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… and I’m not easily upset.

The title of this post was a running joke a friend of mine had on a chat forum. You’d say something to him, and his comeback was “you’ve upset me, and I’m not easily upset.” But really I want to talk now about Lee Scratch Perry and the Upsetters.  I finally ripped the 3 CD […]

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VCVRackTutorial: Using modulated delay times in VCV Rack

This is a method of patching and modulating delays I find so compelling I felt moved to write about it. This is all done in the software modular system VCVRack, and assumes you have a basic working knowledge of it. It involves the VCV Router plugin, which is non-free plugin from the makers of VCV […]

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Favorite 10 … err… 11 albums …

This is something they were doing on Facebook — the ’10 albums 10 days’ challenge, where you were supposed to just post the album cover without comment. I’m terrible at following instructions though.  I actually did 11, and I took a couple of weeks to finish it. I’m collecting them here as a more coherent […]

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The Discrete Charm Of The VCV Rack

Every so often I discover a piece of music software that makes me giddy with the possibilities it presents. That’s what I feel about VCV Rack. It presents the on-screen equivalent of a Eurorack modular. It has a large number of useful modules, some actually based on popular Eurorack hardware modules. It has a community […]

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Olive Kitteridge Music & the synchronicity of chord changes

The new HBO series “Olive Kitteredge” is great television, and the music, composed by Carter Burwell provides a lot of the moody atmosphere for the show.: [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/CarterBurwell-OliveKitteredgeTheme.mp3|titles=Olive Kitteredge Main Theme|artists=Carter Burwell] But I was sure that I’d heard the main theme music before, or something very similar to it. It nagged me all day and […]

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In which SoundCloud sends me a hilarious takedown notice

So today I got this interesting message from Soundcloud: Hi chaircrusher, Our automatic content protection system has detected that your sound “Rubber Duckie (Wub Machine Remix)” may contain the following copyright content: “Get Some Fruit (Wubstep Dubstep Remix)” by Anand Bhatt, owned by Favorecido Productions. As a result, its publication on your profile has been […]

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Chaircrusher Live @ Gabe’s October 11th 2012

I had a fine time, though it would have been great if more people showed up — I mean I’m used to playing to mostly empty rooms, but we had guys in from out of town who hit a deer trying to get there. But hey, Thursday night at Gabe’s — hard to draw a […]

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Bear edge of the Iowa River.

Bear edge of the Iowa River., a photo by chaircrusher on Flickr. There’s a frisbee golf course at the edge of the Iowa River on the Iowa City side that wanders into the woods at the water’s edge. This is a little shallow backwater. It was full of tadpoles.

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You’re Welcome

You’re Welcome a photo by chaircrusher on Flickr. You can’t bring guns into the Co Op any more.

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Strange Sushi from Yen Ching

Something’s just not right about this photo. UPDATE: I think they used Google Image Search to find the pictures for their menu:

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Donald Duck Listens To Glen Beck

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Even More Granulosity – PaulStretch

GO HERE FOR LATEST AND GREATEST When I did the OS X build for PaulStretch, it became the most popular and enduring blog post I’ve ever done. Paulstretch has kind of a funky user interface, but the way it sounds, and the sound variations it is capable of are fantastic. And it’s free. It also […]

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Waking The Dead — Kickass Sound Design

Waking The Dead is a BBC Crime Drama that I watched a lot of last weekend. It is basically the UK version of “Cold Case” but is a lot less gimmicky and a lot more hard-boiled. It’s not quite Prime Suspect but it’s rather good. I usually watch TV and pay attention mostly to whether […]

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Malawi Got You Down? Come To Iowa!

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, who were jailed for being openly gay in Malawi. News reports say they’ve considered leaving Malawi. I say, “come to Iowa!” You can get married here! People are nice! I’ll put up $100 to help you get here! Who’s with me!

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i beat the internet

Since going to my sister’s wedding (a week ago today) I have yet to ‘catch up’ on all the blog feeds & such I have in Google Reader. And this morning I just started marking ‘all read’ entire categories. I feel like I no longer have the appetite to ‘keep up.’ Of course, the Internet […]

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He sweat so much, he could keep fish alive in his armpits…

I had a not-enough-coffee moment this morning, where I wanted to look up something about Traktor and instead went to Traktor.com which is a company of film-makers who among other things make commercials. It’s worth going to the site for the demo reel that plays automatically. It’s structured as a movie trailer, but since it […]

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Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Niños Del Parque

I noticed DJ Pierre tweeting about “Los Niños Del Parque” by Liaisons Dangereuses, and checked out the Youtube video that was making the rounds. This is apparently a miniature Twitter phenomenon, so I’m jumping on a bandwagon yet again. Oh well… Anyway, I went looking for some place to buy the music, and it turns […]

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Ableton Live Cheap Trick — Transient Stretch Mode Abuse

1. Load some audio into a slot. 2. Select ‘Beats’ for the warp mode. 2. Select Transient mode for the Grain resolution 3. Select ‘Off Mode’ for the Transient Loop Mode — icon looks like ‘->|’ 4. Dial Transient envelope down to zero It ends up sounding like a gate effect, but it can be […]

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Lackluster “Portal EP” — CC Net Release – Free Download

Lackluster “Portal EP” This is a collection of tracks that was supposed to come out on another label that closed up shop. I offered to do a Creative Commons release for Lackluster. He located the masters (on backups, and backups of backups!) and I mastered them. Lackluster has been one of the most well regarded […]

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NI Guitar Rig Test

God bless those teutonic DSP elves at NI. Guitar Rig is part of Komplete 6, and it’s tons of fun to screw around with. I of course, went straight for the extreme noise [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-GuitarRigTest.mp3]