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Thu, May 24 2007 100 Astronomy Controls I know how to dabble a bit, and I must record something.
Some others know something though,
so lets record them.
I can add whatever I know, and we got something.

Trying to fly high without even wax wings is great.

So I set the controls for the heart of the sun,
and what ground control had to say even Major Tom couldn't hear.

With all this space going on,
I thought Astronomy Dominee will blend in nicely.
I blended these and quadroupled it,
to play along with some variation.
Of course I had to add the personal touch with the birds and U2s.

Looks like the sun will rise tomorrow afterall.

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David Bowie
David Bowie
Fri, Jun 29 2007 100 The Hunger I was hungry for creativity, now that I can play.
Not that I can or anything, but my Spinnaker
is fully inflated and I simply can not stop.
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I must do something original,
and yet again without a single note truly new.

When Catherine Deneuve
protects Susan Sarandon
from being run over by a truck,
using shear magic,
bacuase David Bowie had just eaten
her forteen year old future mate for life,
and so she must protect her new aquisition,
then surely those several minutes of a mystic sequence
desrved good music.
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So I chased down the scene with virtualdub.
Since I have watched the movie many times in the past,
it is easy to scan through, only later to listen.
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But the truck is very low in pitch, lower than the guitar.
The director and musician made sure it makes
a perfectly pitched tone, and in the proper scale.

Its a great rythm for me.
Its based on the few notes from A minor that
Shira uses all the time,
so it automatically rings pleasant in my ears.
It is very simple and I can follow Stanley Jordan's
instructions easily and build the rythm as if from
two or three independent much simpler rythms,
just like in the instructional video.
Like many other parts of the video,
I didn't dare touch this one for some time,
but have watched it several times over,
so by the time I got to actually do something,
I didn't need to rewatch it at all -
I just worked off of memory.

Slight problem though,
the truck is low at the far left end of the neck,
even when a few octaves higher than the original,
while all other notes are on the far high side by the bridge.

I have yet to raise my right hand past
the volume control for some months now -
ever since I stopped picking the strings atop the pickups.

Well, it was about time.

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Sat, Jun 30 2007 900 Ducks The Hunger was nice but its just a silly rythm.

It is funny how success automatically
sprays arrogance liquids over the brain,
clouding it with delusions of grandeur.
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I have yet to create my first true original piece of music,
and yet I can not create anything,
as I am not truly a musician yet,
so I must copy someone else's work still,
or else it will be beyond my skills.

But I am a professional listner of
70s rock music since teenhood,
and would not compromise on low quality or very few tracks,
having followed The Beatles track expansion history in my teens.
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Nor will I degrade myself to a short piece,
now that I am so damn arrogant.

Damn, I want at least twenty minutes,
and even with copying,
I must tell you,
playing the guitar is not like pressing
a button on a xerox machine.
Copying takes time too - lots.

So I can't copy if I want to die a musician,
It will take too long,
and I am young and agile and arrogant,
and want things right now.

So I made an experiment.
I took three of the Crickets III rythms my fingers
know so well by now,
and recorded them one on top of the other.

I forgot to mention this is several weeks
after I changed my guitar to Stanley Jordan's
fourth tuning, after long and painful hesitation.
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The last two strings are now named after Camel and Frank Zappa
Keith Emerson
Keith Emerson

Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons

David Bowie
David Bowie

George Harrison
George Harrison

Camel
Camel

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa


rather than Bob Marley and Keith Emerson
Bob Marley
Bob Marley

Keith Emerson
Keith Emerson


I had to re-learn all the chords,
and instead decided to skip the usual chords
I had previously known,
and only learn new chords with the touch technique,
one at the time as I need them.

This was very time conserving.
It is always like that when you avoid doing rather than do.
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I did a bit more inspection on the net regarding voicing -
a concept I had just recently heard for the first time,
after watching Stanley Jordan's video for the seventh time.
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With the new forth tuning it was almost too easy
to find new and simple voicings on the higher
side of the neck.

Back to the ducks, the experiment was a shear wow.
It sounded like chords, marching.
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The rest was easy.
I took from the Hammerhead Rythm Station Software a
Basic Rock beat at 240, which I later discarded,
and created a metronome-like track with the A note on the one.
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This was quite boring, so I only did five minutes,
and I doubled it with Audacity.
And again, ending with twenty minutes.
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The A track reminded me of the chaos in
Strawberry Fields Forever,
especially with the semi chaos I had just heard
in my experiment.
So I tagged this piece up front,
only to discover its a B,
and that Audacity nicely brings it down to an A,
with a menu button.

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I also tagged one in the back,
to make sure my lack of confidence is not lost by anyone,
as if someone is actually listening to my music.
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My fingers only knew six separate
sequences from Crickets III,
so I recorded six tracks.
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Given I had just recorded about all I know how to play,
save The Hunger rythm,
I thought it might be good for the general chaos
to throw this one in as well.

Chaos must be a good way to start something
or else God would have started somewhere else.
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The result was awesome, and only later I came up
with the name.

I can picture a scene from Fantasia.
At first there is a chaos of ducks, trying to find
the better way to be obidient to the rest of the ducks.
It takes them about forty seconds to all start tilting together,
except that one little duckling is always begging for help.
This was when in the high pitch sequence
I decided to reverse the one and the three,
so that the A falls together with more
other As from the other sequences.
It seemed like a good idea at the time,
and the result was hilarious,
though not remotely resembling goals or expectations.
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The hunger was about the same.
Only after I already had the Fantasia mental picture in place,
and since I recorded the hunger track unevenly,
mixing the base sequence on the same track alternately,
from shear exaustion, by the way,
it occured to me it is actually mother duck,
making sure everyone is in line,
which they hardly ever are all at once.
After all, I don't quite know how to play yet.
And so I raised a bit the volume of this track.

And if you listen very carefully,
then towards the end there is one duck,
perssitently yelling a bunch of U2s,
for the benefit of the other ducks.

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Wed, Jul 18 2007 100 Korg AX1500G Barvazzim was actually quite exhilirating,
in a frustrating sort of way.

I recorded eight very boring tracks,
sweating all over the guitar like a monsoon,
while I am well aware that
effects boxes would have kept me dry.
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The next day I was scouting the music stores for a loop box,
and ended up getting the last AX1500G at Marom.

It has a sixteen second loop,
and I only need one or two seconds tops.

All I wanted to do is have two tracks recorded at once,
by prerecording a boring track with the loop effect
in just a few seconds.

They call it phrase trainer mode.
It took me a while to get to the manual pages
and fully understand what this term actually means.

I always train with some music on, or at least a drum rythm.

Traning is now independant in this respect.

Setting up a repeating phrase is quick and easy
and learning new things is easy.


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