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  1. Comment on Does anyone on Tildes produce hip-hop instrumentals? in ~music

    botanrice (edited ) Link Parent
    Thanks for responding - I'll peep your clips in a lil bit and will edit this comment to show that (I don't have headphones atm). The style I've been posting clips under has been in the vein of...

    Thanks for responding - I'll peep your clips in a lil bit and will edit this comment to show that (I don't have headphones atm). The style I've been posting clips under has been in the vein of gritty old school NYC - Big L, and the whole Diggin in the Crates crew (Big Pun, Lord Finesse, etc.), as well as Mos Def, Talib Kweli and more. Here's a link to a song I did so you can get a direct feel: https://soundcloud.com/stoicdamc/article-214

    Edit: that "dude" beat was pretty cool man, I love the vocal sample. That you singing or a loop?

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  2. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    It seems like you've got it figured out. I'm going to bookmark this reply, thank you for providing another side of the answer spectrum here.

    It seems like you've got it figured out. I'm going to bookmark this reply, thank you for providing another side of the answer spectrum here.

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  3. It seems like hip-hop is not the most popular genre on Tildes based on what I see most of the "what are you listening" responses to be, but I want to see if there are any of you out there. I...

    It seems like hip-hop is not the most popular genre on Tildes based on what I see most of the "what are you listening" responses to be, but I want to see if there are any of you out there. I happen to be a big fan of hip-hop, all of it - from 1980 to 2020 and any subgenre that has existed. Just a true love for the art and culture. Out of all that love poetry came into my life, and eventually writing lyrics to hip-hop songs just as some of you talented folk here write to or produce other genres.

    I recently decided to take a step and record some of the lyrics I was writing and I feel pretty confident and happy about it for the first time. I like to write to any beats, experimental to boom bap to trap so if you make hip-hop in any sense or with any influence from any sphere of other types of music at all, I'd love to hear some different takes on it.

    Bottom line: if I like it and you like my style, let's collab! That's why I'm asking. I just met a dude from Russia via reddit and made a track with him - the internet is an amazing place (I'm from US). So, yes, plug your tracks if you're a producer I want to hear em.

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  4. Comment on What was your educational experience like? in ~talk

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    I've got some ADHD myself but didn't realize it / get diagnosed until university. I'd say that I still struggle with it but the first two things that come to mind on answering your questions are...

    I've got some ADHD myself but didn't realize it / get diagnosed until university. I'd say that I still struggle with it but the first two things that come to mind on answering your questions are these:

    • First, small goals and/or challenges. This, to me, is key to feeling successful and making progress. If I set a goal or challenge myself to just complete these 10 problems, then I can take a break or whatever I want for a few minutes, then I am much more inclined to knock out that work than I am to have to face 20+ difficult questions at once.
    • following that, frequent breaks. Both physically and mentally. I'm in the workforce now, so those breaks are reading articles that don't pertain to my work or taking a walk to the bathroom or filling up my water bottle. In Uni it was knocking out 30-60min of work then a quick game, YouTube, music making sesh, etc.

    I'm not sure what age you teach so I can't speak much for younger than that. High school students may benefit from something like what I mentioned - i sure would have back then. Hope that helps in any way, feel free to ask more.

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  5. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    Thanks for your reply, you bring up an interesting perspective. I get that. I want to take a moment to point out your penultimate paragraph, because while the rest of your comment talks about...

    Thanks for your reply, you bring up an interesting perspective. I get that. I want to take a moment to point out your penultimate paragraph, because while the rest of your comment talks about struggling to find that thing that brings the "high", you said yourself that making a movie was:

    the most glorious experience I've ever had in my life

    Man. Listen to yourself. You found the most glorious experience of your life! People spend years and years trying to find something that makes them feel that way, and some people never do. SEIZE THAT! It doesn't have to become your entire life commitment where it's the "next thing you do in life", but you can certainly take more time to do it if it brings you that high. Make movies by yourself with your phone camera, or invest in a cheap camera and come up with a script or some ideas on your own that maybe only involve you and a friend or your wife.

    I'm not trying to write this to inspire you - but at the same time I am, because one of my biggest pursuits is also my creative outlet: music. It wasn't until not to long ago that I realized, "huh, this shit makes me super happy - I should just not give any damn excuses and do it" and now I make hip-hop. We don't know each other but if you knew me you may not think that I'm a hip-hop artist at first glance. But who cares? I do it for myself, on my own. Never been happier. I hope this doesn't come off patronizing or anything at all - I just have been in your shoes, looking for my passion and an exciting thing to do beyond gaming (no hate on that, still gaming) and I finally just seized it and I never looked back.

    Hell, I'd make a movie with you. We could figure it out. Some type of abstract shit where I'll send you clips of my life and you merge them with yours LOL. Anyways, I feel you on your reply, thanks for responding.

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  6. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    Agreed. I enjoy my work but I get consistently annoyed at the lack of time I have to learn all the things I want to learn. I wish you the best in discovering if research is for you and in finding...

    Agreed. I enjoy my work but I get consistently annoyed at the lack of time I have to learn all the things I want to learn. I wish you the best in discovering if research is for you and in finding the best way to manage your (our) hunger to learn!

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  7. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    The first part of your paragraph is something I am well aware of. It's a sad but true realization to make for people like ourselves. But the quote there, that's beautiful. I had a conversation...

    And remember there is beauty to found in the grind.

    The first part of your paragraph is something I am well aware of. It's a sad but true realization to make for people like ourselves. But the quote there, that's beautiful.

    I had a conversation about a year ago about the goal of life and finding happiness and how they are related. A common thread I had discusses in convo was how if we could ever prescribe a "goal of life" then finding happiness is probably one of them and perhaps it's a grind to get there for most people. But this one friend of mine told me how his happiness was in the grind (which I realize is not a rare opinion, but perhaps rather uncommon). I loved the way he worded it and described his reasoning and I look to remind myself of that at every opportunity. Hell, I almost try to put myself into more of a "grind" sometimes as I can envision myself succeeding in my future and want to look back at those times when I was "grinding away" at learning something, etc.

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  8. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    I love this mindstate. I really do, and despite my lust for knowledge I do partake in a little but of wild-guessing and rumor milling. Sadly, I can also be the one who pushes up the metaphorical...

    I love this mindstate. I really do, and despite my lust for knowledge I do partake in a little but of wild-guessing and rumor milling. Sadly, I can also be the one who pushes up the metaphorical glasses and says "well, we have the whole world's wealth of knowledge in our pockets so let's just look it up"

  9. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    I think we can relate to each other. It's the common struggle we share. I, too, have been working very hard on finding ways to keep myself rooted - focused on a topic at hand and memorizing the...

    I think we can relate to each other. It's the common struggle we share. I, too, have been working very hard on finding ways to keep myself rooted - focused on a topic at hand and memorizing the things that are important to me (which unfortunately works best with repetition, which I'm not great at). I think that is the root of it for people like us, as life will always be a constant search and lust for more knowledge. So working hard on finding the best way to navigate those waters may be in our best interest. Thanks for your reply.

    Btw, you just opened my eyes to org-mode... whooaaa! It seems like a steep learning curve for someone who doesn't use emacs much, but it may just fit my needs. Gonna take a little look into it.

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  10. Comment on What was your educational experience like? in ~talk

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    That's great man. I will definitely take you up on looking into the international school thing. I grew up in a very homogenous town that fortunately shaped me in such a way that I crave consuming...

    That's great man. I will definitely take you up on looking into the international school thing. I grew up in a very homogenous town that fortunately shaped me in such a way that I crave consuming and meeting people from other cultures rather than alienating me. I've had a couple opportunities to have long-term interactions with or in other countries and cultures and they have, to this day, been the greatest experiences of my life. I plan to continue expanding that and finding new ways to expose myself. Going to the 'international day' in Washington, DC soon where all the embassies open their doors for some events. I don't think that getting to know other cultures is a simple as that, but should be a cool way to get a glimpse for people in the area.

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  11. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    Agreed, but that seems to be the trade-off. Get to know something pretty well or learn a little about a lot of things.

    Agreed, but that seems to be the trade-off. Get to know something pretty well or learn a little about a lot of things.

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  12. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    same. My partner said something to me yesterday about that exact topic, since I'm always complaining that I just plan and never have the time to execute. She said something along the lines of...

    same. My partner said something to me yesterday about that exact topic, since I'm always complaining that I just plan and never have the time to execute. She said something along the lines of "that's just the kind of people we are, we always want to be doing something productive or positive / learning."

    That stuck with me a bit. I have to realize that I will always want to do more things than time will allow and instead should work on learning how to utilize that drive into something positive. Haven't figured it out yet, but will get back to you if I do, lol.

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  13. Comment on Music Makers? in ~music

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    bro, I like your taste. Vince Staples is up there for one of my top modern rappers imo. Loved Big Fish Theory, preferred Summertime '06 personally. His newest album, FM, was pretty cool too.

    bro, I like your taste. Vince Staples is up there for one of my top modern rappers imo. Loved Big Fish Theory, preferred Summertime '06 personally. His newest album, FM, was pretty cool too.

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  14. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    I think about that pretty frequently. I saw your reply in the "what is/was your education like" thread about finding a lot of that which you're describing at a liberal arts school, but struggling...

    I think about that pretty frequently. I saw your reply in the "what is/was your education like" thread about finding a lot of that which you're describing at a liberal arts school, but struggling to find that elsewhere. That's intriguing to me, as I went to a large state university yet most of my friends from high school went to small liberal arts schools and have since spoken of the same exact thing you describe. So I suppose that begs the question: if you don't pursue further education but go into the general workforce, how do you reliably find that same drive for passion? It's tempting to say that everybody has some interesting passion that we can all listen and learn about but it seems from my experience that some simply don't have any passions or any they believe are worth sharing (which is completely fine, but maybe doesn't fit what you and I are looking for).

    I had some more to say, but I couldn't find the words to say it so I'll leave this question to ponder for now. Overall, I love the way you describe how people talk about their passions. I enjoy that too, and I also think about that frequently - I prefer getting people to talk about themselves in conversation than anything else.

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  15. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    Thanks for posting some good resources, I always save these sort of lists for sometime. The issue that I have is I've never actually returned to any of these saved lists because my personal list...

    Thanks for posting some good resources, I always save these sort of lists for sometime. The issue that I have is I've never actually returned to any of these saved lists because my personal list of things I want to learn about is already so expansive that I never have the time to look at through these sites and go through a really great Yale course or an awesome library book.

    That's more a personal thing though, so I'll leave my response as a thank you for posting and perhaps I will get around to actually checking out these sites for once!

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  16. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to learn everything? in ~talk

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    That's actually one of the biggest issues I am facing right now. Some of it is some good ol' adhd but I do sit down and think, "man, learning about ___ is so cool and interesting... but there's...

    The downside is that i loose interest way to fast and never really get very good at anything.
    My life.

    That's actually one of the biggest issues I am facing right now. Some of it is some good ol' adhd but I do sit down and think, "man, learning about ___ is so cool and interesting... but there's also <my favorite thing to learn about>, <my second favorite thing to learn about>, <real responsibility>, <more fav things>."

    Having the internet at our disposal likely makes matters worse in this regard, because I can find out about things that I never knew I'd want to learn or, like you, can learn an insane amount about one thing for six hours at a time. Thanks for responding.

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  17. Comment on What was your educational experience like? in ~talk

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    I can't speak from experience but man, don't let yourself think that people will think you're dumb just because you didn't get a piece of paper. Plenty of people in tech didn't get that...

    I can't speak from experience but man, don't let yourself think that people will think you're dumb just because you didn't get a piece of paper. Plenty of people in tech didn't get that certificate saying they paid a bunch of money to get some knowledge. You learned that all through experience and worked your way up. In some ways, that is more valuable and impressive than going to a decent uni and getting a job partially due to that. In my eyes you aren't dumb for that.

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  18. Comment on What was your educational experience like? in ~talk

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    Hey man don't apologize, that's what the question is for. You have an interesting perspective being from outside of the US, as I don't know anyone that ever went to an international school. Why...

    Hey man don't apologize, that's what the question is for. You have an interesting perspective being from outside of the US, as I don't know anyone that ever went to an international school. Why did you decide to come to the US for uni?

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  19. Do you ever feel as though you want to learn everything? I enjoy learning. I wouldn't say I crave it but I love finding out about new things or learning how to do something I don't know how to do....

    Do you ever feel as though you want to learn everything?

    I enjoy learning. I wouldn't say I crave it but I love finding out about new things or learning how to do something I don't know how to do. Almost anytime I see somebody talking about or doing something that interests me I think, "I could learn to do that" or "I should read up about that." This ranges from anything to my own personal pursuits (of which I have too many due to this feeling and thus never sink enough time into any... different topic) to my friend's career paths or interests, to all of you on Tildes, you cool bastards. My partner is studying medicine. Shit, I haven't learned anything bio/health-science related since college Freshman year Chemistry class but I was just googling "free [biology|physics|intro to medicine] textbooks online" because what she's learning sounds awesome and like some really beneficial stuff to know about. Every time I read the "What are you doing this weekend" or similar threads on here I just think... damn, I'd love to contribute to open source maps (shoutout u/hungariantoast) or play that game or learn to fix up my car or ... you get the idea.

    Does anyone else feel this way? How do you cope? Want to vent and relate? I know of priority lists, I have made plenty and they have both helped and not helped me solve this. I guess I'm just destined to try learning everything forever.

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  20. Comment on Music Makers? in ~music

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    That's cool, thanks for answering. I'll add these to some of my work/study/chill lists of music to check out - always open to trying something new. As a hip-hop producer/artist (if I dare call...

    That's cool, thanks for answering. I'll add these to some of my work/study/chill lists of music to check out - always open to trying something new.
    As a hip-hop producer/artist (if I dare call myself that), I think your sound would be interesting in a hip-hop setting. I regularly scavenge Soundcloud for weird and interesting beats to rap on, I think that makes it more fun and interesting than a more tried and true beat (despite my tracks all being classic boom bap ones, lol). In fact, I've been gearing up to collaborate with one of my close mates who makes electronic music, albeit it more trap/edm-y, in an effort to mix it up. Variety is the spice of life as they say. Plus, if you want to make a name then you've either got to be very good at the tried and true or doing be something unique.

    Anyways... if you ever give hip-hop another go - maybe some spacey and ambient beats for an out-there type rapper, let me know. It'd be cool to hear what direction you take my favorite genre.

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