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Yours to do with it as You Like

Cancellation effect be damned! Let’s split those channels! My favourite trick (and signature sound) is running an active bass into a bit-crusher, ramping it up till the sound is heavy with pitched harmonic white noise and forcing it through a layer of swirling chorus. This makes for the nicely dizzying feeling of detuned synth grain. The chorus splitting the channels beautifully wide and deep, which get run through the two channels of a side-chained compressor, ducking the bass drum, before getting hard panned.

I play secretly depressing alt-dance party jams and really enjoy a nice crisp early 90s FM bass hitting right down the middle, but also love the new-wave goths and their powerfully dreary bass lines. With this setup the bass sits somewhere between the chorused drenched perfection of New Order and the driving side-chained white noise that drags people to the dance floor in French House.

It sounds rich and mesmerising on the floor and in the headphones but to make sure it doesn’t die completely in mono I throw a second channel of the original chorus back into the centre of the mix at a low volume. It’s barely noticeable within the depths of it all, but when YouTube slows down and monos everything on my 2009 netbook (lol), the cleaner centre track suddenly steps forward as the surround steps back and saves the mix.

Yes you definitely do hear the mix change noticeably due to the chorus channels canceling out but I’ve learned to love and embrace it. The music has a life, it warps and grows with what’s going on around it. I know it’s not how most people like to master their tracks but through embracing the cancellation I’ve managed to focus loss on only the most distorted tracks to get a simpler cleaner mix when the track is played on a simpler platform. I like to imaging that it’s like a hidden form in the shadows of a window in a painting that only becomes visible when the light hits the work at just the right angle. Something that helps give the work mystery, depth and longevity. Well it would have been a mystery till I just gave it away hah. 

Use side chained compression on your guitars and they will be instantly easier to mix into your electronic tracks. Truth. 

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Aspects of Perception

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There’s no such thing as lazy. It’s a term used by people who don’t have the capacity to understand the varying levels of motivation, focus, access and energy felt by people who have live with different circumstances than themselves. It’s a classist, derogatory, individualist and often racist term which completely ignores people’s real issues. It’s not like there’s people out there with the motivation, access and capability to do something and don’t. If someone really wants something and can’t get it then there’s barriers and these barriers can be invisible to those who don’t live with them. Calling women lazy while ignoring the patriarchy, calling the jobless lazy while ignoring that there is simply not enough work, calling someone who suffers with mental health issues lazy when their mental health stops them from gaining access to the things they need, basically blaming any individual who doesn’t have something for not having it. Calling people lazy is a political tactic used to divide the population against itself instead of uniting people against the political classes.

Just like you need access to a new car and a new phone to be an uber driver, there’s barriers to all goals. Maybe there’s someone who’ll read this message with the knowledge to help you with the start you need? At the same time I know that my mental health and self esteem are barriers to being able to utilise networks. Some people would call that lazy but I’d call it anxiety and depression.

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Hung to Dry

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The Spoken MS Word

For Windows open a Word document, anything with text in it will do. At the top left of the main window, to the right of the save button and the button that looks like a printer, click the small downward facing arrow with a line on top of it. From the drop down select “More Commands”, this opens the options menu for the Quick Access Toolbar. Where it says “Choose commands from:” Choose “all Commands” and find in that list the “speak” option. When it is selected push the button in the middle with the right facing arrow and push the save button to quit the options menu. You can now highlight any text and push your new Speak Button on the top of the windows and a nice robotic lady will read your highlighted text for you.

On a Mac you click the apple logo, click into the system preferences and into the accessibility menu. From there you should see a speech tab. Inside the speech menu you can change the robots voice and speaking rate but what you really want is to tick the “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” option. Now when you highlight text and press Option+ESC you get to hear the nice robotic lady speak.

It might sound a little weird at first but simply play some Vangelis or Jean Michel Jarre in the background before highlighting your essay and getting the robot to talk. Now the robotic voice makes sense and you’re proof reading your essay with your ears while flying through space.

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The world has broken me for the better

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Admission of Guilt

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It’s not that I don’t believe what you’re saying, it’s just that the word you’re using doesn’t mean what you think it means. You’re telling me with no sense of irony that this person is too nice, and that this is a reason not to not peruse a relationship or even friendship with them. What you seem to mean is that they bore you, lack assertiveness, lack the emotional experience to deal with your crazy moments, aren’t behaving in a manner considered cool, don’t dress in accordance with your particular sub-cultural preference, just don’t get it and they don’t make you perspire behind the knees with toe curling desire. I’m not blaming you for not liking this person, they are terrible after all, but I might be blaming you for thinking that the word applied here when it’s just misleading. Despite popular belief, none of these attributes have anything much to do at all with how nice a person is. You don’t look at someone and think, that person would totally drive me to the airport on their only day off in a fortnight, how repulsive.

I know the self proclaimed Nice don’t help much, with that not actually being nice thing. It seems their idea of nice is just as messed up as yours. Maybe they’ve been told they’re too nice and now they believe it, despite their fundamental lack of empathy or consideration for the hopes and feelings of others. That and their plain shitty outlook on life. I can see that if they’ve been told at some point that they’re too nice, it does seems a lot like an open invitation to become the most jaded asshole they always had the potential of becoming. We sure could do with a whole lot less of those people in this world. The worst are those who think the world has done wrong by them so they should act accordingly in retaliation.

I’d personally like everyone to be super cool to each other, help each other out in times of need with no immediate expectations, just the hope that putting good into the world will make it a cooler place to live. I’m thinking about teachers and all the awesome work they put in to help the next generation not imminently become criminals. The grocery store lady who lets me buy a pear when I’m 5c short and that friend in highschool who wouldn’t draw on your face when you passed out. While the world is largely, jaded these people are awesome and nice and I certainly wouldn’t want to make being nice to be any less desirable. In fact I’m going to put my hand up and say it. I want to make out with nice people, pretty much all the time. And can you imaging if our politicians were nice people with good intentions? Can you even imagine that shit?

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Fever Spike 2am

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