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I’m interested to hear the results of this challenge.


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Howdy folks  8)
Getting down to the nitty gritty with the ODC.....only a few days left  ;D


September 21, 2018, 06:46:15 PM
I'll go for that, Red.....  ::)


September 21, 2018, 03:26:10 PM
Here's a challenge for ya folks....add up how many hours you spend on the computer / net for one week and see what I mean.... :o  :P


September 21, 2018, 03:24:56 PM
It seems everyone needs to take a break and get back to "real life" after living on the net for a few years....it is scary how  the hours add up when you are sitting in front of a screen.....


September 21, 2018, 01:36:24 PM
I gave a lab tour at work yesterday. Does that count?


September 20, 2018, 08:51:19 PM
On tour with pearl jam. Everyone but me is on tour, it seems  :(


September 20, 2018, 03:33:32 PM
Yeah, where's the Boss...?


September 20, 2018, 08:27:53 AM
Jahva said he wanted to take a break from the net stuff if I remember right . I miss him to and Toads and Karm , Bikerchick , Andy social , always liked his stuff 😁 and dang the other girl dang can’t remember her name 😞
And Joom .


September 20, 2018, 12:06:22 AM
Naysayers  ::)


September 19, 2018, 11:35:50 PM
.....or not  8)


September 18, 2018, 02:35:46 PM
Could be he's signed with a major label and is out on tour


September 18, 2018, 12:34:19 PM
I wonder what happened to Jahva.  He hasn't been around since Dec 2017.  Hope he is okay.


September 16, 2018, 02:38:55 AM
Thoughts are with you both, PG.


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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / 2018 ODC Winners
« on: September 09, 2018, 09:52:26 PM »
For anyone who is interested, here's a S/C playlist of this years winners so far.

Taken from The TTM ODC Winners Archive soundcloud acct:

Don't forget...you can also listen to all the entries for every ODC for every year on the TTM Official Archive right here:


You're welcome :P

Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / September 2018 ODC - Burt Is The Word
« on: September 07, 2018, 01:22:44 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

Get your moustaches and toupees on ladies and gents!

In light of my total lack of imagination, this month's ODC is inspired by the passing of
Mr Burt Reynolds earlier today.....

No no no no.....despite the hat that isn't a young PapaG.....yes I know he's sitting in a 70s Trans Am....but it's still not Gboy....

Moving swiftly along.....

Your challenge this month is to write and record a brand new song inspired by or suitable for inclusion on the soundtrack of one of his movies......

This should give you plenty of scope ;)
Smokey and the Bandit...Deliverance....Boogie Nights....geez, there's three obvious musical styles right there :P

Additional points if you manage to include a Duellin' Banjos reference....
PS points count for nothing in this competition :P

Ags, that's the only Deliverance reference I'll allow...behave yourself!!!
I know you're just dying to say something.... :P


Write and record your new song and upload it to the TTM Sound Cloud account by close of day 27th September 2018, hopefully we can get the voting done by the end of September and get back on track a bit :)

Gentlemen, start your engines.....

keep your foot hard on that peddle,
son never mind 'em brakes,
let it all hang out,
we got a run to make ;)

Country / (Shake It For Me) Country G
« on: August 16, 2018, 01:40:59 AM »
That title should read Country Girl

 :P :P

Anyways...... ::)

Always liked this song.....

The usual suspects....plus some keys courtesy of the Casio CTK-3000 :)
I don't often break out the keyboard but every now and again it's necessary lol

The banjo is not me.... :P

If your device won't play the in post player, there's an mp3 attached...

Right, you 'orrible lot  :P

Since we're already creeping up on the fourth of July already, AND we have a BOTB going on, AND it's summer, AND people are up to their ears in real life..... it's time for a nice quick and easy ODC  ;D

Of course it's soooooo easy AND obvious.....

Summer..... how about you write us a nice upbeat summery song?

Think Bon Jovi's "99 in the shade"....think anything Beach Boys..... think Zac Brown "Toes In The Sand"......think about something you'd blast on the beach....some kind of beachy, party, summery song  ;D

Gotta be light and bopping...... no serious stuff....got to be FUN!!!

Bonus turnips for mentioning beer!!

Any style (even country :P ), any length, any method (loops, samples, John Deere parts, power tools....)....instrumentals welcome.... in fact nothing says beach party more than something you'd hear in an Ibiza nightclub....

Must be new track starting ......NOW......and must be posted to the SC account by 11.59PM 27th July 2018.

If you don't get one in...you will automatically be volunteered for tallyman duty......voting should commence July 28th and close July 31st if we can.....

Let's go!!!!

Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / June 2018 ODC Results!!!!!
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:41:15 PM »
Evening folks  8)

The votes have been cast and the results tabulated.

The people have made their choices known.

So on to the results....

In reverse order.....we have a tie for second place.... Rk and Red Joker!!!!

Which leaves me as this month's winner.....  ::)

I'm really not sure about you lot...honestly.... I thought the other two were miles ahead.... much more inventive and interesting....

Then again...Justin Beiber and One Direction have sold a hell of a lot of records...so there's no accounting for taste lol

Anyway...you voted the way you did, so I guess it's true (even after several recounts to make sure)....

Yay me!! lol

Nice easy one for this month....promise  ;D

Rock / Down The Highway? Let It Roll, then....
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:45:06 AM »
Hello boys and girls  ;D

Doing this one is almost like messing with the Star Spangled Banner, at least to Canadians :P
Luckily, I'm not one of them :P so I did it anyway......

It's a good old fashioned rocker from the 70's when men wore heels and big hairy jackets and beards were Beards with a capital B.......

This one was recorded using ONLY the Blue Bastard, including the solo....  :o
The action that high up the neck is REALLY high...better do something about that sometime....

All other usual suspects were present and correct :)
MP3 version attached below for those of that persuasion....

Enjoy some BTO people...... lava lamps and bright green shag pile carpet not included  ;D

Since no one else has bitten the bullet, in the interest of moving on I'll get the voting going :D

The Challenge was thus:

"Write a new song about a (somewhat) devastating personal catastrophe and how you overcame it. Put a positive spin on it, the silver lining. If your life has been uneventful in that way, I guess you'll have to write a fictional piece.

Also, your song must include two key changes. These changes must be 3 semitones each and cannot revert to the original key. Example, if the songs starts in the key of G, your next change would be Bb and then C#. Minimum limit for each key change will be 16 measures. No time limit on the song and loops, samples, collabs, instrumentals are not restricted. "

So....since I'm an entrant I do have to vote myself last anyway.....and I've listened and made my choice already....

Here are the entrants for cutting and pasting:

Red Joker - Weekend Racer
Rk - This Is A Test
Neilmac - Rise Above It

And for your listening pleasure, the playlist:

Votes in order of preference, 1-3, to my PM or email at neilmac2006 at gmail dot com.....

Closing Date will be 7am Central Time Tuesday July 3rd 2018.....

Get to it!

Country / This Town Is Ours (And no it's not called Raddisson :P )
« on: June 23, 2018, 02:39:53 AM »
Couldn't quite decide if this qualified as Country (with a capital 'C') or not......
Mainly since everything turns to Rock once I get my hands on it lol :P

But I think it should be country (with a small 'c') enough that I'll get away with it lol
Unless @papaG shows up..in which case I won't get away with ANYTHING :P

Nevertheless....this is a cover of a Charles Esten song....
If you don't know who that is, google him lol
He just spent a year or so releasing a single every friday - he called it Every Single Friday....what a genius :D
All self penned songs and pretty good ones too :)
I might do a few more of his as time allows :)

(Or not :P )

Rock / Old ODC Redo - Born This Way
« on: June 23, 2018, 02:26:23 AM »
Quite a while back we had an ODC in which we had to do a cover in a different style (or something to that effect) :P

I chose "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga - and it was awful lmfao

However, now I've learned some stuff and have some different equipment etc I figured I'd give it another go just for kicks....

So technically this is a cover of a cover I did :P :P:

If you're the masochistic type PM me and I'll send you the original ODC entry for A/B comparison :P :P

Anyway... don't laugh TOO hard ;)

Battle of the Bands / BOTB 2018 - Bands and Details
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:57:00 AM »
As promised, late I know, the draw has been made!

No doubt you’re all itching to know who your band mates will be.....

But first, a little housekeeping.....

It was decided to go with four bands of three members each......
This way, if there are any latecomers they can be inserted into the bands in numerical order....firstly though, if there is a dropout any late volunteers will automatically take over the missing member’s spot. If there are no back outs, the next volunteer will join Band 1, second volunteer will join Band 2 and so on......got that? Good.

Anyone else who missed the original post.....now is your chance to sign up!
Don’t be shy....everyone is welcome!!

The bands were drawn blindly from a plant pot by my lovely assistant, She Who Must Be Obeyed ( ‘er indoors for short ).

Here are the bands:

Band 1:   @RedJoker - @Joom  - @neilmac

Band 2:   @way2lon  - @Cottonwood  - @Smurf

Band 3:   @whitestrat73  - @papaG  - @onetrack

Band 4:   @Dino - @rkennett  - @BoneDigger

The challenge is to write and record a brand new song, to the best of your ability, and post it to the BOTB SoundCloud account (login details when I remember what they are from last year  :P ) before midnight on the 31st July 2018.

We had two theme suggestions, so you are free to choose from either ( or both if you’re feeling ambitious   :P ).

The themes were “Lost Forever” and “Anger Management”.......

Any style, any length, any method is completely acceptable

Practice is encouraged but not mandatory - unless you were drawn in the same band as PG, in which case different rules apply....  :P

Have at ‘er boys and girls!

Guitars / The Blue Deluxe
« on: May 23, 2018, 11:58:06 PM »
Finally bit the bullet, boys and girls.....the build starts here  ;D

Found me a template for the headstock, ‘72 Tele deluxe version....
The headstock, although left squarish and chunky for cutting down, wasn’t quite a match for the template - but it was darned close. Nothing a nice sanding job won’t make better. Besides, it’s the proportions that make it pretty.... the shape is there to be found  :)

Fairly easy to cut, didn’t do any damage to the “kept” side....fairly pleased so far lol

Next up - sand it into shape....

Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / April 2018 ODC - The Results!
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:08:06 PM »
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.....
Welcome to the April 2018 results!

I have to say that of all the times I’ve done the tally this has to be the strangest set of voting I’ve ever seen lol

Usually a couple of songs clump together here and there across the board and the voting is fairly consistent, the same songs tend to get the same placing from everyone within a spot or so. But not this time lol

Every song had a couple of first places for example, and the placements were all over the place....... everyone placed in each spot at least a couple of times  :)

I think that speaks to the universal quality of this months entries.
Every song could have won....it was that tight from first to last  :)

That being said, there was a clear winner until the last vote was counted which messed everything up  :P

So, in reverse order, here are the results:

In fifth spot is Onetrack with Changing Seasons!

In fourth, with the song The Cars Undone is Smurf!!

In third place and winning the coveted bronze medal is Way2lon with Beast From The East!!! (I’m still not sure if he’s talking about the weather or PG - he’s so Far East of here, he’s almost west)

And now, in a dead heat, photo finish, tie for first place.....

The winners of the April 2018 ODC are.......

BoneDigger and RedJoker!!!!!

I call for a dance off to determine the overall winner.....!!!

Video evidence must be provided!

Gents, the floor is yours......

Battle of the Bands / Sign Up Sheet - BOTB 2018
« on: May 01, 2018, 12:09:40 AM »
Yes boys and girls.....it is that time again!

Our annual Battle of the Bands should commence June 1st through the end of July as per previous years  ;D

So if you’re ready and willing, sign up below!

It doesn’t matter what you bring to the table, just your active participation is required even if it’s just to say “Yeah, That sounds alright”  :P

As per last year, a random draw will take place close to the end of May to determine band members....

As an added bonus - theme suggestions will also be accepted up to that point and if there are enough suggestions, possibly a random draw to determine the theme  8)

So roll up, roll up......getcha name in!

Hello boys and girls!

Are you sitting comfortably?
Then we'll begin....

PapaG is his finite wisdom set the following challenge:

"The theme for this month's challenge is "Spring Break". This can mean one of three things to you.

1. Bikinis and beaches and beer.... 8) Fort Lauderdale anyone?

2. Winter is finally leaving and we're tired of minus friggin' cold....  :o

3. The suspension on your old jalopy that you are too cheap to fix has finally given up and nearly ended your life due to your obvious lack of attention to maintenance.... ::)

Starting now, write a story song about "SPRING BREAK", in any style or genre. Your "lead vocal" must be spoken, not sung though it may include singing parts. Song length must be at least 3 - 4 minutes. Any means to create the music allowed, (fart in a jar, Karministicalize your vacuum cleaner, make your wife angry and record the response...) "

Got that?
Let's continue....

As per usual your mission is to listen and rate the entrants on adherence to criteria, quality of song, quality of excecution etc etc etc
Then you send me your vote via PM, email (neilmac2006 at gmail dot com) or the guest voting button on the left hand sidebar....

Rank your choices from #1 (the best) to #5 (least favourite), unless you're an entrant in which case you MUST vote your song in the #5 slot.

Here, for your cut and paste pleasure, are the entrants:

The Cars Undone - Smurf
Beast From The East - Way2lon
Changing Seasons - Onetrack
The Captain Finds Peace - BoneDigger
Spring Break Blues - RedJoker

And now here, for your listening pleasure, are the songs:

*In case you missed it: Smurf's song is now in the ODC playlist. You're welcome.*

Voting will close 11.59pm Wednesday May 2nd 2018 wherever you are, with results to be posted morning of May 3rd my time :D
Or whenever I can be bothered....

Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / March 2018 ODC- The Results
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:14:22 AM »
Good evening and here is the news....

The March 2018 ODC has finished, the electorate have been called to the polls and now it is time for the results....

Early indications were that voter turnout was brisk and voting was completed at an unprecedented speed....

The counting however, was marred by accusations of bribery and corruption and cheques not clearing missing ballot boxes....

After a judicial inquiry it was discovered that voting and counting proceeded as per normal....

A special mention must be made to the candidates who lost their deposit - namely Rk, Cottonwood, Bonedigger and Onetrack. The slimmest of margins kept them out of the final four, however no refunds will be given.

The top four candidates were returned in reverse order.....

In 4th place, defeating the incumbent by the narrowest of margins (a half bottle and a fish supper), was Way2lon!

In 3rd place, after revelations in the tabloids about his use of outside mechanics, was Joom!

Slipping into 2nd on the back of voter support with his "free vsts for all" stance was Smurf!

And in first, defeating the previous incumbent by a landslide, riding high on his "Cowboy till I can't be bothered anymore" slogan, ably assisted by his much handsomer running mate(and the real reason they won).... I give you, ladies and gentlemen, the one, the only (except there's two of them).....


Gentlemen, the floor is yours.......

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