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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:16:55 AM »
I didn't fully appreciate the access I had to Moog and ARP gear when I was a student, probably because I was more caught up in understanding the analog fundamentals then.  Oddly enough, I often found myself bringing in my Korg MS-20 into the EM studio to record because I spent more time programming it and was more comfortable with it.  The ARP 2500 made very cool sounds, but the oscillators tended to sound reedy and thin to me.  The Moog sound was much fatter, of course, but the monster Moog was much harder for me to program (and I tended to run out of cables!).  I did make liberal use of the Otari two-track machines for tape delay, though.   :)

Sorry, Julio, no transcripts from my Subotnick interview.  I was only a student!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 05, 2016, 09:04:28 PM »
Loren,  I think the Moog unit at my school's studio was made in the late 60s and was similar to the unit Klaus Schulze acquired from Florian Fricke.  I remember the big sound of the oscillators' sawtooths.  Keeping them in tune was a little iffy, though.

Julio,  Never got to play with an original Buchla unit, but saw one up close when the Exploratorium had a Buchla exhibit years back.  I interviewed Morton Subotnick when I was in college for an article that never came out and he was crazy about Buchla gear back then.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 04, 2016, 01:11:35 PM »
I had access to an ARP 2600 when I was a student, but I had a hard time getting interesting sounds.  I think I was too used to the matrix-pin architecture of the ARP 2500, which really spoiled me.  The Moog Mark V was fun (especially the ribbon controller), but it took me too long to set up patches, and I'd have to dismantle them at the end of each session, so that the next person who had reserved time could start from scratch.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:21:51 AM »
Yesterday I tried for the first time to run an external sound source through the Moog Mother 32 Ladder filter.  I was rather impressed with the results which I recorded. Closed down the filter has a lovely woolliness to it but opened up theres a quality to it that really shimmers.  The wavetable oscillator does not sound like this running through any other of my eurorack filters.

Hi Julio,

Reminds me of the fun I had processing external audio through my Korg MS-20 many, many moons ago.  :)


Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:28:13 AM »
Very sad.  Even with the knowledge of what was happening to Jeff, it's still difficult for me to process or to accept.  A very decent man and a talented musician.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2016, 06:48:57 PM »
Erik Wollo - Stars End 2015, again, addicted !!

I like this one, too.  I think it might rank among Erik's best.  Love the floating textures.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:06:01 PM »
This thread has been a bit of a droolfest for me. My modular is a small Moog system (and I have a relationship with it) but if I was starting now I'd definitely go Euro with all those crazy, kinky modules!  8)

Yeah.  When I took an EM class in the 70s, we were working off a massive Moog Mark V and an ARP 2500, while our teacher had this cool little collection of Serge modules. I was very envious.  :)


I think the source of this meltdown goes well beyond anything related to this forum, its participants, the Hypnos label, or probably even music in general.

In the spirit of things, here's Cheech & Chong's "Sister Mary Elephant:"

"Class....class....SHUT UP!!!!........"


Are you drunk while posting this Chris?

If itīs satire, then very well done!

No kidding...What's Chris doing here, if we're such awful people?  Glutton for punishment?  Or does he just like to complain endlessly and insult people?  "Wussy"??  What are we in, the first grade?  Sounds like he should ban himself.


Lighten up people please.  I guess some people cannot take a joke.  Sorry I guess when I saw Seven Headed Snake and ScapeGOAT as track titles I thought back to the last post.  I guess emoticons mean nothing, and others here can be naughty with their jibes, but it depends who you are.  It certainly does have anything to do with respect.  I can't kid someone because they're a well respected artist?  Hmmm, OK I guess... Anyway, shouldn't this have been posted under Forum Member Projects?

Honestly, drone on, you're clearly no saint.  [no emoticon]  But Stuart/Diatonis also previously told you and thirdsystem to "get a clue," when you reacted negatively to his prior post and he didn't exactly apologize.  So at this point you're even.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:45:02 AM »
Paul Vnuk posted some cool demos of his two units on FB a few weeks back.  The location of the patch bay reminds me of the Korg MS-20!


As a friend of mine would say, "don't feed the bear!"  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:32:04 AM »
This filter is on its way to me......from the creator of EMU  :)

Video link to eye candy description

Would be curious to hear it, Julio, once you've become more familiar with it.  I'm a big fan of Emu's Z-plane filter.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:34:00 PM »
They didn't give any credits to an 18th century map maker or a pressed flower?  ;D

Or the glassine bags.  I feel cheated!  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:44:11 AM »
Yes, more posts, cvac.  I've enjoyed reading about your recent listening.

Sorry to hear about the latest Fluid Audio, chris23.  I've found them to be a bit hit and miss, though their packaging is exceptional.  I ejjoyed their release of From The Mouth of the Sun's Into The Well, though the elaborate package includes no credits!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:05:21 AM »
Beautumn - Bordeaux
New release on Infraction. I like this a lot more than the previous Beautumn album. This has a minimal, isolationist feel, complete with cold, windswept sonic landscapes.

I've just picked this up.  It's my favorite of the Beautumn releases.  His first ("Blanket") is also pretty good, but hard to find.  He has also been a member of IDM band Sleepy Town Manufacture, which has free netlabel recordings on the website.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:13:58 AM »
Modular synths cant be solely drive by the market place, it needs curious musicians who in turn need curious listeners.  This is true in general for music that is avant garde or leaning that way.  With self generate modular music we all get to be the audience.....picture a live modular performance where the artist sets the stage, sounds begin and the artist walks off the stage and sits down with the audience.   

I agree that curious musicians and listeners are needed to move the modular sound forward.  I hope that it transcends its current faddishness and evolves into something deeper and more meaningful.  I am somewhat space-challenged at the moment, so I doubt a modular is in my future, at least for now.  I think a loyal audience could develop for the current modular iteration, if it can move beyond the obvious bleeps and blops that tend to be associated with Modular 1.0 of the 60s and 70s.  But first and foremost, have fun with it, anyway!  :)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harry Bertoia's Sonambient
« on: March 20, 2016, 12:06:13 AM »
Yes, the Bertoia box is a great set.  Sonics are terrific.  More releases are apparently in store from the Bertoia tape archives.  I'm waiting on an LP of previously unreleased pieces that was part of the Bertoia archive Kickstarter campaign that should be available in the next few months.  The LP set is great, too (especially the covers), but the pressings are a bit iffy, as I think they date back to the late 70s.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 19, 2016, 09:36:25 AM »

I have chosen, for now, not to use any quantizer or chord generators...I dont want anything to constrict possibilities within the system and predetermine structures would I feel lead me back to the black and white keyboard and I prefer to use my ear to tune VCO's.  I have nothing against the keyboard I just want to explore other scenarios that have more accidents

This is what led me to explore fractal and algorithmic music in the 90s.  I wanted to rely more on my ears and less on the physical limitations of my fingers to find interesting "seeds" from raw sonic material to develop further into a composition.  There is also a spirit of discovery in this approach (and in yours) that makes it more fun to create music.


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