Archive for May, 2012

Has Technology Destroyed Music?

Posted in Commentary, Music with tags , , on May 27, 2012 by The Buddha Rats

This is a cool post on GS. It really got me thinking, because while I use a DAW to track all my stuff, the music I like and like to make has always been acoustic, electric, and organic. I’m never 100% ITB, since I play several instruments and also take advantage of vst technology.

Anyway here’s my take:

“Don’t hate the technology, hate the musician.
What technology has done is made it easier for people with questionable taste and margin-able talent to make music in abundance. It’s never been cheaper, or easier to do. There are a lot of people calling themselves musicians who know absolutely nothing about song construction, much less how to play a real instrument. They can rely on loops, MIDI packs, and pre-made construction sets to write, and because it’s all laid out there in front of them, they tend not to think outside of the box they just bought.

Another thing to think about is that it’s not about making Art anymore. Yes, some people care about quality, but most don’t. They care about being famous, and/or making a lot of money. Record companies love the crap because it’s no-brainer stuff. It’s easy for the sheep of the world to digest, which makes it easy to market and sell.

We’ll just have to dig a lot deeper to get to the good stuff.”


Suggester – Chord Progression Tool and Musical Scale Reference

Posted in Plug Ins with tags , , on May 11, 2012 by The Buddha Rats

I found this great app through the “genius” function on my phone. It’s been super helpful, and I’m looking forward to using this more for writing, brainstorming, and working through dryspells.

Suggester, by Mathieu Routhier,  is a tool to assist in the creation of songs and chord progressions. This app will help you find chords that work together. It is efficient and fun; use it to build musical phrases that will carry emotion through tension and release.

Simply touch a chord to hear how it sound like. Press the play button to hear the chord progression sequentially and adjust the playback speed.

You can work either forward or backward:
FORWARD – Pick a scale, then build your song from the chords that the app suggests. That`s the quickest way to assemble chords that are compatible.
BACKWARD – From the catalog, pick a set of chords that you like. The app will tell you what scales it matches with. After you have selected the scale you want to use, the app can tell you what chords will fit in with the ones you entered before. That is extremely useful in jam sessions!

When you`re satisfied, save your experimentations for later reference. Export them by email.

In the free version, some of these features are locked. Reach full productivity by purchasing a Full Unlock. You only need to buy it once for all your devices. To unlock your purchase on another device, select “Restore Purchases” in the Options.

Included with the app:
Scale Types : Major (Ionian), Minor (Aeolian), Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Locrian and Whole Tone.
Chord Types : Major triad, Minor triad, 6th, 7th, 9th, minor 6th, minor 7th, minor 9th, Major 7th, diminished, augmented, add9, suspended 2nd, suspended 4th, minor add9, 7th suspended 2nd, 7th suspended 4th.

Additional features:
– Supports device rotation.
– Optimized for Retina Display.
– Compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2012 by The Buddha Rats


Here’s a shot of an advertisement for storage in my neighborhood.

Adam MCA Yauch

Posted in R.I.P. Rock Stars with tags , , on May 4, 2012 by The Buddha Rats

We lost Levon Helm two weeks ago, and today we got news of Adam Yauch’s passing.

His music was the soundtrack to my life since 1984, and I’m saddened by his death, especially since I would see him walking around my Greenwich Village neighborhood on and off for years.

MCA: He was a trip, he had a funky beat, and we all got to bug out to it.


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