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Archive for May 4th, 2008

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

Posted by Trixter on May 4, 2008

So there’s a pattern to my cycle:

  • View things that should make me feel awesome but instead make me feel depressed
  • Stay depressed for a while
  • Start to feel moody and angry and obstinate
  • Accomplish something that snaps me out of it

I can thank Jason Scott, this blog, and the comments of a few kind people to help me see this. Whether or not it is a cyclical bipolar disorder or something else is a discussion for another day.

So what happened this time? Let’s break things down:

View things that should make me feel awesome but instead make me feel depressed: Unfortunately, this was the result of stumbling across more of Jake “virt” Kaufman’s work. I am in awe of people who are so passionate about a certain thing (in his case, obviously music) that they can, by sheer force of will, become a prodigy in that field through research, experimentation, and sheer practice. I previously felt this way about Mark Brown (maruku barunu) and Peter Habja (Skaven); if you haven’t examined maruku’s techmaru.mod in Protracker as it plays, or listened to Skaven’s Network .s3m, you owe it to yourself to check them out. And keep in mind they had no formal musical training.

Stay depressed for a while: Yes, well… you saw the post prior to this one.

Start to feel moody and angry and obstinate: When I do this I find myself just sitting and doing nothing, listening to music like this:

  • Throw It Away by Juke Kartel
  • A Girl Like You by The Smithereens
  • Celebrity Skin by Hole
  • Human by Carpark North
  • Cigarette Dangles by The Pursuit Of Happiness
  • Dance Floor Anthem by Good Charlotte
  • Move Along by The All-American Rejects
  • Plowed by Sponge

I can’t tell if this is my “coming out of it phase” or “falling deeper into it” phase.Ā  I think the deciding factor is whether or not I’m singing along to it (“coming out of it” phase).

Accomplish something that snaps me out of it: In my case, I had a lot of help with this step, mainly help from my loving wife, some very kind comments and email from my friends, and then a later love letter from Jason.

Oh, what did I accomplish? MONOTONE now has Adlib support.

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