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  1. I had difficulty voting again this month. But not for the usual reasons. In honesty I only liked two of the songs. The rest were technically proficient,not that I’m an authority on such things, far from it. In fact I sometimes feel that a good song is often killed by over complicating and intellectualising it too much. So I voted for the two I liked best and the third song was voted for on its ability to impress. Hope that makes sense. 

  2. There seems to be two strict camps this month, it was either the "mystical uplifting and enchanting what have we done to the earth" style or the "talking polar bear" camp, in all but one. Mr Bilbo true to form delivered a unique take on the picture and deserves a mention for that. Every entry was bang on the mark and delivered excellently. Three was a hard choice but I managed it and wish I could've picked more. Very enjoyable.

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  3. On 13/03/2018 at 21:46, lurksalot said:

    OK I'm in 

    not really a fun one , but hey the music part is reasonable, and as no-one else particularly like it in my household I think it is past any further work , so enjoy if you can 



    I would say “great minds” as mine has taken a similar theme to :Dyours this month. However I’m not so sure there’s any greatness in two grown men penning numbers with talking polar bears in them. 

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  4. [quote name='Dad3353' timestamp='1501813017' post='3347528']
    Here's mine, too, equally inspired by the beast's progression ...

    [url="https://soundcloud.com/dad3353/inexorable-what-goes-up-must-come-down"]Inexorable (What goes up must come down...) ...[/url]

    Something of a tone poem, really, or atmospheric piece, rather than EDM. I was looking to create a sense of both the immediate and yet the eternal; the ephemera and the timeless. A touch of human in an insentient landscape, an incongruous passage past the immobile monuments. There's a couple of 'jokes' in there, too, in both the form (a pyramid waveform...) and the repeated rising and falling of both the 'melody' and the key. Incidentally, the scale used is not authentic Egyptian, despite its familiarity; it's really the Hungarian scale, which better serves my purposes, being symmetrical (the twelve semi-tones are spaced 1-3-1-2-1-3-1...), as is a pyramid..!
    Kontakt 'World Percussion' for the darbukas (playing in 7/4 and 4/4 time...), a Ruby acoustic bass, Kontakt Pearl piano, a snatch of Desert Song and some home-generated samples of oud snippets, all sanded down with some slightly complex desert winds, made up of three instances of the Wind module by Xoxos (Sounds Of Nature...).
    Thanks for listening, if you already have; if you're about to, enjoy. B)
    Beautiful, for a moment I was Santiago whilst my Fatima awaited.

  5. [quote name='xgsjx' timestamp='1501782636' post='3347365']
    I'm in...


    Found inspiration from it quite easily & tried to take it from a camel rider's perspective. :lol:
    I started listening to this and I fell into a deep trance when I came to.... I was standing outside my local mosque. Powerful stuff.

  6. [quote name='fingers211' timestamp='1500499813' post='3338338']
    Well, a bit of a struggle this month,with a gammy ear infection that made mixing a laugh !! (Made up with a crackin' ride in Brittany on the bikes)....
    So with all our excuses in place..... <_<, our ditty.

    Very good, I enjoyed that. Have you been taking lyric writing lessons from mr Lurksalot? Very lurksalotesque lyrics. Doesn't quite have the same ring as kafkaesque but I think the term lurksalotesque may catch on. The dictionary will describe it as 'lark a little like lurksalot'.

  7. [quote name='thebrig' timestamp='1500018798' post='3335114']
    I don't know what type of pubs you drink in, but I am now retired and I drink in a number of different pubs most days of the week, and I can honestly say that someone paying for their drinks by card is still very rare, by your reckoning, for every £1000 the pub takes, it has only taken £150 in cash, I'd be very surprised if that was the case.

    It might be the case in the carvery/restaurant type "pubs" that happens to sell alcohol as well, because people are ordering meals along with their drinks and they usually pay all in one go, but they are not usually the type of "pubs" that have live music.

    I'm not sure where you got your information from, but a number of my friends are pub landlords/managers, and I know for a fact that most people still use cash to pay for their drinks.
    I think it's a generation thing. I go for a few quiet pints during the week with a mate of mine. He's nearly 60 and cash is king with him and the pubs we go to. I'll pop to a different pub with my missus for lunch and invariably we pay by card. If I take the young lads from work out for a few drinks not one of them will have cash. They will all pay by card. They won't even pay for their taxis home by cash. I read that figure of 15% somewhere. It may not be correct across the board.

  8. It's not the right time. It's as simple as that. Come back to it another time and it will be good. Try writing something that sounds like something else or is in the style of a band or an album or reminds you of a movie. Think of something sad or happy. Avoid angry thoughts. If it aint fun then stop.

  9. Pubs no longer have pots of cash after a nights takings any more. Contactless and regular card payments mean that their intake of money is only about 15% cash. Most of their takings now are visible to hmrc because of this so it's no longer an advantage to pay for anything in cash. Whereas before they had pots of cash and were desperate to pay with anything they could with it rather than declare it.

    It's a cultural thing People in general are moving away from cash. Also, if done by bank transfer it is visible to hmrc and a portion can be written off. Finally if paid midweek or at the end of the month it can be reviewed by a manager and processed in a sober fashion.

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