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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
11
comment Are octaves, fifths, fourths and thirds considered as “consonant” in all music cultures?
+1 for a proper source, but I don't agree with some of the conclusions. Octaves and fifths certainly are consonant in western music, only, consonant plus dissonant makes dissonant and 8ve and 5th take part in both kind of chords. Perfect fourths are also never dissonant on their own (though they may become so by addition of a fifth, implied or real, to make a suspended-4th chord). – As for "the skillful musician will produce thirds still more out of tune"; yes, there is "expressive intonation", but its purpose is not emphasising major vs. minor. but consonant major vs. dissonant major.
Jul
11
revised Are octaves, fifths, fourths and thirds considered as “consonant” in all music cultures?
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Jul
11
comment Acoustic guitar live set ups
I can certainly sound good (depending on what sound you want), but at any rate it is a big difference. For one thing, e-amps don't have any dedicated treble drivers: a clean electric guitar has a cut-off at no more than 6 kHz anyway and distortion introduces rather too much in the range above; but for a clear acoustic sound a faithful projection of the range 10-15 kHz is really desirable and you won't get that from an electric-guitar amp. Also, the uneven frequency response tends to make any feedback problems rather worse.
Jul
11
answered Are octaves, fifths, fourths and thirds considered as “consonant” in all music cultures?
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
"I can tell you no one there would even consider blind test of tube amps vs. simulators, too obvious" well, refusing to do some scientific test on grounds of "too obvious" is often a good sign somebody's just scared to find out they've been wrong.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@filzilla: the credibility of Vacuum Tube Valley aside (the valve industry is making a lot of money from vintage craze / audiophoolery these days), even if they can tell two particular tube variants apart that doesn't say anything about simulations. Quite possibly these valves have significantly different response at some edge of the parameter space – this can certainly manifest in the final tone in a recognisable way. But just as well it would manifest in a simulation of the amp's setup. If these guys can tell two real tube models apart, they can also tell the respective simulations apart.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@filzilla, Lee White: while I won't argue against mic-recording amps (like to do it myself), I find it quite unnecessary, indeed wrong, to denounce simulations like that. Have you properly made the test yourself, double-blind? A good amp/speaker simulation with multiple stages of well-designed nonlinearities plus highly resolved convolution can imitate any amp so well I bet you'd be hard pressed to tell any difference at all except in direct comparison. The main thing that feels better about real cabinets is the direct sound you hear without mic/monitor, but that doesn't go on the recording.
Jul
9
comment Best option to practice piano whilst away from home?
Nothing is enough to seriously impair or damage skill (except actual physical damage). Of course you'll always need to refamiliarise with a proper keyboard after a change, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. — Other alternatives: if this is not so much to keep you in training with piano as with being able to play music, then why not bring a completely different instrument? Might be a good opportunity to learn one.
Jul
9
comment Is it better to tune an instrument by procedure, or while playing?
Of course, tuning a chord won't give quite the same result as with a tuner (12-edo) or 5-7-frets harmonics (Pythagorean), in particular if you tune the G-string so its g♯ fits E-major in just intonation then other notes on that string may be a bit too low. Similarly, tuning an A-minor chord will give you a slightly sharp b-string.
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?
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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.