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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.


Jul
9
comment Curved fingertips causing buzzy sound when playing guitar
"don't blame the shape of your fingers" indeed. While stocky fingers seem at first sight only good for playing bass, there's a surprising number of guys who can play violin or mandolin really well, though the instruments' necks are barely thicker than the player's thumb!
Jul
8
comment Will Playing a Guitar Through a Bass Set-Up Damage the Amplifier and/or Speaker?
Note that one of the most-acclaimed and influential guitar amps is actually a bass amplifier. (Modern bass amps are typically designed quite differently though, much cleaner than what you normally want for guitar.)
Jul
3
comment Do power chords have some kind of function/meaning?
Actually not that bad? A Pythagorean major triad does sound pretty awful to me indeed (though inversions and minor chords are rather more bearable). Remarkable enough that 12-edo is merely half-way between Pythagorean and just intonation.
Jul
3
comment Do power chords have some kind of function/meaning?
Note that thirds can actually sound great through distortion. Unfortunately, 12-edo has blessed us with thirds which are rather far off from just intonation; it's mainly this difference that makes full chords so messy through distortion. In Bohlen-Pierce tuning (which is pretty weird because it has no octaves, but has much more precise third and harmonic-seventh intervals) even 7th chords sound pretty amazing distorted.
Jul
3
comment If Für Elise is in Am why there is a D# in it?
Agree with both the double-dominant analysis (perhaps there's no whole such chord in there, but this d♯ definitely has the leading character of a B-7th's third) and the anacrusis (indeed I tend to sort of count the first two bars as one 3/2-hemiola, though I'm not sure if Beethoven would have liked that).
Jul
1
revised What determines how hard it is to press a guitar string?
proper bullet points
Jun
27
answered Guitar making weird noise
Jun
24
comment H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?
BTW, Superstition is not played on synth but clavinet, a stringed keyboard instrument with magnetic pickups that are, in this song, actually used like two guitar single coils. — I quite agree with all your arguments, however I prefer HSS on a strat-like guitar as it doesn't have the too-muddy-neck-humbucker problem. On a Les Paul or Tele, a neck humbucker is much more useful of course.
Jun
24
comment H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?
Please do not forget that for a properly fat sound you need not only a neck humbucker but foremostly a suffiently rich guitar, in terms of mechanical response. Les Pauls and semiacoustics are obviously great, but there's no way to get a "proper" jazz sound out of an average HSH superstrat.
Jun
22
comment Techniques for pitch shifting vocals while maintaining a natural sound
That's exactly it: slowing down the voice lowers not only the the pitch but also the formants, that's the main cause for this particular sound. A lungful of Xenon can also do that, and might still be cheaper than a new larynx!
Jun
22
comment Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
@RobertSoupe: well, for string quartet, my point wouldn't apply. Surprising! Although, it doesn't really tell very much without knowing about the particular synths that were used.
Jun
22
awarded  Organizer
Jun
22
revised Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
Tagged virtual instrument.
Jun
22
comment Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
@RobertSoupe: interesting (do you have a reference?); but I'd strongly suspect this was for ensemble sounds. In a string ensemble, so many instruments play unisono that the instruments' nuances are "smeared out" to something you can basically model as noise. In a wind section, there's less duplication.
Jun
22
revised Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
added 1601 characters in body
Jun
22
comment Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
When somebody talks about a straight bow I'd normally take it that they mean the angle between bow and string, i.e. it's straight vs. angled. Curved bows, though extant, are sure rather exotic.
Jun
22
answered Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
Jun
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
19
revised Are the discrete hexachords of a tone row always either the same set class or z-related?
I don't like diamond-shaped clockfaces.
Jun
19
answered What's the difference between alnico and ceramic pickups?