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I just used the phrase "End user-induced depressant overindulgence" in a computer support ticket.
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(It's also my new Facebook profile picture.)
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So here I am, three o'clock in the morning, giddy as a sailor on shore leave.

Scratch that, I have not been this euphorically incomprehensible since a specific night back in September 2006. This is no exaggeration--I was actually hyperventilating (quietly) for roughly an hour after I heard about it (which, unfortunately, was about half an hour before work was up). I then spent the next couple of hours calling up people and talking about it enthusiastically.

Anyone who knows me or has seen the tags below and are interested know what I'm talking about--the Rock Band Network.

A brief summary:

  1. Artists record their songs and submit the master tracks (separated as per the norm--guitar, bass, drums, vox, other sounds) to trained third-party developers.

  2. These developers (Harmonix already has a group of developers trained, but apparently the program is open to anyone who can be trained) will then use Harmonix's in-house tools to script and track each song, instrument by instrument. These tracks then get submitted for peer review (for technical errors, not artistic merit) before officially being published.

  3. ???

  4. Revenue! 30% of the track sales go back to the artist.

This is, pun unavoidable, a game changer. This is very much a reach-for-the-stars moment for the Rock Band platform, a giant middle finger to GHTunes and Activision's "we have 2000 people charting notes for Guitar Hero", and surely some form of madness. The more people Harmonix trains, the faster content can get out there, and the emptier our wallets will become. I can see labels having their own in-house tracking staff, and potentially studios (small groups-of-five operations, likely) arising specifically to handle these kinds of jobs.

This is the kind of scene that has me interested. AMVs? MIDI sequencing? It all ends up here.

I've signed up to be part of the creators' beta, which I am led to understand means the track authoring. This is the opportunity I've been looking for--to see if this is something I want, to see if this is something I can handle. I don't know if I'll get in, but Lord knows this is the kind of thing I've dreamed about, as a musician, a Rock Band enthusiast, and a music transcriber. This will keep me walking on sunshine for the next few weeks.

Just be prepared to be sick every time I open my mouth, because I have the feeling I won't shut up about this any time soon, particularly when I get my hands on Reaper and Magma, the programs used to design the tracks. And don't say I didn't warn you.
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And now, a dramatic reading of Noah Baumbach's "Buzzed":

Click to download.


Sep. 12th, 2007 05:16 pm
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I was sending an SMS message yesterday, and attempted to key in "Woohoo!"

T9 decided that "Woohoo!" wasn't in the dictionary, but "Wonion!" was.

I like that word, so that'll be my new interjection of happiness. Wonion!


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