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NEW: AAD #19: Quad Emotional Damage (15 Aug 2005 at 00:30)
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I made an album-a-day this weekend, my 19th and the first one in slightly over a year (!). This concept album is my attempt at making a "Ponyoak," that is, a break-up album, so it is supposed to be sad. I put myself under substantial thematic and technological limitations, so I am too exhausted now to appraise the result. But there are at least 2 or 3 songs on there that I think are really good, which is all that one can really hope for with an AAD. (Well, I guess I could also hope that it reaches Heather emotionally and causes her to fall in love with me again, but given how oblique and actually sometimes a little mean [unavoidable; apologies in advance] the lyrics are, that is probably not gonna happen!)

Album: AAD #19 "Quad Emotional Damage" Project: Album-a-day
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nothings (adsl-63-203-76-11.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net) – 08.15.05 06:29:30
I haven't heard the album yet, but that's a helluva title.
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nothings (adsl-63-203-76-11.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net) – 08.16.05 10:58:11
Pull Up if I Pull Up is my favorite, for the music.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.16.05 14:12:42
Thanks for listening! Yeah, I moved the heart from "Aloof" (the singing in the chorus is just too annoying) to puiipu, cos that one is beginning to grown on me.
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jcreed (24-148-22-49.nwb-bsr1.chi-nwb.il.cable.rcn.com) – 08.17.05 09:11:40
Conservation of heart!
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Marc (dsl54.burlvtma.sover.net) – 08.17.05 11:06:11
I've been in Vermont the past few days, so I haven't gotten to really listen to it yet (I did put it on my iPod right before leaving, but my friends who I'm traveling with didn't really want to listen to it in the car), but one thing I did notice is that you forgot to add the track numbers in the ID3 tags! Except for track 10. Somewhat of a nuisance, I added them myself, but anyway, just thought I'd point that out. I will come back with feedback of substance later when I get to listen to it more (though you do have stiff competition for my listening time now, given that I just picked up the new Mount Eerie album here yesterday)...
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.17.05 12:57:59
You know, I did add track numbers and then somehow they were lost from most of the songs, maybe when I set the album title or something. I noticed the same thing. I guess I should fix the songs that are up there. (done)

Hmm, competing with Mt Eerie will be tough, especially considering my "redlines" recording style on this one..
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-68-9.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.17.05 21:21:23
Also, I didn't forget to try that Geometer build.. I just put it off and now I have no time until next week, since I have to prepare for this conference trip and then go on it!
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Feldspar (ool-182ec841.dyn.optonline.net) – 08.17.05 22:24:20
Funny, I was just wondering when the next Tom7 album would be coming out and I was about to crank out a whole bunch of albums to give your "most albums" record a run for its money.

Oh well. I will catch up to you one day. I am thinking of doing an album this weekend as a last huzzah before heading up to school.

I like "Fire Tom Murphy" and "Pull Up if I Pull Up".
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-68-9.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.17.05 22:32:50
Yes, please do, I'd love to have someone to race!

Thank you for listening.
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Marc (c-24-91-40-167.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 08.18.05 09:57:10
Tom:

What does "redlines" mean in that context?

Also, don't worry about the Geometer build. I got one done. I started thinking that I kinda vaguely remember that I did the last release build, not with your script, but just using the IDE way, and that worked okay, and I tried my old project files and indeed they were updated for the DfxPlugin stuff, so I did that and it worked fine.
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Arthur (ctwboo101.ctw.utwente.nl) – 08.18.05 10:57:34
My guess is that redlines refer to the recording level which sometimes crosses the clipping line.
I think this is one of your more listenable albums to date.
'Fire Tom Murphy' is my favorite, and I like 'Aloof' as well.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.18.05 16:58:33
Yeah, I actually used two mic preamps in sequence to get a nice overdrive without digital clipping. I kept the same Cubase session open for the whole weekend, so at least the settings were mostly the same, but I have troubles with levels impatience in general. ;)

I'm glad you think it's listenable. It was pretty painful to make, comparatively speaking, so I was worried, but I think I am coming to the same conclusion too.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.18.05 17:00:42
PS Marc: sweet!
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William (c-67-171-77-32.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 08.18.05 22:10:33
I really like the guitar background on "Blue Period", not to mention the bizarro lyrics. And of course, "Fire Tom Murphy" is an instant classic! :)
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Marc (c-24-91-40-167.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 08.19.05 08:07:51
Funny about the overdrive, cuz for some reason I've just been thinking the past few days how I miss tape overdrive and how putting mic preamps in sequence and overdriving them just doesn't do it nearly as well as recording to tape way past its limits. That and varispeed recording I think are the 2 things that I miss about using a 4-track (but otherwise prefer about 600 other things about recording to computer). Well, and tape's "natural" compression is kinda nice, too, except when it's not, and you have no choice, which in the end isn't good I guess.
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-68-9.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.19.05 10:02:53
Thanks for listening, william!

Yeah, I don't understand why there isn't a good plugin for doing "4track like" compression and overdrive. That'd be high on my list, if I understood DSP.

Were you really thinking about serializing mic preamps? Man, I thought I was pretty clever when I did that.
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Arthur (wb079135.mobiel.utwente.nl) – 08.19.05 10:44:43
Can't you get a same kind of effect by singing through a guitar overdrive?
I'll try that one with the Proco Rat I borrowed; to be heard on my next AAD, planned to be recorded soon.

Also, my personal experience is that breakups, how painful they may be, result in great songwriting.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.19.05 11:48:48
I dunno.. my guess is that guitar overdrive would be too extreme, or at least too different. Probably someone could reproduce the "effect" using existing tools, but what I'm really looking for is digital recording equipment that fails gracefully (when used in a sloppy manner, as I often do) like tape does.
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Marc (c-24-91-40-167.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 08.19.05 16:54:18
I think that there actually may be some tape overdrive and/or compression type effect plugins out there, though I haven't tried one, but something like that kinda rings a bell in my memory... like maybe something called Magneto? I think it might be some long-abandoned Mac OS 8 software at this point, though. Anyway, maybe I should actually look into that, now that I'm interested. It might be too hi-fi, though (like emulating high-end real-to-real tapes rather than cassettes), I wouldn't be surprised.

And I haven't thought about serializing mic preamps, I've done it! But I never thought of it as that clever, I mean, with some sound sources, they're not high enough to get them to overdrive without running it through another preamp. I've probably done it while you were there, too...
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.19.05 17:00:27
Well paint me vanilla and call me scooped!
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