writes most of the original music) on piano and vocals, Pam Murray on trombone and vocals, and Johnny Cote on drums. They do a lot of New Orleans piano-style music. This kind of music is basically intended to be a lot of fun and to get people dancing.

Two or three of the songs that Keith had written were inspired by his nephews, and so I was inspired this morning to write a little New Orleans-style song about my own nephew (not that I would compare the song or the recording to the music I heard last night). Here it is. There are various self-deprecating things I could say about it right now, but I should probably get out of the habit of saying those sort of things. Anyway, I hope that those who download it enjoy it!

(It is also confirmation that Frankenpiano is fully functional again. Phew!)
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A couple of days ago I posted a challenge where I would write lyrics about peoples' Livejournal interests. This idea was taken from [livejournal.com profile] urbeatle.

Well, I still have a lot of lyrics to get through (I'll start posting what I've got in a few minutes, though ... Livejournal outages really hamper a project like this!) but [livejournal.com profile] urbeatle posted lyrics about one of my interests the other day, and this evening for fun I recorded them. (I should maybe note there aren't any similar expectations or requirements for anyone who responded to my challenge!) So here they are:
lyrics )Other Ur-Beatleish lyrical awesomeness can be found in his livejournal and other places.
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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!
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About a week ago, [livejournal.com profile] robgaloshes posted some pictures of his bicycle with the title 'My Little Lobster'. Using this title and the first two sentences from the post I fashioned a little 80sish ditty: My Little Lobster. I hope y'all enjoy it!

(In my mind, this isn't an Interrobang Cartel project, though I probably wouldn't have recorded it if I weren't involved in ?!C.)

Update (around 7:45 pm Eastern time): Made a couple of minor changes to the synth part so it's less discordant. Hopefully that will be it.
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A cover of a song originally recorded in 1903. Some of the lyrics in the original Harry Macdonough recording were a little difficult to decypher, so I might not have got them all right.

Here is an explanation of this song.
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I figured out the chords to the Flaming Lips song Waterbugs and played it through a few times.

Then I realized that the chances of me ever playing it for another person was basically zero.

So then I decided to record it and inflict it on you people. Here it is.

I originally planned to record a guitar part, but my digital recorder stopped working after I recorded the vocals, making for a bit more of a bare-bones rendition than I intended. Still, I think it sounds OK, if your expectations aren't too high.

Now to try to do one of the things I should really have been working on!
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Yeah, so I got a MIDI/USB converter in the mail today and already have been misusing it. I like how the Garage Band classical guitar sound sometimes includes the sound of your fingers moving on the fretboard.

For people who are considering getting a copy of Garage Band for themselves, or are just curious about what other people are saying about it, here are some things that are worth checking out:

* A review of Garage Band by Rocknerd

* Tips from Apple on getting the most out of Garage Band on older Macs

* People on Macintouch talking about Garage Band

I think Doctroid Doctroid Holmes brought these to my attention, so thanks should go to him.
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So my copy of Garage Band arrived today. The MIDI/USB adapter I ordered is apparently still somewhere between California and here, so I just used my "mouse" to "click" on the little keyboard on the screen and all the other clickable stuff and came up with a short little thing with a really lame drum part but I'm still pleased!

It seems pretty easy to use, although I haven't tried anything too advanced with it yet, and I also haven't tried to do things like import sounds from external files, which I'm hoping it can do because that would be extraordinarily useful. (If I can't, I'll have to do stuff in Garage Band, do other stuff using my PS02, and then export everything and combine it all using Audacity or something, which would be kind of annoying although I could live with it.)

If you do the 'export to iTunes' thing it exports the music as an AIFF, it appears. I then converted it to an mp3 using the old copy of SoundJam MP3 I have lying around for just such things.


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