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The new Buddha Machines - Version 2 have arrived in North America in November.
They seem identical to the later V.1 edition but with 9 new loops and a new dial to adjust the loop-speed/pitch.
They're in 3 new colours and are at least as Lo-Fi as before). I'm looking forward to spending some time with them.

This reminded me that two pieces which had I previously posted here in 2007 were lost in the Hypnos Forum meltdown last year.
I've now reactivated the files and hope you'll enjoy these Lo-Fi escapades - each created using real-time mutation of 2 Buddha Machines and later reduced by editing.

Kan - HiFi -
     - LoFi -

Sidd - HiFi -
      - LoFi -

*A Buddha Machine is a small plastic soundart object/toy designed by Chinese duo FM3 to play their ambient loops.
It's very Lo-Fi but is a charming device.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 21, 2008, 11:32:44 AM »

Scott, did it take you long to use your left-hand 'fluently' ? I'm finding it's coming on quicker
than I would have thought.


Hi Pete - No, surprisingly it didn't take too long at all - though some people freak out a little when then use my computer.
At home & at work I try to remember to remove my hand from the mouse when I'm not actually using it and that also takes away
some of the irritation to the bone on the outside of my wrist.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 10:34:52 AM »
I'm a righty but when my right wrist gets sore these days I move my mousepad to the left of my keyboard for a month or two and that gives my right wrist time to recover. I've gotten pretty used to it. This is only for the dayjob, as my current setup at home is less spacious/flexible and I couldn't work too well with photoshop or such with my left.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 17, 2008, 09:48:45 PM »
Ive got lots of Oberheim stories I could tell.  :D

Sounds like a thread I'd enjoy reading!  Stories O' The Oberheim

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:14:11 PM »
Immersion - Here's some good info links for you:

Xpander -

Matrix 1000 -

(BTW - 2 slightly detuned Matrix 1000s (they're mono) can make very fat sounds - but as Mike said - you need an editor.)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 13, 2008, 10:15:11 AM »
I'm thinking that Steve's long-long-time relationship with his Oberheims and their fairly complex modulation capabilities led to them becoming an early foundation of his sound that he can return to or build on. For me it's the Roland JD/XP/JV series that I can't live without and for someone else it might be AbSynth or a lap steel.

While Steve's greatbiggiant reverbs are a major element in his work, I also think his choices of chords and voicings have  been a very significant part of defining his "sound" since the early years.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help needed on copyright alternatives
« on: November 09, 2008, 11:09:46 AM »
All this is true, but the question I have about copyright registration is due to an instance where I was asked for a copyright registration number to include the piece on a compilation disc.  If this happens on again (which the party in question has asked me to send more music), then what are the options. 

The compilation person/people are probably just looking to cover their own paranoid butts.
I would think that a clear statement from you, perhaps in writing, that you are the sole copyright owner
of your piece would satisfy their requirements.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Koasilator and mini-kaoss pad
« on: November 08, 2008, 09:16:28 AM »
If you mean the little yellow Kaossilator - I posted my (enthusiastic) impressions about it previously in this thread:;topicseen#msg5885

quite a dilemma for me. i have not heard anything by wollo that i like and nothing by roach that i dislike. i will probably get it but hesitantly.

Hi Jim - Have you heard "Emotional Landscapes" by W°llo? It's quite beautiful.
Erik played the PiNG some years back and performed a great set. He's capable
of quite a wide variety of musical approaches. As for Steve - you don't need selling. ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: THE RETURN OF TATU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: October 23, 2008, 08:36:45 PM »
Congrats and best of luck on getting your book back out into the universe!    8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Joke Thread
« on: October 22, 2008, 01:07:39 PM »
I think that this new joke thread has funnier jokes than its predecessors.  Seriously!    ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnagogue's back on track
« on: October 16, 2008, 07:16:43 AM »
I initially misread your post as "after two months in the joint..."  :o
Anyway..Welcome back.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Dream Collaborations
« on: October 15, 2008, 07:10:07 AM »

Thursday Afternoon Delight ľ Eno & The Starland Vocal Band

I think this has possibilities - and Eno's already done Coldplay.  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 07, 2008, 06:45:44 PM »
I've been trying to come up with something to do with all our extra yard debris, grass trimmings and tree branches and the like.  What a great idea!

Yeah - Lush flora from the Pacific North-West free with every Hypnos order!     (Save on bubble-wrap.)

I downloaded this to a flash drive and have been listening at work this week.
AEG is a wonderful soundtrip. I particularly love the first third or so and have
jumped back to listen repeatedly.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fascinating Effect Boxes
« on: October 04, 2008, 10:15:38 AM »
I'm big on the Kaoss Pads myself. Each one has its own personality.
The K3 is clearly the most advanced but the patches are usually quantized -
the K2 and K1 let you get in-between more often. Also, on my K3, the
ring modulator patch has a lot of carrier-breakthrough, so I usually go to
the K2 for ring-mod. Even with the K3 - I would definitely replace my K2
if anything were to happen to it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Clothing
« on: October 02, 2008, 07:29:36 PM »
I like that Deeper Silence shirt a lot too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: September 30, 2008, 02:08:53 PM »
Agree - I can use mine on my accoustic guitar and it worked on a friend's banjo too.  :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:20:34 PM »
Robert Rich uses Ebow on his steel guitar.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: e/i Magazine / Audio VeritÚ returns
« on: September 23, 2008, 06:44:37 AM »
Congratulations and Welcome Back e/i Audio VeritÚ!     8)

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