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  1. Loved the book. Hated the movie.

    "Hey guys, let's strip out every major subplot and instead spend the whole movie throwing the camera around while the filmmakers suck up to the Vatican because of how 'damning' da Vinci Code was! What a great idea for a movie!"

    No. No it wasn't. I was bored to tears.

  2. I kinda knew this was going to come up at some point - after all, this track (Rhythm of Wind Sky and Earth) is perc-only on a soundtrack full of lush melodies that people have already ReMixed to hell.

    That said, really glad it was DrumUltima - he kicks out all the best stuff, no holds barred, and this track is certainly exemplary of that quality in his music. The rhythms here are groovy, baby, really swank. And with a title like that, who can lose? ;)

  3. I had some great moments this year. I think swinging my sword in both Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Twilight Princess were among the most fun I've ever had in my entire life. Then there's my current progress in Chrono Trigger DS and rediscovering the SNES and F-Zero... Great year.

  4. I just finished Lost Sanctum. Neat rewards, but still baffled as to how an entire development team thought this was a good idea.



    I had so much fun playing through the game again, though. I'd forgotten how much I actually liked this game. :D

  5. Cool. You can help me get started by sending me the sheet music of the melody you intend to use for the lyrics - I can kinda catch it by listening to the mix, but it wouldn't be perfect and I'd like to see the ideas you've been working on for lyrics. :)

    As for the mix: only thing that bugs me is that it's really repetitive. If it's a lyric-based song, you should mix things up in the background and/or modify the lead melody so that the song doesn't end up sounding like Groundhog Day. Counter-melodies/harmonies are also classics for lead lyrical melodies.

    I'm also not digging one of the samples, though I can't put my finger on which... :tomatoface:Silly me.

  6. Cheers, musicians/artists. My first piece of creative writing in... I don't know how long.

    A hand breaks through the snow. Cold, it thinks. The snowfall is so deep it has buried the secrets of the lands beneath. The hand is soon followed by a being, not yet conscious, struggling to awaken. Finds his feet - good so far. But his posture is ruined by years of disuse, and he falls again, forward this time. Eating snow. Pathetic.

    He hoists himself up, brushes himself off. What is he wearing? Some sort of guard armor? Lightweight blue metal covers his upper body; his pant legs are black, lighter because of the snow. In a hoister on his belt, sheathed...

    "A blade...?"

    Pull, draw, aim. It's a short blade, but it reflects the light from the snow, nearly blinding him. He hastens to sheath it again.

    Feet unsteady, still. A forest surrounds him, the trees covered in the sky's dandruff. He sees, nearby, an evergreen whose trunk has been manipulated, carved. He goes to it.

    "You are here."

    Where am I? And for the first time, he is aware. Alert. But there is no danger here. Beneath the tree's sign, an arrow. Pointing... that way, to a path leading away from his clearing. "Carry me." And his feet obey.

    Every step an eternity, every mile a death wish, he wanders the forest, blindly but with instinct now burning timber and oil inside him. No purpose but to search.

    Finally, another clearing appears. Empty, but with a tree stump in the middle. A great Being once stood here, but madness and war have thrown it away. Stump is covered in snow...

    "What is that?"

    Barely, he makes out the corner of a... journal? Pulls it from beneath the white, dusts it off, open. A note falls out, into his open palm.

    "You are... alone. Nowhere."

    The journal is his. He begins to read, and begins to wish he had never been stirred by the falling of the snow.

  7. Definitely wait, especially with Christmas right now. By summer, everything should be worked out, and your OS should update automatically via Apple Software Update. (Not sure on this, I think mine came with 10.5 already installed, but those early days with my baby were so long ago I can barely remember.)

  8. I guess I'll take a break from downloading piano pieces for some rap recommendations.

    Public Enemy is classic, in my book. Found them about the same time as Immortal Technique; I wonder why I had never heard of them before. Catchy stuff, and lots of great lyrics too.

    Everybody needs some Jedi Mind Tricks in their lives, IMHO. This song in particular is up with Fort Minor's "Kenji" - the first verse is primarily an overview of Vietnam soldiers, while the second verse is RA the Rugged Man in the head of his dad, who actually fought in the Vietnam War.

    I also find Immortal Technique to be a superior producer, but a lot of his songs are extreme leftist politics which even I (raving liberal that I am) do not agree with.

    1. Put it on 2. STFU and pay attention

    How many people do you honestly know that take step #2 anymore? Most of my friends song-surf when they get a new CD instead of listening to it all the way through. If more people actually paid attention to the songs they listen to, more people might actually have opinions on the music they buy and listen to.

    Addendum: I hate the phrase "listen to". It tastes funny in my mouth. :(

  9. [Riffing based on what I'm hearing in real-time - LIKE THE OLYMPICS IN THE WEST COAST RIGHT NBC RIGHT??]

    The intro is MUCH improved. Very cool.

    The flute lead and drum writing underneath was AWESOME. I instantly started grooving, and it didn't feel too artificial.

    The piano part after that was great, and the duet sounds fantastic.

    The choir/piano section near the end might be tinkered with in terms of volume. I'm curious as to what you're going to do with the ending piece - sounds kinda "out there" compared to the rest of the song.

    I see the makings of a great song here. The drums have added some excellence, so now you should focus on giving the piece's lead melodies some coherence - give the song some structure so it doesn't feel so meandering.

    As Rozo said, you seem to know what you're doing, so I'm confident you'll come out with the winner soon.