Ether in the Attic - Episode #152: A Sea of Peaks - 20171206


King of Hubcaps. The Rolls Royce. Good enough to serve cheese from.

Nothing is perfect, nothing at all. So why should audio be? In Garage music, some audio intentionally peaks, or "clips" creating distortion. It's a fun tool to play with. When done artfully or creatively it can produce some pleasurable effects. At times though, it is not intentional, and it doesn't take an expert listener to pick up on clumsy use of distortion, or lack there of. So what is this "peaking" you speak of Hubcap? Well, peaking is a form of waveform distortion that occurs when an amplifier is overdriven and attempts to deliver an output voltage or current beyond its maximum capability. Driving an amplifier into clipping/peaking may cause it to output power in excess of its power rating. The God, Link Wray was known to make use of this technique and also cut slits into the paper cone of his amp to deliver a rattle on top of that distortion. Have a listen to this week's episode and see if you catch any. you may enjoy it more than you know.

This week's country couplet: The Dead South - Banjo Odyssey & Tall Tales & The Silver Lining - Boulder to Birmingham

Pic Credit: Artist, Guy Crittenden

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Today's Top Wikipedia Edits: Which US Presidents Were Nicknamed Lord Dampnut, The Teflon President, Bam, and Slick Willie?

According to Wikipedia:

  • History through the lens of presidential nicknames: Donald Trump is nicknamed Lord Dampnut and The Donald. Barack Obama was nicknamed No Drama Obama and Bam. Bill Clinton was nicknamed Bubba, Slick Willie, The Comeback Kid, The First Black President, and The Big Dog. Ronald Reagan was nicknamed The Teflon President, and Richard Nixon Tricky Dick.
  • "The first law of holes, or the law of holes, is an adage which states that 'if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.' Digging a hole makes it deeper and therefore harder to get back out, which is used as a metaphor that when in an untenable position, it is best to stop carrying on and exacerbating the situation"
  • "The argument from poor design, also known as the dysteleological argument, is an argument against the existence of a creator God, based on the reasoning that an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God would not create organisms with the perceived suboptimal designs that can be seen in nature"
  • "Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were portrayed by the US Mint on the 1925 Commemorative silver US half dollar, along with the words 'Stone Mountain'"
  • In the "list of fictional astronauts as imagined before the Space Age.... Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (1951) [depicts a]...secret expedition to Mars. Haggerty is accidentally left behind on Earth due to Miss Pickerell unexpectedly boarding [the] rocket"

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