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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?
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Sometimes. There again it takes some work.     Harry

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. :)

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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