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Particularly like when the squeegee synth comes in.  ;D

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.

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.)

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.  ;)

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!

And for IDM:

Recommended speakers for light ambient:

And for serious listening to abstract ambient:

And these are the only speakers currently approved for serious listening to glacial ambient.

I have never tried professional ear-phones, only really cheap ones.
If I buy an mp3 player some day, I might consider to buy ear-phones.
However, I could never imagine that they sound anything near as good as full size headphones...(it is at least very hard to imagine)

To properly appreciate ambient using an mp3 player with earbuds - these are your only serious choice.

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.

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