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Alan!!!!!!!!!!!!      :D

When I finally get a good control surface for my computer - I think I'll start falling in love with it as an instrument.

I very much like my Novation SL 25 :)

It's nice to not always have to look at the computer screen especially when performing.

I'm also very happy my Novation SL 25 controller.

I don't use the AutoMap features - just program a set of controllers myself
for each main software instrument I use - which is tedious but far
more intuitive once it's all arranged to your own layout and preferences.

It's also a good MIDI controller (with 2 MIDI outs) for playing and controlling
hardware synths (or samplers) though I would have personally chosen wheels over the joystick.

Pre-show stress is bad enough without wrestling with the gear
and trying to find alternate solutions. I'm glad to hear that you
made it happen and the only casualty was the recording. More
incentive to do it again - although I have a theory that the very
best performances happen when the recorders aren't working.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambiloop
« on: July 06, 2008, 03:10:04 PM »
The looper's Delight site and their e-mail list
is a darn good place to get any looper questions answered.

In that case, it perfectly encapsulates your vision!   8)

Hi Jim - I like that white on the "visited links"
but it was actually the blue "unvisited links"
that I found awkward against the brown.
I just have to visit all your pages though
to turn them all white!  ;)

Hi Jim - I just took the quickest of looks and I was getting
blue links on the brown background which didn't make for a pleasant contrast.
I'd suggest trying another colour for your links (and "visited" links).

My two cents...

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 11, 2008, 01:34:06 PM »
Happy Birthday Mike.    (No old man jokes from the likes of me.)

(I liked the red theme in the photos Lena.)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Interspecies Music
« on: June 09, 2008, 08:48:37 PM »
Interesting, though probably more so for the humans, unless whales start developing a taste for Coltrane or Hendrix.  What, no credit given to Paul Winter or Paul Horn (who  were probably the first ones to do something like this in the early 70s)?


Here's some quotes from "Can We Play Live Music with Whales?" by David Rothenberg


"Who has played music to killer whales? Paul Winter, for all the great photos of him and his soprano sax standing in rafts playing pure tones out to leaping orcas, says he just tried it once, thirty years ago, blowing the sax into a big metal tube that stuck into the water. He heard the whales, the whales heard him. "At one point it seemed like they were responding," he says, but this live interaction never made it onto his records the way the sax/wolf duets did."


"When a whale named Haida lost his mate, he sat despondent in the pool as if she too wanted to die, refusing to eat anything for a month. (Paul) Spong invited jazz flutist Paul Horn, known for his solo recordings inside the Great Pyramid and in the Taj Mahal, to offer some gentle music to cheer up the bereaved whale. For a week he played mournful elegies for the whale's lost love, but Haida showed no interest. One of the trainers urged Horn to try a more positive approach.

"I get the feeling you are playing rather sad music," she said, "reinforcing Haida's unhappiness. Maybe you should try providing some positive energy to bring him out of his depression."

Horn leaned over the water and talked to Haida eye to eye: "Look, I've been coming here for three days now and you have totally ignored me. I get no response from you, and I'm getting bugged."[ii]

The whale said nothing. Horn continued. "We know you've suffered a great loss, and we sympathize with you. But thousands of people come to see you, they respect and admire you, but you're letting yourself down. Not only that, you are letting yourself down and you're letting life down. Life is a very precious thing, Haida, so get your act together and snap out of it. I'll come back one more time. If you don't respond tomorrow, then I won't come back again."

The next day Paul Horn was back at the pool, playing the same mournful music he always played. But right away Haida moved his head, the first movement he'd made in weeks. Horn walked around the pool, playing his flute with conviction, just like he'd famously done walking around the Taj Mahal. For the rest of that week the whale followed the flutist, and after five days, Paul put his flute down and dangled a herring over the water. Haida hesitated a moment, but then decided to scarf it down. It was the first food he had taken in a month, and the first time a whale was known to have been brought out of depression through music therapy."

There's much more on this in the piece at the above link.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A nice video of the Moog Guitar
« on: June 05, 2008, 09:17:51 PM »
Hey - It's only $6,495.00    :o

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 05, 2008, 01:58:49 PM »
I've been watching sale prices for DSs - about $130CN in Toronto sometimes. (The hidden price.)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: May 31, 2008, 10:46:57 PM »
Another cool small portable virtual synth system - 2 Korg MS-10s and a small drum machine
in a Nintendo DS. Odds are better that they won't hassle you about your Nintendo at the airport.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: May 30, 2008, 07:19:53 PM »

While we're talking small synth/doodads. I'm quite in love with my Kaossilator -
so it's not for sale but they're pretty reasonable new. Maybe not the greatest for ambient music -
although add a stereo volume pedal and and some verb/delay/whatever & you're getting there.
I bring mine on the bus/subway to and from work and make various loopy grooves and solo away
on top. Great fun and you must get very Zen about the results, because it has no memory.
(Sometimes I can sample my homebound loop into my Kaoss Pad 3.)
I've tried it live now and it will remain part of my regular live setup.

Serious fun even without the Autobahn. They're not paying me - really.

This is mighty fine news for us 10 to 30 percenters.
Maybe someday - jewel cases with spines.
Evolution or devolution?
I don't know.

Tyrannosaurus M2

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: M. Griffin - Fabrications
« on: May 28, 2008, 01:57:10 PM »
Congratulations Mike... You did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       8)

Damn! Now there's a CD I'll have to get.    8)

Whoa! You earn your stars!

A very friendly and supportive person. A great loss to our community. RIP Gordon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: April 27, 2008, 04:10:45 PM »
Future Shop here in TO had the 3 Millennium seasons on sale for $20 each
so I picked up the works. We're half way through the first season and are
finding it very compelling.

Saw Kraftwerk here in Toronto a couple of years ago (went with rik from mara's torment)
and the sound was superb. I have no idea how they achieved such tight, solid (yet non-boomy)
bass in the small arena they played in.

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