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Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:25:19 PM »
One of the first things I ever recorded was the first version of "Planets of Another Sun." If you listen, you will hear the plinky twinklies are way too loud. I always wished I had more sense about recording when I did that. It would have been great if the two parts were mixed better...or mixed at all. (Sigh)
It's here if you dare:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: February 02, 2008, 05:52:24 PM »
Yeah, I see what you mean after checking out the YouTube vids. Their later stuff is not easy to listen to. Kind of sounds like avant-garde noodling as opposed to their old music which is songs.

Mike S.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2008, 07:50:17 PM »
I've been listening to Andrew Lahiff over and over awake and asleep for about a year now and it never gets old.

Mike S.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 31, 2008, 07:48:14 PM »
Wow, what an interesting thread...

Indeed. I don't think I'm familiar with this band, but anything alleged to be this bad has to be worth seeking out. Any suggestions where to start?

Mike S.

[...edit...] And yeah, its going to be the first song on his myspace player ("yukidaruma" which i totally adore) with a few others. Oh how i love yukidaruma, it reminds me of everything beautiful in this world [...edit...]
Mmm... it's lovely, I agree. Hear here:

I'm going to burn my guitar. There is no reason for the guitar to exist any longer. There is nowhere to go from here.

Mike S

I don't buy new gear all that often, but when I do I always do a big jam session just like you're describing... sometimes I really wish I would hit record during those because I typically don't...

Probably wouldn't have been as good. Something about knowing the tape is makes you too cuatious.

Mike S.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:08:39 PM »
As a non-musician, I have to say that when I look at all those gizmos (and I've visited a few artists in their homes too, e.g. Kevin Kendle, John Flomer, James Asher), I am in awe that you guys and gals can keep it all straight. I had to laugh when Kevin Kendle said to me "Oh, it's not that hard to learn to use these things."  :o :o :o Yeah, right! I consider myself a bright person and am the local go-to guy here at my program at Hamline University for computer issues by staff and faculty and even students (I give training seminars on PowerPoint, advanced Word, etc), but I take one look at all that....STUFF...all those dials, switches, read-outs...and I just glaze over. It does not compute. So, FWIW, my hat's off to ALL of you ambient and EM wizards. I don't know how you do it. IMO, cooking a meal or writing is child's play but when it comes to making music using THOSE, well, I wouldn't even try it on a bet.

My humble, um, "studio" might be less intimidating. Note that half the stuff isn't even plugged in.

The cat's real by the way. She likes to walk over the keys and make noises. I also get help from Zhao the Ambient Gargoyle, visible on the speaker.

The piles of paper are my unfinished opera.  ;)


Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 17, 2007, 08:14:09 PM »
I'm sorry to hear this, Joe. I wish I could say something profound, but sometimes it's best just to say nothing. Feel free to drop me a line, though, if you need to talk about it or something.


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