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by AJOwens
Fri May 17, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Daily Roll Call
Topic: My Life
Replies: 243
Views: 46339

Re: My Life

The only question is what to say and how to say it... Seems an appropriate topic for discussion for some reason. And I still didn't get a song written. On the upside, I'm starting to use the studio to record the songs of musician friends. And I'm reading whole books of philosophy. And practicing my...
by AJOwens
Fri May 17, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: A lyric generator
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: A lyric generator

I feel like I want to seed this with the current SongFight title... That would probably get me writing again. I tend to work from the lyrics to the music, but by the time I come up with lyrics, the fight's over.
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Rode NT1A or Audio Technica AT2035 or . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: Rode NT1A or Audio Technica AT2035 or . . .

I was able to give the Rode and the AT a side-by-side listen at the shop, using my preferred reference headphones (Sennheiser HD424). For my voice, the AT seemed clearer, so I went with that. The Rode was noticeably thicker in the bass, and it doesn't have a low-cut switch. When I got it home I comp...
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Rode NT1A or Audio Technica AT2035 or . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: Rode NT1A or Audio Technica AT2035 or . . .

Thanks for the response curves. They reflect what the reviews say -- a bump for both at around 12 kHz, and a slight boost at around 100 Hz for the Rode. Although the curves are close, some say the Rode is more prone to sibilance. My choices are constrained because I'm using a Long & McQuade retireme...
by AJOwens
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: Rode NT1A or Audio Technica AT2035 or . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Rode NT1A or Audio Technica AT2035 or . . .

I'm thinking of buying one of these mics for my studio, mostly for vocals but maybe for acoustic guitar as well. They're both popular with reviewers. Does anyone here have strong opinions about them, or alternative recommendations in the same price range?
by AJOwens
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Nancy Pelosi For President! (Two Hits Reviews)
Replies: 28
Views: 3760

Re: Nancy Pelosi For President! (Two Hits Reviews)

Having failed to produce reviews for this fight, I was planning to lurk in shameful silence, but the Jerks' extensive commentary prompts me to say someting about our entry (The Undead Squirrels). That doesn't mean I'm writing reviews. It turns out that the first few weeks of retirement are busier th...
by AJOwens
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Daily Roll Call
Topic: My Life
Replies: 243
Views: 46339

Re: My Life

Thanks! I do hope to have more time for SongFight, although I'll be away from my studio in the summer. Now that I've spring-cleaned the basement and the retirement party and (most excellent) studio jam is over, maybe I'll start a blog. There is a long-standing problem in philosophy, the relation bet...
by AJOwens
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: I take (Two Hits prefight)
Replies: 15
Views: 2363

Re: I take (Two Hits prefight)

I've submitted something on behalf of Acorn Productions.
by AJOwens
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Daily Roll Call
Topic: My Life
Replies: 243
Views: 46339

Re: My Life

As of last Friday, I am retired from working life and can spend my days at leisure.
by AJOwens
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Help and How To
Topic: What happens when you put six G-strings on a single guitar?
Replies: 3
Views: 2232

Re: What happens when you put six G-strings on a single guitar?

This reminded me of an instrument I encountered while on vacation in Bruges. http://harpmusic.nl/Lucvanlaere/#IMG_5455.JPG The tall apparatus at the back consists of seven pivoting wooden boxes: three in the upper tier, and four in the lower tier. Each wooden box has two playing sides, accessible by...
by AJOwens
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: What do you see? (Sing Of The Times prefight)
Replies: 14
Views: 4299

Re: What do you see? (Sing Of The Times prefight)

I'm in with a folk song.

PS Grammar grouchies take note: The required subject line is all capitals (Sing Of The Times).
by AJOwens
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: What do you see? (Sing Of The Times prefight)
Replies: 14
Views: 4299

Re: What do you see? (Sing Of The Times prefight)

I will be in with a hippie-dippie protest song. Actually more beatnik, daddy-O.

The recording is done, but if the past is any guide, I'll be tweaking it up until the deadline.
by AJOwens
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Ye Olde Lyric Archive
Topic: Sing of the Times
Replies: 7
Views: 2754

Re: Sing of the Times

Sing of the Times I dreamed of a wood where the birds were all tweeting And the sound that they made filled the world to the skies And the air it created became the new wisdom And everyone thought their tweeting was wise. There was one among them who tweeted more loudly And trying to seduce them, he...
by AJOwens
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Time to post some (inter)stellar (The Thirteenth Moon Reviews)
Replies: 26
Views: 8535

Re: Time to post some (inter)stellar (The Thirteenth Moon Reviews)

Pigfarmer Jr - Some vocal timing issues particularly on the very last line, which always leaves a slightly bad taste in my... erm... ears when this song finishes I know you're busy, but any other parts except the Thirteenth coming in a fraction early on that last line? It's noticeable to me, but it...
by AJOwens
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Television
Topic: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black
Replies: 2
Views: 2179

Re: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black

I just meant that Cash was singing of the times. I have a habit of drawing tenuous connections -- by way of segue, sort of. He didn't write a song called "Sing of the Times." But if you have Netflix, I recommend checking out the documentary. Apparently it's part of a series called [EDIT] "Remastered...
by AJOwens
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Television
Topic: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black
Replies: 2
Views: 2179

Tricky Dick and the Man in Black

I just watched this one-hour Netflix documentary, about how Richard Nixon accidentally made Johnny Cash "sing of the times" (that's this week's fight title). And did he ever! Stay with it, even if (or maybe especially if) you have an aversion to Johnny Cash. You'll be rewarded not only with insight ...
by AJOwens
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Time to post some (inter)stellar (The Thirteenth Moon Reviews)
Replies: 26
Views: 8535

Re: Time to post some (inter)stellar (The Thirteenth Moon Reviews)

. . . Whatever that non-lyrical vocal sound you are using is, use that more. . . I think you mean the electric guitar lead, for which I used a rapid tremolo picking technique usually heard on a mandolin. To augment my imperfect string-tickling, I also put the guitar through a tremolo pedal switched...
by AJOwens
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Time to post some (inter)stellar (The Thirteenth Moon Reviews)
Replies: 26
Views: 8535

Re: Time to post some (inter)stellar (The Thirteenth Moon Reviews)

Berkeley Social Scene -- You said you wanted to break out of the box, and you've done it in many ways. First there's the studio sound, with its managed, intimate compression and careful balance, in contrast to the rough edges of live performance. Then there's the predominance of crisp, undistorted ...
by AJOwens
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: It's on the calendar (The Thirteenth Moon prefight)
Replies: 18
Views: 4896

Re: It's on the calendar (The Thirteenth Moon prefight)

I just resubmitted after applying a pop-and-click filter on one track. Everything else is identical. Sorry for any trouble this may cause. I assume the confirmation emails are delayed because it's a busy season. Also, if it's worth anything, "They Meet" (my first fight!) probably had the same MP3 na...
by AJOwens
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: It's on the calendar (The Thirteenth Moon prefight)
Replies: 18
Views: 4896

Re: It's on the calendar (The Thirteenth Moon prefight)

Caravan Ray wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:10 pm
AJOwens wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:07 am
In with a short instrumental.
Hello ladies
Just think of them as musical etchings . .
by AJOwens
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Cutting corners on your mix? (They Know reviews)
Replies: 23
Views: 8434

Re: Cutting corners on your mix? (They Know reviews)

. . . it puts me more in mind of my Republican friends who complain about the left more than my Democrat friends that complain about the right. . . The right worries me deeply, but the left is hopelessly bourgeois. James Owens: I sort of wish this didn’t start with the chorus. . . That never occurr...