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Update #15

Weekly Update #3

I should be doing a really big post on Wednesday/Thursday, when funding for this project closes (spoiler alert: there will be thank yous and flailing), and I'm just about to run out to the library to pick up my next load of books (I love the library, but I also love that I can order books for inter-library transfer and pickup online) -- so this is just going to be a quick weekly update.

We're five completed cards (and the back) in. Backers have been getting pictures of the process, and will continue to do so as we go along. It's funny: when I started, I thought it would make the most sense to finish a card, and then write up the PDF entry for that card, and then onto the next. Turns out that's not how the process is working best for me -- after I finish the design of a card, I am pulling all of that cards notes and outline together, but I think I'm going to wait until I have all 69 images finished to feed all of those notes into complete PDF entries. When I put together the Abraxas entry, all of his notes had been percolating in my mind for days, and it was very easy to switch tracks and just devote myself to writing that page up. I think I'll have a similar workflow if I let all the notes stew together while I'm doing the cleanup work on the images.

And now, because I am over 30 and therefore mixtapes are serious business, I'm going to show you my playlist for this project.

I screencapped half of the track listing last night for my G+ blog because it's interesting how the list has evolved over the past couple of weeks. At first I thought I'd be listening to something a little gothy, even though I'm... not very. But cleaning lineart requires upbeat music, so the playlist took a sharp turn to the Metal \m/ end of the genre spectrum for a few days (I also blame Adramelech for that, a bit, because if ever there was a head for banging...). But other tracks kept sneaking in, and now the Playlist Infernales has settled on a theme.

My friend Jessi asked me if I make a playlist for everything I'm working on, and the answer is: really, no. A lot of the time, when I'm working (especially the dayjob), I just need sound in the background. Sometimes that's television (again, I'm over 30: sitcoms in the background is comfort noise), sometimes it's NPR, sometimes it's one track played over and over and over again until it becomes white noise. And, often, I get the idea for a project from some random song on the radio. That's always pretty brilliant.

But big, long projects, like this one? Yeah, they get a soundtrack. Because when I'm walking to the library today, listening to this mixtape will keep one track of my mind firmly on all the notes I've already collected, even though I'm not actively working on them. And when I'm writing updates, playing this in the background will focus me back in my infernal mindspace so I can share it with you.  And you can look at this track listing and get a really good idea of how I'm coming at this deck, can't you?

(I am well aware that music can get a bit personal, and someone may look at this playlist and decide "Oh hell (pun intended) no -- that's not the music I want playing in the deck I ordered." Better you know now, right? ^_~ )

So there we go: fly-by update, a mixtape -- and now I'm gonna go snag some of this beautiful Portland spring day and grab some dusty old books. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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      Creator J Gingold on May 7, 2012

      So you do.

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 7, 2012

      Richard: Haha! It's because the playlist evolved away from Metal \m/ -- although I'm listening to it *right now* just for that guitar solo, so. I suppose if I add that, I've got to stick "The Infinity Waltz" in, too... ^_~

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      Creator Richard Kempter on May 7, 2012

      No Iron Maiden "Number of the Beast"??? With your Sixes theme you don't want Bruce Dickenson singing out "six, six six, the number of the beast", not to mention all the other demon imagery? This omission must be fixed. :)

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      Creator Jessi Adrignola on May 7, 2012

      Love Apparat and NIN :) Good songs to work to!

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      Creator John sharp on May 6, 2012

      What about Carmina Burana? Parts of it have an evil reputation.

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 6, 2012

      Well, here you go, Joseph: I'll play Arcturus when I get to Torngarsuk's card and entry. (Go on, you know you want to google to find out why. I can't have *all* the fun...!)

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      Creator Joseph on May 6, 2012

      Ahh that's better! I didn't see it before! My apologies.

      I recommend some Arcturus, in terms of symphonic blackened metal.

      The Sham Mirrors (this last track has trumpets, which makes it an instant classic, not to mention the reference to Hymn to Pan)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch…

      La Masquerade Infernale (my favorite album by them, especially with it's theme being similar to this ks)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch…

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 6, 2012

      Hm, you got a for-instance, William?

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      Creator William Fowler on May 6, 2012

      You could always go with some symphonic metal, that's usually upbeat enough and I think it would fit the theme rather well if I do say so myself.

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 6, 2012

      (Guns N' Roses is still on there, though. Three versions is NOT too many.)

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 6, 2012

      (Not shown. Edited after posting, before I even got out of the house...!)

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 6, 2012

      Joseph, I tried leaving the Stones version off and just playing (Time For a Change) off the Laibach album, but it felt unclean. In a *terrible* way. So I moved the Stones to the top, and pulled in the (Who Killed the Kennedys) track for my sins.

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      Creator Joseph on May 6, 2012

      I think its only apt that you commit blasphemy by not listening to the Rolling Stones version of the greatest song on your playlist.

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 6, 2012

      That was not the track I would have thought needed googling, Andrew. To make this easiest: that B-Boy Bouillabaisse (Ghosts Excerpt) is the first 26 seconds of the "Dropping Names" segment on the Paul's Boutique bonus track: http://www.youtube.com/watch…

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      Creator Ariana Osborne on May 6, 2012

      That's a great song, Andrew -- but there's a lot of Hell (on Earth, courtesy of horrible humans) songs that didn't make it into my list because I don't want the scale to tip too far to evil. ^_~

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      Creator Andrew Kelly on May 6, 2012

      I was immediately curious about the song by the artist "Rathergood.com"...so, of course I googled: maybe this will save other folks the trouble, unless this is one of those things I should have seen already?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch…
      I think this playlist is giving all of us all kinds of insights into Ariana's state of mind re: this project...all of them good.

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      Creator Andrew Kelly on May 6, 2012

      I would add The Clash "Straight to Hell" if this were my playlist.

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