November 14, 2007

It's Diversity Day!

Corporations learned this early on: Always Diversify. In the era of multi-national conglomerates, can you really afford not to?

As a musician, I understand the allure of taking all kinds of (ultimately self-serving) solos, and creating long, 'artsy' songs, but really guys... there's more to life. The quest for greatness as an instrumentalist and performer is well and good, but save it for guitar hero, and other like mediums, it's time for pop to reclaim your soul! *melodrama*



You're far better off learning to play several instruments than acquiring ungodly skill at just one. Plus, it'll greatly enhance your persuit of postmodernism.

Instead of becoming a guitar hero...
  1. Learn about music itself, and the basic concepts apply to all music (so you can write better songs).
  2. Get to know your audience (so you can connect with them)
  3. Go to concerts (learn from the pros)
  4. Meet the other musicians in your local music scene, and get to know them (you'll get lots of ideas from talking to other musicians)
  5. Write songs (and don't forget to get feedback from your musician friends in step 4)
Note: Pop music is a shortened version of Popular music. You don't have to love the music of the masses, but people like it for a reason. Don't lose touch with the reason we make music, for people to enjoy.

If you want to make music just for yourself, that's fine. Just don't make us listen to it ;)


Steampunk Rock (and roll)

I'm not really much of a punk guy, though I do enjoy the occasional thrash. However, I think we all could learn something from the creative masterminds of steampunk. Weburbanist posted a compilation of some of their most amazing achievements in recent time.



As you may know, I'm a big fan of the post modern. That said, we've all got a lot to learn from those before us, but with things moving so quickly over the interblag and all, it's easy to get caught up in just stealing ideas from the most recent crop of artists.

Well I say that's no way to start a movement! Steal ideas people have long since forgotten about and remind them how cool history really is (when you apply modern sensibility to it). Here's to Steampunk Rock.


Hack by day... Rock by night

I have become inspired by the recent adventures of a certain heroine, Elaine, Daughter of Mrs. Roberts (<-- notice the 's', hence we are not related) If you are unfamiliar with this mysterious woman of the night, allow me to jog your memory:


xkcd - 1337 part 3
see also: Part 1, Part 2

I can not tell you what a great idea it is to become Elaine. I'll buy you flowers ;)
Also, you can join a sweet band like broken social scene

In other news, Last.fm is going to be doing Audio fingerprinting to identify songs more acurately. Should be good, but kind of scary on the copyright infringement side of things.


November 3, 2007

Blog Costume

Here's my halloween costume... I was a blog:



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