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Archive for February, 2012

Unicorns revisited

Posted by r on February 28, 2012

(Edit cleanup 3.19.13: This post is on an elaborate if totally silly chance-based system of composition that I came up with but have only employed even partially for one half-song, and have been thinking about using again at greater length for five or six years now, but I definitely haven’t gotten around to it yet. Recommended for only the toughest of tabletop RPGers and/or system-loving noisehounds.)
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Re-release notes: Aprosody’s Ignition Etudes (and beyond)

Posted by r on February 21, 2012

“Chafing may result from extended exposure. This is intentional.”
– From the original liner notes, Aprosody – Ignition Etudes, 2000

(edit cleanup 3.19.13: This post is a Behind the Music post all about a relatively unforgiving ambient-drone-metal album I recorded in 2000 under the fake band name Aprosody and “reissued” in 2012 on my main music-releasin’ website, As usual, I have a lot more to say about it than most people will probably want to read.)
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Food for Appalachian thought

Posted by r on February 15, 2012

Prices in USD, based on new instruments widely available ca. 2012 in the United States only.
“Viable” means the bottom level of available instruments that most existing players of the instrument seem to consider actually acceptable for a beginner’s use, based on real input from existing players, general forum responses to the very common “What guitar / banjo / mandolin should I start with” threads, and other such input around the Internet. 
Viable “starter” Intermediate Pro-grade
Electric guitar 130-150 300-450 1000-2500+
Acoustic guitar 150-250 300-800 1000-3000+
Electronic keyboard 75-300 400-500 700-1500+
Dobro 400-700 800-1000 1500-3500+
Banjo 400-700 1000+ 1500-9000+
Mandolin 500-700 1000+ 2000-9000+
Kind of ironic how comparatively expensive it is to be a poor-redneck “traditionalist” these days.

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