Sabaton - White Death

Sabaton - White Death

The latest Sabaton History video is on Simo Häyhä, the Finnish sniper known as the "White Death", with what is likely the highest recorded kill count for a sniper in any conflict.The song is regularly on my workou tlist.…

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Musical Interlude - Halo

Musical Interlude - Halo

I was digging a bit into various covers of Senbonzakura because as much as I love the Waggaki band it turns out the song did not start with them, but in an anime-related community known as Vocaloid. In the process, I stumbled into a pretty interesting cover done by a lady called Lindsey Sterling, and since I'm a sucker for cute girls playing violin, looked around.She doesn't dance as much in this video as she does in other songs. She reportedly has learned to play and dance at the same time, at least for some songs she knows really…

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A Bit of Cyberpunk

A Bit of Cyberpunk

While I'm never not going to be a metal/rock guy, I took a long tour through trance, and other modern dance including the Cruxshadows end of darkwave, and more recently, The Midnight and other retrowave groups. As a result, I was overjoyed to stumble into Didact's recommendation of Scandroid. The first track he shows, "Empty Streets" has not only an excellent and evocative sound but a stylish 8-bit lyric video.So, to follow on a theme, one of more recent listens has been a retro Darkwave artist by the name of Irving Force, and I've really come to like…

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A Sound (hardware) Decision

A Sound (hardware) Decision

For a bit of change of pace, I'm working out a few thoughts as to the next step I want to take with the music hobby. While it's not really new for me, heck, the whole extended family is musically inclined, taking it seriously and learning to play an instrument is knocking some serious rust off, and bothering to learn the theory is actually new.That means "amp or computer inputs".Well, the crappy amp I have is good enough to flatten the sound on it and use it as a straight speaker-out for the FX pedal I've got if…

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Sabaton

Sabaton

For those of you who've hung around a while, my love of Sabaton is not news. There are metal bands with more intricate musicianship, but the overall blend of history and music sense is outstanding. They've also started a youtube history channel with Indy Neidell, who has two other youtube channels dedicated to history in general and WW2. I'll post links to the first seven videos released up until now below, but another question has been knocking around the back of my head. What do they believe? I'll grant up front that I cannot and will not read minds, but…

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Where I've Been

Where I've Been

Hi. More of a personal update.I've still got a few project sets I'm working, some work related, a couple personal. Can't talk much but that's part of the reason it's been quiet around these parts.That said, a good chunk of the blame the last couple days can be ascribed to my newly re-acquired music hobby. Talk about a neverending rabbit-hole.Filed under things I've learned:First, despite being the kind of guy who could wire up a complex home stereo just by looking at the back panels even back in middle school, I only now discovered several things…

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Updates on Rocksmith, Odds and Ends

Updates on Rocksmith, Odds and Ends

I was wrong on one point, and while I still enjoy it, I can see a little bit why a really experienced musician would be driven up the wall.First - I was wrong about tabs being included. I'd seen two separate sources mention them but cannot find them after some serious digging around.That said....If you have Rocksmith on the PC or Mac, you can use this handy tool - RocksmithToTab - to skim through your Rocksmith music library and export all the songs into Guitar Pro format. I've checked a few songs already and while the recommended…

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