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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: February 21, 2016, 09:16:32 PM »
A very good friend of mine wrote these words to me in an email after listening to these modular soundscapes...


I feel you like a galaxy explorer, traveling alone on its spaceship, crossing various dimensions for the first time.


Very poetic.  I'd go further and say you're creating your own universe.

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I just found now that George has posted yet another one of my tracks sent for a prior UT show fundraiser in 1999 as part of another commercial compilation for sale.  Needless to say, I didn't consent to this and had no prior knowledge of this other compilation, nor did he even mention it as we were discussing the withdrawal of the Veldt Hypnosis track.  I ask that my fans not support the sale of his various compilations until he obtains proper consents from all artists on them.

Forrest


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The other thing I thought was interesting is that now he's saying that this compilation is for commercial purposes, and is not intended as a fundraiser.  That's another reason he should have made his intentions more explicit.  I've learned from my legal practice that this carelessness is the sort of thing that can end up in litigation.  He at least is now doing the right thing.

Forrest

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It's an earlier version of the piece, so I didn't want it to be competing with the finished one.  BTW, I went back to my email correspondence from October 2013 and he only mentioned the special radio show and not a possible compilation for sale.  I'm probably not the only one who didn't know.

I was probably more irritated by his tone more than anything else.

I offered him a piece in its place, but he wasn't interested.  Oh well.  Can't say I didn't try!

Forrest

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I've been contacted by George of UT and artists named on the compilation are being given the opportunity to opt out of the compilation.  According to the email, the proceeds will be split evenly with the artists.  I have reluctantly opted out of use of my track ,"Veldt Hypnosis," because the final version of it was released on my 2015 album, "Letters To The Farthest Star," and it is therefore already available.  The link is currently down, presumably so that other artists can decide whether to opt out or stay in.

Forrest

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Nice to see, but I don't remember hearing about it becoming a formal release when I agreed to contribute a track.  $20 seems a little high, considering that I think everyone donated their tracks.  Oh well, it's for a good cause.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 14, 2016, 01:48:00 PM »
The coughing guy is here, he even blows his nose as an added bonus.

Maybe it's Mueller.  ;)

I have the Historic Edition, which quite good--mostly from the peak of his 70s period.  Good to see those tracks resurface for others on the La Vie Electronique series.

Forrest

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Seamlessly bliss is really wonderful (if not grammatically the most pleasing).

In the fine tradition of "Ambiant Otaku."   ;)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2016, 12:04:05 PM »
Moss Garden - In the Silence of the Subconscious
Speaking of Norris and crew: This is an outstanding 2014 release. I didn't really give it the attention it deserved when it first came out, but it has been on repeat around here over the past week. Great stuff.
https://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-silence-of-the-subconscious

Yes, that's a really nice one.  Moss Garden's Understanding Holy Ghosts isn't bad, either.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 29, 2016, 11:15:04 AM »
Thanks for the pictures, Loren.  It would be great if the spacings between the rubber wheels were adjustable.  Then I could try it out on some of my less conventional stringed instruments.   ;)

Forrest
From looking at the installation video on the Gizmotron site, it looks like the rubber wheels spacing is somewhat adjustable. I'm not sure how much, though.

Yes I can concur that is exactly what they told us, you will be able to adjust them. They will also offer replacement parts like new wheels as they wear out.

Cool!  Thanks.  So analogue of them.   :)

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:00:11 AM »
Thanks for the pictures, Loren.  It would be great if the spacings between the rubber wheels were adjustable.  Then I could try it out on some of my less conventional stringed instruments.   ;)

Forrest
From looking at the installation video on the Gizmotron site, it looks like the rubber wheels spacing is somewhat adjustable. I'm not sure how much, though.

Thanks, Harry.  I'll have to add this to my "must check out" list.  I love Lol Creme's gizmo work on Consequences.

Forrest

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Pete,

What is Sirius XM proposing?  They have been a pretty decent source of royalties through SoundExchange.

BTW, you should sign up for SoundExchange, if you haven't already.  That organization is not-for-profit.  You might have royalties there that they are holding in trust.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 27, 2016, 10:27:00 AM »
Forrest, I never got a chance to play with a 2500, I bet that was fun. I learn synthesis on a Moog 35 and a giant Buchla 100. It was interesting as they both had different approaches. I really liked the tune-able touch keypad on the Buchla. I'd love to get something like that or the Serge system one.

Buchla!  I was a fan of Morton Subonick's 70s albums on Buchla's Electric Music Box (Four Butterflies, Until Spring) and was lucky enough to have interviewed Subotnick for a campus magazine.  Finally got to see a Buchla up close at the Exploratorium in the early 90s.  The touch plates look cool.  I like the fact that they weren't tied to a Western-style keyboard.  My electronic music teacher, Tom Hamilton, had a Serge, which seemed much more portable than the synth monsters in the campus studio.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:12:50 AM »
This pic of the ARP 2500 is comparable to the one I used when studying electronic music in school (sorry the res is low):



No patchcords!  But the oscillators would constantly drift out of tune.  Its sequencer was a gas.  I think Richard Pinhas (Heldon) used one.  I didn't use the Moog Mark V that much because it was cumbersome, though I loved the ribbon controller.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 26, 2016, 01:44:13 PM »
Thanks for the pictures, Loren.  It would be great if the spacings between the rubber wheels were adjustable.  Then I could try it out on some of my less conventional stringed instruments.   ;)

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 25, 2016, 01:15:31 PM »

The surprise of NAMM for me was the  reintroduction of the Gizmotron. Something that Godley & Creme of 10cc fame made back in the 1970s. It never worked that well and kind of disappeared becoming almost mythic. Well the patents have long lapsed and then some guys in New Jersey bought the name of the company and started redesigning it from the ground up. It now works and is for sale, it should be out in a few months.


Sounds great!  I wonder if it would work with acoustic strings as well.   I remember Paul Horn using his flute to vibrate the inside strings of a piano in the 70s to create an infinite sustain without the flute being audible.  Maybe back then they just used highly amplified contact microphones.

Forrest

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: January 23, 2016, 10:08:57 AM »
Wow, looks cool.  Reminds me of the Serge modular my EM teacher Tom Hamilton and my friend Ed Herrmann had.  I remember well the hours and days it would take to develop modular patches on the ARP 2500 and Moog Mark V when I was in school.  One minor tweak and the patch would be lost forever.  If I had it to do over again, I would have recorded much larger chucks of my improvs on those patches, so that I could layers them into pieces much later down the line.

Your modular musings audio blog sounds very interesting.  I'll definitely check it out.

Forrest

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:06:30 AM »
To coincide with today’s formal release date for my new Projekt album, “The Sleepwalker’s Ocean,” I’d like to share these two recent pieces with you as a thank you for listening.

The first piece, “Chimera,” is an outtake from my recordings for this release. I left it off only because it didn’t seem to fit anywhere. The piece has elements that were composed at different times and were blended together much later. The second piece, “Arrow,” is a short experimental piece I recorded recently just for fun. It incorporates two instruments that date back to my childhood: a drum with a cardboard frame that my father helped me make in Indian Guides and a pair of maracas given to my family by a visiting exchange student. I’ve included a picture of them. Hope you enjoy the music.

https://soundcloud.com/forrest-fang

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 21, 2016, 04:43:58 PM »
Coming from Arturia ... the MatrixBrute.
Impressive looking beast.

Brute is right.  ;)  It's great seeing good old fashioned knobs and sliders.  Almost makes me homesick for the Moog Mark V I got to use at college.   :)

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:31:06 AM »
Julio,

How about CD Baby?  Their rates for International Regular Air Mail don't look too bad:

http://www.cdbaby.com/shipping

Forrest

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