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Harm Reduction Notes for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Now Playing on /m/tube -

covers of copywrited songs even by major bands are being taken down

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- Thu, 21 May 2020 23:03:58 EST YTv4gwU2 No.456657
File: 1590116638790.jpg -(343525B / 335.47KB, 720x1480) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. covers of copywrited songs even by major bands are being taken down
Im away from home so mostly using YouTube, and ive noticed that it can be hard to find some covers, ones I know I've listened to before on yt. Like this one I'm trying to find the Mighty Lemon Drop's cover of Splash I but it's just gone, i just find this weird one with 100 views, she's really good so I'm glad i found this one, but s lot of other stuff is missing, bunches of Transatlantic covers, etc.

Is the content matching just overzealous or what? All these artists paid for the rights to cover as they were on official albums, also where's Procol Harum? Having a system that automatically deletes videos with no oversight is absolutely fucking insanity

I wish i had thought to bring some music with me

Analyses, Reviews, and Critique

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- Fri, 15 May 2020 01:22:33 EST YTv4gwU2 No.456616
File: 1589520153377.png -(338641B / 330.70KB, 750x500) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Analyses, Reviews, and Critique
I didn't see a thread like this up, I wrote this for a class and I was wanting to see what everyone else has to say about their favorite (or least favorite) music

The song Tarred and Feathered by the band Cardiacs is one of my favorite pieces of modern art music. With the radically contemporary composition, it's easy to see the lyrics as either gibberish or perhaps more about the sounds of the words than the words themselves, such as in The Velvet Underground's The Black Angel's Death Song. I think, however, that the lyrics were written very intentionally and what follows is my interpretation of them.

Essentially, I see it as a reaction to the absurdity of existence. Or perhaps an existential crisis in song form. "I find I understand the rules / but cannot find the reasons" I related to the experience of trying to find life's answers through rational means which became the dominant belief in the West post-Enlightenment.

In my own search for truth, I initially turned to science and reason and adopted a belief in materialism, but slowly I found that as I learned more and more and developed a greater understanding of the apparent world, there was this gnawing uncertainty about reality and the "why" questions in life. The Peter Hammill song "Four Pails" I find also relates this experience fairly well, beginning with the lines:

Four pails of water and a bag full of salts.
That is all we are, that is all a man comprises,
Chemicals alone, with no spirit, soul or ghost -
Nothing so bizarre.

but ending with:

Now that sounds so odd...
Once I would have preached it brightly.
Now questions appear I rationally can't ignore...
Nothingness or God,
Which of them seems more unlikely?

But I digress. "Time is of the essence shall I put up some resistance?". That the grains of sand will forever continue to pour through the hourglass seems now to me to be the only thing in life that's certain, in this span of time is it even worth it to ask these questions?

Human beings are unique among animals in having been "Cursed with the awareness of their own existence". Animals exist solely in the present. They don't wonder where they came from or where they're going, or what it means to be a "good" animal. They don't even have a concept of their own mortality. It's actually true that some more advanced species of animals such as elephants and some birds do mourn their dead, but as of yet I don't think that they make the leap from this into recognizing that one day it will also happen to them. In essence what is affecting them is the absence of a loved one, which is experienced in the present.

"Time tends to pass by quicker than the nail" again reiterates the distress that the passing of times causes us as beings who aware that one day we will no longer be. "That boxes me together, forever it forms the seal" is a bit more vague, but I see it also as reiterating that thesis.

Perhaps the most significant question of philosophy or at least one of them, in my opinion, is: "Is the knowledge of our own existence real?". Because if we doubt something so fundamental, how can we possibly move on from that single question? Perhaps one could take a solipsistic approach and believe that they are the only beings they can be sure to exist, but what makes them so sure? I think in this most fundamental doubt, however, also lies the answer. In Tolstoy's writing about his own quest for meaning, he writes that in the most desperate and confused time in his life, wherein he began to contemplate suicide as the only rational reaction to the inherent absurdity of life, he was ultimately stopped by a gnawing doubt about the certainty of his conclusion that life was senseless and meaningless, if nothing else could be sure.

I see perhaps a similar idea in one of the final lines "Now all I have to do is hide my body in the ground". One could see this one of two ways. One, relating the idea that often times it seems like the only winning move is not to play, that suicide is the only rational thing one can do in the face of the absurdity of life. The other and the one I'm more inclined to agree with at this point in my life is that life is just a waiting game until the end, however this should lead one not to cut it short but to only live in it, as animals do. Richard Rorty in his article "The World Well Lost" said something along the lines of: "Any problem that's been around for 2500 years and for which we still don't have a solution, the correct response is: 'I don't care'". Echoed by many, many other thinkers of the mid to late 20th century from John Cage, "No why. Just here.", to Wittgenstein: "Nothing is hidden! Everything is open to view!"
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Cedric Fuckingman - Fri, 15 May 2020 06:42:25 EST rihcEXUc No.456618 Reply
I'm not sure this really is reviews as much as discussing philosophy in music. I am not sure what you set out to achieve but that's what you've done. I'll bite.

I don't quite buy into absurdism though a lot of it resonates with me. But I'm going to post a video about it because I like this aspect of it. Most of these guys output has been cult films and particularly sci fi in a tongue in cheek fashion. Their most recent album "Absurdum ad nauseum" was a bit more of an exploration of absurdism but still has plenty of the latter. They lay out what they're trying to say plainly though, no speculation or between the lines.

>roll your rocks to spite the gods


The blurb on the video says a little more.

>The Myth of Sisyphus’ is all about struggle and the eventual acceptance of an absurd universe.
>So we made a giant boulder out of cardboard, duct tape, bamboo and a mic stand and set about rolling it around the Cornish countryside.
>For us as-well as being a metaphor for the humanistic struggles in life, the boulder represents the literal struggle of pushing an independent band around the country. >We had a lot of fun making this video and wanted to keep it tongue in cheek, which fits the quote from Camus’ essay ‘One must imagine Sisyphus happy’. Hope you enjoy!
Alice Turveyson - Fri, 15 May 2020 06:55:21 EST YTv4gwU2 No.456621 Reply
>as much as discussing philosophy in music

Also said analysis/critique, which is different from a review i feel, i think this falls under the purview of analysis. The assignment was to analyze the lyrics of a song of your choice

>I am not sure what you set out to achieve but that's what you've done

an analysis, for my theory of music criticism course

thank you for your contribution too, that was interesting

i have a few more straight forward Pitchfork-esque reviews (saying that isn't arrogant at all nuh-uh, i mean the style not the actual quality), all about a paragraph, but they're from a while back, I'd have to find them and make sure they're actually worth seeing

Requesting suggestions / advice regarding DAW VST effect plugins

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- Sat, 02 May 2020 07:43:10 EST miWx6JYz No.456566
File: 1588419790287.png -(630762B / 615.98KB, 797x495) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Requesting suggestions / advice regarding DAW VST effect plugins
Hello, I'll try my best to keep this brief as I'm currently stimming the obtuse flying sideways fuck out my head at the moment.

I'm looking for a specific sort of VST effect for use in DAWs, in my case FL Studio 12. I'm hoping that someone reading this may know of anything specific regarding VST effect plugins that could be used to add some "realism" or some uh, "naturalness...?" to plugins that output individual sound samples, such as, for example, that FPC plugin in FL that outputs drum samples.

I'm only a hobbyist when it comes to music, fully electronic/digital or otherwise, and I assume there's plenty of people out there that dislike FL for understandable reasons. So I hope you can pardon this, if FL doesn't personally jive for you and your own methods/preferences/tastes. Anyways, so I have these default drum sample packs, and I think they're quite nice, however when it comes to songs that use rather repetitive rhythms in particular, I find the final sound result of my percussion, backing my recorded acoustic/guitar, (routed through a physical 8-channel mixer to FL's digital mixer though my computer's sound card, through ASIO, yada yada FLYING FUCK why wasn't that blow cut to shit as usual this is unexpectantly ridiculous) ..The drum sample output ends up sounding quite artificial in contrast to the sound of my physical guitar recording.

At current, I simply began to experiment more with layering various effects and carefully adjusting all the differing values. (Mostly reverb, I guess?) I also mess around haphazardly with compressors, and very, very slight delay effects usually adjusted rather "dry". I also layer multiple stereo separators (I like the Korg Legacy MDE-X's "stereo doubling" effect plugin along with the very similar "Bright enhancer", although I think it's the same effect with just slightly different default adjustment values.) Often I adjust the pre and post gain modifiers of primarily the bass and upper pas/treble frequencies separately, and then I just stick the default FL Limiter at the bottom of the effect stack to further fuck around with/smooth out the peak levels, etc etc.

Obviously I'm not some technical audio expert at any stretch, and I don't claim to be. And usually spending time tweaking all the different modifying values and hearing the slight changes to the sound is fun and all, but at this point I'm becoming rather frustrated because I'd really like the drum track to sound more realistic.

So any specific VST effect plugin suggestions regarding all this rambling bullshit I just typed? Or perhaps any particular methods to share? What works for you in your creative music process, if you sometimes have the same problem with drum samples sounding too artificial?
David Shakelock - Tue, 19 May 2020 19:04:21 EST a14ROl0Y No.456638 Reply
Try a small room reverb. Phoenixverb is good and very lightweight, IRCAM Verb is much more realistic but comes with a bigger CPU hit. VSS3 is old but still great if you're working at 44.1 or 48khz. Put one of those on an aux track 100% wet, mix in around -15 or -20 dBFS. Maybe send a tiny bit of your live tracks as well to give them some sense of stereo width.

A word of caution: trying to mix synthetic and acoustic sounds is difficult. They will never sound 100% cohesive so don't make that your goal. The closest you can really get is throwing them all in a ambisonic environment like SPAT Revolution. Modern mixing relies on the psychoacoustic principle of auditory masking, so that room reverb I told you to add shouldn't even be consciously audible. You're stimming out and starting a computer screen that gives you visual feedback so you'll hear it loud and clear, but the average listener will just hear it as "more real." If you go deep enough down the rabbit hole, you'll start hearing the individual early reflections smearing transients, metallic resonances, and other artifacts we normally ignore. They may sound ugly, but ugly is natural.
James Sinningtin - Wed, 20 May 2020 03:37:42 EST miWx6JYz No.456639 Reply
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Thanks for the detailed response. I very much appreciate it.
Fanny Bucklewill - Wed, 20 May 2020 20:54:10 EST a14ROl0Y No.456645 Reply
You're very welcome, thanks for caring.

IRCAM Verb preset Studio 2, raise modal density to x2, width to 90 degrees, lower reverb time to under 0.5 seconds is my favorite for this purpose. No ugly, all beautiful, crank the volume for ultimate hyper modern faux-realism.

what's the perfect tune to be stoned to?

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- Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:32:58 EST BNGH57/s No.453966
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I'm proposing Tycho.
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Songs you like from albums you don't like/hate

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- Wed, 13 May 2020 04:01:04 EST +NhDHJMq No.456607
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Title is self explanatory. Post songs you like that are from albums you mostly don't like or hate.

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Funny songs.

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- Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:16:05 EST S9NzTckU No.455364
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Just found this gem, FUCK Jackie Chan.

I'm looking especially for lesser known songs, particularly just stupid stuff.
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Hugh Wabbleshaw - Fri, 13 Mar 2020 07:39:28 EST Bp4bgKqR No.456367 Reply
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Microsoft SAM about Windows XP
A funky, buggy song about XP, sung by XP and produced on XP...

I made this in 2004 as an experiment with synthetic vocals and after this actually became some weird musical "interaction" between Sam and me, I sent it to Redmond as a funny example of "start something..."

Guess what... they didn't answer... :)

All (!) vocals by Microsoft SAM.


Q: How did you make Sam sing?

A: I used the Steinberg Voice Machine VST plugins in the Cubase recording host program.

Q: How do you record Sam?

A: Set your Windows audio mixer to record either "Wave" or "Speaker" output. Then you can record Sam with any audio recorder program (I recommend the Audacity freeware)

Songs you listen to once a month, year, decade, etc

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- Sat, 16 May 2020 04:06:34 EST LGoIAYXq No.456628
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Post songs that don't need constant replay value to be special. I'll post 5 from each occasion:

Monthly songs:

Yearly songs:

Decennial songs:

I'd personally suggest maintaining the special by retaining that allotted time listened to these songs, but everyone has different tastes in music, so do as you please.

Bump While Listening thread #4

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- Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:16:57 EST YMiUKwp1 No.454348
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Because the old one is ded. http://boards.420chan.org/m/res/449514.php


Listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR3uz8rq4ng
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Acid Carrots

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- Fri, 15 May 2020 06:53:12 EST FKVeSLl9 No.456619
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Hi everyone, we are Acid Carrots, a psychedelic rock project from the tiny European country of Croatia. Our ship has crash-landed here 3 earth years ago and we are gathering funds in order to fix it. It is a special kind of ship that uses an element called acidcarrotinnium, unknown to humans and generated by tasty guitar riffs and mind-melting drum fills, we need your help to get us moving by listening to our songs and help us generate more fuel so we can launch, by visiting our Patreon and Bandcamp. :)
Carrots are implementing the audience the need to be in everyday contact with the earth. They play music as a cover for the idea of giving the audience actual carrot seeds in order to encourage them to saw, that is, to connect with the ground. The carrot in our case is a symbol of all seeds.
Who are we exactly?
Fluctuating Sunday carrot is humming the bass line, drumming is pounded by thousand liberating sound carrot, vocals re reserved for sharpn scream edging carrot, while the goat mountain authority carrot strings guitar: all packed into a space rocking ground experience.

Acid Carrots & Parsley Man feat. Vanda Borelli - Coming from the sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOiLovPmNr0
Acid Carrots Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=15287784
Acid Carrots Bandcamp: https://acid-carrots.bandcamp.com/

what is this?

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- Fri, 08 May 2020 23:45:09 EST pqQIApIb No.456591
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a couple months ago I started playing bass, playing like 1-3 hours a day or so, it's the first time i've played an instrument since high school. i played clarinet and bass clarinet and was pretty decent at it but i never practiced. i was tuning my bass earlier and for the hell of it i tried singing into the tuner to see if i could hold a note, then i realized as I was singing the notes as letters I could sort of guess and 9/10 i got it right or within a half step
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KlairVoyer - Wed, 13 May 2020 21:12:38 EST q+UWfJSA No.456609 Reply
>for some reason i had it in my head most people can't recall specific pitches the way most people can't recall specific colors

It's called perfect pitch and most people don't have it. Well, I like to think everyone has it but some people have more of a natural gift for it.

It sounds like you have a very strong ear and with some training you could develop perfect pitch.

Think about it. When you were first learning to recognize your colors, back in the day, you had to practice that shit with mom and dad. They would be like what color as they pointed at a car, you'd say blue, they'd say green. It took a lot of trial and error to memorize that.

It's very similar to sound. You have to listen to the notes and try to hear and recognize the differences. It's subtle but it's there.
Alice Turveyson - Thu, 14 May 2020 23:59:58 EST YTv4gwU2 No.456614 Reply
thanks for the reply! i've looked into and took some tests online and did fairly well, i kind of realized this whole thing came off as humble bragging, i really wasn't trying to

Grateful Dead

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- Wed, 13 May 2020 23:08:47 EST PP7nHS76 No.456610
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favorite grateful dead live sets? I like late 70's the most. 80's is a close second. here are some notable performances





Music Void

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- Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:10:40 EST 02c0WH47 No.456469
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Music has always been my link to feeling truly alive in life. I spent several years on various medications and a couple of years addicted to hard drugs, and now I'm only smoking weed and drinking. Since I've cleaned up, I can't seem to find music that gives me that feeling. I've stopped writing, I've stopped mixing, and if I find a song that I do enjoy, I suck the life out of it by replaying it for 36 hours on repeat.

I need playlists. Soundtracks to life. Something different, preferably new, underground is always good. Anything from rap, to EDM, to hardcore, and everything in between. Feel free to exclude anything in the country genre. Bluegrass and folk is OK.
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Matilda Dillytut - Thu, 07 May 2020 16:52:47 EST 25IW0dkD No.456581 Reply
Have you tried smoking pot and jacking off?
the zlorngler - Wed, 13 May 2020 00:41:05 EST igZgj8zC No.456603 Reply
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released this one today ..
5 years ago exactly i was in a mental hospital
the main idea for this beat was made around then.. i worked on it more recently..
music really is what saved me from psychosis, and chemically forced repression that is medication.
much love fam

i make hella weird beats lol, hope u enjoy it


Live Albums

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- Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:24:11 EST rETznv4F No.455667
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What are you favorite live albums? I want to expand my collection.

The best one I've ever heard is Ween - Live At Stubb's, which is nearly 3 fucking hours of my favorite band ever in their absolute prime. I miss some of the songs from their later albums when I listen to it, but it still fucking rocks. Too bad copies of it go for like 100 fucking dollars, otherwise I'd keep the CD in my car at all times.


Concert movies are also acceptable.
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Simon Haggledudge - Tue, 12 May 2020 21:50:49 EST 096Anfgn No.456602 Reply
Can anyone recommend a great Rolling Stones live album? This is a band I can only really get into with their live shit, I've been listening to Flashpoint which is nice but where should I go from here?

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