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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

Everything and Nothing / Re: College football 2008
« on: September 19, 2008, 01:35:51 PM »
I usually follow the Big 12 and SEC. One of my brothers went to Texas A&M as did my father, so I generally follow them. I also work with a lot of veterenarians and almost all of them here in Texas went to A&M, so it doesn't hurt to keep up. This probably isn't going to be a very good year for them what with a new coach and a slow defense. My other brother went to Alabama and I follow them. I went to the football powerhouse Trinity University.  ;D Actually we do very well in our conference,  the SCAC winning or tying it every year since 1993 except in 2006. It's fun football if you like watching actual students play. The only time we get any recognition is when the "Mississippi Miracle" happened last year with all of the laterals. We don't even make the front of the sports page in  the San Antonio paper when we win our conference :(  . I also keep up somewhat with other big games, but not religiously anymore.              Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Autumn Ambient
« on: September 17, 2008, 09:05:42 PM »
Autumn is my favorite time, as well. I know that those of you in the north love the coming of spring as a welcome relief from winter. Here in south Texas, we look at Fall as a respite from a sometimes brutal summer. Did I mention football? That's good, too. :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP David Foster Wallace
« on: September 16, 2008, 09:08:30 PM »
That is a GREAT commencement address!!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Richard Wright
« on: September 15, 2008, 01:20:32 PM »
Meddle is my favorite Floyd album, as well. His playing wasn't "flashy" or "over the top". He just had a knack for finding the part that fit and fit beautifully.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cover songs....
« on: September 12, 2008, 09:19:15 PM »
OK. Now I'm confused. ???  Where, exactly, does Pat Boone fit into this new Hypnos compilation?      Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 10, 2008, 09:14:04 PM »
Good call! That was getting a bit much.     Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Prophet 08
« on: September 08, 2008, 09:17:55 PM »
That's great!! I am glad you like it. It is always kind of weird to recommend or not recommend an instrument. It is personal how you connect with it. I'm looking forward to hearing some great music from you.   8)     Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Prophet 08
« on: September 02, 2008, 09:26:48 PM »
I know it's probably not what you are looking for, but have you considered a modular. They are dinosaurs and very inefficient, but there is something very rewarding in playing one. Of course, they are basically monophonic. That may not suit your needs at all. I have a modular with additional MOTM, Blacet and DIY modules. It is an awesome beast which gives me a lot of gratification as well as kicking my ass when I think I know what I'm doing. You talked about wanting to learn more about synthesis. Well, I don't think there is a better way to do this. Of course , it may not be right for you. And, as any modular owner will warn you , it is addicting.     Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Prophet 08
« on: September 02, 2008, 01:13:48 PM »
I think I would be tempted to wait for the Andromeda or look for a used one. They come around every once in awhile for about $2000. After playing on one extensively. I ordered one. Unfortunately that was right as they took bankruptcy. It took me almost a year to get my money back. I never seem to have enough money when a great deal comes around. :(   I should start saving for January 09 now. That is good news that they will be available again. It is a really deep and great sounding synth IMHO.    Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Prophet 08
« on: August 31, 2008, 09:47:08 PM »
You really need to move past the presets though, as they are...underwelming.
Good point. I really should have mentioned that in my post. I was in a music store. We all know that is not the ideal situation. I was only tweaking the presets, not programming my own sounds.     Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Prophet 08
« on: August 30, 2008, 04:28:05 PM »
I should clarify what I said a little. I didn't hate the P08 , I just wasn't excited by it, especially for the price. If I found a used one at a really good price I would probably be tempted. You are correct about the keyboard, it isn't very good. The desktop or rackmount would be the way to go. I have a DSI Evolver and like that. I've never tried a Polyevolver, but would like to. Anyway, if you can, you need to spend some time with one. You may love it.      Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Prophet 08
« on: August 29, 2008, 09:55:43 PM »
I was serious about getting a P08 as well.  I owned a Prophet 5 at one time and loved it. I started having too many problems with it , so I decided to sell it. I have always regretted that. I have been going to a local music store recently and playing on a Prophet 08 a bit. I must say, I am underwhelmed. It just doesn't excite me like the P5 did. It does so much more, but the hair on the back of my neck doesn't stand up like it usually does playing a great analog synth. I want it to, but it doesn't. I own a Yamaha CS-50 and it moves me. The Prophet 08 doesn't. Just my $.02 . You need to try it yourself if you can. We all have different tastes.  :) Hope this helps.   Harry

This is really good stuff! I had just planned to listen in for a few minutes before bedtime. I've been listening now for about an hour. Got to go to bed now, but I will listening some more tomorrow. Great stuff!.  Thanks, Undershadow.   Harry

I drive about 3000 miles a month. I do try to save money by driving a 2005 Toyota Corrola. This is my third Corrola. But, I would like to do better next car. The only problem is I like the efficiency combined with the pickup of my car. I do live in South Texas where things are fairly far apart and 55 seems rediculous. If they can make an affordable alternative car that I can get good mileage with, and get out of the way of 18 wheelers as I merge on the highway , then I 'll buy it!      Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Electric Gongs
« on: August 12, 2008, 08:30:27 AM »
I agree with you , Giorgio, about the interface. It seems a little cheezy. I haven't gone up to see it yet, but I'll let you know once I have. The idea of pointing the kids to which notes sound best together is wrong as well. Knowing kids, I'm sure some of them experiment with the "wrong" notes. I know I will! There are supposed to be some other hands-on displays that show different ways of making music. It should be an interesting trip. I'm meeting a friend of mine who also plays music to go to the exhibit. We should be quite a sight. Two well over 50 year olds playing around in a children's museum!  ;D      Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Electric Gongs
« on: August 11, 2008, 09:08:55 PM »
Hey, that's very cool!  Wish I could see it.  Harry, if like those sounds, you should also check out the sound sculpture music of Robert Rutman and Harry Bertoia.

Hi Forrest,  I will check those artists out. It's great that you responded to this thread because I was doing a search on gongs after listening to your release, "Gongland" when I found this site. Thanks,   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 / Re: Forum members on
« on: August 06, 2008, 09:17:25 PM »
I believe my music is up there but I don't have a subscription so I can't check myself.
     Yeah, some of your stuff is there, Loren. I forgot to mention you, as well as some others. I have already downloaded yours and am looking forward to you putting more up. Great stuff!!     Harry

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Forum members on
« on: August 06, 2008, 01:34:41 PM »
Thanks for the info. I am and will be downloading some from each of you. I often let the month get by without using all of my downloads. There are so many artists on emusic that I tend to just try the ones that I recognize. Now, I've got some new music to try. Anyone else who has music on emusic feel free to add to this thread, or any artists you may know about that I should try.     Harry

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