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Drawing Workshop in NYC: Gauging Interest

In case this hasn't already happened, or might happen again, I'd also be interested.

With whom shall I diavlog?

He's neither celebrity nor academic, but I've always wanted to see a diavlog between Eliezer and PJ Eby.

In a sense, I think that all creative pursuits are served well by the type of "brute force" you're talking about. You write/play/draw something, decide if you like it, and then work from there. However, narrowing down the search space, as you described, can be easier if you leave it to the unconscious. If you've been listening to the style of music you're composing in, or reading the style you're writing in, etc., it should have at least a few heuristics already loaded up. In the case of your melodies, what happens if you just "hum something?"

I generated a segment by pianistic experimentation (rather than from my aural imagination)

This is how I write most of my music. Every once in a while, a melody or chord progression will just show up fully formed, usually on the subway or in the shower, but it's rare. Most of the other songwriters/composers I know work similarly. You say you don't hear new music in your head; a lot of the time, I don't either. I hear it as it comes out of my mouth or speakers in real-time.

Positive Bias Test (C++ program)

It's an Intel binary; perhaps you're on PowerPC?

Just for fun - let's play a game.

3 seems likely to be true, given this Google search for "cronoDAS Battletoads."

The Trouble With "Good"

Those kinds of flags are the only way I can remember what I like. My memory is poor enough that I lose most details about books and movies within a few months, but if I really liked something, that 5-Yay rating sticks around for years.

Hmm, I guess that's why part of my brain still thinks Moulin Rouge, which I saw on a very enjoyable date, and never really had the urge to actually watch again, is one of my favorite movies.

Compression seems a fine analogy to me, as long as we're talking about mp3's and flv's, rather than zip's and tar's.

Just for fun - let's play a game.

If you had actually donated $400 to PSI, but the rest of the statement were true, would that count as the lie?

Welcome to Less Wrong!
  • Handle: arthurlewis
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Age: 28
  • Education: BA in Music.
  • Occupation: Musician / Teacher / Mac Support Guy
  • Blog/Music: http://arthurthefourth.com

My career as a rationalist began when I started doing tech support, and realized the divide between successful troubleshooting and what most customers tried to do. I think the key to "winning" is to challenge your assumptions about how to win, and what winning is. I think that makes me an instrumental rationalist, but I'm not quite sure I understand the term. I'm here because OB and LW are among the closest things I've ever seen to an honest attempt to discover truth, whatever that may turn out to mean. And because I really like the phrase "Shut up and calculate!"

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Is masochism necessary?

I don't think Schoenberg ever had public favor. He may have had the favor of the "elite" music audience, but, as I understand it, the public at large was listening to early jazz. Maybe this is my American bias; I'm not sure.

I see your point about Bach; I always had the impression that composers knew about him, but the masses didn't. I could be wrong. What were people in their homes actually playing in the 18th and 19th centuries? Whose music were they going to see? The question of whether or not "popular music" has replaced the music of the canonical composers from a cultural standpoint hinges on these answers that I don't have.

Is masochism necessary?

Ciphergoth, I'm proposing that 5 is another option, not that it should replace the ones he's already proposed. I don't know much about BDSM, but I assume it covers a much wider spectrum than the enjoyment of pain. My main point, which I didn't express clearly enough, is that the term "masochism" is being seriously overloaded in the post. Personally, I can see a connection between spicy food and intellectual challenges (both put me into an excited and forward-moving state, although for propbably different reasons), but horror movies and rollercoasters go into a completely different category (just being scary).

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