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Listening to some of it now on Bandcamp  Sounds really good so far.  8)
This is really a good 2 cd release! I've been listening to it quite a bit recently. Also, his Live At Soundquest Fest 2010 is available on Bandcamp as a download only. Really enjoyable listening.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
January 12, 2019, 03:17:57 PM
Cool track, Pete.I like working with different instruments when composing and recording as I think we approach the music differently with each instrument.Maybe it's because i'm not that good on any instrument,buti do like working that way.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
January 05, 2019, 03:26:10 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be awhile before mine is up working like it should. After a very frustrating afternoon of installation it is not working the way it should. Granted, I am not the most mechanically inclined person around. I have it on the guitar and it looks great. The bass strings E and A sound good, but the others either sound muted or not musical.I think I am about 90% there as far as proper installation is concerned.I am probably going to take it to a guitar tech to finish the job. I was getting some pretty cool cello like parts on the top strings, but that was it. At least I can hear and see the potential of this device. Meanwhile, there are some interesting demos online and on their Facebook page Gizmotron LLC.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
January 03, 2019, 03:34:08 PM
I should have my Gizmotron installed on one of my guitars by this weekend. I'm anxious to see how well it works. The demos look promising and I like the fact that your picking hand is free to easily switch between the Gizmotron and picking.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
December 01, 2018, 04:05:38 PM
I've been experimenting a bit lately with ambient guitar. I'm using a Strymon Big Sky for reverb and a Moog MF-104m for delay with interesting results. I also use a moog MF-101 Low Pass and a MF-103 Phase Shifter. I'm not a very good guitarist, so I need to work on that a bit. I also picked up a Gizmotron not too long ago, but haven't installed it yet. Should be an intersting device.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
December 15, 2017, 03:58:44 PM
I'm going to try the Arturia demo this weekend. I had already pretty much decided to put my Easel up for sale. Not an easy decision. It is a lot of fun, but I keep thinking of what else i can get with that money. It is my most expensive piece of gear and I don't really use it as much as I thought I would.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Season's Greetings
December 25, 2016, 02:42:57 PM
Okay, but bring beer and pizza.  ;D
Quote from: APK on December 15, 2016, 08:57:21 AM
Which reminds me that I'd love on of these Music Easels:

  I'm really enjoying mine. At first I got sort of frustrated with it as there is a learning curve like most synths. I found myself trying to force my will upon it and not accomplishing much. Recently I've been letting it take me where it wants and experimenting from there. I've been copying patches from others and using them as starting points and getting better results. Lots of fun.

We had a Synthi AKS in our small electronic music studio at Trinity University back in the early to mid '70's.I loved playing with it. I never felt I was totally in control, but I came up with some great sounds on it. Often accidentally, but that was okay with me.
Buchlas and Moogs and ARPs, Oh my!! Forrest, Scott and Loren, I envy you guys and the gear you had access to back then. I attended Trinity University in San Antonio and there wasn't much interest in electronic music there. Luckily the head of the music department was interested, so we had a small electronic music studio which shared a room with overflow file cabinets of sheet music. My electronic music class was basically an intro class  concentrating on history and hands on experience with the gear which consisted of a EMS Synthi AKS, a EML Elecrocomp 101 and a EML 400/401 sequencer. We also had 2 Revox 2-tracks and a stereo system for playback. Like I said there wasn't much interest. My class only had eight students and they hardly ever signed up to use the studio, so my professor pretty much gave me a key so I could use it whenever I wanted. Even after I graduated. He retired a few years later and the university sold everything!  :-[ I do have great memories of playing and learning on that gear, though. BTW, this was around 1973 to 1976.
I have been looking for recordings of Harry Bertoia's works for some time without any luck. There are some available on vinyl, but that was not what I was looking for. I recently discovered this box set on I ordered it even though it was out of my usual price range and received it this week. It is an 11 cd box set with a nice booklet included. His recordings made with his handmade metal instruments in his barn in rural Pennsylvania are incredible. I've spent a lot of time listening this week and am amazed at the sounds he produces. I thought I would get bored with this many recordings of seemingly the same thing. Each piece taken from his original tapes is a journey worth taking IMO. I can only imagine what this would sound like live in his barn. The set is kind of expensive at just under $100, but I'm not regretting the purchase. There is also a digital download available in wav or mp3 for about $50 with a pdf of the booklet. I hope to be able to make the journey to his place in Pennsylvania sometime to see and hear his creations in person. If you are not familiar with his work I would recommend going to the Important Records site where they have a mix available or search youtube for examples.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Music Dealers Licensing
February 24, 2016, 01:10:26 PM
Thanks, Scott and Forrest. I will pass this on to my friend. My friend is an attorney, but not a music attorney,  so I'm sure he will have the contract looked over.