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imageI try to stay away from idioms and other bits of faux-wisdom but one that actually stuck with me from recording/songwriting circles is “you can’t polish a turd”. 

Which I always took to mean “if your song isn’t any good, no amount of production or recording wizardy will make it good”.

So episode 19 of season 6 of the Mythbusters is awesome: they polished some animal shit. Which may forever alter my songwriting process. Kudos.

Posted on - January 30, 2009 [at] 10:42 pm by Brad
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Songs are pretty:

What does music look like? The Shape of Song is an attempt to answer this seemingly paradoxical question. The custom software in this work draws musical patterns in the form of translucent arches, allowing viewers to see–literally–the shape of any composition available on the Web.

Neat looking, but since it’s limited to MIDI files it’s not as much fun as it could be. (Though obviously getting musical information out of audio is super duper hard.)

Posted on - August 15, 2006 [at] 11:15 am by Brad
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LyricWiki – a wiki of song lyrics. Wondering how long until they get hassled by the feds, but it’s a nice resource for now.

Posted on - May 24, 2006 [at] 8:37 am by Brad
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Behind the Song: Eye of the Tiger – Jim Peterik’s description of writing and recording Eye of the Tiger. A good example of why I hate talking about songwriting: because it’s boring and lame.

Posted on - May 14, 2006 [at] 3:15 pm by Brad
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Hit song sonograms – in-depth analysis of what hit songs look like. [via]

Posted on - May 30, 2005 [at] 10:36 am by Brad
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#1 Songs – 1930-1989 – just the lyrics, no audio, but still interesting.

Posted on - May 26, 2005 [at] 9:02 am by Brad
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“Please Don’t Go Topless, Mother” songwriter tells all – interesting letter from the Nashville songwriter of a cute net famous song.

Posted on - May 4, 2005 [at] 1:20 pm by Brad
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Kevin Kelly points out that you can get 4 by 8 feet of whiteboard for $13 at Home Depot. Pretty awesome if you want a big wall of whiteboard to mess around with. Writing things huge and on walls make ideas feel more important.

And JB points me to this Krylon Chalk Board stuff. It’s $4.95 a pint and claims to turn any surface into a ready-to-us chalkboard with a few coats. And there’s also this page showing How to make chalkboard paint.

Posted on - March 8, 2005 [at] 12:10 am by Brad
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Beaterator – a Flash based beat creator by Rockstar Games. [via]

Posted on - March 7, 2005 [at] 11:55 pm by Brad
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Versionist Riddim Community – a huge resource for reggae music and samples. And with RSS feeds!

Posted on - March 3, 2005 [at] 8:55 pm by Brad
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