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    Hey Abel, if you are still out there, I am so...

    Hey Abel, if you are still out there, I am so sorry to be *slightly* late in replying! I intend to answer your thoughtful questions, for which I am very appreciative, on a not-seven-years-again...
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    Science faire seven inch box set

    Hey my friends, I am very psyched to announce that Henry Owings​ at Chunklet is reissuing the Apples' "Science Faire" collection of our early EPs and singles, as a super cool 7" box set!! Henry is...
  3. New album by French Exit on Cloud/Garden Gate/Hope for the Tape Deck

    STRANGE AND LOVELY NEW ALBUM BY FRENCH EXIT

    French Exit is an enigmatic musical project from Athens, Georgia, led by AJ Griffin of Laminated Cat, The Olivia Tremor Control, and Circulatory System....
  4. Also, I am getting back in touch with the musical...

    Also, I am getting back in touch with the musical me after a few years in space (sort of a dissociative fugue was going on in a good way)... I pledge to hang out more often like we used to do.
  5. Also, I am about to post on the Garden Gate...

    Also, I am about to post on the Garden Gate Records and Cloud forums about AJ Griffin's amazing new record, on behalf of Garden Gate... okay still lovin' and missin' as above...
    Robert
  6. From your friend marbles (aka Robert Schneider but that's just my Establishment name)

    Hi friends I have missed all of you and so sorry to be such a long time in posting!! I am in graduate school studying mathematics which is just so incredibly mind blowing and wonderful, but have not...
  7. Thread: Bill

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    Thank you all so much for your kind and...

    Thank you all so much for your kind and supportive comments.

    I remember the first time I saw Bill: when I was a teenager in Ruston, Louisiana, I used to hang around after school at Haymaker's...
  8. Thread: Bill

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    Bill

    I am heartbroken by the loss of my life-long friend, collaborator and band-mate. My world will never be the same without the wonderful, funny, supremely creative Bill Doss. On behalf of my own...
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    Aloha and announcement, from Robert

    Hello my friends!! I have been off the Townhall for a regrettably long time, as my New Year's resolution for last year (2011) was to make no music at all, to focus on mathematics and experimental...
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    Here are a few words on Smile from an interview I...

    Here are a few words on Smile from an interview I did recently with the French magazine Slate, for an article about the release of the "Smile Sessions".


    The mythology of "Smile" was probably the...
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    "Smile" release today!!

    So excited! Can't wait to hear it! Oh man!!!

    Love,
    Robert Schneider
  12. Friends it is an amazing record, you will not be...

    Friends it is an amazing record, you will not be disappointed on the musical side-- no denying the vinyl is expensive, the label only pressed 100 vinyl copies (plus 100 the band pressed only to sell...
  13. The new Big Fresh album is so good!! (out today)

    Hi friends!! See below the press release from Garden Gate Records about the new Big Fresh record, which just came out and is a seriously awesome pop music affair!! I have been lucky to observe as the...
  14. Big Fresh "Moneychasers" is finally out!! (on gold vinyl to boot)

    Hi friends!! See below the press release from Garden Gate Records about the new Big Fresh record, which just came out and is a seriously awesome pop music affair!! I have been lucky to observe as the...
  15. thank you twoheadedgirl, me too :)

    thank you twoheadedgirl, me too :)
  16. these are great ideas, skyfinity, and an...

    these are great ideas, skyfinity, and an interesting video, thank you. since you wrote i have performed a few times with the teletron with my friend robert beatty, and also at the aux festival in...
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    Happy birthday to Jim McIntyre!!

    Happy birthday, Jim!! Thank you for your sounds, ideas and inspiration!!
    Love,
    Robert
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    Aha, well here I am an expert (for once), as I...

    Aha, well here I am an expert (for once), as I dubbed the cassettes, xeroxed the artwork and applied the labels: The Always Red Society album was the other cassette released with the first catalog,...
  19. hello one-headed boy-- yes i will say h* to m**c...

    hello one-headed boy-- yes i will say h* to m**c : )

    --robert
  20. From Robert: Show in Durham, NC, on Tuesday with Three Legged Race

    Dear sociable people in the Durham, nc, area--

    I had meant to post before, and apologize that this is now getting near, but i am playing a small show with my good friend Robert Beatty (Hair...
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    thank you all so much for your kind words, they...

    thank you all so much for your kind words, they made me feel good on my birthday and i mentally blew out the candles on your photo, spiffy_kimbean!! sorry i didn't write back on the day, was rushing...
  22. Thread: Trombone Dixie

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    I recorded this on my Yamaha cassette four-track...

    I recorded this on my Yamaha cassette four-track in 1992 I think, when I was 21 or 22, around the time I recorded the songs for "Pyramid Landing" and also the first Apples EP. Started with the mono...
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    Or try this link:...

    Or try this link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jy41V7DxuY
    if that one doesn't work-- I love this film by the brilliant Danny Coy, for John Ferguson's song off "Travellers in Space and...
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    Robert: Abel's Pythagoras thoughts

    Dear Abel-- I am very sorry to be so long in answering your interesting question-- last year I was traveling and had a number of projects going, and fell out of touch within the internet a little...
  25. you have a time machine too, soniclovenoize? or...

    you have a time machine too, soniclovenoize? or did you hack the quadruply refracting 4-D scrolling vector display visor, for some other use? kudos, sir, in either case.

    robert beatty, who...
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    Happy New Future

    happy new year and lovely thoughts to my friends in the e6 community!!

    love
    robert schneider
  27. aha-- alternate roberts-- there is a picture of...

    aha-- alternate roberts-- there is a picture of me and my son Max at the pacific ocean in LA right now, as the thumbnail, if that is helpful... see you there (if you see schneiderich, schneiderman,...
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    Craig is an amazing producer and mixer-- his...

    Craig is an amazing producer and mixer-- his studio is junky (in a great way: non-junky = sucky in my book), largely hand-built, he has great gear and gets the best sounds this side of 1972. He is...
  29. Oh snap! Robert has a Facebook account (for better or, quite likely, worse)

    Hey friends, I am now on Facebook after years of avoiding interaction with others online (except for intermittently here on the Townhall)-- I had to sign up to view a certain hacker's electronics...
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    hi friends!! back from tour with the apples--...

    hi friends!! back from tour with the apples-- wonderful shows on the west coast with Fol Chen-- although our bass player Eric (aka P.R.E.) broke his foot quite seriously dropping a box of LP's on it...
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    The Apples are back from Brazil

    The Apples just returned from an amazing trip to Brazil, where six of our new songs are in rotation on commercial radio (commercial radio there doesn't suck like it does here). We played a huge...
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    just want to say that i LOVE this cool song!! i...

    just want to say that i LOVE this cool song!! i haven't read this whole thread but it seems there are conflicting views as to whether or not it was a good choice to release an experimental track vs....
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    let me check, abel, and i will post a list for...

    let me check, abel, and i will post a list for anyone interested-- good question, thanks for asking (man we are being all real-time-communication here, this is awesome, never happens to me, who sort...
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    hello thinkingcog... yes it is an odd choice if...

    hello thinkingcog... yes it is an odd choice if one were to look at it as a single, i agree-- here is the explanation: we have almost completed videos for most of the songs on the record-- our goal...
  35. Friends-- the performance in Louisville went...

    Friends-- the performance in Louisville went great, Robert Beatty and I had an amazing time-- a very cool space and i learned a lot about electronics from the hackers--

    here is footage that was...
  36. Teletron demonstration tonight, Sept. 20, in Louisville

    Dear friends in Louisville, KY, if you be reading:

    My friend Robert Beatty (Hair Police, Ulysses, Eyes and Arms of Smoke, Burning Star Core, Three Legged Race, and onwards) and I will be...
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    Thank you, Akryllic Love-- I think the video is...

    Thank you, Akryllic Love-- I think the video is not officially up for release until HG Wells' birthday, which is tomorrow-- you whistleblower!
    : )
    Robert
  38. Nice. Definitely got a similar folk-psych blend...

    Nice. Definitely got a similar folk-psych blend going on to the first couple of Dead records, although I don't think any of T. Pond are technically hippies-- they are more folkies. I love the Dead. I...
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    Hi friends! Just dropping by for a second here,...

    Hi friends! Just dropping by for a second here, but I will start to answer your drum mic question, jedE3-- and will put off for another time discussing the beautifully written letter that I am...
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    The existence of gravity bongs follows from...

    The existence of gravity bongs follows from general relativity... or possibly vice versa... this thread is awesome.
  41. R.I.P. Mike Edwards, E.L.O. Cellist/Grapefruitist

    Sad news from a couple of days ago, of interest to this forum I think:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-11195393

    Peaceful thoughts,

    Robert
  42. so far no electrocution from the teletron, nor...

    so far no electrocution from the teletron, nor time travel, but napoleon and his brother are onto something i bet!
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    You rock, Zac-- tell Cole hello, and may your...

    You rock, Zac-- tell Cole hello, and may your four-track recorder return to you speedily and oozing with the Force : )
    Robert
  44. king bob, it's funny you mention that, craig who...

    king bob, it's funny you mention that, craig who wrote the song tried to convince me of the same point, but i don't hear it-- the first few chords are similar and the first notes of the melody, but...
  45. Okay, I don't think I did the html code right for...

    Okay, I don't think I did the html code right for the photo in my above instructional post... soniclovenoize (or someone else), would you mind posting the image as a reply below, and maybe give me...
  46. TELETRON FOR THE POPULACE: MODIFYING THE MATTEL...

    TELETRON FOR THE POPULACE: MODIFYING THE MATTEL MINDFLEX TOY TO PLAY A SYNTHESIZER WITH YOUR MIND
    BY ROBERT SCHNEIDER

    Provided here are instructions for converting the Mattel MindFlex toy, which...
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    Dear mrsquig, I go by Robert Kenobi in these...

    Dear mrsquig,

    I go by Robert Kenobi in these situations : )

    I totally remember you from the Bug Jar, nice talking with you-- a super fun show by the way, and Rochester is home to one of my...
  48. Thank you guys for your nice comments : )

    Thank you guys for your nice comments : ) <== really smiling big

    Tsuxiit, that is a great idea, I really want to be able to do that. I think Autotune is practically custom made for such a...
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    I definitely prefer to think of myself as more of...

    I definitely prefer to think of myself as more of an elegant curve : )

    There is a reason I like to make productions that work well with headphones...
    Love,
    Robert
  50. Thread: Chords thread

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    Sticky: Sail, you are right that the chords are high up...

    Sail, you are right that the chords are high up on the neck, although John Hill plays open position chords:

    VERSE: A Dmaj7 E Dmaj7
    CHORUS: A E Dmaj7

    I will figure out and post the way I...
  51. Terrapin Pond record is out today!!! By Robert Schneider

    Dear friends—
    I am very, very happy to announce today’s release of the first album by Terrapin Pond, my brother-in-law and collaborator in Thee American Revolution and recording guru Craig Morris’...
  52. Terrapin Pond record is out today, by Robert Schneider.

    Dear friends—
    I am very, very happy to announce today’s release of the first album by Terrapin Pond, my brother-in-law and collaborator in Thee American Revolution and recording guru Craig Morris’...
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    I would just like to contribute to this thread by...

    I would just like to contribute to this thread by saying something positive, not entirely off-topic but unrelated to the conversation:

    YES!!

    --Robert S.
  54. My Mind-Controlled Analog Synth is Operational, by Robert S.

    My friends-- It was awesome seeing many of you and your bands at the Athens Pop Fest last week. What a great week!

    As some of you may know, I was working on putting together a mind-controlled...
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    Okay, so apparently I am a huge internet...

    Okay, so apparently I am a huge internet slacker-- been traveling again and haven't looked online for a couple of weeks, and there are a lot of questions here! I will get on answering them this week,...
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    Hello!! : )

    Hello!! <wave back>

    : )
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    From Robert S., back from tour

    Hey friends-- I just got back from an amazing tour around our record release, with the Generationals and Laminated Cat, who were such great bands and people-- I miss them, as well as my bandmates...
  58. Thread: Chords thread

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    Sticky: dear hyunja-- on "rainfall" they are barre chords...

    dear hyunja-- on "rainfall" they are barre chords for the most part, except it is an open E chord-- but usually in the apples, one of the guitar players will play open chords and the other will play...
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    i love this song! it has been running through my...

    i love this song! it has been running through my head constantly since i first heard it-- go miles!!
  60. Friends! Thank you for the nice comments on our...

    Friends! Thank you for the nice comments on our record-- I am checking the vinyl test pressing right now, for flaws or whatever, and it sounds really hi-fi and stereophonic!

    To answer a couple of...
  61. I think the new apples record is available for listening

    fellow travellers,

    my next-door neighbor just told me you can hear our new album "Travellers in Space and Time" on yep roc's website... i imagine it is www.yeproc.com, but i am not sure. the album...
  62. Thread: "Dance Floor"

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    hi friends-- i see our first single was...

    hi friends-- i see our first single was released-- woohoo! mixed it almost six months ago, that was a long wait!!

    marci mentioned to me that there are questions about the use of vocoder, versus...
  63. Thread: Turtles?

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    The real moustache combs itself...

    The real moustache combs itself...
  64. Thread: Turtles?

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    By coincidence, my brother-in-law Craig Morris--...

    By coincidence, my brother-in-law Craig Morris-- who also is my collaborator in Thee American Revolution and was a songwriter and the producer on the beautiful first Ideal Free Distribution album--...
  65. Nico (and other under-21 friends who may need...

    Nico (and other under-21 friends who may need assistance): Please email Marci (my pleasant wife) at:

    marci@gardengaterecords.com

    and she may be able to help as the tour gets under way.
    ...
  66. Thread: Live Photos?

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    i do , alex, early set of band photos-- plus i...

    i do , alex, early set of band photos-- plus i have the first ever apples show on videotape-- will post at some point.

    love
    robert
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    Happy new decade, and happy future

    Happy new year, and positive thought transmissions wishing for a fruitful future, to all of my friends in the Elephant 6 Collective and Townhall!! Keep up the warm feelings and big ideas.

    Love,...
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    Holy sh*t!!!! This is amazing, thank you so much...

    Holy sh*t!!!! This is amazing, thank you so much for the link, jared7!! I have just seen the future of my logarithmic compositions!!

    --Robert Schneider
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    Thee American Revolution video on YouTube

    Hi everybody--

    Garden Gate Records posted the first video by Thee American Revolution to YouTube over the weekend, for our song "Grit Magazine." Marci posted a note about it here, but she forgot...
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    Thee American Revolution video on YouTube

    Hi everybody--

    Garden Gate Records posted the first video by Thee American Revolution to YouTube over the weekend, for our song "Grit Magazine."

    For the record, Craig and I write and record so...
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    Hi friends-- Answers to the queries: Yes, our...

    Hi friends--

    Answers to the queries: Yes, our label exists largely so we can hear new music, so we are very pleased to hear your recordings. Please write Craig Morris at...
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    F*ck y**h!! We got our own label sub-section!

    Hello friends-- I am pleased to see that Garden Gate Records, the psychedelic label I work on with my wife Marci and brother-in-law Craig Morris (who are the real bosses), has its own subsection here...
  73. Thee American Revolution album is out today

    Hi Friends--

    Just a note to say Buddha Electrostorm, the first record by Thee American Revolution (the garage-psych band I am in with my brother-in-law Craig Morris), is out today on Garden Gate...
  74. Thee american revolution album is out today!!

    Hi Friends--

    Just a note to say Buddha Electrostorm, the first record by Thee American Revolution (the garage-psych band I am in with my brother-in-law Craig Morris), is out today on Garden Gate...
  75. Thread: Ho-LY SHIT

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    hi guys-- i think, in fact, it was scott who...

    hi guys-- i think, in fact, it was scott who yelled-- not me. jeff performed the song live in one take in the main recording room at the old pet sounds recording studio, in denver, while all our...
  76. it is a very special record i know many of you...

    it is a very special record i know many of you will enjoy. glad to hear from those of you who have heard it!

    love,
    robert schneider
  77. THE NEW LAMINATED CAT RECORD, by Robert Schneider

    Hello friends,

    Just a note to say that the first album by Laminated Cat, Umbrella Weather, is released to the world today on Garden Gate Records, the psychedelia label I have been working on with...
  78. THE NEW LAMINATED CAT RECORD, by Robert Schneider

    Hello friends,

    Just a note to say that the first album by Laminated Cat, Umbrella Weather, is released to the world today on Garden Gate Records, the psychedelia label I have been working on with...
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    Hi guys, I played in Sydney, Australia, about...

    Hi guys,

    I played in Sydney, Australia, about two weeks ago-- it was super fun, and lots of nice folks in attendance-- thanks for coming out, Christophe.

    --Robert
  80. BIG FRESH FOREVER COMES OUT TODAY, by Robert Schneider

    Hi everybody,

    Just a plug for an amazing album.

    Garden Gate Records, the small record label (psychedelia mostly) I am helping my wife Marci and brother-in-law and American Revolution bandmate...
  81. BIG FRESH FOREVER released worldwide today, by Robert S.

    Hi everybody,

    Just a plug for an amazing album.

    Garden Gate Records, the small record label (psychedelia mostly) I am helping my wife Marci and brother-in-law and American Revolution bandmate...
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    hi plex/alex and friends-- i have been working...

    hi plex/alex and friends-- i have been working hard on the new apples record for the last few months and have not been going online very frequently-- sorry to not have gotten back to you on these...
  83. "Harold and Maude" is the most beautiful film I...

    "Harold and Maude" is the most beautiful film I have ever seen-- everyone should see it. Wes Anderson's films and Christopher Guest's films are also up there for me. Oh yeah, and "The Beach Boys: An...
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    Dear Pomimimin and other friends, Thank you...

    Dear Pomimimin and other friends,

    Thank you so much for your birthday wishes!! I love the drawing, that was so very nice of you to think of my birthday, Pomimimin.

    My birthday rocked-- I am in...
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    the bonus tracks are data on the enhanced cd,...

    the bonus tracks are data on the enhanced cd, i.e. you put the disc in your computer and open it as a data cd, as opposed to playing it as an audio cd (just the way we embedded the nonpythagorean...
  86. Thread: Chords thread

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    Sticky: beautiful cover, alex!! i love the synth sound,...

    beautiful cover, alex!! i love the synth sound, and it captures the spirit of the original, while definitely being your own version-- thank you.

    --robert
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    hahaha brian was quite a bit more vivacious than...

    hahaha brian was quite a bit more vivacious than bernie, was smiling and very nice to me. he had just played a mindblowingly good show around That Lucky Old Sun in nashville, and sang just like...
  88. Thread: Chords thread

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    Sticky: hi alex-- glad i could help, i am really honored...

    hi alex-- glad i could help, i am really honored you wanted to figure out my song (which i myself can't remember how to play)-- i think you are right in your message above, it is a Dmaj7 in the...
  89. Thread: Chords thread

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    Sticky: dear plex, actually rocket pad was written in...

    dear plex,

    actually rocket pad was written in A, and we sped the tape machine up a half-step for the mixdown, to make it more spunky-- also, now that i think of it, it was the first song we ever...
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    Dear Jean-Emmanuel-- I would love to...

    Dear Jean-Emmanuel--

    I would love to contribute a song to your wonderful compilation-- please email me at marbles@hotmail.com with more details/ideas/timeline, and thank you so much for asking.
    ...
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    we only made a handful of those samplers, i had...

    we only made a handful of those samplers, i had forgotten all about them. a bunch of beautiful four-track recordings, i guess they are all unreleased aside from this comp. i hand-wrote the label and...
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    hi guys-- sorry to be late seeing this thread, i...

    hi guys-- sorry to be late seeing this thread, i have been holed up recording and also family vacationing and such (oh man, i went to parent-child space camp with my son max , who is 7, a couple of...
  93. Thread: Chords thread

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    Sticky: hi strutter-- thank you for the nice words! ...

    hi strutter-- thank you for the nice words!

    two things about scales:

    1. many of my leads are composed around the chord shapes, like on tin pan alley where i basically start by picking the high...
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    what's up ron!! (ron marschall was the...

    what's up ron!!

    (ron marschall was the assistant engineer at pet sounds while the apples recorded "discovery of a world inside the moone" and "her wallpaper reverie", as well as being a very...
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    hi blasticpubble, my friend-- you are quite...

    hi blasticpubble, my friend--

    you are quite right, the version in the samsung commercial is an alternate take of "signal in the sky" which is almost identical to the original-- and of course, you...
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    dear plex-- optical records mfg. is a label i was...

    dear plex-- optical records mfg. is a label i was starting about 5 years ago, when i got really pumped up in my down time after velocity of sound, on the idea of starting a new label (as i LOVED...
  97. Thread: Chords thread

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    Sticky: hey guys-- i have been meaning to check out this...

    hey guys-- i have been meaning to check out this thread for a while, and am sorry to just be getting around to it.

    in "the oasis," the chord progression on the first line above is actually

    A ...
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    it is a beautiful song! nice work miles! ...

    it is a beautiful song! nice work miles!

    --robert
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    The story of his discovery/bicycle ride is...

    The story of his discovery/bicycle ride is magical-- it is true that once you learn to ride, you never forget. It is amazing that Hofmann lived to such a great age-- a beautiful man.
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    hi guys-- i should have pitched in here before,...

    hi guys-- i should have pitched in here before, but just noticed this thread--

    matt is correct, i do a lot of recording sitting on the floor in the family room of my house in a pile of keyboards...
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