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ZoeB

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  1. ZoeB

    Transgender

    It always seems odd to me that cis people fixate on surgery rather than hormones. You do realise that hormones give you facial hair, breasts, sex-specific body odour, baldness, all those things, right? Like, trans men don't have an operation to remove their hair. Surgery's just about the least important thing after switching hormones. They even affect how you think, and being on the wrong ones is really bad for your brain. As far as the way your brain's wired and how you can't change that, yes, which is what being trans is, when your brain's already the opposite sex from the rest of yo
  2. ZoeB

    Transgender

    That's the thing about the kyriarchy, though, I don't think it is a conscious effort, it's just what happens. For the most part, no-one says things like "films should only be about straight white cis men", but they do say things like "oh, this film's about a lesbian couple? Then probably only other lesbians will watch it, so that's a really small market to go after, so I'll pass. Instead, let's remake this familiar franchise." The effect is that instead of the first mainstream film with a lesbian protagonist coming out that year, the fiftieth one with a straight male protagonist comes out
  3. ZoeB

    Transgender

    Yes, I think it's partly because there are biological reasons why trans men can pass for cis better than trans women (assuming transitioning after puberty, which is thankfully less often the case now), and partly the one-two punch of bigots misgendering trans people and also being sexist against who they perceive as women. Even TERFs, who attempt to be against who they perceive as men, treat trans women as men who they therefore assume are predators, and trans men as women who they therefore assume were passively tricked, apparently being unable to think for themselves, and lacking their own
  4. ZoeB

    Transgender

    Leaving aside for a second that you're judging as inauthentic the performance of someone on a stage, in front of an audience, what she's doing with her voice is compensating for a medical issue. Learning to compensate for the damage done by testosterone is somewhat akin to learning to walk again with physiotherapy. You could say it comes across as inauthentic, but that's kind of missing the point. Testosterone's effects are generally (though not completely) more prominent and irreversible than oestrogen's, which is why trans men tend to pass for cis better than trans women. Trans men don't
  5. ZoeB

    Transgender

    It's a combination of employing stereotypical masculinity, such as walking in a straight line and assuming everyone else will get out of your way, and other people, perceiving you as male, employing stereotypical femininity, such as walking around you so that you can do so Which is, interestingly, formalised in old fashioned dancing, with its leader/follower dichotomy, those roles given to men and women respectively. Only there's these rules for everything, and much like learning a language, people learn to intuit and internalise them while young rather than sitting down and reading the
  6. Thanks! In general? Yeah, a few: Aphex Twin: Acrid Avid Jam Shred Aphex Twin: Carn Marth Autechre: Bike Autechre: Eggshell Ceephax Acid Crew: Life Funk Fatboy Slim: Praise You Pete Namlook and Ludwig Rehberg: Angel Circle Plastikman: Ask Yourself
  7. Yeah you and most of this forum, Then why bother even commenting here at all? Super fucking annoying. I think it's his greatest work. His most accomplished album...one I've been listening to since it's release and never tire of. Most of everything he's released after this album is of very little interest to me and far less original as I see most of it as basically RDJ doing his best impression of Squarepusher. ICBYD is a perfect album, 11 out of 10. If I do occasionally skip a track it would be Alberto Balsalm....ironically the only track on the album that most people on this forum like.
  8. Huh, I tend to skip about half of ICBYD, but the other half's now one of my favourite albums. And thanks to the last re-release, it's album length for me again. ?
  9. ZoeB

    Rhubarb

    This is a really interesting question. It took a good few minutes to figure out, but I believe [Rhubarb] is 112.8 BPM, with the first section (mostly lower frequency) being 4 21/32 bars long, and the second section (with the higher frequency instrument joining in) being 4 31/32 bars long. I think in this era, James often did quite simple things that seem more elaborate than they are. For example, in On, the 3/16th length pentatonic piano notes are about as simple as it gets. Once delayed at 1/8th length, though, they sound complex. Similarly, in [Rhubarb], the notes are all eighths or mu
  10. That's a curious metric to judge music by. "The prepared piano tracks could have been released in the early 1700s..." Like maybe I want to listen to good music even if it's not using cutting edge technology. Something I really like about Aphex Twin's music is that if he hadn't made it, no-one else would have, because it's just so different no-one else would have dreamed up anything remotely similar. The same goes for Autechre. For the most part, it doesn't sound 90s so much as like it could be from an utterly alien culture. That's a great post. Spoken like someone who probably didn't ex
  11. As far as being disappointed with Drukqs goes, I think I had the same issue with it that I gather many people had with Second Toughest in the Infants: it doesn't matter that it was good, what mattered was that it was in a different style to the hit single that came before it, so it was bound to disappoint because your expectations were too specific. In hindsight, both are great albums, but it's a hard sell when they're not what people were expecting. Really, this is a fault with the audience, expecting and wanting more of the same rather than something new and exciting. The artists want
  12. That's a curious metric to judge music by. "The prepared piano tracks could have been released in the early 1700s..." Like maybe I want to listen to good music even if it's not using cutting edge technology. Something I really like about Aphex Twin's music is that if he hadn't made it, no-one else would have, because it's just so different no-one else would have dreamed up anything remotely similar. The same goes for Autechre. For the most part, it doesn't sound 90s so much as like it could be from an utterly alien culture.
  13. I hope they did, even though it didn't make the cut... I told him about the anecdote, and suggested he ask Joyrex about it, and if memory serves I think he was already aware of it, or at least of Joyrex himself.
  14. There's a snippet in the radio show next week.
  15. Yeah, it's a pretty good show. I'm not entirely convinced James is a recluse for Cornish heritage based reasons, but it's a nice enough programme about an eccentric outsider artist, and why his music, methods, and mystery appeal to certain people.
  16. Thanks! I tend to double my bassline parts, and it finally occurred to me that instead of simply playing the exact same notation twice, I should copy and paste that part's notation, then change it a bit, so it comes in on one channel before the other (except for extreme balancing purposes, the lone recording starts off centred then pans aside to make way for its double), and there's one bar where I alternate dropping the notes for some fun stereo bouncing around. The kind of thing I'd do back in my tracking days. That waveform editing was my attempt at rhythmic muting, a simpler kind of
  17. I'd recommend learning some basic music theory next. Which notes go together to make chords, which chords make good progressions. Or at least stick to a given key at a time. It'll make a big difference.
  18. This is exactly the kind of thing that MusicBrainz is good for. Click on any track in the release to see which other releases it also appeared on, and its track number in them.
  19. ZoeB

    Transgender

    This is a common misconception, so let's take this opportunity to dissect it. First off, we don't want to argue semantics, so let's clarify the different things we might mean by the ambiguous word "gender": We might mean gender orientation, our innate sense of whether we're a woman or a man or somewhere in between on that spectrum. Or we might mean gender presentation, the way we dress and our mannerisms, which is often similar to how other people of our own gender orientation present. This may or may not also be different based on your sexuality. (See, for example, butch women a
  20. ZoeB

    Transgender

    I gather different people have different levels of dysphoria. While I couldn't imagine much worse than being constantly mistaken for a guy, or having any of their dimorphic biological characteristics, I gather some women don't mind it as much. Everyone's different. Doctors used to think that you have to be particularly strongly dysphoric in order to be transgender, but they know better now. I gather that crying tears of joy after finally being able to dress like your peers is something cis people don't do... A trans woman finally being able to present as such will find it cathartic; a
  21. ZoeB

    Transgender

    To be honest, that sounds perfectly normal to me, and it's toxic masculinity that's weird. Just do what you want and don't worry about the haters, you know? If you're confident (or can fake it), you'll be more secure in yourself than certain men, and their problem with that is just that, their problem. Also, welcome to the world of being seen as anything other than a cishet white guy and your presentation and actions being scrutinised as if you're constantly making a political statement on behalf of whole groups of people.
  22. ZoeB

    Transgender

    I'm always down to answer sincere questions. Feel free to PM me.
  23. ZoeB

    Transgender

    To be honest, after a decade and a half of having this conversation with cis people, it's a bit boring... why not mix things up a bit? Why not tell me how your valuable taxpayer dollars/euros/pounds/etc shouldn't have been spent on removing my keloids? About how you think I'm immoral for letting doctors trim them down a bit at their insistence, even though in my case they're purely an itchy annoyance, not even particularly depressing, let alone life threatening. You can argue that national health insurance shouldn't pay for anything other than immediately life threatening conditions if y
  24. ZoeB

    Transgender

    I just scrolled up and read the kind words, cheers Sadie and Salvatorin! Glad I helped in some small way, congrats on discovering yourself!
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