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Everything and Nothing / What Are You Eating Today?
« on: January 01, 2010, 01:59:22 PM »
I know everyone has different New Years Day traditions. What do you eat New Years Day? Both Kathy and my families are southerners and we share the same basic food traditions. I've got a ham on the smoker as we speak. We'll also enjoy black-eyed peas, rice and collard greens. Also, I'll be making some jalapeno, cheddar cornbread to go with it. For dessert, a store-bought cherry pie topped with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. Then I will take about a two day nap. ;)  Happy New Year everyone.    Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Mac Mini
« on: July 26, 2009, 04:55:44 PM »
After picking up Komplete 5 recently , I found that it wouldn't fit on my old G4. So I picked up a Mac mini the other day (after selling a piece of gear) to run my music programs on. It looks like it is going to be great. I will probably put all of my softsynths on there as well as hardware editors and my Kyma X software . Now I own 3 working computers in the studio. I still have my Dell Pentium 4 with Windows XP for email, work, Acid Pro 4 and various programs. I was going to sell the G4 tower, but I was thinking that I probably won't get much for it. I could keep it and just run Pro Tools on it. Anyone have any good ideas or is 3 computers just overkill?     Harry (just because I have 3 computers doesn't mean I know how to use them)

Everything and Nothing / RIP: David Carridine
« on: June 04, 2009, 09:14:43 PM »
This is sad. It's hard to explain to someone younger how important the show "Kung Fu" was at the time. It was definitely a "Hippie" show for us as youngsters. As corny as it was, it was an alternative to mainstream television. I always liked Gabe Kaplan's routine where he said something like, " You could do anything to Caine for 50 minutes because you knew that he would kung fu all over the place in the last five minutes. Godspeed, David.      Harry

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach sale info
« on: March 17, 2009, 01:38:28 PM »
I know some on the forum are adding to their Steve Roach collection now. It looks like there's a fairly good sale going on at Steve's website.     Harry

Everything and Nothing / Gardening
« on: March 08, 2009, 09:01:23 PM »
I know it's not spring everywhere, but it definitely is here in South Texas. Anyone else doing any gardening this year? As far as edibles, we are planting two types of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and jalapeno, serranno and bell peppers. We are also doing a bunch of herbs ( I hope DEA isn't monitoring the list  ;D ). I want to plant some more things, such as cabbage, carrots and eggplant, but I'll have to see how ambitious I get. ( I am by nature, kind of lazy).      Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ambient sequencer
« on: January 23, 2009, 09:20:22 AM »
For those of you who haven't seen this yet.      Harry

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / The Glittering Domain
« on: January 10, 2009, 06:24:15 PM »
I just recently recieved three new releases from Hypnos ( Thanks, Lena ). "The Glittering Domain" by Deepspace is so good , I've been playing it constantly for the past two days and haven't given the others  a fair listen. I feel that this is Mirko's best work yet! This is a perfect combination of my favorite types of ambient, desert and space music. I highly recommend this.   Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Kyma X (Do you still want to learn?)
« on: December 20, 2008, 06:33:53 PM »
I'm not sure which thread this belongs in, probably both. I've been fascinated by Symbolic Sounds Kyma system for about 12 years now. I never could really afford one and I am somewhat of a "computerphobe". I have recently sold some items I wasn't using and I have been thinking about the "Do you still want to learn?" thread from awhile back and decided to take the plunge on a used one. I really haven't tried to learn much new in recent years. So I've decided to learn a new, very deep piece of gear as well as a new (to me) computer language. I mean, how hard can it be?  ;D  ::)     Harry

Everything and Nothing / What music is
« on: December 17, 2008, 07:36:01 PM »
There is a discussion going on on the Wiard forum about what music is and if the classification music is unfair to what we do. I am oversimplifying the discussion , but I was expecially interested in a comment that film composer Gary Chang wrote because I think it hits the nail on the head about what I do. I would be interested in hearing views of those of you on this forum. Here it is quoted without Gary's permission.                 
With all due respect, every "musician" and "composer" - electronic or
otherwise deals with the existing and prevailing opinions about what
music is. Personally, as a music pro, I can tell you that music that
you make simply grows feet and walks away and has its own life. All
that music is is folklore and mythology.

I have a metaphorical tale that I often use to illustrate this....

Composers like to stand in the middle of the stream - feeling the
currents and energy around us. This, of course, is much to the
puzzlement of those onlookers on the shore, who think that this is
quite peculiar.

Then, one day, a fish swims into our pocket. Now the onlookers think
- "oh, that's it - he's a fisherman!" And whenever they see us, they
talk about the big fish that we have caught.

But all we really want to do is to stand out in the middle of the

What music is about is excuses - excuses to spend all of our time and
money on music. Everything else is really the rhetoric of onlookers -
talking about big fish.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Numerology
« on: December 04, 2008, 09:53:53 PM »
I know there are plenty of Mac users on this forum, so I was wondering if anyone had any comments on this sequencing software? I am fairly new to recent Mac's ( got a G4 tower I use strictly as a recording platform, now) and am interested in adding a sequencer to my system. BTW, I do have a Mac+ here in the studio circa 1985 ;D  .    Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / It's All Deepspace's Fault
« on: September 21, 2008, 03:47:34 PM »
Thanks to Deepspace, I got the bug for a new polyphonic analog synth. I had limited funds, so an Andromeda was out of the question. A friend of mine had just picked up a DSI PolyEvolver and it wasn't exciting him. I went to his house and played on it and fell in love. I asked him what he wanted for it thinking I wouldn't be able to raise the coins. He had been trying to talk me out of my Emu Emulator II and Yamaha CS-50 for quite some time. So we worked out a trade. I know I'll miss the CS-50 a lot, but I think I will get more use out of the PEK. Anyway, I can borrow the CS-50 or any of his gear anytime I want.   I have been on a GAS binge this summer. I bought an Akai EWI4000s, a Waldorf Blofeld and a used Yamaha VL-70m. Somebody stop me!!! :o  Anyway, I'm good on gear for awhile (famous last words). Oh, oh! That new Sea Devils filter from STG would be great in my modular. ;)     Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Electric Gongs
« on: August 11, 2008, 01:11:30 PM »
This is a really interesting site where Eric Archer discusses his electric gong project. It's currently on display at the Austin Children's Museum (Austin, Texas) and is a hands on instrument. I think I'll drive up there next week and try it out. It's only about an hour drive from here.    Harry

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Forum members on
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:34:05 PM »
I just discovered Deepspace's music on emusic and downloaded it. Are there any more  forum member's recordings on emusic? I've already found Numina, Terra Ambient and a few others.    Harry

Everything and Nothing / (What shoud a small label do?)
« on: January 31, 2008, 02:39:44 PM »
In regards to the topic in parenthesis, I was wondering what opinions on are. Is this a legit site? I download quite a bit of music off  this site. I am under the impression that the artists are paid for the downloads. Is this true? I know several forumites have releases on emusic. Just wondering.   Harry

Hypnos Label Releases / Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:01:13 PM »
I picked this up a little over a week ago from the Hypnos store and am really enjoying it. The Hypnos site describes it as "hypnotic and dreamy, with a touch of the surreal". I think that is a very accurate description.  I especially like trying to figure out what each of the sounds are by looking at the list of instruments used. I'm having a hard time getting this one out of the cd player right now. Highly recommended.    Harry D

Everything and Nothing / Ancient Gugin Music
« on: December 10, 2007, 10:35:40 PM »
On the "old" forum, 9dragons had a thread going on this. He posted some really interesting links to live performances recently. 9dragons, do you still have those links and would you post them again? Thanks,   Harry D

Everything and Nothing / Ambient Christmas Gifts
« on: December 09, 2007, 05:43:50 PM »
What every ambient music fan needs for Christmas, a Brian Eno iPod.   ;)   Harry D

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