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Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 26, 2007, 10:07:19 AM »
We had my family here on Sunday.   Christmas Eve was just Heidi and I and we had fun going to a little flower shop in a tiny town near here that had a lot of old Department 56 Dickens Village pieces (yea!).  Yesterday we spent the day at Heidi's step-mom's making cappellettis (an italian pasta soup thing - family tradition - though no one in the family is italian... ha).  Today we have Heidi's family Christmas part 1 at 4:00 - I'm taking my bass, guitar, bass amp, mixer, mics, etc... over and setting it all up because we bought our two nephews these digitech multi-effect guitar pedals - cheap - but wow - they sound good.   Then on New Years Eve we have Heidi's family Christmas part 2 because that's the only day her brother and family can drive down... 

Then we're done!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2007, 07:27:38 AM »
I think we'll be listening to Christmas with the Rat Pack on the drive to Heidi's mom's to make cappellettis today. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 21, 2007, 01:05:18 PM »
I can see the label submissions requirements list now...

a)   You must enjoy the color blue, if not, go away
b)   Thou shalt not have more or less than ten tracks
c)   Nine shalt not be the number
d)   Nor shalt thou write eleven
e)   and twelve is right out


 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 21, 2007, 12:56:36 PM »
Yes - A very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever you like to celebrate this time of year to everyone!



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 21, 2007, 07:00:04 AM »
Bob and Tom show on the drive in - they played the hilarious Paul Thorn song about it being a 'great day for me to whoop somebody's ass'.   

np:

Maurizio - CD I'm still in my basic channel / chain reaction mood.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Max/MSP
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:57:58 AM »
Years ago I was seriously thinking about getting it - and as others have said - decided not to get caught up in the programming.    I think I'd spend so much time tinkering with it that I'd never actually record anything (I'm waiting for a comment from APK about the fact I haven't recorded in 4 years anyway... but anyway!).

I think it's amazing these tools exist - and I toyed around with csound for a brief time - and decided I do enough programming for my job to not make it yet another hobby. 

I'm still considering jumping into Reaktor someday, which is a completely different animal and so many others have created synths that I could just use it and only configure things when I really wanted to - although I opted to buy my analog modular instead of an upgraded pc and Reaktor a few years back.    Knobs and hardware just excite me too much.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Production Strategies
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:53:29 AM »
Fun article - and yeah - I like #5 as well.    I've always loved the drums (both the sound and the groove) in Zep songs...

If I remember right -there are a number of fans around here... :)

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: jkn's archives...
« on: December 19, 2007, 07:06:32 AM »
I added two more tracks from 1992 and 1993-ish, Still and Thrown.   One is very short and more on the light jazzy side of life.  The other is a bit more of a noisy-instrumental experimental track.   

Enjoy!

:)

p.s.  If you want to poke fun at the geeeetarrr solo - it's completely fine by me.  I make fun of it too... :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 18, 2007, 12:40:45 PM »
Currently listening to a mix cd from Phonaut  He was a dj at Northwestern's WNUR radio station in Evanston (north Chicago) - Jimmy Johnson and Vir Unis played about 4 or 5 live shows there (I joined them for one - loved it!) - and many of their "live transmissions" discs originate from those shows.     

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:58:45 AM »
Careful, Bill - I'm tempted to smite thee for even bringing that cartoon up!   

(I'm kidding, of course.)

Answering your question on the two movies - the ain't it cool link says this:

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One will be an adaptaion of J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT. The second project is believed to be a bridge between THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy - culled from the titanic amount of periphery/ancillary/notated material found in Tolkien's works. Such material can already be seen in the exiting films.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:56:48 AM »
You deserve a karma point for this post.  :)    Wonderful this project is finally back on track!


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Bakis and I did a cd exchange a while back and so I have a copy of Obsessive Surrealism.   My favorite thing about the album is it's strong sense of mood and feeling - there's a sort of melancholy spirit to the entire album which I mean in a very good way.   Not many albums jump out at me with such a strong sense of feeling and emotion like this.   

His massively cool collection of gear never gets in the way of his music.   It's definitely soundtrack-ish and works well either background or foreground.   He seems to be pulling from a number of musical sources so it's hard to pinpoint what style of music it is - it seems to bridge ambient and more sequencer based berlin school type stuff very nicely.

No - he's not paying me.  :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Techno Music
« on: December 18, 2007, 08:40:33 AM »
I'll agree with earlier posts that "techno" enjoyed a brief stint as poster child for electronic music in some magazines - and then it faded back dow to the dedicated niche following that it's enjoyed for years.   When I think of techno I think of Derrick May, Drexciya, Tresor label, Richie Hawtin, Speedy J, and all the fun dubby goodness that's been mentioned already from the Basic Channel, Chain Reaction labels and the more recent Deepchord and Echospace stuff currently.    In fact - the Basic Channel CD comp is playing at my desk here at work right now...

I kind of get all the IDM, dnb, techno, and just generally electronic stuff all blurred in my head anyway - they all sort of push and pull each other anyway.   The "big beat" stuff like Chemical Brothers - yeah - Surrender - there are some brilliant tracks on that one.  I stopped buying after that (but I pretty much cut waaaay back on any cd buys after that).

Crystal Method - "Vegas" is a brilliant album - and there are moments from Tweekend and Legions of Boom that are very nice.   

Underworld - there isn't much I don't like from them - always good -even the post-Emmerson stuff - though I tend to like the dubnobass through beaucoup fish stuff best.

IDM-land... definitely a fan of a lot of the 90's era Warp and Warp-like stuff - Two Lone Swordsmen, Autechre, Richard H. Kirk, The Black Dog / Plaid, etc. etc. etc..

 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 18, 2007, 07:05:34 AM »
Listening to the lovely subtle dub techno sounds of the Basic Channel - CD this morning.   It never gets old to me.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: jkn's archives...
« on: December 18, 2007, 07:03:36 AM »
Oh Jesse - you know you will always be my 9th love.  :)   I'll never forget...

Anyway... I posted a 4th track... "A Terrible Dream" which is the last of my 3 big "epics" from 1989.  I hope you enjoy these three tracks - all are very different but share sort of a similar theme of longer eploration type tracks - and these three are definitely the sort of "pivot" point in my song writing of going from the more synthpop and industrial and shorter tracks I was writing to longer, leaning towards ambient, leaning towards slowing down and loosening up, maybe just exploring new possibilities is a good term.   All are 4 track and all are mostly on borrowed equipment except for my old friends the Korg DSS-1 and SDD-1200 delay - which at that time I was really starting to get to know well and discovering what they were good at and how I could push myself in using them.    I still use them now almost 20 years later.   

Thanks again for listening and I'd love to hear any comments in the thread or via pm.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:11:19 AM »
My thoughts are with you and your friend's family.   

The "why" question is so hard to deal with.   There can be no signs at all - or the signs are so subtle no one could possibly notice until looking back.   It's been a decade now since a family member very, very close attempted to end their life and thankfully didn't succeed.   It was a stunning blow to everyone - this solid rock of a man, someone I look up to wish I was more like, happiest - friendliest guy you'd ever meet was so good at hiding what he was going through inside.

I'm lucky - he didn't succeed - though the doctors don't know how he actually survived.   And he was with us for another 6 years before medical conditions took him from us.

Sometimes I think the worst thing is to tell someone - hey - I've been through something sort of similar, but I hope knowing that we had no clue - and it's someone we talked to every day and saw constantly...  at least gives you a bit of comfort and you don't blame yourself quite as bad for missing "signs".   There may not have been any.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: avatars
« on: December 15, 2007, 12:52:57 PM »
Go to profile.  Click "forum profile information".  It's right at the top of that page.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: jkn's archives...
« on: December 14, 2007, 07:13:09 AM »
Unfortunately, I'm not a very romantic guy.   I have my moments I guess.

Thanks for listening!    I'm very proud of that recording - even though it's bad in the sound quality sense, it's a moment in time that can't be recreated - and I love hearing my dogs, London and Mickey, walking around.

I'm adding another song to the first post - another 'epic' from 1989 called "a hole in time".   I admit - I've never been all that good at naming tracks... ha.
   

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I've got a couple nephews (13 and 11) that are thrilled to have discovered classic rock songs through games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band...   I have to admit it cracks me up.   We were good aunts and uncles on Wednesday and watched them for the evening and half the night was them playing little mp3 clips on their cell phones trying to stump us on what song was what - bands like ac/dc, scorpions, foghat, and blue oyster cult...    So one of them throws on Don't Fear the Reaper and I roll into the "needs more cowbell" quotes from the Saturday Night Live sketch (which they haven't seen).  Heidi starts laughing.   

Later that evening we end up at Best Buy and they "force" us to completely embarrass ourselves playing rock band in the store playing, of course, the Don't Fear the Reaper song - which starts off with a quote from the SNL skit. It's hilarious... so when we get home I pull out our SNL dvd and play the skit. 

Anyway - my point for the topic was having kids discover classic rock tunes through the video games. It's actually kind of neat - and it'll be fun where they head next in music (they both are learning guitar) - I think the older one has a decent open mind towards types of music which I think is cool....

Anyway - got to get rolling so I can get to work!

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Everything and Nothing / Humor: Reserve a Spot In Heaven
« on: December 12, 2007, 09:06:57 AM »

http://reserveaspotinheaven.com/index.htm

This might be an old one floating around, but a coworker just pointed it out today.  It's hilarious.

Of course, I've probably just bought a one way ticket to hell by posting this...

John


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