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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:31:37 PM »
Speaking of e-bows, I was surprised to see The Edge (from U2) using an e-bow on the Live in Paris video from 1987 on I think it was "The Unforgettable Fire". I didn't know the e-bow had been used that much for that long. - Jesse

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 12:32:37 PM »
I have a question about how some of you (you know who you are) who have lots of music gear, especially lots of synths and samples, cope with patching everything.  Do you:

1. Use multiple patchbays to keep everything plugged-in all the time (into patchbays, I mean) and only selectively patch the stuff into your mixer or audio interface?

2. Leave only the most-used stuff plugged straight into the mixer all the time, and when setting up a less-commonly-used piece, temporarily plug it in, maybe unplugging something else to make room?

3. Utilize LOTS of mixer inputs or audio interface inputs, to leave everything plugged into its own input, all the time?

Mike - I started out much more organized that I am now - I used to have all the synths and fx run in/out of a 1/4" patch bay but I found that it was a pain in the ass sometimes and there were some grounding issues... then I played live and tore a bunch of stuff out and when I set everything back up I just sort of wired things directly into others.  Either way worked for me and to be honest I'd like to go back to the patchbay setup but I don't have time to record like I used to so it's no urgency for me. 

I find myself more just playing for fun these days.  Not recording anything.

Bill B. - as for the cost of doing floaty/drifty ambient stuff, there are several alternatives and different combinations of things you could explore all of which are relatively inexpensive these days. Here's what I would do for the least expensive route: go to local pawn shops and Music-go-round and Craigslist and find a synth you like, haggle the price down 20%.  Same with fx.  You could probably find an Alesis Quadraverb for $60.00 and a useable synthesizer for as low as $250, buy some cables at about $20, a used p/c audio card interface could be as cheap as $20, and maybe look into the home edition of Sony ACID or something as your mutli-track recorder which I believe is under $100.  So, for $500 (or less) you could start creating ambient music.  There's also the Korg MicroX , Novamusik has a re-boxed one here:

Anyway, the point is it doesn't take talent or a lot of money, just a lot of reverb.  Take me for example... I just alike all the blinky lights and pretend I'm Cap'n Kirk half the time.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 24, 2007, 03:51:49 PM »
Nice!  And a Yaesu scanner to boot! - J.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 24, 2007, 12:46:43 PM »
APK - there is no such thing as too many synths.  :-* I stil have the OB-12, K5000S, Juno106, SH101, MiniMOOG, FIZMO, XP-80, and E-mu E-synth, they're just not shown.  Now show me yours. - J.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 24, 2007, 12:32:32 PM »
In the spirit of gear talk, let's post some studio pics for oggling purposes, eh?  Yes, all of you, do it... do it... The Mysterium as of late 2007:

Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 24, 2007, 12:28:11 PM »
Wow - those photos bring back memories of the two Minneapolis Winters I endured. Very pretty but too cold.  I miss all the trees though... a lot.

happy holidaze everyone.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: jkn's archives...
« on: December 17, 2007, 03:32:34 PM »
jkn - you were always quite romantic with me, so don't sell yourself short.   :-* - J.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: pro sessions
« on: December 17, 2007, 01:01:00 PM »
I've heard that "Available Light" is also an awesome loop library...   :-* = J.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 17, 2007, 12:55:56 PM »
That's terrible news.  Sorry to hear it. - J.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sexy Ambient
« on: December 17, 2007, 12:40:22 PM »
I think it's only appropriate to label ambient "sexy" if it's been composed while nude.  Enjoy all of my releases now.

On a serious but sexy note... I played live back in June with a friend of mine's project under the moniker Transcendent Device (I was doing the minimal, dark-ambient soundscapes, my friend was playing large tribal drums and chanting)... After our set, I stuck around the club quite awhile to watch some other acts (Boyd Rice with Z'ev = really bad noise music) and later in the evening some girl grabs me and starts playing tonsil hockey with me.  I tried to push her away but I couldn't... she had her arms around my head!  Needless to say, I got a really bad head cold a few days later. I don't think it was worth it.  Apparently I am one hot ambient dude... but don't even know it.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 15, 2007, 12:20:50 PM »
I received Arc of Passion within a couple days of its release and it has been on frequently play around my ears.  Incredible soundscapes, as usual.  This is probably my favorite live release of his he's done. - Jesse

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Numina discussion thread
« on: December 15, 2007, 12:13:52 PM »

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Numina discussion thread
« on: December 14, 2007, 10:17:29 PM »
This is the rebirth, of sorts, for the Numina discussion thread.  It is bittersweet for me since to be honest not only did I enjoy reading over the original thread by many of my friends & fans but more importantly the posts by my dear friend Andy K are all but lost.  Be that as it may, we must move on, I suppose... and I know Andy K wouldn't want me to get all mushy over him.  And with that, the first post for the Numina Discussion Thread consists of a brand new review of Symbiotic Spaces by Phil Derby:

Numina "Symbiotic Spaces"

(, 2007)

2 CDs, 72.22 mins + 71.57 mins

A collection of rare and unreleased tracks, Symbiotic Spaces is a first-rate collection of floating ambience by Jesse Sola aka Numina. Though compilations can sometimes be uneven, this 2-CD set has remarkable flow, moving deftly from pure drifting like "Waves of Reflection" to the tribal timbres of "Broken Silence" to the swirling synths of "Death of a Sun." There is enough variety to keep things interesting, but Numina plays to his strengths by sticking to the smooth ambient style that fans have come to expect. Titles aptly describe the music; for example, you might correctly guess that "Space Lilt" is light and bright,  while "December Sky" imparts a somewhat darker, colder tone, although it is still quite silken. Three of my favorites are back-to-back-to-back at the end of disc one. "Dronecoil" is a sparse piece with a shimmering metallic character that builds just so.  This is followed by "Cells", a deep space journey filled with cool electronics, which surprises by segueing into primitive tribal ambience. Disc one closes with "Anemone [Version Three]," whose dark silky sounds remind me of early Cocteau Twins, softened around the edges a bit. Disc two opens equally strong with "Moonrise," a dark haunter with a touch of Goth. "In the Shadow of Machines" is moody ambient electronics much like Pete Namlook sounded in the early FAX days. And so it goes from strength to strength, some lighter some darker, some abstract some more melodic, all good.

2007 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:23:09 PM »
Griff - that's fine, I don't have time to moderate anyway.  It was fun while it lasted... but I will miss eyedropping the "priviedged" area where the moderators mingle.  Oh well.  - Jesse

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:20:57 PM »
Hypnos rocks!  ;D [move]

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:04:24 PM »
I don't like this theme myself.  Not enough contrast between posts. But I like the effects... - J.

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