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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2016, 04:55:29 PM »
Purl - Form is Emptiness
Spacious ambient with dub elements from the master. This is better than much of his celebrated work on Silent Season. Worth a listen.
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/form-is-emptiness

Appreciate the heads up on this Chris...just got the cd through Bandcamp!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:03:26 AM »
RIP...Don Buchla.  April 18, 1937 - September 16, 2016


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:10:24 AM »
Ran a modular patch Im working on through the Haloverb this morning....Like it.  Its very good on details, small things and I like the space it creates.  Also tried the whole mix through its "huge warehouse" preset and compared it to a demo of shimmer I have and also my eclipse hardware unit.  The haloverb did very well against these two.....not much that I have found can match the eclipse for spacial placement and smoothness with such a sweet brightness to it but the haloverb proved to be a good alternate flavor especially using the pre filter to shape the sound.....lowering the high frequencies really pushed the sound stage almost outside the huge warehouse and muffled the patch with the occasional sizzle slipping through. It can be very creative tool depending on how it is used. 

It will be good addition to my reverb quiver!

 

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 20, 2016, 06:24:54 PM »
Yes Anthony, I think all the Valhalla reverbs are very serious verbs for the money and actual well worth more.  Shimmer is a go to for ambient but what I have heard of the vintageverb is really special.

One verb to look for is Eos from audio damage, something Sean Costello wrote the code before he started Valhalla DSP.

Interesting side note I had Halls of Valhalla sd card  in a Tiptop Audio FX eurorack module and I did not like it....but much in modular fx just does not sit right with me compared to external.

Blackhole is on my radar as I would like to port some of the magic from my Eclipse into software.

We should revisit the reverb plugin demos that I made a while back with Pete graciously providing acoustic guitar to process.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 20, 2016, 03:07:58 PM »
I bought it today but have not tested it yet....I will do so tomorrow and report back.

This is not your lost in space reverb but from what I have heard is a solid all round studio work "horseverb" 

Im still looking for the verb that gives me up close presence yet with space....in software.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 20, 2016, 03:58:25 AM »
Metric Halo Verb on sale....$25, usually $179.  If your looking for a new verb for Mac & Windows.....http://mhsecure.com/mhdirect/product.php?productid=62


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: September 12, 2016, 02:47:56 PM »


ALM/Busy Circuits.....Akemie's Castle is a four operator, 2 oscillator FM synth module that us new old stock yamaha chip set.  Details here...http://busycircuits.com/alm011/

Sending cv to the wave jack and into the multiplier jack does amazing things as it sort of scans the shapes as we have come to know from wavetable synth, its mot the same but has that effect.  The chord feature really works well. The module has some digital bite to it, in a good way that filtering smooths out beautifully if need be.

Heres a good demo....





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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 30, 2016, 03:17:12 AM »
Hi Forrest,

That is a very good idea.....the problem is me trying to write music, not really the machine. I have my lets compose a serious piece of music hat on and need to take it off and put on the experimental fun hat again.  Just build some sounds and have fun and record those structures for a future day.   That is the way to go.

Thanks for the direction Forrest!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Laswell's Bandcamp page
« on: August 29, 2016, 08:08:36 PM »
Got you.....the mystery remains then!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Laswell's Bandcamp page
« on: August 29, 2016, 06:25:24 AM »
Very Interesting music...Lost in translation, Like it a lot.

Tetsu Inoue is credited as part of this project....released in august, 2016, does not say when it was recorded.  People have been looking for this fellow as he dropped of the radar a while ago.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 28, 2016, 08:51:21 PM »
Its been some two months since I stopped the Modular Musings thread as I wanted to get serious and make a "serious studio recording".....well its turning out being serious in the modular dominion is not very productive or a good way to work. Most of what I have produced is rubbish and I have come to realize why.....the modular synth, at least me with mine does not like being forced to do something or put another way, it will not bend to my will.  It is not so aggressive as it sounds but having composed ambient electronic music for 16 plus years I have never found myself in this position before where traditional synths and keyboards with black and white keys have always been willing to fashion music at will. This doesn't mean mistakes weren't made and bad music created but the instruments was not in the way, the problem was always me.

This is a temporary phase thats been a challenge and a lesson.....and with only 8 months into this modular adventure I really am still learning.

The APC 40 MK2 controller for Live 9 that I was excited to incorporate into my modular production was going really well until I did my first bounce from session to arrange.  The session part is so abstract that trying to get or control the bounce via the APC 40 was terrible.  I had thought its randomness might yield something unexpected but it did not.  Live Session view is really a creative canvas to work with but once it becomes audio in the arrange view it does not happen for me the way Logic does or any other traditional daw for controlling and manipulating audio.....but there is a work around called Soundflower from Cycling 74, the people that brought us Max and Max for Live.

I used Soundflower extensively in my last cd, Original Light as a bridge between Live 9 and Logic Pro.  A good deal of processing of the audio was done through Live using Max for Live plugins and was recorded straight into logic in one pass through Live using Soundflower.  This video will explain how this works....

 

Soundflower is up to 64 channels now so Logic really has become a multitrack and is an environment I am very comfortable to work with audio in. Its the best of both worlds and works with all Daws I believe in Mac OSX





 

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 18, 2016, 04:15:57 PM »
The layout of the Synthi is very appealing.....would love to have had the chance to play one.  I enjoy making music with synths or modules that make odd abstract sounds and then attempt to coax them into more musical compositions.

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 17, 2016, 08:57:22 PM »
[...] and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

A krappy sequencer.

Aye, kool shite.

Just an idea...

Stephen

Good one!

Trying to bring this thread back on focus and leaving EMS non virtues behind.....kind of funny but not really.

I thought we might gloat at Mr Cortini's Buchla Rig.....


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 17, 2016, 07:18:00 AM »
Here's a recent interview with Peter Zinovieff (who designed the VCS-3). His history with electronic music reveals the VCS-3's "modular" roots as a wall of oscillators and such.


Fascinating video.....interesting how younger musicians today and I say younger compared to Peter Zinovieff and Subotnik who totally embrace the computer and Daw, whereas these younger musicians, myself included tend to treat the computer and Daw as a multi track tape machine and performances are live with little post manipulation.  Many would prefer to record direct to tape if those machines were more readily available and some people still do.

A lot to think about!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 17, 2016, 06:33:15 AM »
Thanks for the in depth look Scott at the VCS 3 and your personal history with Synthi AKS

Heres Mr Cortini performing with the Synthi AKS......and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 14, 2016, 08:41:41 PM »
The VCS3 is still in production......over at muffwigglers one person said they joined the wait list in 2010 @#74. April of 2016 that person was @#11.

You got to really want one of these and have patience.

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Enjoyed the track.....really like the backing vocals more than the lead though the whole song worked well.  Different from the usual Phobos stuff as you say but you should do more with or without vocals.  The music itself is very good and the vibe it creates.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 08, 2016, 02:44:18 PM »


Well, a 2600 or a Putney are (semi-)modular in nature

The VCS3 or Synthi are fullly modular in nature, they don't make any sounds unless you make connections with the pins on the matrixboard.

It's a great educational toy. So is the EMS.

They are hardly toys, I would say they are great synths, maybe a bit more limited then a full modular synth.

I probably should not of used the word toy in the Jarre post....bad sarcasm though following Ekstasis's lead, so it is his fault ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 07, 2016, 06:17:17 AM »

But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.

I agree, Chris.  I would go a step further, and say that, at least for me, the more I am immersed in the process of creation, and less preoccupied with how it will sound to others, the more likely I am to create something that is more pure and to my liking.  I think the narrator's view is a little too binary; he seems to suggest that you either cater to someone else's tastes or you try to create something "meaningful."  I think there is a whole other middle ground--a process of trial and error that requires both an interest in the creative process itself and a baseline of technical knowledge that will help control or facilitate the conditions under which you create your music.  That is the part of the process of creating music that I enjoy the most.  Considering what is most "meaningful" for me comes much later during the editing process and in deciding which pieces should not only be finished but also be included in a release I would make publicly available.

Forrest

Very well put Forrest and I do agree with you and Chris yet I didn't get that he was suggesting to create works so that people would care about them, which of course is what makes a discussion like this interesting......peoples interpretations vary.

What I come away with most from the video is the challenge.  He is calling anyone who listens to task.  Dont give up.  Push forward.  Fail, then fail again and discover what being true to yourself means and dont listen to "Nobody" 

Personally, its has always been about the journey and not the destination.

As Garrison Keillor says at the end of each Writers Almanac on National Public Radio......"Be Well, do good work and stay in touch"   Perhaps this is all that we can do.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:04:36 AM »
So here is a successful musician with lots of modular toys......Oxygen was the first electronic music I had heard, guess I was about 12 years old when it came out.  Still love to this day!


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