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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:32:42 AM »
Hi Tomas, as I said - I don't have the illusion that Gigi (or anyone else) was an angel - he was a fallible human being like the rest of us, with his own foibles and stupidities, excellences and integrities.

I just felt that the tone of your comments relating to the RMX and technical expertise did not fit in with that of the thread - which had was 'what synths did he use'. Especially as Gigi always said he did not have or want expertise in those aspects of technology (no matter how much he spent on synths or anything else).

If the thread had been  - what sort of rate did Gigi change his gear? or Does having lots of money spoil your creativity? or Was Gigi any good at remixing? then they would have sat more comfortably. I may or may not have joined in wioth different comments and observations.

I suspect all of us - if the focus of 'what was it like to work with (insert your own name)? thread would have a range of responses - as would be expected. I have no problem with people being critical of Gigi, or myself, or anyone else.

Are his finances really a matter of importance?

For a short period of time I did some reviewing for E-ditions. I always felt that if I could say nothing positive about an album I was listening I would prefer to say nothing - not wanting to denigrate another's creativity. I tended to think that not liking an album was more a matter of personal taste and possibly a reflection of my own lack of understanding.

In forums i try to follow the same principal.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:48:36 AM »
Just a few personal notes based on work experiences:

I was working with him on 2 projectsůone was to contribute on a compilation and the other one was about a RMX of a track he did with Klaus Wiese.

He clearly wasn┤t up to date with technology and didm┤t had knowledge of using it correctly. As for the contribution: he finally "adjusted" the track by volume in a weird way by decreasing the volume to approximately -8 db. For the Rmx it was even more complicated as he didn┤t know how to handle file transfer properly. In both cases it ended up that he treated those files within his setup and it ended up to have them re-converted (!) on his mixing setup. I can clearly tell, that the sound of both files in the final result were heavily suffering by wrong technical treatments. Finally the Rmx was never released, as i told him that i can┤t accept the bad technically quality of his treatments he made on the original file.

For the equipment: he did own a lot of synths over the time, but from all of our discussions we had, i clearly felt it wasn┤t a pure believe concerning the options and possible sounds you can create by was much more based on a "gear lust" because it was very easy for him to afford any of them.

I assume most people don┤t like to hear this, but i do believe into balancing things, when someone had the chance to have a closer insight view.


Hi Thomas, your comments re the RMX etc do seem a little harsh - mainly as they are not related to the question of synth use. Gigi never claimed to be able to use computers etc. Given that self acknoweldged lack of 'expertise', his ability to create the music he did was something that I found special.

Also I had not noticed anyone getting into hero worship, overtly 'singing his praises', it has been a quiet respectful discussion with someone asking what synths he used.

Re the gear lust and his belief in possible sounds from equipment. I can only comment that your experiences would be the opposite of mine. I had numerous discussions with him about gear when i was trying, as I still am, to improve and increase (on a very small, usually non existent budget) the equipment I have and use.
   Gigi always recommended fully exploring what I already had, exploring my creativity with what I had and only then think about changing or increasing. He also encouraged me to think 'sideways' for want of a better description, not just going for bigger or better synths or effects etc.
   He did give advice on equipment that I generally found invaluable, even if i did not agree with all of it (he did not like the TC Fireworx effects unit - which I am really enjoying using). He said that being able to be creative with minimal equipment is more valuable than being uncreative with lots of it.

I suspect he was a bit of a techno-phobe in relation to computers. In that sense I have similar feelings. I have yet to explore midi....I am sure it is very useful and assists with creative music making, but I just can't get my head round it and no one I know locally to show me (how I learn best)

I am under no illusion that he was an angel. But he was as human as all of us and I would be very mean not to take that into account. I know if I had enough money I'm sure I'd be very tempted to buy all sorts of expensive stuff, and maybe it would end up an albatross around my neck.

I know that if I won the lottery i would definitely spend more on a hi-fi than a car.......

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 12, 2014, 06:26:04 AM »

As Paul said earlier Gigi preferred to make music as live as possible, so often there were no overdubs or post recording manipulation, which is one of the things that made our collaberation interesting...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:13:25 AM »
Gigi hated computers for music.......

I've never thought of his sound as lo-fi, what tracks are you thinking of?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:28:58 AM »
Gigi used a lot of different synths over time, he always seemed to be exploring new synths and selling others.

I have his novation supernova rack module - he reset it to factory presets before sending it to me....a pity given events....I too will check any photos or lists he sent me.
Gigi said the novation had been used to record 'Dreams' and 'The Dreaming of Shells' amongst others.

He valued highly the TCM3000 reverb/effects unit.

He also used a particular Sony minidisc with 'huge' range of pitch control......

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:32:58 AM »

Not yet finished this yet but really enjoying the imagination and story telling

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:27:26 AM »
Fear Falls Burning - The Infinite Sea of Sustain

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 08, 2014, 12:42:15 AM »
Reading the final Ian Banks novel :: The Hydrogen Sonata
Great stuff.

How does it compare to 'The Algabraist'?

Hi Martyn, welcome to the forum, I'm sure you'll find it an interesting place to be

.....and you could still consider one of the non PC based recording studios in the future - some have mixers and you could then overdub......

congrats for finding your vision/solution.

Let us know when you've got it all together and post some of the recordings, we'd love to hear them.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2014, 12:50:53 AM »
Vir Unis - The Drift Inside
A favorite of mine. The last track, Deepest Dreams, blows me away.

One of my favourite albums - I used to leave it on low volume repeat overnight.....

Independent Music Reviews / Re: Steve Roach - Darkest Before Dawn
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:40:16 PM »
I was listening to this recently again too - brilliant music

Another possibility (if you really dislike computers as some of us do) is to get a non computer based recording system - such as the Korg, Tascam or Roland digital recording studios.

e.g Korg D16 or D32.

Tascam DP24 or 32

Roland VS 2480 etc

You can get versions of these on ebay or other second hand places.

You can use mics to record your flutes dry or add effects as you do it.

If you have hardware effects you can use these too as part of the signal flow.

They also use CD burners so you can put to CDR - if your DAW has effects you like you can then import the sounds from the CDR and play with them again there.

Iunderstand your confusion - I stopped making music before CDs came into existence and the improvements in recording technology and the capacity of synths to make astounding sounds and music when I came back was just mind blowing - I've never got into midi yet......

Have you released some albums? I would like to listen to you work. here is one recording I have done 4 years ago.

Listened to this and it has some nice moments, I assume that with the Eventide you'll be aiming for a clearer sound and a longer piece?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:27:57 AM »
Jaja - Stars.  8)

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:49:07 AM »
Hey, thanks for picking up Strands V - hope you enjoyed listening to it.

I was wondering how do you manage to listen to all this music?

The grado's are not boring.

I don't know if they are 'flat' but they dig out detail in music relentlessly.....I heard sounds in my own music I'd not heard before - unfortunately not always for the best.

The stereo imaging is very very precise.

I'd suggest trying them out - preferably using music you know on a portable player you use a lot so you can hear the difference on equipment you are very familiar with.

The hi fi forums do rate them, but often people have numerous headphones they use for different sorts of music (rather than where they are) so there is a lot of personal opinion and disagreement.....

I had beyerdynamic for many years - then got a pair of Grado 325si - I'd highly recommend trialling these too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2014, 02:46:21 PM »
Analoguekid's latest track on Soundcoud - 33 minutes of live ambience

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