rebooting palimpsest

All previous Palimpsest posts have been imported right here.

I’m working on getting this site going again. Maybe it will be back up on the CHLT server, and maybe it will be somewhere else. I’m doing a test run of TypePad.

The downside of TypePad is this: in order to have multiple authors, you need to get the “pro” account, which costs $14.95 a month. If I could get 11 participants to each pay $14.95 along with me, then we’d have a year of edu-blogging ready to go. What do you say? Alternately, do any of you know of other hosting solutions that would be cheaper?

Regardless of where Palimpsest ends up, I hereby solicity additional participants. It does not matter how experienced a teacher you are. It does not matter if this is your first semester teaching as a grad student, or your 30th semester teaching as a full professor. Let me know if you’re interested.

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here’s a weird new development

UMKC voice mail is now automatically emailed to the recipient in the form of a WAV file. I’m not thrilled with this, but they say it can’t be changed. So…

…if you want to collaborate in some of the ephemeral toybox projects that Weez and I have been doing, call my office phone at 816-235-2559 and leave whatever sounds you like. Please wait until after 5 p.m. Central Time so my phone’s not ringing off the hook while I’m in the office.

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my so-called musical life

Thanks to everyone for your input on the past two entries. My career as an amateur musician has memorable peaks:

  • Age 10: Playing banjo, solo, in front of the entire school at a talent show in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
  • Age 20: Playing guitar in a band in front of a crowd of drunken sailors from the sixth fleet inside an inactive volcano in Naples, Italy.
  • Age 23: Playing bass in a band in a small club in Nashville, Tennessee.

And now: ephemeraltoybox, which is another kettle of fish altogether.

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…pick a tuning, please.

And head over to Weez’s and offer your thoughts on her questions.

Let’s get this show on the road.

Don’t make me talk about eighteenth-century Methodist sermons…because you know as well as I do that I’m not afraid to do it…

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a call for participation

Weez and I are collaborating on another audio project, and we need your input, dear reader:

  1. How long should the track be? Choose any value between 120 and 300
  2. How should the guitar be tuned? Choose one of the following:
    • E G D G E D
    • G G C G C D
    • C G D G B B
  3. How many guitar tracks should there be? Choose any value betwen 1 and 4.

Pick one question and answer it. First come, first served.

After we have answers to these questions, I will record guitar parts in small
enough chunks that they can be looped and arranged in a variety of ways. Weez will record voice tracks in a similar fashion. Then we will share GarageBand files
of what we’ve recorded and, independently, come up with two final mixes,
arranging the guitar and vocal (and possibly percussion) parts as we see
fit. Two sound files. Many collaborators. Game on.

Update: Weez has posted questions, too.

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