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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

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

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: July 31, 2008, 09:22:43 PM »
[quote author=Bill Binkelman link=topic=921.msg7310#msg7310's weird. Backroads was there at the beginning for me...mid 80s, when I (with Barbara, my first wife's help) discovered Musical Starstreams. Lloyd advertised on the show.  :'(
[/quote] Yeah, that's when I started dealing with him. After listening to Musical Starstreams, and wondering, "where can I get some of this music"?    Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ancient Gugin Music
« on: July 28, 2008, 09:03:56 PM »

Hope you guys are listening to some guqin music!!

  I am! I am! That is amazing. A 1000 year old instrument. I have a 1973 Lincoln Les Paul copy that I bought new, and I think that it is an antique!  ;)  This is really refreshing, stimulating music.     Harry

Finally got around to listening to this. Very good show! Any chance of releasing this? Possibly a free download? "Hint, hint"  ;)    Harry

I downloaded and listened to this today, as well. It really is good. I look forward to listening again tomorrow. Thanks for the pointer.    Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 18, 2008, 09:22:07 PM »
That would be me. Talk about a wake up call :-[      Harry

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 30, 2008, 09:02:05 PM »
You could say that's simply his style, but it would be very interesting if he could make something a bit more dry, gritty, noisy, low-fi sounding some time... to create different moods and atmospheres....something you wouldn't instantly recognize as that Steve Roach sound.

      I  agree! I want more "Possible Planet" kind of stuff.     Harry

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 27, 2008, 01:10:21 PM »
I started on a Jade Warrior binge yesterday and have continued some today. I go through periods where I listen to them a lot and then put them aside for long periods. Today I have been listening to some of their later albums like Horizen, At Peace, Breathing the Storm, Distant Echoes and Eclipse. I think they are a terribly underrated band that put out some unique pieces. I don't really know how to classify them. They have a new release called Now which is due out soon. More info on them at       Harry

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