No Jacket Required

The album is named after an incident at The Pump Room restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. Collins (entering the restaurant with Robert Plant), was denied admittance because he did not meet the restaurant’s dress code of “jacket required” for dinner, while Plant was allowed in. Collins was wearing a jacket, and argued about it. The Maître d’ argued that the jacket was not “proper”. Collins, in an interview with Playboy, said that he was, at that point, never so mad in his life. After the incident, the singer often appeared on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, denouncing the restaurant and telling his story. The management of the restaurant later sent him a complimentary sport coat and an apology letter, stating that he could come to the restaurant wearing whatever he wanted.

“Update Your Blog”

This is what I told Joel after talking about Google Reader’s sharing changes. I’m glad he’s doing it.

Most of the time I used Google Reader sharing to mark down what I would link to here. And other times…puppies.

Here I try to have some sort of editorial integrity, but then I’ll go ahead and link to something like this.


August 2008 Posts Roundup

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Happy Labor Day folks.

Here’s a selection of entries from Barbarism Begins at Home from August 2008:

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Classic Synth Sound Design: Abacab

Since finishing my read-through of the Logic 8 instruments and effects manual I’ve thought the best way to learn some sound design was not to create something new, but to replicate the sound of something that already exists.

I have a few classic synth lines I want to try to redo in Logic (or Reason 4) and today we’ll start with something simple: the synth in Genesis’s Abacab.

I’m not sure what synthesizer was used on the track, but part of replicating the sound is to really think about what you hear when it plays. Here’s what I hear:

  • Monophonic synth
  • 2 Oscillators
  • Both of them Sawtooth waves
  • One pitched a Perfect 5th above the other

This is very easy to make in Logic’s ES2 software synth.

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3 Versions of Maneasy Lover – SHOWDOWN


Alright, so maybe I wasn’t the first to do it, but I definitely had this idea over a year ago.

Back then there were no versions of Maneasy Lover, but if you do some Googling you’ll find at least 2 others that have come out since last summer.

Maneasy Lover – Subtonic

My version does not have a video.

Easy Maneater – Victor Menegaux

No Specific Name – No Specific Person

Nice flange all over the place.

Which one do you like best? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and don’t be afraid to be honest and hurt my feelings.

Maneasy Lover – Phil Collins Vs. Nelly Furtado

For a while I’ve been wanting to hear this mashup. I talked about it over a year ago.

So, since nobody did it I decided to do it myself.

It’s Nelly Furtado’s Maneater vs. Phil Collins Easy Lover. Stir them together, you get Maneasy Lover.


Direct download: Maneasy Lover