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Shootin' The Breeze / Re: More songwriting gibberish
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:31:56 AM »
Nah, all three of them have their green cards.  At least that's what they told me when they landed in the back yard in '56...  ;)

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Shootin' The Breeze / Re: More songwriting gibberish
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:34:16 AM »
yeah so... where do your lyrics come from?

Aliens, mostly...  ;)

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Finally, a song where I can understand what they're talking about.  Now I have to go watch the rest of this guy's stuff and read his thesis.  >:(    Thanks a lot, Dino.

Very cool video, and a very talented guy.  Great find...

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: Okay, it's official...
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:38:11 PM »
Glad you liked it, Dino.  There's such a massive collection of songs there it's been a shame they haven't been easier for people to get to.  And this way people can also search by artist, or just about anything else.  Also hope it will be easier and faster to archive the songs to, once it's all caught up.

I built a similar system not long ago for another purpose, and one night I just thought "Hey!  With a different database and some programming changes that would make a good archive system."

And now that it's done and in good hands, off to the next project for here...

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: Okay, it's official...
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:07:13 PM »
Absolutely.  I know there were a few times when I was neglectful in my duties, but CB kept plugging away.  And it does appear to be a pretty much thankless job, why he took it on I'll never know.  But he did.

And don't be too modest yourself, GC, I've seen the hundreds of songs you've also migrated in the last few days.

But yes, I'll add my gratitude for all the work and effort.  And a big round of applause I believe would be in order...


(:-A)

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Collaborations / Re: A little bit of folk'n country...
« on: September 18, 2013, 07:58:22 AM »
Gonna be a good one, S.  And I think every musician should have to stop and turn their own pages...  ;)

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 17, 2013, 04:08:18 PM »
Thanks, Glenn...

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Shootin' The Breeze / Re: The Humor Thread
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:37:15 PM »
Almost forgot I did this a few years back.  How I messed up my neck, I guess...




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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:08:43 AM »
It's illegal to sing out of key in the state of North Carolina... though they haven't caught me yet. I would like to keep this off of the challenge rules if it's not too late.  :o :P
It's true.

There have been some great songs put out by people who aren't what I would call 'good' singers.  And I've seen people who can hit any note and have great range, but just can't give a song what it needs.  It's not what I would call rare to come across somebody who can sing, has great timing, and knows how to deliver a vocal line, but there definitely aren't a ton of them.

Singing in key is a biggie, wish I could do it, but even more important is the delivery.  Conveying the emotion and feel of the song through timing, inflection, syllable hits, vocal range (emotion), perfect pauses, and a ton of other things.  'Amazed', by Lonestar, is just one example of just the right amount of great music (not overly done) carried by a perfectly executed vocal track for that particular song.

But yeah, singing out of key is illegal here, too.  Which is why I live where there are no neighbors for over a mile...  :P

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:28:12 AM »
Where can we hear this toon, "I don't Mind", then, guys?  8)

Email coming shortly, White...

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge - September 2013
« on: September 17, 2013, 08:44:39 AM »
I've thought about this on many occasions but 40 odd minutes each way on the train toting a dreadnought kinda kills the enthusiasm quickly :)

Two words - Railroad serenade...  ;)

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Ticked Off / Re: 1 4 da Auzzies
« on: September 17, 2013, 08:41:31 AM »
Never, White.  I even tend to have conversations in 'lyric mode'.  Serves me well in constantly perplexing the population at large...  :P

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge - September 2013
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:47:28 AM »
Are we back on track yet? :)

I'm sorry, what were we talking about?  ???

Oh yeah, more entries for the challenge.  Where are they ladies and gents?  I mean, who can't do a Country song for cryin' out loud...  :o

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge - September 2013
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:31:42 AM »
Everyone else can appreciate it but is likely to be divided over the latter-day over-commercialised pap; this last part sums up most music, IMO.

I'm one of those wishy-washy people.  When I hear good rock I'm a rocker, when I hear good country/blues I'm all country/blues.  To some extent, though, the same goes for classical, jazz, opera, and a few 'world' styles.

I'm not against new country (circa 1980+), and every once in a while I hear a new 'country' song that's great, but I'm mostly old country.  I like Hank Williams Jr., but given a choice I'll listen to Hank Williams Sr.  If any of you have seen the Time Life ad for the old country music set, that's mostly my style country.  And I can tell you all about those people, whereas I probably can't name 5% of the current country stars.  For instance, I know who LoneStar is, but only because of the song "Amazed".  Couldn't tell you what else they sing.  And I'm not a huge fan of the rockers who couldn't make it as rockers so they went country, that's what I think of when I think "over-commercialized".

Basically, I just like any music that's done well, and I especially appreciate a vocal track that makes a song what it should be.  The timing, the enunciation, the vocal 'feel'.  Watch any two people sing the same words to the same music, and almost inevitably one will stand out more than the other.

But all that being said, there seems to be a variety here that spans all genres.  And I think a part of this whole challenge thing is (or should be) to push people's boundaries a little sometimes.  Get them out of their comfort zone.  That's why once in a while I actually sing one of my own songs - it's extremely uncomfortable for everyone...

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge - September 2013
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:11:06 AM »
The rules don't seem to be crystal clear, so perhaps someone should think about sorting them out before the next challenge.

Working on that one as we speak, Babs.  Should be good to go shortly.


Com'on guys, this is meant to be fun, isn't it!

Absolutely.  If it's not fun, it's work.  And if it's work, none of us are getting paid enough.  Well, I might be getting paid what I'm worth, but most aren't...

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:02:37 AM »
I actually played the almost complete "I Don't Mind" just the other day.  Its a great song.

That's what I thought when I listened again, Dino.  One of those songs that's entirely dependent on the vocals for a make or break (other than the piano setting the base mood and the smooth electric carrying it).

We should revisit that sometime...

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:45:05 AM »
Well, after I did the upgrade here from 5.2 to 5.3 and it didn't seem to take, I went over and did it where the archives are being hosted.  That change actually worked when it said it was complete, but it still hasn't here yet.

Didn't feel like a lot of phone time tonight, so I just turned in a trouble ticket a few hours ago asking why.  Don't know when I'll hear back, guess I'll just wait a day or two.  Lots of other work to do anyway...

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:36:22 AM »
I don't know, we haven't blamed anybody from South America for anything yet that I know of.  I say we go that way...

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:18:26 AM »

In their defence, for these nameless individuals it might be a simple matter of inspiration, or lack thereof. I have struggled with motivation in the last year or so, and I imagine others go through the same thing from time to time, so don't be too hard on them, J.  :-*

 :P :P :P

Actually, I'd long forgotten about a whole bunch of this stuff myself till a couple of days ago while I was browsing for some things.  Came across a great start on a great song called "I Don't Mind", and a few others.  Then I noticed the names in the folders and thought "Now why didn't we finish those?".

Maybe one of these days...  ;)

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Ticked Off / Re: 1 4 da Auzzies
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:44:19 PM »
But the view of the US in general which the world sees is that which we collectively get shoved down our throats by US-owned media and unfortunately, for the most part, it isn't always pretty because it sells. And that's rather sad...

Oh, if you think you can see it from over there, you should be a logical and thinking person over here.  It pretty much makes me of a mind that the day humans sprouted and took over the planet was a sad, sad day.  If the general population is 'civilized', I want none of it.  Give me the days when dinosaurs roamed, and sheep didn't have to run scared.

That's why I live in the middle of nowhere, and hang out with dogs instead of people...

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 16, 2013, 07:52:28 PM »
It's not a rule but is like entrants put up a bit more info on their songs. Eg where they got their idea from? Did the lyrics or the music come first? Any problems they encountered? Why they structured the song how the did? What made them choose which particular instruments and/or sounds? What artist or songs inspired their entry(if any)?

I like that idea, and some people already do that to some extent.  I'm afraid mine wouldn't be much of a story, though.  I hear 4 bars of something, lyrics type themselves, finish the song.  Run through it once in my head, click record, done.  I'm a lazy, lazy song writer.


And (just for the hell of it) I think one challenge could have a theme of only OLD songs allowed. I've got so many unfinished tracks it would at least enable me to tick one off the box lol

Now this would be cool.  I only have about 200 starts on something that went nowhere for lack of time or collab interest.  In fact, I came across 2-3 really good collab pieces the other day that looked like they were about 90% done, but never finished.  I just won't mention any Dino, papaG names...  ;)

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:18:35 PM »
See? You shouldn't have said anything :P

Yup, I knew it.  And now I have no idea what will happen when.  At least when I could see the change was pending I had a reference.  Now I don't know if the migration is complete but the change hasn't filtered through the system yet, or if it's just lying to me and it didn't actually change.  That's the bad thing about depending on somebody else's system, software, and techs.

Guess I'll just do the smart thing and not even think about it till tomorrow, then check it again.  So, what else can I go break...  ::)

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:02:37 PM »
Sorry, jumped the gun.  The control panel said it was complete, but on a manual check I see we're still on 5.2........ >:(

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:51:48 PM »
By the hammer of Thor!  The migration from PHP 5.2 to PHP 5.3 is already finished and everything seems to still be working.  That scares me just a little bit...  ::)

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:41:58 PM »
You're both forgetting something.

Battery packs, and WiFi...  ;)

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:31:16 PM »
And don't we wish the smilies always worked here?  :P 8) ;D ;) :) :D :o :-[

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:28:55 PM »
BTW I play virtually the same solo in every song :P

I know, right?  I have a few little keyboard things that are 'favorites', no matter what virtual instrument I'm using at the time.  I just like the feel and sound.  And I love pitch bend and stereo separation, but try not to over use them too much.

But yeah, it might have been best not brought up.  I've just always been curious.  It's not so bad when I'm playing something, I guess, but when I use loops I only have around 50,000 to choose from...

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:15:08 PM »
Thanks, NM, that does help.  I saw the problem right away.  You're not connected to the internet...  :-X

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge Rules and Conditions!
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:10:59 PM »
The only thing I can think to add is that entries must be "new" stuff, no "sitting on the shelf" product ;)

This is actually something I've thought a lot about before.  Purely for the reason that, in some cases, I might want to reuse a particular loop or something similar to what I'd actually played before as part of a new tune.  I don't, because it seemed that might fall within the purview of 'on the shelf'.  Then I wondered if reusing one clip in a newly built piece, or playing a segment similar to one in another song, isn't done a lot anyway.  It's entirely possible to come up with a new piece that, in some part, might sound a lot (if not exactly) like something in another piece.

But then it also goes back to "I've had a 4 chord run sitting on the shelf I've been wanting to use in something".  It's not a song yet, but it has been sitting on the shelf.

I have no idea if this could ever be a bone of contention, but every time I see the rule about not using anything 'off the shelf' I think about it again.  Just thinking ahead to a possible time when we have more new members and more entries in the challenge.  Should this be clarified, or is it just a moot and meaningless thought?

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:56:04 PM »
Yup, the world loves a smart ass.  ;)

Oh, wait, no they don't.  8) :P

What would we do without ya, White...  ;D

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Re: One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:26:12 PM »
We can only hope, NM.  I started the process 30 minutes ago, and we seem to still be here.  Hopefully we're as lucky when it completes.

Wish I could take a look at that PC...

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:49:44 AM »
This probably either won't make sense (or at least matter) to most here, but just to keep everyone informed I'm about to make one more core change to the hosting service here.

Even after the big server migration last week, this server is still currently running PHP 5.2.  I need PHP 5.3 for some things I'm planning.  To do that, I need to do another host/server/system upgrade here.  This is another one of those things that could take a day or two, and could potentially break some things.  It's not supposed to, but we all know how that goes.  I'm hoping for the best, and that it's transparent, quick, and painless.

In any case, I'm about to begin the change when I finish this post.  If things do go south, I'll do what I can to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.  If it happens the way it's supposed to, you won't know anything happened at all.

Nuff said, I'm going in...

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Ticked Off / Re: 1 4 da Auzzies
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:40:12 AM »
One of the major US papers (NYT?) used the info released by WikiLeaks as a scoop then as Government pressure built up, all of a sudden they're screaming for his blood too...

Maybe so, S, but to my knowledge there are at least 17 of us left in this country who aren't hypocrites and idiots.  So we're not all dipsticks...  :-*

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Okay, it's official...
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:48:21 PM »
ComboBob, GC, and Schprocket are now entering all the ODC archives into the new system.

I just finished one last thing I had to do, which was make it sort and group in descending order by year, then month.  Had issues with that for a while, but have them worked out now.

To sort the months properly, I could have done some fancy coding and footwork, but I didn't.  I added a letter at the beginning of each month name just for sorting purposes.  So if you're wondering why there's a letter there, that's it.  Pretty sure it won't bother people too much, and it saved me a bunch of extra coding work.  Then I had to go back and fix the 60 or so entries already made so the guys above wouldn't have to.

A new menu option has been added to the main menu here, and to the sidebar (Community) menu.  In the next day or two I'll add one to the main website too.

They guys are hard at it, with CB the archiver at the helm.  Shouldn't be too long (week or two maybe) till they're all done.  I'm guessing at that.

As I mentioned somewhere else, I also didn't build a player into the system.  No need.  Click the MP3 link, click Open.

Hopefully this makes things easier for CB, and anyone else who might be involved in future archiving, and for the people who want to look at the archives.

To see the archives, just click on any of the "ODC Archives" links I'm spreading around, and at the login screen click on "Login as Guest".

I also tried to make searching/filtering as easy as possible, using either the simple search I set up or the Advanced search available.

And now I'm sitting here thinking to myself - for a guy that enters the challenge maybe once a year, why in the world did I do all that?  8) :P

Guess I'll just have to enter more often to make it all worth it, eh?

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Challenges / Re: ODC Challenge - September 2013
« on: September 15, 2013, 03:52:35 PM »
Time just passes with work, dinner, chores, putting son to bed. Can't remember the last time I got a guitar out and had a strum :-(

Sounds like a half written country song, One...  ;D

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