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Everything and Nothing / Re: Am I back?
« on: March 06, 2012, 01:44:00 AM »
Sounds a liitle like what I've been experiencing with this headcold I've had for a week. Its getting better but it made an asault on my sinus passages. Felt a lot of dizziness. The interesting thing I've noticed about an ailment like this is that it forces you to meditate and you stop and really experience the moment. I got to the point where I couldn't read because putting my glasses on would just inflame my sinuses.  I could listen though, got some ambient music in. Can't wait to get out and walk and exercise again.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Automobile batteries
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:24:24 PM »
I hate electrical problems because one appliance can affect several others. Like Bill mentioned the alternator could be going.

Years back I had an old '69 VW bus and I took it out for a long drive and stopped at a drug store near my place one night. When I got back in the bus it wouldn't start. I popped open the engine compartment lid in the back only to discover the battery was gone! The metal it sat on had rusted clean through and I must've lost it on the freeway somewhere.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Automobile batteries
« on: January 27, 2012, 05:29:42 PM »
Wild guess - if your car was still under warranty then they'd have to replace it for free, whereas the independent guy can charge for a new one plus installation.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Novelty in Electronic Music
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:58:50 PM »
I come from a more conventional background and it was always composition over sound. A smaller soundset makes you think differently when composing and quite often that music can be played on different instruments and isn't so sound specific because you focus on chords, rhythm and melody. If you can get that together you can space it out from there. I did that with a tune called Viewing the Cosmos.

However it was a real challange for me to abandon that method and get lost in sound creating music that was sound specific with a loose and sometimes absent structure. Its a different part of the brain that goes on a sound journey. I like both approaches as long as the stuff is interesting and holds up over the years.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic (Dance) Music in America
« on: December 02, 2011, 11:22:14 PM »
I get the feeling these people are glossing over ambient music, but maybe they'll catch on later. Seems like the youth always returns to some form of dance music being the mating ritual that it is.

When I was younger back in my twenties, and to an extent my thirties I was able to listen to hours of music at a time, then again I could watch tv for hours at a time, not so in my fifties. I couldn't imagine going to any kind of a music festival or even a concert in a large venue like an arena, haven't even been to a jazz club in recent years. I go for long walks now for exercise but I don't bring any portable music whereas in years past I'd constantly have some ear buds on. The void must be getting filled up with age.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Omnisphere.....who's using it?
« on: October 02, 2011, 07:26:17 PM »
I like the orb and the iPadlike interface with the latch feature. I'd like something like that for VAZ Modular which already has all the other features shown in the demo(and a whole bunch more). There will always be the people that like the instant soundtrack/composition angle which I believe stems from the old home organs from the 60s, then there will be the more adventurous types that just see these things as tools for further modifications(Pete Townsend running his Lowery organ into his ARP modular). 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: October 02, 2011, 02:23:21 PM »
I heard on the radio the other day that large fish like salmon and tuna migrate from Japan to the US, so I don't think I'll be eating either fish for a few decades. I'll stick to farmed salmon(once in a blue), and sardines. So much for Wahoo's fish tacos as well.  :o

Perhaps I should've added a third catagory - the non-musician who will become a future musician (weren't we all non-musicians at one time or did some of us pop out of the womb playing something?), or a musician that takes up more instruments in the future they didn't quite picture doing so at the onset, quite possibly due to liner notes or articles in mags and on the internet. Either type is still a musician. Non-musicians tend to stay that way for the most part(or wind up reviewing music  ;D)

I think non-musicians are more interested in the artwork on a CD, then after that any philisophical mention as to what the music is about, after that any mention of other musicians to see if they can recongize their sound(and that's a maybe), after that any mention of equipment sounds like shop talk gibberish for musicians and basically gets ignored.

Everything and Nothing / Re: a Star named after loopool?
« on: September 23, 2011, 10:54:45 PM »
I think they've already found us centuries ago. Rent  Chariots of the Gods sometime. Millions of people have seen UFOs(me included) all over the planet.

The artists care, some more than others. Its a different mentality, after all we spend alot of time reading reviews and trying out lots of equipment we'll never buy, or worse buy and sell off for more.  Its kind of an addictive disease, an illusion of power and control. For some its an endless journey, and even worse if you're a multi-instrumentalist. Plus you might have spare instruments if you're on tour, or extra equipment around if you have musical friends that come over to jam or create.

Regular people listen to ambient music to get the samadhi which is where we all start from. Maybe that's why mp3s and other digital audio are more popular than CDs - no mention of the equipment involved!

I was a little shocked reading this a couple weeks back, he was only five years older than me.  I'm in that age group where this becomes more and more common as time goes by. Barry actually emailed me about ten years ago after reading about a CD I did back then and wanted to trade me Inscape and Landscape for it. His CD is much better and definitely my fav of all his work I've heard so far. I still remember him telling me he was leaving just before "the dreaded Vivendi" as he put it took it over. Lost touch with him after that.

So long Barry.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Lifelong musicians 'have better hearing' ?
« on: September 16, 2011, 09:14:45 PM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Birthday - Bill Binkelman!
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:23:02 PM »
Happy birthday Bill you ambient animal.


Everything and Nothing / Re: What do you love?
« on: June 30, 2011, 03:41:32 PM »
Starbucks zucchini muffins and their black iced tea, great on a hot and sunny California summer day.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Redoing my studio
« on: March 22, 2011, 09:04:57 PM »
I don't quite get those people that feel they have to dump their hardware for software(and proselytize others yet) although sometimes it makes sense to save space if needed. I read in the LA Times today about a guy that scores films with just his laptop and emails the soundtrack to the film maker.

I think its cool to have a main studio with all your fav hardware synths and real instruments, but its also cool to be able to travel with an augmented portable system in addition.   8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Redoing my studio
« on: March 21, 2011, 08:31:28 PM »
I hope you have some energy left over to redo your studio!

Anybody out there have portable studios? I've seen a guy with a midi controller and his laptop with headphones in a Starbucks, and also another guy in another Starbucks(they're plentiful around these parts) with his strat, headphones and laptop.  Seems like with the way they crank the music in Starbucks you'd have a hard time concentrating on your own project. I've only done a couple of tunes in the portastudio mode and I'd like to do some more in different locals. Why always be stuck in the same place?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:42:02 PM »
Quote from: doombient
Whats the point of learning a lesson yourself if those in control refuse to learn anything and change direction accordingly? Chernobyl might have become too old a hat for many, Im afraid, so it was about time to warm it all up again.

Man is an evolutionary dead-end street. To be discontinued.


Oligarchies only have the power that we give them,  the people ultimately call the shots. I hope we collectively wake up and make some changes - but then again maybe we've become too big for our collective britches and are due for a serious crash that prunes down the human race or even annhilates it.

The question is - do we want the game to continue?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:35:30 PM »
How about feeding cows chicken manure and raising chickens in tiny little cages where they are covered with poop and not expecting foodborne illnesses?

How about increasing the production of carbon dioxide and not expecting the atmosphere to warm up?

How about defunding education and healthcare with the expectation that the U.S. will remain a competitive economic force in the world?

There are plenty of lessons but there are many reasons that we use to ignore them.

Three of our biggest mistakes; going to war, relying on oil and nuclear energy, and over spending have really flared up.

I guess hope springs eternal for a lot of us. The items you mentioned along with my points are very 20th Century and I hope in this century we wise up from our careless adolescence. We don't have to use old technologies, live in extreme hatred, or be collectively stupid beyond belief, and I hope we don't continue to choose to. 

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