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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:12:59 AM »
I've only spent about 2 months in educational institutions all of my life. I never attended a preschool, middle school, or high school. Still I managed to get a state-recognized diploma. Then I attended graphic design courses for 2 months before realizing that all I was learning was how to trick stupid people.

I've been drawing and illsutrating for 20 years, everything from landscapes to animals and plants to architecture, schematics, cartoons etc. I am good at it and always believed the idiot adults who told me I could make a good career out of that "talent". But it's not talent, it's love, and love is not a business model.

I've been playing the 6-string guitar for 10 years now, in lots of bands (faggy-core, then punk, then hardcore, then experimental rock and jazz, now single-or-double guitar compositions and death metal), recently (last year) started playing 5-string bass for a cover band for extra cash, now am more badass on bass than guitar.

Started teaching myself about music theory and composition about two years ago to learn scales and modes and better my improvisation.

Basically seft-taught all the way through in temrs of artistic ability.

As for work; I basically do whatever people will pay me for. I've been a "salesman" for the last 6 years but mostly I stick to the technical in-shop work and managing service schedules, etc. It's a good job because I have a lot of time to read books or work on illustrations. I hate convincing people that they need to buy things to be happy so I'm a terrible salesman. I really have no other skills except for basic computer knowledge (which is above the average, I've found) and I can lay tile, do plumbing work, some carpentry, little experience with concrete, and can at least change the oil and tires and fuses on my car. I can also cook just about anything.

A survivor with the kind of independence I'd like to acquire someday.
I remember you are an illustrator, I presume this is your main interest.  (I still remember your post asking for themes, for practice I think? I'm still thinking about that one)
So, musically, your interests are more in the direction of improvisation?
Do you think this also reflects your drawing/brushing style?  More like improvised sketches or spontaneous bursts controlled, planned and focus in a particular direction?

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:39:45 PM »
I'm a lost wanderer. The only thing you need to know about me for now is that art, be it music, drawing, writing and music have been a big part of my life and still is.

It is maybe shameless promotion but you can listen to it there.
http://incandescence1.bandcamp.com/
The downloads are free but you can pay for it if you want.

or watch it here
http://monts-et-forets.blogspot.ca/

I don't intend to make a living out of it. It's a passion. Feel free to make any commentary about it.


Also english is not my first language.

Merci!
Every time I hear Black Metal of this type, one question comes to my mind:
How much of what I hear here is on purpose being imitated from classic bands and how much of it is just the result of the musician trying to look for a sound he wants to express but is not exactly something he's heard before?

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:33:39 PM »
Btw, I expected some more motivation and serious answers.

I dont want to display my life to you though, why would I?

As far as arrogance goes he is right.

And that's fine, if you don't want to share anything about yourself and discuss anything related here that's your choice, this is not what I was referring to. Do note,however,  that I was not asking for extremely specific things, something like what Humanacide answered was at most what I was expecting.

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:30:09 PM »
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I called you arrogant because all of us in agreement with the spirit of this website come off as arrogant, because we are more selective with our music.

So you think preferring quality music is indicative of an over-inflated sense of self-importance.

Ideally, no.  But it often implies that as we are very aware of it.

Let me ask you something, do you feel proud of your "preferring quality music"?

Haven't many people in this forum constantly expressed themselves as superior to others because of it?

Whether this sense of self-importance is OVER-inflated o not is a matter of actually being able to select better quality music.  We may be trying really hard to choose quality music, and as far as the standard we think we follow this may be true, but what makes you so sure this is so? 
I know this is true for me.  I know to a certain degree what I consider quality music is subject to my own subjective and skewed views.  That's inevitable.  So I see this as an ever-changing, ever-growing ability or opinion.  I keep trying to learn more.

I think this little bit of arrogance is necessary to have a standard for quality in anything in a world where everybody is conformist and mediocre and you are trying to break out of it.  It is arrogant because to some point you may be wrong, you just think you are choosing the correct thing.   Many times, I'm sure this is the case.

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Interzone / Coursera History of Rock pt2
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:00:54 PM »

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 04:39:11 PM »
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Btw, I expected some more motivation and serious answers.  But the replies say a lot about the crowd around here, sort of disappointing after seeing everybody being so arrogant about their taste in music.

What does this say about you?

I may not have expressed myself clearly.  Sorry for that.

About me? It says I expected more direct answers.  I think only one guy took me seriously, haha.

I was more curious about the guy who calls people arrogant when they don't respond to his satisfaction.

I didn't call you arrogant because you did not respond to my satisfaction.

I called you arrogant because all of us in agreement with the spirit of this website come off as arrogant, because we are more selective with our music.  I expect that people who are so serious about it would also give me serious answers when I ask a direct question, specially one so simple. Does that make sense?

PS. I'm including myself in the group of "arrogant" people.

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:30:23 PM »
I was studying Computer Engineering until I lost all motivation, failed all my courses, and dropped out. I took a while off, and I'm currently re-taking a few courses while working as a cashier full-time. If I didn't hate cashiering so much I'd likely not have returned at all.

Besides that, I've been reading lots of Lovecraft, playing Smash Bros Melee competitively, and working out, loathe it though I do. I was given an acoustic guitar a couple months ago by a family friend, so I've been practicing that, mostly playing nostalgic songs from N64 games. I'm not the ubermensch that metal demands of me, but I don't think I'm the aspie you might think I am, either. I'm just an average depressed nerd, I suppose.

Also, what is it with all the computer science metalheads, and why are there none at my university in particular? Never had a conversation about metal in person in my life.

Yeah, I know! I guess it's just because a lot of people hanging out on the internet in forums tend to study computer-related majors? so it would appear as if there are a lot of computer science metalheads.  But yeah, not in my school, at least not serious metalheads, only the kind that get to the most mainstream Megadeth albums, and that's their limit.

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:23:44 PM »
Arrogant? I see it as people that have standards to the art form.

It's nice to have a place to talk about music without having personal accomplishments (or lack of) stigmatizing the information that's being relayed.

Sure, but there is still some arrogance in it. And I expected some answers that would tell me something of why you have such strict views. 
Also, I am not separating myself from "the people here".  I share this view of being selective with art. 

I did not mean to stigmatize anyone or show off any accomplishment.  I merely wanted to get an idea of the general background of people around here and if they actually have dreams/goals in art, either art they want to produce or art the expect or would wish to hear. 
The discussion could lead in all directions.  This was my intention.

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:20:42 PM »
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Btw, I expected some more motivation and serious answers.  But the replies say a lot about the crowd around here, sort of disappointing after seeing everybody being so arrogant about their taste in music.

What does this say about you?

I may not have expressed myself clearly.  Sorry for that.

About me? It says I expected more direct answers.  I think only one guy took me seriously, haha.

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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 01:02:42 PM »

...I learned acoustic guitar during my teen years and have been learning electric guitar for about 5 years.   In order to be more than a talker I try to keep my weekly practice at at least 5 hours distributed throughout the whole week...


You'll have to do better than that :)
I played acoustic guitar for about 30 years, in all, and for many of those years, practiced 12 hours a day, every day.
I got pretty good. Here's an anomaly: whoever uploaded this to YouTube thinks it's Clapton, while others think it's Knoppfler. Some even claim it's Mason Williams, who wrote it. But it isn't any of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55A9H-PqOvY

Played, incorrectly, missing out the middle eight, with only two fingers and a thumb, on a Martin D-35.
Dat is de crow!
Haha  :)

Certainly will have to do better than that, I am just saying I try to keep the minimum at 5 hours per week, when I am too busy to actually concentrate on that. 

Btw, I expected some more motivation and serious answers.  But the replies say a lot about the crowd around here, sort of disappointing after seeing everybody being so arrogant about their taste in music.

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Interzone / Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:30:00 AM »
I'd like to know, just out of curiosity, the academic background of the people who frequently attend this forum. And your interests.  Specially artistic interests in which you are actively engaged?

I have just obtained my undergrauate degree on Computer Science.
I learned acoustic guitar during my teen years and have been learning electric guitar for about 5 years.   In order to be more than a talker I try to keep my weekly practice at at least 5 hours distributed throughout the whole week.
I've been learning piano for a few months and I study music theory, history and appreciation when I get the chance, as often as I can in between work, instrument practice and gym sessions.

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Metal / Re: Metal nourishes plants
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:01:16 AM »
Good to know those famous experiments saying Heavy Metal is bad for living beings was complete bullshit.  I guess it's probably the excessive volume and having an electrical machine vibrating close to the plant what can actually affect it negatively.

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Metal / Re: Back Door To Asylum (Tech death from Moscow, Russia)
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:50:22 AM »
Listened to Embrace the Pain and then to 2013's Inception to Genocide.
The second one sounds like an improvement over the first one, which is atrocious.
The second one itself sound alright, I guess.

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Interzone / Re: Suggestions
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:52:25 AM »
Several articles are posted weekly, many monthly. Yet there is no way of accessing many of those old articles .  A lot of them are not added to any of the links up there that say "Articles".  The last one added to the list is dated December 22, 2012.

Also, where the hell do all the reviews go?  The only ones in the list are the old ones, plus a couple of new ones like Heresiarch were added. And I think Nile was removed (Nile was there before, right?).  It would be nice to have a place explaining the criteria for adding or not adding the reviews to the list, and who do some of them come to be removed.  Is their a council? is there only one person deciding? how arbitrary is this?

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Metal / Re: Massacra re-issues
« on: October 29, 2013, 03:56:39 AM »
Can't wait to see these albums out again and finally have the chance to own them!

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