0586: "Mission To Culture"

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0586: "Mission To Culture"

Postby aeris92 » Wed May 20, 2009 4:04 am UTC

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Alt- Text: It can't be very MUCH money ... they apparently can't even afford a sampler. I mean, with a little remixing, some of this could be kinda good!

Whats a symphony again?

PS: First time my thread survived!
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"Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby LapsesofSanity » Wed May 20, 2009 4:05 am UTC

I actually laughed a little at this one. I have some violin techno, its pretty good... :D
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Comic JK » Wed May 20, 2009 4:08 am UTC

I'm disappointed that "The Symphony" is culture but other kinds of music are not. If you're arguing that one culture is more valid or worthwhile than another, you are on seriously dangerous ground.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Trold » Wed May 20, 2009 4:13 am UTC

Comic JK wrote:I'm disappointed that "The Symphony" is culture but other kinds of music are not. If you're arguing that one culture is more valid or worthwhile than another, you are on seriously dangerous ground.

I dunno, I read it as an issue of listening to only techno (panel 2). i.e. She's uncultured due to a lack of diversity in music, not for listening to a particular genre.
EDIT: Though, on reflection, this reading would not explain Character 1's insistence on the symphony, so you may be right.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby masher » Wed May 20, 2009 4:13 am UTC

I'm disappointed that $TYPE_OF_MUSIC is culture but other kinds of music are not. If you're arguing that one culture is more valid or worthwhile than another, you are on seriously dangerous ground.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby athelas » Wed May 20, 2009 4:15 am UTC

Repeating a previous post almost verbatim, however, is certainly inferior culture.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby rath358 » Wed May 20, 2009 4:18 am UTC

Symphony FTW=]

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Wed May 20, 2009 4:19 am UTC

LapsesofSanity wrote:I actually laughed a little at this one. I have some violin techno, its pretty good... :D


I... I didn't know that there was such a thing as violin techno. It is now my life mission to search for this fabled music! //_^

All I wonder about in the comic:

What door is the guy trying to force the girl through? The door of her room? The door of the symphony hall? The door to the heart of all worlds? I must know!
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Wed May 20, 2009 4:23 am UTC

He could have at least made a trombone-r joke. There wasn't anything really funny in this one. Disappointing.


How many percussionists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Wed May 20, 2009 4:24 am UTC

His "*sigh*" isn't because her money comment belies her lack of culture. It's because, once again, she makes a size comment and his piccolo just doesn't measure up. Well, maybe she's referring to his earning ability, too.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

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NecklaceOfShadow wrote:What door is the guy trying to force the girl through? The door of her room? The door of the symphony hall? The door to the heart of all worlds? I must know!
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Good comic, I appreciate it. Also Classical Techno generally I find is the best kind of techno!
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby LSN » Wed May 20, 2009 4:28 am UTC

I present to you all the techno-ish stylings of four hot chicks with stringed instruments. I mean Bond 8)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul-WUgNSZ5k

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Kleppner » Wed May 20, 2009 4:34 am UTC

I think it's like techno, just without the bass.

Oh come now Randall, I listen to classical music. They just got a nice mix with it!

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Atmosck » Wed May 20, 2009 4:39 am UTC

lol I WISH we bass players made more money. In my next life, i'm playing flute.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby nomulous » Wed May 20, 2009 4:46 am UTC

Eh, guys? In the midst of the rap, hip hop, and rock of today, techno is one of the only forms of modern "culture" still out there.

Also, techno loves orchestra stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OBZyAb8gvE

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Wed May 20, 2009 4:49 am UTC

"We're getting some culture in you if it kills you" is a good line to deliver before administering the bio-weapon.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby athelas » Wed May 20, 2009 4:50 am UTC

Haha. A status seeker would consistently say that the idea of "culture" does is irrelevant or "dangerous" as long as your social group (tribe)'s entertainment does not make the list. Conversely, if your tribe's entertainment does make the cut and others do not, culture is a good and relevant standard.

If we're going to have the "does high/low culture exist" debate, let's at least have full disclosure over where everyone's tribal loyalties lie.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby LapsesofSanity » Wed May 20, 2009 4:57 am UTC

NecklaceOfShadow wrote:
LapsesofSanity wrote:I actually laughed a little at this one. I have some violin techno, its pretty good... :D


I... I didn't know that there was such a thing as violin techno. It is now my life mission to search for this fabled music! //_^


Its only one song, but its an awesome song. What its labeled as on my computer is "Aphex Twin - Outside Kick Ass Violin Solo"

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Radek » Wed May 20, 2009 5:09 am UTC

When I go to the opera house, I am indeed one of the few under 60. :P Although the previous statement is exagerated, I still feel uncomfortable not being dressed in black tie.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Wed May 20, 2009 5:12 am UTC

And I suppose next he'll make her watch some crappy films like Schindler's Gorram List or something instead of staying home and rewatching Firefly for the umpteenth time.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby achan1058 » Wed May 20, 2009 5:19 am UTC

Not only old people listens to symphonies, you know. I am only 20 something and I have bought a ticket to the nearby symphony orchestra.
LSN wrote:I present to you all the techno-ish stylings of four hot chicks with stringed instruments. I mean Bond 8)

Allegretto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul-WUgNSZ5k
Why the lack of counterpoint?

Edit: Nevermind, there is a bit of it at the end. Anyways, nice music.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby achan1058 » Wed May 20, 2009 5:30 am UTC

aeris92 wrote:Whats a symphony again?
A big classical work. Famous (and overplayed) ones include Beethoven's 5th and 9th. The 5th is unmistakable with its "Da da da dum" opening, to the point where you cannot have not heard of it, since it is being used in commercials and such.

Anyways, there are sample of CD's on Amazon for many works. Their CD's are ironically the cheapest of all genres. You can often get works from world famous orchestras/conductors for 5 bucks per CD, and they are usually packed with 70+ minutes of music.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Kisama » Wed May 20, 2009 5:42 am UTC

The alt-text is sacrilegious! Remixing a Beethoven symphony is like plagiarising a Nobel-prize-winner's thesis but distorting it to lose most of it's meaning and intelligence. Would you do that Randall? Blasphemer!

Comic JK wrote:I'm disappointed that "The Symphony" is culture but other kinds of music are not. If you're arguing that one culture is more valid or worthwhile than another, you are on seriously dangerous ground.
I understand panel 2 ("But... the symphony?") to mean that of all the forms of culture, she is unhappy with his selection of the symphony. That doesn't seem to make the claim that other kinds of music are not culture.

glasnt wrote:How many percussionists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
How many? :-D
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby achan1058 » Wed May 20, 2009 5:46 am UTC

Kisama wrote:The alt-text is sacrilegious! Remixing a Beethoven symphony is like plagiarising a Nobel-prize-winner's thesis but distorting it to lose most of it's meaning and intelligence. Would you do that Randall? Blasphemer!
He isn't the first one. It has been done before, way too many times. Other than that, there are reorchestrations by Mahler and piano transcription by Liszt.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Tofer » Wed May 20, 2009 5:47 am UTC

Some people have kind of a warped idea of what techno is... Techno is just one genre of electronic music. Nothing posted in this thread would be considered techno.

I waste far too much time explaining to people that I'm listening to trance (NOT TECHNO). It's a huge pet peeve of mine when people group all that music into one genre. It's like suggesting that The Beatles and Pantera play the same music. It makes no sense.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Azukius » Wed May 20, 2009 5:54 am UTC

Being in the middle of rereading Ian M. Banks I tohught that this comic would go in a completely different direction after reading the title.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby tuckels » Wed May 20, 2009 6:07 am UTC

The old people seem to all be from http://xkcd.com/572/

Neither comic thread has a link, but this one was the first one.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby diavolomaestro » Wed May 20, 2009 6:10 am UTC

Dorothy Parker:
"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think."

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby diavolomaestro » Wed May 20, 2009 6:12 am UTC

Dorothy Parker:
"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think. "

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Jedaz » Wed May 20, 2009 6:17 am UTC

Was I the only one to think that she had long finger nails in the first panel (rather then grabbing onto something)?

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby saxything43 » Wed May 20, 2009 6:18 am UTC

She actually may have been closer to the truth than she thought in the last panel. The highest paid member of John Phillip Sousa's band was the bass drummer.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Kisama » Wed May 20, 2009 6:20 am UTC

Azukius wrote:Being in the middle of rereading Ian M. Banks I tohught that this comic would go in a completely different direction after reading the title.
Omw I didn't even think of that! Which one are you reading? I unfortunately only have a handful of his books :-( Need moar!

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Kisama wrote:The alt-text is sacrilegious! Remixing a Beethoven symphony is like plagiarising a Nobel-prize-winner's thesis but distorting it to lose most of it's meaning and intelligence. Would you do that Randall? Blasphemer!
He isn't the first one. It has been done before, way too many times. Other than that, there are reorchestrations by Mahler and piano transcription by Liszt.
Indeed, and I wouldn't say those are much better. Mahler believed he was producing a version Beethoven would have preferred, and transcription... well, I'm a hypocrite for playing Pachelbel's Canon in a bagpipe band :oops: but remixing is on a different level...
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Peripatetic » Wed May 20, 2009 6:22 am UTC

glasnt wrote:How many percussionists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

None. They gave up after hitting it with a stick didn't do anything.

What's the difference between a viola and a violin?

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Wed May 20, 2009 6:24 am UTC

I offer you this culture.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Interactive Civilian » Wed May 20, 2009 6:25 am UTC

NecklaceOfShadow wrote:
LapsesofSanity wrote:I actually laughed a little at this one. I have some violin techno, its pretty good... :D

I... I didn't know that there was such a thing as violin techno. It is now my life mission to search for this fabled music! //_^
You should check out Violin Hip-Hop. There's a group that goes by "Black Violin" and they're incredible.

Here they are doing some remixed Bach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCXVCpcopa8

Here they are jamming out live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIa16W1Tcx8

Here's a general YouTube Search: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_t ... iolin&aq=f

[edit]If you watch any ONE of those videos, check this one out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjQutgdsAw
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Sawta » Wed May 20, 2009 7:01 am UTC

with a little remixing, some of this could be kinda good!


Ahem.

Maybe I can make another post in a year or two.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby kittens » Wed May 20, 2009 7:03 am UTC

Is there a joke here? Any humor at all? Because I'm sure not seeing it.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Wed May 20, 2009 7:03 am UTC

Tofer wrote:Some people have kind of a warped idea of what techno is... Techno is just one genre of electronic music. Nothing posted in this thread would be considered techno.

I waste far too much time explaining to people that I'm listening to trance (NOT TECHNO). It's a huge pet peeve of mine when people group all that music into one genre. It's like suggesting that The Beatles and Pantera play the same music. It makes no sense.

In all fairness, Hannah Montana and Ozzy Ozborne are both called "rock stars", by different people of course.
The genre/title that's gotten to broad for me to figure out is "alternative".

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glasnt wrote:How many percussionists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

None. They gave up after hitting it with a stick didn't do anything.

What's the difference between a viola and a violin?
The violinist's ego makes the instrument look smaller by comparison.
Seriously tho', the viola is bigger and is tuned differently, (like a cello with strings for A D G and C instead of E A D G like a violin, if I'm remember correctly). The music for it is in alto clef (Not treble or bass) too.
Interactive Civilian wrote:Here they are doing some remixed Bach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCXVCpcopa8
I think the guy on the right is playing one. Cool stuff.
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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby Peripatetic » Wed May 20, 2009 7:22 am UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:
Peripatetic wrote:
glasnt wrote:How many percussionists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

None. They gave up after hitting it with a stick didn't do anything.

What's the difference between a viola and a violin?

The violinist's ego makes the instrument look smaller by comparison.

Also acceptable:
- A viola holds more beer.
- A viola burns longer.

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Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Postby markfiend » Wed May 20, 2009 7:33 am UTC

Tofer wrote:It's like suggesting that The Beatles and Pantera play the same music. It makes no sense.

The Beatles and Pantera both play guitar-driven rock music. What's your problem?

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