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20 April 2006 @ 03:57 pm
Apparently I'm not the only one who noticed this community kinda... croaked, maybe we can try starting something?

I'm trying to find a way to encourage more activity. Of course, any discussion music, band, music world related is completely acceptable, and always will be. I'd like to find something we can do as a community though, to keep active. So, I'm gonna throw out a few ideas to vote on. Feel free to add, voice your opinion, modify, whatever. This is pretty much open to anybody. I don't want anybody to feel like their idea would be dumb or unacceptable. Provided it's related to the theme of this community, which I think is pretty broad, all ideas are welcome and open for discussion. If anyone wants to discuss the theme of the community as well, feel free.

I need you people to participate though. I'm suggesting things, I need you to suggest things and discuss them and decide as a group what you want. This community isn't for me, it's for all of you, so you all need to participate.

Poll #713876 here are a few ideas

monthly, bimonthly theme

artist spotlight
regional bands
instrument histories (or am I the only dork who likes this? XP)
artist biographies (kinda goes with artist spotlight)

Let me know what you think. Go, discuss. Maybe in about a week we can select one or two to start with and see how it goes. Either way, this community needs your participation as well. I'll do my best to stay on top of things from this end and encourage everybody. ^_^

(excuse my pathetic writing >_> I'm failing at language today.)
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Current Music: wildfire - sonata arctica
18 April 2006 @ 12:29 am
This community is dead. Agreed?
Info about a band I like that's doing their last tour in their series. *whispers* if you're in the area, you should go. they're good.

Tour information is at this link. BLOOD has requested their fans to pass the tour informatin around. Looks like some time slots are still missing, so check back for updates as the dates get closer. The tour is covering the UK, Germany, Finland, and Austria according to the site. They're an awesome band, and VENGEANCE for BLOOD is an awesome series, so if you're in the area they're touring at the rest of us would be very jealous if you go.
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Current Music: white noise
20 December 2005 @ 11:45 am
Well, actually there isn't anything to report, since my band didn't end up playing -_-;. As I feared it rained on the day of the outdoor gig. And it rained HARD, plus it was very cold and windy.

More details if you're interested...Collapse )

To sum it up, we weren't able to play. It didn't feel good as we had spent the entire day just trying to understand what was going on and talking to the organizer and sound guy to get some sense of what was going to happen. Not being able to play through no fault of our own - it felt bad, but I can't really blame anyone else for it either. I believe whoever was in charge of the concerts that day and had a handle on a contingency plan or other alternatives sort of went MIA on the main organizer.

Bad points: Rained out venue, not being able to play, this was supposed to be our first hometown gig

Good points: We met one of the singing guests and the other band during dinner the night before and they were awesome to get to know. I knew a few people in the singing group as well so it was good to get to see them again, although I wasn't able to see their performance. Some... uh I guess you call them fans... came up to us to get pictures and said they were sad we couldn't play and said they'd hope to see us again sometime soon. It made us feel a little better.

Because many of our friends had come to see us we dropped our equip back at home, changed out of our performance clothes and went out to eat, did some drinking and hung out and played games =P
12 December 2005 @ 12:14 pm
Hi all.

I have another gig coming up this weekend. It's another outdoors/open air concert. We had problems with equalizing sound outside last time, but hopefully we are more experienced this time around. This is actually our first time playing in our own hometown as well, so that will be exciting.

As always my band will be performing Jrock covers (a lot of them cross over to anime theme songs). Is anyone in this comm. in the San Francisco Bay Area? If so, please come by and say 'hi' if you have time =D

I'll be sure to do some sort of report afterwards.

Who: akai SKY
When: Saturday, December 17 - 4PM
Where: Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco as part of JTAF 3

By the way, does anyone have a personal or music myspace account? We've had ours for about a month, but we're just starting to pay attention to it :) akai SKY @ Myspace.com.

edit: Please note new performance time at 4PM! ^_^v
03 December 2005 @ 12:58 am
I didn't realize linking to my scrapbook doesn't work for people who aren't on my friends list. I tried making everything public, but that's not working either, so I had no clue no body could see the scans I posted...

Au Revior 1
Au Revior 2
Au Revior 3
Itsuwari no Musette
Le Ciel

There they are... hehe ^^; Gee... don't I feel dumb sometimes.....
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Current Music: Dans Erbos - Kozi
14 November 2005 @ 01:12 pm
So I finally got around to scanning some of my music. Couple of points about these... I write so I can read them. Meaning I use somewhat uncommon notations and sometimes I just make up my own. If you have a question about them just let me know and I'll try to explain it for you. Au Revoir isn't... complete? Well it is, but it's missing one measure near the end that I forgot to write in and have just been too lazy to redo it. It's not too difficult to figure out, just listen to the track around that section. (It's the measure right after the last to coda)

Au Revoir and Le Ciel are both from the GP4 files yuki_to_chi sent me. I just wrote them out and arranged them so they weren't 50 pages long. I changed some of the notation to make it easier to read (GP4 likes to make things harder than they need to be) and... well I wrote Au Revior down in one of the repeated sections (you'll see it, it's cluttered) using the extra notes Yu~ki plays... but I don't bother playing them, cause half the time I forget cause I'm not looking at the music.

Gardenia and Itsuwari no Musette were both pulled by ear... so if they're a little off (I don't think they are when I compared them to the GP4 versions I found later) my apologies. The verse part in Gardenia can be messed around with a little. It's not exact, the A on 3+ can be a G or an A. I didn't bother writing out to the end, because it basically repeats the verse rif with a few rests.

Now that I'm done rambling =P
Au Revior 1
Au Revior 2
Au Revior 3
Itsuwari no Musette
Le Ciel

oh, hehe, I should probably mention that the scores are for the bass part, heh. o.O I'm a flake.

Okay, now I really need to go do my homework ^^ Have fun.
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Current Music: Lust for Blood - Gackt (that came out of nowhere...)
11 November 2005 @ 11:16 pm
I received some pretty positive feedback a little while ago for my Wild Seven podcast, so I thought instead of spamming communities any further, I would just create my own community for it. :D

I will be posting updates on it every time a new podcast is posted, along with some other cool details, so I hope all of you that have listened to my podcast will join and make it a fairly active place. ^^ Tell your friends and feel free to post there!

Please join now!



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11 November 2005 @ 12:48 am
I went to see a Battle of the Bands put on by my school today. Actually I only stayed through half because the sections were really long and I was hungry! Long as in it started at 5:30 and the third band was done by 7:40... so I cut out early. But I noticed a lot about the first three bands that I just... have to comment on.

Okay, one: bassists, do not show us your butt for the entire show.
During rehersals I know a lot of bassist face the drums to keep in sync and, well, the drum is the center of the band really and so most of the rehersal is spent facing the drummer. Performances should not be spent like this! The bassist is as much a part of the band as anybody, and while I know a lot of the time is spent hanging back by the drummer, at least face the audience. Not only does it look unprepared and unprofessional, it gives an air that you dont' know what you're doing or have very little confidence in it. If you have trouble playing without looking at the drums practice with everybody facing one way. That way when performance time comes it won't be as big of a problem.

Second for bassist: you're not the center of the band, quit drawing undue attention to yourself.
This is being said by a bassist, so if you get pissed that I said it, get over it cause it's true. Unless you're the lead singer, you are not and should not be the focus of the audience. A couple of things in this category to mention.

● dancing around, jumping, running across the stage, head banging, in general taking up a lot of space is okay on certain occasions, but control and limit yourself. I know you're bored. If you're that bored, think of a better bassline and entertain yourself by being a productive member of the band.

If the rest of the band, i.e. the guitarists and vocals are relatively still, do likewise. Yeah, some of the songs may get spunky and inspire you to dance, but honestly, people weren't paying all that much attention to you before you started dancing around like an idiot, and the attention you're getting now is negative and is more than likely taking away from the rest of the band.

Let's have an example. Band number one today, the music was definitely hard rock, really heavy distortion, two guitars, full drum set, heavy vocals, spastic bassist. The two guitarists (one being the lead singer) stayed pretty much in the same place for the whole set, which worked well because the guitar parts were very complex and the rhythm guitarist was singing at the same time. They'd dance a little, mostly not taking up more than a few feet. They'd bob their heads, but for the most part, like I said, not a whole lot of unnecessary movement. The bassist, on the other hand, took up most of the stage. His dancing was, trying not to be too harsh here, unchoreographed? haha, that's being incredibly nice. It was really bad. He almost ran into other band members and the speakers on several occasions. On the whole, he stood out way too much and took the entire focus away from really good songs and turned the band into a lot of laughs.

● Now, I'm not saying this band should have been completely without movement by any means. But being that the two guitarists had a very buisness-like, concentrating stillness, the bassist should have followed suit. Had the whole band been jumping around, well... personally I think that completely takes away from the music and the guitars would not have been nearly as good. The guy sitting next to me was of the opinion that the whole band should have been moving around, but even he mentioned that the bassist was annoying, to say the least.

This kinda runs into my third point, though this one is primarily for brass: if you're gonna dance or have stage movement, plan it ahead of time. If you don't want to choreograph it, at least refrain from complete spontinaeity.
Okay. Let me explain this one. Watching concerts, in a lot of professional bands the guitars will alternate places. We did this sometimes in our old band. The bassist I mentioned before tried to do this, except the guitarist didn't go. Now, I don't know if this was planned and not executed or what, I doubt it considering the length of the cable would not reach as far as he wanted to go. It looked really really bad.

Now, for the brass sections of bands, or any other non guitar/drum/hiding behind large instrument parts... You don't play all of the time, we understand that. Now, in practice, you guys are the annoying ones usually talking between while you're playing. It's annoying in practice, imagine how bad that is on stage. When you're not playing, do not stand there and chat. You have mics in front of you, we can not only hear what you're saying, you're covering up the music and looking like you don't care. While you may not see performing as anything remotely serious, people who have been in or are a part of the industry see it partly as business. If you're getting paid, you are enacting a buisness transaction. If you're competing and winning something, it's still buisness, regardless of how fun and enjoyable it is. I'm not saying y'all should wear a suit and tie and never smile, but it's not just fun times. If it is, you're not gonna go very far with it.

So, don't stand and chat, and for the love of God don't empty your spit valve in front of everybody. Plan a time for all of you to turn around at once and empty. Don't stand and wiggle your instruments around. You have a big thing sticking off your face, use it for something. I know it feels stupid to wave them all together, but it looks better than tapping it against your foot. The music's fun and upbeat, people may laugh, but trombones and trumpets are pretty much expected to wave their instruments in sync with eachother. And if one of you is doing it, everybody should, or nobody should.

Now, this group did something really interesting with their brass secition. On the whole, it bothered me that they were standing around and chatting or doing the above things, but at one point they got into a circle, crouching, and started moving together then split up and teased the audience. That was really cool. What wasn't cool was that they huddled on stage during a song and planned it there, and one of the trombones wasn't very into it.

Number four: don't cringe when you mess up.
hehe, I'm bad about this when I play piano or sing. I flinch when I screw up on piano. I cringe when I hit a bad note singing. However, it's not always as bad as you think, and cringing on stage lets the tone-deaf audience know you messed up. Okay, so the audience may not be tone deaf, and maybe they noticed, but they're more likely to remember if they see you cringe, especially vocals. Guitars can get away more with small slip ups in louder more distorted songs, and if you don't cringe, we may not notice.

Number five: watch how loud the instruments are compared to the vocals.
I know this is part of the sound check, and with playing multiple bands, I know you don't always get a chance to recheck all of the levels, but pay attention while you're playing to the sound levels.

This is in reference to the ska band with the distracting brass section and the bassist who wouldn't face the audience. The brass section each had mics. Now, with a 7 piece drum set, one guitar and a small audience, three trombones and a trumpet do not need to be on mics, especially mics that are turned up louder than the vocalist's. When they spoke into mics they were loud. While they were playing, they completely drowned out the vocals. Yes this is a sound problem, but sound can still be heard and adjusted on stage, especially when you have six monitors set up.

And bass, watch your levels. Heavy bass is good sometimes, but you dont' want to drown everybody out.

Number six: at least make an attempt to not colour clash completely on stage.
I'm not saying you should wear coordinating clothing, though that is cool occasionally too if it's done well. I'm saying if two members are wearing black T shirts and one is wearing brown, don't wear bright red. (yes, this was the spazzy bassist) Watch your clothes on stage. You may think they don't matter, but if you're going for a semi-professional apperance, trust me the pros consider what they're wearing (and if they don't somebody else is watching it for them).

That's all for now. I think I covered everything I wanted to. Feel free to discuss, debate, add, whatever. ^^ And yes, if you were wondering, I did really enjoy the show, these were just the bigger things that bothered me. I'm a critic. I'm the child of two professional musicians, so I kinda grew up with the business side as well as the artistic spazzy side, so at this point it's hard for me not to notice things like this. The bands were pretty good on the whole. Especially the reprise. I really really enjoyed them, and I felt a little bad cause they're lead singer/guitarist kept cringing. Really good though. Imagine hard rock with a full piano playing in the background. While this band was playing I kept hearing a symphony behind them in my head, and damn that would have sounded so cool. They played all of their own music too. *nod*

*edit* I just remembered another one.
Drummers: keep your shirt on!
You may be the most muscular one of the bunch, but it's 60 degrees in the hall and it makes us cold just looking at you (and really, you're not as sexy as you think you are). Maybe the groupies like it... but the rest of us just roll our eyes.
10 November 2005 @ 11:51 pm
Couple of things, then I have a real post for ya ^^

first off, since nobody volunteered to fix our craptastic background, I played with teh colours, so you get what's there till somebody volunteers a background (cause I suck at that part). Um... may make a community icon, but since I only have malice mizer pictures it'll probably be malice mizer related, unless somebody volunteers ^_^v

Secondly, I'm gonna start something new that I think could be helpful (inspired by me watching a battle of the bands today and it royally sucking in regards to performance). Performance tips. Now, you can agree or disagree with the tips given, and anybody can give tips, just mark performance tips in the subject line. They'll go in the memories. Discussion of the tips is helpful as well. Be nice, but critical is okay. Some of these bands I saw would have rocked if they had just... not been terrible performers.

Anyway, also, practice tips I think would be a good section, mark "practice tips" and what instrument in the subject heading.

Something to chat about.

Hm... I think that's all for now. Oh, another point of note, if somebody gives a tip you disagree with, it's okay to say you disagree, just... be nice about it, k? If not, I'm gonna have to be adminish and I don't like doing that. ^_~

Oh! and bands, if you want your site linked through our userinfo page, I think it's a 80X50? icon or something similar (check the page, Wild Seven has an icon up the size). Send me the link you want and a hosted picture and I'll put it up. Does not have to be Japanese related so long as you are a member of the band. ^^

(and keep recruiting people guys ^^)

That's all. Guh, sorry for my terrible English at the moment. My brain is not thinking in it very well. It's kinda a bad mix of engrish.... that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. ^^;
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