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Music discussion for the soul

By Wicket in MLP
Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 11:37:43 AM EST
Tags: Music (all tags)

If you have a love for music, there is a great site for you. It's called intune.org. It is a place to go to talk about music and music related items, plus it is a scoop-based site, so you will find the format familiar and easy to use.

I first saw this site yesterday in Smirk's diary.

Much like K5, it is solely up to the readers to submit, vote and moderate the stories. There are a variety of sections and topics to discuss, all pertaining to music.

There is a live section, devoted entirely to live performancies, announcements of future concerts, reviews of concerts you may have attended, etc.

The recordings section is for discussing any CDs, bootlegs, LPs, cassettes, and dare I mention, 8 tracks.

Tools. Discuss here anything that has to do with the creation of music: new hardware, software, samplers, MP3 encoders and CD rippers, etc.

In the sound systems section, talk about CD players, stereos, turntables, tape decks and related equipment.

There is a Meta section, a diaries and a misc section for anything that doesn't fit the categories.

There are various topics also, such as:

Reviews - Submit any reviews you may have of cds, live recordings, concerts, etc.

News - Let other readers what is going on in the world of music.

Help - Ask for help relating to the various sections, such as a request for information on a piece of equipment, a certain recording, etc.

Discussions - This is more of an open forum that doesn't fit as a specific request for help.

Rants - Let it rip!

Anyway, I'm sure that there are many people out there that love music and recording as much as I do, so definitely check out the site, create an account, join the discussions, and enjoy! And don't forget to read the FAQ! :)


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Music discussion for the soul | 22 comments (22 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Talking about music? (1.91 / 12) (#1)
by fvw on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 06:54:34 PM EST

Sorry, can't say I care for the link, -1.

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

it's not exactly clear who originally said this, but I've heard claims of Laurie Anderson and Frank Zappa.

Zappa (4.00 / 3) (#2)
by ucblockhead on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 07:09:02 PM EST

It was Frank Zappa.
This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
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Although (4.00 / 2) (#3)
by titus-g on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 07:42:28 PM EST

he did also say...

*You can't be a Real Country unless you have A BEER and an airline- it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a BEER*

well fuck me, Wot's this in my Hong Kong book of Kung Fu!?

--"Essentially madness is like charity, it begins at home" --
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*Ahem.* (4.00 / 3) (#4)
by regeya on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 07:44:49 PM EST

Sorry, can't say I care for your reasons for voting it down.

Sorry if you think I'm stifling your freedom of expression.

[ yokelpunk | kuro5hin diary ]
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Uh. (4.33 / 3) (#5)
by fluffy grue on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 08:17:50 PM EST

First of all, as intelligent as Zappa was, I disagree with the overgeneralization that his quote leads to. You can have a lot of legitimate discussion about various aspects of music - reviewing albums, stereo equipment, and so forth. Those are not discussions about "music," but about various things musical.

Do you seriously believe that saying, "Metallica's latest album sucks!" is equivalent to having a ballet about flying buttresses? I mean, man, talk about mixed metaphors...
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]
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I think what Zappa meant was... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by Ludwig on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 11:00:59 PM EST

...that only talking about it, without listening to it, is folly. Saying "Metallica's latest album sucks" is not "talking about music." Trying to describe it to someone who hasn't heard it might be.

You could, incidentally, have a perfectly good ballet about, say, Frank Lloyd Wright, but it would be largely meaningless without some awareness of him and his architecture. Or you could do a modern dance version of The Fountainhead, but it would be largely meaningless without... oh, wait. That would just be meaningless, period.

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I agree, *sorta* (5.00 / 2) (#11)
by fluffy grue on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 01:00:40 AM EST

InTune isn't about talking about music without listening to it though. It's about saying, "Hey, here's a really good album. And here's why." Or, "Hey, I just had a crappy experience with this 4-track tape recorder. Lemme tell you about it." Or, "Hey, this MP3 player rules! Here's why!"

Also, it's still a pretty weak metaphor; talking (as in discussion) is different than interpretive dance. A more useful expression would be, "Talking about music is like talking about architecture."

Zappa probably meant talking as in "mindlessly rambling about things," rather than talking as in "discussing." Discussion is hugely different than mere "talking," if I'm grokking the context correctly.
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]
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Listen to the man (5.00 / 1) (#12)
by error 404 on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 10:30:24 AM EST

Side 4 of Joe's Garage. Where Joe replies to what the imaginary music critics have to say about his imaginary guitar notes. Zappa was a better musician and lyricist than essayist.

The white zone is for loading and unloading only. You'll love it - it's a way of life.

Electrical banana is bound to be the very next phase
- Donovan

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Ayn Rand (none / 0) (#22)
by dabadab on Fri Feb 16, 2001 at 12:11:37 PM EST

Why is it that it's so popular to bash Ayn Rand's works?
I happened to read 'The Fountainhead' (without knowing anything about who's this Rand - not that I would know much more now) and I found it interesting and I liked some points she made.
Of course, I can understand, that some people do not like it all, but there are sooo much undoubtedly bad books out there - why is then that everybody keeps bashing A.R. and not someone else?
[ I am not from the USA so I might miss some cultural circumstances ]
Real life is overrated.
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I think the point is.... (none / 0) (#20)
by mckwant on Fri Feb 16, 2001 at 10:08:54 AM EST

You can't apply one art form to another without compromising them both. If I say that song X by band Y is "pastoral," what do I mean? That cows would like it? That I like to listen to it in pastures? That I feel the same way listening to the music that I do when I'm sitting amongst cow pies?

I can describe music in terms of other music (i.e. Bleach sounds like Mary's Danish meets the Pixies), but if I try to mix my art forms, then everything gets confused. Hence, writing (or painting, or dancing) to describe music (or architecture, or sculpture) is relatively fruitless and pointless.

But then, I thought it was Laurie Anderson. It does sound like something Zappa would come up with, though...

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of course you can: (5.00 / 3) (#7)
by Hillgiant on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 08:42:20 PM EST

London, New York, Paris, Munich
Everyone talk(s) about
Pop music

"It is impossible to say what I mean." -johnny
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Better Zappa quote on music critics: (5.00 / 1) (#14)
by error 404 on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 02:03:05 PM EST

If his mind is prehensile
he'll put down his pencil
and have himself a squat on the cosmic utensil.

Electrical banana is bound to be the very next phase
- Donovan

[ Parent ]

Don't forget Swap! (4.00 / 2) (#6)
by Smirks on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 08:38:01 PM EST

Don't forget the Swap topic...for, you guessed it, swapping stuff. Only admins/editors can post to this topic though. :)

[ Music Rules ]
You oversimplify. :) (4.00 / 2) (#8)
by fluffy grue on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 09:48:52 PM EST

I think you forgot to mention the whole grand scheme thing where there'd be a new swap story posted in the various sections once a week or whatever as classifieds-type listings or whatnot. Of course, since that's just in its foetal stages (as far as I've seen, since I haven't seen you put it to use just yet), it's not really worth mentioning, now, is it? :)
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]
[ Parent ]

We must Krush them! (4.50 / 2) (#9)
by Wah on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 09:57:52 PM EST

Let's start a Music section.

Fail to Obey?
You mean ... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
by BehTong on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 12:19:13 PM EST

kuro5h them? :-)

Beh Tong Kah Beh Si!
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Yay music! (1.00 / 1) (#15)
by enani on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 03:27:43 PM EST

I wonder if anyone there would put up a review of some good anime music! Like the soundtrack to La Blue Girl! That series is *soooo* funny! And Dance Dance Revolution has some good music in it too!
--=* Moshi-moshi! *=--
Go for it! (none / 0) (#16)
by Wicket on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 04:27:13 PM EST

Come on over to intune and submit it!!! :)

intune.org - music discussion for the soul...
[ Parent ]
I am already there! (1.00 / 1) (#17)
by enani on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 06:10:20 PM EST

You already know me over there, masu-baka! But I am not telling who I am! Hee hee!
--=* Moshi-moshi! *=--
[ Parent ]
be careful... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
by shellac on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 06:23:07 PM EST

I myself have thought about setting up a scoop-based music site. It is a nice idea. This particular site seems lacking on content, but it has potential. I have some concerns though.

What is this website operators story? I don't know anything about him/her. Are they waiting for us to start posting reviews like mad and reach a critical mass of user before selling out to sonicnet or launch or some lame crap like that? Will they try to publish your stuff? When posting to k5 there it seems to be kind of implied that rusty is a cool guy and will not screw the users over in a frenzy for money.

The mission statement is lacking. It does little to alleviate these fears. It tells you that the website is a discussion place for music (duh! you think??) but does tell you anything about its philosophy or reason for existence. Kind of sketchy if you ask me.

On a side note, I am skeptical as to whether a website with such a broad discussion topic as "music" would be successful. Music seems to be too scene oriented for that to work. Will it be dominated by pop music fans, or classical, or punk rock type people, or idm, or will it be indie rock or what? Ideally it will attract people who listen to all kinds of music, mainstream or obscure. (Well it would be ideal for _me_ at least, as I feel like I fit that category.) That kind of person is all too rare I find.

Once I trust the site operator and I feel like the users are for real, then I will make my own contributions to intune.org. But not before.


Let me tell you who I am... :) (5.00 / 2) (#19)
by Smirks on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 08:32:59 PM EST

I am a guy, real name Chris. I've been working on various, and mostly failing websites, since 1998 when I registered my first domain. My most successfull, thus far, has been a bulletin board system for fans of Pearl Jam. Professionally I am a network/unix administrator for a dot-com in midtown New York City.

Back in December, a guy named 11223 posted a diary about how he was fed up with Amazon's music reviews, or lack thereof. I offered to setup scoop on my server and kinda act as a 'standby' editor...allowing him to control the site and the content. Why? Because I'm not a very good writer, as you can see. Well, to say the least 11223 has taken a hiatus w/out letting myself or the site know where he's gone. I'm now stuck running the site by myself... and to be honest I'm thinking of asking fluffy grue to help me out.

So, what are my intentions for the site... well, to discuss and review music and related stuff. Browse the site, look at the sections and topics. Read the faq that explains the sections and topics to get a better understanding of what they're there for. I have zero, none, zip intentions of 'selling out' to a bigger site. I'm in this for the fun of it because I like music and I know there's alot of people out there that like it too.

So far in the 2 weeks since it has been announced I'm quite pleased with the ammount of discussion that has taken place. Since the few postings here on k5 there have been 4 story submissions, 3 of which made it to the front page, not to mention the now 85+ registerd users. I'd go out on a limb here and say InTune has become one of the most 'active' recent sites announced on scoop.k5, or on k5 for that matter.

Want to pick my brain even further? Email me -> smirks at smirks dot org

[ Music Rules ]
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Hey smirks.... (none / 0) (#21)
by Wicket on Fri Feb 16, 2001 at 12:07:17 PM EST

What's up with 11223? If you need some help, just let me know....
intune.org - music discussion for the soul...
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