Brian Timmons

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  1. Good classical music

    Here's some of my favorites. If I listed them all we'd be here all day. So I limited myself to a couple each from Beethoven, Bach, and Shostakovich. As a cellist, it was hard to pick just two excerpts from the Bach cello suites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi2hXJ3qx34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZGb-Kjy0S0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL_vFR7Ba_Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qa9JYjC0VU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsie6Kddzqo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBR4cn2flRU
  2. Learning Theory

    It's been a while since I contributed on this board and my own music writing has slumped recently (to the point of nonexistence). But what the hell, here's my two cents. I agree with Nathan and Dannthr regarding their approaches to composition. Even if you never end up writing a fugue, you'll be better off knowing how to do it. http://www.musictheory.net/index.html Kenny, check this site out. For starters, go through the "Lessons" pull down menu in order. This is the single most concise, well rounded, and easy to use page I've come across for learning music theory on the entire web. If you already play an instrument, then you probably have a functional understanding of clefs, major and minor scales, and key signatures. If that's that case, click on the "Lessons" menu and dive into the section on chords and analysis. Otherwise you should start from the very beginning. If you don't have any, I recommend going to a music store and buying some blank musical manuscript paper. Being able to write music legibly by hand and notate figured bass is a good skill to have. Even if you end up transcribing everything to computer later on, I find that it helps me focus.
  3. FEAR 2 demo

    I LOOOOOOOOOOVE the new sniper rifle. I also dig how zooming in on a target requires you to sight down the barrel of whatever gun you're using. I loved the first game, but it bugged me when your vision magically moves forward and your gun position still looks like you're shooting from the hip. This new approach is much more realistic. And yeah, it's pretty damn scary, too.
  4. "Psychopaths" (medical term)

    The story in the OP seems to be conflating psychopaths with sociopaths. There's a big difference. For purely fictional illustrative purposes, compare The Joker with Dexter. A sociopath will kill you because they want something. A psychopath will kill you because it's Tuesday, and that's funny.
  5. Top books of all time

    I'll toss out a couple of favorites... The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi is very good, and an indispensable piece of both history and philosophy at once. Kind of like The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and it's studied by martial artists and business-type people for the exact same reasons. Unlike Sun Tzu's work which focuses on large scale military warfare and diplomacy, Musashi's book is primarily concerned with individual swordsmanship. His philosophy and techniques can then be applied to duels, large scale conflict, or just everyday living. I've been studying Eishin Ryu Iaido since May, and it's interesting to know the philosophy and thoughts of someone who survived several large battles and over 60 duels to the death. In those circumstances, everything non-essential is carved away, and I think the whole point of practicing swordsmanship in modern times is to polish away parts of ones self that weigh you down. Granted, I practice a different style than the one Musashi developed (Niten Ichi Ryu) but there's a lot of valuable insights to be had there. Apart from that, another big favorite of mine is The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan. This should absolutely be required reading for students worldwide. It's pretty much the Magnum Opus for critical thinking skills. It has several sections where he dissects and utterly demolishes pseudosciences like astrology, UFO's, and many religious practices. There's also a handy introductory guide on how to spot logical fallacies. It's also a very timely book because it illustrates the dangers of uncritical thinking and anti-intellectualism. One doesn't have to look very far to see those effects. Here in America, being outwardly intelligent is seen by many people as elitist, an affront to "Joe Six Pack" or the common man. Our country is losing its edge in science and engineering. In Third World Countries people are still being burned alive because they're accused of practicing witchcraft. All of these happen because people don't take time to think clearly. Seriously, it's an extremely good book and I recommend it to everyone. Follow the link and do the "search inside" feature, I guarantee that anyone who cherishes their gray matter will be hooked. http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Haunted-World-Science-Candle-Dark/dp/0345409469/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223409249&sr=8-1
  6. The sun... wavelength... rays..

    Radio waves actually do transmit heat to objects they contact. But the change is so infinitesimal that it's not worth measuring. Kind of like how a jumbo jet flying on the opposite side of the Earth has more gravitational pull on your body than Jupiter does.
  7. McCain picks Sarah Palin

    Here's the link to Letterman ripping on McCain if anyone's interested. "Hey John, do you need a ride to the airport?" Oh, that's just gold. :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjkCrfylq-E
  8. Feedback on Music

    I'm not sure what your long term musical goals are, or how it pertains to game audio, but here's my advice on how to improve your immediate situation. Try taking your singing up an octave. Your voice doesn't carry a tune in a register that low, but that may change with vocal training. So just take it up, and don't sing falsetto (from your throat only). This will force you to sing louder and project more. As my old orchestra teacher used to say, if you're going to make a mistake then at least make it loudly. It will take a while to get used to, but when your mistakes are louder and thus more obvious, your learning curve improves to make up for it. Experts don't become experts by never making mistakes. They do it by making far MORE mistakes than amateurs ever do. If you're in a situation like living in apartment or something, there are things you can do to train your voice without upsetting your neighbors. Warm up by doing controlled yells directly into a pillow. Be careful not to go too hard or you can damage your vocal chords. Then, still using the pillow, sing rising and falling scales. Use any opportunity when you're alone to practice. Sitting at red lights is a perfectly fine time to practice your scales. Don't do this while you're actually moving though, as your mind will get distracted from the road. As for the guitar playing, play out, and play loud. It isn't that bad, really. But like your voice it needs more oomph behind it. Just strum with a little more confidence with your right hand, and your left hand will keep up. Edited to add: Start hanging around the Music & Sound forum on Gamedev, you'll pick up a lot that way.
  9. Stereo mics

    I know this started as a discussion of stereo microphones, but since the subject of overcompression was brought up, EVERYONE should do themselves a favor and watch this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gmex_4hreQ
  10. Free Water Sounds

    I think WinAmp supports playback for .OGG files.
  11. Yarrrr!!!

    So a pirate walks into bar. You know the type. A hook for one hand, parrot on his shoulder, one peg leg, the whole bit. But he also has a sailing ship's wooden steering wheel stuffed down the front of his pants. The bartender asks what it's for, and the pirate says, "Arrrr...it's drivin' me nuts."
  12. Certainly a Common Question

    For starters, read this. There's a lot of information to be had just on this site for a beginner. I'm trying to get my foot in the door of the industry, too. At present I check the Help Wanted forum on this site from time to time. Get some tunes online, see what people are looking for, and put yourself in front of people. Welcome to the forum!
  13. Anglicans oficially embrace evolution.

    Quote:Original post by acemuzzy I still don't get why an inaccuracy in the bible means that some other creator mightn't exist. Look at it from a managerial perspective. If God doesn't have enough reading comprehension to proofread his own book or the executive skills to ensure someone else on his team can do it for him, how am I supposed to believe that he has whatever skill sets are required for creation of the Universe? All sarcasm aside though...Pending evidence for an all powerful creator, the logical default position is one of doubt.
  14. voice over?

    A quick Google search shows a number of active online forums dedicated solely to voice acting. Apart from that, you can always post an ad in Gamedev's Help Wanted forum, since that usually gets more traffic than the Music & Sound forum. Just be sure to follow the mandatory posting template if you do post in Help Wanted, because the moderators will shut your thread down pretty fast if you don't.