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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 11:33:11 AM »

Akira Rabelais...."The Little Glass"

Interesting 2 cd release with a performance form Harold Budd.  Actually both artists are credited with piano parts but to me it all sounds like Budd. It is very quiet and restrained, even for Budd with a oddly beautiful sonic quality working in the softer to silent parts, perhaps this is Rabelais.  When I listened to the first cd it was what I had in mind and what I love about Harold Budds work but the second cd is Rabelais reworking of the first cd's music and it is fantastic.....pure shimmer ambience!

I got the cd, and I should mention its a cdr, from amazon in the usa but the Akira Rabelais Bandcamp site links Boomkat in the UKfor those across the pond. The packaging is old school plastic and somewhat cheaply made with cd Baby print on both discs and a very limited cd liner which lists track titles but no artist names or any other information. It plays perfectly but I guess I was expecting more in presentation then what seems like just an afterthought regarding the general packaging and design as is shown on the Boomkat website.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2016, 08:45:29 PM »
I am glad other people are getting turned onto these. When I created the thread in the other part of the forum it seemed like only a couple people were into this music. Film Decay is my favorite of the Tear Ceremony albums as well.

I have been immersing myself in Tear Ceremony.....

Film Decay...Resin...Emulsion.  Film Decay is the one the really resonates with me.

And recent releases from Todd Gautreau aka Tear Ceremony under the name Tapes & Topographies....

Somewhere in the forum cvac I found a link to your top 50 or so ambient / industrial music releases perhaps the cratedigger link.  It was there that I saw you had The Tear Ceremony album Film Decay listed.  Thats how I discovered it. Thanks!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 27, 2016, 08:36:09 PM »
I started at the beginning tonight.  OMG I love riding in the front of big buses and the landscape is other worldly, oh and the music is great too. lets see how far I get.

Thanks for the heads up Forrest

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 24, 2016, 04:34:24 AM »
Heres a new module recently added to my system....The Modcan Touch Sequencer

This is the eurorack version of the Modcan Series B Touch Sequencer from their large format Modular system pictured below.
Both modules behave the same way.  The eurorack version has to be the smallest 4 track sequencer I have come across.  It is so straight forward and simple to use and yet deep and complex results come out from it.

These are the video manual for both units for those curious

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 24, 2016, 04:04:21 AM »
I haven't landed anywhere else that has held me, but you can hear the wind blow through here sometimes. Very ambient...


Chris.....thats a great post you made with lots to think about.

I was trying to access Richard Gurtlers facebook page but was denied (have to sign up) to see what a serious ambient music aficionado presence looks like, ultimately that is Richards place but what we are talking about is what it means to be part of an interactive community and its possible future.

If for example my modular musings thread had not had a fair amount of traffic passing through...would I have continued, performing to and empty venue so to speak, perhaps not, but it was the opposite....2783 views and counting, in a six month period.

Perhaps there is a natural ebb and flow...just seems like the tides been going out for a long time.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 22, 2016, 08:27:04 PM »
Yeah I have very little to do with social media....this is it, me being social, though it is sort of lonely here sometimes :'( ;D

Perhaps blogging has taken over as a format from forums as people no long choice to interact and just want leads and commentary to good music.

I cant say whats going on with the Hypnos label but the prolonged silence is odd.  Things change and Mike Griffin's energy's maybe elsewhere.  I do feel that the forum was the backbone of the I remember most of the musicians on the Hypnos label were very active on the forum interacting with music fans and just generally being out there.  It was exciting.

This place still gets people passing through it albeit very quietly.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 20, 2016, 08:19:35 PM »
Six days since the last post hereabouts - has there been a longer period of inactivity recently ?

Julio - to the Modular ! :)

I noticed it is really very quiet....Ive been posting more on the currently playing thread than I usually do to keep things moving a Little but with the absences of drone on and third system that thread has lost a certain dynamics, though Chris still keeps the touch lit.

I think the most activity of late has been between us gearheadz and we are just a handful here and what we talk about is likely of no interest to most.

Have to say Pete I do really miss posting patches on the Modular Musings thread now that Ive gone all serious and working on a studio project....but think for a moment, where could I have be able to do such a thing....a live musical blog with an immediate audience for the curious souls.  Only here. 

Ive heard it said that the hay day of the forum has long gone and I wonder if those times coincided with the Hypnos labels peak release schedule.

Im often concern that this forum is not frequented by more, by more visible people....perhaps this reflects the state of ambient music as a whole.

Where is the ambient music audience today?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 11, 2016, 07:17:27 PM »

Pjusk & Sleep Orcestra....Drowning in the sky. Phenomenal ambience, field recordings and and and...Love it

Great perspectives from everyone.....good in depth thoughts Judd.

A lot may have to do more with states of mind than actual track length.  It is how it works for me I feel.  An example of  this would be this piece of music from William Basinski.  At times I can leaving it play all day and also times that I turn it off because its just annoying and nothing seems to change as my attention needs to latch on to more solid sonic shapes and changing form.

Of course ambient / space music is there to assistant in resolving stressed states of mind much like meditation which is what happens when I am listening to the long form pieces of music.  I am meditating.  I cant say the same for shorter pieces and perhaps thats the point....the form suites the purpose. 

Could it be that short tracks are more ambient pop....And Im not saying this negatively just that the form is more.... intro - verse - chorus - verse - bridge etc.

I once tried to compose pieces of music that had to be no more than a minute in length.....interesting challenge but it did not work.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 07, 2016, 03:37:08 AM »
Not sure why but I can never get youtube videos to show on this forum. Any way here is a link to a video of my concert from a few weeks ago:

Excellent performance Loren....what a beautiful kaleidoscope of tone and texture.  Really enjoyed it.   

Might be an idea to repost this in the members projects section so others who want nothing to do with us gearheadz ;D can experience the piece. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 04, 2016, 09:05:29 PM »
A new module added to my system...Iron Ether Pithoprakta, a probabilistic rhythm generator.  Basically a very random gate sequencer

FYI....Iron Ether is primarily a guitar pedal manufacturer out of Lafayette Louisiana with just this one astonishing eurorack module 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 30, 2016, 04:29:55 PM »
I have been immersing myself in Tear Ceremony.....

Film Decay...Resin...Emulsion.  Film Decay is the one the really resonates with me.

And recent releases from Todd Gautreau aka Tear Ceremony under the name Tapes & Topographies....

Well worth checking out though I imagine the early works as Tear Ceremony from the late 1990's are familiar to most.....its new for me though.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 30, 2016, 03:53:35 PM »
Thanks for the info like yours really make this modular thread a living breathing personal experience  :).

Yes your mixer is front and center but I understand how the computer is really the core.

From my own experience Im beginning to realize how the Akai APC 40 just shines for live performance, well, my own studio performance that is but still I can envision this out in a live situation.  One Apc may not be enough.  I believe they can be daisy chained so one could almost ignore the computer.

Staring at all the eye candy I was distracted and missed  the story about the Moog 35....thought it was a, they do share a resemblance.  Damn Maths teachers....stick to fractal and algorithmic music ;D

Looking forward to the video of your performance.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 29, 2016, 07:37:47 PM »
Fantastic pictures did the performance go?

It seems the mixer is a focal point for you...could you explain the performance process and how each part of your setup interacted.  Im very interested in what is involved in a modular performance and making it all come together in a live situation. 

Was a recording made?

Questions, questions, questions.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 28, 2016, 04:29:06 PM »
What you may ask does an Akai APC 40 Mk2 Ableton controller have to do with modulars...well nothing, but for me it does because each on of those colored soft buttons represents a patch or part of a patch.

I saw Morton Subotnik talking on a video about how he uses Ableton live and a few controllers for his live performance.  What this meant was that he could have a small Buchla system and use Ableton to record, process and send back out into the live system while performing.... at least thats my understanding of it.  This idea appealed to me to expand the system without adding more modules and use the daw in a live and spontaneous manner. This has completely opened up Live for me in very new way.

I dont use the APC with the computer, that is, it's connected but located as part of the modular system.  As a patch evolves its sections are recorded into Live.  The patch is dismantled and a new one created as a continuation or the first patch. Then this patch is recorded and spread across the controller.  This patch is taken down and a see the pattern.  I have 10 channels coming out of the system so technically I can have 10 separate events (not voices) happening simultaneously.

I had wanted to only produce/perform music from the modular with just the modular and its limitations and keep it "alive" and spontaneous as was expressed with the "Modular Musings" thread, so this maybe a compromise if one could call it that but Im hoping the music will be that much more.

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