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"Metal Machine Music 2009"
I'm a big Lou Reed fan, and I did this thing with 17 different recordings of feedback mixed together.
Listen if you can (stand it) :)

Concertino for Piano Soundboard and Distorted Stratocaster

For the past few days, I have noticed a dog or two around a fenced off area containing trash dumpsters.  This morning, a small German Shepard mix was still there.  I couldn't take it anymore.  I stopped and called to him.  Her nervously came up to me, trying to look like a little badass, showing his teeth.  That quickly turned to a happy little guy wagging his tail when he realized I wasn't a threat.  His teeth were adult, not bad shape, but he had mange setting in on both tips of his ears.  He was a good rider in the car, and I took him to the local animal shelter. (Jefferson County, Florida).  They said they would put him in isolation to see if he has any diseases, I know the vet that will check him out.  I hope he will find a happy home, or my wife and mother-in-law won't kill me if I do the deed.

What really pisses me off more than anything is people that just throw their animals out with the garbage.  I know a lot of people are going through hard times, but there is a better way.  Years ago, my wife found a pregnant(puppies dead), starving, heartworm infected, black lab at a dumpster.  She brought it home, and it lived another 12 years.  A truly wonderful dog.

Any one here live near FL and want a dog?  (I already have 3 dogs and 3 cats and 2 goats.)

Everything and Nothing / This is great
« on: April 07, 2009, 10:08:49 AM »
I just saw this on the electro-music forum

Everything and Nothing / US Copyright rant
« on: April 02, 2009, 07:48:13 AM »
You know, I like to think I'm up on things, but I went to the US Copyright website today and they have totally redone everything.

A:  to submit things by mail, it's $45, and you can't do group copyrights.  one work at a time

B:  you can do songs electronically, it's $35, and send it in as an MP3 file.  BUT...songs are limited to 3 minutes long.  3 minutes, what an insult.  Why don't they make it "Songs must be 3 minutes long, have a verse, then a chorus, then a verse, then a chorus, then repeat the first verse, and then repeat the chorus and fade out.  BTW, the song must be about LOVE."

I'm going to register everything as Creative Commons and formally copyright nothing.

There has to be a better way.

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Everything and Nothing / dot Music
« on: March 28, 2009, 09:00:48 AM »
Howdy evrybuddy!

I just go back from Nashville.  I went up with my wife, she had a training.  While I was there, I attended the Leadership Music Digital Summit 2009 at Bellmont University.  Met lots of nice people. Got lots of information.  This is the first of a few threads I will post this week.

The above website includes a petition to make music a domain.  .music

There is more information on the site.  I think it's a good idea, take a look, sign the petition. 

I've added a few new tracks on my Virb page

"Heaven's Garden" is a disc of shorter pieces.  Some are inspired by artwork found on an abstract art page I found while surfing.  A few are played on a pedal steel guitar I borrowed from a friend on a long weekend, one on my nylon string fretless electric bass.  18 tracks total on the disc.
Bright Future  2:54
Pathway to Pluto  19:06
Ritual of Destruction  16:41
Turquoise Pendant 19:47

"Fundamentals of Sound Deco" is a disc of music I hope to continue to explore.  Music as wallpaper, as a decoration to add to the atmosphere.  Most tracks are around 1 hour in length.
Sleepwalk  60:42

Comments welcome. :)

"Heaven's Garden" featuring a pedal steel that I borrowed from a friend before he sold it.

Everything and Nothing / Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: January 30, 2009, 09:55:31 AM »
I'm beginning to play out more and want some feedback  :D.

What kind of equipment do you use?  What type of places (size, capacity, time of day)?  How much planning to you as compared to the actual execution of the music?  Do you covers, live versions of material you have previously recorded, improv?  I did a gig this past Sunday night in a Cafe that went well.  At least the first set.  I played while people were coming in and setting up, and then played between two of the bands.  The first part went well, played for about 90 minutes.  The second set approx (20 min) was quite taxing on my nerves and really wanted to get it over with, didn't play as well.

Just throwing it out for suggestions, opinions, options, ect.

Everything and Nothing / Look through every stack!
« on: January 18, 2009, 09:31:19 AM »
I've been on a vinyl binge this past year, if you haven't already read.  I was in a Goodwill Friday in Thomasville, GA.  I've been hitting all of the Goodwill stores in the area lately because that's where alot of people drop off the goods of deceased relatives that they can't sell in garage sales (at least that's what me and mys sister did).  Anyway, there was a nice collect of old classical albums there.  I saw a box set entitled "Philco pesents the best of Command Records" printed 1961.  It's one of those sets that is attempting the record buying public to buy stereos.  I opened it up and found that one of the albums had been replaced with The Beatles Second Album (mono).  My heart started pumping a 4/4 beat and the God of vinyl collectors voice called out:  "and here's a record I think you'll really dig!"  It is in perfect condition! ;D  Now I'm looking for the cover.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Added to the Virb page
« on: December 31, 2008, 08:19:19 AM »

scroll down to the bottom of the playlist window.  Mammon Spake "Live 080808"
A one track, one take redo of an old favorite. (Cleo approved!)
Happy New Year!

Everything and Nothing / Forgive me, but I have to write this one out.
« on: December 10, 2008, 10:28:36 PM »
In 1903, Carl Clay Higgins was born.  He married a young woman named Mary and they had three kids.  Carl Jr., Margaret and Robert.  My dad was Robert.  Margaret was my aunt, and she died today.  What I got hit with this evening is that that family is all gone.  105 years, give or take a few months.  My grand father was an officer in the Navy through WWII.  At one time, four of them worked with NSA.  My grandfather reitred from NSA.  My uncle Carl retired from Redstone.  My dad ended up a minister and retired early to take care of my mom when she was very ill.  My aunt Margaret's last job was with an office machine company in Rockville, MD.  I saw here this past summer, she was quite ill due to years of respiratory illnesses.  Very understanding, loving and giving person.  I will miss here dearly.

She had four children, surnamed Strickland.  My Uncle Carl's children are all gone.  My older brother died a few years ago.  Shit.  I'm the oldest Higgins.  My cousin and I were talking tonight.  We have been close longer than either of us can remember.  We are less that a year apart in age and there are pictures of us together as infants.  She mentioned that there are things that she was never told, that events are long past and will never be remembered.  Kind of gives me a meloncholly look at life.  On one had, there is the line from "Blade Runner", something like "these things are gone like waves in sand".  The other is from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil:  "Two tears in a bucket, muther fuckit."

105 years. sigh

Everything and Nothing / Looking for new web host
« on: November 23, 2008, 07:14:29 AM »
I am looking for a new (and cheaper) webhost than Yahoo. 

Who does everyone else go through here? (Is that the right way to put it?)

I need a site with Paypal merchant hook ups (Buy Here) that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Everything and Nothing / Help needed on copyright alternatives
« on: November 08, 2008, 08:56:09 AM »
I hope everyone responds to this in someway.

I have had a big problem registering copyrights lately.  I think it is because, like every other government, organization, extreme workload coupled with budget cuts.  Result is an overworked office.

I sent in a disc in January, they have cashed the check, probably registered the copyright, but I still havn't gotten the form with the registration number.

It's not like things are flying off the shelves here, but I have finished 5 discs (one is a double set) that I have not submitted because of the cost and the felling of throwing it into the fileroom in Wahsington, DC where it will become lost forever.

Truth is, registering a copyright doesn't mean no one will steal it.  It just means that if they do, you can say "J'acusse!"  You still have to go to court and the thought of anyone stealing my music is almost silly as anyone actually listening to it.

SO........... the question is:  What alternatives are availble?

Everything and Nothing / Ravi and Anoushka
« on: October 15, 2008, 12:23:38 PM »
I went to a Ravi and Anoushka Shankar concert last night in Gainesville.  Outstanding!!!
It was the second time I have seen them, the first was a little over three years ago.  Ravi is 88 and his technique of string bending is still the best.  Anoushka is 27 and much improved since the last time I saw them.  Without a doubt, the three (including the tabla drummer, Tanmoy Bose) are the best musicians I have ever seen.  A friend asked me this morning "did you learn anything?"   I replied "yeah, I ain't worth a shit!"

Everything and Nothing / I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 17, 2008, 12:57:02 PM »
so I am asking opinions, questions, NON-POLITICAL, impressions...

What the hell is going on?  Is the next great depression just around the corner?  Was it a good think to start driving a motorcycle (BTW-first injury today, a love bug hit me on the nose.  OUCH!!! Still stings like a m*th*r-f!).  Should I buy more ammo?  Get a hand pump for the well?  Learn to clean and dress goats and chickens?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Italian New Age Music CD Compilation
« on: September 09, 2008, 06:42:15 AM »

Includes Oenyaw "The Chrystallized Delusion" (Exerpt). :)

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Oenyaw at LastFM
« on: July 23, 2008, 02:02:06 PM »

I've been throwing a few tracks on the site.


Everything and Nothing / Here's a good one for ya!
« on: July 15, 2008, 02:34:58 PM »
Church Cancels Teen Gun Giveaway
July 15, 2008, 6:44 AM PDT

 OKLAHOMA CITY -- A church called off plans to give away a semiautomatic assault rifle at a weekend gathering of teenagers, the church's pastor said.

Plans called for Windsor Hills Baptist to give away the weapon as a way of encouraging attendance at the gathering but plans changed when one the event's organizers was unable to attend.

The church's pastor, Bob Ross, said officials anticipated hundreds of teenagers from as far away as Canada would attend.

"We have 21 hours of preaching and teaching throughout the week," Ross told reporters.

The church Web site featured a video showing the shooting competition from last year's conference.

A gun was given away last year, but this year organizers decided to highlight the giveaway in promotions for the conference.

Ross told the TV station the church was not "putting a weapon in the hand of somebody that doesn't respect it who are then going to go out and kill."

The gun giveaway has been taken down from the Web site, but Ross said the church will give the gun away next year.

Everything and Nothing / More on new wheels
« on: July 01, 2008, 09:37:47 AM »
A while back, I was questioning "Prius or Scion XB?" or something like that.

I decided not to get another car.  With gas prices and all, as well as Ringo is getting more comfortable in the Scion XB (which just hit 145000 and is now paid off!), the idea of replaceing it was downright silly.  My wife and I drive a combined 160 miles to work every day, so the plan is that she is going to park the Mustang Convertable (we just can't get rid of it) and start driving the Scion.  I, however have alternate plans.....

Partly due to the rise in gas prices, and partly due to that mid-life crisis thing, I just got my learners permit for a motorcyle license.  I will be taking a beginers riding course next weekend.  The choice is coming down and I am looking very longingly at a Harley 883 Sportster.  57 mpg, <$9000, and LOUD!!!

So, the reason for the thread is... are there any other bikers here?  If so, what do you ride.

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