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Joom

July 13, 2018, 08:48:15 PM
Check post, Dave.

And sorry to hear the bad news, CB...
 

FUNMP

July 13, 2018, 03:32:30 PM
Anyone heard from Joom?
 

agradeleous

July 13, 2018, 09:13:43 AM
Morning , it’s a sign from the Gods .  :D
 

Smurf

July 13, 2018, 01:40:28 AM
"How come you popped up on Fri 13th?"

 :o  :P  8)
 

buster

July 12, 2018, 08:27:00 PM
Hi Ag. How come you popped up on Fri 13th?  :o :o  :P
 

agradeleous

July 12, 2018, 06:24:12 PM
Howdy folks doing Hi thru do Hi !  
Cb hugs for you and your Pops .
Dave left ? And came back as funmp had no idea guess I been missing some stuff .
Ok later folks hugs ;)

RedJoker

July 09, 2018, 05:07:04 PM
 8)
 

neilmac

July 09, 2018, 04:55:46 PM
Think I saved most of it.....a few music files missing or moved.....as far as I can tell the recording stuff is all there....but who knows till you go look for it to use it  :)
At this point, I definitely have much more than was lost....or could have been lost....so have to look on the bright side

RedJoker

July 09, 2018, 01:36:46 PM
Any luck on the restore, Neil?
 

neilmac

July 08, 2018, 03:08:41 AM
Major external hard drive recovery going on right now.... every recording I’ve ever made was on there  :o Not to mention all my CDs....ouch.....
 

combobob

July 06, 2018, 07:39:49 AM
thanks Dave, and it is so good to see you back.
 

FUNMP

July 06, 2018, 06:59:21 AM
You have my condolences CB. And a thank you for changing my mind though I've joined under a new name as you can see. Good that your father had his loved ones with him in passing. Very peaceful. Dave.
 

gc

July 06, 2018, 02:40:11 AM
My condolences too, CB.  Slip out peacefully, surrounded by the ones you love, reminiscing about memories of life.  Celebrating life.  Sorry for your loss, bud.
 

Jm2552

July 03, 2018, 03:04:06 AM
My thoughts are with you too, Bob.  It's an awful experience to go through.  Stay strong.

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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!!!!


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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

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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


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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!

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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 :)

Enjoy!
(Or not :P )


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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 ;)

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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!

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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....

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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......


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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!

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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?
Good.
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....

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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).....

GBob!

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


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Apologies boys and girls....
Yesterday was a little hectic....but here we go :D

The Challenge this month was set by BoneDigger after his first win in the February ODC.

The challenge was to create a jingle for one of the three following products:

Item 1: A new perfume/cologne for men or women (androgynous). This cologne/perfume will be called "Northern Lights" and it has a rather seductive scent.

Item 2: A new minty candy made with sugar and Bourbon.  This will be called "Southern Comforts"

Item 3: A new sports car made by Chevrolet.  This car has the largest and most powerful motor ever put in a car.  We'll call this car the "Millennium"

The only real criteria was that it should only be a minute-ish long :)
Easy, right?

So easy that eight of you jumped on the bandwagon....
(Why do I get the feeling that getting eight entrants to vote on time will be like herding cats? lol Past experience, maybe? lol)

Here are your entries, conveniently packaged in a pretty little playlist:


Members can PM their vote to me here, alternatively email them to neilmac2006@gmail.com

You have until11.59pm March 31st, wherever you are in the world, to get your votes in, results will be posted April 1st  ~:)

Place your songs in order of preference, 1st to 8th, entrants must vote their entry in last place (8th).

For your convenience, copy and paste the following:

Onetrack - Northern Lights
G-Bob - Northern Lights
Cottonwood - You're Not Alone With Northern Lights
Smurf - Northern Lights
Joom - Millennium Jingle
RK - Southern Comforts Jingle
Bonedigger - Southern Comforts Jingle
Way2lon - A New Car Is On The Street

Good luck everyone!
Get listening!
Get Voting!
Don't let the green grass fool ya!
Don't let me down!
Don't Stop Me Now!
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue!

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General Discussion / Toccata
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:12:03 AM »
Found this and had to share.....
Loved this band and loved this piece!

The power chord still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up thirty some years later.....

Sky.....


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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / Jan 2018 ODC Results!!!
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:11:32 PM »
Alright alright alright.....

Hear ye, hear ye......

It’s results time!

Are you ready?

Then let’s begin.....

Coming in a very tight fifth is the Former Young Fellow known as Onetrack!

Just barely pipping OT to the post was our very own published recording Artiste ( note the “e” - that makes it posh)...., RedJoker!!!!

And as tight as those two were, our next two entries were so close there was nothing between them at all.....in a tie for 2nd place we have the original Blue Man Group (ya shoulda sued them) Smurf,and that nefarious band of country styled rascals PG/W2/CW, otherwise known as PapaG, Cottonwood and  Way2lon!!!!

That leaves only one winner....

I give you the one, the only, the Man himself......

Gazebo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats to all - all top notch tunes again!

Over to you Gaz.......

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