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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.


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
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
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
14
comment How to recognize the end of a piece of music
@msh210: no, it does answer the question, because "waiting for the others to clap" is what perhaps most people actually do. Some guys will always know the piece and either clap confidently or shush down others between movements; if most of the audience just listens to those then everything "works out right".
Nov
11
comment Recommendation for a computer-based virtual instrument for an acoustic piano sound
Not to forget, it also runs on Linux-based systems, which sadly very few other commercial plugins support by themselves.
Nov
8
comment Guitar Picking improvement… is forcing EVER good
I also agree absolutely, musically. However, this is bound to be subjective, and if some people just consider perfectly-played super-fast lines without much "true feeling" (for me, the prime example is Al DiMeola) the top notch of musical expression, than that's fine. Even if you don't, some hard precision & speed practise can't really hurt even if you're ultimately after just a reduced but expressive Blues tone. — So, I don't think this is a good answer.
Nov
5
comment Placement of F# on Alto Clef
Note how in tenor clef, the sharps go the other way around. Perhaps that's the reason: the composer may have been more acquainted to high cello / trombone etc. parts than to viola, and just translated this over to the alto clef. — IMO it's a bit harsh to say this is wrong; from a music theory perspective both ways of writing certainly are equivalent. It's just not helpful to the performers to use notation that diverges from the standard one, yet many composers do so, often in ways far more confusing than just the octave placement of accidentals.
Nov
4
comment How important is it to have an EQ pedal in your chain?
I rather doubt this works perfectly: guitar amps just don't have a sufficiently straight frequency response to get a good acoustic sound, regardless of what effects you use. But this is still a good point: EQ pedals can be used to literally equalise the sound of different guitars, if only approximately.
Nov
3
comment Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
As I already said in my comment though, the 7th overtone isn't particularly well-represented by the minor 7th in well-tempered tuning, so for much of western music you can't apply this argumentation really well.
Nov
3
comment Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
Those are both very unusual voicings of the maj7 chord. Usually at least either of the 3rd and 5th comes below the 7th, often the b will be the highest note. The minor-7th more often comes with that note in a lower position, which makes sense due to what we both said: b♭ matches better with the c, but is more dissonant with e and g if you put it above those.
Nov
3
comment Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
@nonpop: you could argue the ideal minor-7th should sound less dissonant because the 7th harmonic overtone is in some scales on that interval, but at least in well-tempered tuning it's actually quite a lot off. The inversion, i.e. major second does sound good because here it's the 9th harmonic that matches, indeed quite well even in well-tempered tuning, but I don't think that's significant in 7th chords. And we also need to consider the other notes: both e and g harmonise much better with b than b♭.
Oct
20
comment How to have a penetrating voice?
The human ear tends to perceive midrange frequencies as louder than bass frequencies, but also louder than treble frequencies (above 3 kHz, the response drops again). Which is why something white-noise-ish wouldn't really be efficient, that's rather what you get on many pop records (for a present, "close", literally breathing, yet soft sound). A "piercing" sound OTOH needs most of all strong formants, which are in the midrange. Sure you need good breathing technique, but only as an indirect tool.
Oct
11
comment Making alternate picking palm muting sound like downpicked palm muting
Most of the difference I can make out is, I think, simply because your all-down picking isn't quite in time; you seem to need a bit more endurance training on those repeated down strokes. If there are any subtler tonal differences then they're drowned by that uber distorted sound (let me guess: a Digitech Metal-nonsense pedal?); possibly there would be more to hear in a cleaner sample.
Oct
10
comment Why is the ''backbeat'' called the ''rock beat''?
It's not quite right anyway. In the rock beat, the snare accents are on 2 and 4, and the snare drum happens to be the (at least perceptively) loudest instrument in the band. The other instruments usually don't emphasise 2 and 4 particularly.
Oct
9
comment Why does my thumb hurt when I play bar chords?
Classical grip, if done right, is perfectly suitable for full-on barre chords. In particular, there is almost no pressure on the thumb because the force comes directly from the arm (the biceps) – though that, of course, only works properly when playing seated with a footrest.
Oct
9
comment Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?
What would be really intersting is to get the base-strings down by a fifth, but keep the extra/octave strings at their original tuning...
Oct
5
comment “Dull” sound when recording dry audio from an Ibanez S series, not caused by old strings?
Note that "smile curve" is a quite simplified description on what goes on in a guitar amp. If you implement such a curve through a generic EQ, you're likely to end up with a muddy, interference-laden sound without much power in the mix. For a proper tube-amp sound, you always need to consider the complex nonlinear distortion effects as well, and the response of the cabinet itself. Effectively, this often boosts the midrange and cuts away even more highs; but the result still won't sound dull because of the nonlinear excitation effects etc..
Oct
5
comment Is there a difference between 2/4 and 4/4
@user2588: seen this xkcd?