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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 17, 2016, 07:18:00 AM »
Here's a recent interview with Peter Zinovieff (who designed the VCS-3). His history with electronic music reveals the VCS-3's "modular" roots as a wall of oscillators and such.

Fascinating video.....interesting how younger musicians today and I say younger compared to Peter Zinovieff and Subotnik who totally embrace the computer and Daw, whereas these younger musicians, myself included tend to treat the computer and Daw as a multi track tape machine and performances are live with little post manipulation.  Many would prefer to record direct to tape if those machines were more readily available and some people still do.

A lot to think about!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 17, 2016, 06:33:15 AM »
Thanks for the in depth look Scott at the VCS 3 and your personal history with Synthi AKS

Heres Mr Cortini performing with the Synthi AKS......and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 14, 2016, 08:41:41 PM »
The VCS3 is still in production......over at muffwigglers one person said they joined the wait list in 2010 @#74. April of 2016 that person was @#11.

You got to really want one of these and have patience.

Enjoyed the track.....really like the backing vocals more than the lead though the whole song worked well.  Different from the usual Phobos stuff as you say but you should do more with or without vocals.  The music itself is very good and the vibe it creates.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 08, 2016, 02:44:18 PM »

Well, a 2600 or a Putney are (semi-)modular in nature

The VCS3 or Synthi are fullly modular in nature, they don't make any sounds unless you make connections with the pins on the matrixboard.

It's a great educational toy. So is the EMS.

They are hardly toys, I would say they are great synths, maybe a bit more limited then a full modular synth.

I probably should not of used the word toy in the Jarre post....bad sarcasm though following Ekstasis's lead, so it is his fault ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 07, 2016, 06:17:17 AM »

But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.

I agree, Chris.  I would go a step further, and say that, at least for me, the more I am immersed in the process of creation, and less preoccupied with how it will sound to others, the more likely I am to create something that is more pure and to my liking.  I think the narrator's view is a little too binary; he seems to suggest that you either cater to someone else's tastes or you try to create something "meaningful."  I think there is a whole other middle ground--a process of trial and error that requires both an interest in the creative process itself and a baseline of technical knowledge that will help control or facilitate the conditions under which you create your music.  That is the part of the process of creating music that I enjoy the most.  Considering what is most "meaningful" for me comes much later during the editing process and in deciding which pieces should not only be finished but also be included in a release I would make publicly available.


Very well put Forrest and I do agree with you and Chris yet I didn't get that he was suggesting to create works so that people would care about them, which of course is what makes a discussion like this interesting......peoples interpretations vary.

What I come away with most from the video is the challenge.  He is calling anyone who listens to task.  Dont give up.  Push forward.  Fail, then fail again and discover what being true to yourself means and dont listen to "Nobody" 

Personally, its has always been about the journey and not the destination.

As Garrison Keillor says at the end of each Writers Almanac on National Public Radio......"Be Well, do good work and stay in touch"   Perhaps this is all that we can do.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:04:36 AM »
So here is a successful musician with lots of modular toys......Oxygen was the first electronic music I had heard, guess I was about 12 years old when it came out.  Still love to this day!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:48:12 AM »
Photographer Sally Mann uses "Wet glass plate" techniques invented in around the 1850's.  No autofocus or built in image stabilizers here

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:08:41 AM »

it feels like it is only a plaything for them like toys..

For many that is the is a hobby and they have no intention of making recordings other than to share with friends and demonstrate sounds of new modules.  Keep in mind the eurorack modular system has taken about the last ten years to reach this zenith where it is now.  How many Moog's, Buchla's, Serge's and Arp's have appeared on records....many but they have been around 40 years or more and could only be bought by successful recording artist due to the insane cost.  The eurorack format by contrast is for the people.....there are a lot of people in this world.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 05, 2016, 05:37:10 AM »
when it comes to photography art it has to do much with the equipment you use.
Unlike painting etc According to me you need no artistic skill to push the photo button.
To have artistic taste is not hard.. it is not hard to edit photos afterwards etc..
so for me photographers are overrated,

If you have a mediocre camera no matter what you do and software tricks your photos will look uninteresting and mediocre.
I have never owned a system camera only point and shot and smartphone cameras.. I have used all those the full limit..
software tricks can help but you are still always limited to your camera..

If I get a good camera, I can make professional aristic photos too no problem, and if you buy me a flight ticket I can take photos of epic nature etc.
I have no problem to push the camera button it is not that hard.

Of case I am beeing little bit sarcastic here, of curse you need to know the technological basics of to set exposure and all that but the truth is also the newer cameras do more and more stuff automatic.

Ekstasis.....your post is very funny, I think  ??? 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 04, 2016, 04:55:21 PM »
Beautiful words Jana,

"Nobody Cares" are soul wrenching words and the creative projects we embark upon are full of passion, dedication, intelligence, imagination and...the list can go on and I really believe what we do, we do so that we matter...not from an egocentric perspective but one with community in mind.

I feel this way when I begin a recording.....that I am creating music that will be a part of something much more than just me, something that hopefully will contribute to the greater whole and that in itself really matters.

Whatever are our driving forces, and let them continue to drives us, we should always strive for the best which I dont see how anyone could do it any other way....there can be no half heartedness and I believe every musician on this forum feels similar and that really matters!

This is equally matched by the ambient music fans here.....they seek what matters.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 04, 2016, 10:57:35 AM »
I agree with what you say overall Pete..... definitely an grabbing title.

Its the over saturation in general that caught my attention and how he recommends not making easy pictures.  I understand what that means though its sort of hard to explain.  I think we do it all the time when composing music, that is, not making "easy music".....a few sonic sketches, then and idea comes and then the music builds and things start to expand and certainly collapse until a finish and sometimes a labored work is conceived.  Sure thats not always the case and music can be much more accidental. Regarding photography, its not just taking a long walk for a few hours and seeing what images come though that is truly enjoyable and does produce..... 

Its often said here that there is just so much music being made that its near impossible to kept up and out of all of that how does one find the "work that matters".  Is it as simple as the cream will rise to the top of a bottle of milk....a bottle of milk, you mean milk came in bottles :o ;D  Red top, silver top and gold top....that was how it was graded when I lived in the UK, naturally gold had the most cream, but I digress.


Everything and Nothing / Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 03, 2016, 04:27:28 PM »
Im considering a camera purchase and was checking the web for info and stumble across this fellow who impressed me......and where you see photography in the title, put your chosen creative form of expression.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: August 01, 2016, 05:03:10 PM »
Im only about 4 hours into this.....put it up on the big screen tv and left it running.  Well seems the bus stopped for a food break and sleep.  Ok, trying not to fast forward. Night is what we call dusk.  Interesting people seem to know this bus is on the move as periodically fans await alongside the road

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 01, 2016, 04:39:20 PM »
FM-84 - Atlas

80s 80s 80s !!!

DeepR....Thank you for this, its Wonderful! Many feel the same according to their Bandcamp site.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 31, 2016, 07:19:49 PM »
Julio, How do you like the Modcan Touch Sequencer?  Love the display.  Reminds me of my Atari ST from the old days.


Hi Forrest,

The Modcan Touch Sequencer is quite amazing.  Only had it a few weeks, yet it is so straight forward to program via the touch screen. I have been looking for a 4 track sequence that has 4 individual clocks, this sort of does in that it has 4 independent clock dividers.  Sort of the same thing though I dont think I could elaborate more....its a bit beyond me.

For something this powerful it has rather a small foot print.  Initially I was a bit apprehensive of having to menu could not be more pleasurable to work with.  Its just one of those piece of kit that reaches out so far into a system that it changes the way you work and makes the music that much more exciting to create.

I see the similarity to the Atari ST.....Its something to look back on those old yet special machines.  They offered the possibility for the future!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 30, 2016, 07:06:54 AM »
Robin Rimbaud....aka Scanner talks about his live modular setup.  I always enjoy listening to artist discuss their gear and method if any.  Its slutty and education ;D

And here is what I believe is the pre performance practice run.....I cant be 100% sure but its the same setup  ???

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 30, 2016, 05:56:47 AM »
Came across this video of the history of the Modular Music and the East coast / West coast paradigm give by Tony Rolando, the man behind Make Noise.  Its short and has an interesting selection of music that demonstrates the 2 coasts and the Moog & Buchla philosophies. Ultimately he gets to his main purpose of exhibiting his new and about to be released Make Noise "0 Coast" or No Coast synth the Moog Mother 32 this is a great place to start for anyone looking to get into modulars or add it to your existing system.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 08:26:19 PM »
I really like that release, Julio. I ended up buying the digital on Bandcamp. 

So is US Amazon selling a different product than what Boomkat was selling? I almost ordered from Boomkat months ago because the pics looked great. I think I'd flip out if I received a CDr on demand in cheap packaging.

Hi Chris,

Yes....Boomkat say its an 8 panel digipack. I have a plastic 2 disc cd jewel case.  What I got through amazon is a cd baby replicate discs as I described.  Its a little odd.  I may just order it again from boomkat to find out

I have no worries that its a cdr but if Im going to invest in physical media I hope for the best in design and packaging.....what I got through amazon is not it. 9+ UK pounds seems a bit cheap for a 2 disc 8 panel digi, cdr or not.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 03:55:21 PM »
Now here is the thing.....still only an hour and half into it but it struck me, what time is it when this begins.  Lots of roundabouts in the middle of nowhere and no traffic.  Traffic lights and no cars.  Not familiar with the summer time in Iceland...I know its summer because the last part that forrest's posted people are wearing tee shirts, so.....does the sun set and if it does not is this the middle of what we call night.  ???  I think it is.

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