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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Bowed Piano
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:37:28 PM »
I heard a feature this morning on NPR's Morning Edition about a bowed piano.

"To get a sense of what the bowed piano is, imagine a grand piano with the lid lifted off. Ten musicians crowd around, leaning over the innards of the instrument, like a team of surgeons performing an operation."

Link to article and sound clips:

Saw him and his "surgeons" do this in 1987. Lovely stuff, though at that time heavily indebted to Steve Reich. Thanks for this! Will revisit!

Same here, I saw Stephen Scott's ensemble at a new music festival here in Los Angeles back in 1985. Just last week I pulled out an old LP of his music and gave it a spin. Nice stuff.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:20:51 PM »
I knew a bunch of wise guys would say "I actually play real drums with my hands."  ;)

I wasn't trying to be a wise guy, just stating how I work.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:12:17 PM »
70s, classical guitar on reel to reel. Yep, for many years all I played was classical guitar.

My first recordings were probably me learning to play trumpet in the 5th grade way back in the mid 1970s, no good reason to go there.  :P ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 02, 2008, 07:25:53 PM »
My hands, I record myself playing my drums and gamelan instruments and edit out the best parts, then I make Apple loops out of them. Sometimes I will process them first to make them sound more synthetic if that's the sound I am after. Feed them into logic and start working on the rest.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 02, 2008, 12:37:24 AM »
I just ran across these photos today of Steve Roach's studio taken about two years ago. A lot of things have already changed in the Timeroom since I took these pics.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: February 01, 2008, 01:26:37 PM »
Unfortunately a Russian site currently sees fit to reproduce a portrait of Fred Frith I did that they hacked from a legit site. It's just a thumbnail but the practice is widespread.

Don't even get me started on the Russian sites, their are a ton of pay to download mp3 sites which are selling all of us artists music for download, none of which we ever see a penny of.  Try going to and typing in an artists name and see what pops up. They have nearly all of my albums up for download and for way less then what you would pay on iTunes. They even have things that I have never released on iTunes such as tracks off my first two cassette only releases.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:09:59 PM »

To play devil's advocate for a moment, just for fun, a fairly good argument could be made that virtually all of the people who downloaded it would never have purchased it, even if the tracks had never been available for download from any source.

Sorry Mike I don't buy that (pun intended).  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: January 30, 2008, 05:40:45 PM »
If my initial post comes across as whiny,  I should clarify that I really meant this in more of a general "what should a small label do?"

And if I came across as whiny, well then I am.  ;D

Sorry but this has been a petpeeve of mine since about two weeks after Terraform was released when I found that CD on a bittorrent site that listed it being downloaded more times that first two weeks of its release then we have sold of the CD in now almost two years.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: January 30, 2008, 04:32:20 PM »
Today, this blog is linking to downloads at 320kbps quality, of a couple of Hypnos CDs that we sell for $8.99.  I do understand the argument that sometimes, people hear something they've downloaded or reeived for free, and they like it so much they end up buying it.  I also understand that many who download it and listen, would never have purchased the CD in the first place, so in such cases there is no "cost" of a lost sale.

No excuse, they could post excerpts if that were their main goal. But to post entire CDs in mp3 format of the highest quality is rediculous. I suggest you do what I do whenever this comes up, first off you complain to Rapdishare or Megaupload or any other sites that they are using to host their downloads that they are offering copywritten material for download. These sites then have to take down the material and most will within 24 hours. Second, complain to the blogger site about this blog is being used for the purpose of illegal downloads, it will also be shut down. Personally I find most of these people are total scumbags and should be slapped upside the head, especially when they do this to small boutique labels like Hypnos or Soleilmoon.  >:(

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 28, 2008, 07:13:53 PM »
My bass player in my first band had something like that.   Interestingly - it could stand straight up and still play.   

Yep he probably had the same player, it holds your record vertically instead of horizontally like most record players do. One draw back was if the record you were playing was warped at all it would bang against the sides of the player and create a very loud rumble effect. It could be quite annoying with quieter music like ambient type stuff.  :o Yeah another strike against putting this type of music on LP all be it a very limited one.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 28, 2008, 01:40:02 PM »
For the listener as well the attention span remains throughout the complete listening session, not mentioning the fact that you've to get up and flip the record to listen to the 2nd side.  This all contributes to a much more lively listening experience.

Not all of us had to get up to flip a record over. For years my turntable of choice was this player:

It has two sets of arms and when one side was done it would automatically start playing the other side of the disc. It was a great conversation piece in its time.  ;D I still have it but it doesn't work anymore.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda----Worth the Effort???
« on: January 27, 2008, 04:49:18 PM »
I've been checking these guys out for awhile, but I'm also of the school where its better to have a limited synth you know back and forth than a monster you can't tame.

Not sure what you mean here, you want something simple over complex is that what you mean?

As for the Andromeda it didn't really do much for me but then again I already have similar synths in my studio and haven't lusted after a big poly analog synth for a long time now. It does have plenty of fans though. I say go check it out and see if you like it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 27, 2008, 01:13:31 AM »
The hopeful news Loren is that this was a merger VS a buyout / takeover. TC still retains their autonomy. Maybe this means we will finally see the resurrection of Oberheim in a Powercore softsynth version.

Talk to Chris Halaby formly of Opcode about megers and Gibson, and why would I want a softsynth imitation of my Oberheim? I thought the OB12, B3 organ imitations and grand piano that Gibson put out under the Oberheim banner was bad enough. :(

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 25, 2008, 11:28:22 PM »
In that price range I would look at the Presonus or better yet the TC Konect.

Yeah the new Konect 48 is suppose to be pretty cool. Get one now before Gibson bleeds TC dry and you can't get anything from them anymore.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2008, 12:47:26 PM »
Richard Pinhas - L'Ethique (LP)
The Strato Ensemble - Drawn Straws (CD)
Michael Hoenig - Departure From The Northern Wasteland (CD)
Jalan Jalan - Bali (CD)
Richard Pinhas/Heldon - Compilation 1976-1982 (LP)
Pekka Pohjola - Everyman (LP)
Saul Stokes - Vast (CD)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2008, 12:20:03 PM »
Eric Wollo - Dreams of Pyramids
Steve Tibbetts - Safe Journey
Chas Smith - Nakadai
Rudger Lorenz - Southland
Daniel Lentz - On The Leopard Altar
Morton Subotnick - Touch

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:33:01 PM »
Funny this has come up right now, as you know I just hooked up my turntable and have been spinning lots of vinyl this week.  :)

I'm not of the crowd that thinks vinyl sounds better and I am willing to bet you won't find many of those types in this group as vinyl never was a very good medium for this type of music. Most of the vinyl junkies I would think are in the classical/jazz fields.

As for buying vinyl, I hardly ever do anymore. I can't think of a single LP that I have bought in the last five years, new or used. Most of my vinyl is as you stated older stuff not released on CD. And given a choice I almost always would take a CD over vinyl.

As for have I thought about releasing my own music on vinyl, yes I have. I almost did that back in the mid 1980s for my first album "Point of Arrival" but I didn't quite have the money at the time so I released it on cassette instead. In retrospect I probably should have released it on LP and just borrowed the money to do it.  I've also thought about releasing something new on vinyl, not because I think its a great medium for music but as a possible way to avoid downloads. It takes a lot more effort to rip an LP then a CD so you really have to go out of your way to do it. I think in the end I would probably do a DVD-A release instead if avoiding bittorrent sites were my main goal.

Now Playing / Re: Now Playing - music
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:19:50 PM »
I moved this post of Loren's over from the  "Everything and Nothing" area into this section specifically devoted to "now playing" lists.  I'll 'PM' Loren about this move in case he never checks out the Forum's main screen!

No need, I was in the middle of deleting it to move it myself when you moved it.  ;D

Sorry, I forgot about this section until after I posted my thread.  :o

Now Playing / Now Playing - music
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:13:56 PM »
Here's my current list:

Brain records History of German Rock 1972-1976
Craig Leon - Nommos
Danzindan-Pojidon - Inoyama Land
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist
Steve Roach - Traveler

I picked up an old receiver that I can plug my turntable into (my newer suround system doesn't support record players) so I've been on a bit of a vinyl bing lately.  All of the above are LPs, not a single CD in the mix. I don't think I've listened to this much vinyl in one sitting in 15 years. :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 09, 2008, 11:15:41 AM »
Get a job. The rest I will think about once I can pay the bills. :(

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