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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 22, 2016, 07:37:54 PM »
Probably belongs in "Forum Members' Projects" Mike.  ;)   8)

Canadians Eh!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 12:31:10 PM »
This thread has been a bit of a droolfest for me. My modular is a small Moog system (and I have a relationship with it) but if I was starting now I'd definitely go Euro with all those crazy, kinky modules!  8)

It feels inappropriate, but this whole thread has given me a big smile!  ;D

Last April dreamSTATE performed at the Nite Comfort series in Toronto.
Here's Snowdaze - a piece from that concert with a good Canadian Winter theme.

PS - If you're in the area of Seattle, Washington (USA) or Leiden in the Netherlands this Saturday, April 9th,
you may wish to catch the 2016 edition of the Drone Cinema Film Festival, curated by Kim Cascone.
There are nine films this year featuring visual interpretations of Drone Music and my piece Dandelion
is included in the event. Here's links to the official program and to their main Facebook page.

Nice! Hope they play some North American dates and Toronto with the Moog.

I've been lucky to catch them a couple of times. Let's see if this little Vine from last year's Unsound will work here:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Android needs more synth apps.
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:01:26 PM »
My understanding is that latency is a major problem for most android devices, so music apps that you are not directly playing work best - like a drum machine or something sequenced.

What apps are you digging on your device?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:58:08 PM »
Been on a rock bootleg kick recently.  I found all of these on Discogs for reasonable $ and I recommend them all highly: 

Roger Waters/Eric Clapton- Lunatic Rave.  2CD from 1984 Pros and Cons tour.  Disc 1 is Pink Floyd, Disc 2 entire Pros and Cons album.  Great sound.

How does Clapton sound playing the Pink Floyd stuff??? I caught that tour later on, after Eric had left the band and it was still a great concert.

(Waters was quite brilliant in filling Gilmour's gigantic shoes with other giants like Clapton and later Jeff Beck.)

Heads Up for anyone using an iPad 1 who was planning to buy the dreamSTATE - Ephemeral City infinite ambient music app.

dreamSTATE built "Ephemeral City" to work on the very oldest iPads (running iOS 5.1.1) as well as the latest iPhones & iPads but knew that we would have to leave iOS 5 in the future to be able add more of the features we dreamt about.

Soooo, if you have an old iPad 1 and were planning to buy the app, NOW is the time to do it - because you will not be able to buy it in the App Store as soon as our new update goes through in the next week. (Currently still $2.99 US BTW.)

BTW - Here's a 4-minute excerpt from an "Ephemeral City" flow (It plays differently each time.):

After this new update, which will make "Ephemeral City" a "universal" app and allow the art to fill the full iPad screen, we will soon make another, more significant update, which will also require leaving iOS 6 behind. Ahhhh progress...

Apple has an odd system, whereby they won't allow you to buy the latest version of an app, if it doesn't support your device's operating system - but WILL continue to support your device with an earlier version IF you have previously bought it! (Hope that makes sense to you.)

Search for dreamSTATE in the iPhone section of the App Store - or click here:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient live-setup
« on: March 22, 2016, 05:50:55 PM »
Performing with laptops is pretty common these days. More often than not performers at THE AMBiENT PiNG (which I curate and so have observed hundreds of ambient/experimental shows) employ laptops and Ableton is fairly common. I've seen "some" problems over the years with Macs and house power or their power-supplies though that has improved.

I've only used Ableton Live live when accompanying poetry readings, as it handles sound files brilliantly on the fly.

My group dreamSTATE, however, has used VSTs in live ambient performances for many years now and while there have been occasional problems when we "push" things, you also have to deal with tech problems from time to time with guitar rigs, hardware synths, PAs and even voices too.

I would recommend having a fully charged battery coming to a gig so your machine can carry on through a power problem or if your power supply fails. If you're playing VSTs live, a precaution Jamie takes is to play every note on every synth he plans to use that night - which he says helps prevent clicks the first time you open a VST and begin to play. I've never done that myself, but he has a lot more going on in his system for our shows. Performing with people who are capable of improvising or carrying on if you have to deal with a problem is a great asset in any musical situation.  ;)

I think you'll find Ableton solid for your "live" performances if you have a decent computer and interface. Good luck!

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is a soundboard recording?
« on: March 11, 2016, 11:26:36 AM »
Not an expert but here's my understanding... A soundboard recording is taken from the main mixer - either by the crew or by an audience member who sweet-talked/bribed the crew to tap into a bus on the mixer. Sometimes radio broadcasts were just soundboard instead of a separate mix. The vocals tend to dominate in these recordings as they are the most in need of boosting by the PA. Less audience sound, unless there's an audience mic.

Everything and Nothing / Re: New Cars and CD Players
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:43:16 PM »
Remember those days when people would break into your car to steal your CDs?

Lord, I miss those days.  :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: New Cars and CD Players
« on: February 25, 2016, 08:37:30 PM »
I wonder if in-car cassette players will become an option again...  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Music Dealers Licensing
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:50:02 AM »
I've never heard of them but their site looks legit. If the contract is truly non-exclusive and they are not asking for a fee from the artists, then it may be worthwhile. Having a music lawyer examine the contract before signing would be ideal, but not cheap, I know.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:29:58 PM »
That's some eloquent, understanding, and as Forrest says, poetic feedback your friend gave you Julio.  8)

I'm guessing Ekstasis that, if you were coming over to my place for a jam session or a recording session or heading out for a gig, you might not want to be packing up your H8000.

The Space and the H9 are very portable and support quick editing when you're reacting to an evolving soundscape with other musicians. For me, they "outweigh" my very weighty and large PCM-90 in those situations. I've also grown to prefer their sound - but that's just my ears/brain.

I'll point out too that although the H8000's converters are superior, that's less of an issue when you're sending your signal to a verb from a mixer send and just getting the delicious wet spaceooze returning to the main mix.

Using your machine inline as more than just verb is where it really shines, in so many ways.

Excellent verbs both...  I love the Valhalla verbs in my laptops - even more than my Lexicons and when I'm playing without my laptop system it's the Eventide Space and H9 for me.  8)

I think the network(s) used to put pressure on shows to have freestanding episodes so that people could drop in anytime on a show and wouldn't abandon it if they fell behind (pre-dvd and netflix binging). X-Files would drop short "arcs" into their series about the ufo macro plot then return to one-offs. The network(s) also liked freestanding shows for potential syndication where they could be shown out of order or in odd timeslots. I was always disappointed to discover another monster-of-the-week episode instead of one that advanced "the plot".

My guess was wrong... Episode 5 was a fairly freestanding one. Introducing possible characters for X Files - The Next Generation?  ;D

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