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Octavia has had enough. An insidious plague of tacky, hacked together electronic noise is spreading over Equestria, crushing culture and good taste as it passes. Well, at any rate it's really loud and annoying and the guy upstairs just won't turn the freakin' volume down.

Desperate to show the citizens of Canterlot the error of their ways, 'Tavi decides the only way to defeat electronica is from within. But for that, she must, y'know, actually be 'within'. And that means learning a few new instruments.

Oh yeah, and Lyra 'helps' about as much as she usually does.

Cover art by Dazko

Chapters (3)
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Comments ( 44 )

Listen to my classical music playlist while reading this: feel classy as hell. :moustache:

Great first chapter, especially once Octavia got drunk; the writing at that point and after was truly inspired. Liked, favourited, and can't wait for more, especially to find out exactly who 'Tavi ended up with.

Octavia's behavior is always amusing and Lyra's 'helping' is only making it more hilarious. I can't wait to see what will happen in the future with this one.

This was fun, and looks like it will be a good idea. You already have a really good setup (not that subtle though) and i really look forward to seeing what happens next!:yay:

877306 Nice! :moustache: Thanks a lot! I did have a lot of fun with that section, especially because I got to tell grammar to go shove it. I'm afraid I might have to disappoint you, though :twilightsheepish:. If you re-read the last paragraph again you'll find out who Octavia was with :twilightblush: (Sorry, I'm terrible.)

877382 Awesome! Glad you like it! :pinkiehappy:

877480 Thanks! I dunno about it not being subtle though, I'm starting to wonder if everyone has missed the only subtle thing in the entire story :unsuresweetie:...Oh well! That's what I get for not having a proof-reader for this project.

I've actually slightly altered a few words in the last paragraph to make something rather clear, as it suddenly occurs to me that the joke can easily be misinterpreted. :facehoof:

Ugh, like I said, for various reasons I'm not getting this proof-read, so if I drop any other clangers feel free to send me verbal abuse. Hopefully I can avoid having to retroactively edit in future...:raritydespair:

Octavia looks pretty stoned in the cover image. :rainbowlaugh:

Good fic though my friend. Looking forward to more.

877708 Octavia gets hangovers that take on lives of their own. Glad you enjoyed it!

Heh, that was pretty amusing. Lyra manages to make any story a blast.

Uptight Octavia and booze. Never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Let's hope for decency that Octavia doesn't have to clean her instrument along with retuning it. If Lyra found out, there would be no end to it. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if Lyra had a morning she would never admit to...

Good start!

877784 'Pretty amusing'. Given that I was weelll prepared for this to absolutely bomb, I will happily take that. Hopefully it'll get better as I go on.

I'm sure I have no idea what you are talking about. :rainbowderp:

Thanks, man.

Ah okay, now it makes sense; got confused there for a second. Still works, though. :pinkiehappy:

878002 Cool. As long as nothing is ruined, I'm happy...there needs to be an emote for 'phew'.

I think the story is missing the 'hook', that is promised in the description. But I'll track this; lets see where this is going. :yay:

878338 Yeah, you're quite right. I wanted to keep the chapters short and focused so I published this despite the fact I haven't hit the hook yet. This is the set up, next chapter is the knock down. Thanks for the benefit of the doubt! :twilightsmile:

This is pretty good! There's a lack of description going on during the exchange between Lyra and Octavia, but I look forward to more. Have my thumbs.

Hey everyone. Just to let you guys know that I haven't gone anywhere. I'm just tidying up the latest chapter of my bigger project. I'll get to All the Mares again real soon.

Honestly, I kinda expected it to bomb and sink like a rock, so it's further down my priority list than it should be. I'll sort things out and try to give you guys a sensible schedule.

881010 Thanks! Yeah, that section does take place in a void a bit. This fic is part of my project to learn to stop using pre-readers as a crutch, so there are a few slip-ups like that. The next chapter may well have mistakes but they should be different ones! I appreciate the criticism though, it's spot on.

I think Octavia needs less tea when thinking. Bad things come from her thinking. At least bad for her.

Heh, I was wondering what type of club she was entering. Even Canterlot can't keep a Red Light District from springing up.

Lyra's a hoot! Seriously, she got a one liner for everything. I love that mare.

I can only imagine that glorious hijinx will ensure now that Octavia has decided on her path to bring down the dregs of music. I wish her comedic luck.

Good entry! Things have really gotten interesting now!

Lyra, you make everything better you raving nutter you. Octavia, are you sure you aren't Pinkie's sister since that leap of logic sounds utterly insane?


Write. Faster. :pinkiecrazy:

The Pink Apple: a name that sounds like it really should be a euphemism for something, but nothing quite seems to fit.

Freaking love writing Lyra. I'm trying fairly hard to keep her from being annoying though as I realise that could very easily happen.

Glad you liked it!

It makes perfect sense ... kind of. Well ... yeah ... :pinkiehappy: It's a stretch even with Octy's warped view on things musical. Cut her a little slack :twilightsheepish:

Trying. Colt. Dammit. :raritydespair:

“So, yeah, I’m gonna need somepony to give me a hand with the harp.”

Shouldn't it be 'give me a hoof with-' Oh wait, Lyra. Never mind.



Also amazing fic, totally unappreciated.

I am loving this fic more and more.

Well done!!

Is this how every chapter's gonna end, with Octavia nursing a hangover that could incapacitate the Princesses?

1033803 Teehee. :pinkiehappy:

1034845 Thank you so much! And hey, it's not unappreciated; you guys all appreciate it and that's what counts!

1042009 Thank you! :pinkiehappy:

1130280 I can neither confirm nor deny the existence, or non-existence, of a running joke. :scootangel:


There are as few authors doing a nod to under-appreciated fics. I submitted this to one of them about a week ago. He was very interested and you may see a bump in viewers soon.

1219217 Oh wow! Genuinely, thank you. That's very kind and very generous of you to do that for me :raritystarry: I hope I can continue to justify that kind of lovely support. :heart:

This was great, hope you continue!


Oi, that's me! Not much of a bump really, averages out to about 20-30 more views?


hahaha, better than nothing. I am thinking about starting a group for high rated under-viewed fics.

Under the Raven's Eye... hehe, I started one already!

1219367 Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to give me a little signal boost and I'm flattered you think I'm worth the time. I'm definitely continuing the fic, I'm just a fairly slow writer and I only just got back from holiday. Getting chapter 3 out is top of my priorities!


I found myself in an advantageous position within the bronydom. I have quite a few watchers, and those watchers and I are rather close.

All I ask is that your return the favour to others who deserve it, those that worked hard, wrote their heart out, and who got little in return. I tink we both know how a few favourites and a half dozen views can boost one's moral.

New chapter out. It's a little different to the others as it's mainly one character alone in a room, so I'll be interested to see if you still find it entertaining. I did my best to make it fun, but at the end of the day it maybe leans towards the SoL tag a little too much. Let me know what you think!

1226398 I will do. I always keep an eye out for hidden gems anyway and now I have somewhere to reccommend them to :pinkiehappy:

...I am kind of curious as to what step 3 is now.

Great job! Keep up the awesome work!

I motion to nominate Lyra as best friend pony. Clearly, Octavia should live in Ponyville since she is crazy.

What is step 3? I really want to know. It's probably hilarious.

Listen to the butts Tavi. They know what they speak of.

God, Lyra's a hoot. I love your take on her and the way Octavia plays off her. Such silly ponies.

Don't worry, Octy. I've been there. Staring at the blank page is one of the worst feelings in the world. It... does things to you. Unspeakable things...

Something that I felt a little jarring are the pop-culture references, such as The Wizard of OZ. Now, I know most of the readers will get that, and if they don't then I highly suspect them of being from an alien race, but in the world of ponies, it stands out and takes me out of the universe a bit. I guess I'm too used to everything being ponified. Look at what this fandom has done to me! :raritycry:

Really great stuff! Keep at it!

Please sir,or madam, may I have some more?

1236743 1237322 Some things mortal man was just not meant to know or dabble in. :rainbowderp:

1236942 Haha, I like to think that Lyra, while certainly a handful, has her heart firmly in the right place. And yeah, you know what those rich and fancy types are like. Cuckoo for Coco Pops. :derpytongue2:

1240126 Sorry, who's a silly pony? :pinkiehappy:
I gotta say, that the references would seem out of place didn't actually occur to me. I've spent a little time thinking about it and the best I got was the the Unicorn of Oz. So yeah, I have no idea how to ponify it even if I'd tried. It should be pretty much a one-off. I'm not a huge fan of referencial humour as a mainstay, but once I got the image in my head it just demanded to be written out!


Weeellll ... just this once.

Also yes, I am a sir. :moustache:

On the subject of the Wizard of Oz, you could still call it that but have the wizard be an Earth Pony charading as a unicorn.

1260159 That is a really good idea, actually. Hmm. There's probably a short story/parody in the whole idea somewhere; too much cider throws AJ and Winona into a fever dream inolving flying monkeys and accidentally melting Twilight Sparkle. I don't have enough good ideas to make it worth the effort though ... if only the word 'Oz' wasn't so completely ... whatever the opposite of 'malleable' is.

The sad thing is, me and Octavia think the same way about music. :twilightoops: But coincidences aside, this was a riot! I haven't read a story this original and witty in a long while.

Found this in RavensDagger's group. Love the premise and this is now right near the top of my read later list. I'm a slow reader but I promise to leave a comment with my thoughts and praise once I have read it! :pinkiehappy:

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