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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:09:25 PM »
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations - whether it's rugs, blankets, wall hangings or artwork, masks, etc...   Of course, quite a few drums tossed in as well which are both functional and ornamental... :)

Posting from Europe here.

Had my drum for a few years - made in South America. The faces on the wall were made by a friend of mine - the smaller one is Blodeuwydd, one of the celtic beings from the ancient myths who was made of flowers. The larger face is a representaion of Grandmother Earth, and she always looks like she is just about to open her eyes.

The other circular artistic objects I created myself and are based around the tree of life in celtic myth and my wonder at the Stars. The smallest one has a celtic knot at the bottom with a wild boar roaming under the oak trees.

I've always been interested in both ancient and other cultures, both for their spiritual beliefs (which like any others can be both positive and negative) and other ways of understanding the worlds around us (such as Irish moneylenders able to retrieve the debts in the borrowers and their own next lives, and some native American ceremonies not just held to affect,say, the buffalo hunt about to happen, but also the celebratory dance still affecting the outcome of the hunt after it finished)

Not into the new age argument - other than concern that western attitudes of dabbling and believing we can cherry pick parts of belief systems can lead people into dangerous areas.........

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 04, 2008, 03:58:16 PM »

Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo.

Ok, so what is the silver box on top of your rack? It looks like a TC Electronics box but I can't figure it out. Also, what make are your speakers?

That looks like a TC M3000 to me.

Yep - TC M3000 - got it at the end of their sale on the box - half price ;D  ;D ;D well actually after the sale ended but the rep agreed to honour the original discount, lucky me as I had not got the money together before it ended.

The speakers are the JMLab Cobalt 816 - technically part of my hi-fi set up but in our previous move their was no where to put them in the living room due to window or radiator placement so they migrated to the studio along with the Technics gear under the table as main amplification source.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 03:51:30 PM »
Here and with avatar too (though I accidently typed in 'avatart' - perhaps I should get a new picture to fit!!).

Mike, will we be able to choose from more skins, I liked the dark one on the earlier version, forget it's name?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 03, 2008, 11:34:40 AM »
two shots of studio gear.

First is what I started with in Dec 2005. Korg D16 was second hand and Keyboard borrowed from work.
Early stuff on Umbra and Penumbra recorded on this extensive set up.

Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo. Veils, Shadows recorded on this set up.

addition at Christmas was this:-

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 03:32:30 AM »
I don't use 1, 2 or 3 ;D, mainly because I don't have a lot of equipment and connecting things up does not take a lot of time. I may look into patchbays at some point, but currently I am only working on one sound chain at a time.

I am considering how to do some live music so will have to get a mixer at some point.

How many chains of sound do people have running at once?

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 28, 2007, 03:23:36 AM »
Yep, already seen those....will add some pics of my own in the next few days if I get time.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 27, 2007, 01:08:15 PM »
Nice looking photos Mike. It's always great to see how the music gets made....

Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 24, 2007, 09:36:23 AM »
Merry Christmas everyone and best wishes for 2008

I use Sennheiser microphones, Novation supernova rack, Technics KN1400 keyboard, electric guitar, various acoustic sound sources such as glass, pipes, bells etc, Korg D16 portastudio, TC M3000 reverb, Roland VP9000, Tascam MD350, Roland VS2480...awaiting arrival of Korg MR1 and Alesis DEQ230D equaliser.

I tend to put everything through everything else, at least twice. Sometimes when listening to mixes I hear a sound and can't remember how I created it - tends to bring in a certain amount of chance and chaos.

I also like trying to create chance in the mixes too - processing some sounds in real time without knowing exactly how they will fit to everything else.

No computer software at all at present.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 17, 2007, 01:40:18 AM »
my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Like everyone else I can only offer my condolences and a place to talk if you need it here.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ron Boots
« on: December 15, 2007, 01:59:17 PM »
I've got a couple of Ron's releases, one of my favourites being 'Of Desolate Places And Urban Jungles', released 10 yars ago on a 3" CD by the Amplexus label. A really good mix of beats and sound recordings that creates it's own path.

Don't know if it's still available or not.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 13, 2007, 05:42:29 AM »
Just finished a book called 'Inubus'. Fantasy dealing with the landscapes of Ephemera, where the deepest resonances of the human heart can change the geography or lead them inot the worlds they 'deserve'....

I was always an SF reader as a kid and young adult, might have five books on the go at once. Really enjoy the modern science stuff like 'The Whole Shebang' by Timothy ferris and others about string theory....I like seeing how much further I can get each time i read them before I know I really don't have a clue what they are talking about.

Anyone have favourite or unusual ways of reading?

As a kid I'd read a book forwards and then read it backwards prargraph by paragraph (sentences or words was too difficult) - had a similar effect to the film Memento.

I also  liked to read the last sentence and paragraph and work out as I read how the auther would get from a - z. caught me out once as I read a book completely awed by the huge (SF) historical and civilisational range it was going to be covering. Could not work out how the author was going to do it, especially as I got nearer and nearer the end....until I realised I'd read the last paragraph of an excerpt from another book. ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: blade runner final cut
« on: December 13, 2007, 05:31:45 AM »
And in a recent programme of 'Top Gear' in the UK BMW had a programmable car that went around the circuit unaided in a faster time than the human drivers could manage. Not a robot or a flying car, but somewhere between the two....

Jeremy clarkson was in the driver seat just in case, but apart from providing a commentary he was uneeded ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 11, 2007, 05:08:56 AM »
Getting in the habit of having an Immersion for late night reading/sleep mode. Harder to find better, in my collection at least, for complete chill mode without any distraction. Seems like Immersion 1 and the 'Sleep Chamber' disc from Immersion 3 are the best for sleeping, though 'Still' is good for sleep as well. I'm kind of taking the titles literally, and even use 'First Light' ease me into the waking world on early mornings. Seems to fit perfectly, but doesn't demand it either. The Immersions are fascinating, and I hope to put some of them on in the work room for a more active and loud listen. I like to imagine they are a kind of Bach organ work, or what he would be playing if transported to our time. It's a pretty tall order to be compared to Bach, but I think over time it is borne out by the music, and how it seems fresh, honest, and deeper over time. Also looking forward to Arc of Passion, which I was going to try to skip over, but couldn't resist, due in part to the sequencer stuff it has on it. Been getting in to more of this kind of electronic music via Ian Boddy and Tangerine Dream, and don't have any of the Roach sequencer albums, so it will be fun to see how Roach works with it. Looks like Arc of Passion will have a less dissonat sound than the Immersions, which I enjoy sometimes...

Light Fantastic is my favourite roach sequencer album.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 09, 2007, 11:38:18 AM »
I Like the back and black too, just changed it over 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 07, 2007, 02:23:51 AM »
Just checked in and joined again.

;D good to see itback
I'm sure we'll get most of the topics back again over a period of time. Just have to try and remember what i said so i don't contradict myself  ???

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