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Functional programming enthusiast, audio engineer & musician. Whilst not busy with any of that, I study physics at Universität zu Köln / Bonn-Cologne Graduate School.


Mar
7
comment Why do we use so complicated notation?
MIDI editors are sure able to generate sheet music for trivial e.g. chord sequences or melodies within a single key, but as soon as you have any modulations in there, want to express ornamentation or other expressive marks, or simply don't have a suitable raster (as soon as there's changes of tempo and / or time signature, that's rather infeasible), then you're in for a horrible jumble of awkward quantisation artifacts and mischosen accidentals. Also, MIDI editors give you way less of a useful overview about motif recurrence etc., fine intervals, and articulation (at least without zooming in).
Feb
12
comment What is this common chord pattern, if that's the right term?
@Dom guitarist would call that a powerchord, but not if arpeggiated.
Feb
12
answered What is this common chord pattern, if that's the right term?
Feb
10
comment Do competent violinists avoid open strings?
+1 for Doppler effect!
Feb
10
comment Why aren't intervals zero-indexed?
It definitely would be better, but what can we do? Heck, even mathematicians still use 1-based indexing (albeit not for something that's nothing but a difference), we're not going to convince a majority of the far more traditionalist musician occupation that zero-based is sufficiently advantageous to switch...
Feb
9
comment How to avoid excessive bow-hair damage when playing “scratch percussion” on string instruments?
Thanks! I've already stopped using my regular bow for this to spare it, only do it with my carbon-fibre one now. So I'll definitely try having that rehaired in this different fashion. — As for rosin, I've already been experimenting (even with that gluey double-bass stuff), unfortunately it rather seemed to increase the failure rate. Probably just too much force indeed; practising amplified is an interesting suggestion!
Feb
9
awarded  Student
Feb
9
asked How to avoid excessive bow-hair damage when playing “scratch percussion” on string instruments?
Feb
1
comment Define custom chord voicings in lilypond
While I doubt it's yet going to kick off, I'd like to advertise the Lilypond proposal on Area51.StackExchange here.
Jan
18
comment Composing For Drums as a Non-drummer
How about getting a drummer? Most good drum parts in rock music aren't strictly "composed" at all but pretty much improvised. Anyway, what makes them good is less what is played, i.e. which instrument on which beat, but subtleties about the timing and dynamics. (Which is, I suppose, what this question's about.) While it may be possible to simulate this by fine-tweaking every single hit of a quantised MIDI-composed part in a DAW, it's really impractical, because the knowledge of what sounds good is as complicated as the technique to just play it.
Dec
19
comment Are odd time signatures perceived as execution errors by layman people?
Aah, what have you done! I just had to listen to that entire album, twice. This kind of thing hasn't happened to me in a while, great band! — Sure, though, most people would find that kind of music highly unpleasant. But I don't think you can attribute most of that, or even much of it, to the time signatures. More crucial are the dissonant harmonies, incoherent arrangement and aggressive playing style. — I had a similar experience when I was younger, with the Police song Mother. But what's disturbing about that is less the 7/8 meter than the screaming vocals.
Dec
19
comment What does a Clavinet “Register” mean?
@MikeHildner: one of the settings actually has the pickups out of phase, which cancels a lot of the fundamental frequency so it sounds kind of almost an octave higher... but not quite. Read "register" like in different organ registers of the same pitch, one is supposed to sound like recorders, one like oboe etc..
Dec
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
2
comment As a beginner guitarist is it worth learning to play lead guitar early on?
You enjoy listening to those guys who have no idea what they're playing? That is weird. No, in fact I completely disagree with your advice: going this way will not make you a good guitarist, at least not without other input. It might make you a good guitar player, but not a musician. Sure, lots of people only learn by tabulature these days. Many become remarkably proficient in terms of technique. But I haven't met any I much liked to make music with yet. Well, ok, "just for fun"... but what's fun about sitting alone in a room trying to copy a solo by someone who does it yet better anyway?
Dec
1
awarded  Custodian
Dec
1
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures
Dec
1
comment Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures
True; odd signatures can be used to achieve quite a variety of results. Also, coming to think of it, "most people" probably don't associate anything with the meter at all because they don't realise that's what weird about the music! — I do not try to discount your suggestion; it's quite correct what you're saying – only, I can't quite see what should be concluded from it as an actual answer to the question. The conclusion one would likely infer (interruptions of the strum pattern be placed at subdivision boundaries) is IMO not a good default, that's why I wrote my answer like that.
Nov
30
answered Writing Arrangements
Nov
30
answered Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures