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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-02 15:50 [#02619610]
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i first heard the term in some promotional interview for
adele's "rolling in the deep" and i was kind of like: oh wow
i think i know that thing

i sing a bit here and there because it's good exercise for
the breathing machinery, and, well, it's also just fun...
but alone in the attic, by myself

and once i warm up a bit i am more or less ignoring my eyes;
looking inside myself and paying close attention to where
things resonate. like, okay, this note is up here, this note
is down there. and that's when i properly begin to be able
to hit them all, once i've kind of warmed up where all the
resonances are.

then, okay, let's reach around a bit. that, actually, it
feels more like... pushing down for lower end of the range,
stretching upwards for the higher-end. i just had a distinct
sense of it being like reaching for the rafters of a barn
despite it being many feet above

but, there's kind of dilation like this as you reach further
up or push further down. and it's very satisfying to... i
dunno, reach up and hit the window in the cathedral,
somewhere, in the middle of your forehead, or even further,
imagine you could resonate the roof

but that dilation, combined with push down/reach up, it
works more like a seesaw, there's a point in the middle
where the dilation nullifies itself and that feels about
where you'd place the heart chakra in the ol' chakra stack
and those other ones seem like they're chakras too.

mostly just wondering if anyone had any thoughts. no one's
really told me much of anything about singing


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-02 17:29 [#02619616]
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i've had some good success where, when... after reading my
long-rant... and actually trying to follow it... i've gotten
"yes, yes, i get what you're saying" and that's a very
satisfying needle to thread.

but this one, i really have a hard time verbalizing. i was
listening to beach boys again recently, and i started to
hear vocal choruses as one voice. or, like, i can if i want
to. like as if it's a single person singing in multiple
vectors, or... gugh. but, anyways, it's an option to hear it
like that now, and it's quite interesting to me, though
still nascent and fuzzy, so i've largely let it keep going.
but that probably doesn't explain it


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-02 17:32 [#02619617]
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i guess even the idea of deciding how you want to hear
something might be a bit strange to most folk


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-02 17:34 [#02619618]
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it's just like radio where everything is there at once; you
tune into one station at a time. do i want to listen to the
percussion? do i want to try and hear the bass and the
percussion as one unified sound? etc

switching lenses, that fits a bit better. or... context

but let's not get me started on context again


offline Wolfslice from Bay Area, CA (United States) on 2022-07-03 01:04 [#02619641]
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do you know how to play the piano? do you intrinsically
understand scales the theories that relate to scale?

I don't really understand any of that. I can find the
correct note after trial and error but it takes awhile. My
"head voice" has it replicated perfectly but finding it
physically is another story.

I'm quitting my job in 3 weeks. Taking 1-2 months off, I can
float on my credit card for that time.

My plan is to learn the basics of piano (it'll take well
beyond the 1-2 months for sure) and see if I can up my
melody game that way. Maybe be able to say like "that's F
sharp" without hesitation.


offline Wolfslice from Bay Area, CA (United States) on 2022-07-03 01:12 [#02619642]
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my question probably doesnt relate cause I didn't really
understand what you were saying tbh

call it a "pizza problem"

but my point broadly, pulling apart sounds to figure out how
they were created seems like something you can only do after
having a real grasp of the fundamentals, or with a LOT of
time failing and trying again.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-03 03:11 [#02619644]
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i guess it's like this ~

summer 2020, and i am playing "girls" by prodigy in my hed,
while taking a shower. there was some study on being able to
voluntarily give yourself goosebumps -- well, i cannot
manually switch them on, but i can give myself goosebumps
reliably by playing songs in my hed. the same way you cannot
directly control your salivary glands, but you can think
very hard of delicious food and switch it on anyways.

so i'm doing this to myself, and i realize: i don't know
this drum part here. listening to girls, i've never
specifically consciously tuned into this part while
actually listening to it, and i'm playing it my hed,
in the shower, and i try to listen to that part and realize
i don't have it. but the song overall has been hashed and so
i still emotionally enjoy it

i understand synthesis and production quite thoroughly,
though. late 2013, i'm working on my maritime-themed
brainjuke album, and i think: i need a sound that sounds
like singing, clicking dolphins. ok. i think. yes, the
ms2000 for this. i had the patch nailed in <15m and
judge for yourself

on piano, i answered this. it's like i know the notes i
want, but i have oven mitts on, and my journey has been to
merely develop more proper resolution with my playing. but i
did take two semesters in college of keyboard to clean it
up, and four semesters of music theory, which i get the
feeling i actively use somehow but i really couldn't say how

here, here is how i am on piano, i wrote it up earlier ~


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-03 03:25 [#02619645]
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while we're on the subject of weird useless skills like
voluntary goosebumps after ten or twenty seconds of
meditative focus, crying voluntarily seems like... maybe
that'd be a bit more useful.

it's hard to explain, but i feel like i almost have it,
without having to rummage around and use emotion to conjure
genuine tears -- just mind over body directly. like, i can
feel the right node points and i've actually managed a tear
once or twice. i heard many years ago actors can do this.
i'm on the fence about researching it. maybe i'll learn more
sorting it out on my own


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-03 04:02 [#02619646]
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the intelligent branjuke album, i recorded that whole thing
in a day, i was on quite a tear back then. and the thing
people say sometimes, like "if you just put that into one
track instead" and i do think they're right sometimes. but,
this day, they were utterly wrong, i was on a tear, just
kind of like... boom, done, there's another in the bank,
what else do i need to fill this album. was absolutely the
right decision to just keep moving


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-03 04:20 [#02619647]
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LAZY_TITLE ~ probably one of the cheekiest things i've
ever recording really, i'm like -- i'm going to do green
submarine, both like a joint is a green submarine, but
yellow submarine is all hippy and i think i'll go fascist

so the ingredients were like 1) the intro with me ripping
off the beatles "eh-eh! eh-eh!" live on the mic 2) then
continuing to yell deliberately crap german into the mic 3)
dredged up some opera singer and yeah, sounds like hitler
would be into this 4) recording of hitler yelling 5) i
decided that mournfully howling dogs was the perfect thing
to totally take the piss out of hitler yelling and try and
tell me i am wrong

but, anyways, singing? i feel like i'm starting to get this
a bit; i did actually want this thread to be about that


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-04 08:40 [#02619686]
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i didn't tell the piano finals story again, did i? because
i'm sure i've told it here before and it fits

the end of the second semester of keyboards is a recital as
an exam -- two pieces picked by the teacher, third your
choice. i was pretty slammed with my other exams and i
really had nothing prepared the morning of. so i thought:
fuck it, i'll just make it up when i get there

and when i was asked to announce which piece i'd selected, i
said something like, "i'm playing xylin room by autechre."
peoples' parents and shit were there. the first two pieces,
i did pretty meh, but then... well, i don't recall what i
actually played, but i just went for three minutes and said
"ok i'm done" and everyone clapped politely.

later the feedback was like -- i was kind of cringing
watching you fight through the first two, but that third one
was pretty good, what was that

and that was a bit awkward to answer because i hadn't
planned that far ahead

it's always been a bit of a smirk i've carried with me
throughout the years. but yeah, i'm a fumbly mess with sheet
music. better when i ignore it and go by ear, but i'm very
much keeping track of which keys i press as i do


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