So I delved into your Double Agent Vader ‘verse and couldn’t get out. Then I found your slave culture tag.
And then this happened.
So imagine that the easiest instruments to make would be drums and woodwinds. And these instruments are taken care of very carefully, as in Depur can’t take these away. I imagine that they are easy to disassemble and/or hide and that yes there are riotous, fun songs. With leaps and bounds and backflips.
But then there are songs like these.
Songs that are a little wistful, a little clumsy. Songs that have a surprisingly strong heartbeat.
Songs that echo into the desert night and mourn a freedom that they have yet to know.
In composing your music, do you have a key that you tend to write in, or a note (pitch/frequency) that you emphasize more than others?
This is a fantastic question!!!
I don’t usually work within any specific key on purpose, I usually just go on intuition because I feel my stuff turns out more organic that way, but from transposing my compositions from midi to sheet notation for school I’ve found that I tend to instinctively veer towards keys with lots of sharps and flats in them, i.e. Db major/Bb minor, F# major/D# minor etc.
When I do compose in a key on purpose it usually means that that track originally started as a school project. I really love Hungarian and Arabic double-harmonic scales and have afewtracks composed in doubleharm keys.
I definitely have a really strong habit of using the same intervals in my melodic progressions and reusing the same cadences over and over again, I’m trying to break that now.
As for pitch emphasis, I pretty much keep it all flat, I rarely ever adjust volume/velocity from note to note. I’m pretty naturally geared towards maximalism when making music and I tend to prefer most of my sounds to all be clamoring for the listener’s attention at once rather than emphasizing one sound (the exception being before/after an impact or other transitional effect, during which I’ll often solo a single sound or insert a beat of silence before the impact hits and the maximalism comes back in full-force, I think that sort of stop-and-go contrast is useful to great effect and worth noting if you’re a composer/producer)
Thank you for asking this!! These are my favorite sorts of questions to answer!
A Guide to Murdoc’s bass, El Diablo (per ROTO).Anyone who’s skimmed through Rise of the Ogre has likely seen the two page spread devoted to explaining every detail pertaining to the make up and quality of Murdoc’s bass (props to him for taking the time to get to know his instrument so well). There are quite a few notable features (like, who knew it was stained in otter’s blood??). I haven’t seen a post that’s adapted it to Tumblr just yet so I thought I’d give it a go. Key listed below the cut:
I want my bones to be seen without effort
I want that scale to be double digits
I want people to ask how Igot so tiny
I want to look in the mirror and hate myself a little less
I want to be someone’s thinspiration
I want to be skinny
I want to be skin and bones
You definitely haven’t seen a pocket knife quite like this one. Discommon has teamed up with the James Brand to create a special edition of its signature Chapter knife. They’ve taken the handle and updated it with an incredibly complex surface of machined aluminum scales that mimic an ocean wave, hence the name, the Swell. Not only is it beautiful, but the scales double as a grippy, tactile surface to secure the knife in your hand. It’s definitely one of the finest examples of form and function to cross our desks in recent memory.
The Cast of Overwatch as People I've had on the Self Checkouts @ Canadian Tire
Takes him a minute to realize it's the self-checkouts and not just a tiny till. Doesn't ask for help if something goes wrong, just stands there and waits for you to realize
Curses out the self-checks as he uses them. Constantly telling them to "shut the fuck up", but refuses to use the mute button. Actually punches the self checkout sceens
She's always done her transaction before you realize she's even there. Never takes her Canadian Tire Money, yet comes in bi-weekly to get it put on her card
Tracer (and Emily):
Tracer is constantly remembering things to add to the bill last minute, be it a drink, chips, or the thing they came in for specifically. They also stand there and kiss/grab each others asses while they wait for the payment to go through. Tracer's card never is accepted for tapping
She marches right up to you and hands you her item, waiting for you to scan it for her (which you do-- it's your job). Always buys something heavy, but waits until the last moment to ask for a hand out, even if you already asked her if she needed one and she said no
Shoves her hands in your hair, then informs you that you "have bad dandruff". Always picks the same, broken, SCO, and wonders why we haven't fixed it yet
Always has a 5$ bill that doesn't work, but refuses to swap it out. "It's fine, no worries!" she says, putting a crisp, new 100$ bill in for her 3.50$ purchase.
There's always an issue with his SCO, but he's polite about it. Fluffs the bags when he takes one, and tries to put any that fall off back for you.
Puts his basket of things on the weight scale and acts confused when the machine screams at him to take it off. Somehow manages to fit enough stuff on the scale that it overloads and we have to move things into a second cart
complains because you have to scan in every item individually. Makes jokes about grabbing a hammer and "fixing" the machines for you
Lets you know, with pride in his voice, that his disgusting Canadian Tire money was found in a dumpster and that's why it's wet. Uses change for what the bills don't cover.
Very polite, but needs help with almost everything. Leans on the weight scale and you have to ask hm to stop 4 or 5 times
Everything goes perfectly. You joke about them being broken, but "liking him" and he agrees. You feel like you've spoken to the Self-Checkouts master
Grunts when you say hello at first, but is friendly when you go to help him deal with a useless UPC code. Forgets his cashback 9 out of 10 times, but you always catch him before he leaves
He buys the weirdest things, and always asked you to help him find things you're not sure you have in store ("Sir, what is a greased nipple used for?") Walks into the window because he thinks it's the out doors
Doesn't talk much, but askes for large bags or garbage bags to carry his things in. Never takes his reciept
Complains that we think he's stealing when things have to be walked up, and hits the self-checkouts with more force than nessasary. Wants to know how we can stand being there all day while the computer talks
Double Bags everything, up to and including her bags of chips. Wants a sale or discount price on something with damaged packaging but perfect product.
Doesn't want help getting her things outside and is, frankly, offended that you asked. Also doesn't let you scan things for her, and complains that the self-checkouts are stealing jobs
Brings ammo up to the self-checkouts, and is disgusted when you tell her she'll have to go through the tills. If she does use the SCO's, she puts her purse on the weight scale.
Checks and double checks every price for the things she rings in. Leaves 3-4 times to check the price, and is surprised (and happy) when you give her the week before price on something.
Hates the Self-Checkouts. Makes snide comments to it, but is v happy about the mute button. Has over 3000$ canadian tire money on her card, but doesn't use it. Lets you know when the till tape is almost finished.
“From the vault. [BIlly] and Viggo enjoy a beer with BK our chess master scale double for [Sean] we are on location here. I think this must be in or around the time we had a snowball fight that involved an entire small town. Unforgettable” (x)