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  1. My birthday was in late October. I am now 27. Make me a map! I like castles.

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    2. jute


      Memfis, those are both really good! They would be worth finishing. The second one in particular is fun to explore.

    3. Hellbent


      Memfis said:

      Do you like unfinished castles? Because I have one. (Doom 1, E4M1)

      "Gonna go down to the well tonight and I'm gonna drink till I get my fill."

    4. Use


      happy birthday dude

  2. I have a set of speakers connected to my PC that I have used for around eight months without problems. Today the left speaker began emitting continuous static sounds. The right speaker is unaffected. Both speakers continue to play sounds from the PC, but the left speaker also emits static sounds. The continuous static (which occasionally changes in volume on its own) is not affected by any Windows volume controls, nor is it affected by the volume knob on the speakers themselves. Disconnecting the speaker wires from the left speaker halts the sound, as does turning off the speakers or unplugging them. I have tried using headphones instead, plugged into the same PC port I use for the speakers, and the headphones do not emit static. I have not made any changes or additions to my PC hardware or software. Please advise me, Doomworld.

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    2. jute


      Thanks for all the help, guys. The speaker's headphone port does not produce static. It's not a scratchy pot either, as the static is constant and not related to volume changes. I think it must either be the speaker cable or the speaker itself.

    3. Maes


      Probably due to different causes, but I have a tape deck that produces constant clicking/static on playback, which was attributable to static buildup in the mechanism. Since it does not affect recording, I let it be.

      Try disconnecting any cables running to the speaker and see if that fixes things up. If the signal cable can't be externally removed (e.g. it's a soldered-in plug) you might have to open the speakers up and desolder it directly from the board. It might help if you post the exact model of your speakers though, so we know what we're up against here.

      If it keeps producing static on one channel only even with no cable running to it, then it's an internal amp problem. If both channels amplify well however, it's probably something minor like a bad cap or cold joints. Bribe your resident electronics geek to fix it up for you, with some vague promise of poontang ;-)

      It will help if you can use the speakers with an audio source other than your PC, too (walkman, iPod etc.)

      The headphones and speakers have quite different input impedances and behavior, and whatever preamp is on your motherboard might react quite differently to such diverse loads. The static might be unnoticable with your headphones also due to low sensitivity, but audible through the speakers (though it usually goes the other way around). If this "static" seems affected by what you do with your PC (moving windows, hard disk working etc.) it might be just digital noise going through.

      Another thing to try is if the noise goes away by operating the speakers on another power socket (or even batteries, if possible): you might have a ground loop or a disturbance that goes through the speakers' PSU (again, I'm guessing. It could be a built-in transformer, an external DC wall wart, or batteries).

    4. GreyGhost


      If the volume at the speaker's headphone jack is unaffected by its volume control, all we've done is confirm that the PC audio lead is OK, so I wouldn't rule out the amplifier just yet. The speaker lead's still a suspect, possibly the speaker if it's connected in a bridge configuration and probably the amplifier where there might be a coupling capacitor starting to fail.

  3. i recieved some cds i ordered recently. while i'm waiting for some audio files to convert, here are my initial thoughts:

    Negative Reaction - Everything You Need for Galactic Battle Adventures: pretty good doom metal. lots of star wars references. the vocals are really fucking nasty, and the samples that preface every song seem totally arbitrary (i.e. a clip from a western movie starts off the song 'spaceport').

    Cock and Ball Torture/Last Days of Humanity Split CD: i'd never heard either of these bands, though cbt are pretty notorious and i'd read some reviews. it seems like pretty standard grind. i prefer cbt over ldh, because they have a lot more of a groove, which is sometimes comical. the vocals are pitch-shifted and sound kind of like pig grunts. the lhd cover is a photo of a man's head after being shot with a shotgun.

    Decomposing Serenity/Sugar Plum Fairy Split CD: more grind, this time with drum machines. the vocals vary between the ultra-low pitchshifted stuff and a high rasp. not bad.

    Decomposing Serenity/Mortuary Hacking Session Split CD: see above. all the homemade grind is kind of blurring together. it's good, but there's not much to say. i'll probably buy some more decomposing serenity. they're interesting.

    Spinegrinder - A Visual Symphony of Horror: grindcore again. this is better produced than the last two splits. the vocals seem to be either phased heavily or pitched up and down randomly, which is pretty interesting. one of the song titles is "hexen bis aufs blut gequalt". another exploding head cover.

    Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis - Satyriasis and Nymphomania: the band name alone makes this worth having, probably. this is goregrind from mexico. it has some good mid-tempo metal riffs to break up the barrage, but the production needs work. cover is of the interior of a rib cage, with lots of bright yellows and reds. the inside tray (behind the cd itself) is a collage of various porn images, including gay and bestiality.

    Merzbow - Collapse 12 Floors: i've been looking forward to this one, but it's probably my least favorite of the merzbow albums i currently own. it's still good, but puroland is great. it has some nice quiet moments. it kind of sounds like newer xenakis compositions at times.

    Cemment - Donor: this is industrial-psychedelic-grind from japan. distorted grunting vocals, occasional flanged piano solos, lots of great riffs and solos. the inside booklet has the band name in floating 3d tie-dyed letters over a backdrop of peaceful clouds, and some band photos in a bright red filmstrip frame. the other side of the booklet is pitch black. i'd buy more of their stuff.

    Masonna - Noisextra: this isn't as good as inner mind mystique, but it's pretty good. two loooong tracks. the fact that it's all his voice impresses me. i might like this more than the merzbow i just got. i dunno.

    Goat - England's Satanic Mills: 24 tracks of noise. pretty good and varied. the booklet is photocopied and the cd is a burned cdr, as is the case with the next two albums. i'd buy more.

    Xombie - s/t: long analog distorted bass drones. they're pretty peaceful to listen to while you're driving, but i couldn't sit in front of the stereo for an hour with them.

    Xome - Itch: varied noise. it's pretty good.

    The Bodybag Romance - Gincrusher: this might be my favorite of the whole lot. packaged with all sorts of cool handmade stuff. it's kind of black/death/grind. they cover a song by mountain. i'd definitely buy more of their stuff.

    i got all the above cds for a little under 100$, which is pretty good.

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    2. The Ultimate DooMer

      The Ultimate DooMer

      I'm in the middle of getting all the Fear Factory albums, but I've been looking for an excuse to visit a town with decent music shops in for a while now. (still, I've got one coming up at the weekend - those robots again)

      Scabbed Angel said:

      When'd you change your name Preg?

      Speaking of name changes, who changed into Mogul? (it must've happened while I was away last week)

    3. Dittohead


      AndrewB said:

      You're still being ripped off.

      Rage against the corporate machine, dude!

    4. Quast


      AndrewB said:

      You're still being ripped off.

      so, what is a legitimate price for a cd then?

  4. this is a page with all the songs i've done for http://www.songfight.org . if you don't know about it, it's a site that gives a few song titles a week to choose from, and you have a week to write, record, and submit a song based on one of these titles. i submitted ten songs, seven of them in seven consecutive weeks. i'm pretty happy with most of them, though they're obviously a little rough around the edges. the fan favorite seems to be 'driving'.

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    2. jute


      Numbermind said:

      What are you using to record these? I'd like to give you some advice.

      not what i use now. these are old, and were recorded within a week each anyway. i'm aware of the imperfections. but what did you think of the songs?

    3. Bucket


      OK, I have a few things:

      1) I like your experimental side. If you could get more discipline into your compositions, then you can make these songs sound really great.

      2) That guitar needs to be EQ'd differently. Hey, I'm all for the garage sound, but even that needs to be tweaked. Nowadays guitar parts are played at least 8 times in a row(can't say I agree with this, but meh), so they sound smoother. That is, you're recording yourself doing the same guitar part 8 times. Anyway, after that you should have a fuller sound-- and with some hard panning you can make that fuzzbox sound professional.

      3) You have a live kit? Or are those sampled? Either way, they sound all right the way they are. Maybe they can use some extra mid/bass so the kick drum comes out more. I did notice some extra "room effect" that you can easily get rid of by moving the mics closer to the heads.

      4) Um, the thing I told you to do with the guitars can also apply to your vocals. Especially on the odd chance that you're not screaming.

      So... yeah. Let me know what you think. You haven't exactly explained where your music has gone since these, so there's a slim possibility that I'm talking out of my ass.

    4. Sharessa


      Numbermind said:

      Nowadays guitar parts are played at least 8 times in a row(can't say I agree with this, but meh), so they sound smoother. That is, you're recording yourself doing the same guitar part 8 times.

      Ugh, I hate that technique so much. Its almost as bad as the modern day production technique of compressing everythign and amping it up. OMG I ROX HARDD!

      O'course I'm not a fan of conventional music anyway, so what do I know?

  5. i'd like to change my screen name to what is on every other forum, etc. and so i don't have to type this long fucker in anymore. how do i go about such a thing?

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    2. Planky


      Who had 'Google is your friend' as a title?

    3. Fletcher`


      Planky said:

      Who had 'Google is your friend' as a title?

      Disorder, who subsequently blew Fodders.

    4. DOOM Anomaly

      DOOM Anomaly

      Planky said:

      Who had 'Google is your friend' as a title?

      Torn has "google.ca]Google is your master." as his title, which is close. :D