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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: February 06, 2008, 07:00:23 AM »
I'm still on an Avengers kick - went through most of the black and white episodes and now watching a few of the campier (as if that's possible!) color episodes. 

Also watching Little People, Big World season 1 again.   I'll have no problem picking up season 2 on dvd if they ever release it.

Stumbled across my copy of the Run Lola Run soundtrack and been listening to it in the car... now I want to see the movie again... :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2008, 09:44:27 AM »
blur - moddern life is rubbish
underworld - dark & long e.p.
the circular ruins - falling into the sky
vir unis - mercury and plastic

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 05, 2008, 07:22:09 AM »
Before I started my long break in 2004 - I was using Fruity Loops heavily (version 3.0 I think... older version even for then...) - I also liked Rebirth becuase it was so easy to work with.    On very rare occassions I break out my Alesis SR-16 which I personally think has a very lifeless and dull sound unless I really mess with it in effects...  I've always regretted that purchase.  Oh well!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: February 04, 2008, 09:00:21 AM »
I bought a Firestudio Project... it's on a truck somewhere on it's way...  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:34:17 AM »
My first recordings are from I think 1984 - I don't have any of them transferred from tape handy to show you.   They're not great (ha!) - and sound a lot like Depeche Mode Speak & Spell era stuff.   Someday I'll transfer those and post one or two...     I also have a tape of one of the piano solos I wrote for high school "solo and ensemble" contest - which were always kind of fun since I was usually the only one who wrote their music instead of playing something classical (I either gained points due to the audacity of writing my music - or lost points - depending on the judge... :) )

For stuff 5 years later in 1989 - you can check my "archive" thread for downloads:

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: February 01, 2008, 01:20:24 PM »
Finished watching it today (we're both on a bit of an odd "snow day" situation - most of the Peoria area shut down last night/this morning - although roads are fine now...).

Anyway - it was a really good episode.   As usual, opening up a few new questions...

Jim/Gemini - a really good show - the first disc you rent from netflix will have you rivoted.   Oceanic Flight 815 crashes onto an island in the middle of nowhere... they soon realize the island is more than meets the eye - with lots of weird mysteries.   The show alternates between the 'present' on the island and flashbacks to before the island where you find that many of the characters have crossed paths before.   

We had the premier of season 4 last night.    The series will end with 6 seasons.  They had planned seasons 4, 5, and 6 to be 16 episodes each with a definite ending.   Unfortunately the current writers strike will limit the number of episodes this season.

You'll either love it or hate it - almost everyone I know that gives it a chance loves it.   

Note - it's a series that is all tied together like a long novel - you can't really jump into the middle.

Welcome to the forum!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Pads from the waveform up...
« on: January 31, 2008, 08:05:18 AM »
I've got 5 of Eddie's dvd's - hilarious stuff!

"we're going to need more cake, I didn't realize there was going to be such a rush
cake or death?
death, no cake!
ah ah ah - you said death first... oh all right... give 'em cake."


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 31, 2008, 07:34:59 AM »
I love everything up through about ep7 or so...   tri repetae is great.   I had chiastic slide on yesterday.  cichle suite is very good, as is envane.   I really like the garbage and anvil vapre ep's and consider those the sort of pinnacle for me.   amber is also good.

getting too far beyond ep7 - I started not buying them as much.  Too me it seemed they dropped writing songs to writing experiments (which is fine in the studio to improve your writing and production skills - but not was a release...)   I have confield and gantz graf - they're merely ok - good for a listen every year or so.   I wouldn't have minded never buying them and instead picking up something better.   I don't regret buying any of the earlier catalog.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2008, 06:49:02 AM »
np:   photek - modus operandi - moody fun slower slightly jazz tinged dnb.


the elf machine - i/o
vir unis - return of the locust queen
vir unis - henry hud

a trio of atmoworks downloads.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Pads from the waveform up...
« on: January 31, 2008, 05:08:27 AM »
I've posted too fast on a number of occasions... happens to the best of us (and the worst of us like me... :) )

Creating sounds... what a huge, great topic.   The best way to tackle creating a sound is to start small and build up.   Get familiar with the building blocks -and it becomes easier and easier to achieve sounds you're looking for.

Start with a single osc - filter - adsr envelope.   Fiddle with it - see what it does.   Add a 2nd osc - mess with the tuning a bit- you'll notice if you slightly detune it (just smidge) you'll get an interesting chorus like effect.   Add another osc to modulate the sound...(usually labeled LFO) - this is a low frequency oscillator that is used to modulate the oscillators - making the 'move' a bit.   Keep it small - keep adding things step by step.    Try changing the waveform of the oscillator - sine, sawtooth, square...  see what happens to your sound as you flip through them.   

Effects... wow - there's a whole 'nother huge topic.  :)    APK's right - taking a sound and tossing a bit of reverb on it will go a long way for getting the sound you're probably looking for.   I also love the technique he mentioned - making a copy of the same track and changing the copy slightly - detuning it - or offsetting it by a few milliseconds from the original - changing the panning - changing the filtering...

For the "evolving" part - everything comes together - I like to be able to directly control the filter, modulation, on the synth... and control the effects playing part (I like to have my effects as aux sends on my mixer coming back into channels - so I can easily apply effects to the original or the already effected sound - create feedback loops - etc... ) while I'm recording - I will constantly ride the knobs on the synths, effects, and mixer to make it all evolve.    This is just my technique - there are many many other ways.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Pads from the waveform up...
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:56:18 PM »
Mike - I think you're confusing subtractive with additive...  subtractive would be the big analogs of the 70's and 80's...  moogs, arps, early prophets, etc...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chat feature in this Forum?
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:51:19 PM »
I would check in - though I think we block chat at work so that limits daytime use (not that I should be chatting then anyway!)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your MySpace experiences ?
« on: January 30, 2008, 12:55:22 PM »
I admit - I only really created a myspace page so I could contact a very old friend of mine that I'd found there (which was really, really cool) - I'll eventually beef it up and "use" the page when I start rolling out new music later this year, but up to now - I just check when someone sends me a note or a friend request (not many of those - but then again - I'm not really asking anyone either... )

I can see your frustration, Lena... 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:31:24 AM »
My coworker lent me season 1 of House over a month ago - supposed to be a great show - still haven't started it yet. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 29, 2008, 04:15:43 PM »
Watching a few episodes of The Avengers - mainly the b/w Emma Peel episodes.  :)   Can't beat the campy fun and the banter between Steed and Peel...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Warm Greetings - I'm Back in Town. :)
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:00:08 AM »
Welcome back and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 05:09:10 AM »
And again to repeat myself, the ritual of how you interact with the music by opening the sleeve, taking out the vinyl, feeling the static, putting the needle on the record, starting its speed and waiting until the first sound is being send through the needle is just mesmerizing...  sorry, guys  ;D

I totally agree with that...  (see my first post... :) )

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 04:59:05 AM »
My bass player in my first band had something like that.   Interestingly - it could stand straight up and still play.

Probably better than your bass player could ;)

Unfortunately, I watched him grow into a fairly bad cocain addict during the course of the band... you hit the nail right on the head.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 28, 2008, 02:02:21 PM »
My bass player in my first band had something like that.   Interestingly - it could stand straight up and still play.   

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