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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 02:43:58 PM »

a)  It's Jesse's wife / girlfriend (sorry, can't remember if you're married!)
b)  It's Jesse's other personality temporarily taking over his forum account


Jonathan posted this in the Hypnos Artist section.   I thought I'd post a pointer in the Listening Booth in case you missed it.  :)

I'm still posting weekly downloads on my site every Monday. Some of the downloads are complete tracks, others are works in progress, but they're all free.

Thanks for listening!

I loved Oblivion - but yeah - I didn't sink as much time into it as I did for either Morrowind or Daggerfall.   Big key for me is I had Oblivion on my computer in my studio - as opposed to when I was playing Morrowind on my XBox - which I could play in the bedroom or living room and hang out with Heidi.   I sunk a ton of hours into Morrowind - but not all that much at all into Oblivion.   If I'm going to be squirreled away in my studio alone - I want it to be music time instead of game time.

I'm finding my little DS to be the perfect little game machine - portable - and Heidi and I like to play our DS's together (separate games - she's fond of Clubhouse Games - where I'm stuck on RPG's...).

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:51:52 AM »
I'm back to looking again - FocusRite and Presonus seem to be at the top of my list for value vs. function.   I had a nice chat with my brother-in-law who is looking into setting up his first daw... I'm going to point him to the forum here for advice...  he's looking to record primarily guitar.   

Been playing Etrian Odyssey a lot over the last week.   Great dungeon crawl RPG... sprawling huge twisting dungeons - monsters are levelled really well, strong enough to kill your party once in a while which forces you to go explore other areas and level up a bit before tackling the larger monsters again.   I'm only on level 7 of 30 - and all levels I've been through have a few secret areas I can't get to until I find a key.   

Where Orcs and Elves is a great dungeon crawl in the traditional dungeon sense - it's almost shamefully short - but great - and worth the $20 entry price.   Etrian is a dungeon built out of a forest (which is a nice touch) - and lacks the humor of the other - but makes up for it in the longer term playability.


Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:43:45 AM »
Oh my my my my my...  we finished Season 3 and ... wow!   Fantastic season.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:42:24 AM »
Sopranos marathons over the holiday vacation...   finished season 1 and all but the last episode of season 2.   It's been since they originally aired since I saw these - wow - better than I remember.   Fantastic show.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 05:04:59 AM »
I love all the studio shots.   Great to see the variety of gear used by different people - whether it's a huge studio or a small one. :)

I'm revamping mine - moved some furniture out of my studio into the living room.   We gave our big couch to my niece - so a chair that was in my studio and some furniture in our bedroom has moved out to the living room - it's like our house grew several feet... woo hooo!

Pics in a few weeks.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 05:11:46 PM »
I just read this wikipedia article - it's interesting...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 27, 2007, 07:32:36 AM »
Also watched Bourne Ultimatum - very good - if you like the first two, you can't go wrong. 

Watched all of Lost Season 3 - wooo hooooo!   Great stuff!

Christmas Movies... the old Alistair Sim version of Scrooge - A Christmas Carol - my favorite!   The old version of Miracle on 34th Street - another favorite.   Also a couple of musicals with Bing Crosby and company... Holiday Inn and White Christmas - and the Frank and Bing Christmas Special - a 50's era tv show.

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!

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. 

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


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!

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'.   


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

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.

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... :)

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.   



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

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.     

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:

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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