User:SyntheticThought

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“Very nice music, I like the 10 TET! Congrats!” —Tolgahan Çoğulu


“Listening to your music now and it’s great!” —Brendan Byrnes


"Kurt Cobain liked (your old band) Bomb. Kurt turned me on to Bomb." --Krist Novoselic


SyntheticThought a.k.a. Michael Feen, real name Michael W. Dean

I'm in the music group BipTunia. https://biptunia.com/ Our microtonal music is here; https://biptunia.com/?s=microtonal

BipTunia has made 7 albums. It's structured music. I work on music largely 24/7. Or close to that. I've played music since 1978. First put out a record in 1985.

The next BipTunia record, that we're working on now, is all microtonal.

I made a free xen VST synth, and plan to make more. Edit: I made a second free xen VST synth.

I am working on a xen compilation album.

I do the Freedom Feens radio show, syndicated on 19 stations around the US. I've been podcasting regularly since 2006, and have been on radio since 2011.

I write and edit tech books: https://www.oreilly.com/pub/au/3220

I make documentary films: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1543780/

I was in a very cool band called Bomb that was signed to Warner Brothers and played in a lot of dive bars around America, Canada, & Europe.

Last gig I played was in 1999. Touring is a young man's game. There is video of that gig though.

Fun facts: I have no trouble speaking in front of a crowd, have done it a lot, but prefer to avoid people. I am self-employed, work at home, am often up all night and sleep in the day, and sometimes go weeks without seeing any humans other than my wife.

My user name SyntheticThought is from a line in a BipTunia song. The phrase was created by Phil Wormuth, the Poet Laureate of BipTunia. He and I went to college together, back in the early 80s.

I love cats. Have 3 cats. Bob, Beast, and BipCat. They're awesome.

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Oct 16, 2018 update: Stopped editing the wiki, for the same reason good editors usually leave wikis; frustration from admins not blocking people who make counterproductive edits, when those people will not stop, despite repeated warnings and banning.

Read "The Great Failure of Wikipedia — November 19, 2004" for more on this. Written by Jason Scott, one of the people who helped build Wikipedia in the early days: http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/808

tl:dr version of Jason Scott's article: The productive contributors leave because they go from "being a content creator to being a content defender.".. When a very few people shit all over everything, and admins don't stop them, because admins don't want to be "mean." And usually a few editors jump in and tell the people trying to make things work that they're being "mean."

Or the editors and admins think a wiki is a democracy. When they should think of it as private property jointly owned by the admins and editors who are currently making useful edits.


WANT TO CHAT WITH ME?: Like many microtonal musicians, and many musicians in general, and many synth players, and most software designers, I have Aspergers.

So I have a hard time reading sarcasm, especially in text, especially from people I haven't talked with a lot.

So if you're kidding with me, add "lol" or I'll never know.

And if you're pissed at me, let me know clearly, or I'll never know.

If you're trying to convey something more subtle, explain it in plain English or I'll never know.

These are, by the way, good overall suggestions for anyone talking to anyone on the Internet.. People don't know your baseline, then they can't read between your lines


Me on Facebeast.

Me on Twitter.