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Everything and Nothing / Union
« on: July 20, 2014, 11:19:41 AM »
Any one here in AFM?  Any thoughts or experiences.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy July 19!
« on: July 20, 2014, 11:09:09 AM »
Http://oenyaw.net is up and running.  1-35 are there to stream or download.  There it is at the bottom.

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Everything and Nothing / Happy July 19!
« on: July 19, 2014, 12:41:53 PM »
Didn't know how else to subject this.  I haven't been around in ages.  Working in a nursing home has consumed me.  Cut off the tip of my thumb a week ago, but I'm ok.  Just not playing guitar much right now.  Oenyaw album #36 is complete.  I figured out I have broken my 200 hours of music recorded mark.
Still alive and well!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Oenyaw: Volume #32
« on: September 22, 2013, 07:30:40 AM »
Waiting for the Mortician
(...or someone like him)
Open Night at the Vogon Poetry Club

01-Megabrantis Cluster
02-The Beating and Clubing Is Part Of The Dance
03-Coctails, Anyone?
04-Time To Fold Your Towel
05-Visions Swam Sickeningly Through His Nauseated Brain
06-Turn Me On, Dead Man
07-Interstellular Distances Will Not Fit Into The Human Imagination
08-So This Is It, We're Going To Die
09-Oh, Those Santraginean Fish

This may be the closest example of an Oenyaw "tribute" album yet.  I have stated that my favorite Beatles track is "Revolution #9", my inspiration in literature is Douglas Adams, and the only comedy I consider worth listening is The Firesign Theater.  The dual title is my homage to all the dual titled Bullwinkle episodes.    The idea comes from a memory of walking into an amusing open night night at a local bar in Tallahassee.   A bunch of drunks let loose from the rehab and put on a stage. A few of the tracks are many short tracks mixed together, a couple are typical Oenyaw, and one is a speach by Fearless Leader.

All tracks assembled by Oenyaw
Copyright 2013 David Wayne Higgins, CDM/CFPP
oenyaw@hotmail.com

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Am I a putz or a whack-job?
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:43:24 AM »
Being that I could print a very close story to you own (just replace Jean Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa with Robert Fripp and Brian Eno) as well as opinions about currently loving total hardcore heavy metal, I wouldn't say you are a wack job or a putz.  I'd say you are quite normal.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: I Hate My Job
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:26:30 AM »
Analytical chemistry.  21 years of pushing a button, reading a number, writing down that number and/or entering that number into a spreadsheet, printing the spreadsheet, uploading the data from the spreadsheet, and repeating the process.  Hundreds of times a day.  Have you ever seen "About Schmidt?"  All of his careers work is in cardboard boxes, and when he returns within the month to visit, he finds all of the boxes next to the dumpster.  Todd Rundgren's "Hamburger Hell."  That's it.  The very best attitude towards a job is an honest one.  A top salesman of highly expensive scientific manufacturing equipment was once asked how he was so good at his job.  He replied "I sell shoes."

As far as coworkers.  One may think the people who work in a laboratory are all intelligent.  I sometimes feel that after woking my present job, that I could honestly add "drug addiction counsellor" to my job resume.  I was in a Waffle House one day for lunch and heard a more intellectually stimulating discussion between the employees than I have ever heard in a laboratory.  I told a kid in a restaurant once, after breaking up a fight between two teenage girls that the same thing happens between scientists with advanced degrees.  Hell, even astronauts...

So, last year I contracted brucellosis.  I was sick for two months.  Stayed home, used up all of my own vacation time and sick time.  Payed for all the treatment out of my own pocket.  Filled for workman's compensation.  The fight continues.  YET!... A coollection of donated sick time was collected by the lab for the benefit of a coworker who was beatup and put in the hospital while buying crack.  I've been there eight years, I've called in sick a few times.  Most of my sick time in that entire period was taken to take care of my wife or my mother in law when they got sick.  But "I'm the bad guy".  The sample in question that eventhough I cannot prove that it contained the brucellosis due to the manager having all the samples dupmed when OSHA showed up is still being analyzed by the lab, once a month, for a grand total income of $125.  That's the price tag they put on my health, my life.

While sick I started looking for jobs, of course.  54 years old, do you think that's easy?  I have a degree in Nutrition that I have never really used in any remote potential.   I got the jobs in chemistry labs die to my minor in chemistry.  I have many years experience in restaurants, but from 20 years ago.  While I was sick, I found out about a thing called a Certified Dietary Manager.  Take the classes, take the test (at $395 a pop), get the license.  Since I had a degree in Nutrition, I didn't have to take any classes, I could just study on my own to take the test, albiet I have not taken a "test" since 1991.  I got a couple of books from Amazon with sample tst questions, used that in combination with old test books and studied on my own.  I passed the test with room to spare, a 200 question four hour exam in which they proudly announce that this was a very good year, nearly 73% of the people taking the test passed.

I had a nice, cordial talk with my boss about changing careers, in which I said I would give him ample notice and he said he would write me a letter of recognition.  I know that I would not be happy in any lab under any condiditons, and that it may not be the "fault" of the employer that I got sick.  My arguement is still that they have to have workers compensation insurance, so honor my claim or answer for it later after you die and go to heaven and stand before God in judgement , you @&#%!

I began sending searching the internet and throwing my name out there.  Every job I have applied for has landed an interview, and the interviews have been going well.  Probability is high that I will land a job soon.  There are not many people with this license with a degree in Nutrition, and there are many more jobs available for people to run dining services in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living facilities than there are jobs for people who can operate an inductively coupled plasma atomic emmision spectrometer.  The proverbial silver lining around the shroud of the darkest cloud is begining to appear.

So, if you really hate your job, find a way out.  There is always a way out, even if you are too old, inexperienced, over qualified, secure with your current pay grade and benefits, too deep in debt, ect, ect, ect.  It's not a question of making the decision as much as it is a question of setting the goals and followng through with the plan.  Will I enjoy feeding elderly, disabled, sick people more than performing chemical analysis on samples from water treatment plant or chicken processing plant runoffs?  Definately.

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sraymar:  Check this out.  I don't know if it will help your particular situation, but a few years ago we had problems with sarcoptic mange with our dogs.  I still use this soap.  It makes your close smell like a burnt match, but all skin and mite problems dissappear.  For $6.95, it may be worth it.

http://www.natlallergy.com/prod/1916/naturasil-sulfur-lavender-natural-homeopathic-soap.html

Also, start adding 1/4 cup Borax when washing your clothes.

We killed off the mange when we began washing our dogs with a 1% solution of Hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup borax added.  Do not rinse, let dry.  (This is if you have dogs.)

Also, we did get some Holy Water from Lourdes.  You can buy it on Amazon. (no shit)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brucellosis will give you a general idea.  I've done an album entitled "WAR!"  I'll write more when I have the courage. :-X

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http://oenyaw.blogspot.com/2012/04/reitterating-radiointernet-airplay-idea.html

"It would be absolutely insane to expect anyone to play my music on their webspace."  This is what I wrote over a year ago.  Hour long tracks, 6 hour albums.  Just the announcement of "Oenyaw" would draw looks of horror from any radio program director.  The idea of having my own radio station is based on this principle.  Not as much total arrogance, just very different.  I take my music as works of art.  It is impossible for me to slice them up at the notion that when compromised, they will be accepted by a larger audience.  First point would be how to slice them up.  The second point would be what slices to dish out.  The thrid and main point is what larger audience?
Hidden withing the slicing up for mainstream (which is now manystreams) airplay, there is always the goal of producing an item that will be sold.  I decided not to sell my music to people who wanted to listen, rather make it free for those who will listen.  Therefore, the only logical way to make the music available is through a free site set up exclusively with my music, and totally free to listen and to download.
Anyway, Oenyaw will always be a working project.

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My son is still at it.  He's gotten to this point.  http://www.oenyaw.net/listen.html
The first album, "Leave That World Behind" is now up.  When you click it on, it will play in your media player.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: really cheap set of dvds
« on: March 10, 2012, 09:52:12 AM »
Ok, maybe not the "best", but pretty damn good.  More creative than the "remakes" hollywood continues to bomobard us with.  "Morons from Outerspace" is also in the set.  I got the set at a Walmart.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / really cheap set of dvds
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:46:48 PM »
I got a $10 set of 50 movies, the Sci-fi invasion set.  The reason was that "Galaxina" and "The Brother From Another Planet" were in the set.  "The Brother From Another Planet" is one of the best sci-fi flicks ever.  Very low budget, but great.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Am I back?
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:44:23 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benign_paroxysmal_positional_vertigo

Good explination here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dix-Hallpike

What they do that fixes it.  I tried it at home.  That's why I went back to the dr.
 ;D

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BTW, I think my son is finally about to finish the website the way he had invisioned it in the begining.  This is actually a test run.  He's been busy, about to graduate ( ;D!!!) as well as starting his own business.

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http://oenyawpublicradio.podomatic.com/entry/2012-02-08T14_44_51-08_00

I earlier mention this one under another name.  When my wife heard it, she said it sounded more like Edgar Allen Poe than William Blake.  The title changed.  I think it is more apt for what I did.  I recorded this thing in August when my wife was in Alaska.  Let's just say the recordings were inspired under a slight influence of Jameson whiskey. :P

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Everything and Nothing / Am I back?
« on: March 05, 2012, 03:29:07 PM »
I put this on the blog today.  First thing I've written in months.

"Vertigo:

Once again, I have been a victim of the dreaded condition.  After a two month bout, I think I am finally over it.  The odd thing is that when you deal with vertigo for an extended period of time, there is a bit of uncertainty that follows.  Am I really over it, or am I still dizzy?  I really hate it.  I kept telling myself that it wasn't that bad this time, but every time I though it was gone, I would lean over in a direction that would get everything going and everything would get going and I would be stumbling around for a few days.  This time, when I went to the ENT, I was thinking "Oh, it's not really that bad" even though I was walking down the hallway feeling like the wals were at an angle, the ceiling thinner that the floor.  I lied down with the doctor holding my head and I was on a roller coaster.  It's interesting when the feeling hits, and the little chrystals start moving through the inner ear canals like a high speed subway, I instantly, and instinctively try to go into a fetal position.  All in all, I'm much better now."

Also, my homelife has changed from living with an elderly person to caring for an elderly person.  It's been a roller coaster of a year.  Needless to say, extreme happiness knowing that a short vacation trip to Boston to see The Dropkick Murphys and The Barber of Seville is a week away.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Another Oenyaw album
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:53:45 PM »
My son, the software guy, did a new podcast page for me.  He had troubles with the previous site, so he changed the location.  He put up the newest album (number 22).

http://phoenixzion.podomatic.com/  is the location.

A Round Trip, version 1
The Party Car
This will get us an R-rating for sure
Animitronic Conductors
Closely Watched
Suspense, like picking the right color
A Round Trip, version 2

"A Round Trip" is a train ride, as wall as a psychedlic play on words.  The title track, "A Round Trip", is presented in two versions.  I have never done this before, and probably never do it again.  It's just that I remixed it and couldn't decide which one to use.  So I thought, it the usual 6 hour album, so why not put both versions on it.  You know, the bonus track remix sort of thing.  Version 1 is slightly longer than version 2, and I feel I got a few batang-batang-tang-tang-tang echoes in there quite nicely.  (The entire thing is electric guitar, BTW.)  "The Party Car" is a retreat into a party atmosphere where you don't know what to expect. Combination percussion software and sequencer.  Admittingly a cheaply done track while ... partying.  "This will get us an R-rating for sure" is a another percussion software track, accompanying a mechanical device.  Not nearly as assaulting as the previous track.  "Animitronic Conductors" is a playing-around-with-the-sequencer track, as is "Suspense, like picking the right color".  Getting carried with a toy, I know, but I have been quite busy lately as well as I had to replace my recording device for the guitar.  "Closely Watched" is the focal point of the album.  Slightly over 2 hours long, it is the most "Oenyaw" thing about the album.  Dreamy,  atmospheric, all electric guitar.

Enjoy.

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Time for an Oenyaw rant.

"A Line from a Pale Blue Dot" was 6 hours.  Reason:  It takes 6 hours for light to travel from earth to the end of our solar system.  The intention of the piece was that if this is ever played on an am radio station at night, it would theoretically be one continuous stream of music, hence the title, "A Line From A Pale Blue Dot".  I did this in 2007, BTW.

"Graveyard Shift On A Space Station" last 8 hours.  An 8 hour shift, alone on a space station.  I considered it my honest piece of "Space Music".  It took me a week to record it, mainly four all nighters, graveyard sessions to get the feel for the piece.  The most cynical, insulting and rudest disc I've ever done.

"Auguries of Innocence" is also 6 hours long.  This was actually sort of a bet.  I told my son that I could do a 6 hour piece of music within a week.  The credit on the disc cover reads "It's amazing what this guy can do with a delay and a bottle of Jameson."  The original title was something about talking to an elf that lives under a tree in my backyard, but it just never worked.  I opted for the title of a William Blake poem.  Hell, if it gets ONE PERSON to read William Blake, it was worth it.  I just did this in September when my wife and her mom were in Alaska.

My answer to "What is the point of a 6 hour song?"  I didn't know there were limits.
 

Last word.
I copied this from a site on John Cage's "As Slow As Possible"

Deutsche Welle, July 5th, 2008
One Thousand Hear Change of Note in World’s Longest Concert
The next musical change in John Cage’s slow masterpiece will happen in November
More than 1,000 music-lovers showed up on Saturday, July 5, in a German town to hear a change of note in the longest-running and slowest piece of music ever composed. Eccentric US composer John Cage (1912-1992) planned his composition to last 639 years, meaning more than a dozen generations of musicians will be needed to play it on an automatic, as-yet unfinished organ at Halberstadt, Germany.
Entitled ORGAN2/ASLSP, it began in 2001 and has so far reached its sixth note. The second part of the name means "as slow as possible."
Neighbors have got used to the monotonous tone coming out of the former Church of St. Burchard, which was used as a pig-sty in the communist years of East Germany. At first the all-day-and-night tone sounded something like an air-raid siren.
One step at a time
The audience hushed on Saturday as two more organ pipes were added alongside the four installed so far and the tone became more complex at 3:33 p.m. local time. The second of the new pipes is set to kick in this November. A machine keeps the sound coming out.
Since some notes will not be needed for decades, pipes need only be added when donations suffice.
Organizers in Halberstadt rejected questions about what it all means.
"It doesn’t mean anything," one of them said. "It’s just there."

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http://oenyaw.podbean.com/

Free listening
"Throwing Rocks At The Sun"

Information
http://oenyaw.blogspot.com/2011/07/throwing-rocks-at-sun.html

Sweet Dreams.

BTW:  I've been away for a while.  Work load increase (getting ready for once every two year audit), trip to Baltimore (watched the Orioles beat the Red Sox, last game of the season), sick dog (Ringo has been battleing skin infections), cat murdered by dog from across the street, and now they want me to get an endoscopy and a colonoscopy at the same gig.  What a rush, it's no wonder I have developed a stuttering problem.  Oh, well, could be worse.

Have a good one! 8)

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