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my very own surveyish kind of thing.

i'm making this up to start a new trend. if you feel like following it, feel free, i won't call you a conformist.

If you have any interests on your interest list that no one else has, list them and describe why they are on your interests list.

always discovering something new - i don't ever want to stop being a student, of life if nothing else. I am a creator and an explorer and i'm always eager to learn anything new, whether mind-numbingly profound or trivial. Certainly there are things i will discard - there's only so much mental energy and capacity i have. But i hope i never place myself in a state where i'm content with my knowledge or in a state where i feel like i have nothing left to learn from anything or anyone.

complex heavy metal - there are many heavy metal songs that have more successfully complex musical structures than bad classical music. A lot of great heavy metal bands play with the concept of expectation - when to follow it, when to break it... in terms of timbre, sound/absence of sound, rhythmic structure. even only-slightly-complex things that Pantera, old Megadeth, or Slayer break the norm for me from the drivel i hear on the radio. That stuff takes chops and talent and i love listening to it.

extinction chess - it's a chess variant i got obsessed with way back when i was a regular player on itsyourturn.com, and it's still one of my favorites. The rules are easy enough to understand - you lose if any one of your species of piece is eliminated from the board (king, queen, both knights, all eight pawns, etc.) - but there's a fundamental difference between chess and extinction chess when it comes to protection schemes that makes the game wonderfully complex and more enjoyable for me than regular chess. it's amazing. and i can't play it and a regular chess game at the same time or else i get confused.

four against five - a great rhythm to drum out with your hands really fast. The easiest way to learn it is to conceive of each independent rhythm in the context of regular sixteenths:

irregular phrase structures - pop music is notorious for having regular phrase structures - using 4/4 time and using 4-bar phrases and then using four phrases as a larger structure before moving to the chorus, etc. etc. That sort of thing has its place, but i prefer to break up phrase structures, play with them... even using a five-bar phrase structure reguarly or only once in a song can make such a big difference, and i go for that sort of stuff all the time as a listener and as a creator.

non-alphabetical-interest-lists - the reason this is improtant is twofold: one, it's related to the whole irregular phrase structure thing - structure, symmetry, they all have their place. But sometimes i deliberately do what i can to break structure, create chaos, a reminder that life and people don't fit into perfectly packaged boxes. two, there are certain interests that i place higher priority over others, and i want my interests list to be able to reflect that. I want to have the flexibility to create my own interest list structure, and it annoys me that i can't.

non-linear conceptions of time - some of the best movies i've seen and best books i've read have been those that have successfully pulled off a non-linear time line without it seeming gimmicky. Steven Brust has written two books in the Vlad series that are constantly jumping out of chronological order, and they're brilliant. Memento was a profound movie for me, not just because of its non-linear unfolding but because of the statement that the structure made about the fallacy of memory. Time is only a straight line to us because that's all that we can perceive it to be since we are inside of it. But there's so much more to time than a straight line, and that's one of the things that music can play with and something i try to capture in my own art.

not wearing a wristwatch - (love you, michele. ;) ) many many years ago i wore a watch around my wrist and after a while it started to become a drug. I reached a point where i would look at the time every two minutes out of habit, and that evolved into a *need* to know what time it was every second. I remember distinctly the first time i forgot my watch or lost my watch and there was no time piece nearby. i was in a state of total panic. I felt so afraid and insecure and alone and kept on looking around everywhere for something or someone to tell me what time it was. After that i took a serious re-evaluation of my psyche and eventually vowed never to ever wear a wristwatch on a regular basis ever again, opting for some sort of pocket timekeeper instead. because of this, a) i'm a much more relaxed individual, and b) i've developed the skill of knowing pretty accurately what time it is when asked even if the last time i checked a watch was hours before.

number two bass drum - it's the best drum to play out of any battery instrument hands down. if i ever march in a battery again, i won't play anything else, except maybe cymbals.

ribbon crashes - it's a great timbre to add to a bass line, and it also takes away the need for a rim protector. i can't imagine having a bass line that doesn't have some sort of ribbon crash on the drum somewhere. i've contemplated putting it on a set of tenors, but i think that might be too much.

slide chokes - my favorite cymbal rudiment. it makes a "psschoop!" sound that's wonderfully satisfying. Close runner-ups are the sizzle choke and the zichan or zing.

sound/absence of sound - l *love* sound. all sounds. there are certain sounds that people will treat as background noise and other sounds that people will treat as "annoying" that i'll find myself tuning so close to, revering in how complex it is or how simple it is, or whatever. A baby crying, train brakes squealing, multiple fast-food restaurant french fry timers going off at once, shopping carts. sometimes the sounds will draw my attention so much that i'll completely lose whatever train of thought i might have had. Absence of sound can be just as wonderful... well-placed moments of silence in music is so effective because of the context of sound around it. a room where there's no sound - no computer hum, no buzz of electricity, nothing... that's good stuff. sound is my life.

which-doesn't-seem-possible - this is the other half of "non-alphabetical interest lists"

two minutes of willamette's show minus drums is on the computer. about four minutes left to go. funny how the stuff will come out of my head so fast once i get an idea going. it's not so much that i'm writing the piece as much as the piece is writing itself. all i'm doing is being the notator.

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licyeus
Aug. 2nd, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
is there any way i'll be able to hear what you're writing for willamette's show without attending?
lifeofmendel
Aug. 3rd, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
i might make a MIDI of it.

there'll be videotapes.

i'll hook it up somehow.
nabikchan
Aug. 3rd, 2004 01:38 am (UTC)
;___; Someone butted in on most of my unique LJ interests.
lifeofmendel
Aug. 3rd, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
aww! :(
c_wraith
Aug. 3rd, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
Heh. I had to convert four against five into DDR terms to completely follow it.

And I did it without even thinking...

quarter
gallop (after the beat)
8ths
gallop (before the beat)

That would be a cool rhythm to really get down pat, and be able to drum out.
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