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What's the best device for making the good sounds?

The Electric Guitar (with the fuzztone)
3
23%
The Electric Guitar (with the fuzztone!)
0
No votes
The Bass (double or otherwise, for the back end)
0
No votes
The Double Bass (the stand-up, baby)
2
15%
The Drums (or anything struck with hands and sticks)
0
No votes
The Acoustic Guitar (steel string or nylon)
0
No votes
The Theremin, Mellotron or Moog
0
No votes
The Hammond or Rhodes (blues keyboards)
0
No votes
The Moog, Mellotron, or Theremin (electronic nostalgia)
0
No votes
The Hammond or Rhodes (the blues keyboards)
3
23%
The Free Reeds (accordion, bagpipes, harmonica or sheng)
0
No votes
The Acoustic Guitar (steel or nylon)
1
8%
The Fixed Reeds (sssaxxx, clarinet)
0
No votes
The Free Reeds (accordion, harmonica, bagpipe)
1
8%
Classical strings (the bowed instruments, like violins and cellos)
0
No votes
The Classical Strings (violin, cello, erhu)
0
No votes
The Drums (or anything beaten with hands or sticks)
0
No votes
The Computer or Drum Machine
1
8%
The Fixed Reeds (clarinet, saxophone)
0
No votes
Brass!
2
15%
 
Total votes: 13

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straw poll: the best noisemaker....

Postby grant » Wed Apr 30, 2003 10:45 am

If you please, tell the world what the very best way is to make the very best noises.

Please include modifications and specifications, like:

Fender Telecaster Squire Custom with rusted strings and at least three inches of stickers, running through an analog delay pedal and a tube amp.

Or, at least, tips about what makes for good listening.

Drums, surf-beat (accents on the ONE and on both the THREE-AND), with a ride cymbal doing the eighth notes like a ping-ping-ping-ping-ping-ping... because it turns my life into a 1960s spy movie, and I am suddenly as cool as James Bond.

As if that is all that is good about music.


Add your own suggestions, too. The polls aren't long enough to contain all the good ways to make the noise.

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Postby Unremarkable » Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:11 pm

BAND NERD!!!

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Postby Moni » Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:15 pm

my vote went to the wrong option.. now how on earth did I do that......

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Postby meg » Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:25 pm

MELODICA.

Maybe it ain't the best, but it deserves a fighting chance.

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Postby grubi » Thu May 01, 2003 7:36 pm

I want to rock. I often pursue rocking. You?

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Postby Guest » Fri May 02, 2003 6:38 am

Bloody hell, the poll's all squiffy.

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Postby grant » Fri May 02, 2003 6:40 am

Yes, yes, quite right.

Still, we must soldier on.

Melodica. That one of those tube contraptions with the piano keys? Blow in one end, sound comes out the other?

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Postby meg » Fri May 02, 2003 1:16 pm

grant wrote:Melodica. That one of those tube contraptions with the piano keys? Blow in one end, sound comes out the other?


Yes sir. Incidentally, my birthday's coming up in two weeks and anyone who wants to is welcome to buy me a melodica* so that I can become even more awesome then I already am.

* This excludes Christine, as she bought me a dollar-store melodica for Christmas. I turn blue when I play it.

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Postby BladeRunner » Fri May 02, 2003 4:24 pm

I'm not voting till I have a proper definition of what "good sounds" are.

Brass, makes the nicest sounds, but if I need to have my socks rocked off, bass is the way to go.

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Postby mandy » Fri May 02, 2003 8:34 pm

meg wrote:Yes sir. Incidentally, my birthday's coming up in two weeks and anyone who wants to is welcome to buy me a melodica* so that I can become even more awesome then I already am.


Your birthday's been moved up? Were there scheduling conflicts with the other one?

Also, come on, I've been trying to find you a melodica for years now. I got you an accordion. ISN'T THAT GOOD ENOUGH?

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Postby meg » Fri May 02, 2003 11:15 pm

mandy wrote:
meg wrote:Yes sir. Incidentally, my birthday's coming up in two weeks and anyone who wants to is welcome to buy me a melodica* so that I can become even more awesome then I already am.


Your birthday's been moved up? Were there scheduling conflicts with the other one?


Oh my god, I hate you. TWO MONTHS. OK? HAPPY!?! Keep this "correcting Meg" crap up and you're not invited to my birthday party.

mandy wrote:Also, come on, I've been trying to find you a melodica for years now. I got you an accordion. ISN'T THAT GOOD ENOUGH?


You do get lots and lots and lots of points for keeping my wishes in mind. And you know the accordion rocks. I totally take that mother out during crazy dance parties and play it. With my writin' fedora on.

I bet EVERYONE wishes they lived with ME.

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Postby mandy » Sat May 03, 2003 3:22 pm

meg wrote:Oh my god, I hate you. TWO MONTHS. OK? HAPPY!?! Keep this "correcting Meg" crap up and you're not invited to my birthday party.


1. I hate you too!
2. Very happy.
3. You're not invited to mine, either!!!1!

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Postby miss michaela dee » Tue May 06, 2003 9:05 am

*ahem*

yes, i second the "where's the melodica??" (e)motion, and would also like to put in good words for accordions and roxychords.

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Postby grant » Tue May 06, 2003 10:11 am

Quite, quite. Was tempted, you know, to describe the accordion as the Prince of Free Reeds up in the poll descriptions, but, well, it was clearly giving me enough guff on its own without any external complications.

I've got a DaVinci squeezebox at home - obtained for less than $80 through the auspices of eBay. It seems like it's a squidge smaller than the standard-sized accordion, probably made for children's fingers. Has a lovely sound, though.

But what in heaven's name is a roxychord? Is it a free reed as well? Interesting the preponderance of free reed enthusiasts round these parts.

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Postby meg » Tue May 06, 2003 10:45 am

grant wrote:But what in heaven's name is a roxychord? Is it a free reed as well? Interesting the preponderance of free reed enthusiasts round these parts.


A Roxichord is a splendid distorted electronic harpsichord/organ-like instrument that Sam Coomes plays in Quasi. I believe it's a real-and-true vintage piece (although I think I read that Sam's original model went down and the newer albums use an approximated sound?).

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Postby miss michaela dee » Tue May 06, 2003 11:18 am

grant wrote:But what in heaven's name is a roxychord?


meg wrote:A Roxichord is a splendid distorted electronic harpsichord/organ-like instrument ...


Gah! Would help if I spelled it correctly, Grant -- thanks, Meg. (:

Now I know why I never got any good Google results.
(Hey, look! A Quasi tab page! Neat!)

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Postby John » Tue May 06, 2003 10:49 pm

A melodica is the sound heard on Carparts, as played by Chris Walla.

Having stood behind Sam Coomes when Quasi played at SXSW I can report that the vintage Roxichord has bitten the dust and the Roxichord Approximator is in effect.

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Postby miss michaela dee » Wed May 07, 2003 8:15 am

John wrote:A melodica is the sound heard on Carparts, as played by Chris Walla.


See, disbelievers? Melodicas KICK ASS.

John wrote:Having stood behind Sam Coomes when Quasi played at SXSW I can report that the vintage Roxichord has bitten the dust and the Roxichord Approximator is in effect.


Hey, that was you, wasn't it? I was wondering what you were doing skulking about back there. (:
I love how the Roxichord Approximator kind of looks like it's in a coffin. It's like the undead of Roxichords.

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Postby meg » Wed May 07, 2003 1:13 pm

miss michaela dee wrote:I love how the Roxichord Approximator kind of looks like it's in a coffin. It's like the undead of Roxichords.


It's got to be sturdy--it puts up with all of that late-show rock and roll humpin'.

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Postby miss michaela dee » Wed May 07, 2003 1:56 pm

meg wrote:late-show rock and roll humpin'


Ain't that the truth. Oh girl, now you got me thinkin' inappropriate things about Mr. Coomes. Naughty!

Viva la roxichord!


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