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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.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 17, 2008, 02:06:35 PM »
We've had unusually cold weather here in (usually) semi-tropical San Antonio, Texas. Tuesday a.m. we had temps in the high '20's and 35 mph winds which is cold for us. I had to dig through my closets to find a coat that was suitable. I got some great comments at the airport that night about how my coat was probably in style 30 years ago ;D ,but at least I was warm. Luckily we didn't have any precip or it would of been bad as San Antonio is built entirely on hills. We don't have snow removal equipment down here. One funny thing that happened Tuesday morning was that the highway department spread a new de-icing agent on all of the bridges on the highways. There was no ice and the agent became very slippery and caused over 200 accidents that morning.       Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: December 13, 2008, 10:45:53 PM »
I can't imagine using three ebows at once! I keep dropping the one I use .  ;D    Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: December 13, 2008, 10:43:18 PM »
I will concur on the Lexicon LXP-15. I have the LXP-15II and it is great for a fairly low  budget reverb.   Harry

That's great news! I was ordering "Bridge to Nowhere" awhile back and accidentally ordered "Awakensong" instead. I have since ordered every release I can find of his. I definitely will be getting this one from Hypnos.     Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 10, 2008, 09:56:23 PM »

I was thinking that ambient artists and listeners might listen to music/sound differently and be more aware of the sounds in their own heads and ears?
[/quote]That's an interesting point. Could very well be.    Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:03:25 PM »
This is an interesting thread. I, too have tinnitus. I am older than most of you , so a certain amount of hearing problems are to be expected, but I think I have more than most my age. I played in rock bands in my teens and twenties and went to concerts , listened to loud music on stereos and headphones, etc. I always thought it was somewhat hereditary as my father wore a hearing aid in his forties. He was an army helicopter and fixed wing pilot back in the days before the military started requiring hearing protection , so that might have had alot to do with it.     Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: How the CD format compromise the music
« on: December 05, 2008, 02:17:57 PM »
Nobody said there should be strict length limits on music.  But many people feel that recording artists feel like "Well, I've got 80 minutes here, so I'm gonna use it," when maybe the content doesn't merit such an extended run time.
  That's it exactly. When I first had access to a lot of tracks I would think, "I've got 24 tracks , I need to use them all." Of course , I would often end up with muddy, too busy recordings.        Harry

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

There haven't been any layoffs at my company yet, nor have I heard any rumors of any. That doesn't mean there won't be. I work for a veterinary lab and this is the slow time of year anyway. It has been slower than usual, though. I worry that some of the vet clinics in rural and in poorer sections will not make it through the winter. In the more affluent areas there hasn't been as big of a drop, naturally. These are uncertain times. I feel for anyone who has lost their job.   :(    Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: November 17, 2008, 10:02:55 PM »
That's funny that you mention the "statistical component" as being a problem. I , too, had a math phobia. Back when I was in school (the early "70's) I got my degree in sociology. The one course I kept putting off was a statistics course. I finally took it the summer before my senior year. I was really dreading it. It became one of my favorite courses. I really got into it. I have to admit, though, that my all time favorite courses were in electronic music. Seven students in my first semester class and by the third semester only three of us hung around. It was like "heaven"  :)       Harry

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Various - Echoes of Polyhymnia
« on: November 07, 2008, 02:27:41 PM »
I received "Echoes of Polyhymnia" yesterday and have only been able to listen to it once. I agree with Drone On that this a very good release. I used to not care much for compilations, but the recent batch of Hypnos comps have made me change my mind. I look forward to listening to this release a lot more this weekend. I disagree with Drone On , however, about Margeret Noble's track "Nufon". I did enjoy this piece. The second track, "Hibernia" did catch me by surprise , but not in an unpleasant way. All in all, another excellent Hypnos release. Way to go, Lena.    Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:02:19 PM »
I have to mention Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove". Forget the mini-series, this is a great read.       Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Fun in the mountains... and other adventures
« on: October 27, 2008, 01:22:09 PM »
Nice pictures, Giorgio! That does look like fall.   I enjoy looking at these mountaineering pictures but I think I'll stay here on the ground. I'm like Mike, the idea of hanging over great heights doesn't appeal to me. It doesn't look much like fall here in San Antonio, yet. But, it is getting cooler. I can't wait. There's nothing quite as romantic as watching the prickly pear turn colors.  ;D     Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Handsonic 10
« on: October 21, 2008, 09:01:06 PM »
Yes, I have a Handsonic HPD-15. It is a great instrument. A lot of percussive fun in a small package. It actually is a deep instrument in terms of control and subtlety. I really love mine. BTW, the sequencer sucks.          Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: September 29, 2008, 08:57:50 PM »
Should work on all 6 strings of both electric and acoustic guitar, but boy they ARE touchy little boxes!

Do they work on a lap steel? Anyone?
Sometimes. There again it takes some work.     Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: September 28, 2008, 11:59:33 AM »
I've been able to get mine to work on my bass and mandolin, but it takes a lot of experimenting to find the right spot. I keep meaning to try it on my piano, but it's in another room and I keep forgetting to try it. Hmmm, maybe today. I bet it would sound great on a sitar. I find that some strings are easier to get to vibrate than others. Oh and it doesn't have to be an electric instrument to get it to work.      Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Nothing can compare...
« on: September 27, 2008, 04:19:36 PM »
Sorry about that GA. I do know first hand how frustrating that can be. Hopefully someone here who is computer literate will give you some advice. That person is definitely not me, though, as I often have difficulty sending email.  :)    Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: It's All Deepspace's Fault
« on: September 26, 2008, 01:30:35 PM »
My binge really was over the top. I happened upon some really good deals and I had some extra cash at the same time. Not a good combination for me. ;)  I hadn't picked up anything new for several years , though. Well, except for an occasional used dotcom module. Now I'm learning all of these instruments at the same time which is not the ideal way to do it. At least it keeps me out of trouble. That's not true, I can usually find a way to get into some trouble, as well.    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

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