What constitutes integrity?

2010-01-31 11:43:02 by ericdrebin

I've been playing with Antares' EVO Auto-Tune plug-in (most famous for providing us with the 'T-Pain' effect) lately. I admit that it is a lot of fun to use and opens up a lot of different directions for my music to take. But it also raises a lot of ethical questions for me. Is the use of an Auto-Tuner on a poor vocal performance a bad thing, especially since it is frequently used in the live theatre environment? Or is it more important to ensure the audience who paid a significant ticket price with the best possible performance that modern technology can provide?
Quite a few bands have begun boycotting the use of auto-tuners (most notably Death Cab For Cutie). They are fed up with the rampant use of the technology in modern music. But is the Auto-Tuner really that bad? Isn't it just another musical effect, no different than the use of reverb to open and add room to a performance, or chorus to add depth? Or is it a crutch used to allow poor singers with the ability to pass on sub-par performances?
I'm kind of on the fence on this one.

What constitutes integrity?


100th Audio Portal Submission

2009-01-21 07:02:50 by ericdrebin

SInce I've now reached my 100th Audio Portal Submission, I think it would be a good time to stop submitting. I think 100 is a nice round number, and I would rather concentrate on other things, like actually getting a dotcom and persuing my music out there on the big, scary information superhighway. Or maybe I could even do something really crazy and make some god damned flash to submit to Newgrounds, who the fuck knows?
Anyway, thanks for al the comments and the good times, it's been great.

- Walter


Evil bugs!

2008-09-11 00:51:42 by ericdrebin

I had me a nasty trojan that crippled my system, but I'm finally back online. I saved what I could,


Job, job, job

2008-05-05 16:43:35 by ericdrebin

I got me a job.
I work at my college as a custodial assitant. I get 16 hrs a week.
It's not a lot, but I really wanted a job, and I really wanted to work on campus, so I count this as a victory.
Now I can afford to buy stuff!

Job, job, job


Music, and stuff.

2008-04-07 18:55:35 by ericdrebin
Updated

Well, I just finally moved into my college dorm room, and I've got my computer set up, I gotta nice microphone (finally), am trying to get a job ('cuz money is necessary to buy synths and guitars) and now I'm trying to get going with music.
I met some cool people out here where I'm living (Moses Lake, WA USA), and I met some awesome musicians here on the NGAP (Like this guy, and this guy).
I'm hoping now that I can finally give the amount of attention to music that I've always wanted to.
Also, I thank (the very small amount of) the people who were kind enough to leave me input on my music, as that helped me figure out what I needed to change.

Music, and stuff.


Hmm...

2007-11-28 14:17:28 by ericdrebin

I'm wondering...
I wonder how likely it would be that if I actually wanted to collab with someone here on the Portal, that it would actual work. Would I be able to work with a reasonable, mature person, or would it turn into squabbles over monetary compensation and how many cock jokes should be in the movie.
I want to do flash, but I'm not a good animator. I like to write, but I always have trouble trying to convert the words into animation, something gets lost in the process. I would love to find an animator for my stuff, but when I surf the boards (heh heh, "surf "boards"...), everything I read just disgusts me. Way too much macho posturing bullish* that depresses me.
I dunno, I guess this is just a cry for help, maybe. If anyone is willing, I would love to work on something. IM me through Newgrounds and we'll make contact, I guess.

Hmm...


Tacos and Pancakes

2007-10-26 20:57:13 by ericdrebin

Every time I get hungry, I am either hungry for pancakes, or tacos. It doesn't really make sense to me, but I don't argue with it. I just give in. I either have pancakes, or I have tacos. Although, the difficulty arises when I have to choose between one or the other. I love both, and that makes it so hard to be decisive. Some people say that I should have pancakes in the morning, as they are normally considered to be a breakfast food, and tacos in the afternoon and at night, for obvious reasons. But why should I resign myself to their standards of conduct? If I want pancakes at eleven o' clock, then I will have pancakes at eleven o' clock at night, and I'll be damned if I let anyone stop me. And if I want tacos on Tuesday at two in the morning, then I will have my alliterative snack, and I will enjoy it. But I just love them both so much.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter much. I usually let my friends decided what we eat, as they are far pickier eaters than I, and usually insist that we eat somewhere that carries an alternative to tacos or pancakes. They enjoy things like waffles and burritos. I don't understand them. They can have their needless "variety", I am fine with tacos and pancakes.

Tacos and Pancakes