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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.

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?

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.

Thanks for fielding the questions Anthony!

I'm a big Kaoss Pad fan and have the works. Although they get more powerful with each version,
things also get left behind - so each one has it's own personality. The black/red KP3 that APK uses
is strong in the sampling and quantized effects and the silver KP2 is stronger for non-quantized
playing of effects. My favourite delay from the KP1 did not get carried forward to later generations.
They're all terrific for live performance - where you can spontaneously transform your sounds.
BTW - The KP3 is the strongest as a MIDI-controller if that is also important to you.

I highly recommend Diatonis' ambient surround-mixes.
He's set the bar high for ambient surround works.
It doesn't sound forced or un-natural. Just the opposite.
Beautiful musical sound environments.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 28, 2009, 01:30:13 PM »
My condolences to Klaus' friends and family. I will play some of his music tonight at THE AMBiENT PiNG.

Jamie & I have a tradition of jamming on New Year's Day to bring the year in on a positive note.
For 2009 we were joined by our friends Eric Hopper (Sylken) and Steven Sauvé (karmafarm).
I've extracted this piece and titled it Heliocentric Migration as it starts off ambient then takes off... perhaps to Venus.

Heliocentric Migration - (Scott M2, Jamie Todd, Eric Hopper, Steven Sauvé - 2009)

HiFi -
LoFi -

Everything and Nothing / Re: Wordle
« on: January 25, 2009, 01:17:28 PM »
Brian Eno's original definition of Ambient - Wordled.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Wordle
« on: January 25, 2009, 11:40:07 AM »
Thanks Forrest. I see that two Hypnosians have already added Ambient Wordles.  :)

Hi Matthew - I'm not a Hypnos moderator but I think APK was saying that the Non-Hypnos Artist section is the best location
for posts about your albums (although you would probably be a perfect candidate to become a Hypnos artist for a future release - Hint!)

You had sound samples at the link provided here - so it fits this section too. I listened to all the Erebus & Terror samples and I liked
what I heard and ordered the set. (I already have/had Electronic Forest and love it - but haven't been able to find it for a couple
of years now. Probably lost in the piles of AMBiENT PiNG CDs - as I used to play it regularly between sets. Looking forward to Maalbeek.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 12K vs. U2
« on: January 20, 2009, 08:21:10 PM »
There is plenty of bling in Hypnos already.  Obviously you haven't seen my grill.

Whoh Mike! Lena could sell your head for the big bucks to complement this guy:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2009, 07:40:28 AM »
echo of small things by Robert Rich. Sparce and entrancing - a good start for my workweek.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 18, 2009, 11:47:33 AM »
Dreamtime Return and Structures From Silence were my first two Steve Roach CDs and they're great starting points.

Everything and Nothing / Re: How to stay interested in music?
« on: January 17, 2009, 04:13:59 PM »
How to stay interested in music?
Listen to music that is new to you!

Classical piano music maybe?
Youtube a is great way to start discovering this music.

Richter: Rachmaninov - Prelude Op. 23 No. 4

Zimerman: Chopin - Ballade No. 4

Lugansky: Rachmaninov - Moment Musical 4

Kissin: Liszt - La Campanella

And of course... John Cage's 4:33

or a more dramatic version:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hi from New Zealand
« on: January 17, 2009, 04:05:37 PM »
Hi Mirko - When I was young, my Mom had a friend/pen-pal in NZ and they'd send us
these stunning colour brochures and such of the mountains and countryside.
It always seemed very storybook to imagine living there.

BTW - I rarely compose from the moment I'm in (unless it's a jamming situation)
but just absorb and it all becomes part of the life-synthesis/jumble that oozes out later.
(Perhaps many years later.) We have started renting a cottage by the water
in last few years though - and I drag up my laptop, hard-drives, small speakers
and headphones and enjoy setting up by the lake (with a loooong extension)
and editing tracks, experimenting and following no serious agenda.  For me - that's relaxing.
Lynn snapped a photo here:  (It's no NZ but it's ours for 2 weeks)  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: "I am NOT a number"
« on: January 16, 2009, 12:34:35 PM »
There's some discussion on Wikipedia of whether the Secret Agent (Danger Man) was the Prisoner or not.
I always assumed that he was. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: For Audiophiles Only!
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:08:50 AM »
Just what I needed!  My system was lacking athleticism, attitude and alacrity.

Mike - I'd recommend the tube version of the HoleyStone to balance the attitude with some warmth.
I believe that Steve Roach used this model on the special-edition of his Early Man album.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Tauern
« on: January 16, 2009, 05:21:39 AM »
Hi Matthew. It's good to read your "voice" again.

I'll go checkout those tracks with the dreaded "rhythmic" elements.    ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 12, 2009, 08:53:39 PM »
Hi - Scott M2 is an abbreviation of Scott McGregor Moore. I'm also from Ontario - born here in Toronto and returned in the 80s.
I've been seriously into electronic music all my life and began to create ambient music in 95 and performing it live since 97.

In the last two years I've expanded my ambient obsessions into exploring ambient visuals: photography, films & installations.
This year is off to a good start with a small video installation running through January, my first DVD Single released this weekend
and a DVD Album very close to completion. This is exciting for me not just for the visuals, but the chance to release music
in surround sound. Space... another frontier.

I've also been curating THE AMBiENT PiNG live series here in Toronto since 2000 with Jamie Todd - my partner in dreamSTATE,
our main ambient project. Though I've been creating ambient for over a decade it always feels like I'm just getting started. Every pebble is a world.

My girl is Lynn Harrigan - a poet and teacher who has recently become a fiber artist - where she's found her deepest artistic obsession.
We were introduced by a mutual friend to see if dreamSTATE would be interested in creating soundscapes for her multimedia installation
in a historic gaol. Very soon we were a couple. We have several wordsoundart projects in development together.
A dog named Charlie completes our family.

Everything and Nothing / Re: my extended holiday season
« on: January 03, 2009, 11:11:10 PM »
Hey! Congratulations Jim!

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