• A few easy ways to determine if your bestest favoritest band is overrated on last.fm.

    7 Dec 2008, 10:42 by 0k0k0k0

  • Ten most common misconceptions regarding musical critique.

    6 Sep 2008, 01:44 by 0k0k0k0

    This is a tl;dr piece. Of rehashed ideas over and over again. You have been warned.

    1. Visual appeal equals musical appeal.
    Obvious cases of visual kei faggotry and metal posturing idiocy aside, it’s to say that artsy music videos and photoshoots do not mask the fact that the musicians are just terrible at rousing emotions other than righteous loathing back at them. And even then on the other end, mesmerizing soundscapes wafting from the stage, emanating from spaced-out statues with guitars or what have you. As dorky as they look, no different from the classroom nerd, unmoving but for the subtle flicks of the picks on their fingers, fact remains…. They’ll never get laid.

    That, and the other lesson so implicitly overt.

    2. If it sucks live, it sucks.
    At its basest classification, only two types of music exist. Studio version and live version. One of those clearly plays with sounds difficult/impossible to replicate under real time circumstances…
  • on software and rising computational abilities.

    11 May 2008, 11:22 by 0k0k0k0

    being the total failure in computer science that i am, i shall instead attempt to piece together a few words of thought regarding the evolution of software complexity in relation to storage size.

    before the advent of multigigabyte (terabyte nowadays) end-user systems program design often took the utilitarian view, evidenced by lackluster UIs of olde and cumbersome circumlocutions when issuing commands. programmers then had to make do with working in cramped quarters, squeezing in everything of import (the primary functions for their specific tasks) while sacrificing others (all other code for human aesthetic tastes and conveniences - examples of which are status messages, prompt design, the various methods of depicting currently running processes, etc). all within 640-kilobyte machines and even less.

    those were the only things computers then can store and operate.

    a few decades later give or take a year or so as advances had been made in both hardware and software left, right and center programs…
  • That Eraserheads Ultraelectromagneticjam Tribute.

    21 Jun 2006, 07:20 by thewilyfilipino

    I'm a total sucker for the way MYMP strips everything down to guitar and luscious vocals, and their sweet take on the Eraserheads' "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong" -- the highlight of the otherwise disappointing tribute album, <i>UltraElectroMagneticJam: The Music of the Eraserheads</i> -- is just as good as the original.

    But the album itself is disappointing because it's a compilation filled with bands that are essentially the E-Heads' offspring, and so most of the album basically sounds like one big karaoke fest. The lead singers' vocals aren't particularly distinctive either, since I honestly can't tell the difference between Orange and Lemons, Cueshe or Sponge Cola. (The exception was Imago's "Spoliarium," which made me appreciate the original even more.) The trick to a good cover version, I think, is to make the song temporarily your own, as do South Border ("With a Smile" gets the r&b treatment) and the Radioactive Sago Project (a spazzed-out "Alkohol"). …
  • What to do when you don't want to do your thesis

    19 Mar 2006, 12:38 by andreavenge

    And if your boyfriend's having a hard time loading cellphone credits.

    I guess I'm mellowing down. Back then I was an avid rock listener: all the screams, wails, riffs, and the I-don't-care-if-nobody-cares lyrics really sounded so familiar to me. I was smug, selfish, and I thought I should destroy everyone.

    Now I rarely listen to rock. Whenever I have a plate or homework to do, I listen to classical music instead. I dunno, it's just more... stimulating. Even though almost everyone I know sleep through Beethoven. But then, I'm not in the stage where I can easily identify Mozart from, say, BRAHMS.

    I'm also happy that I've enjoying jazz and bossa nova. They're those things I picked up from movie soundtracks and listening to '60's mod music.

    I need a jazz education, and the only name that I'm familiar with is Astrud Gilberto's. I have so much to learn.

    I'm currently in love with local artists like Up Dharma Down, Cynthia Alexander, Orange and Lemons*…