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"About a year ago, I started working on a new Owl City album. I found myself writing about the magic of life…the amazing people I’ve met and the places that I’ve seen. Those songs make up my new 18 track album titled “Cinematic,” because just like the movies, life is full of magic."
|1||Fiji Water||4:20||Instrumental||B||L||Dec. 1, 2017|
|2||The 5th of July||4:11||Acoustic||B||L||Dec. 1, 2017|
|3||All My Friends||3:25||Music Video||B||L||Nov. 3, 2017|
|4||House Wren||3:30||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
|5||Not All Heroes Wear Capes||3:46||Acoustic||-||L||June 16, 2017|
|6||Montana||4:06||Acoustic||B||L||Feb. 2, 2018|
|7||Lucid Dream||4:21||Music Video Instrumental||B||L||Jan. 12, 2018|
|8||Always||4:36||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
|9||Cloud Nine||3:52||-||B||L||Apr. 6, 2018|
|10||Winners Never Quit||3:39||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
|11||Madeline Island||4:36||-||B||L||June 1, 2018|
|12||Be Brave||5:15||Acoustic||B||L||Apr. 6, 2018|
|13||New York City||3:44||Music Video Instrumental||B||L||Mar. 9, 2018|
|14||Firebird||3:59||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
|15||Cinematic||4:13||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
|16||All My Friends (Alt Version)||3:28||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
|17||Montana (Alt Version)||3:49||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
|18||Firebird (Alt Version)||4:30||-||-||L||June 1, 2018|
“The message I want to communicate with the release of Cinematic is simple: don’t stop believing in magic, even if everyone else does. Keep learning to see the beauty around you and embrace the ups and downs. I wrote this album because I believe those ups are worth celebrating.”
"Fiji Water is a song I wrote about the beginning of my career. I took a leap of faith and boarded a plane for the first time and arrived in New York City to sign with a major record company. When you listen to this song, I hope it leaves you with the feeling that life is full of things that happen for reasons you don’t always understand, but when you push yourself outside your comfort zone, sometimes it can change your life in positive ways that you could have never imagined."Notes:
I laughed when I got back home, and I thought,
"There's no such thing as luck!"
"The 5th of July is a song about the day I was born. I’m fascinated with the idea that we all begin life on a certain time and day, but since we don’t remember the events of that day, we have to rely on the descriptions of the people who were there. I hope that when you listen to this song, it leaves you feeling thankful for life and for the parents who brought you into this world."Notes:
"I wrote this song to honor my parents. I wanted to tell them, 'Thank you for bringing me into the world and for loving me unconditionally.'"
They loved me with all their hearts
Since the day I opened my eyes
On the 5th of July
"All My Friends is a song about the relationships in life that are rare. To me, the song is about my small circle of friends in junior high and high school that left a positive impact on me. My teenage years were carefree because of the amazing people in my life who were there for me. I recorded this song as a way of honoring the friends in my life I’ll never forget."Notes:
"I hope, that, as you listen to it, it also reminds you of the friendships you know you'll never forget."
We'll always be young at heart
And nothing's ever gonna tear us apart
"House Wren is a song about the summers I would spend at my grandparent’s house in Iowa when I was a kid. My grandfather used to hang hollowed-out vegetable gourds on the back porch and the wrens would live in them. I found myself wondering what it would be like for a house wren looking for the perfect home."Notes:
'Cause as far as I know
I am halfway home!
“Not All Heroes Wear Capes is a song about my dad. He loves cars, he can fix anything, he’s a man of few words and he’s my hero. I wrote the song because I can express myself better with music than with words, so I thought “I’m gonna write a song for my dad simply just to tell him I love him.” When you listen [to] it, I hope it inspires you to tell your dad: “Hey, to everyone else you probably seem like a normal guy, but to me, you’re a hero.”Notes:
My dad's a hero to me
"Montana is a song about an 82-year-old man in my family named Bill. When Bill was 15-years-old, he boarded a train in St. Paul, Minnesota and wound up in a small town near Glacier National Park where he fell in love with the Montana wilderness. I wrote the song because of the look of wonder I see in Bill’s eyes whenever he talks about Montana. I wanted to honor the story of a man who went on an adventure 70-years-ago and found his special place in the world."Notes:
"When you listen to Montana, I hope you feel the way I felt when I was writing it. I hope you feel inspired to live spontaneously, to go out there and face the great unknown, and if you haven't done it yet, to embark on your own adventure of a lifetime."
Let your heart lead the way
"Lucid Dream is about the best flying dream I’ve ever had. During the writing of Cinematic, I kept a dream journal next to my bed, and one morning, I woke from one that was incredibly vivid. I wrote down exactly what happened, and that writing later became the lyrics to the song. Never stop dreaming."Notes:
"When you listen to Lucid Dream, I hope it makes you wanna close your eyes after a long day, drift off, and let your imagination carry you away."
Life is a lucid dream
And that's how you study the stars!
"Always is a song I wrote about my father’s struggle with chronic health problems. It’s about how God tells His followers: “Fear not, for I am with you.” I hope it reminds you that there is incredible power in the even simplest of prayers."Notes:
"Being raised in a family of faith, this is something I wanted to tell my dad ⎯⎯ to just hang on. There is a light at the end of the tunnel."
Please remember when I say
I'm with you always
"'Cloud Nine' is a song about learning to keep your head up, even when you feel like the entire world is doing everything it can to bring you down. I included three key changes in this song that give you a sense that you’re ascending at all times. After listening to this song, remember that nothing can bring you down."Notes:
"When you listen to Cloud Nine, my hope is that you feel like there's nothing on this Earth that can possibly bring you down."
For the rest of my life
I'll be floating on cloud nine!
"Winners Never Quit is about dealing with the struggles life throws your way. It’s about learning to be patient, knowing you WILL finish the race if you don’t give up. I hope this song inspires you to work hard and to enjoy the journey of life."Notes:
I'll give it all I got, I don't have a lot
But I know a little goes a long way
"Madeline Island is a song about the best vacation I ever had. My parents, our dog Max, and I went camping on Madeline Island in Lake Superior in the spring of 2013. I wrote the song to make sure I never forget what an amazing time I had with my family. I hope it inspires you to take a break from the chaos of life and take a brief respite with the people you love."Notes:
"The four of us went there, and it was pretty uneventful. That was the point... It was so good to reconnect with my parents and to realize that I have an amazing relationship with them. Not everyone can say that. It made me feel so blessed and grateful when I was looking back. I wanted to honor my parents by telling this simple story of us going camping and enjoying nature."
We made a memory
That will always last
"'Be Brave' is about a midnight showing of a movie where I met my girlfriend. I turned around, and there she was. I wrote this song because the events of that night completely changed my life and I didn’t want to look back one day and not be able to remember every little detail. When you listen to this song, I hope it leaves you with the realization that you never know what could happen, even from ordinary nights at the theater."Notes:
In my hand I held a paper bird
And written on it were the words:
"New York City is about the first time I ever really left my hometown and saw some of the world. It’s a coming of age story, and I tried my best to memorize all the little details as they happened. I hope this song inspires you to take a similar trip, maybe even get a little lost. I think you’ll be surprised at what you discover."Notes:
"When you listen to New York City, I hope you feel inspired to pack your stuff, jump in the car, take a trip, see the world, maybe get lost from time to time, 'cause I think if you do that, you'll be glad you did."
Travel light and see the world right
You'll never know if you never go
"Firebird is about a close relationship between siblings. It’s about how life changes quickly and how I don’t want to take anything for granted. I hope it reminds you that each and every moment is priceless."Notes:
I wouldn't change a thing
'Cause everything changes
"Cinematic is about the concept of a person’s life being viewed by an audience from another galaxy. It describes how life is full of magic if one strives to see it, and how we should all embrace our time to the fullest as if we are all making our own movies that will live on for eternity. I hope it encourages you to reach for the stars."Notes:
"I wanted a song at the very end of the album to sum up the tracks that had come before and that said to the listener, 'You just witnessed a few scenes from my life that I love, just a few stories I never want to forget. So, what does that mean to you? What are your movie-magic moments from your life?'"
Follow your dreams
'Cause life is cinematic!
I hope this album leaves you with the idea that your life is like a movie and you are the star. You're going to run into critics, but you have an audience cheering you on. The stage is yours, so get out there, do your best, and remember to have fun.
Cinematic, in short, means this: Your life is yours to live, so live it well.
Break a leg,
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2014.04.09 05:33 tabledresser [Table] I have superhuman hearing and a condition known as Hyperacusis. AMA!
|Wow, I've never heard of something like this, really interesting and thanks for doing this AMA. I think it must be a little bit weird to hear all kinds of sounds that other people can't hear, especially when people ask to explain those sounds, I think. Do you like listening to MP3 files? Or do you prefer lossless audio formats when listening to audio from digital sources? Can you clearly hear any difference? You said you have/had a service dog that alerted other people when certain sounds caused distress. How did you, or someone else, train your dog to do this? How does she alert other people? Does/did she get it wrong on occasion?||Thanks for participating! Yes, it's sometimes really hard to put things into words. I prefer .wav or .flac files when I can't listen to straight-up vinyl. I usually put my digital music through a low-pass EQ in whatever program I'm using to listen just to be on the safe side and cut any high frequencies that may exist on the recording, either because it's not the highest quality recording, or whatever recording technician just didn't catch a usually-inaudible frequency. I can most definitely hear the difference between a high-quality recording and a low-quality recording, one microphone from the next, etc. Having good hearing probably makes this easier, but it would be more realistic to attribute it to the fact that I have been fascinated with audio for as long as I can remember and have been studying it for a few years now. As for my service dog, it was probably just as much about training the dog as it was finding the right dog in the first place. A close family friend who was experienced in dog training spent some of her free time snooping around for an available puppy that had the right temperaments, and doing tests to determine the dog's personality, like seeing how she reacted to being handed food or being talked to in different tones. Once our family friend found the dog with the perfect personality, who happened to be a female corgi pup who was the runt of the litter, she introduced me, when I was about two years old, to the dog to see how I would react to the dog and the dog would react to me. Our personalities were quite compatible. My mom, who has a background in early childhood education and care, hired a professional trainer to help her train the dog to do basic service-dog-y things (don't be distracted from your job by weird and unfamiliar things, don't sniff other dogs' butts while on the job, etc.) until she got the idea that when she had the blue service dog vest on, it was time to work for her treats, and when she didn't, she could play happy puppy all she wanted. I was really young, so I wasn't really tuned into what exactly happened during the training, but eventually, she took care of me without being prompted, put in a vest, or given treats because she knew that I loved her more than anything, and she loved me, too. She used to alert my mother when sounds caused me distress by laying down horizontally across her feet and nuzzling my mom's legs. She used to comfort me by sensing when I was about to have a problem and trying to nudge me out of it. She never got anything wrong because she was taking her cues from me and not the environment, and she could read when I was distressed. My dad used to blow across the bottles in the recycling bin to make a noise, and I didn't like it, but I didn't say anything. The dog HATED it. She'd look at me, and look at him, and give me this "are you okay or not?" face, and then wait until my dad stopped and stare at the bottle for a bit, decide it wasn't a threat, and go back to sitting with me. She also hated thunder when I was really young, but when I got older and was able to tolerate thunder, she was fine with it too. She was the best dog. I don't want to give you her name, because she has a unique name (because I named her when I was 2) and has been published in a couple of articles, and I'm kind of obsessive about anonymity on the internet. Anyway, my dog lived a full life, she was 14ish when she died, which is pretty good for a dog, and she didn't have any major health issues right up until the months before she passed. We had another dog whom she was best friends with. She's buried in a nice spot in our backyard in New England, and besides, how many dogs get to ride the rides at Disney World?|
|Aww, really sounds like a great dog :). Also, I really like corgi's, so it's great it happened to be one. Do you still have a service dog? Nothing wrong with trying to be anonymous on the internet, especially when there already are some articles about you (and your dog).||She was a great dog indeed. I still have my other pets, but I do not have another service dog.|
|What kinds of things can you hear that a normal person can't? Has it ever gotten you in to trouble, or given you an unfair advantage? Does it make music better or worse?||When I was in middle school, I was definitely not one of the "cool kids". I used to be able to hear kids gossiping about me from afar, and it destroyed my sense of self-worth. It's also caused a lot of physical and emotional pain in my life. However, given some sort of magical opportunity, I would never trade in for normal hearing, and even though I feel a lot of pain, I always consider it a gift. Uhh, to list some things I can heahave heard that "normal" people can't: -sounds that are quiet (decibel-wise) or far away -electronics that operate on ultrahigh-frequencies such as cameras, wireless devices, old TVs, YOUR PHONE CHARGER AFTER YOUR PHONE IS DONE CHARGING, PLEASE UNPLUG IT, IT HURTS SO BADLY -bat and dolphin sonar -people on different floors/in different rooms of building -very small drips of water -many other things that I'm sure I can't think of right now.|
|Also, fluorescent lights are the worst.|
|Have you ever tried guided yourself only by sonar?||I used to try when I was a little kid. I found I could only recognize the acoustics of rooms I already knew well enough to navigate in the dark, so walking around clicking was really just useless and concerned my parents.|
|Can you hear spooky ghosteses better than people without super hearing?||I have yet to encounter any spooky ghosteses, but if/when I do, I will be sure to get back to you!|
|Would going into an Apple Store make your head explode like in Scanners?||You can't see it, but on the inside, my head is exploding.|
|Also, I just Googled that clip because I have never seen that movie, and the sound leading up to the head-explosion almost made my head explode.|
|"He's doing it again?" "what?" "Clicking..." "Let the boy click!"||It's funny because I used to do weird stuff like that, and my dog would just be totally happy following me on all of my bizarre adventures. I don't know what her secret to life was, but nothing bothered her. When I was a toddler, I used to take my baby doll out of the baby carriage, stuff it in the bottom part with the wheels, somehow manage to get my dog into the carriage, and run her up and down the hallway of our house. I have a picture of this, and she and I both look so happy.|
|Link to media.tumblr.com.||I don't have a digital copy of her in the baby carriage, but I do have a picture of her with my other dog. She's on the right. Link to imgur.com|
|I now think of you as Calvin, and will refer to your dog as Hobbes from here on out.||I'm cool with that.|
|It's a corgi??!!! I love corgis or dogs that look like corgis. They are permanently in the smile position. This makes the mental imagery so much better.||They are both Pembroke Welsh Corgis. My service dog was rescued from a pet shop with inhumane practices and our other dog was from our friend's dog's litter, and he has won himself a fair number or blue ribbons in local dog shows, and is now retired on our farm. They're both great dogs! EDIT: If it helps the mental imagery at all, she also used to wink at me sometimes.|
|How did you find out you had super hearing? Did you hear a cotton ball touching a piece of felt during a hearing test?||When I was an infant, loud/sudden or ultrahigh-frequency sounds caused seizures or seizure-like activities in my brain due to an anomaly on one of my brain waves. When I was tested by my audiologist, (again, I was too young to remember this) she found out that my hearing was somehow more sensitive than her testing equipment.|
|That's not as cool.||Yeah, I know, but dude, did I mention that the possible cause could have been the fact that my house got hit by lightning when I was a baby?|
|Does this make it easier for you to eavesdrop on people? Have you ever heard anything you weren't supposed to because of it?||Not only does it make it easier to eavesdrop on people, but it makes it impossible not to. You see, with Hyperacusis, the metaphorical mechanism that censors out unnecessary sounds in my brain just doesn't exist. So it's not just that I CAN HEAR all of these things, it's that I HAVE TO LISTEN to them all the time. This was awful for me in middle school, because I was a super awkward kid, and it would hurt to hear more popular kids mock me when I wasn't around. My parents, however, managed to keep plenty of healthy secrets from me, as I usually used noise cancellation headphones when I wasn't trying to focus at school or something. As I'm getting older, I'm doing a better job of actively filtering out other people's conversations, but I'm still not perfect at it.|
|Huh. Now that you mention your parents... How close was your room from theirs? shudder||My room was right next to my parents' room, but we lived in a very rural area, so the sound of the bugs or the wind or the heater kicking in usually drowned out their conversations. All they did was talk about boring grown-up stuff, anyway. :P.|
|You think they avoided fucking loudly on purpose?||I don't know, and I don't want to ask, thanks!|
|Was. What do you mean?||Dogs don't live forever. She lived a full life, though. 14 years.|
|May she rest in peace.||Thank you. It's wonderful not only that service dogs can help people the way they do, but also that they're totally willing and eager to do so. My 19th birthday is coming up and I'm asking anyone who would give me a birthday gift to instead donate to either my family friend's Rottweiler Rescue or Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society, through which my service dog was registered).|
|As a parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder (pdd nos although I think he may end up being reclassified with aspergers- not really sure yet) anyhow I thi you are on the money with ways a to alleviate other sources of difficulty in people w asd s so that their teachers etc can concentrate on the actual asd instead of sensory issues etc so good on ya. The other thing I wanted to suggest to you is that many theaters have "sensory showings" specifically geared towards kids with spectrum disorders, they turn the sound way down and make any other accommodations they can to make it more comfortable for people who have sensory processing disorders / autism etc. it might be a more comfortable way for you to watch. As a mom who has turned her life upside down to accommodate a kiddo who can't do things exactly the same way as other "typical" kids (btw the politically correct term is typical not normal- no offense here, trust me) I promise your mom didn't mind and all she was thinking is how guilty she felt that you couldn't enjoy the family gathering or that she brought you someplace and it hurt you. I'm sure they were dedicated to being the best parents they could be to their kids regardless of what kind of kids they were blessed with, and I am so glad you have such wonderful parents- what a by gift that you appreciate them so much. I think you will help lots of kids- have you studied sensory processing disorders specifically yet?||Thank you so much for your kind words. I will be sure to use more politically correct terms in the future. I have not studied sensory processing disorders specifically yet, but I plan to do so further in my program at the university. Having the hearing issues I grew up with, I got along well with other children with special needs. My issue as well started out being classified as PDD-NoS, and the doctors were able to narrow down the diagnosis. If you believe your child may be soon diagnosed with Asperger's, I'd like to suggest reading some material by Temple Grandin if I may! Grandin has done some fabulous work with service animals and children with ASDs.|
|How bad is it when you're in a room full of people? Perhaps a lunchroom full of people back when you were in high school? Do you go to concerts? When you listen to music, what do you hear that normal people don't? Can you hear somebody fart in another room? Do you laugh when they do? (assuming you can hear it)||I usually keep to myself and wear earplugs or noise cancellation headphones when I'm in large, crowded spaces. I tend to hang out near the door in case I need to leave. I'm getting better and better at recognizing when noises start to be too much and being able to get away from them as I grow up. When I was a kid, I used to just panic and freeze, and I think that's what caused the most damage. I still suffer from noise-induced seizure-like activities or panic attacks, but I am better at noticing the signs before they start and getting myself out of whatever mindset or environment is causing the issue. The only thing that is REALLY an issue is ultrahigh-frequency sound. That'll mess me up, because hearing ultrahigh frequencies isn't like hearing normal sounds. It's almost like a feeling of pressure in your inner ear that you could easily miss if you're not paying attention. So I'll usually feel the pain before I hear the sound. This lady who horribly misrepresented Hyperacusis on ABC News said it felt like the insides of your ears feel like they're suddenly full of burning acid, and that's probably the most realistic statement she made. I don't know if the pain itself is the worst part, or if it's the fact that it's totally debilitating. You can't cry, you can't scream, you can't do anything. It's like an 11 out of 10 on that stupid pain scale they give you at the doctor's. Advil, tylenol, etc. don't help; you just have to curl up in the fetal position and pray until it passes. It's not like that happens every day, though. I haven't gotten it that bad in at least a couple of years. I very much enjoy classical concerts. I like to sit in one of the front rows, but wear -20dB musician's earplugs, and that creates a nice balance for me. I recently attended a beautiful rendition of Dvorak's New World Symphony by my university's orchestra. As for rock concerts, I have been to five. One of them was a small Christian rock festival, another was when Bronze Radio Return came to my school, and the other three were Neon Trees concerts. I love classic rock, but I'm too scared to see any of the greats because of the size of the crowds. I like going to coffee-house-style setups where there's not so much crowd-screaming, but I'd really like to work up to be able to see Springsteen or somebody huge. I'm not sure what I hear in music that other people don't. I have the entire discography of Electric Light Orchestra, and I listen to that in studio headphones sometimes, and it is so fabulous. I was always pretty good at music theory; got a 3 on the AP exam in high school because I was so nervous I did awfully on the composition and singing parts. I don't really know what other people can't hear when they listen to music, so I don't really know what more I can hear. Does that make sense? My ex-boyfriend listened to a lot of post-punk and post-hardcore stuff, and when I told him I didn't like it, he told me it was because I don't like listening to music at the full volume. I guess that make sense, because frequency-response levels can be different at different volumes, and I just like to listen to music quietly. As for hearing people in other rooms, it depends on how quiet the rest of the building is, or how hard I'm trying to focus. If I'm tired and irritable, I can occasionally hear people on the third floor of my dorm being obnoxious when I'm on the first floor. I have been used to hearing people when they don't think I can, so I don't really find it entertaining, because it's just always the way things have been for me. I just try as hard as I can to give people some privacy by tuning them out or wearing headphones.|
|What is your least favourite thing to hear that others can't?||Fluorescent lights give off a pretty nasty buzz with some high-pitched undertones. I would have to say, things that would normally occur in nature without humans don't hurt my ears as much as man-made things like electronics. When somebody leaves a charging cord plugged into the wall outlet without anything connected to the other end, the high-frequency squeal that makes can hurt quite a lot. The computer lab at school when I was younger (and now that I'm attending university, the engineering building) is full of bizarre beeps and painful ultrahigh-frequency noises. I'm not totally sure what causes all of them, but I know that devices like cameras actually use ultrahigh-frequency noise to run somehow. High-security areas have always been trouble for me. My high school was across the street from a military base and there were all kinds of weird noises coming out of there that nobody could hear but me. Security systems in high-security places like museums or government buildings hurt the most, I think. I'm not positive, but I hypothesize that they run on both high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency sounds, and I think the combination of the two is too much for my brain. Also, whatever security system they have in the dressing room at some department stores drives me bananas. I usually just buy clothes and return them if they don't fit.|
|I wear hearing aids and many of these places interact with my hearing aids as well. Its the most annoying thing hearing the pulsing of the security stuff through my hearing aids. ( my loss is mild to severe depending on the pitch.)||Really? If you don't mind my asking, do you wear digital or analog aids? Does the noise they make sound like signal interference, or an audible sound being transmitted through the aid? Perhaps with modern technology we can work on a phase cancellation algorithm for this?|
|I assume concerts, movie theatres, and plenty of other activities would be very difficult for you. Do you avoid them all together? If so what kind of hobbies or activities do you like to do?||I used to have to avoid a lot of public activities altogether when I was a child. It brings tears to my eyes sometimes, because my family never said "screw it" and went and did things without me. If they wanted to do something, and I couldn't do it, they either missed out or modified the activity so I could be included. One time we went on a family reunion (I don't remember how young I was, but it must have been younger than 4 years because my brother was not yet born) and the amount of noise in the hotel was so bad that I seized up and started wailing. My mom drove me home all of the way from Georgia to Connecticut in the car without stopping while I cried, and contracted a really bad UTI from going without peeing the entire time. It's that kind of thing that haunts me sometimes; I had these health issues, and my parents flipped their lives upside down to make sure I was as healthy and happy as possible. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, even though there wasn't much I could do, being a small child. But I just try to remember to be the best daughter I can, and that will hopefully pay off in their eyes someday. I talked about this a bit in my previous responses, but I have been able to do more and more as I have grown up. I recently took a two-hour plane flight, but needed a decent nap to recuperate after it. I haven't traveled very far, because planes are one of the few remaining things that are REALLY dangerous to my ears, especially with prolonged exposure, and other means of transportation are kind of inconvenient and expensive. But taking a super-awesome road trip is totally on my bucket list. Now that I'm older, I can handle a full-length movie in a theater, but I doubt I'd be able to handle more than a few hours of that volume. Now that I'm an adult and learning how to understand and actively deal with the pain or discomfort, it's all about prolonged exposure and how much time I'd have to recover afterwards. I love playing instruments, but I've hopped from one to the next over the years, and I'm not particularly talented at playing any one instrument. When I was young, in the years before I had my hearing appliances, I used to take music lessons therapeutically. I played the Appalachian Mountain dulcimer from a very young age, and found that pretty soothing. I also played the piano from first grade to fifth grade and the synthesizer in Pit Band in high school. I saved up to buy a couple different sets of electronic drum pads, one of which is a tabletop set and the other of which is a full drum set, and I dream of playing the drums, but as of right now, it hurts too much. I used to play the djembe drum as part of music therapy when I was a toddler, so that's probably where that passion stemmed from. I'm working toward it. I've been playing the violin for a few years now, and I think the fact that I hate squeaks has probably made me a more careful violinist. Noise cancellation headphones are really what keeps me going nowadays.|
|So how much like Superman are you?||I cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound; however, I like to attribute my super-hearing to the fact that my house was hit by lightning when I was an infant. That is probably not the case, though. It probably has something to do with the fact that I was born five weeks prematurely with a lot of complications. I consider seafood to be my Kryptonyte, but I would never be caught wearing a cape.|
|"What was a man with a cape doing with my father?"||The only thing that's preventing me from upvoting this is the fact that I'm allergic to coconuts.|
|Could you trigger one of these "blips" by blowing on a pinwheel for 60 seconds?||No, they're only sound-induced, but my doctor actually had me do that once. What does it mean?|
|It is a way to trigger a seizure called an absence seizure. Here is a video using a rag instead of a pinwheel( Link to www.youtube.com ). The kid "blips" out at 1:07 and then continues blowing as if nothing happened. That part is a bit different from what you described; the patient continues doing what he did before with no post-seizure state of confusion known as the postictal period. It is a type of seizure that kids get. THey probably did an EEG on you too right? I have a second, slightly longer question. I am a medical student. What would you want your healthcare team to know about you and your condition? What things can we do that are helpful? What things are not? Have you ever met anyone else with the condition before? I have never heard of it. In other words, what could I do in the future to better help a potential patient with your condition? Thank-you.||They did MANY tests on me when I was very young (esp. "Birth-to-Three"), but I was too young to remember, and I do not have the results currently available. Sorry! I have met people who have sensitive hearing, but are not diagnosed with my specific condition. I would guess that they have some form of Hyperacusis, but I am not a medical professional, so it is not in my place to diagnose it. I have done a lot of research about people with Hyperacusis, but have not met anyone who's actually been diagnosed in person. The healthcare professionals I've seen in the past have been great to me, so it's hard to think of anything they could do better. The biggest issue I've had in general is people seeing that I wear hearing appliances, assuming they're hearing aids, and yelling at me to ensure that I can hear them. This is a totally understandable mistake, but it hurts sometimes. I would totally not be offended if someone asked me if the level of their voice was comfortable. That would be awesome. I think that if you're dealing with a child who may have Hyperacusis, and it appears as though the level of aural simulation is overstimulating to them, maybe you could write down your conversations back and fourth with the child or take a break from talking? I know that the qualities of some people's voices just affect me the wrong way and tire out my ears. It has nothing to do with the person, just the acoustic quality of the person's voice. Does that answer your questions?|
|Yes. Thank-you for answering my questions and doing this AMA. I find it very interesting and know other people do too. Cheers :)||It's hard to find literature, but there was an ABC News segment about people with Hyperacusis. I think that either their cases were far out of the ordinary or they were overdramatizing for the camera. I don't mean to be rude or belittle their problems, but you could see that whenever a sound made the lady flinch, it took her a second to react. Car horns and city noises hurt my ears, but there is no delay; if a sound hurts, it's going to hurt as soon as I hear it. Maybe they just have different problems than I do? But just speaking from my own experience, although the pain is debilitating, the reaction I have is not an outward "AAH I'M IN PAIN", but it's more inward. That's why I'd say she's being dramatic. Maybe I just have a higher pain threshold than this lady? Here's the link anyway, if you want to check it out. Link to abcnews.go.com|
|I am the person in 20/20. I was not overdramatizing for the camera. It is possible that hyperacute hearing from birth is entirely different from hyperacusis plus noise-induced pain caused by acoustic injury. Link to www.buzzfeed.com.||I am sorry if I have offended you. When you feel painful sounds, is your reaction to the noise delayed? Or may that have been a product of video editing? I did not mean to belittle your struggle, and I hope you'd like to talk to me a bit more about the issue.|
|You say you are hoping to use your gift/curse to help the greater good. In what way? Can you expound on this?||Hyperacusis is caused by an anomaly in one of the brainwaves. As it turns out, that same anomaly can cause disorders of communication such as Autism Spectrum Disorders or PDD-NoS. (Please note that I'm not a doctor, and if anyone knows better, feel free to fact-check me!) But as I mentioned before, MicroTech stopped producing the Refuge because there was not enough of a market for the device to be profitable. I don't believe there was not enough of a market because not enough people have Hyperacusis. I believe that not enough people KNOW that Hyperacusis is the problem. For example, think about a child who is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. He may be feeling extreme pains, but because of his Asperger's, he may also be unable to communicate what these pains are. If his pediatrician knew more about Hyperacusis, he may be able to get tested early, and if sound is the cause of his pain, a device similar to the Refuge (but possibly even digital rather than analog!) may be able to help the child control the amount of discomfort he feels on a day-to-day basis. Then, his teachers/parents/doctors will be able to better treat his Asperger's, because one of the things that makes his life more difficult than that of a "normal" child will be out of the way. I was lucky enough that my parents had the resources to persevere until they found an answer, but a lot of children have not been so lucky. I hope that my studies in Audio Engineering may be able to help in the research and treatment of non-traditional hearing problems, and bring awareness to Hyperacusis. Furthermore, I really believe that medical devices such as hearing aids should be more customizable to the patient's needs. A lot of software to do this with digital aids has been developed, but I believe that with current digital technology, we can do even better. If all that fails, I could always learn to cope with the pain and use my hearing to listen to sonar or something. Is that a marketable skill?|
|anomaly in one of the brainwaves. I don't know enough about brains to know what you do mean, but this isn't an accurate description.||I would rather keep the super-specifics of my personal health issues private, and I myself am not a doctor, so I'm not sure how to best describe it without giving up my whole name-rank-and-serial-number identity to the entire internet, if that makes sense.|
|Have you ever looked at etymotic earplugs as a replacement for the discontinued pair? It sounds like a similar device.||Looked up etymotic earplugs. I do have a pair of ER Musician's Earplugs in addition to my hearing appliances; I just did not know that was the brand.|
|What's the craziest thing you've heard??||Do you mean the most unusual sound that the average person can't hear or the craziest thing I've heard someone say when they didn't know I could hear them?|
|Link to i.imgur.com.||I'd say bat sonar is pretty cool. And the high kids in front of me in line last night were pretty funny.|
|Can you hear people fart from other rooms? What is the furthest from someone you've heard fart? Any other horrible stuff you can hear people do that they think they get away with?||You guys really like farts on this site, don't you? I'm not sure. And sometimes people sing really badly when they think nobody can hear them, but I don't mind. You do you, dude.|
|You say that you have difficulty tuning things out. Would it be accurate to say that rather than hearing things like the average person in how they hear a lot but only listen to one thing, your brain is always listening to everything around you?||Answering is my pleasure! Thanks for asking!|
|Does having so many sounds competing for your concentration make it difficult to speak sometimes?||Yes, that would be mostly accurate. The brain of someone with typical hearing kind of picks out which sounds to listen to and which sounds to ignore on its own. From my experience, a person with Hyperacusis has to actively try to think "which of the sounds I am hearing is important?" and then work to listen to that one closely. For example, if you have younger siblings, it takes you a while as a child to learn to ignore the things they do that bother you. So, say I'm sitting in a classroom listening to the professor talk, in-my-zone and doing a fantastic job of filtering out the fluorescent lights, and the computers, and the people in the hallway. If somebody loudly snaps a three-ring binder shut right next to me, all of a sudden my brain just thinks "OUCH" and gets totally distracted by that short, sharp pain I just felt. It wasn't any ridiculous amount of pain that I can't live through, and it only lasted a second, but that was enough to totally distract me from what the professor was saying and my previous train of thought. I feel like, since I have Hyperacusis, I have to work kind of hard to have only that one sound of the professor speaking in the foreground, whereas most people's brains do it automatically. Please let me know if I misunderstood your question, and I'll try to clarify.|
|Thanks for answering questions btw. This is a very interesting topic that is not well known.||That's another issue that I have to actively work to prevent. If I'm really tired, I'll just totally trail off mid-sentence, and my friends are totally understanding, but someone who doesn't know about the issue I have may think I'm just crazy. I really liked acting class in high school, and I performed fairly well in front of audiences, but that's probably because I was always obsessively careful about getting a LOT of sleep before performances. I was in the Pit Band during musicals, and I would say the noises interfered with my ability to play an instrument more than my ability to speak. Like I said, it all depended on how much sleep I had gotten in a quiet place beforehand. If I gave my brain some time to rest, I could act more quickly to either try to block out the sounds that hurt or recognize the beginning of the pain and just remove myself from the area.|
|Thanks for replying! You give really in-depth and long responses. Much more than the average AMA. Thanks for putting in the time.||No problem! Like I said, my goal is to bring awareness to an issue that many people may not even know they have, so thanks for helping!|
2014.03.19 23:48 JGBrands The Lycke Chronicles IX: King
Be me, JGBrands. 14 years old, 170 cm tall and 60 kg heavy. Curly blonde hair and wears casual clothes. A skilled diplomat. Plays guitar. Has absolutely no spine. Boyfriend of Jenny. Asperger'sAnd into the valley of death rode the beetuses.
Be Jenny. 14 years old, 160 cm tall and 55 kg heavy. Wild, red (dyed) hair. Tasted the beast's pee. Medical situation unknown. Wears clothes you'd find in a military dump. A real rebel. My girlfriend. ADHD
Be Lycke. Hambeast that is a part-time hero. She who spikes drinks with pee, shits in lockers, pees on dresses, flips tables, dug through a barrel of frying fat. Saved Jenny from drugs. ADHD, PDD-NOS
Be Ruben. 15 years old, 175 cm tall and 70 kg. A zealous christian metalhead. Plays the drums and many other percussion instruments. Gilles de la Tourettes
Be Casper. 13 years old, 155 cm tall and 55 kg heavy. Plays bass guitar. Also really, really into metal. Friend of Ruben's. ADHD
Guitarist and singer are looking for drummer and bass guitar player to start a band. School agrees to let us use the auditorium for practice, including their equipment. Please call or text us on 06 12345678 if you're interested!Weeks went by without response, but eventually we got a text from Ruben. We set up to meet at the school's auditorium. We all went there, including our friends.
Me: "Hey you must be Ruben?"We shook hands and asked him about his music taste. Fortunately it seemed to mostly align with ours, although he did mention he especially liked christian metal. We asked him if he was willing to cover music from non-christian bands too. He was totally cool with that and in general came off as a really awesome guy. We hit it off nicely, and quickly became friends.
Jenny: "You guys got to go, you can't be here. We'd lose our practice room."This hit Jenny where it hurt, obviously. Like I said, she was a rebel and felt, at the time, quite strong resonance with the lyrics of Rage against the Machine. Defeated, she walked back on stage and sat down, asking for a break.
GothicFatty: "C'mon it's cool."
Lycke: "Yeah they're my friends. Don't worry about it."
Jenny: "It's not allowed, the teachers told us not to."
GothicFatty: "Aww c'mon. You sing about defying the government but yet you're an obedient little peon for your teachers? Not cool."
thisisntgoingtoendwell.jpgSeeing the usage of alcohol and drugs, we quickly knew we had to do something. Informing the teachers wasn't an option of course. We didn't want to lose our practice area.
Jenny: "You guys are going to fucking leave right now."At this point the pizzas arrived and the Gothics began to eat, we decided to back off for now and figured that this just wasn't working. I started to have an argument with Jenny over what Lycke said and actually dumped her (not for long).
GothicLover (the guy Lycke kissed): "Or what?"
Jenny: "I'm going to call the police and tell them you've raped Lycke."
Lycke: "He didn't do that! Why would you say that?!"
Jenny: "Well you invited them and he's like ten years older than you. What the fuck!? That's disgusting!"
Lycke: "Look who's talking drugs whore."
This pissed Jenny off quite a bit. "LEAVE. NOW."
This was the point where GothicFatty pushed Jenny away. "No, go fuck yourself. We're staying."
Me: "Don't you touch my girlfriend you fat fuck."
GothicFatty: "Oh look, it speaks."
GothicFatty made a step towards me and I backed the fuck off.
The gothics laughed.
Lycke: "Man, you're such a wimp. No wonder Jenny keeps going with guys that have some balls."
Ouch, nice way to play on the fact I'm still pretty untrusting of Jenny.
Me: "Jen... is that true?"
Jenny: "No. Of course not."
I can't say I believed her, though I should have. She wasn't a liar.
Jenny: "YOU NEED TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!"At this point, a teacher decides to come check up on us and probably tell us to start wrapping up as the school is about to close. The door opens and everyone comes to a stand still as MsCarpenter begins to yell.
Lycke: "No, we're having fun. You guys aren't playing anymore anyway."
GothicFatty: "Something wrong? Did your boyfriend dump you cause you're a slut?"
Jenny: "SHUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH!"
With that she grabbed his pizza from the box and threw it right in his face.
GothicFatty screams as hot, molten cheese clings onto his face.
GothicLover, now in a drunken rage tries to grab Jenny, but she dodges it.
She runs and he goes after her.
I try to get in his way as he runs past me.
Bad idea, I get smacked in the face and fall to the floor.
I watch as Jen runs away. GothicLover then does something bad.
He grabs the guitar from the stand throws it after Jenny.
It smashes to pieces against the wall.
MsCarpenter: "What is going on here?!"Eventually the police came. GothicLover got arrested and turned out to be someone the police had an eye for a while now, being suspected of being a lover boy. They had to pay for the damages to the equipment.
Jenny runs towards her and hides behind her.
GothicLover comes to a stop.
MsCarpenter: "And who are you?"
GothicLover stammers out his name.
MsCarpenter: "And what is a 24 year old man doing at a high school? These are private grounds."
GothicLover points out he's Lycke's boyfriend.
MsCarpenter: "Well, is that so mister GothicLover. And you are aware that Lycke is fourteen years old? Would you also like to tell me why miss Jenny is running away from you and why mister JGBrands is on the floor?"
GothicLover: "It was an accident, we were just having a bit of a wrestle."
Meanwhile my nose bleeds profusely. Jenny runs over and helps me up. Ruben hands me a handkerchief and I hold it against my nose.
MsCarpenter: "Oh? An accident? Well, I suppose I will accidentally call the police then; which I well then - accidentally of course - tell that we have a pedophile running around our school that's physically abusing students - accidentally of course."
GothicLover: "No-no! That's not how it is! Please don't call we'll le-"
MsCarpenter: "Shut your mouth, man child. Be glad I'm calling the police rather than smacking you around with the remains of that broken guitar."
MsCarpenter is a fucking badass.
MsCarpenter then tries to call the cops, but GothicLover makes the dumb mistake - in his drunk fit - to try and steal the phone from her.
MsCarpenter swiftly delivers the tip of her high heels into his crotch.
GothicLover falls to his knees in pain and begins to cry.
2014.03.06 18:33 MS50racereport Carl Touchstone MS 50 race report, 3/1/14
2014.02.22 00:42 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I'm international DJ, producer, songwriter, and all 'round music freak TyDi. AMA!
|Weirdest things that happened during a gig?||Fell over on stage and cut my foot open on glass, promoter had to carry me to the hospital in Malta :P.|
|What are your personal opinions on the latest "Big-room house" craze and how do you think the whole "copy-paste" attitude effects the business as a whole?||I think you kinda nailed it with the 'copy paste' remark... the sound is boring, typical, overdone and really does all sound the same. I remember when my dad used to say 'dance music all sounds the same' and that was 10 years ago... I used to think he was crazy. Now because of 'big room house' I can finally agree with him.|
|Whats up TyDi, What do you think it is that separates the people who go out and achieve at the highest levels from those who don't?||Good question - The ones who do go out and achieve at their highest levels are often very ambitious, but it doesn't mean they are better people. They are driven, but some of the most incredible people I've ever met are doing 'normal' things. If one considers anything in life normal.|
|Hey TyDi, why do u drink so much?? R u in a relationship at this moment? And what is your favorite car?? Thx!||Loves it. 2. It's complicated 3. Audi R8.|
|Hey mate, where do you see yourself 5 years from now? The last five years have been well pretty big for you and your style as definitely evolved from the tracks on Look Closer.||I'm going to be in a serious relationship with Emma Stone, we may also be open to allowing Scarlett Johansson into the equation.|
|1) What is your favorite dessert? 2) What is your favorite desert?||Lol, I will not dignify this question :P.|
|Did you ever get a blowjob while Dj'ing simultaneously? Under the radar.||Not yet, would you like to be the first?|
|off, Vanilla is an incredible song and my introduction to you when it was played on ASOT. My question: How do you design your signature sounding bass?||Great question! Vanilla's bass was actually made from a few baseline synths that I chopped up into pieces and 'bit-crushed' :)|
|Will you ever play at A State of Trance event again?||If Armin invites me... He hasn't lately. Trance fans are very picky. Obviously I love trance and produce a lot of it! But I also love to make other genres too.. so I like my fans to be extremely openminded. The other night I dropped Blink 182 in my set!!|
|Hey I was at your SEATTLE show for V-DAY!! Are u ever high when performing? If show drug of choice?||Thanks! No I don't do drugs actually... but I do drink a lot.|
|Thing you miss most about Australia?||Probably my friends and family :(|
|How did you get in contact for the first time with BT? Long time since you have not been on ASOT?Any issue with ARMADA?||BT once hit me up for a remix, he loved it and we started working together. Since then we'd been good friends! I'm probably not on ASOT because Armin seems to only push Armada artists and pure trance, my music these days is a lot more free.. it doesn't have rules and I don't mind branching out into any style I want. I'd love for him to keep playing my music but they didn't ask me to play ASOT again because I wasn't exactly 'trance' apparently. No issue with Armada though as I just released 'Hotel Rooms' with them. I guess it's more a stylistic thing and possibly business related. I love those guys though and without Armin I wouldn't have the fans I do now.|
|What do you atribute the relatively recent edm boom in the US to? You think most recent "edm" fans actually enjoy the music, or do you believe its related to many people having discovered mdma even though its been around for 30+ years?||I actually think they've found a new genre of music and they love it. It certainly helped that David Guetta crossed it over with pop because that eased the US people into it ;)|
|What programs do you use? How did you get your start?||I produce everything on Logic Pro :) I got my start by being a general music geek in school and pursuing what I always wanted to do ;)|
|Do you have anymore plans to release anything along the lines of Hotel Rooms in the future? I love the different sound.||Absolutely, I'm going to do a follow up album to Hotel Rooms in the future after I release my new ReDefined album :)|
|Have you completed The Last Of Us, yet? If so, what did you think of the ending?||Loved it and can't wait for the sequel :)|
|Come to San Francisco! I think you doing a show in a few days or weeks from. Love your stuff.||San Fran in March :)|
|I remember you saying about you dislike ghost producers alot what are you views about producers like Dash Berlin having a ghost producer?||Dash doesn't have a ghost producer, they ARE 3 people. WIKI them, Dash used to be Venga boys too.. they are super talented. It's a common misconception that Dash is one guy but in fact Geoffrey is just the DJ, there is also 2 other guys in the team of DB.|
|There was a reddit post a few months ago about you having problems with Sean Tyas is that true?||I don't have any beed with Sean Tyas, I read that somewhere too. Every time I've met him we've been friends. So I think it's just a rumour. Unless there's something he's not telling me?|
|What's your favorite city to perform in and why is it Seattle? (Seriously though your Valentine's Day set was incredible!)||Lol thanks! I do love Seattle!|
|Tydi!!! Hope you still are there, but you were amazing at paradiso! How was playing main stage??? An chances you'll be back this year?||Heya! Not back this year sorry :( but don't worry we have BIG plans for Seattle later this year ;)|
|Hi! I love your music! If you weren't a musician, what other profession would you have? And, do you like coffee?||Heya! Firstly thank you! I'd probably have to do something else creative, but I'm not sure what it would be. Coffee... not really but I drink it for the effects.|
|What made you want to live in Los Angeles? And welcome!!||Thank you so much!!! I had to move their because my fans are mostly in America these days and my publisher / management / agency are all based there :)|
|When's the next time you're going to perform in the SF Bay Area or Sacramento? I haven't been able to attend any of your last couple of performances :( PS. I love your collabs with Kerli!||I'll be playing in SF in March!! :D.|
|Why do you always DJ shoeless? Also what's the hotel key count up to?||Helps give that 'living room' vibe... takes away nerves :)|
|Hey Tydi. Do you remember getting chased down the road by a scary man waving a bottle in kawana like 10 years ago? I think you may have just finished High school at the time.||Yes I do, that scared the shit out of me... Who was that???|
|What are the most traits that u appreciate in a person in general?? Do u Hv many friends?? What do u like to do for fun?? Like to dance!:)||I appreciate intellectual honesty! Anyone who isn't ashamed to say the truth.|
|I respect intellectual honesty :)|
|Thanks for being amazing, and for KILLING IT in Seattle on Valentine's day! Are we going to see you at the main stage at Paradiso again???||No, thank YOU!! That's amazing that you care so much X.|
|What's the craziest thing on your rider?||My rider is simple actually, champagne, vodka and some mixers :)|
|What's your story of becoming a professional producer ? How old were you?||I started when I was 15, I've just been continually addicted to music and never stopped.|
|That would take a big answer, I'd say check out my wikipedia because it seems to know a lot more about me than I do ;)|
|Two questions! 1) if you stopped DJing tomorrow which cities would you miss visiting all the time? 2) there are a lot of producers who see one hit and decide to make their own variation of it (i.e. Cannonball and everything that sounds like it) is it hard to stay original in such a super competitive atmosphere?||1) I'd miss LA a LOT!!! My manager is there and he's one of my best mates.|
|2) No would never wanna copy someone's work, but I wouldn't lie and say I'm not inspired things I hear from time to time :)|
|Would you say Zyzz contributed to your fame?||Absolutely! :)|
|Do you smoke? If so, Blunts or Joints?||Neither... Not into that man. Tried, makes me paranoid. I'm just a drinker :)|
|Hey Tydi thanks for the AMA, for you what's the most difficult part of producing? Was the transition of scoring in music school to producing on computer software significant for you, or have you been making music on the computer throughout your DJing career?||My fav thing about producing / writing is creating something that never existed before. No physical objects needed, just ideas.|
|Hi Ty, what makes you laugh & are you a ticklish guy? If so, where & do you have ticklish feet? :)||I usually laugh at great comedy, not so ticklish on the feet though. Def around my sides though!|
|What's the ratio of tyDi songs that you start/songs that end up being released? And what are your solutions for overcoming creativity blocks?||I wrote about 200 songs to end up with my final new album 'ReDefined' which is out in April! :)|
|Hi TyDi ! I'm a french fan! Have you ever come to France? And will you be present at asot 700 in Netherlands next year ?||I've never been there yet :( would love to though!!|
|Are you going to come back for PARADISO 2014? You won my 'Artist I didn't know much about but impressed me the most' award at The Gorge for PARADISO 2013 so I hope you do.||Thanks so much! I won't be back for Paradiso but... Let me tell you something BIG is being planned for me in that area ;) Soon...|
|Hi Tyson, When you first started to produce electronic music, did you ever go through a phase where you thought to yourself "This is too hard/I give up"?||Nope not really, was always addicted.|
|Why you haven't been ïn Czech Republic for so long? :(||Good question! Girls there are HOT!!! :) But seriously... when a really good tour is routed through that area there will be no way I'm turning it down.|
|Hi there ! Im a young , female producer from Norway (13 years old) and i was asking myself, cause I has produced beats for over 7 years , and I'm listening to your songs everyday:) what inspires you to make music most of all?||Music is just so powerful, it acts like a drug.. it takes you back to the times you remember most in love. That's my inspiration :) Good luck and never stop dreaming :) X.|
|What was it like working on Stem the Tides and Tonight with BT on his album A Song Across Wires? Incidentally, Stem the Tides is still my favorite song on the whole album. I have high hopes for future remixes!||It was so much fun! Anything with BT is amazing... he's a genius! I have some exciting stuff coming out soon :) Get ready for the new 'ReDefined' album ;) ;)|
|Do you plan on releasing live sets sometime in the near future? Particularly the set when you were in Seattle. I need to hear The Killers mix one more time!||I'm thinking of making my 'Global Soundsystem' podcast ALL live music :)|
|Hi Tydi, love all of your music, Shooting Stars is still a regular play at parties. I was wondering if you had plans for any future collaboration with Sarah Howells? Thanks!||Heya! Nothing in the works yet but my new album 'ReDefined' is about to drop in April... it has some INSANE vocalists ;) Get ready!|
|Saw you at Paradiso 2013 when you got moved to main stage. You were awesome so glad you got moved to main stage. Quick question what do you think of the current state of EDM with everybody copying the Martin Garrix sound? Is it good or should the scene move on from that genre?||And secondly, I hate the new movement in EDM where nobody is being original.. this whole 'bangers' phase is what drove me to create the 'Hotel Rooms' album. I appreciate original artists :) I think that helped me a lot at Paradiso!|
|Besides the 3 songs you've released feat Kerli and Perfect Crush. have recorded other songs?||Nope, just a whole new album coming out this year ;)|
|Hey TyDi, with all these big room house tracks being produced nowadays that all sound the same...when do you think this "EDM bubble" is going to burst? Also if you could have a night with Scarlett Johansson, but it had to be a devil's three-way with another dj/producer who would you pick?||Hey man, it won't burst quick if people stay innovative and keep it progressing :) As for Scarlett... I couldn't share her under any circumstance. Alright maybe with a another chick DJ haha.|
|Do you have any plans, to do a concert in New Zealand? in the future? I know so many people who would attend! lol.||Absolutely! I should stop there on my way back to Australia for the next tour :)|
|I'm not sure, I'd love to do that but I'd need to see a solid fan base in NZ who want me to visit :)|
|Thank you for greater heights, fell in love with it the first time i played it. Any plans to work with Jennifer Rene & Tenishia again?||Yep there's a new song with Jen Rene coming out on my album this year! :)|
|Does the song "we will rock you " get you rock hard like it does me?||Haha full on.|
|Hey TyDi! I saw you at Paradiso and last week on Valentines Day. I just have to say your Blink 182 mashup was AMAZING! What a way to end a beautiful night! Question, what was it like at Paradiso, when you planned on playing at a side stage for a much smaller croud, then find out you're to play on main stage. Any last minute changes or preperations you had to make?||Aww thank you! I never plan my shows.. I must say I knew I was going to finish on the Blink 182 mash for Valentines day (I made that on the flight over) but besides that I always my sets up on the spot.|
|Hi Tydi:) Im 27 year old and im emloyed in some office doing some shity work i really hate. i realised that i never imagined my life in that way. I love trance music sooo much and want to become DJ/producer. But the thing is,im just a begginer(doing some bedroom mixes-but they sound great for a begginer:)) and im not sure wheather i can become succesful dj . Is it best for me to say fuck all this im quiting my job and im starting to do what i really love? or to take it easy and do both job and djing until im sure i can live only from djing?||Dude its never too late, the things you'll regret the most are the times you sat back and did nothing.|
|TyDi! You were awesome during your set at Mainstage Paradiso! Any future collabs with Tana Zygar!? You two work really well together!||Nothing planned yet but I'd love to in the future :)|
|Loved your Cher remix! Did you get to meet her? What more mainstream musicians would you want to work with?||Thanks! I enjoyed working on the Cher remix!! She's cool :) I'd love to work with Katy Perry!!!|
|heard you when you released "Half light" loved it! Wish you could make it to Denver, we rarely get some bumping trance DJ's. If there is any, what would you say is your biggest pet peeve about being a DJ? (I'm sure all the traveling maybe?)||Haha my least fav thing is all the travel, airports and jet lag.|
|You mentioned that the sounds in some of your songs are done by the use of marbles. I love this! Any other secret sound effects you'd like to share?||Wayyy too many to name, but I record a LOT of live instruments ;)|
|Do you plan on revisiting tyDi fashion? I loved the shirts, and was sad to see the site disappear.||Absolutely! It's coming back this year! Bigger and better!|
|Hey tyDi, big fan of yours from Perth. Your track "Calling" with Audrey Gallagher was a big part of the reason I originally got interested in trance and EDM. Why the permanent move to LA from Brisbane and how do you think this will affect your career?||Well it had to be done... Australia's dance scene is becoming very 'unmusical' - Just an overdose of 'bangers'. America has embraced my very 'melodic' style. I can play anything I want here, also I sell out shows a lot all over the the states, Australia just has a different taste I think. I will come back for lots of tours though, it's always home to me :)|
|Hey TyDi! I'm a big fan and I love Hotel Rooms! What do you think about the current direction of trance and its future?||Heya! Well it's certainly merged with other genres now. 'Pure 138' trance is kind of gone which is a bit sad but I know a few who still support it. I always have my 'trance' roots that come through in my new songs, they may be other styles too but always with feeling!|
|Hi from home, TyDi! What's it like working with BT? Any crazy stories?||He's just a super talented dude! Love working with him :)|
|What are your thoughts on ghost writing/producing?||Most people know my thoughts on it... It's just straight up lying to fans. Cowards do it, or the ones who just are not capable of making a good song themselves (so they pay others)...|
|Hi tydi. Love your hotel room album. Who are your inspirations both musically and generally?||Thank you!! I'm often inspired by rock bands. Check out my 'Rock Mix' of 'Live This Lie'!!! The new single 'Stay' is kinda indie folk crossed with dance.|
|I'm an aspiring trance artist myself and my question to you is: How do you normally start a song? I struggle with knowing where to start whether it's with the breakdown or the "drop" or anywhere else for that matter. Any tips you have would be much appreciated!||I usually always start on the piano, with chords and a nice melody. That's the basis for a song, then you can think about vocals or synth sounds..etc.|
|Nothing to ask, just wanted to thank you for the great music and please keep producing trance! P.S. World's apart is, in my opinion, your best so far, and one of my all time favourites.||Thanks so much! World Apart isn't trance but it's very melodic. I think you'll find most of my work will be melodic, lots of genres though ;)|
|Hey, been a long time fan and just want know why don't you play more of your older tracks like on the latest Global Soundsystem? Really would love if you made more tracks like the ones from Look Closer or even earlier.||Hey thanks! I do sometimes play my older tracks... but obviously I want to play a lot of my newest work too! :) Keep things progressing!|
|How much collaboration do you do with BT and what influence has he had on your music?||Quite a lot, we've done a few songs together and we wrote them at his place in the studio. He's had a big influence on my sound.|
|Love your music mate! Any chance you're coming to Cairns (qld) for a set anytime soon?||Thank you!! Not soon bro, right now I'm based in America so I'm doing lots of touring over here :)|
|Have You ever Visited India...?||Sure have! I've toured India about 5 times. There's plans for a new tour this year actually :D|
|What were the steps you took to get to where you are now?||Check out Wiki, 10 years of doing nothing but writing, producing and playing shows :)|
|Have you ever been in a three way? On a more serious note though I'd like to just thank you for your shooting stars album it really is a touching album that gave me the feels. Keep doing what you do Tyson!||Yes. Thank you so much! I'm glad you love Shooting Stars!! Much appreciated!!!|
|Other than your own collaborations on BT's A Song Across Wires, what's your favourite/most influential track?||It's not by me, it's the Henry Saiz remix of 'Daniel' by Bat for Lashes :)|
|Any random producing tip(s)?||Take a break every 40 mins, you'll come back with new ideas ;)|
|In your opinion where r the most beautiful women?||In the Reddit office.|
|IMO its Australia I've never been but I've met about ten Australian women and they r all down to earth, great style, cute accents, and super sexy!!||Every country has it's perks...|
|What is the best software to use as an up and coming DJ?||I do love working on Logic X, you should check it out! :)|
|How did you like Seattle? That show was tooo fun.||Nuts! Always love Seattle and so happy that it sold out!!|
|Hey TyDi do you know when you'll be going to Ibiza this summer? I want to schedule my trip around it!||Not sure but I'll most likely announce on twitter :D|
|So my friend was kicked out of your Seattle Show for sneaking in BOOZE so I only saw 10 minuets of your set. If you only had one track of yours for me to listen to what would it be?||The collab I did with BT called 'Stem The Tides' :)|
|Do you need an assistant? I need employment, hire me for something, anything please. I m just joking, but it would serious be awesome if I could say I work for tyDi||Hehe at the moment I'm sweet, but thank you!! :)|
|Since i added it too late up there: You think you and fellow (beautiful) countrywoman Emma Hewitt are ever gonna do a collab?||I LOVE Emma... Maybe one day if she's keen :)|
|I saw you for the first time at Vessel in SF on 10/18/13!! You are amazing! My favorite track by you is your remix of The Light in Things by BT. My question is, what is your favorite track that you've had a hand in?||My fav track right now is my new one ;) #Stay!|
|TyDi, how can I get your autograph? I want to get one so bad. Love ya!||Come to a show and get right up the front :)|
|Saw you live here in Manila during the Bigfish event last year. Any memorable moments for that night?||Oh that ROCKED! I'll be back soon I think ;)|
|What TRACK is on repeat on your ipod or mp3?||Listening to a lot of Blink 182 lately|
|What is your System Configuration?||Mac Pro, specced out to the max... ;)|
|When are you coming back to Australia to perform? :D We miss you!!||When the time is right ;)|
|YO TYSON. I'm from Edmonton. You might remember me from... that time with the statue? See you when you come to town mate.||Let's get it ooonnn :P.|
|Hey there! I was wondering if there are any up-and-coming artist you are keeping an eye on?||Frank Pole and Bl3r :)|
|Whats song makes feel like your up on the stars?||Mr Tiddles by Sasha|
|Your remix of Peace Sign by Lights is one of my favorites! Any way you can drop that remix in Dallas at Lizard Lounge? :3 It would be awesome!||Maybe I will ;)|
|As a fellow Sunny Coast person. What's your favourite place on the coast?||Mooloolaba ;)|
|Best person you've performed with?||BT.|
|So are we getting married when you come to Dallas, because I won't forget the time you said you wanted to on twitter <3.||Possibly, you'll have to wine and dine me first ;)|
|+1 for this. It can be tough to be called over to replace a missing headliner, but TyDi killed it. From my vantage point up on the grassy hill, I think everyone that gave you a chance long enough to get going was loving it.||Cheers! Means a lot to me :)|
|You Walk Away just came on Pandora and a second later I see you're doing an AMA. No real question just thought it was a funny coincidence and wanted to say Hi...sooo HI!!||Haha nice! Happy to hear :)|
|Hey tyDi, just want to say I saw you at ASOT 500 in Sydney and you smashed the decks. Been following you ever since. Have a wonderful AMA.||Wow thank you so much brother! :)|
|Love you TyDi. Thank you for your music.||Thank YOU for listening to it :)|
|Been following you ever since I saw you at Paradiso this last summer! Your set was one of the most memorable. Keep up the good work, hope to see you again soon :)!||Wow thank you, that festival was amaze!!!|
|Hey TyDi, big fan of your productions. Can you give any tips or advice on; (1) The very low end (<200Hz) (2) 1K onwards. Anything you do in particular to these two frequency ranges in terms of getting a tight mix.||Hey mate! When you get into very low sub ranges you want to be careful. Roll off anything that doesn't need bass. Even guitars will give low end sub movement that you don't need. So just drop out parts that won't be / need to be heard in the mix. Focus on the elements like bass obviously.|
|How do you like the california lifestyle and what made you want to become a edm dj||Cali is awesome! I just love dance music, so being a producer / DJ is perfect!!|
|Hi Tyson, no question just a hello from a big fan from melbourne. :)||Cheers dude! Hello from NYC! :)|
|Hi from DC, love your music and I've been a fan for a while, I liked your recent music videos for nothing really matters & live this lie. Just wanted to say you're awesome mate, can't wait for the next album.||Wow thank you so much! That means the world to me :)|
|Hi Tydi big fan from Adelaide, its sad to see you move countries! Just letting you know that there is an entire trance community here on reddit @ /trance who seem to not have known about this AMA, I've posted there directing them here but hope its not too late!||Thanks so much man! Hello from NYC!!|
2014.02.18 19:00 Plasma_Ball1 Hero Discussion of this Day: Viper (18 February 2014)
|1||20||0||600||N/A||2||Puts a Unique Attack Modifer (Orb effect) onto Viper's normal attack which slows the target's attack and move speed by 10% and deals 10 damage per second|
|2||20||0||600||N/A||2||Puts a Unique Attack Modifer (Orb effect) onto Viper's normal attack which slows the target's attack and move speed by 20% and deals 16 damage per second|
|3||20||0||600||N/A||2||Puts a Unique Attack Modifer (Orb effect) onto Viper's normal attack which slows the target's attack and move speed by 30% and deals 22 damage per second|
|4||20||0||600||N/A||2||Puts a Unique Attack Modifer (Orb effect) onto Viper's normal attack which slows the target's attack and move speed by 40% and deals 28 damage per second|
|1||-||-||-||-||-||Causes Viper's attacks to deal bonus damage based on how much health is missing from the target, 2.5 base bonus damage, 40 max|
|2||-||-||-||-||-||Causes Viper's attacks to deal bonus damage based on how much health is missing from the target, 5 base bonus damage, 80 max|
|3||-||-||-||-||-||Causes Viper's attacks to deal bonus damage based on how much health is missing from the target, 7.5 base bonus damage, 120 max|
|4||-||-||-||-||-||Causes Viper's attacks to deal bonus damage based on how much health is missing from the target, 10 base bonus damage, 160 max|
|1||-||-||-||-||4||Any enemy who attacks Viper is slowed (attack and movespeed) by 10% and is dealt 10 damage per second. Also gives Viper an extra 10% magic resistance|
|2||-||-||-||-||4||Any enemy who attacks Viper is slowed (attack and movespeed) by 15% and is dealt 15 damage per second. Also gives Viper an extra 15% magic resistance|
|3||-||-||-||-||4||Any enemy who attacks Viper is slowed (attack and movespeed) by 20% and is dealt 20 damage per second. Also gives Viper an extra 20% magic resistance|
|4||-||-||-||-||4||Any enemy who attacks Viper is slowed (attack and movespeed) by 25% and is dealt 25 damage per second. Also gives Viper an extra 25% magic resistance|
|Level||Mana Cost||Cooldown||Casting Range||Area||Duration||Effects|
|1||125||80 (12*)||500 (900*)||N/A||5.1||Slows the enemy target by 40% and deals 60 damage per second|
|2||175 (125*)||50 (12*)||500 (900*)||N/A||5.1||Slows the enemy target by 60% and deals 100 damage per second|
|3||250 (125*)||30 (12*)||500 (900*)||N/A||5.1||Slows the enemy target by 80% and deals 145 damage per second|
2014.01.17 21:10 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am the founder of Improv Everywhere and the subject of the documentary We Cause Scenes AMA!
|Have there ever been any ideas for improv scenarios that you guys almost did but rejected because it might have been too dangerous or illegal?||We never try to break the law. We've broken a ton of retail store policies, MTA regulations, park regulations, etc. So I'm happy to break the rules, but no one is trying to get arrested. A great example of the cops showing up but not being able to do anything was our Best Buy Uniform Prank. We had 100 people wear blue polo shirts and khaki pants in a Best Buy. They called 911, but the cops basically said, "It's not illegal to wear a blue polo shirt."|
|"It's not illegal to wear a blue polo shirt." Yet. Just wait until Best Buy's lobbyists dig their claws into a Congressman.||They set us a cease and desist for selling blue polo shirts with a yellow Improv Everywhere logo. So I'm well aware of their legal team.|
|They also used one of our photos from the prank on their official website and training material (without asking permission, I may add).||And without realizing it. We think.|
|What is the best reaction you have seen from a bystander?||At the No Pants Subway Ride when someone looked around at the car and realized they were the only one wearing pants and then took their own pants off.|
|If you could redo one (non-annual) prank from scratch, which one would it be and why?||The Moebius. Because it's probably the best idea we've ever had and the video is super shitty because it was 2003 and we didn't know what we were doing. I'll remake it at some point. Waiting for the right opportunity.|
|Oh man, I loved this one. Just the mission report is excellent reading. And the choice of music... brilliant.||I'm glad you like it. Most people HATE that music. I thought it was funny. It's by Orbital and it's a sample of the Star Trek TNG episode that inspired the name of the prank. Back in the days where you could use copyrighted music on YouTube with no consequences.|
|What's your favourite public stunt you have done?||It's so hard to pick a favorite, but my favorite one last year was Conduct Us, where we set up an orchestra in the middle of NYC and let random people conduct them. The documentary are also does a great job of showing some of our early highlights, like our Fake U2 prank.|
|As IE become more and more popular, are you afraid the surprise effect will disappear because people will tell themselves "Ahh nothing special, it must be IE again" ?||This definitely happens at annual events like the No Pants Subway Ride. But we work hard to stay original and try new things. But yeah, we've created a style where people who are familiar with the YouTube channel can recognize it if they stumble upon it. Fortunately there are like 7.5 million people in NYC who have never seen our YouTube channel.|
|Speaking of number of people, you should do a stunt in a very small town so remote that they barely have internet. Zombie invasion, improvised marathon, lot of tourists walking backward, etc! All the town would speak about it while they try to understand what happened. Edit : Typo.||I staged some projects in Russia in a very remote town. It was a great experience. See: Russian Furniture Store Invasion|
|Who creates the music for the musicals? How much work/rehearsal goes into those?||Anthony King and Scott Brown, the creators of Gutenberg! The Musical!. Definitely check that show out as it's hilarious in the same way our musicals are. They are super talented. We usually have one long rehearsal and one dress rehearsal in the location.|
|Are there any missions/ideas you've always wanted to do but logistically wouldn't be able to pull off?||I'd love to do something like our Look Up More mission but with multiple buildings. Like every building surrounding a park.|
|Not to be too trivial but... Do you make a living out of this?||It's OK, that's the first question people always ask whenever I give talks. Yes, it's my job. I make revenue off of YouTube's partner program, get paid to do speaking engagements, get hired to stage things at festivals, get hired to stage projects at private events, consult a little bit. I don't really make money off of Improv Everywhere directly (apart from the YouTube ads), but it's become a career via the other things I get hired to do because of Improv Everywhere.|
|How much does youtube pay?||Not that much, but enough that I can at least break even on the costs of producing the projects. More if something goes viral.|
|Do you guys do much stage improv? I know you do talks, but do you ever do classic long-form or short-form type stuff?||Yes, I perform every Saturday night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre with my team The Curfew. I also host the show CageMatch every Thursday. Both shows are long form improv. I haven't done short form in about 14 years. I don't consider Improv Everywhere to be improv, by the way, despite our dumb name.|
|Are there any missions you have been dying to try?||I want to get 500 guys dressed as Snowtroopers to walk around Central Park the day after a blizzard. The problem is I don't have access to that many costumes (don't think the 501st Legion has that many Snowtroopers), and I also don't know in advance when a blizzard is coming.|
|Maybe just a Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and a tauntaun? Like, recreate one of the other scenes from Hoth in the meantime?||Yeah, that would be good. Hmmm... where to get a tauntaun...|
|It seems like there are 350 such costumes in the world. It might be hard to pull this off :) Link to www.501st.com.||I actually reached out to the local NY-area 501st groups when I staged Star Wars Subway Car and I didn't get anywhere. One guy responded but then cancelled. I ended up working with College Humor as they had some costumes.|
|In the early days, a lot of Improve Everywhere's missions were small, often subtle things involving just a handful of people. Some of my favorites were The Moebius and Suicide Jumper. These days, it seems like most missions are large-scale stunts that require a mob of people to pull off. Do you guys have any plans to go back to the more discreet missions?||Actually we still do tons of small scale projects. Our big ones like the No Pants Subway Ride get more attention, but we did a ton of small scale things last year. Most of our Movies In Real Life series involved just a handful of actors. The big mob stuff is fun, but I have a better time with the smaller ones.|
|Have any stunts ever gone horribly wrong, and if so, what's your favorite one?||The Camera Flash Experiment was probably our biggest failure. I had 800 people on the Brooklyn Bridge in the pouring rain and the effect we were going for wasn't as cool as I hoped it would be. It worked... but it was a shitty night in the rain for something that didn't quite pay off.|
|Where did you find that girl at 1:54?? Link to www.youtube.com.||Her name is LJ and she started coming to the No Pants Subway Ride in 2006. That was the year the cops stopped the ride and handcuffed people in their underwear. She wound up in an Associated Press photo that went around the world. She later reached out to me and started coming every year. She's one of the organizers now!|
|What is a typical day like for you?||My worst days are sitting on the Internet for 10 hours answering emails and dealing with logistical stuff. My best days are traveling to somewhere like New Zealand to give a talk on Improv Everywhere (I'm going in 2 weeks!)|
|Do you reinvest the money you make from YouTube ads back into Improv Everywhere?||Yes, the money we make on YouTube ads pays for the productions. So that money is paying for the production company I use (camera crew, editors, producers) and things like props and costumes.|
|Have you ever been worried with the size some events have gotten? For example your mp3 experiments. Thanks for all the inspiration and fun memories!||Old school! Thanks for staying with us. Yeah, I always think about how huge the Mp3 Experiment gets. This year I staged it TWICE to try to cut down the crowds but it didn't work. Next year we need a huge location. Or we need to do it even more times. It was much easier when 200 people would show up. :) But it's also really fucking cool that 7,000 New Yorkers want to be a part of our ridiculous event.|
|Central Park?||Central Park would probably not give me a permit to host an event that big. Normally I don't get permits for anything I do, but when you're bringing thousands... it's the nice thing to do. :)|
|The moments leading up to some event, are you ever excited or nervous? I imagine after so many years you get a little immune, but I could imagine new scenes lead to a certain raise in heart beat? Also, to what extend do you participate in some scene/stunt yourself? Do you often just pretend to be among the audience or do you do certain roles besides organizing? Love your work by the way!||If it's something we've never staged, I get excited and a little nervous. I've done this for so long that I generally know what to expect, but if it's something that's unauthorized I worry about how long we're going to get away with it for. Our prank at Staples lasted for like 5 minutes before we got asked to leave! So it's stressful-- did it last long enough for us to make a video out of it? Or will we have nothing to show for our work? In the end that one was pretty funny due to how short it was.|
|I usually have some sort of role in the pranks, though yeah, often a behind-the-scenes role. Sometimes I hold a camera. Sometimes I'm there to talk to the actor in between the different parts. I had tons of fun working the 11-year-old actor in our Harry Potter video a couple of months ago, for example.|
|How do you get people for the scenes, and how would I join in?||The smaller projects are cast with actors from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (where I perform in NYC) and other longtime members of Improv Everywhere. The big ones are open-to-the-public and announced on our email list. We sometimes cast the smaller ones through that list too.|
|What made you decide to go from performing on stage to starting Improv Everywhere? How did Improv Everywhere get started?||The basic reason was that I didn't have a stage! I did tons of theatre in college but when I moved to NYC no one knew who I was. So while I was figuring out the theatre and comedy scene in NYC I decided to start staging things in public. Making the city a stage. We Cause Scenes does a great job of showing the early stuff when I was 22. There's footage from those old projects in the film. The first thing I ever did was fool people into thinking I was Ben Folds|
|Have you ever had the cops get involved in any of your stunts?||Yeah a few times. Most notably at Best Buy, our U2 rooftop prank and at the 5th Annual No Pants Subway Ride|
|As I was heading back upstairs, I apologized to the head cop, “I’m really sorry we wasted your time today.” He replied, “You were trying to do a funny thing. I understand, but we had to do something.”||Yeah, they were ultimately cool once they figured out what was going on.|
|How did this all start? Was it spontaneous?||Answered this below. It was a spontaneous prank where I pretended to be Ben Folds in a bar with the help of a college friend accomplice.|
|Do you keep any of the props and costumes after you're done filming?||I save some stuff. Some stuff I give to the actors. I let the Ghostbusters actors keep their costumes from the library prank. The boulder from the Indiana Jones prank had to be destroyed sadly. It was too big to keep.|
|Hey - I've been a fan since Moebius Loop way back when. My group and I have tried to create that, and it's a blast! My question: What tools are best to mobilize and motivate participants for your missions? I've tried a couple here where I live, and people sign up, then fail to show up on the appointed day. I think they get cold feet and can't follow through. When you plan to do something with 50 people and you end up with 10 people it's discouraging. How do you keep them in the game till it's game time? Thanks and keep up the GREAT work!||My advice would be to start small. Find projects (like the Moebius) that only need 10 people. Once you do a bunch of those, you'll have a core team that feels invested and wants to keep coming out, and you'll grow.|
|Has a stunt ever gone wrong and ended up too sad or weird to actually post?||I've posted everything we've ever done except ONE project. I won't reveal what it is because I will eventually do it again. It never got posted because our camera guys got caught and the footage ended up being too shitty. Nothing has been to sad or weird though.|
|How in touch are you with the "Improv Everywhere" groups in other cities such as Boston, Portland, or Philly, or are they separate totally entities from what you personally work on? If they are separate, what are your thoughts on them?||They are totally separate. I communicate with the leaders of the regional No Pants Subway Ride each year and give them a heads up on the date, etc. I've met a few of the regional organizers. James Cobalt from Boston has been to a few of our NYC events. Jeff Moriarty in Phoenix has always been really friendly with me over email. If we tour to a city where there is a good local group, I try to reach out and meet up.|
|How were you like in high school?||I was not the class clown, but I was the guy producing the class clown's antics from behind-the-scenes and under the cover of being an A student.|
|I hope to be a part of a flash mob one day thanks to y'all. When can we expect another musical? And if you're ever in Houston count me in in whatever is going on!||I really want to do more musicals. It's been 2 years since we've done one. One of my goals for 2014 is to do at least one new one.|
|What's the meaning of life? Edit: I know Charlie (and he's freakin' awesome) and I really want to hear his perspective on life.||I'm a non-believer, so I have no idea. My philosophy is to live each day to the fullest... though I usually wind up living each day sitting on the Internet.|
|What would either of you do with an unlimited budget? ...besides hiring me all of the time, of course.||I would hire an AD on all of my projects.|
|Hey, love following Improv Everywhere and watching the videos/reading the block posts of your missions!||Thanks for reading the mission reports! Sometimes I feel like no one has the attention span to read them anymore.|
|What missions take the most planning and to pull off, and do you think those missions turn out better or worse than those with a bit less planning?||It's really fulfilling to work on something for a long period of time and have it pay off. I spent like a month working on Grand Central Lights and watching the end result was really satisfying. That said, there have been simple ideas we've put together in a matter of days that got more views.|
|Also, I'm in the Seattle area and have had an idea rattling around in my head for a fun scene, but I don't have the connections to pull it off (would require some choreography and a few people who actually know how to dance, rather than my two left feet). Do you know any groups in the pacific northwest that do stuff along the same lines as you do in New York?||There is a group called Emerald City Improv in Seattle that was inspired by Improv Everywhere. Look them up.|
|I'm someone whose done Improv on and off for the past 10 years. Performed on a house team, trained in the Harold, taken several classes.||I'm someone who has performed improv for the past 17 years, continuously. I trained in the Harold at UCB and have been on a house team at UCB for 12 years. I also taught classes at UCB for many years.|
|Would you really call what you do Improv?||No, I do not call what we do improv. It's just a shitty name for the group I came up with when I was 22.|
|As someone who has traveled for 30 years, would you say you have been everywhere?||Alan, I've been LITERALLY EVERYWHERE.|
|Love the videos keep them coming! Any ideas for a new series? Loved the movies in real life and having weekly videos to look forward to!||Thanks! We're hoping to do a series this year of musicals, but I'm not sure if it will happen or not. It was fun doing a series for the first time. You can see all the Movies In Real Life vids here if people don't know what we're talking about.|
|Random musicals in public places?? Sounds fun! Yall have to do a song from Frozen <3 that movie.||Thanks! We do original songs though, to avoid copyright issues.|
|What do you think would be an easy and effective scene to organize around a college campus?||Well our Frozen Grand Central project was replicated on college quads all over the world when that craze was going on in 2008. So that's definitely an easy one. Everyone can freeze in place for 5 minutes and it's always really cool to see. We tour our Mp3 Experiment project to college campuses too. We just did one at University of Florida.|
|Hold Me Kiss Me Kill Me Thrill Me?||Yes Zach, this indeed a line you have in the U2 rooftop prank video|
|How do you pick what scenes to cause? Is there a core group that ferments ideas?||I ultimately decide on what we do next, but I always brainstorm with our production team and other longtime members of the group. The first person I bounce ideas off is my wife. She's been at almost every project since we started dating in 2006. I also get tons of ideas emailed to me, and every now and then I get a great one. Like the time someone told me to get a mob of dudes to shop shirtless at Abercrombie.|
|Can you like, redo this one? The quality wasnt that good because it was in the beginning, and it would be so fun to have that one again, with more people joining maybe. I personally think that was one of your best ones.||Maybe... it would be pretty funny to try to get people to do it at EVERY Abercrombie in the world on the same day.|
|How was your experience doing your TED talk?||It was great. It was actually at a TEDx conference in Indiana. I almost didn't say yes to their offer because it was far away and there are a million TEDx's so why wouldn't I just do one near me? But the organizer Christian Long was really persistent and I finally said yes. I'm so happy I did. They filmed it super well and the crowd was AMAZING. They were just so excited to be there. Then the video got promoted to TED.com and became an official TED talk, which was huge for me. I then got invited to TED to stage a prank - The Spinning Beach Ball of Death|
|Did NYC fine you for painting the sidewalks in the tourist lane prank?||Nope! It was chalk, so it went away after a few rains. Bloomberg said "it was cute."|
|Thank you for doing this, I would like to ask, how do you come up with the different ideas for your scenes?||The best ideas are the ones that are site specific. Like, I was riding an elevator in the subway system when I came up with High Five Escalator|
|I see this all over reddit now. It's almost a meme.||Yeah, that drives me crazy. I made a .gif of that project and it gets posted to imgur and linked on the front page of Reddit about once a year with no attribution. I mean, cool that it's a meme, but annoying to have the credit stripped.|
|What advice would you have for a college student in Boston looking to break into the improv scene? I'm in my school's troupe and also did (read, loved) No Pants Subway Ride Boston!||I know there are some good improv theatres in Boston. ImprovBoston I've been to. My main advice to anyone looking to get serious about comedy is to move to NYC and train at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Thanks for being a part of the Boston No Pants Subway Ride!|
|What about Second City?||I don't personally have much experience with Second City, and they do not have a theatre in NYC. I know their focus is more on sketch than it is on improv as an artform unto itself.|
|What's your favorite musical that IE has performed?||Tough call, but I gotta go with the original, Food Court Musical - not as polished as the others in terms of performance, but it was the most exciting to watch.|
|I know for these scenes inspiration can come from anywhere, so what is the weirdest moment, or thing that you got a flash of inspiration from?||Locations usually inspire ideas for me. Once I was getting lunch in my old neighborhood and saw a 4 foot tall wall, and I immediately new I needed to put a Suicide Jumper on it. video|
|Have you seen the other Food Court Musical?||Yeah I think I've seen that link before, but I haven't watched all 55 minutes!|
|Man, I love that one. The plastic firefighter hat was a great touch.||I would have gotten a real costume if I could have afforded it at the time. I later became friends with a real firefighter, who made a cameo in our Christmas Story video.|
|What have you seen happen during one of your stunts that you're sad wasn't caught on camera?||Oh man like a million things. I'm always seeing great reactions and wishing there was a camera person there. But we do things that are so spread out you can't catch everything. Also, in the early days I didn't film everything. We didn't film our Circle Line Tours and I've always regretted it.|
|Loved "We Cause Scenes" - very informative and entertaining to hear the background stories and learn about the missions meant for the TV Pilot that never was. If you were given an unlimited budget where money no issue, is there a grandiose mission you dream of pulling off? Ever thought of working with more celebrities - say for music videos?||I get approached to work on music videos from time to time, but usually not by the artist. It's from a marketing person from the record label and the artist isn't available. I might do one one day but a good opportunity hasn't come up. I'm a big Flaming Lips fan and my dream is to collaborate with them on something. I've gone as far as to email their manager, but I've never gotten a response. Their public stunts were really influential to me.|
|Oh geez, the potential of fun scenes to cause with ANY of The Flaming Lips' props - would be wild!||Exactly.|
|Which stunts are the hardest to pull off?||The ones that need an EXACT number of actors, like Grand Central Lights. Very hard to recruit the right number. If you have too many, then some people are upset they can't do it. If you don't have enough, you have an empty window and it looks shitty.|
|Have you ever been arrested? (in relation to improv everywhere)||I was in handcuffs after the Fake U2 Concert but the charges were dropped. That's the only time I've been cuffed.|
|Hi, thanks for both of you for taking the time to do this.||I've loved seeing our concepts spread around the world. It is especially cool to see the No Pants Subway Ride happening in places like India and China. One guy even did it in Cairo this year. It's been fun to see some of those regional groups do cool original stuff as well.|
|I've enjoyed watching the videos of your missions and have only ever been able to take part in the ones you've done here in the UK.||Thanks for doing the UK tour stuff. I can't believe we haven't done an Mp3 Experiment in London yet. Long overdue.|
|The two questions I have are: what do you think of the groups who have started because they were inspired by you (such as the ones from the now-lapsed Improv Everywhere: Global site on ning), and have there been any ideas you've had for missions that you've started planning but never made it to the execution form one reason or another?||Yeah there are always like 10 projects on my "need to do" list. Sometimes we get close to doing one but end up deciding it's not quite right. They got back to the list and hopefully I eventually figure out how to pull it off.|
|Any plans to do anything nice and big in the UK? Possibly Nottingham? I'd love to be able to come join you guys in something, but barely anything seems to be in the UK :c.||We've toured to the UK a few times. Manchester, Newcastle, and maybe Blackburn? I can't believe we haven't been to London. Hopefully we will fix this soon.|
|Oh, the No Trousers Tube Ride people would be THRILLED if you guys ever showed up here. :D.||Hey Rammi! Well, unfortunately I have to be in NYC on that day.|
|Haha, oh yeah, since this is an AMA... Why my photo every year, man? :P||Haha. Out of laziness. I just cut and paste the prior year's page and don't bother to change it. I like the photo though because it's clearly London. Many No Pants Subway Ride photos from other cities just look a generic subway, but everyone knows the Underground logo. Next year I might change it to the Hong Kong photo from this year, which I also love.|
|What sort of things did NBC do, or ask you to do, that were not in the spirit of the IE voice when making the pilot? How was it different with a big budget compared to working now?||NBC was actually really cool when it came to the prank ideas. They let me do pretty much exactly what I wanted. The only change was that they cut one idea, which was doing a version of our Romantic Comedy Cab. They thought it was too much of a "think piece." But the other projects were exactly as I wanted them to be. The stuff I didn't like was the opening credits and the hosting bits. It wasn't in my voice. So everything that went around the pranks felt a little off, but I they gave me freedom with the pranks themselves.|
|I don't have a question, but I'm using a question mark?||I see what you did there?|
|What is the worst reaction (ie, most negative) you've gotten from bystanders or authorities?||The worst has been someone dialing 911, as in the Best Buy prank. Other than that, sometimes people just don't care for what's happening and speak up about it. The documentary shows some negative reactions we got from our Amazing Hypnotist prank and discusses how we learned from it.|
|I'm a longtime mp3 experiment participant (and even met you once at the Webutante Ball!) and I've noticed that as the number of participants grows so much, the mp3 experiment loses some of what makes it fun - the element of surprise of the non-participants, not knowing who else is participating, and starting out isolated but eventually coming together in a big group (the Times Square/Bryant Park experiment was a highlight for me). Last year you tried splitting it into 2 time slots, but even still it was crazy crowded. Do you have trouble finding new spots? Do you have ideas of how to get it back to the smaller, more spread-out original adventure?||Yeah I think this year we need a bigger location, and we might need to do it over 2 days. We'll see. It was definitely too crowded this year. Though I gotta say the mall on the 3rd floor in the 3 PM edition was perfect. Thanks for participating! And cool we met at that party!|
2013.05.17 22:22 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: We are the RuneScape Audio Team! Ask Us Almost Anything!
|Who wrote Flute Salad? What was the inspiration for this magnificent song?||That would be me!|
|I like all kinds of quirky music and wanted to do some humorous songs in RS, so I came up with this. It started with me messing about with some flute passages until something came together that I liked, and the song grew from there.|
|I'll let you in to a little secret - the name of the song came from another song by a very unusual band called Gong :)|
|Gong... Ian is showing his age... which is older than me :)||Yeah but I only look about 18 :P.|
|Which one are you in the picture?||He's the oldest looking one ;)|
|I'm a bit surprised you haven't written your own custom midi tracker. And, as audio professionals, why is midi about the only device that hasn't developed from it's inception, what 20 years ago?||I've written tracker music before, but not for RS. Why is MIDI still about? I guess it kinda works...! The MIDI protocol (Music Instrument Digital Interface) is actually still used in Recording Studios all around the world, even today!|
|Sorry Jagex, I meant why hasn't the MIDI protocol developed into something fantastic. It's been around 20 years and is still basically the same clunky, frustrating thing.||It's happening, but it takes time, especially with something so well-established.|
|I used to use Midi in a home studio, but as part of a creative process, it sucked technically. You say advances are happening, what are they?||Have you ever used any VST instruments? There are so many out there now...|
|1 what was it like working with james hannigan will you work with him again in the future? 2 what is your favourite rs track? 3 what you guys find more enjoyable writing new music or redoing old tracks or voice acting ? 4 do you ever think there will be a time were all npcs will be voice acted ? 5 how does working at jagex differ from past companys you have worked with? 6 many users choose do mute all in game sound is that upsetting to see that many people wont expereince something you worked hard on and what would you say to users to change there minds ? 7 when looking to voice well loved characters are you more careful to a sure you find the right actor then you would with say a new charcter? 8 how do you choose which areas to redo is it a matter of choice or do have to wait to the area is geting graphically update? 9 many users request downloads for tracks will this be possiable with the realse of rs 3? 10 what is your favourite aspect of runescape that you havent worked on eg lore, skills etc?||I've known James Hannigan a long time and worked with him previously on the Harry Potter games. He is a brilliant composer who instinctively knows what I'm looking for.|
|My favourite RS track is Harmony.|
|Can you separate your questions a bit haha or I might spend the whole hour answering this one :)|
|One question here was how does working at jagex differ from past companies. I'd like to answer that. Jagex gives me the opportunity to use all my creative abilities, they encourage people to use the talent they were employed for. I always believe you should allow people to express themselves and then you get the best out of someone. I have more fun here than anywhere else and I believe if you have fun in what you do then others will appreciate that and have fun listening.|
|As a programmer, I'm guessing pizza? Or maybe chinese?||Haha yes pizza... the food of games developers! We have sandwiches too...|
|Yes pizza, and the sandwich lady came back for a special appearance too :)|
|Will the new music be able to be downloaded in mp3 format from the downloads section the website when it's launched? Thanks :)||I'm intending putting our music on Soundcloud, it gives me the ability to get downloads ready quickly :)|
|Expect some teasers over the coming weeks!!|
|Keep tabs on our soundcloud, we'll be updating this quite regularly in the future. Link to soundcloud.com|
|I play RuneScape on-and-off ever since I got older, but it's still nostalgic and I still enjoy it from time to time. The first encounter I had with RS music was the very midi and silly theme that always played when I first get to the old login page, which led me to turn down the music for the following 5 years... Will you vary up the menu music to avoid hearing the same tiring opening blast? Or at least make it slower, quieter, adjustable, etc? I would suggest something like ScapeMelancholy as a starter over ScapeBold. Similarly, will areas have a rotation of music so people don't get tired of it when going back and forth between places? Will you "hold back" on all the music you write for areas? One thing I notice is that the music always changes quickly from place to place and it can get annoying when passing through too many areas. Could you implement a system for players to choose between quieter music versus louder melodic music as to suit their current mood? Will you try implementing music related to skilling because that's the "mindset" of the player? Do you wish to implement emotional music or silly music? Because of the nature of RuneScape as a somewhat casual game with less immersion, do you think ambient or exciting orchestral music would be out of place? Along that same vein, since a lot of the newer music is more orchestral, where do you think you would implement that? Would it be during scripted quests such that the music relates to it more or will it be area-related? Also along that vein, would orchestral music be longer in duration for quests than the ones seen on the soundcloud since players have the option to take as long as they want on a quest? Will area-related music be more ambient in nature, i.e., less melodic in nature and longer in terms of harmonic movements? Thoughts on using a system like FTL's OST where you use versions of the same music for different moods? Where was the decision to include human voices coming from, for both voice-acting as well as music? What sort of inspiration do you work with? Do you listen to general music from region/areas similar to that of RS? Do you listen to other videogame music with a similar vibe (maybe like Skyrim)? Do you specifically create music for areas or do you assign areas to music?||Yes I want to vary the menu music. We have several options that would work and maybe we choose randomly between them all. Yes we want to provide variety of music in areas so players aren't stuck on the same piece of music. Yes we will try and avoid tracks cutting off quickly when you are passing through areas. Skilling music - interesting idea. I would like the soundtrack to recognise when you are in one area or doing the same thing and the system to be sympathetic to that and adjust accordingly. Gentle ambient themes for skilling sounds good to me. We want to implement emotional music and silly music! Runescape is a real smorgasbord (I've been dying to use that word!) of moods and styles. We don't want to lose that. If we can get players to laugh along with us or cry along with us then we're doing our job properly. It's certainly not all serious now and we enjoy writing fun music. Mod Ian's Cheese Wheel rolling music springs to mind ;) The larger orchestral pieces need their place or their moment. Most won't sit as area music, we use them for front ends and epic moments. The lighter folk style is more relevant to wandering about. Yes quest music is generally longer or have more tracks to fill the quests accordingly. Check out the Ozan quests, we wrote loads for those. Some areas will be more ambient yes. As far as melodies are concerned, we'd like to reuse melodies across multiple songs to add to the continuity. The orchestra is the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava. I've worked with them before, as I have orchestras in London. We took our own team there including recording engineer and conductor. I guess voice acting and singing was mainly my decision. Voices add so much to the narrative and I like singing in games too. I'd love to hear more songs of lore sung in pubs and by rest musicians. Music can be written all ways, there is no formula and my team all have their own way of writing which can vary from piece to piece. We're all big gamers and love game soundtracks. We are creating music for areas. We all play instruments. I am a classically trained pianist but I play a lot of guitar, ukulele and mandolin. I've worked on games for 20 or so years. I've worked on all types of games on all platforms. I love working on Runescape though :)|
|Thank you so much for taking the time! I can't wait to see what you'll come up with.||Pleasure! Great questions :)|
|Will every single song in the game be updated which is currently there? If so will you be deleting any of tracks or just reworking every one again?||We are not intending deleting any songs currently. We will eventually update all music but for launch we are looking at around 6 hours of music which includes the orchestra, folk music, and a lot of new contemporary content for 6th age.|
|I think it is fair to say that we won't be able to update every song in the game for release, but our ultimate aim is to update all of them eventually.|
|About how many tracks do you expect to have redone when RS3 launches? Safe to assume that the new ScapeBold will be the title screen track?||At least 100 tracks. We have lots of new 6th age music as well. ScapeBold will indeed feature as the title. We may also put other tracks at the front as well so it varies each time. What do you think of that idea?|
|What's the funnest part of your job?||Funnest part of my job is definitely getting to play my mandolin and ukulele! Best part is to record orchestras. It can be such an overwhelming experience that makes everything worthwhile :)|
|Do you guys actually play Runescape?||Playing though the content during Development can be funny - some of it is rather amusing! :) Sometimes bugs and glitches can look quite amusing too! LOL.|
|Would you be interested in coming on my podcast and nerding out?||I do play RuneScape, have done for over 7 years! :)|
|Thank you again and look forward to your responses!||Hey, and you're welcome! The Funnest part of my job is probably working with the voice actors. We get some really talented people to work with and they're often very funny. Yeah we play Runescape, every day! And can you please define 'nerding out'? I'm sure we could organise something, provided it's nothing weird.|
|It seems likely there's going to be a lot of quests which will need the same voice actors coming up (I imagine that's why The World Wakes wasn't voiced). So how do you go about finding people to do voices? How do you intend on keeping them around? and lastly, how hard is it to cast for roles like Saradomin?||Yeah, that is a bit of a headache. If an actor is doing a show or goes away on holiday then we can end up a bit stuck, or having to recast. For example, Ozan was originally a very small part in the Troll Invasion, but we ended up having to recast for his full quests Diamond in the Rough and Stolen Hearts. We also redid his Troll Invasion lines. Casting is hard. We put together our concept art, a character bio and any age/origins/accent details together, then send them off to our voice studio (OMUK). They then send us a bunch of samples that match the biographies, without actor names (so our choice is unbiased), and we make our selection or ask for recasting. We often have to cast for various characters as well, so tend to go for versatile actors who can do different voices and accents.|
|Did you guys major in music in college? How many of you guys can play an instrument?||I have a degree in Physics and a masters in Applied Optics!! Apart from that, we are all musicians who play various instruments who have generally dedicated our lives to music.|
|I have a BSc(Hons) in Music Technology. I play piano and violin :)|
|My French teacher told me I was good at piano.|
|I write a lot of songs, but its debateable whether i actually "play" my instrument (keyboards) :D.|
|YOU HAVE A DEGREE IN PHYSICS?!?!?! WHAT THE HECK?! You are a genius! What are you doing in Jagex Mod Lord. :o :o You should be Geneva somewhere working on bosons/mesons/neutrinos and all sorts lol! (You can clearly tell by the vocab that I'm using I'm revising for my Physics A-Levels as I'm typing this) Basically what I'm asking is, why Jagex? Why did you choose Jagex over any other job?||My brother does all that clever physics type stuff for a living. Whereas I get to play with guitars, synths, sounds, great musicians and play games. I win I reckon :D.|
|Do you guys ever fell like your work goes to waste when people play with sounds turned off?||Everyone wants something different from the game, so I don't mind if people don't listen to our work, we're happy to accommodate folks who are after the 'fuller' experience, but if that's not what you're after then that's cool too!|
|Good question. It's not a waste no. My remit is to make as many players turn on their sound as possible. For quests in particular there is a massive opportunity with audio to add depth and immersion to the stories. Audio will continue to get better and better and we will continue to offer players more reasons to turn sounds and music on.|
|Well, in some places the sound effects might give a competitive advantage...! :D.|
|I can understand how people might want to listen to their own music after a while when skilling for long periods (there is still a finite amount of music in the game after all), but it's especially worth turning music on for quests! ;)|
|The thing about RS is that you play the game how you want to. It's such a massive game that if only a small amount of players listened to the sounds it would still be a ton of people! We've been working hard to improve the audio and encourage players to turn their sound on :)|
|Is there anything in the pipeline for available music? This is bookmarked for chilling out time; I feel someone should get money for their work :D. (I hope some of you guys made these gems - I'm a little embarrassed otherwise...) EDIT: I linked wrong.||Yeah we certainly did. And you're right about getting paid. That would be nice.|
|Army of Darkness.||That's another of my songs - the idea was to get a "dark" mood to help with the atmosphere of the wilderness. Nearly all our songs have a reason to be written as RS has so many areas and storylines.|
|Where did the inspiration come from? Who wrote it? Will it be updated for RS3?||The wilderness along with many other areas will have reworked music - eventually all the older format songs will get updated, but we don't intend to throw out everything, if a song fits what is was written for it will probably stay.|
|Also, when tasked to create music are you told of the area and do you do research into the players that venture that area? For example with Army of Darkness it was in a hotspot area of the Wilderness where many players fought against eachother.||At the moment I can't remember where the title came from though...|
|Can you guys upload the tracks to Soundcloud?||Yes, lots more music will be uploaded to Soundcloud. We have a pro account and intend uploading lots of albums!|
|I don't know if we'll upload everything we write, but keep an eye on the soundcloud page and the RS website / forums for more information.|
|Another question - Who came up with the idea to put "Runescape" in morse code into the song Norse Code? What was the inspiration for this?||That was me! :) I wanted to see if anyone would notice... ! :)|
|The Fremenik characters also reminded me of Norsemen/Vikings :)|
|How did you guys came in touch with jagex? What did you do before jagex and how did you contact jagex or did jagex contacted you?||I've been around a long time haha. Previously working for EA, Realtime Worlds, Rage Software etc.|
|I have to admit though, I've never been happier here, I love my job and the people here :)|
|I applied to a job advert, and never looked back! :)|
|I applied to an advert I saw on-line, before this I released an album, made music for a bunch of commercials and worked on indie games such as Revenge of the Titans and Fotonica.|
|Shucks.||Some of the people here... ;)|
|Will my character ever get a voice?||I'm sorry to say; probably not.|
|We tried it out with the first voiced tutorial, but the reception was very mixed and a lot of players complained that the voice didn't meet their expectations. It's a shame, and perhaps if the game had voice all along then we'd have gotten used to them, but for your very personal character - with whom you've identified and bonded over a long time - to start talking and to sound 'wrong', would likely upset a lot of people.|
|We could record a selection and allow the player to choose their voice, but with the sheer amount of dialogue the game generates, and the pace of development, it would be prohibitively expensive and time consuming.|
|Do you guys know Coppercab?>||I know of a gold taxi, but not a copper cab ;)|
|What are the odds of one getting the opportunity to join the Audio team from a different country? Like the US for example. :P Do you guys have anybody on the Audio team that works from a distance? Or is everybody required to be on the property?||Jagex staff all work here in the office as we need to speak with each other and discuss things, as well as be available when we are needed. its possible one day we might have someone that works from outside the office though.|
|The one on the right clearly lifts. Will there be much variety, even if only eventually? Constant orchestral can be very tiring.||There's going to be a lot of variety it won't all be orchestral, we're working with a variety of individual musicians also, our reworks are a mix between orchestral and folk and a lot of the new 6th age content uses a lot of contemporary ideas and varied instrumentation including eastern percussion and electric guitars.|
|And is very handsome.|
|Hey. Kudos, you're doing an awesome job. -What's your take on the fact that people prefer to mute the runescape sounds and listen to music, etc? -Is it possible for you to forward the request of revamping Trouble Brewing and other dead content?||I'ts fine - some people love it, some hate it - i like music the other guys in the audio team laugh at, we can't all be the same :)|
|Runescape can be played however you want to - so long as we have 1 music fan its worthwhile for us to keep on making tunes!|
|If people want to listen to their own music then sure, let them! Who are we to tell them not to? It'll then be a lovely surprise when they turn it back on and hear all the beautiful new content!|
|Great! Can't wait to see the many hours of work everybody is putting into this all come together. :)||I hope i hear at least one good 8 bit chiptune version ;)|
|I'm looking forward to hearing more awesome sounds :)||You're welcome! One of the best things about RS is we can keep doing updates, so if we want to change something we have the opportunity.|
|Will all of the MIDI tracks be replaced? And if so, will they all be replaced by the time RS3 launches? I wouldn't want to see a schizophrenic music system where some tracks are high-quality orchestrated music and other tracks are low-quality synthesized MIDI...||Not every midi track will be replaced there's an absolutely huge amount of them! We will eventually get to them but we're aiming for 6 hours of new & reworked music for launch, which is still quite a lot heheh Some of the tracks that are not replaced yet (mostly quest music) will be rendered out MIDI tracks that will be streamed from the server. We can then replace the audio files as and when we get the opportunity.|
|Just 1 question. Are the new features exclusive to the HTML5 game only or will it be available for the Java game as well? My computer apparently can't handle the HTML5 Beta so it'd be disappointing if Java players like me are denied the (amazing) new audio.||Our new audio features will be updated to the Java client also :)|
|What exactly do you mean when you talk about '6th age music'? Is this merely new music being written for RS3, or will it be playing during 6th age related content?||New content :)|
|During the campaign of audio-making and the slaying of the dev-blocks, what enchanted foods kept spirits high and scurvy gone? Or: "What ya'll eat?"||Actually i quite like cooking, my favourite it probably Thai, along with good old British roast dinners :)|
|Here's a question I'm sure many are wondering. Mac or PC? ;)||I use both. But I have to admit I do love my Macbook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch haha.|
|Used to be Mac, now it's PC. I may end up abandoning technology completely though if this browser seizes up on me again!|
|My favourite track of years past is Temple Desecrated can we expect tracks to all be recognisable and pretty much kept the same such as the rework of "The Power of Tears" that came along with the Tears of Guthix rework? The voice acting for non-human sounding voices has been top notch however I have always felt that the human sounding voice acting (I say human sounding because gnomes and snow imps are pretty much the same) sounded as if they were being acted which surely is beside the point of acting. Will we see an improvement on this front?||Some tracks will be very faithful to the original, others may present the music in re-imagined way.|
|Would it be possible for you guys to release an album of all the old RuneScape tracks before they are redone? Although I am very excited for the new tracks, the old ones really strike a vein in my nostalgia and I would love to have them to listen to. Thanks :)||We have all the old music saved, don't worry about that. I just to find a good place to ensure that it is kept available for everyone to indulge in some nostalgia! :)|
|I remember making specific trips to places JUST to listen to the soundtrack. Sometimes this involved danger, like going out to listen to 'undercurrent' lol. . . I'm so glad you guys are doing this AMA. So much nostalgia. Maybe enough for me to come back to runescape just for a very short time. . . :p Totally going to enter this remix contest. How could I not??||Come back! There's sooo much new fab music to listen to! :)|
|Look forward to hearing your music...|
|If you want nostalgia there is always oldschool runescape :)|
|While doing the reworks it's important to keep the "spirit" of the runescape songs alive, in some ways the music we are doing now is what i originally wanted for RS but we didn't have the technology available to us that we do now.|
|About how much people on average work on a soundtrack and do you all get an admin status ingame or do you all just make music and stay out of the game?||At the moment there's 3 of us writing music for RS3, not including outside composers & musicians.|
|We all work on different aspects at once - someone writing music, someone making sound effects etc. Yes we all get admin status but we don't have the time during the working day to play. although of course we have to do a lot of testing when we add audio into the game.|
|We play the game. Music is an integral part of the experience and doesn't really sit separately. It's important to understand the game and how music interacts with that experience.|
|We can all work on different aspects of a particular piece of content. I try to assign my team to the areas in which they specialize if possible.|
|I recently started composing some music as a hobby. What programs and equipment do you use?||We use all sorts of programs. Each composer has his particular favourite programs but overall we use Pro tools, Cubase, Audition, etc.|
|Do you guys play runescape outside of work?||I have 99 firemaking, does that count?|
|Yes I know that was the easy one to get...|
|Any recommendations for midi editors/creators (especially free ones or ones that have trials)?||Try Reaper! You get to try the full version for free and then it's pretty cheap if you decide to make it your main DAW|
|What's the best song you guys have written for runescape in your opinion? This could range from most fun to compose to simply favourite to listen to. And thanks, I've always loved the soundtrack for runescape, a lot of my childhood went into that game.||I think my best work so far in the game has been the Song from the Depths music, I like how it carries its own mood and feeling throughout the quest. I'm also happy with the music in the Ozan quests.|
|For me its probably scape main - this is probably the most memorable song i've written, and love it hate it, it tends to get stuck in your head :)|
|I've not written that many, the majority was Mod Ian and Mod Bond. I enjoyed writing 'Wending Through The Willows' and 'Valerios Song'. I like bringing vocals into the soundtrack and will be doing more...|
|I don't know about the best, but I enjoyed writing Temple Desecrated, The Sound of Guthix, Return of Lucien, Dangerous Logic, Fe Fi Fo Fum and more recently Ga'al.|
|Is there any artists you take inspiration from when creating your work, whether they are from popular culture and/or movie or tv composers?||I'm a massive prog rock fan! Oh dear, the cat's out the bag...|
|There's so many influences but I'm quite heavily inspired by Steve Reich, Kow Otani (Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack) and My Bloody Valentine to name a couple, if I really thought about it the list would be massive haha.|
|Oh yeah - LOADS of inspiration from films, other games, musicians, cartoons, you name it! We do try and have our own style though - its important that RS has its own original music and not just copied from something else.|
|Do you have a tuba opening?||Well that's a bit personal isn't it? Hahaha|
|Focus FTW.||"in the hall of the king" - what an epic track, love the hand clapping :)|
|Where genre's of music do you guys/girls like the most?||I like all genres. I had to write music in many styles because of my job which helped developed a love of a real mix of music. My passion from my youth is prog rock though :)|
|Genuinely i don't have a particular genre i like the most, but as a keen synth nerd i tend to lean towards electronica.|
|Hey Mod Bond, Mod Ian, Mod Adam R, Mod Mik and Mod Lord, I really enjoyed the audio on the world wakes quest! I wanted to download a couple of songs that are used in the quest but I couldn't find them on the download section on the runescape website? So where can I download the songs?||Thanks! We're going to put the World Wakes soundtrack up on our soundcloud page soon Link to soundcloud.com|
|Hey there - really looking forward to RS3 :) 1) How many RS tracks are going to be rewritten for RS3, and how many new ones will we see? 2) Roughly what proportion of sound effects are going to be remade for RS3? Thanks for doing the AMAA - Jagex rocks :)||We hope to write/rewrite over 100 music tracks for launch. We are improving sound effects all the time.|
|How did you get involved in that field? (Composing/writing for videogames?)||Simply, applying to a job advert, but I have practiced music and music technology since I was a child.|
|Do any of you compose the soundtrack yourselves?||Yes! We all have or do actively compose music for the game as well as outside help such as James Hannigan who recently composed a suite of orchestral tracks.|
|Yes, I have written a fair amount of music for RuneScape.|
|Yes you could say so - i think its probably well over 500 songs now...|
|What sound libraries do you guys use for choirs and brass? (Obviously not including the tracks with live recorded orchestras, :P).||Hi there, we use tonehammer requiem and liberis, although these are still fairly new. Actually a lot of the choir pieces are "real" sung parts.|
|Brass is currently east west hollywood brass.|
|What kind of musical education, training, or conditioning do you have?||Myself I studied music and sound art at university and have been working in audio since I was 16 by releasing music, working on commercials and game audio. I've always wanted to work in games :)|
|I'm self a taught keyboard player and have been dabbling with synths since i got my first one aged 15.|
|Awesome. Thanks so much! I was afraid it'd be the top end stuff (too expensive for me at the moment). :P But fantastic job with all of it; it all sounds amazing! It's hard to tell between the real and synthetic music (which I guess is the point, haha).||There are other libraries that are good value for money like the garritan personal orchestra.|
|Ideally ALL the orchestral music would be played by live musicians, but that's a bit impractical really :)|
|Will you be trying to voice all dialogues in the game or only quests and new content?||We have plans to voice older content when we have the time to look into this. at the moment we are busy reworking existing music and writing new music for RS3.|
|It would be great to voice the whole game eventually but there is a lot of it. We try and voice as much as possible. When we get the opportunity I'd like to go back and voice some older content. It would be great to voice a lot of the NPC's for more immerse incidental voices.|
|Do you guys think music will play a much bigger role in the atmosphere in the game with the higher quallity music?||Yes, absolutely! There is much more to come as well...|
|Absolutely! we love to compliment the graphics and storylines in RS and having good quality for our audio has always been wanted, now we are lucky enough to have the technology to make tons of audio improvements :)|
|Hey guys! I always loved the Cave Song that played while in the Expiriment caves(100 hp per monster, great for training). Id click on a sheep/spider and play guitar along with the song. I literally learned it on electric with some sweet distortion and it sounded pretty awesome! Will you be keeping this old track?||We are still deciding what songs to rework and what to keep - certainly there are lots of cave tunes that will stay.|
|Probably - do you mean the song "Mouse Trap"?|
|Oops, almost forgot. Are you writing soundtracks for the new skills?||We are certainly going to do new sound effects, and have plans to keep on improving the existing sounds, not too sure about what music we will use yet though.|
2012.08.15 04:51 tabledresser [Table] IAMA Radio DJ
|Who picks what gets played? Especially when it comes to new songs. Does the next big "hit" get decided long before it's ever played? Some times I hear the "latest" from an artist and it's a total pile of crap. It ends up playing over and over. Eventually it does go away, how is that decision made?||Record labels pick which songs are released as singles, that's what we get to play. As for who makes the decisions on what we play, that comes down the line from corporate. Before that, we would use music tests to find out what our listeners wanted to hear, and follow national trends. The radio industry is full of copycats.|
|This explains very well why I hear the same shit on the radio all the time. I wish they would go back to those music tests.||We do too.|
|Has being a DJ ruined any songs for you? I imagine hearing a song repeatedly everyday during the week would take it's toll.||Honestly the worst part about it is seeing how the industry is run. People don't pick popular music anymore, they're given it.|
|This is what I've often thought about the larger music industry; since acts are simply shipped to the masses arbitrarily, rather than based on what the people themselves asked for. Have there every been any cases of a wide disparity between what gets played and what gets requested?||For me, yes, but that's typically because people request older songs, and we're a new music station.|
|Does this even extend to "specialty" shows?||I'm not sure what you're asking...but based on how I read that yes. We have a prerecorded request show we air every weekend.|
|So you're regularly pumping out music that people aren't asking for? That seems absurd.||At any given time, I have over 100k people listening, conservatively. I get maybe ten phone calls an hour if I'm not giving out prizes. Why let less than 1% dictate the music for all?|
|I'll use some examples from local stations. Alternative Rock Station has a DJ that does weekly metal show (different from their regular format) Adult Contemporary Station has a weekly "Next big thing- Indie and local show" Local Americana station (independent station) does weekly Cosmic Cowboy show. Are those programs (not standard programming) unable to pick the music or are they still issued specific programming guidelines?||I don't know 100% because every station is different, especially locally owned ones, but my guess would be the music is all preselected, possibly a few requests that fit the show if it's a request hour.|
|If I may. Do you think that those ten callers are represenative of more than just themselves? ie: one person may login to walmart.com and give a great review of a product, but there were many more that use it, think its great, but are too lazy to say anything.||No, because it's usually something like "so and so died can you play..", "man I haven't heard achy breaky heart in awhile, can you throw that in?" or a 12 year old that wants to hear Taylor swift. I understand where you're coming from and I used to think that too, until I started fielding the calls.|
|Are radio stations freaking out about Pandora/SlackeSpotify? EDIT: for proof, how about a pic of the swag closet?||For the most part, no. They look at it as satellite radio again and we weathered that storm. They're more worried about the switch from arbitron to people meters for ratings. But it terrifies me, I use stitcher constantly.|
|What artist/song do you hate the most playing?||Anything about Jesus, the soldiers, or 9/11.|
|I imagine that getting into being a DJ requires a fairly decent love of music, so I have to ask--how hard is it to play the crap we hear over the good stuff you love, but not many people have heard?||It was hard at first, but now I just accept it. It helps that I work with a genre of music I'm not emotionally attached to also.|
|As someone who gets very emotional about music, I'd like to know if that's what got you into the radio industry?||I got lucky, I knew people who worked at a radio station, started working there and fell in love. Up until that point I ha never even thought about it as an option.|
|Can you expand on what you mentioned before in terms of listeners choice/calling in requests that you mentioned in the other thread. What actually is going on? Is the playlist set for the day and how do day to do operations work?||The playlist is preset day to day. The only time you can get requests in is during a request hour, and only about 3-5 songs in that hour are actual requests, depending on the station. Where I'm at, all of the request hours are handled by the pd, the head of the station.|
|Follow up: so when radio stations started putting "the last song they played" up on their websites, it's nothing new and exciting, they just reveal them one track at a time?||It is exciting, because it doesn't just go by the computer system. If I have to run a song on a cd, it'll still show up on the "last previously played" thing. Well, I think that's cool at least.|
|So what do you do when you're in a bad mood. I have worked with radio DJ's in the past and they almost always seem to be in good mood. Just making jokes constantly. How do you stay happy?||I listen to stand up when I'm on the air a lot to get the positivity going. Believe it or not, a lot of djs are actually pretty miserable.|
|Same with stand-up comedians.||I'm actually a big fan of stand up, I always try to interview them when I can.|
|So is clear channel a bad, or a really bad employer?||I've never worked there personally, but several of my coworkers have an they have nothing nice to say. In my experience, all corporate radio companies are pretty bad.|
|Do you play radio hits or underground stuff? where do you spin?||I'm corporate radio, I don't want to say where so I can speak freely without fear of being fired.|
|Ahhh... what kind of music do you play?||I play country music, and I'm a redditor...I really wish I was on a different format.|
|Do you ever dj for clubs in your free time? if so, do you like it?||No, that's a completely different type of djing. Some of my coworkers do, and they love it more than radio, and you can make a killing, especially if you do both.|
|Did you just checkout the Reddit front page ? Scumbag Radio stations can you elabvorate why do they do that ?||Yeah, it's that's what started this AMA. It's a business model. This happens on top 40 type stations the most. The thing is, most people want to hear the popular song, but they only listen for 15-20 minutes at a time on average, so the station is set up with that in mind. Meanwhile a lot of your classic rock stations that do have listeners that listen longer often times have no repeats all day.|
|Interesting.. may i ask , How do you get the license to broadcast the music, do you (the station) need a license to edit/broadcast a song ? how much do you have to pay the copyright owners ? how long does it take you to remix/adapt a song ? where do you get the transition tracks(i mean the short music between advertisements and programs ), do you guys do them in the station or get them somewhere else ? How long have you been working in the radio station full/part time, also are you a student, have a degree ? how's the pay ?||We have to be licensed through the FCC, and we also have two pay 2 different unions for songwriters/artists, can't remember both of them but one is called ASCAP, and idk how much we pay, but it's a lot. I don't deal with remixes, that's usually for top 40 or hip hop stations. All we do is pitch the music up. We make all of our imaging in house, that's what we call what we play in between songs. I've worked in radio for five years, full time for 3, and the pay is crap so I'm going back to school.|
|How about the pay ?||Insulting.|
|No problem dude. As a college radio dj, reading about life inside corporate radio bums me out hard. It's good to know that nobody really likes the way things are though. Hopefully the corporate assholes running the show will come to the light eventually.||I doubt it. They're wall street, so they're always trying to boost revenue to boost stock prices, and streamline the process to have more control. One of the guys on our wildly successful morning show makes less than manual laborers.|
|What is your day to day schedule like? Standard 9 to 5 or weird working hours?||Weird working hours. I work graveyard and spot fill in. I work like midnight-5am on the air during the week. I'll occasionally fill in for the morning show producer or for the board op on another one of our stations, but thanks to technology I can edit audio at home.|
|What is the overhead cost to run a radio station? What has the overall market trend been when it come to listener numbers over the past few years? Is this high expense and dwindling ears that drive the stations to play the same 5 songs over and over? Does this actually get them listeners?||I don't have any idea how much it would cost to run a radio station, but actually we've been really successful where I'm at. The reason you hear the same song over and over again is because radio is all about the masses. People want to hear the popular song, so they play it a lot because they're trying to let everyone hear it, and most people don't listen to the types of station that has that kind of a set up unless they're at work.|
|What's the deal with "all request lunch" or any version of that title? Can you really play anything requested?||No, you still pick and choose. I work at a new country station, so those are the requests I try to fill. You'll never get me to play billy ray Cyrus for you.|
|I've always had this feeling that oldies stations and classic rock stations play somewhat outside of the pop station rules, because they're dealing mostly with artists that are no longer putting out new music. Any idea if that is actually the case? Is there any more leeway there?||That's part of it, but you're also dealing with a completely different type of listener. Top-40 stations have listeners that tune in in there car, or getting ready in the morning, and listen for much shorter periods of time. Meanwhile the older generation can sit and listen to the radio for hours on end.|
|Knowing what you know now, would you still be a DJ if you got a mulligan?||That's a tough question. I love my job, I love the people I work with...but I left college for a high risk job with a low pay ceiling. As one of my coworkers puts it, working in radio is taking the vow of poverty. All things considered, no, I've gotten to do some once in a lifetime things that'll I'll never forget.|
|How did satellite radio change your job, if at all?||It really hasn't, but I work for a very successful station with a dedicated listener base, that tends to be older and less tech savvy.|
|Hey mate, I'm currently doing my certificate in media and broadcasting and was wondering if you had any dos and don'ts for a young start out? Good relationships to build? industry knowledge? good habits to get into?||Be nice to everybody, don't be mean to anybody. You have to be willing to work harder than anyone else, and be willing to work for free, because you probably will for the first year or so. And most importantly, never let anyone feel threatened by you, everyone in radio is incredibly insecure.|
|So one of our local stations has this thing they call 'Barrel of Monkeys' wherein listeners call in with a song request that starts with the letter the last song ended with. I have always suspected this to be a marketing ploy to increase listener loyalty and that the DJ just has a list of acceptable songs that start with certain letters and he just waits to get a caller who names one of those songs on the list. This gives the illusion that the listeners are choosing the songs when they really aren't at all. Am I at all accurate?||Each station is different, but radio stations use actors all the time. They can also edit their voice to sound like someone else.|
|Another question, what do you think of low-power FM and pirate radio stations? Have you ever heard a pirate radio station in your area?||I'm unfamiliar with jack fm stations like that, but no djs doesn't mean more music, it means more profit. Most of the time I'm only talking over song intros/outros.|
|EDIT: Have you heard of Jack FM? They seem to have a nationally syndicated common feed channel with no DJs and a bunch of transmitters scattered all across the US that are VERY poorly maintained as can be inferred from their regular blackouts, distorted transmissions, and poor reception at the fringes. They claim that because they have no DJs they can play more music but in reality they have just as much commercials if not more as normal radio stations. What do you think of such a radio station?||I'm pro listening to you want, whether that be terrestrial radio, pirate radio, etc. when I'm listening to something for enjoyment, it's a podcast.|
|I'm only talking over song intros/outros. So you're one of those assholes. Why do DJs do this? You ruin the song when you talk about nothing while the music plays in the back.||We do that so we don't have to stop the music. The theory is once the music stops people will change the station.|
|That's no reason to talk over the entire first minute of Baba O'Riley or the last three minutes of Layla. Why can't you just crossfade the songs?||Because we have stuff we need to talk about. One way companies advertise is with live reads.|
|I think a stronger theory is that once the commercials start people will change the station. Live reads are easily recognizable as commercials.||But if I talk about it over the first minute of baba o'reily, you don't change the station.|
|Have any good caller stories?||One time I got a girl to come blow me while I was at work. Facebook has really changed the game in radio.|
|Do labels pay to have their artist's songs played on the radio?||Of course not, that's highly illegal...whether or not it actually happens, idk, our music is decided by one guy at corporate.|
|While I agree that it's wrong, why is it illegal? Can you point us to any precedence?||It's called payola, and it's against the law. There is also plugola, and that prevents trading goods for airtime. This extends to the jocks too, I can't plug dominoes if they give me free pizza.|
|What do you do when the song is on? Just listen, read a book, Reddit?||Listen if it's new and I don't know it, otherwise I listen to podcasts or stand up to help me keep my energy/positivity high. Don't reddit too much though, imgur is blocked at work :/|
|Have you had to do anything that you truly regret doing at work? For example: a rigged contest or a canned interview you made people believe was live? (You tell me yours and I will tell you some of mine.)||One time I didn't give the acid enough time to wear off.|
|Is everyone at your place crazy too? Especially production people.||That's why I love my job, I'm accepted.|
|Why can't my favorite band, even if I call 100x a day to request it, get played?||Because after you called back the 2nd time to complain about not hearing it yet we hate you.|
|I'm in sales and have always been intrigued by radio air sales. I've heard it's extremely cut throat but the pay can be absolutely killer. Can you comment on this? how to get into it, what the reps are like, etc?||It's really easy to get into radio sales, and that's where all the money is, but it's mostly or all commission so it's all on you. A lot of cold calling, a lot of hitting the pavement...I don't really know to much about the day to day of sales, on air an sales are different breeds of people.|
|Great IAMA, btw.||Thanks! This throwaway is already more popular than my real account in less than a day haha.|
|I've been working at a radio station for almost 2 years (Cumulus Portland, ME) and I'm finding corporate to be a big pain in the ass. They think that making all their stations pratically the same across the board is a good thing. Cumulus has replaced our best jocks/shows with syndicated crap (i.e. Perez Hilton). Why do you think corporate does stuff like that?||You poor bastard, I've heard nothing good of cumulus.|
|Link to blog.sfgate.com|
|I would have to assume its a mixture of micromanaging and trying to maximize revenue. If they can make more money with lower ratings, they will.|
|What can you tell me about the audio file formats used in your on-air system? Are they MP3? If so, do you know the bit rate? And thanks for answering all these questions.||Idk the bit rate, but we use PCM wav files.|
|I'm impressed! I thought for sure that stations owned by "the man" would use some low bit rate MP3s in order to maximize storage space.||Just because it's run by the man doesn't necessarily mean the man knows what he's doing.|
|As someone who is planning on going into radio after they graduate, what do you suggest that I do so that I can get a leg up? I am doing internships, and I am doing the college radio station, but is there anything else. How competitive is the industry? Any mistakes that you have made that I can avoid?||The industry is incredibly competitive, the best advice I can give you is to not go into it, but since that's a bummer, become very familiar with computers and editing audio. Get a copy of adobe audition if you can, it's a great program.|
|Do you ever listen to the radio yourself in your car or at home? Because to be honest I can't really do radio, the commercials and advertisements kill me, i bought a head unit a while ago that i plug my iPod into and have full control of it that way.||The only time I listen is when I'm trying to improve by listening to other jocks. Other than that, no, I listen to podcasts. That's also helped me, I've been able to book guests I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.|
|Are you in a large or small market?||Medium, haha.|
|Are segments ever prerecorded or is there always someone there?||No radio is moving to more prerecorded stuff, jobs are being cut left and right.|
|Sounds sad, and weird. Like listening to a CD player that is not in the vicinity. I like the human element.||It's hard to tell the difference between prerecorded and not anymore, that's the sad part.|
|What are your top ten most played songs?||Link to m.billboard.com|
|Sorry, not sure how to imbed the link on alien blue.|
|As a radio DJ can you tell me why ALL of you are so fucking annoying? Do you think people actually like to hear your retarded jokes? Also why do all of you have the most retarded "DJ" names?||My boss gave me my dj name because my last name is a bitch to pronounce I'm with you, I don't think all that hoky dj stuff is funny, but it's really hard to be funny when you're censored by the FCC, the advertisers, the listeners, and the boss, but a lot of people think that stuff is hilarious.|
|How did you get this job? Do you have a degree in anything?||No degree, got the job through luck and hard work. Degrees really don't help you in radio. That being said, I'm incredibly poor and going back to college.|
|The current state of terrestrial radio is dying a gruesome death and more people are moving to the internet. Hell, I haven't listened to over the air radio in months because it's the same garbage every single day. I have moved to online radio and couldn't be happier. I have a receiver at home with wi-fi and an aux jack in my car for my smart phone and the tunein app. People can only stomach the same shit everyday for so long. I for one can't and will not stomach it any longer. I estimate the current state of terrestrial radio will mostly dissipate within the next five to ten years. Especially with the deep financial trouble the big radio stations are in. They are in the red. How much longer do you give it?||Again, it depends on each station. Mine is thriving and just had its best ratings since like 96, and we always do well. Terrestrial radios saving grace is it's ability to be involved in the community, and the ability to give out prizes. Internet radio can't get you front row seats or backstage at the local concerts.|
|I hate country music, but maintain that there might be at least a few good musicians in the genre. you said you're not a fan of country... anything you play that you DO like?||It's not that I'm not a fan of country, I'd actually say country has some of the best musicians and vocalists in the business. My favorite mainstream band is the Zac Brown Band. Check I'm out, they're amazing.|
|How live are "live" morning shows?||That depends. Local ones are live, syndicated ones are moved around. For instance one of our stations morning shows is syndicated, and we start it 2 hours late.|
|Just like how some/many McDonalds employees don't like eating McDonalds, outside of work do you enjoy listening to the music that you play at work despite hearing it many times?||Yeah, I used to listen to country a lot, now I rarely listen to it outside of work, unless I'm in a different market.|
|So looking at all of this, it seems there's really no way to provoke change in the industry. What would you say are the major flaws of the industry? What would you do to change them, or what are some changes you'd like to see? If there would be a way to start change, how could we go about it?||I'd like to see people get more involved with the industry with their dollar, that's the only way these guys at the head will correct their paths. The biggest problem with radio right now is the same problem with America, both are run by the same type of people.|
|I am a radio DJ at my school, and I love it. Our FM can only broadcast within 5 miles. But people can stream it online. I really love doing it too, it brings out my inner personality. I want to do cooler things with it in my station, but we don't have the equipment or the money for it. So my favorite radio station is Radio 104.1 WMRQ (Alternative) and they have a bunch of cool effects, like they have the recording that says in a deep voice RADIO 1041 WMRQ. I'm sure you know what I mean, but how do they do it? Do you have have it on your board as a button? Or is it all timed? I can re-word if you find this confusing.||All of our imaging is preproduced and scheduled along with the music. In order to make a jingle like the one you're talking about, we would just make it using adobe audition using filters in the voice possibly, and adding all the little extra noises you hear.|
|Oh wow that's really cool! I've always wanted to visit my local radio stations to see what they are like. Does your station come up with creative DJ names? How do they decide?||No, the formula is usually just 2 first names. My boss made mine in all of a minute.|
|What is your favourite artist(music)? What is your favourite album/ song? What is your favourite genre of music?||I like a wide variety of rock and country, lately I've been into honeyhoney, I love there song back to you.|
|Is it common practice to speed up the playback of songs? I'm pretty sure I've noticed it on my local rock station. If so, what's the motivation? More time for advertising?||I'm not sure, it could be because they think it improves sound quality. We pitch up all of our music.|
|We know you can't say which station/anonymity you are, but can you tell us who your favorite/least radio station personalities are?||I used to love Adam Carolla before he went to the Internet, honestly it's hard for someone to be entertaining to me when you're under so much censorship. There are a lot of djs I don't like, but they're all local guys you've never heard of that have real issues with their tiny dicks.|
|How should a independent artist go about submitting music to radio?||Get a record deal :/|
|99% of the music we're given goes directly into the garbage, the rest are saved to be mocked. The only exception is if your station has an unsigned segment, then you would need to get on there website and find out how to submit your stuff.|
|Thanks for the reply. My area has a local radio station (big market), and they do play a decent amount of unsigned artists. But what I've been hearing is that it's payola (like $350) a slot. Is there anything that could be done about this? Or should the artist give in to the "pay to play" mindset?||Look into it, if it's payola make a complaint with the FCC, but they could just remove that segment entirely. It may not be payola though with legal jargon, there are ways around payola and plugola laws.|
|Any creepy callers? Having worked at a college radio station this was something we all got and shared the oh so lovely stories with each other.||Oh yeah, the most disturbing is this mentally challenged woman that always calls up an wants to fuck me. It's gotten easier to avoid them since we have caller id, but too many people call on blocked numbers.|
|What the hell do you guys eat for breakfast?||Coffee.|
|What radio station do you personally like? I really like fm4(an austrian radio station). They play a lot of different songs.||I'm a big fan of comedy podcasts, the only time I listen to the radio is if it's a jock I like and want to learn from, or if I'm in another market.|
|Are the radio contest rigged? Also, please stop playing the same 10 songs everyday on repeat.||None of ours are rigged, but I've heard stories of other stations rigging contests so they don't have to give a car or something like that away.|
|Maron? carolla? rogan? simmons?||I'd love to have any of them on. I'm going to try and get rogan, but I doubt it. Fingers crossed tho, deathsquad for life haha. I have had coco on.|
|How can one get into the radio market?||Go in and apply to be a promotions assistant, that's what I did, from there I just busted my ass to work my way up.|
|Alright, appreciate that! How long was the rise for you?! Also, are you a radio DJ like Scratchy scratchy or do you just talk and push buttons for songs.||Radio nowadays is all run with a computer and soundboard, no scratching for me. It took me about a year and a half to get on the air, then from there I slowly worked my way up as others moved on.|
|Thanks for the response. How much is the pay if you don't mind me asking. you can give a range as well.||Pays about the same as fast food at first, but if you make it up the ranks you can have a decent salary. It also depends on your market. Pretty shitty benefits.|
|What's the one song that you were forced to so thoroughly overplay, that you'd take a kick to the nuts before having to listen to it again?||Red solo cup.|
|Have you had any awkward moments when you're doing a live show?||Yeah, there are times where I'll stumble on my words or stutter and I hate myself for it. There were a couple of times I accidentally left the r off of country and was afraid I might get fined.|
|I can imagine how nerve-racking it must be! Kudos to you for sticking with it :) My boyfriend works for our local radio station and he tells me people call in complaining about the silliest things, like when he made fun of Colin Farrell's acting. Someone got like really upset! Ever get some weird complaints?||All the time. We aren't nice enough. We didn't play there song. They met us in person and we weren't smiling constantly or totally focused on them. I'm pretty complaint free, but I have a second job as a server and I get treated better by the customers there than I do by the listeners a lot of the time.|
|"WNBC" -- How do you say it: "Double-You EN Bee SEE" or "Double-You ENNNNN Bee SEE?" :)||Say it like it sounds, I'm not a puker :)|
|Whats up with the radio all of a sudden playing 'Lights' by Ellie Goulding? It is like two years old!||I'm unfamiliar with the song, but it might be a song that didn't take off before so it was rereleased. For instance, Chris young is a country musician and he released a song called voices that didn't get much traction on the charts. After he had a couple of hits under his belt, he rereleased voices a couple of years later and became a number 1 on the country billboard.|
|Are you terrestrial or satellite DJ? And your thoughts on the future of them.||I'm terrestrial, and I think that terrestrial is dying slowly. I don't know much about the finances of satellite radio, but I think the Internet will kill them both in the end...but then again, that's what everyone said about satellite radio when it started. The idea that terrestrial radio is dying isn't one held by many in the industry though.|
|Why don't you play any alex day?||When we looked him up on Wikipedia he was wearing a Twilight shirt :) We only play country music.|
|Proof?||How can I contact the mods? I've been way to honest to post who I am.|
|Just PM them by clicking on the link in the sidebar. ->||Sent them a message.|
|What's your shoe size?||15 W.|
|I'm an assistant program director, production manager, and radio DJ myself. You may have already answered this, but what kind of station is it that you're working for?||Country.|
|Thank you for taking this AMA on from our discussion on the radio DJ meme. I think there was a good amount of interest and I'm glad it's working out!||Me too, I'd thought about doing one for awhile but in my experience posting on reddit just leads to sadness.|
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