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Hi! I'm Stephen. I have over a decade of experience in criminal justice, civil legal aid, government service delivery, and the role of data/technology in all of that. I've done litigation, research, tech projects, and organizing. Always trying to get better at all of it.

I also sometimes make music, go on hikes, go birdwatching, and hang out with my cat. I think that's basically it!

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gang of cats doing violence to a rich cat 

get him, boys!

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Thinking about how some offices have "summer Fridays" where everyone leaves early on Fridays, and not because there's less work in the summer (there's usually more), but because... it's nice! To not work!! For just a few hours!!!

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Another one with only the Casio, multi-effects pedal, and looper. Still just getting into a groove again, but actually I kinda like how this little practice sketch turned out! One of my few that I'd describe as ""fun"".

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Casio toy keyboard, MS-70CDR, and Ditto x4. Made fast, and this setup is very good for "make fast." Mostly a warmup after a few days off.

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Again made only using the Casio toy keyboard, which I am very into right now. Some effects from the Zoom MS-70 CDR. Looping with the Ditto x4. I did three takes of the "lead" line before I gave up. It's not perfect, but one of my goals was for it to feel less like a lead and more like a building texture into the part where the horns come in? Anyway there it is.

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I'm not a very food guitar player, but I am certainly happy with how that Circuit patch sounds (which I think it's a Cuckoo patch). I've been recording basically everything through the Perform VE and adding some delay and reverb from that, but it sure is optimized for vocals, so it isn't great at capturing guitar Anyway. Beautiful gif by Anna Salmi.

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Oh yes didn't talk about composition at all. Tape loops are sort of a get-what-you-get medium. You hit record, and whatever isn't erased by the erase head when you hit stop, that's your loop, you can't really control it. I was lucky that what I ended up with was basically workable as one bar of 7/4. I tinkered around on top of that to find a loose two-chord feel, then I just happily layered more Casio sounds into the looper until it felt done.

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All sounds are made with the Casio SA-76, which is certainly classified as a "toy" keyboard. Made a tape loop on the Tascam, then used the Ditto x4 looper to layer on top of it. Because I recorded it all with a microphone, you can hear the lovely sound of a tape player grinding and the clicky switches on the looper pedal. Texture, sure.

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facebook pesmism, sorry 

Oops, I accidentally had a Facebook opinion, double sorry, I promise it's the last one.

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I saw some folks on Twitter who generally cover this sort of thing also speculating that it looks more like sabotage as time goes on. Very interesting, but not sure what the impact could actually be.

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If this was an internal sabotage, then of these two possible outcomes:

A: Facebook is finally defeated and breaks up the company, OR
B: Facebook lobbies to make this kind of sabotage punishable with 20 years of prison time

I would hope for A but bet on B.

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This is all Digitone sounds, but I wanted to avoid the sequencer, so this is all played into the Ditto x4 looper, with two synth lines played on top. I tried playing in some accidentals to create some chords I don't usually play. I also tried 12/4 to give it more of a wandering feel (like scientists scouring their lab for silver and forging bullets so they can take down a werewolf? We watched a werewolf movie tonight). Very pleased with the wandering, detuning drone!

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