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Everything and Nothing / Where do you purchase your cd's
« on: February 11, 2018, 10:40:11 PM »
For quick non genre defined cds I have gone to Amazon and all others such as ambient I go to the label or something like Bandcamp, but as of today Im going to boycott amazon because of some shady return policies that have cost me when I did the right thing.

I have looked around and not much has surfaced that seems to come close to the Amazon beast. Yeah I have Prime and its sweet to get things quickly but for all that speed and convenience someones paying the price.  If you feel like bashing Amazon please do because that may help cool my rathe with them.

So where do you shop for cd's? Is there an alternative?

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Jˇhann Jˇhannsson
« on: February 10, 2018, 10:44:40 PM »
Listening to this now.....

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Jˇhann Jˇhannsson
« on: February 10, 2018, 10:25:23 PM »
A very special composer.....he was set to do the new Blade Runner but ended up not doing it, director went with Zimmer.  A mistaken choice I feel especially after what he did with Arrival. 

Sad News!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: My first live performance
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:42:06 PM »
Enjoyed listening to this very much.....I like how at about 20 minutes the drama amps up here so to speak. This happened earlier in the piece too.  Its really well done and then it comes back down just right. Solid performance!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:33:07 PM »
My first pedal

This is what inspired me below, the MXR Digital Delay....what Jaco Pastorius used for his sound.  It is long gone but some of its tone has trickled down to this contemporary pedal.

The Bass Chorus Deluxe on a fretless is magic...I had played the bass through some software ensemble / chorus fx that worked well but this was much more intense and to my surprise noisy, being analog perhaps thats normal for pedals.  The flanger addition is very sweet and with the X over button one can roll off the effect on the low end to keep some of the muddiness off.

APK warned me about pedals......I fear the void that my Eurorack emancipation has created could perhaps be filled by pedals. :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: December 24, 2017, 04:21:28 PM »
Here's a good video that highlights the Eventide H9 pedal with this case its a 6 string fretted which seems like part guitar but hey, would love it but I've got my hands full with 4 strings.

How about those ergonomic frets.....The bass is a Dingwall.

Things get much more ambient space in the last half of the video.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« on: December 24, 2017, 06:21:50 AM »
Julio, certainly a sad picture you paint of the experience, you do convey the sense of looking rather than seeing
I suppose if you know the place you could try going when least number of people are there.

Sad indeed. I have many fine memories of life in NYC, the place that I was born yet with so much time away it was a bit of a culture shock I think. The city itself has become a giant museum or show.  There was no really difference from what was happening out on the streets of the city and within the cultural inner sanctums.  Perhaps thats a good thing or certainly interesting but personally I came away with the question.....what purpose does it serve?  Obviously to the millions that work and live there it has many.  To me the whole thing seemed rather pointless and the cultural temples that were once a place of inspiration and spiritual reflection are gone as I knew them.

This is as much a statement about time many be a good time to try and read Marcel Proust, "Remembrance of things Past"......all 7 volumes  :o

Like the visual context Jana!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« on: December 21, 2017, 06:50:27 AM »
Interesting thoughts here.

Regarding the consumption of culture, I took a day trip into NYC a few months back....I was staying about 40 miles away in New Jersey.... to visit the Museum of Modern Art, my sanctuary when I live in the city 25 years ago.  Well for one the museum had gone through major architect changes that turned the people viewing the collection into cattle being herded through small galleries with no way near enough space to view the large scale abstract expressionist paintings and then you can't put 10 such paintings, think Rothko, Pollack, deKooning to name a few into one room that should have perhaps 4.  I recall strolling through the museum when I lived in the city and the galleries were spaced like that, large rooms with a few paintings.  It was not a good experience and not how art should seen.

Heres the point though,  certain "famous" paintings in the collection could have up to 20 people gathered around.....Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" was one in particular.
Out of those 20 people around 15 of them had their cell phones up to their faces either taking pictures or video.  It seemed  the experience of looking had been replace by the capture of not the experience itself but the object.  Perhaps because it is valued at close to 300 million dollars if it went to auction.  Some people would just snap with their phones and then walk away.

I found the whole thing a bit shocking to the point of disgust.....certainly my fond memories had been trashed, well not the memories but the hope of resisting them. To wonder again in a place of solace and protection form the everyday chaos of the city outside.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: December 21, 2017, 06:00:41 AM »
Hi Pete,

Really loving your album, Sylvi. The textures the fretless gives the music is wonderful. So much more than just holding the bottom end down.  Lots to enjoy and learn, thanks!

Using black fret marks has made it more "challenging" as they are hard to see unless in a bright sunlight room.  Have to use my ears more. 

Good to know that Samick has a decent reputation.  Quite a few boutique bass luthiers are having their more affordable instruments made in Korea and from what I read other small manufacturers can only stay in business because of going overseas with the cost of production so high here in the US.  Korean quality seems to be up there with Japanese.

As I recall Eno used bass guitar on Ambient 4, On Land.  Heres a track that has become a part of me over the years. 

Heres a couple of interest videos of solo bass performances with an ambient sort of feel.

Talk about using different tunings on this one

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: December 18, 2017, 11:36:30 AM »
Hi Pete,

Im actually learning to play bass.....fretted instruments are not easy for old hands!

I remember this post and your ESP LTD bass is a beauty I know what bass it is and the reputation of the Luthier,   You know how I am with gear :) ::)

I have been at it for about 4 months and for me who has for all my life played music by ear am forced now to dive or fall into music theory as teaching the fingers is all about scales, arpeggios, chord tones / modes.  Its pretty amazing and my studies seem to progress with theory more that the practical part of actually playing the bass.
Im enrolled in an online school called Scotts Bass Lessons, a fella from Leeds I think,  I really like how he teaches.  There is a lot out in the WWW.  At some point I will get some hands on teaching with a human.

How this will translate into my ambient my head I have a good idea.  Just got to get hands to a point where they are able to interpret those ideas.

My Bass story:

The girl who cuts my hair gave me a bass.....she gigs around town and this bass was her first one.  A Korean Samick copy of a Fender Precision bass, very cheaply made but perfect for a beginner.  However I really wanted to learn on a fretless bass.  So I watched a few youtube videos on how to convert a fretted bass to a fretless and pulled the frets out, inlayed black veneer maple as fret markers (Im already regretting doing this, should have gone with natural veneer) sanded it down using the correct gauge sanding block, added some 20 thin coats of super glue and sanded it down to a very hard mirror finish. I had to raise the fretboard up with wood shims as the string saddles could not be lowered enough to compensate for the missing frets.  It is a work in progress and it sounds decent. Sounds like a fretless with some quirks or maybe the quirks belong to the player.  I will get it professional setup so I can remove myself from the equation and down the road perhaps upgrade the pickups, electronics, bridge and hardware....the knobs are hard plastic.

Really enjoying the journey and look forward to eventually adding this palette of sound to my music.

Pete, did you use your bass on any recordings yet?


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:12:40 PM »
I must say The Easel is on my short list of synths as I have now gotten out of the madness of Eurorack,  Yep, sold the lot.....but thats a story for a different thread.

The Easel certainly has an ambient group of performers......check out this Irish electronic musicians I have 2 releases, "Love from Dust" and "Stay perfectly Still", both performed live recordings on a Buchla Easel.  Very inspiring music and completely melodic and not your expected west coast sound of Subtonick and company though I don't actually think he used an Easel. ::)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:17:52 PM »
Hi Anthony...thanks for the heads up on this!

I dowloaded the that is impressive. I can't recall a soft synth quite as sonically powerful.  Im no Buchla expert but this has something authentically BUchla about it to my ears

Arturia's modeling is well know and I think I started a thread about their Matrix 12 which was pretty decent but this is in another league.

Its a cpu hungry beast on my laptop, especially in poly mode as it glitches out my cpu....;-)

Kudos to Arturia for having a really playable demo version that last 20 minutes.

Perhaps Harry can give some insight into the sonic comparison though from what I have experienced playing the demo it is a creative experimental software instrument that will expand the legacy beyond the questionable future of the hardware Buchla Easel.


Jana that was so beautifully expressed.  Thank you for these words......."the universe in a note"

My yoga practice goes through cycles of activity but meditation has been, as it is for many a bit of a struggle to do on a daily basis. 

I have always felt that music composition or for that matter any creative practice is a can become a thoughtless without action moment.

Listening to music can also be a meditation in itself for sure.

There is a lot in your words Jana......I will read them so more!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:34:16 AM »
Thanks everyone.

I saw the typo but thats all one can really do.....drink or "whine" because its so damn hot if the power goes out. ;D

Studio safety.....If damage to gear happens its 99% of the time from water from a compromised roof so I cover the studio desk with monitors and outboard gear with a tarp, same with the keyboards.  I have in the past emptied the studio of "precious" pieces and placed them high in the strongest part of the house, the middle and this time I was going to do as APK suggested to fill our cars with equipment which were in our garage.  That is the best, well and insurance as a backup.

The worst part of a hurricane is waiting and trying to second guess direction. People got really scared with this one and caused a nightmare of an exodus either away from the coasts of Florida or actually leaving the state altogether.  I know people that left my area on the east coast to go to the west coast of Florida as Irma's was supposed to hit us only to find out that her path changed and slammed in to the west coast instead where they had gone for safety.  Best thing to do is just batten down the hatches and wait it out.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:51:07 PM »
Thats a great title by the way.

Thanks so much for your concerns.....all is well, myself, family and studio.

It was very sketchy for a while as Irma was slotted to plough through the east coast of Florida and hit my area with a Cat 4, 130 mph winds   It ended up going to the west coast so we got lots of wine (I only wish though there was not much else to do) and rain but nothing too serious.  Lost power for a bit but no real hardships, which would be no AC in September is sort of like no heating in winter, sure you live but its very unpleasant.

This was my 5th Hurricane, 3 in 2004,2005. One last year and now Irma.

Hurricane Jose is out there but looks to stay in the Atlantic and send some good waves to surf.

It is always a humbling experience to feel the power of our plant and the fury of mother nature....she gives and she takes,

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: June 15, 2017, 04:37:34 PM »
Jana, what a beautiful open space.....the light is wonderful.  You like your monitors very wide apart or did the panoramic photo stretch the perspective? :)

Thanks Julio :)

Yes the monitors indeed have much space. You see all right :) We really like to have the sounds expanding in the whole room, and especially for my music it is even necessary.

Of course...that makes sense.  Do you listen from a more central position in the middle of the room..... auditioning music when at your iMac would have you hearing a lot more of the right channel.

Perhaps in such a beautiful space you may walk a little while you audition your compositions, so the more established studio methods are not so important for you.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:48:47 AM »
Jana, what a beautiful open space.....the light is wonderful.  You like your monitors very wide apart or did the panoramic photo stretch the perspective? :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:29:17 AM »
Julio, is your headphone amp already fixed? This would be great.
For your headphones I am sorry, no way to effort this pair twice. Wish you luck!

Btw: I must check my audio interface today, maybe an output is not function.
I do not hope so but I have 3 years guarantee, so it would not be a problem.

Hi Jana......Good News, The SPL Phonitor Amp is fixed and arrives back to me today.  No Charge!  They said they would be gentle as possible regard the cost to fix.  I was not expecting for free after the warranty expired 5 months ago.

I feel this has something to do with the high quality of production and care that goes in to German manufacturing. Theres a certain pride that when something goes wrong whether it be the customers fault or not.  With in reason. It is not acceptable and is fixed at the manufacturers expense.  That and maybe the fact that SPL's amp killed my headphones. 

I have a Leica M9 digital camera the I broke 3 times from dropping it and other stupid events and one time the sensor malfunctioned.  I bought it used but through the Leica store here in Miami, Florida, with no warranty.  Each time it was fixed for free and the sensor was fixed "good will" was on the recipe with no charge.

Both German high end electronics manufacturers.....Coincidence.....I think not.

Hope you Interface is OK.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Moog Factory Tour.
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:00:00 AM »
Hey! I was in Asheville and the Moog Factory in May too! I was there playing the Asheville Electro-Music Festival in Black Mountain, and stopped in to have my Voyager tuned up.

Hi Paul....I was in Asheville the last week of May.  Is Black Mountain the famous Collage?  I did not know they had a Electronic music festival but it makes sense.

Make Noise Eurorack Modular is also in Asheville but did not get to visit them.....Tony Rolando, the man behind Make Noise worked at Moog for I while I believe.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Moog Factory Tour.
« on: June 13, 2017, 02:01:30 PM »
Went to Asheville, North Carolina in May for some mountains & trees but did not know that Bob Moog had setup shop in Asheville. I have owned my Minimoog Voyager synthesizer for a year or so. The tour was the the highlight of the trip. The tour is free and lasts about an hour.

The Moog factory is right in downtown Asheville which struck my as similar to Greenwich Village, NYC in appearance and vibe.

The Moog Mother 32 (Eurorack) Synthesizer assembly line.....The "Mother" boards arrive already soldered so completing a Mother takes about an hour and a half.

The gentleman in blue is the tour guide who was full of interesting stories such as how the original Minimoog Model D was so powerful and deep that it was capable of inducing labor which is what happened when Geddy Lee's wife was very pregnant and happened to be at a Rush concert sound check when Mr Lee fired off his minimoog. Ambulance was called and their first child was born shortly after......Great story!

The Moog Sub 37 assembly line.....apparently their best sell synth.

The Minimoog Model D assembly line.....The lady at the back installs all the electronics, the man sitting works on just the mod wheel and pitch bend, apparently it is quiet involved to get right and the standing fellow finishes the synth. This is obviously the recreation of the original Model D and is the only minimoog in production as the Moog Voyage is not made anymore.

The Model D is made with about 95% sourced US materials....the birch wood comes from Tennessee, a good deal of the electronics are made locally in Asheville. Bob Moog established an electronics engineering course at a local Asheville college that a large amount of Moog employees have come through.

Minimoog burn in bench......All Minis are turned on for 24 hours and tested to be properly functioning.

The Moog Modular Synthesizer production line.....creation of these are slow. These two guys install and connect all the modules into their cases. The modules are built in another building. One modular was having a spring reverb installed as we came through and what appeared to be an small ordinary guitar amp was turned up......have to say I have never heard anything like it. It was not that the sound was loud it was that the sound penetrated everything and filled the factory with a sonic presence beyond description.

This building is where the Moog Modular Modules are made and custom work. It also houses the Moog Sound Lab Studios......graphic on the window is Keith Emerson's Modular.

Just outside the Sound Lab and the Lab itself. This was the end of the tour and where we could ask questions......I had many like was Moog going to make Eurorack versions of their big Modular but only asked one. "What was the chance of Moog making a polyphonic instrument like the Memorymoog?"
the answer....."There is always a chance."

We did not get to see the R&D departments where sixteen engineers work on the future of Moog secret.

On my way out I saw this little...shrine I guess.......can you recognized the people in the photographs?

It was an emotion experience and just such a cool place......there were many good pictures to be had but I would have missed much.  Their current philosophy seems to be taking the best of Moogs past and bring it into the present.....

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