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straw poll: the best noisemaker....

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 10:45 am
by grant
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.

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:11 pm
by Unremarkable
BAND NERD!!!

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:15 pm
by Moni
my vote went to the wrong option.. now how on earth did I do that......

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:25 pm
by meg
MELODICA.

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

Posted: Thu May 01, 2003 7:36 pm
by grubi
I want to rock. I often pursue rocking. You?

Posted: Fri May 02, 2003 6:38 am
by Guest
Bloody hell, the poll's all squiffy.

Posted: Fri May 02, 2003 6:40 am
by grant
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?

Posted: Fri May 02, 2003 1:16 pm
by meg
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.

Posted: Fri May 02, 2003 4:24 pm
by BladeRunner
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.

Posted: Fri May 02, 2003 8:34 pm
by mandy
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?

Posted: Fri May 02, 2003 11:15 pm
by meg
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.

Posted: Sat May 03, 2003 3:22 pm
by mandy
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!

Posted: Tue May 06, 2003 9:05 am
by miss michaela dee
*ahem*

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

Posted: Tue May 06, 2003 10:11 am
by grant
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.

Posted: Tue May 06, 2003 10:45 am
by meg
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?).

Posted: Tue May 06, 2003 11:18 am
by miss michaela dee
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!)

Posted: Tue May 06, 2003 10:49 pm
by John
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.

Posted: Wed May 07, 2003 8:15 am
by miss michaela dee
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.

Posted: Wed May 07, 2003 1:13 pm
by meg
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'.

Posted: Wed May 07, 2003 1:56 pm
by miss michaela dee
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!