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by Antimatter Spork
Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 5024

Re: David Cope: Wizard or not?

Yeah. I would say it's more accurate to say that David Cope has automated his composition process than it is to say that he has written a computer program that composes music.


I still don't think that makes him a wizard though.

Totally awesome, yes. Wizard, no.
by Antimatter Spork
Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 5024

Re: David Cope: Wizard or not?

they make magic hats.


my hat is +1 to posting
by Antimatter Spork
Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 5024

Re: David Cope: Wizard or not?

the hat doesn't make the wizard, the wizard makes the hat.
by Antimatter Spork
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 5024

Re: David Cope: Wizard or not?

they're lying, I don't think that's a real wizard.

anyway, automating a derivative compositional process takes a lot of work, but it's hardly wizardly.
by Antimatter Spork
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 5024

Re: David Cope: Wizard or not?

wizards don't program computers, silly.
by Antimatter Spork
Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 5024

Re: David Cope: Wizard or not?

David Cope has taught computers how to compose music in the sorts of ways that we consider derivative and boring when actual humans do them, but then he gets all offended when people call him out on the fact that his computers' compositions aren't really that good. That said, the issue is clouded tr...
by Antimatter Spork
Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What's the Temeraire series like?
Replies: 3
Views: 2148

Re: What's the Temeraire series like?

They're a fun, if not particularly deep or literary, read.

The series does get kinda stale after a while, though. If you're really into fantasy novels and/or dragons, I'd recommend giving them a look, but if neither of those things seem really super-awesome to you, it's probably not worth your time.
by Antimatter Spork
Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 172260

Re: Iain M. Banks

The Culture isn't always perfect, especially when it comes to "foreign policy", but it's pretty consistently leagues better than any of the alternatives by any reasonable standard. I won't claim to know Banks's motives, but from my perspective it really did look like he set out to design t...
by Antimatter Spork
Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20288

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

I'm not really familiar with the Barber piano sonata, but it seems pretty cool. I think I prefer Barber when he's writing lyrically anyway. At least I always preferred the first movement of the violin concerto to the third. Anyway, here's some Schoenberg: This is Op. 11 no. 1, one of the first atona...
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3237

Re: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?

Yeah sorry, I kinda got sucked into a tabs v. notation derail there. I think I'm a little bitter from having been in a situation where I'm expected to form kids into a decent jazz combo and the guitarist and the bassist can't read music, so...
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3237

Re: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?

Yeah if you're notating tonal music (outside of maybe Wagner) and you've got an accidental on every other note, you're doing it wrong. And generally for most rock songs it's really easy to find lyrics + chords without too much trouble, but even that is no good for someone who doesn't know the song (...
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3237

Re: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?

If you wanna play jazz invest in a Real Book, it's pretty cheap (for sheet music) and it's a really great resource to have for any musician.
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3237

Re: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?

I hate tabs, but I really think that has more to do with my experience with the sort of people who read tabs and don't read standard notation than anything else. Still though, if you can already read standard notation there's really no reason whatsoever to start using tabs. Besides the fact that qu...
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20288

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

Barber is totally awesome. Here's his Excursions for solo piano (one of my favorite pieces): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L2Cn8ZFFzI And here's the violin concerto (this is my all-time favorite violin concerto): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCj8Gg4h1Wk The violin concerto has a really interesti...
by Antimatter Spork
Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3237

Re: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?

I hate tabs, but I really think that has more to do with my experience with the sort of people who read tabs and don't read standard notation than anything else.

Still though, if you can already read standard notation there's really no reason whatsoever to start using tabs.
by Antimatter Spork
Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3237

Re: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?

Antimatter: I like your suggestion of using an etude book; given that the written range of the bass and trombone start at the same point (excluding trigger and pedal tones, not that you string players would necessarily know about those :P), I might even be able to use some of my trombone etude book...
by Antimatter Spork
Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20288

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

EDIT: Great explanation, Antimatter. Couldn't have put it better. Hooray! My music degree is now not a waste since it qualifies me to post intelligently on at least one subject on an internet forum! Youtube time! Here's Henry Cowell's "The Aeolian Harp", a piano piece that pioneered the t...
by Antimatter Spork
Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3237

Re: So I'm trying to teach myself bass guitar. Advice?

I wouldn't be surprised if I had some double-bass players show up to give me advice. =P This would have been me, actually. To be honest, when people ask questions like this I always try to encourage them to get a teacher (even though you say that's out of your budget, I feel like I should say this)...
by Antimatter Spork
Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20288

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

Great, modern music! Keep it coming. I liked what you posted by Berg but... is there a reason that modern stuff seems to sound so em... dissonant? It's a really long story, so if you don't really care maybe skip a paragraph or two or something. Don't worry, I'll tell you in all caps when I start po...
by Antimatter Spork
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Creative outlets
Replies: 14
Views: 2011

Re: Creative outlets

Music. I play bass, but recently I've been playing with ChucK a lot.
by Antimatter Spork
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9091222

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

I've been seeing a lot of symmetry recently.
by Antimatter Spork
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What's up with minimalism?
Replies: 7
Views: 1826

Re: What's up with minimalism?

Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok already all had their time as trendsetters though. I'd say the popular success of Phillip Glass, John Adams (who is minimalist in a lot of ways) and (to a lesser extent) Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Morton Feldman, and LaMonte Young really was what established minimal...
by Antimatter Spork
Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20288

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

Oh cool a classical music thread. I think I'll post some modern stuff in it because modern stuff is the best. Here's Penderecki's "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima". In my opinion, it sounds exactly like what you'd expect the souls of nuclear bomb victims to sound like. http://www.you...
by Antimatter Spork
Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What does it sound like?
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

Re: What does it sound like?

It sounds like people dragging horsehair tied to sticks over thin metal wires tied to boxes while other people exhale through wooden and brass tubes while still more people strike, stroke, and scrape animal hides stretched over boxes, wooden and metal bars, and anything else they can get their hands...
by Antimatter Spork
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 7232

Re: Studying Music 2.0

More generally, you could say that music is transposition-invariant only to the extent that you conceive it to be so. :D For people with perfect pitch, it isn't. For instrumentalists, it certainly isn't: even on the (fairly egalitarian) piano, the different fingerings for various scales mean that d...
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Drummers in bands (suck)
Replies: 79
Views: 8378

Re: Drummers in bands (suck)

Oh we're talking about tabla players? That's a whole different category, tabla players make almost all set drummers look like amateurs with shiny toys.
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Drummers in bands (suck)
Replies: 79
Views: 8378

Re: Drummers in bands (suck)

Just popping in to say that there's a difference between being good and playing complex. In fact, in a lot of cases, simpler is better. But if you're really looking for some kickass set drumming, check out a lot of jazz music. Especially in some of the later small group stuff (combos etc.) jazz drum...
by Antimatter Spork
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Minimalism vs Maximalism (Serialism, 12-Tone, Atonal, etc.)
Replies: 10
Views: 2624

Re: Minimalism vs Maximalism (Serialism, 12-Tone, Atonal, etc.)

I like Arvo Part. He's minimal, isn't he? His early work is modernist (I think he used 12 tone methods, but I'm not entirely sure), his middle period is neo-renaissance, and his most recent music uses a technique that he calls "tintinnabuli" but that many people would describe as minimali...
by Antimatter Spork
Tue May 19, 2009 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Stephen Colbert vs. Jon Stewart
Replies: 56
Views: 11344

Re: Stephen Colbert vs. Jon Stewart

I don't know if this is relevant, but apparently Stephen is terrified of Keyboard Cat.
by Antimatter Spork
Tue May 05, 2009 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 129954

Re: Omegle!

I know people who use legit as an expression to indicate that something was cool or awesome, but still with implications that it is "real", more so than things which are less cool.
by Antimatter Spork
Tue May 05, 2009 12:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 129954

Re: Omegle!

was this one of you? You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi! You: hello You: ask me a question You: any question Stranger: what is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything? You: 42 Stranger: your pretty good You: thanks You: that one took a lot of thinking You: but...
by Antimatter Spork
Sun May 03, 2009 11:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Month of packages - June 2009 - Signups.
Replies: 20
Views: 3326

Re: Month of packages - June 2009 - Signups.

Bobber wrote:Look, there are 3 types of people in this world: those who know binary and those who make up nonsensical jokes that aren't even remotely funny.

These categories are certainly not mutually exclusive.
by Antimatter Spork
Sat May 02, 2009 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 129954

Re: Omegle!

You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
You: hello stranger
You: what is your favorite color?
Stranger: tell me a dirty thing.
Stranger: blue
You: pigs enjoy wallowing in their own filth
Your conversational partner has disconnected.
by Antimatter Spork
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 'Best' Religion
Replies: 63
Views: 5143

Re: 'Best' Religion

they're protesting the beer volcano?

Are they some kind of crazy AA pastafarians?
by Antimatter Spork
Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 'Best' Religion
Replies: 63
Views: 5143

Re: 'Best' Religion

It's Unitarian Universalism.

A little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing.
by Antimatter Spork
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 129954

Re: Omegle!

I played along with an asl and it turned out we were both trolls and we both tried to bloodninja each other at the same time. Spoiler is probably NSFW, and definitely contains no true information. Stranger: hi You: hey Stranger: asl? You: 19/f/ny You: you? Stranger: holy shit Stranger: 19/m/ny You: ...
by Antimatter Spork
Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 129954

Re: Omegle!

I had a really nice conversation with an English person who works at a school for kids who were excluded from normal education, but they disconnected right before I was going to give them my AIM. If you're reading this, interesting person, contact me somehow! EDIT: talked to myself from the future! ...
by Antimatter Spork
Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?
Replies: 102
Views: 9883

Re: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?

Athiest dad, non-specifically spiritual mom. I was raised in a mostly atheist household, though we did attend the local Unitarian Society (can't call it a church now, that might be offensive to all our members who don't like churches). I was sort of wishy-washy agnostic for a while before I finally ...
by Antimatter Spork
Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music with crescendos?
Replies: 41
Views: 16818

Re: Music with crescendos?

In Quartet for the End of Time, Messaien wrote pretty much the most epic crescendo ever written for clarinet (IMO).

Of course, the more intimate atmosphere of a chamber work heightens the impact.
by Antimatter Spork
Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Randomize Your Library, Post First Song
Replies: 212
Views: 16816

Re: Randomize Your Library, Post First Song

Variations on a theme by Haydn - Johannes Brahms

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