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  1. Brian Timmons

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    "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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
  10. Brian Timmons

    Free Water Sounds

    I think WinAmp supports playback for .OGG files.
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    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. Brian Timmons

    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. Brian Timmons

    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. Brian Timmons

    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.
  15. Brian Timmons

    Anglicans oficially embrace evolution.

    Quote:Original post by benryves I don't recall ever meeting a Christian who took the Bible 100% literally. I know I don't. That's because you don't live in the American South. I've run into more than my fair share of people who believe every single passage of the Bible is the complete, unequivocal, and literal truth. How they reconcile the heaps of passages that directly contradict each other (not to mention observable reality) is anyone's guess.
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    I had a dream last night.....

    I once had a dream about a 70's style disco club filled with nothing but domesticated chimps. They were all wearing disco outfits too. Platform shoes, sequin vests, the works. And rather than communicate with each other with sign language, the chimps would dance in sentences. When they did this, I saw subtitles appear. No kidding. Subtitles. In a dream. Disco dancing chimps. That's the only time in my life I've ever woken up laughing.
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    McCain picks Sarah Palin

    Comments on blogs, and especially Youtube are sadly predictable. That said, the GOP continues to amaze me with the blatant shenanigans that they're able to get away with. This is the party that supports legislating its way into every American uterus and opposes laws that guarantee equal pay for women. And despite all that, they have the brazen nerve to claim that they're the victims of sexism.
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    McCain picks Sarah Palin

    I lost any respect I might have had for Charlie Gibson during that debate ABC hosted between Clinton and Obama. I can scarcely think of a time when I wanted so badly to reach through my TV and give him and Stephanopolous 20 cockpunches each.
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    McCain picks Sarah Palin

    Quote:Original post by Rain 7I'm sorry, but anyone who says that the iraq war is "God's will" has no business running this country. Quoted for truth. Note to Republicans: "The Rapture" is not an exit strategy.
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    LHC to end the world!

    Nostradamus? Please. Prophecies are written in vague language for a reason. It's done that way to ensure that just about any event can be declared "accurately predicted" if you do enough loose interpretation and mental gymnastics. People in the business(*) of religion and/or prophecy start with a conclusion, then gather very dodgy evidence to support it. That's the very opposite of the scientific method, which just happens to be the ONLY surefire way we have of actually knowing whether things are true or not. If you look to prophecies for guidance, you'd be better off leaving major life decisions to your Magic 8-Ball. That at least gives you a 50% chance of accuracy. Compare that to every single end of the world prophecy, all of which have been 100% wrong. Failed end of the world prophecies (* Yes, it is a business. They're always selling something, and their income depends on people not being able or willing to think for themselves.) As for the 2012 nonsense, it is true that the Mayans had made great advances in observational astronomy. However, these were still people that believed it was NECESSARY to perform mass human sacrifice in order to keep the Earth from ceasing to exist. They were very smart people technologically speaking, but they weren't exactly fully grounded in purely rational thought, either. So please, let's keep things in perspective. No Doomsday in 2012 And finally, the LHC won't destroy the world. Between nuclear weapons, viral pandemics, global warming, and the odd chance of a nearby stellar burst of gamma radiation, we have enough real problems to worry about. No, the LHC won't destroy the Earth
  21. I have a slightly different idea. Instead of using the Mods' time making sure that aspiring teams meet some arbitrary criteria for experience, how about implementing a set form for starting a new thread in Help Wanted? I'm no programmer, but would it really be that hard to have a series of required fields that the poster has to complete in order to start their own thread? Stick with the fields required in the Help Wanted template, and simply make it mandatory to put SOME text in each box. Several new fields could then be simply filled out by check boxes so there can't be any dancing around the issues. Have a questions like, "Is your team a legal entity? Yes / No" "If yes to previous question, what type of company? Corporation / LLC / etc." "Are any team members under the age of 18? Yes / No" "What kind of team members do you need, and how many?" And so on. Or put check boxes for "Compensation": Paid - Guaranteed amount, Some upfront and/or upon completion of milestones Paid - Guaranteed amount after project completion No guarantees - Some amount depending on potential profits made, if any Volunteer Only / Non-profit - Self explanatory That way everyone would be posting according to the template and the Mods wouldn't have to spend so much time closing down threads started by people who can't be bothered to read a FAQ. Does this sound like a good idea?
  22. Brian Timmons

    Woodward 60 Minutes: Secret Weapon?

    I'm inclined to think Woodward was fed a line by the Pentagon. Still, who knows what kind of top secret stuff we have operating? Keep in mind that the F117 was first built in 1978 and remained classified for ten years. For all the new gadgets we're reading about in Wired, the stuff being used would probably blow our minds.
  23. Brian Timmons

    McCain picks Sarah Palin

    Quote:Original post by Trapper Zoid Question for the Americans here: I noticed McCain in his speech mentioned bringing the U.S. presidency back into the tradition of "Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan". One thing I've always wondered - what is it with the fascination with Reagan? Why's he so lauded as a great president? I'm asking because I'm ignorant of what the general U.S. opinion is of the man. All I know is his links to Reaganomics (which I think are bunk), various scandals like the Iran-Contra affair, and he happened to be around when the Cold War crumbled (but I felt that Gorbachev and Thatcher had a lot to do with that too.) I'm sure I'm missing the bit that makes him regarded as a legend but I don't know what that is. Or is it because if you discard Reagan, you've got to go back to Eisenhower for a decent Republican president? I find it hilarious that Republicans refer to us Obama supporters as a personality cult, when they're the ones who fall all over themselves to worship the ground Reagan walked on. I think Reagan skirted by mainly on sheer image and charm. Apart from that, "Reaganomics", in particular the "Trickle Down" theory provided the Republican elite with a convoluted way to justify their filthy rich, fat cat lifestyle, while at the same time convincing average poor Americans with socially backwards viewpoints to vote against their own economic interest. I was only 8 years old when Reagan left office. But even at that age, when I heard him talking about "winnable" nuclear wars, I knew enough to recognize that he was out of his goddamn mind.
  24. Quote:Original post by Mithrandir Question... How come every right-wing site I ever visit has an advertisement for "Mister Floor-humper"? Well, if you stretch with a "wide stance" it can improve physical conditioning. Just ask Larry Craig.
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