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Chris Harris

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I'm an old dude who is absolutely obsessed with music and trying to create tracks that teenage me would have loved. That's it, pretty much. Anything else that happens is a bonus. I've been playing synths and electric guitar for forty years or so and I've been an Ableton user since version 8.

This will be my eleventh Fifty/Ninety. Last year I went a bit nuts and ended up with 117 songs. So many people asked me "What on Earth were you thinking?" that I wrote a book about it; you can get a copy of it, together with twenty of those songs, on Bandcamp:
https://headfirstonly.bandcamp.com/album/a-grand-adventure

(The book also includes the HFO guide to home recording, which you might find interesting, and possibly even helpful).

I have a music page on my website with my discography, gear list, and much more besides:
http://headfirst.www.idnet.com/about_music.htm

My influences are many and varied, and are listed here:
http://headfirst.www.idnet.com/about_groups.htm

I'm also on Twitch:
https://www.twitch.tv/headfirstonly

"Leonard Cohen meets prog" - PROG Magazine

"The Bob Ross of prog metal" - ductapeguy

Chris Harris
(he/him/HFO)

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You Might Be A Boomer by @followawackymoose +2 more
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POSITION 8 by @cts +1 more #60s #pulp_fiction

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Thanks for your comments on "Becalmed". I was not so sure about the ambient tag since I don't really listen to ambient music. It seems to have some ambient parts but??? Anyway, I've removed the tag.

Congrats on your trophy. It was a good 5090.
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Cheers for the comment on "dreams" - hope you're well!
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Thanks for your comments on Reptiles In Bowties. It was fun to write. And I'll go and correct that spelling error!
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I'm really glad you're enjoying the soundscapes! Yeah, MOOD MKII and Habit are awesome. One of these days, I'll get Blooper, I'm sure 😂 but for now there's still so much more that can be done with what I currently have.
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Thanks so much for the feedback. I was pushing the lufs about as much as I could without causing the mix to collapse, I think I ended up at an average of -8lufs.

I'm sure a more competent mix engineer could have had the bass burning the whole track, but I kept running into headroom issues so leaving the bass with the last word was the compromise I landed on.

That said; this one is practice for the next one.
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Hey Chris, I've enjoyed listening to your tunes this summer!
And thanks for all the awesome comments!!
See you at FAWM!
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A point well made and well taken. When you're in a hurry to try to play catch up, sometimes you omit useful things, like, um, breathing room in a song. It might be a worthy song to revisit and work on further.
Thanks, Chris!
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Thank you, that is very interesting!
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Thanks for the info on doubling and quadrupling your vocals, what a great way to build from verse to chorus! Do you sing all the tracks separately or copy and paste?
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Thanks for the supportive comments on "Eastland" - I'll take a Tom Waits comparison any day! The shift to 3/4 was a bit of an accident; I wrote the last bit hours before the first part of the song and by time I got back to writing, I'd forgotten that I wrote the end in 3/4 so I wrote the first section in 4 and then had to put it together somehow. I'm glad it works!
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Thanks for the comment on 'Practice Practice Practice'! I too wish I had practiced more in those days when I was busy partying instead!
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Thanks for the info re vocal effects. They really sound amazing!
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Totally agree with you about Ashlight. Definitely my favorite ( also seems to be the least CPU intensive of the light series) Straylight has some cool uses but not all are what I'd call practical. And now I am gonna have that song stuck in my head.
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Thank you Chris for the very kind words on “A Thousand More.”
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Thanks so much for your detailed comment on "I Wish You Wouldn't" -- I'm quite excited to put some music to it soon!
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Thanks for commenting on Aloo Gobi, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Thanks for listening to the multiversse "Hero's Journey" and yes, on the clipping, sorry about that, I didn't realize it was going that way until after I posted. I should update with a less distorted version.
Thanks, I was able to save a version with compression and a limiter that took out the distortion.
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Thanks for your lovely comment on my collaboration with @cindyrella with the Einstein hashtag!!
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Thanks for listening. The pictures from your comment should either be in black & white with vivid midtones or late 60 vibrant colour hues.
As for the multiverse comment: with the guitar I was going more for Andy Summers than Alex Lifeson ;-)
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Thanks for finding and commenting on the Hidden Hedgehog!
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Wow thank you in aces for your grand review of “On the Plains of San Augustin”.!
I’m holding out for contact myself.
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Thanks so much for your comment on Going nowhere Fast 😁 I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Thank you, Chris, for the encouraging comments about Superimposed. You know already that I'm a Lanois fan, so to think we conjured up even a hint of him gives me a feeling that's beyond words.
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Thanks for the listen and comment on 'The Mists of My Mind'!
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thanks for listening to "that calm evening in september" - I really do appreciate your kind words
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Not wrong everytime but enough to annoy :-) yup they always get fixed but I don't worry much here! After that they get the grammar, structure, spelling, and tense check.
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Thanks for your kind words on my latest song (and your other comments)! 🙏♥️
Yes, it was a lot of fun the record it!
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Hi Chris, thanks for your feedback - and the other feedbacks - I totally agree, it deserves a winter rework
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Thank you for your comment.
I must say, though, that plastic bags *can* be used as space helmets as long as you write "this is a space helmet" across them in magic marker.
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Yes, the M8 Tracker follows after LSDJ. It makes me wish I'd had a Gameboy and knew about this workflow decades ago. There are only 8 buttons on the device and half of them are the direction keys and that seems easier to wrap my brain around than with the Polyend Tracker. The M8 workflow also reminds me of FL Studio (my very first DAW) where I could build short little phrases and then group them together into longer statements, so there's some personal nostalgia built into this device. The screen is very small and I worried I wouldn't be able to read it with my old eyeballs, but my close-up glasses work just fine with it and if I need a bigger screen, I can hook it up to the computer and it will send both the screen and the audio to the computer. So far, so good with the M8!
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Hi, thanks for your feedback on The Fixer. I did a bit of raving as I was the right age in the nineties! Couldn't resist the riff!
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Not sure one can frame craziness but its fun trying. thx for your input again and being part of my FAWMILY
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@mal
I thought Amazon was meant to be affordable. That's an absurd price. I got my copies (Russian and English) from Internet Archive, along with the two Roger Corman versions.
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Thanks for your comments on "Tears"; my collabs did a great job with my words.
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Thanks for your heartening comments. Real life stuff has rather got in the way of my little creative adventure lately but hope to be getting back to it soon
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We passed through Bristol during rush hour, but I seriously considered giving you a heads-up! 👍
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Oh yeah, the violin bow is an awesome secret weapon for ambient guitar. I have an eBow but I still like the violin bow more (most of the time)... Thanks for the kind words on "the bluffs part 2" - I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and I agree that more guitarists (or any kind of musician) could find enjoyment in making ambient pieces. A lot of techniques can even be brought back to other genres, like drone/pad sounds to glue everything together in any kind of song.
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Yup i have melodyne as well and dont use it ! I think my voice should just be left as is!
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Spot on got a free trial on autotune and was the first time really used it! Trials out and wont go back! Not sure if its autotune or my lack of skill with it!
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Thanks Chris for that insightful comment on Fifth Moon. I'm really appalled at my own failure this 5090 to get into commenting/listening. Qualms of conscience because I binge-watched Dune instead of paying attention here. (Current version; the two mini-series which I appreciated; and David Lynch's disaster which was even worse than I recalled)
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Thanks a lot for your comments on Meterological Forecast! John Barry is an old hero, and the super villain of the weather is of course always Rain. :-)
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Thanks for the listen and the kind words!
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Thank you. ❤️
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Thanks for you kind words! I'm fine - I'm just finding it hard to find the enthusiasm to wrap this one up, more so than in previous years. I think I may have to just do a few low key instrumentals, or maybe I'll be able to dust off some unfinished ones from the last couple of months. I am definitely looking forward to having a break from Reaper though!
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Thanks for the great breakdown of your review for “In A System.”
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"Adorblers" is an excellent word for warblers!
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Chris! Thanks for your nice comment! On my iPhone the player has the correct durations - so that is weird! The ones you mention are files I transport out of GB so it seems like something weird with that for sure! Liz
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thanks for the listen and comment on 'gish'. and I laughed out loud at the 'Lillian' reference! that would have been something!
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Glad I struck your inner nerd nerve on "Dithering Lass"! And thank you for your comment on the tune. I was hoping my dithering musical mood would match the lyric, with the stately 12/4 pace.
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Thanks, Chris! That is weird! I will look into it, but in the meantime be grateful that 2:06 minutes was the actual duration!
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thanks a lot for the kind words on "sounds from... 5 AM" - I really appreciate it! Forgot to mention I used a capo on the third fret when I played in EAC#AAE tuning
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Thank you for busting my zong so quickly on The Peter Man. Yes I think you are right, someone's probably going to get blown up lol
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I have related your issue with blocked username for the rocktober forum to the admin, it might be that the username you're using clashes with some inborn forum filters for IDs/Usernames. The suggestion is to change the username a bit/use a new one. Let me know how it goes.
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Thanks for the comments on "Ain't No Petrol Head, Me!". I agree.
Not sure I'm that familiar with River Tree Music. Although, I have probable been past the shop many times and ducked in a few times. I must go in soon and have a look and say hello.
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Congratulations on winning FAWM!! (I hope to get there.) 😄
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Thanx for your words.
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Thanks for the great review of "Unhinged By Delusion." Music IS powerful!
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Thanks for your kind words on ”The End”. I guess all those years wasted on learning different DAWs instead of finding skilled musicians to interact with has left some rudimentary production skills in my deteriorating cortex. I had more extensive ideas for "The End" but being my lazy self I chose to let them rest for another day (that probably will never come). Glad you liked it as it is!
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Thanks for your comment on my "Jannick Top/Underworld" song!
That "incredible bass tone" is only a distortion pedal through my tiny little Silvertone practice amp, plus a tiny bit of reverb for that true echoing Underworld sound.
And congrats on the win!! 😀
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Cor, that Ibanez looks a monster... I think I'd need more fingers. Thanks for the comment on Too Many Strings, anyway! I think when you hear me laughing it's just after some particularly clunky chords. It'll get better, I hope :).
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Re. the hammered dulcimer: the damper is really just meant to be used like the damper pedal on a piano (to stop notes from ringing out at strategic moments and preventing mushiness). But you can stomp on the damper for effect occasionally too.
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Thanks for your comment and very sage advice to my recent lyrics ( bad song club) ‘personal beef’. Helpful encouragement . Appreciated.
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Thank you for listening to Chaos Brain and your comment. I need to get a feel for when drums should come in, and building the track up for when the drums come in! I also have a chaos brain, most of the time!
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thanks for your coments on dark side blue. the one i posted was just a rough mix from both rich and myself. i sent him an dry vocal for his final mix, which will be much better. as he is slow getting around to things, i posted this here and no as is just to get some response since it probably wont be finsihed until 50 90 is over. thanks for the mix suggestions and i agree with you. Oh, and Rich is playing all the instriments. He uses a real guitar, but I dont know what he is running it through or what effects he is using.
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Thanks for the feedback on Dear Persephone! I really appreciate it
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Yeah, as far as I know (but, I don't actually have any of the synths it interfaces with), Omnisphere controls most of their features natively, while some can be mapped. And, I do know there's quite a list of synths that are covered. Yeah, all I ever heard a few years ago, when I was beginning production in my DAW was Omnisphere, Omnisphere. And, since I knew very little about software synths, and the sounds sounded rather good, I went for it. Lately though, lol, I'm getting back into making music via hardware. I guess it all ebbs and flows. As it probably should.
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That comment had me cracking up. It also made me imagine a song prompt where the singer is uh…put out to pasture over the course of the song and I can’t stop laughing at how absurd that would be. Like something straight out of a Monty python sketch or something.
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Thanks for your comment on "Midnight Airstrikes".
I have not yet tried dropping an amp on to a concrete floor, but now you've got me interested.
I actually made those "explosion" sounds by hammering on the back and neck of my bass with a closed fist. Noise improvs are fun; I don't think I've actually "properly" played my bass on one yet.
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Wow! What a treasure trove of information on Ambient you sent over. Thank you! Thank you! I’ve got some work to do!! Almost to 50… ;)
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Although i cribbed the word from Derrida's Spectres of Marx. i use it in a different sense, both musically and politically. the caps were an accident that i decided to keep in to differentiate the spoken from the sung sections. in todays cowardly new world, any idea that deviates from the party line is negaated as a conspiracy theory and the true conspiracies are truth. the final verse is adapted by the mystical meditations of certain Hassidic Jews.
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Thank you, Chris, for the most encouraging words about Solid Ground. Not sure where the hell I get off trying to countrify European philosophers or where the idea came from, but yeah--one more in the bucket anyway.

Hey, something made me think of you recently. There's a super talented South African artist on the Muse Songwriters site named Tony Lowther whose handle there is @Tolo. For some reason I suspect you two might be slightly kindred spirits musically, so if you're ever interested, pay a little visit over there and see if you dig his stuff as much as I think you might. Or his Soundcloud might be easier: https://soundcloud.com/to-lo
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Yeah for sure. Your vocals are crisp with all that you do to treat them. Thanks for the rundown.
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Thanks for the fine comments! Always makes me see my stuff in a new light. Interesting that you hear some kind of mutilated surf rock in "interlude #4", never thought of it that way, but I like it more now!
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Thank you so much for taking the time and listening to my music, Chris! I wish I could do that in return but I am very busy at the moment because I have to change my computer system and there's so much to do and to resque. Sorry for this and keep on with your good work!
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And, thanks for the nice review of Space Song Redux.
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I almost forgot how much fun noodling is. Haha! Lots to come up with using hardware.
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I'd thank you for the reminder, but *OF COURSE* I remembered World Beard Day all on my own.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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On your comments re Ashes! I have an agreement on recording times in the house which works well for us! So i save my vocals for those times! This doesn't work when i get a inspiration for a skirmish! Those off sounds you hear are i am pretty sure my good wife in the kitchen maybe emptying the dishwasher! The6 will of course disappear if i decide to do anything with this song, which i actually might!
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Thank you, Chris. Glad you got a kick out of TS Blues. Even though these aren't my lyrics, I'm awful about the dad jokes. Just can't help myself sometimes. Somebody should start a support group.
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I haven't heard of Charlie Stross but that sounds right up my street! Shall check out. Thanks for the tip.
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Oh! I see that now. One more month to go.
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Thanks for that lovely comment on the Black Beasty - and so cool that you've been to Blythburgh Church! I love Southwold, and I lived in Norwich for a few years... and I once had a very nice holiday on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. It's a great part of the country. The past is very close to the surface there.
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Thank you for your comment on Don't fret - Be Fretless! Glad the Korg sounds have inspired you to dust off your Ibanez - I have an Ibanez but not fretless, I have a double bass for that but fairly new to the world of no frets!
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I'm off travelling tomorrow but now I have your book and album for company , looking forward to the read especially!
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...and speaking of "happenings with a capital H", we may at some point in the near future have the opportunity to do our Dark Space Noise improv thing in front of an audience in a converted cathedral! 😳
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Wow, thanks for the great comment on "Abandon Ship"! It kind of blows my mind that @yesnoyes and I come up with these things in real time, as well!
And comparisons to Jeff Vandermeer and the ending of "2001"?!?
You flatter us, sir.
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Thank you for commenting on "The Apostate." Glad you liked the piano intro. I'm doing my best not to let those classical chops go to waste.
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Hi Chris, many thanks for the comments (on "No Heart") -- you're on to something with the vocals needing a cut: good call. [And I'm now back listening to the source, I'm starting to think the DAW -> mp3 -> mp4 -> YT process might also be affecting the overall, um, timbre. Time for some digging/simplification! 🙂]

Ironically, the Marker Tracks used to be part of my templates ... but I got a bit paranoid that I was repeatedly writing the same song, so have been using a much cleaner starting point. Unfortunately, the baby was out with the bath water (e.g. no Marker, Group nor FX tracks 😬) and everything just took longer!! Time to get the balance right.
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Thank you for taking an interest in Mrs Mudd! I think you can trust her, at least in one respect: after spending time with her you always have to take a bath.
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Thank you for the kind words on Mesas! FWIW Genesis, Floyd, Alan Parsons and UK were definitely not far from my thoughts as I struggled with the music, so you were on point there — so too were Supertramp, Alan Gowen-era National Health, and Return To Forever; I didn't hear the Utopia inferences till after it was done. (Glad you name-checked PFM too, I still think it's a sin Flavio Premioli never got his propers Stateside along with Emmo and Wakey.)
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Hey Chris!

Thanks for your comments on Charlotte Surrendered Today! I was actually quite unhappy with my vocal timing so I recorded it again and posted it as V2. I also changed the lyrics a bit. I appreciate you listening!!
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Thanks for your generous comments. I like to think that maybe you've discovered that atFulcrum is one of your new favorite prog band discoveries! :-) :-) I can take no credit. That music was all Rick and to me it's his core sound :-)
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Thanks for listening and commenting on "Forever, for now!" I'm not familiar with The Clangers, but if the song took you there, that's cool!
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Thank you for stopping by on "Trying to Teach Him to Dance." Yes! I know the movie very well.
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Thanx for your comment on "Fire Tornado Over Gun Lake"!
Yeah, the wildfires in Canada have been pretty intense. Right now Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories, is completely evacuated due to approaching fires. The entire city is sitting there empty.
I hear some of Europe is on fire, as well.
As you say, troubling.
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That really means a lot coming from you, but all I did was automate the expression, dynamics and vibrato sliders... with more or less the same uppy downy patter no less - and the plug in handled the rest. I'm not sure what "evo"s are in the context of this plug in, but I think it just means it handles a natural sounding ongoing output - that's why there are those different articulations to the vocalisation. It was a ridiculous extravagance to buy it, and it remains horribly underused, but they had a massive sale on two or three years ago, and the deal just seemed too good to pass up - if you are a plug in nutter with (at the time) money to burn!

Thanks so much though, if this "fooled" you into thinking I was tinkering with a lot of settings then it could probably fool anyone!
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Glad you liked The Rapture. Gabriel sure can play, can't he? And glad you like my sense of humor too. I'll be back. Thanks.
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Ha! Don’t tempt me - lol!
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Thanks for your kind remarks on Neolithic Heroes! Happy to hear you have traces of them in your surroundings. 😄
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Thanks for your comment on Farmer's Doubt! I will tell the farmer. Hopefully it will strengthen his confidence! :-)
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Thanks for your comments on Yogibogeybox. I think it's an example of the value of trying to do the alphabet challenge, as you sometimes find yourself writing something that you otherwise never would have thought of!
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Thank you so much for your comment on ‘binomials’
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Cheers for that, Chris! Really appreciate the feedback. I didn't recognise the name, but then realised he was the singer with the Undertones and that made me extremely happy :)
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I had no intention of writing a klezmer song but I guess I did?
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Thanks for visiting "Entering the Utopia Zone"! I really do love the V Collection and have my eye on the Acid V as a gift to myself for continuing to push thru a difficult landlord issue. :-p
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Thanks so much for the comment on "You Owe It To the Story" -- I have a minister friend obsessed with story, and it's rubbed off on me. Also, I'm reading Terry Pratchett to my son every day, these days, as we work through the Tiffany Aching series. :)
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Thanks for your comment on “Hyper Lies.” Must listen to the sloth challenge songs and do one myself. I did one last FAWM and it was fun!
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Thank you! I'm not supposed to be looking at computer screens, but, yeah, right, anyway, for a point of reference, listen to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s870mJgiJa0
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Chris, thanks for visiting "Set Sail", I appreciate your comments!
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Yeah, I have a hard time convincing myself to send instruments back, especially since shipping is generally so expensive. I usually only order online when it's the only way to get a particular instrument, and I've had some success and one or two disasters. At least this dulcimer is mostly playable.
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Thx for your insight I will seriously consider revising my opening line after this deep insight. Thanks for reading and inputting. I am always open to correction and I indeed prefer the hope that things are changing for better and that the best is yet to come! Thx for challenging this paradigm
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She did indeed end up in the hospital. As I mentioned in my liner notes, I'm contemplating a 5-song EP of the story. And if I do it, that will be covered.

Gosh, I'm taking this way too far... 😀
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Just passing by to say how grateful I am for your comments on my tracks - the latest one being ‘ha ha ha’ thanks again. I’ll get round to more listening myself again soon. , clearing my parents home taking most of my time and energy ..
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Thanks for listening and sharing your encouraging comments. Much appreciated.
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Thanks for the listen and comment on my collab with Tammy, 'Set Sail'!
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You are right, it was Rannulph Fiennes. Well spotted and thanks for all your kind comments.
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Thanks, Chris, for your insightful comments. Btw, on "Running Faster" - could you hear the Howard Benson vocal doubler on the spoken parts giving it that Barry White vibe? I need to know if I need to rectify that somehow. Thanks, again!
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Glad you liked my Kraken. I actually paraphrase a line from the Tennyson poem at one point. I loved the Wyndham books as a youth. I think they got me into SF more than any other writer. But later I would go on to Heinlein and I still regularly re-read PKD and Vonnegut.

PS I see you are in "Bristow" my lover. - I lived in Redland and Clifton for 18 months in the early 80s. Does Hobgoblin still have a branch in Bristol?
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Frightening isn't it, to think those lyrics (brown paper bag) were penned 15 years ago and turn out so, so accurate....Thanks for the lsiten Chris, I'm about to get embroiled in wrteched flat renovations again. Hopefully, September...
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Thanks for the kind words about our little Ph DUH number, Chris. Just a little giggle.
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Thanks for your supportive comments on "Monster of the Carnival (All the Way Up the Wall)" and for reinforcing my use of shadow as a metaphor for fame. I'm glad that it worked!
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Thanks for your comments on Haiku 44. Somehow the instruments adapt themselves to the feel of the piece, no?
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Thanks for checking out 'An Answer', Chris :) Always happy to nerd out with some guitar talk, but there's not too much to the signal chain here. I played my Strat (Mexican 60s remake if you're nerdy enough to be interested) on the neck pickup, with the tone dial rolled back a little for the lead parts. That goes direct in to my interface, through a little bit of compression and EQ but nothing drastic. A touch of chorus on the first guitar but nothing on the lead. And then I send it to a reverb (trusty old Valhalla VintageVerb) and that's about it.

It's not the most exciting chain, but I do enjoy recording DI most of the time now since it's so quick and easy. Takes a lot of the decision making out of the picture too!
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Thanks Chris for your comment on Arpeggio Jam 1, I really appreciate it! 😊
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Hey, thanks for your comment on "SOLARIS".
Yes, it's only four minutes long, but there's a lot more where that came from; that was one of my and @yesnoyes's shorter improv jams at an hour and a quarter. I just figure, keep the songs short and leave em wanting more!
As for the films, I have not yet seen the Tarkovsky version (I do have it recorded and plan on watching it next week, however).
As for the Hollywood version, all I can say is that it is not as bad as it could have been, which from me is high praise for a Hollywood SF film.
Fantastic book, though.
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Thanks much for the great feedback on "Empty Plastic Head!" I'll take a Residents comparison any day!
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Hey thanks so much for the really nice feedback. I've been off to a slow start this year but I feel a little extra encouragement to get crankin' :)
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Thanks so much for recent comments on my tracks . It’s so cool to get feedback and I must admit I’ve gone a bit rampant this year so people prob a bit bored !!! Really grateful for the feedback and support. Thanks.
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Thank you for commenting so nicely on my Longhair tribute. I am enamored with Hugh Laurie’s works. I was surprised and delighted with his recorded, and live works, when I first heard them.
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Hey man thanks for the feedback and I really knew that the title would entice people to listen thanks to the feedback and yeah you know the dog shining in that was an extra bonus thanks
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Thanks for that comment on Shutterbug! Much appreciated. There's a kind of bell curve, isn't there? something totally predictable isn't satisfying, but add more unpredictability and it gets better until you get the a sweet spot... and then too much unpredictability detracts from the song until it's unlistenable again. The complicating factor is that the site of the apogee (if bell curves have apogees, dunno) is different for everyone, with some liking more unpredictability and others less. That's how you end up with Mr Bungle.
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Thanks for the nice comments about Bunk Moreland for President! I wasn't consciously thinking of the Dead while playing that guitar part, but I can definitely see how its loping nature alludes to Jerry. And I'm a Dead fan, so I appreciate you making the connection for me! I find it fascinating how our influences can seep into our psyches to such an extent that they sometimes come out without us even realizing it at the time.

And as for the Wire, I agree wtih @davidtaro - it's the best show I've seen (and there has been a lot of great TV over the last couple of decades, not to mention the great shows of long ago). But I would give it a few episodes. Its greatness didn't make itself apparent to me until the fourth episode. Since then I've watched the series in full three times. It's got a lot to say about the corrupting nature of institutions and society in general.

Finally, I just want to say that I've started reading your book, A Grand Adventure, and I am really enjoying it. I'm only about 40 pages in at this point, so I'll try to provide some more feedback once I've read some more, but it's the kind of thing that I wish was 1,000 pages, because I could read about the subject matter forever and never tire of it.
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Hi! I really appreciate your comment on Synth Wrecked my Pizza! Thanks for listening, that was my first go on a synth - so much fun!
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Thanks for the Interplanetary Farmer comment! No this guy have his face full of craters after asteroids crashing in. Little room for joviality there. 😀
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Happy birthday, Chris!!! 😀
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Thanks for comments on Half-Light and the Nick Drake reference, I'm a big fan of Drake, very influential artist.
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Thanx for your comment on "Ghost Of A Cow With Severed Head". I hear that physical newspapers are dying out; I bet if they started printing articles about ghostly cow heads with headlines like "HIDEOUS NOISES ISSUE FROM ITS THROAT" that readership would skyrocket.
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Thanks so much for the comments on The Experiment Was Not A Success, it's so heartening to see this community support people, even with some of the weirder stuff.
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I do have Logic on my Mac. And I’ve got a piano in storage… but honestly, when I’ve used these things in the past, my whole process slows to a crawl. I tell myself I will use Logic to produce the finished article but then find I can’t be arsed!
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I make all my tracks on my phone or on an iPad mini. No instruments, no amps, mics or cables. A studio in my pocket. Very liberating and inexpensive!
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Thanks so much for listening and commenting on my track Apollo Blue. I belong to that school of thought that believes reverb should be applied by the bucketful! I do rein it in sometimes - just a faint touch here and there - but when I do there’s always a part of me that feels like I’m sort of short-changing the listener!
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I really appreciated your feedback. I am a mental health therapist and have talked to a lot of worried parents. I am not a gun fan.
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Thanks for the feedback on Follow The Wind. I hear what you are saying about the drums. I wasn’t quite sure myself. I will have a look at that… thanks.
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Thanks for your comments on Vile!
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Thanks for the kind words about Petrichor. I really appreciate your feedback!
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Thanks for checking out Numinous! Strandberg allowed me to play guitar again after cubital tunnel, so I'm very happy with them.
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RE: stereo vocals in Cubase..you are always so helpful to FAWMers!!
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Thank you for your kind words on "No Regrets." I was having some technical difficulties so I replaced that one with a remix.
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Thanks for the comment on "interlude #5". That's a good idea, makes me think of it in a new way!
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Thanks for the recommendation !
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thanks for listening to my "demo" track !

I can maintain this tempo however, what i would struggle with are some fills but overall, I think I can play it note for note
I can't wait to play it live. It would be so cool
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Well, you've certainly got your drum mix to perfection! 😀
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Hi, Chris. Thanks for dropping in for a listen to The Devil Holds the Throttle and for your kind comments. Puts wind in our sails.
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Thanks for commenting on "On the Seas of Cheese" - I'll gladly take a Neil Innes comparison any day! It's great that your brother was inspired to play bass by Primus and Rush - one could certainly have worse influences!
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Thank you for all your comments!
I would *love* to hear you playing with feedback!
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I am glad that my track brings up such happy childhood memories!
If a song is posted it don‘t belongs to me anymore - it belongs to the listener. 😊

The proud bunny was a translation failure. I meant „proud hare“. Corrected it now - thanks for the hint.
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Thanks for your comment on Silent Thunder.
I am familiar with Project Orion through Dr. Jerry Pournelle. Not really the safest thing to set off in the atmosphere.
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Thanks Chris. 😊
I splashed out and upgraded to the full version of Plasmonic. It is SO tweakable on the fly using my Kontakt keyboard. That patch is one of hundreds.
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Thanks ever so much for your feedback on Sprites Overture (and remix), it is really helpful. I just listened to it again and I think it does find a way into the story, although I've not written it yet! But I will be revisiting the sounds, I had sat down to record something else and this came out, the leftfield stuff is often the best!
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Thanks for your comment on my postcard song, Chris! Happy you liked it! 🙂

As for Orca, the sequencer I used, you're 100% right that it's rogue inspired. The proof is that the cursor in the program is the ampersand character! Unfortunately I didn't have it in my screenshot, since I only showed the part of my program related to ZIP codes.

There's a nice intro video to Orca here, if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaI_TuISSJE
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Hi Chris, Thank You so much for your eloquent comments and for spotting things in my songs which may or may not be intentional. (I'll be honest, I don't really think at such a deep level, I'm more of a strummer/picker as I go along.) Anyway, thanks again sir!
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Haha, this will be "electric arc synthesis"
Thanks!
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thank you for your nice comment! i love that kind of noisy lo-fi rock sound. things like early guided by voices or mountain goats. if you know of any bands with that kind of sound i'm always looking for new music!
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By the way, I should be finished up this week. Didn’t mean for this to take as long as it did, but things just weren’t gelling yesterday evening, as I had hoped to complete 3 tracks. Didn’t happen. The sofa consumed me and by the time I had awaken, it was time to head down the highway for work!
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Thanks for your kind comment on my first track. Much appreciated
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Thanks for the listen and well wishes on one of my songs!
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Thanks for listening and commenting on my soundscape!! Glitchscaper can be used with IOS as well.
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Thanks for the comment on "It wasn't too good'
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Thanks for the comments Chris. I'm not entirely sure what happened with the lopsided vocals: the male/female protagonists where _supposed_ to appear opposite each other in the field when they were singing together. 😊
Co-incidentally, just reading notes about headphone vs monitor mixing on your site (a wonderful journal 👏) ... I must change _something_ to avoid such stereo blindness!
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thanks for the guitar vote of confidence - though my imposter syndrome compels me to impart unto you the fact there's a pretty generous amount of timestretching/squashing to that guitar signal to make the peaks line up where they should. But if you don't tell anyone I certainly wont.
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Thanks, Chris. And well spotted. That's Frankie in all her screaming glory. 😉
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So glad you liked Evil Lies. Thank you so much!
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Thanks for your feedback on Married to the Blues, glad you liked it! 😁
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Thanks for the great feedback on Victimized.
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Hello. Thank you so much for your comment on my politics song, I really appreciate it. By the way I have never ever intended to sound like Randy Newman, it just comes out that way even when I started writing when I was about 14. Anyway I'm glad that that is sounds the way it does. Thanks again.
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Glad you liked Good to Be Hear! No I will never reach Geddy heights but was fun to channel the Rush vibe on this one anyway
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I bet you mine some great new sounds & songs out of your new lap steel when it arrives, Chris. Sorry to ding your wallet, but happy I could offer some inspiration.
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thanks for your kind words on my 5th track !

I don't know if it's commercial level, but i'm trying to progress
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Thx Chris..I appreciate your comments..especially beening a big RUSH. Fan, which I did not know you were.
I have never seen them live and you have seen them so many times.... like wow! BTW..it took days to mix the guitars and drums to sound like RUSH..the best I could anyway

.. And yes, Chris (@chrismyth02) did super job on the vocals and lysyrics.
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I had never messed with midi extraction before but i think i like it a lot, it took a little tweaking—couple weird notes here and there that needed modified, but in general it’s an interesting workflow, especially since I’m horrible at keys and more comfortable on bass/guitar.
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I'm no expert on the issues, but fwiw among philosophers Libet's defense of free will has been rejected by a fair number, who agree with the criticism - don't know who made it first - that he just pushed the problem back a level, so that the ability to intervene itself just needs to be taken into account as part of causation, and unless there is some non-physical thing initiating the intervention, it, too, would work basically the way the original impulse does. Like I said, I am no expert on this set of issues.
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Thank you for listening to and commenting on "Cundalini"! I appreciate the kind words! That was definitely me trying to channel John Carpenter.
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Hi Chris. Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to "The Film Crew's Come to Town" and talking about the times filming happened in your town.

A lot of the films that land in my city are by Hallmark. A little conflict, a little romance and a happy ending. Sometime something with more depth shows up. For a month in April-May we had Bryan Cranston and Allison Janney filming in town. One part of the movie was on location just over the fence from where I live. Being a good fellow, I stayed home and left them in peace.
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I just got lazy with the phonemes! :) A cognitive bias isn't a defeator - a defeator must be epistemically reliable. Edit: oh yes if you identifya cognitive bias operating that doesn't mean the claim is false, but it means that we need more info. That said, CBs are nasty, and funny thing, philosophers don't study them. I have been prodding one of my psych colleagues to co teach a class in logic and the psychology of reasoning. problem is they won't pay us full rate for such a class.
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Thank you for your kind words about my Ambient Lofi Soundscape. And listening!!!!
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Thanks for listening to Disappointing But Nice!
There is a bit of a backstory to it.
Helen and Deb visited this weekend (you get to hear Deb doing backing vocals on I Hate Burpees, but that's another story...) and H brought a couple of pedals with her: a Mooer synth pedal and the EHX Mellotron Emulator. We plugged them into my board and has a lovely time making weird noises, some of which we recorded.
This was going to form the basis of some epic new soundsculpture, but then lots of beer and a bottle of raspberry-flavour rum happened. The resulting hangover reduced us to barre chords, reverbs, the EZD Earth Pop kit, and generally trying to keep things gentle. Hence the title: disappointment at not having carved a new hole in the spacetime continuum through the use of too many pedals, but delight at having made something nice that didn't hurt our heads too much... 🤪
And we did at least manage to use some of those noises at the end of the piece!
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Thanks for your comments on Cyclonic. I like the idea of the Irish dance number to the opening. Thanks.
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Thanks! "but I like how this also plays against assumptions of what else is going to happen" is a great point. Made me think about how I work, and that's probably something I always try to aim at subconciously. Good to see.
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Thanks for your comments on "The Light of Lost Stars", and especially for relinquishing control of your attention 🤓
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I may be younger than Pink Floyd and the Beach Boys but I know exactly what you mean with the Wall "we don't need no education..." having the same melodic tendencies. I would have never thought that but it's accurate. If it's protesting anything, it's RFK's candidacy which ironically I don't have an opinion about, though if Biden wants to buy it and use it as propaganda, I'll happily sell the rights!
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Many thanks for those kind words about Heartache In This Bottle, Chris. That lap steel is pieced together from things a session player called Tommy Hannum provides for users of Band In a Box. You just cobble together various recorded licks of his that match your progression and which fit with the other tracks. Would love to hear what you could do with a lap steel. If you check out the Youtube channel of a guy called Luke Cyrus Goetze, you'll really get the fever.
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Lol Thank you so much for your remarks on Trojans, Got a moment. Speaking of Condom Man. I want to tell you a true story as to how I brought that idea into my writing. A number of years ago in NYC, I was sitting at an outdoor cafe with a friend having something to eat, when this nearly 7 foot tall man who was homeless walked by, stopped and said, look in the sky!, It's a bird, it's a plane, no, no, it's Condom Man!!!!!!!!!!! And he's here to protect you!!!!!!!!!!! lol
I nearly choked on my food and spit out my beverage. Don't remember what he said after that but I do remember giving him a good tip. Perhaps I should have written about Condom Man instead. lol Thanks again for commenting.
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No, it was a pretty depressing place, inside and out.
Rough concrete with big rocks sticking out of it.
Imagine having to look at this all winter...
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We both went in a Genesis direction, apparently! I was a little inspired to do the drums while I was thinking about Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore", but it took a mind of its own eventually. Thanks for listening!
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"We hold these truths to be self-evident" turns out to be a problematic test for truth in the hands of people of ill will...
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Those reunions must have been a privilege to be at. And your reply got me looking up the Colossus machines, by the way. At a glance, some of the pictures of them bring to mind big modular synths! There's something appealing about working on a machine so big that you have to walk around as you use it. They just hold so much character. Or maybe I've just developed that much of a phobia to desk jobs...
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One of the next songs is about an argument from analogy that holds that mystical and religious experiences are as testable as empirical ones, just FYI. 😄
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Yep! The other serious objection, seems to me, is that we are using intuitions developed in the context of physical causation to draw conclusions about causation that by definition involves a non physical component- similar problem when using intuitions about physical causation to argue for causing something to come into existence out of nothing through an act of creation - "creation-causation" as it were. But Descartes was brilliant nonetheless, and it's worth following his thought process to see how genius works, at least that's my view 😀
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Thank you for listening to my 4th song 😄

Well, this type of sound is very familiar for me. I really enjoy making songs like that or listening to it (I'm very influenced by this style)
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@cts
…and by the way; you’ve forced my hand and I must employ my AAA game, sir. Position 8 is gonna rock!
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Thanks for commenting on Godzilla verses. Not sure musically where I would take this, but I am glad the Kaiju films and maybe even the TV shows struck a chord with you. Gosh there are so many. Ultra Man, Space Giants, Gamera, lol
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Thank you for listening to, and the nice comment on "Get On Out (Help Yourself)"
And for the guitar panning thoughts - I'm currently in the midst of a multi-track 70's riff-rock styled song...good to have some ideas to try!
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Re: randomness on shuffle - v. cool - I love knowing that they had to do that!

I have given this some thought over the years as I listened to the original Pandora, the original XM Radio, the revised-not-for-better Pandora, the clobbered-by-Sirius XM... human beings do NOT like a flat distribution of anything. What we seem to like is a certain hard-to-detect level of coherence, I think.
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Hi, I wrote down that Nick Drake tuning wrong, I thought there was something suss about it! I had two sets of 6 notes on two pieces of paper and got them muddled up! It's CGCFCE...makes more sense!
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Yes, that was absolutely splendid (the ST: SNW episode)! It's funny, the basic concept of a BiaV is all over the place. "Chuang Tzu Dreams of Being a Butterfly" and so on. I bet humans were thinking about it in prehistory! It ends up being a very popular topic for their essays. 😄 (I see from the comment below mine that you are spreading the OTT gospel 😀)
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Thanks for your comments and the OTT tip. Learning something new from it!
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Re. my resonator guitar piece: I'm using GBDGBD tuning. It's a true slide guitar (i.e., the action is far too high for the frets to be used, and the neck is square), so that tuning makes the most sense and works for me (for now, at least). I only got the guitar in January and have been having fun exploring the possibilities.
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Thanks for your encouraging comment on Poem Out of Weather, I can't remember which song Nick Drake uses that tuning on, I lifted it from a tutorial I had no hope of learning so made something up. Glad you liked it.
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Thanks for listening to CEERS1019 all the way through and spotting that I'd cocked up the fade at the end of it... Oops! 😀
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@aeye
Those are great games though! BL2 really pulled me in for a long time. Destiny 2 though is just bad. There is a website that tracks your time spent on the game and mine is like well over 3000 hours or something EEEK.
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OMG, 20 years of dementia??? You have my full sympathy, that must be a terrible experience! So sorry for this!

Glad you like the Caretaker work. By the way it was referenced in Steven Wilson's autobiographical book (I guess you know him), which I can recommend to you, too.

I doubt if I ever will listen do "Everywhere..." in its entirity. Let's see ...and listen...
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Thank you for listening to my first track 😄
I'm now a cat (thanks to my mom) & dog person ^^

I tried channeling my inner Refused but it's hard
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Taless!!! 😀 I mispronounce so many things...it was only recently, relatively speaking, that I learned the proper pronunciation for Hesiod! Anyway, I always just assume I've got it wrong...
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Hi Chris, thanks for listening and thanks you for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed my homage to white goods....l As you know, I don't normally do 50/90 so I am taking it easy. Thanks for listening!
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Thanks for all your time listening to my twiddlings, Chris! I'll be catching up with my listening duties shortly.
Have a look at the Sire J Bass clones. I found them to be better made than a lot of the Fender models, and quite a bit cheaper!
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@gm7
Joe dart and Cory Wong....what a duo. I started watching them about three year ago. On my latest band camp release I wrote a song about them. The song is called CW Funk (Cory Wong).
I love the new stuff with added brass/big band set up...so cool.
So I concur with you, they are required listening for bass players who want to hear catchy bass lines and just having that feel for a song.
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It sounds great, Chris. Not only the contrast it provides against the lower register, but it just sounds really good :-)
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Thanks for checking out Dying of the Art, it seems finding a quick cheap way to make art is not new!
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Chris
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That's sort of amusing! 😄
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Whoa. I just don't understand the ignorance and after so many years of it have very little patience for it. :-) (I was thinking of NdGT)
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Folks making philosophical arguments against philosophy is so common, it's a cliché. :) I will say that it really bugs me when a certain famous astrophysicist does it. He should know better!
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Hi, "old dude"! ;-)

A slighty delayed "thank you" for your thoughtful comment on my "haunted dancehall" piece! Maybe you're right: The hiss and scratches could appear a bit earlier, but now it is as it is...
Thanks for leaving the youtube link. Never heard of this piece but I know what you've meant.
I took my inspiration from "Everywhere at the End of Time" by The Caretaker which is a disturbing and horrifying work about dementia. If you have just 6,5 hours of spare time, walk this way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJWksPWDKOc

Thanks again,
Volker
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Thanks for the comments so far!
Yeah, I've listened to entirely too much Sunn o))) since FAWM.
That kind of deep bass noise thing has been turning my crank lately.
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What, only 3 so far? It's already July 6th. Shouldn't you have an album's worth? 😀
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Thank you for the tip!
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thank you for your comments on my spitting song. im with you that we are reaching a lot of people through the internet..actually more than one can reach playing local gigs only. but most of the music that has really influenced and affected us has been done by those people who went out and braved the world. otherwise we would not have heard it and our cultures would suffer for it. so my idea is that this is why we sometimes get emotional over the death of someone we never knew, but whose work has had a profound effect on us....and then we question ourselves if we have been selfish in keeping our work cloistered.
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Very nice! I'll check out Damage 2 for future reference...
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Thanks for the comments on Genevieve, much appreciated. Having only recently bought Damage, I think I'm going to have to try hard NOT to use it on every track. I might fail!
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Thank you for commenting and listening.
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Glad that I could do it justice, Myst felt like a horror game until the first time I beat it. 😀 thanks for the feedback!
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Thanks for the comments, I only had the idea Tuesday. The trouble is my ears are so f**ked I can't rely on what I'm hearing with that level of distortion and had to wait for my son to confirm that it was actually intelligible. I'll do some listening tomorrow.
Can't wait to hear a song tagged 'a history of wrecked furniture'.
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Spamalot! 🤣 Reminding someone of Monty Python - can there be a greater compliment? 😂 I can't remember how many times I watched Life of Brian and laughed until I cried... 👍
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Thanks for the encouragement. I'm going to try to thoroughly explore that whole scene from 1947 until now.
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It sounds amazing.
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It was the OTT compressor, too. :)
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Many thanks for the kind words on 'Take Me Home', Chris! Valhalla make some wonderful tools and I'll certainly have to check out SuperMassive. My go-to is actually Valhalla's VintageVerb; I like the little modulations that get introduced by setting it to 1970s or 1980s mode, and needless to say cranking up the decay time makes it an instrument in itself!
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Thanks for your comments on "Stairway to July." Would be interesting to hear your mix version. Glad you enjoyed the "hidden" tribute - lol! Just a little something I played on the keyboard using a Logic vst. So fun! But did you notice the Donna Summer "Love to Love You, Baby" riff in a couple places? :)
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You got it! There is something creeping behind us!
Thanks for your words!
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Thanks for your comment on "The Dying Of The Art". I fear that the mainstream listening habits and decreased span of attention longs for more, shorter and cheaper music. No doubt, AI will generate masses of technically well-produced but musically mediocre content - or music for pleasure as you called it. I cannot support this, as small artists already suffer from algorithms.

The strings in the beginning are using MIDI CC on portamento and pitchbend. I wanted them to sound a bit off-kilter and detuned as the lyrics are slightly disturbing. The noises come from my beginner guitar skills fretting bar chords.
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Hope you have a productive 5090!
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Hi Chris, I'll try to track down that Ambassador Kosh mp3 for you. Let me know where to send it. 😉 (You can click on the envelope icon on my profile page.)
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So good to see you back . Bring on the prog (and everything else you have in your bag)
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Won't be many guitars this time around, Chris! Just functional music for my classes... 😬 😄
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Lets. Do. This.
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Luckily nothing of any political interest or significance is happening these days, so I'm assuming all your songs will be laid-back songs about how great the world is, right? 😂 Or even if maybe not, I'm looking forward to hearing your output this summer!
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@mikeb
Happy 50-90-2023!
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@sph
"Do prog til you get enough"
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@sph
Hi Chris, have a wonderful summer!
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Hi, Chris. Happy 50/90 :)
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Hey Chris, I am looking forward to your new compositions. Have fun!
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Hi Chris. Lovely to see the gathering of the clan.
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Happy music making Chris
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Chris!!!
I'm so looking forward to hearing your awesome output this summer!!
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Welcome Chris, great to see you here again.
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Hello, good to see you here. Hope you have a good 50/90
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Hey Chris! Let's do this thing again!
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Here we go again!
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