February 14, 2008

Grindhouse On The Road To Mass Appeal...

by Chris Randall

...if, by "mass" I'm referring to that trait that is an object's resistance to changing its state of motion when a force is applied, and not, say, a large group of people. But I digress. Our Wikipedia entry has stood the test of time thus far, largely because it isn't named the exact same as a reasonably unwatchable form of filmmaking at this particular juncture.

We have the first non-AI website, as well, even though it is somewhat thin on content, to be kind. What's that saying? "The farthest journey begins with but a single step." Or some bullshit like that. The point is that the banner has been taken up, and Grindhouse is on its way. We can't be stopped.

I have (I think) 10 submissions for the "This Is Grindhouse" v/a comp, and have begun assembling them in to something that resembles a record. This is actually a semi-interesting process, because, well, all the tracks are exactly the same tempo, except for our single Grind Dub submission, which is necessarily half-time. I could theoretically just ram them all together. Let's just say that a Grindhouse DJ will have a lot of time on his hands, as it won't be especially difficult to mix these tracks together.

If I get more submissions than can reasonably fit on (or in this case "in" as it will be purely digital) an album, I'll go ahead and start "This Is Grindhouse Vol. 2: Hairway To Steven." Or something. In the meantime, since I am the de facto mastermind of this whole thing (largely because, well, I say I am) I'm going to get started on the first Grindhouse live PA. This will be performed in rural Oregon, as fits the genre definition. Unfortunately, the only audience will be my cat, Pablo, since I don't think the system at the Elk's Lodge can handle the truth.



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Feb.14.2008 @ 3:49 AM
Kind is right. How about, looks like ass, if ass was coded on FrontPage98?

Really, it's kind of an affront how ugly it is.

If you'll allow me to quote my previous post,

"Like Chris, I got no time for content - my own blog lays fallow - but since I tinker with websites for my "day" job, and I need to kick the tires on Joomla 1.5, I thought I'd pitch in.

Don't click expecting much - there ain't shit there: a "logo" I banged out while the files uploaded, and a barely modified install template. I can code up a decent template, and wire up the backend. But someone's gonna need to feed me some content. A couple of news stories, a poll, some rss feeds.

But, we can do whatever seems useful with it. Forum? User Community? Whatever.

Someone want to do a main graphic?

And, hey, if someone wants to play with a CMS I'll hook you up with an admin password and you discover the exciting world of website management all for yourself."

Sorry for the redundancy but I *really* don't want anyone thinking I believe that to be an acceptable site design. Even in a so-bad-it's-funny kind of way. But, I needed to test the software and you needed a site. So there it is.


Feb.14.2008 @ 5:04 AM
Normally I dont change the speed for a dub version, but the rules is the rules!

Long Live Grind House!


Feb.14.2008 @ 6:48 AM
The live PA must be youtubed.

Feb.14.2008 @ 7:07 AM
I got a venue in Portland ready to do the first ever Grindhouse night. Want to bring the cat with you Chris?

Feb.14.2008 @ 8:38 AM
Make it an all cat audience. My cats cant attend but seem to express interest in the genre

Feb.14.2008 @ 8:52 AM
Actually - I like the way that 'thisisgrindhouse.com' looks as ugly as myspace or craigslist.

It spells out 'authentic' to me. Like - we are so hard core and busy grinding that we haven't had time to become experts on php xml css, etc. Nor do we spend half our time writing specification documents. we grind!

web 0.9 all the way baby


Feb.14.2008 @ 9:14 AM
10 already? I may have to wait for "Grindhouse 2: Elektrik Boogaloo"

Feb.14.2008 @ 9:28 AM
"10 already?"

I support officially adding the requirement for all Grind house tracks to be completed in no more than 3 days. If it takes longer, than your track is not Grind house enough.

I also support the requirement that once a track is complete, the project files must be erased (as I did last night, by accident, luckily after I'd submitted a final mix).


Feb.14.2008 @ 9:36 AM
"Unfortunately, the only audience will be my cat, Pablo, since I don't think the system at the Elk's Lodge can handle the truth."

1) What about CR's wife? Is she anti-Grindhouse?!?!

2) If it's like the Elk's Lodge in the MA town where I lived when I was high-school-aged, then all you have to do is wait until, oh, say 4pm on a Saturday and everyone there is completely smashed. At that point, they won't notice the monster foot or pretty much anything else that isn't a drink in front of them. As long as you don't turn off ESPN, anyway.


Feb.14.2008 @ 9:46 AM
I think mine's 145bpm, but I pretty much finished it before 140bpm became a solid rule. I don't think I can slow it down without losing sound quality. LOL, like that's an issure here, with that much compression.

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