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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 15, 2011, 10:09:22 PM »
It seems the world is learning some serious lessons in this new century.

We are learning to not drill for oil out in the ocean,  that nuclear energy plants are not the way to go, building homes along the coast can be a mistake - New Orleans, and now Japan, and trying to take over the Middle East is very expensive.

I hope we all can learn from these mistakes and make some changes for the better.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Battle: Los Angeles
« on: March 10, 2011, 06:17:28 PM »
I'm waiting for Battle: Orange County   8)

I whipped out an old Miles Davis tape from the 80s called Amandla that has an 80s sound but its very exotic and moody, and above all - Cool.  The jazz community has totally dissed it because it doesn't sound like an acoustic bop band in a club., but for me the stuff is really transporting and great for driving.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sort Of Odd..
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:18:14 PM »
Didn't somebody once say that talking about music is like dancing about architecture?

Anyway, that said, there's actually a lot to be said even though it is after the fact, its more zen to experience it.

We can get clued into what to listen to and why its relevent, the artists involved(and how the world just doesn't understand), the production stuff,  packaging or lack thereof, where its being played, chances to perform with other artists, and a chance to sound off.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: = 404
« on: February 15, 2011, 09:24:07 PM »
I just checked out their site and it works fine. Rumors of its demise have been exaggerated a bit.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 05, 2011, 01:56:14 PM »
I still have a wooden cassette rack on my wall that holds 100 cassettes plus about six long plastic cases full of them. I've got alot of old Musical Starstreams programs from the early 90s, Franke, Arkenstone, Mars Lasar, Davol, and more.  My car has a cassette player but the one near my PC went belly up. I'll have to get another one someday while they still make them. I believe you can get a cassette player that fits in your PC for mp3 transfer convenience.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Maybe a silly question...
« on: January 26, 2011, 07:06:33 PM »
Oh like wow man, just logged in with one of those darker themes, pretty cool.  8)

The library here in Fullerton used to actually apply a due date sticker  to their books when I checked them out! So many books defaced(CDs too) with layers of them. One day I mentioned how discusting I thought the practice was and about a year later when they did a remodel of the building they dumped the stickers and started giving out printed due slips.

I really hate plastic jewel cases! I have a few CDs that are the cardboard  foldout type with a plastic base for the CD which I like a lot better. I have a Grateful Dead double CD I bought from Starbucks that only has a little small plastic circle on each sleeve for the CDs to affix to. The booklet is attached to the spine of the carboard foldout. The most eco-friendly one I've seen yet, cardboard and plastic probably made from hemp no doubt!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum upgrade notes
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:18:42 PM »
I like the new look with the added earth tones and the blue to gray gradience on the sides, but I think it could use some adds that blink a lot and skate across the screen!  :D

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: E-books in 2011
« on: January 07, 2011, 04:58:47 PM »
I remember a few decades back(yikes!) that a guy died in his home when the high stacks of books he had all over his house caved on him while he was asleep on the floor due to an earthquake. Books can become a serious addiction for some people and e-readers could save some lives!

As or paper books and mags I wish they would use hemp or bamboo instead of trees. You can make e-readers from plastic made from hemp too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 21, 2010, 05:12:36 PM »
I restored a few vinyl albums a few years back and although they didn't turn out well in digital form because the albums had too many scratches I have to admit the sound really jumps off them compared to CDs. The music is mainly fusion and classical stuff recorded in the 70s and 80s, plus one Andreas Vollenweider album and I think they took a different attitude for the medium.

Maybe a new recording method will develop that makes the best of both digital and analog worlds. We live in a world of modeled analog synths and amp sims that are very convincing. Perhaps vinyl modeling is on the horizon that gets most of the vinyl mojo minus the scratches and gradual vinyl deterioration.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Is everybody sick?
« on: December 16, 2010, 05:41:58 PM »
My left sinus was acting up a bit this morning but its cleared up now. Vitamins rule! Exercise doesn't hurt either. It could also be the drastic weather change. It was cold and raining this morning and just a few days ago it was summer like with temps in the 80s. That's So Cal weather for ya, schizo weather.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 13, 2010, 06:28:57 PM »
I wish Palin would keep her show in Alaska. :)  We live in a world where people get killed for a different view point. People have been burned at the stake. I don't think the world will ever become an Eden. Conficting viewpoints to the point of war is a symtom of the dynamic world we live in, yin meets yang, kaboom! Flame wars on the internet are just the tip of the ice berg.

Does the R&R Hall of Fame have any real credibility these days? I saw them on the 5150 tour at the Forum, no amps on stage. It wasn't long after that I bought my first synth. They definitely made some good contributions to the genre and had a long run. Eddie reinvented the guitar as a player and builder,  and influenced countless guitarists. BTW, Steve Winwood was 16 when he was with Spencer Davis.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Holiday Movies - your favorites and why
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:59:53 PM »
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles was good, I've seen that a few times. I'm not really a Holiday film type either, thank God there's Netflix!

The link crashed on me. I thought they were a little paranoid about there being a Hollywood Mafia out to kill them but ever since longtime publicist Ronni Chasen was shot execution style a couple weeks back in her car I'm having second thoughts.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Which is it??
« on: November 26, 2010, 05:09:29 PM »
I don't have a problem with the reasons people do their art. I'd say all ambient artists are in it for the love of the "dying" art. The cool thing about an art form is that it evolves so you always have new territory to explore although you may have to have a seperate income source.

I've heard recently that in this century one in three people will have type 2 diabetes, and the testosterone levels of the average 40 year old are that of a 70 year old man. Looks like bad diet and pollution are taking their toll and we will either thin out the herd(which wouldn't be a bad thing) or die off completely along with all art forms.

I manged to get a pass into NAMM in Anaheim back in the early 80s before it was open to the public and took a leak next to Neal Schon of Journey.

Wound up sitting at a small table with bassist Jimmy Johnson(James Taylor/Allan Holdsworth) at Catalina B&G Jazz Club in Hollywood, almost didn't make it do to heavy traffic on Sunset.

Andy Summers stumbled by me a little smashed with his girlfriend in tow on his way out of the old Catalina  B&G on Cahuenga in Hollywood.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Bizarre weather
« on: September 06, 2010, 02:48:07 PM »
Its a nice Labor Day here in SoCal. Haven't cranked the AC once. We did have a few weeks of hot weather but overall it was more like spring. I remember a summer like this back in the early 70s when it was overcast all summer with about 1 week of sunlight, I was pissed because it was too cold to use the pool.

The nice thing about this weather is the lack of major fires in the surrounding hills. I really hate those!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Hardware loopers
« on: August 27, 2010, 10:17:47 PM »
I was curious about the Line6 M13 and M9. Can you use an expresion pedal to volume out each loop?


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Acoustic Instruments
« on: August 12, 2010, 05:04:08 PM »
That's what I hate about making electronic music, wading through wires and software configurations and computer connections. Some people love that, but to me it's a barrier you have to hack through to get to the fun of making music. If there was a way to make sounds like a synthesizer or an electric guitar on an acoustic instrument, I would do it that way instead. I know acoustic instruments require maintenance and technique too, but for me at least it's not always that feeling that this isn't going to work unless I get a degree in electrical engineering.


I fall into the geek camp myself. I'm sure I could've been an even more amazing guitarist with a vast deeper knowledge but electronic and midi headaches opened up a huge vista for me as a composer that I wouldn't have done otherwise. Even though some electronic instruments(I.E. Seer Systems Reality) and computers have a short shelf life they work well with acoustic instruments. You don't need a degree just the will to read the manual and articles in magazines and on the internet which I love to do repeatedly. Just reading articles has triggered the need to turn on the synths which has in turn pulled alot of sound and music out of me. Still when I think of the major roadie duties I've had to do to play live I'll think, "sh*t, all I had to do was carry in that light classical guitar!", but it wouldn't have been quite the same.


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