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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 15, 2008, 08:58:09 PM »
I've got a POD and its very suitable for ambient stuff. It'll do auto-volume swells from short to very long swells, very ebowish, and long delays to looping, and if you adjust the delay while its repeating it will glitch nicely too.

I've also made some samples just before changing the strings on my acoustic and classical guitars after loosening the strings, lots of wierdness there, and of course using the guitar bodies as percussion instruments with lots-o-verb. The samples have been tweeked in an audio editor for added strangeness as well. 

I want to start including these sources in my musings.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: March 29, 2008, 09:20:35 PM »
I'm reading Pierre Dansereau's Inscape and Landscape. Its a short book on ecology that influenced A Produce's CD with the same title. It sort of mirrors a Robert Rich interivew I read where he's into identifying mushrooms that are edible apart from the lethal kinds and explained that we used to be able to that do instantly with all wild foods. Its really amazing how detached we've become from nature not too mention the outright assault on it we've allowed.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Charles Manson enjoys Hearts of Space
« on: March 29, 2008, 09:08:27 PM »
I remember watching that interview. Manson said they wouldn't let him cut is hair or beard so that he'd look like he did when he was on trial for Snyder.
I've seen him in another interview which looked like it was done even earlier and he was alot wilder and vengeful, forget who the host was, might've been Snyder. I liked his line about we're all in prison, there's a little truth to that except we have an easier time breaking out.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: March 25, 2008, 11:39:54 PM »
Disconnected my TV a couple months back, its like having an anchor tied to my brain. I did rent Insomnia and watched it on my PC, great ambient soundtrack! The whole flick is very film noir with Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hillary Swank. I give it two thumbs up. Now if I can just disconnect from the internet for awhile I'll be set.


I'm glad there are multiple definitions, gives you alot to play around with. Michael Stern's Planetary Unfolding is alot different and busier than Steve Roach's Magnificant Void. Its like any other music that gets more interpretations as more people take a whack at it.  I guess the common thread is that it makes you spaced somewhat while giving you the sense of space.

I've noticed that its predominantly loop driven bringing the volume of the loops up and down as well as brightening and dulling the filters now and then. Robert Rich likes to play some spacey lap slide guitar over his loops. I have a tune at my SoundClick page called Illusion #2 that is made up of four long unlooped improvised tracks done one at a time, just reacting or improvsing to the previous tracks unrehearsed. That's a little different than another track I did called Scenic Route in which all tracks were improvised at the same time.

somewhere in space,

Everything and Nothing / Re: Classic & Contemporary Literature
« on: March 20, 2008, 05:02:28 PM »
Haven't made enough time for much literature, just a few books. I think Tolkien turned me off, reading his stuff is like hacking through the Amazon with a machete. I opted for TV and film instead and now regret it. I'm certain a good portion of my brain is rotted away. Right now I'm reading Confessions of an Economic Hitman, love the non-fiction. Must be saving the lit for my retirement years. Lots of good examples listed in this thread.


I was there after a day in traffic school on two hours sleep yet. Found out about it on by a fortuitous visit off the cuff a week prior. I walked in about half way into Lake of Sleep. Loved the ocean wave slowly disolving over his one chord(with a few notes added slowly here and there) ambient piece. That Mackie PA was right on the money.

Too bad Laura Escudé and Kathie Talbot's set was plagued with technical glitches galore complete with incredibly poor graphics. They had so much potential and I loved Kathie's voice and her Louise Brooks bob hairdo.

Robert Rich had the right idea nixing laptops and sticking with his Korg's and MOTM modular. His set was by far the best of the three, too bad so many people split in the middle of it. Too trendy for the room I guess. His music and fantastic visuals were like a perfect acid trip. Most of his set was pre-sequenced obviously with some occasional modular tweeking in addition to his flute and steel guitar work. Interesting Ebow vibrato technique. He really should explore finger picking that thing, lot of extra expression to be found there.

Being on two hours sleep and having to drive back to behind the Orange Curtain I couldn't stick around for some of his home brewed wine. Best $15 I've spent in a long time! I'm not sure how he did it but he managed to turn a summer weather like week into a gloomy San Francisco weathered saturday to set the mood. Then it cleared up all summer like on sunday, amazing.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 26, 2008, 09:51:32 PM »
I prefer a more zenlike minimalist approach that complements my fensue.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 22, 2008, 07:27:33 PM »
I liked the James Bond attache case I had that had a Lugar inside that had extensions you could attach to it to make it a rifle. I think I was the only kid in school that talked into the top of his pencil trying to be the Man from U.N.C.L.E.

I also had a light blue Fender Musicmaster and Vibro Champ Amp(pre-CBS blackface) that I loved and toted off to lessons with.

I didn't have a synth but my Dad made a Heath Kit solid state radio that didn't have an antenna so all it was good for was getting squelchy noises with. Wish I had that today! Very useful for my studio as a sound source.   8)


Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 19, 2008, 08:41:49 PM »
There's a melancholy movement in Elgar's "Spanish Lady Stuite" I like and tried to learn using synth strings but backed off from out of laziness that has some ambient qualities.

Also I recently bought a Paul O'Dette lute CD featuring composer Daniel Bacheler's music called 'Bachelar's Delight'. I dable with classical guitar and I like how articulate the lute is.


I recently put up a new darker mp3 at my SoundClick page called 'Preemptive Considerations' done sans keyboard.


Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 09, 2008, 09:59:24 PM »
Sorry to hear about your friend passing so young. I turned the big 50 last summer and I've made it an alcohol free year as well. Its wise to slow down and appreciate the moment(with some ambient music of course) to get the most out of life and prepare for the next one.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 03, 2008, 09:32:03 PM »
I received a little reel to reel recorder with 2" reels back in the 60s as a kid for Christmas I believe, lots of wow and flutter. I used to make little recordings of my voice, short interviews with my friends and family until the novelty wore off. Might've recorded my first guitars with it too. I've worn out quite a few tape machines since then.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 25, 2008, 01:59:35 AM »
I recently did a little darkish ambient thing called Preemtive Considerations using VAZ 2010 to make a couple of self-evolving patches, then just let them go for awhile in Capture mode resulting in a stereo wav file. Then I put that wav file into Cool Edit 2000(which also happens to work well in Vista!) and processed it a little further, then added a few strategically placed samples I made, further processed also, and presto...


Everything and Nothing / Re: Kombucha tea
« on: January 16, 2008, 09:42:49 PM »
Has anyone here ever tried kombucha tea?  I had been reading about its substantial health benefits so I picked some up to try with my lunch today.

It's a strange, fermented tea with active enzymes and cultures just like yogurt, and a weird, tangy taste like kim chee or vinegar.  I mean, it's more like tea than like vinegar, but it smells like the easter egg dye you used to use as a kid.

Anyway, I don't exactly hate this stuff, but it's so weird and unprecedented as a liquid refreshment, that I was really curious to hear what others think of this.

I've tried a few bottles of Synergy(what else?) kombucha (kom-boo-cha)tea from Henry's Farmer's Market here in Fullerton. Its an aquired taste and I usually just have a few sips durring a meal for the digestive bacteria. I'm also into green phyto base powder that I use in the blender with fruit juice along with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

I'm also into TAZO Chai and Green tea. BTW, I have an odd tune called Chai in the Evening. I guess now I'll have to come up with 'Sippin' Kombucha', or 'Livin' on Phyto Powder'. ;D


Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 15, 2008, 12:49:50 AM »
What a novel idea, interesting you put Yes' Fragile next to the Ramones, wouldn't be suprised if one of them fell off the wall overnight. I like the King Krimson cover, had that one for awhile. I'll bet Bill Binkelman could cover his entire house and garage with his CD collection.   ;D


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:48:04 PM »
I'm reading "The Fourth Turning:What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny" by William Strauss and Neil Howe.

Explains why generations differ and act like they do as well as value what they do. There are four basic generation types - Prophet, Nomad, Hero, and Artist.

* A Prophet generation grows up as increasingly indulged post-Crisis children(the lastest being Boomers), comes of age as the narcissistic young crusaders of an Awakening, cultivates principle as moralistic midlifers, and emerges as wise elders guiding to the next Crisis.

* A Nomad generation grows up as underprotected children during an Awakening(Gen X), comes of age as the alienated young adults of a post-Awakening world, melows into pragmatic midlife leaders durring a Crisis, and ages into tough post-Crisis elders.

* A Hero generation grows up as increasingly protected post-Awakening children(Gen Y, remember Baby on Board signs?), comes of age as the heroic young teamworkers of a Crisis, demonstrates hubris as energetic midlifers, and emerges as powerful elders attacked by the next Awakening.

* An Artist generation grows up as overprotected children during a Crisis(Yet to be born), comes of age as the sensitive young adults of a post-Crisis world, breaks free as indecisive midlife leaders during an Awakening, and ages into empathic post-Awakening elders.

This cycle repeats over and over each millennia.


Still using my Roland U20, Ensoniq SQ1PLus, need to get the old MT32 back out sometime as well as my Roland R5. Also some soft synths like VAZ modular, Vaz 2010, Reality, and a soft sampler Directwave. Also a classical guitar, Charvel strat copy, Dixon acoustic. Still have Cool Edit 2000, Power Tracks Pro Audio 8.

I'm not interested in alot of studio trickery durring the recording process, I want it simple, almost a live performance if not totally live sort of like Hitchcock editing as he filmed.


Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 08:27:03 PM »
Just trying the new forum out for size. I like the color scheme, my aging eyes can handle it but I don't think the preview works yet. I can see the previous replies by other members but not mine.


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