Riverpedia archive - 11/24/2020

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Ecce Homo

The title of my first full draft of EWBAITE, before I played anything for anyone. From the Nietzsche book title. My approach to creative work at the time was influence by Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way) and Stephen Pressfield. I released 143 demos from this era on November 20, 2020.

Tracklist (according to Weezerpedia):
1. Narcissus Blooming
2. Rules Of Life
3. Gravity Will Bring You Down
4. Sing My Blues Away
5. The British Are Coming
6. Semper Fi
7. Ain't Got Nobody
8. I Won't Flake On You
9. Ivory Telephone
10. Cleopatra
11. The Wasteland
12. Bless The Whole Wide World
13. Everybody Needs Salvation
14. Anonymous
15. Resurgam Fidei (later released as "Return to Ithaka")

Once a sprawling 6 minute epic, and has a completely cut intro section.
One version's lyrics was:
I don't want to call you Jesus
I don't want to call you Buddha
I don't want to call you Muhammad
I don't even know your name
No I don't know the words to say
So I'll call you Anonymous

Ivory Telephone
Reworked 1998 demo

The British Are Coming
Different versions of this song exists, with different lyrics. One of them has lyrics that deal with personal problems and references Boba Fett.
Alternate lyric:
Roman soldiers trying to run the show


Gravity Will Bring You Down
Gravity is in 3/4 time signature. Contains downward choral section of falsetto harmonies in the bridge before the solo.
Has lyrics about Hindenburg falling to the ground. Some lyrics suggest that the imagery was being chained in a dungeon.
Chorus lyrics
Not every man is a superman
Not every girl is a supergirl
So cut your coupons while you still can
Cause gravity will bring you down
Verse lyrics
Mice munchin on your tasty bum

• The first five tracks relate to the eventual theme of Patriarchia on EWBAITE (relationships to father or authority figures).
• The next five tracks belong to the Belladonna theme (relationships to women).
• The last five tracks belong to PANOPTICON theme.
• Did not contain any co-writes.
• Was pretty dark.
• Had final cover art (Everybody Needs Salvation cover) and fold-out star map and a picture of the Tower of Babel.

( Last edited by Tiffany at 2020-11-24 05:28 AM utc )



Well, I recovered all the bundle connections from the new email sent items. Unfortunately it turns out all of the lost bundle connections were in the old, islandinthezoom, email sent items. I'll try that tomorrow.

Today I learned that you have no way of reporting emergencies to me when I've stepped away from my computer. We'll have to think about that.

  1. If you already spent a lot (more the $20) on the initial list of individual demos, don't purchase any bundles until we figure out how to give you credit. (Olivia and geewiz come to mind but I think there are others.)
  2. Please tell me if anything looks wrong or if I've made a mistake.
  3. We're live. This is real money. And I can't guarantee that the purchase work. Or that you will care about the demos. At this point, only purchase if you want to help me test the app.
  4. Once purchased, please don't share. Everyone else will have a chance to buy once I'm sure it's working. If you have a close friend, who really can't afford it, sure, go ahead and share. But don't post for the general public.
  5. And please let me know if it doesn't work as expected. Or if you find you have access to something you shouldn't. Thank you.
  6. I haven't had a chance to make audio previews yet so if you buy, you're buying sight unseen. Or hearing unheard?
  7. these should be songs that have no co-writers or other performers.

I really appreciate it when you alert me to stuff that shouldn't in a given bundle or shouldn't released at all. Also, please let me know if there's anything I wouldn't want public in all the voice notes. I never thought i would be releasing those. I don't know what's in them. Thank you.

For any demo:

  1. It might have silence.
  2. It might be wildly inappropriate.
  3. It might have super low sound quality.
  4. It might just be me rambling, talking, making sounds.
  5. It may have already been shared or leaked.
  6. It might be just a drum beat. it might not have vocals.
  7. It might be a duplicate of another demo.
  8. It might be an inferior version of another demo.
  9. the information provided, such as year and description, might be incorrect.
  10. Also, over time, the contents of each bundle in the market might change.
  11. Or the metadata for a file might change.
  12. The price may change.

(In other words, you may prefer the current version in the market to the version you bought.)

On the bright side, I realized I can add files to the dropbox folders after they've gone on sale. That means you can re-download the bundle, or the specific files, and get additional content as I discover it. Very cool.

What does everyone think of the 'gift' idea? That is, you could check a box to have me send the bundle to a friend of yours on a specific date (like a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas). I would include personalized messages from me and from you. Is this awesome or do you think not really many people would use it? I'm always looking for unusual gift ideas, especially around the holidays, but often my interests are out of sync with the masses. I'd have to prevent one receiver from getting multiple orders of the same bundle from different givers. I guess there would be Privacy concerns with you giving me someone's email address who hasn't even registered for this site.

I'd love to include songs with other writers and performers. First would probably be Pat, then the Ozma guys, then maybe Josh Alexander. There are some obstacles though. How to route paypal payments to other people who do not have paypal developer accounts? How to satisfy the pub companies of those writers who have publishing deals? How to do all this without contracts, lawyers, legal fees which would quickly wipe out any income generated? How to do all this without requiring lots of e-paperwork processing by me? I want to be a musician and programmer, not an accountant. Maybe just focus on the Pat scenario first as that would simplest and those are the most desirable demos.

By the way, This market is my final project for a course I'm taking in web programming.

Further Reading:

( Last edited by Rivers at 2020-11-24 17:11 PM utc )

S.N. Goenka

My meditation teacher. I met him in 2005.
He was Indian but he grew up in Myanmar. He was a millionaire businessman before Burmese independence. His company made textiles.

I visited him at his house in 2005 in Mumbai. I brought Kyoko with me. That was before we were married. His teacher was Sayagyi U Ba Khin.


S.N. Goenka, New York Times

( Last edited by Tiffany at 2020-11-24 14:46 PM utc )

Songs by users of riverscuomo.com


Sugarcubes - 10101 (Will the Starship)

M3D - I Don't Know Your Name (Demo)

souptheman - I Believe

Amber Sage - Soul Eater

Dan (bleed) - Joan of Arc (Demo)

Sugarcubes - I'm Going to Die Tonight

Daniel Gasparini - Shake It Out

omelettetdq3z - Fern

BenevolentDonut - Colette

jbloss1233 - China Dolls

Ryan Velvet - Genevieve, la Vie!

justinho - Abigail Foster's Photosynthesis Machine Discography

bluto - Ugly & Beautiful

( Last edited by bluto at 2020-11-24 23:54 PM utc )

TV Project

A television show I’m working on with my buddy Yalun Tu.

I first mentioned the project during the May 22, 2020 episode of Island in the Zoom when Yalun was a guest panelist.

On October 23, 2020, I recorded the show’s pitch while live on TikTok and Instagram, including a portion of the proposed theme song, which is based on Simple to Me.

Further Reading:
Avant Garde

( Last edited by Tiffany at 2020-11-23 13:39 PM utc )