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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ungrounded outlets and equipment safety
« on: April 13, 2009, 10:31:41 AM »
This is just personal experience - so don't sue me when your studio goes China-Syndrome
but while I did have an electrician add a properly grounded outlet set to my studio
(went outside the house in a conduit from the breakers in a faraway part of the house)
For many years I've had to isolate the 3rd prong on some of my gear to eliminate hum.
ie: my Moogs and computers - including the laptop which I'm typing on right no#^*#&#%HHGUG878%#$^(&)&@&(___@&&_. . .  :o

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Honest to God - that power-pop-rock-ballad thing they called a theme
for the last TV Trek used to inspire me to turn off the TV.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2009, 01:07:51 PM »
Monday morning work starter was Love Cannot Bear by Mr Fripp (Less screechy pitch-shifter than on some of his other Soundscapes series - a nice one)
followed by Tainted Bare Skin by Ron Boots to up the energy into some Berlin-school (last track (in a dance style) had a bit too much NRG)
followed this afternoon by more Berlin - Chris Franke's London Concert which was a pretty darn slick production - I think his producer was the other player at the show.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2009, 12:56:34 PM »
Welcome to the working week sonics today:

On the transit -
Aidan Baker - Songs of Flowers and Skin - Thick, gooey, gazey songs of...

At the desk -
V/A - The Ambient Expanse - Probably my most-played ambient compilation.
Automatic Fats - Molasses Springs - High cholesterol, head-nodding, dubby trippiness.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Flow
« on: March 09, 2009, 04:45:04 AM »
Pure Heat is still up for grabs!

Any idea if the CDr is just in a clear plastic sleeve or in a jewel case with booklet?

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Enjoyed the track - but the critters in the garden sounded like they came from somewhere South of Heaven. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2009, 08:38:26 AM »
Monday morning work starters:

On transit: Joni Mitchell - Don Juan's Reckless Daughter - Very fine music with a very midrangy production.
Feist - Open Season - Enjoyable remixes.

At work with coffees: Stars of the Lid - Per Aspera Ad Astra - Very nice but a bit bothersome when the strings come in much louder on Anchor States. This would be a non-issue on vinyl (separate sides).
Circular Ruins - Retrospective 2009 - A consistant musical vision across a decade of work.

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i've encountered this problem with that set as well. weird thing is that it plays on cheap cd players like module systems and walkmans but not on pc's or higher end gear.
btw: is sombient a sublabel of asphodel? i recall that they were tryibg to make it a subgenre of ambient (and i loved their definition - plunderphonics!.)

Hi Jim - On the origin of plunderphonics - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plunderphonics

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 10, 2009, 05:17:31 AM »
How sad for the world to lose another artist still filled with such vitality.

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Hi Steve - I've kept a U220 around if only for the strings and choirs. They're just beautiful.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 09, 2009, 04:07:51 PM »
The Winterhouse "Lost" happened to be the next disc into my player after Wollo's.
Coincidence or Surge in the Collective Unconscious towards an APK Planet?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:14:34 AM »
My Monday morning welcometotheworkingweek starter was also Sound Symbols by Numina - lush atmospheres to ease into.
Now playing - Emotional Landscapes by Erik Wollo.

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Particularly like when the squeegee synth comes in.  ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg Nano Midi Controllers
« on: February 08, 2009, 06:48:28 PM »
I wish they had midi too as I need a small controller for my mini live setup

The Novation ReMote 25SL is about the size of your Nord Modular
and has USB plus MIDI IN, THRU and 2 OUTs and can be used without a computer.
Lots of knobs & sliders with 2 long programmable readouts.



I haven't tried this even smaller version - but I like that it has wheels instead of a joystick, though just one MIDI IN and OUT.




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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg Nano Midi Controllers
« on: February 08, 2009, 03:55:18 PM »
I'd buy one in a flash if they actually had a MIDI out as well as USB. (One will probably end up in my live setup someday anyway if I can find a few spare inches.)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Musical Roads - now that's cool.
« on: February 05, 2009, 10:13:58 AM »
Thinking further:

You could follow a large car in smaller one to create an echo effect - with the delay time adjusted by how close you're tailgating.

An electric car would probably be best for recording purposes.

A long stretch of highway with the riff from Radar Love embedded would probably be pretty popular.
You could put in a toll booth.  ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Musical Roads - now that's cool.
« on: February 05, 2009, 05:18:45 AM »
Harry - You could drive back and forth like a scratch-DJ!

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Jez - All that gear must be quite a project just to transport and setup for your shows!
How long does it take you to setup, troubleshoot and soundcheck?

I guess around 30 minutes to an hour, depending how much stuff I take. The worst bit for that gig was getting it all up two flights of stairs to the room

Nowadays I'm using a more streamlined setup which is a bit easier to put together

30-60 minutes for all that gear is pretty darn efficient IMO.
Nice to see that you're still using your old Nord Modular along with your Nord GS.

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My oldest synths are a Korg Mono/Poly and Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, from 1982

I bought both used and they aren't in the greatest cosmetic condition but are both still fully functional. I worry that they have a limited life left but intend to make the most of them whilst they are still working as they both sound really nice

I've gigged them both on occasion and will probably continue to do so as they sound even nicer through a good PA :)

I've got a Prophet VS and Matrix 12 too and have taken the VS to virtually every gig I've played since I bought it, but haven't used the Matrix 12 live yet

Here's the Prophet 5 and VS on stage



Jez - All that gear must be quite a project just to transport and setup for your shows!
How long does it take you to setup, troubleshoot and soundcheck?

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Good topic - and I like the qualifier.

I adopted a policy many years back of not selling old gear as long as I wasn't broke
so I have lots of my older gear - but they only come into play now and then.

So other than some old pedals and my guitars the oldest synth that I use constantly
is my Roland JD-990 and the oldest that I use semi-regularly (1-4 times/year) are
my Moog Modular (an expanded/modified System 15) and Korg Monopoly. (The Korg has an
empty spot on the top left that's great for placing effects units for quick manipulation.)
They both get played out from time to time - see pix.


Moog at the top of the back pile/JD-990 at the bottom.
That's my girl Lynn Harrigan on the right reading from her book of poetry Moon Sea Crossing.


Not a clear shot of the Korg Monopoly I'm playing but the photo has a good vibe.  :)
That's Jim Field of spacenoiz and Rhea's Obsession on the left.

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