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by Slothrop
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Sampler for ambient / noise couch jams
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Sampler for ambient / noise couch jams

Hi folks! Owing to some life stuff, it's been harder for me to disappear into the studio for extended periods lately, but I'm wondering whether I could get some sort of single-box thing that I could keep handy for jamming on the sofa. Style-wise I'm interested in the ambient end of noise / noisy end...
by Slothrop
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Why is some techno good and some bad?
Replies: 51
Views: 3969

Re: Why is some techno good and some bad?

Back on topic, I'm not good at general rules for "what makes good music", but with techno I think a large part of it is basically that when it's good, whether it's just a kick a hihat and some tape hiss and reverb or a complex multilayered beast of interlocking percussion and synths, all the parts a...
by Slothrop
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Why is some techno good and some bad?
Replies: 51
Views: 3969

Re: Why is some techno good and some bad?

I really liked the point about the site-specific features of the Berlin techno sound becoming ubiquitous features of the "minimal techno" genre - I've heard the phrase "big room techno" before, but always just thought of it in terms of mass-appeal, ie simple crowd-pleasing stuff that attracts big cr...
by Slothrop
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Alto ZMX122 vs A&H Zed 10 vs other
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Alto ZMX122 vs A&H Zed 10 vs other

Okay, that's a good recommendation. Thanks!
by Slothrop
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Alto ZMX122 vs A&H Zed 10 vs other
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Alto ZMX122 vs A&H Zed 10 vs other

Hi Wigglers! Has anyone got any thoughts on small-ish mixers? My current setup is a tangled web of contact mics and stomboxes going into an old bass practice amp. I'd like to integrate a few other things I've got sitting around, and run the output to a proper monitor speaker, but to do that I think ...
by Slothrop
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Vocal Stutter Pedal?
Replies: 11
Views: 1106

Re: Vocal Stutter Pedal?

Digitech Digidelay in looper mode does more-or-less this, too - hold the pedal to capture a section and it'll start looping when you let go.

Not vocal specific, though.
by Slothrop
Thu May 28, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox
Replies: 26
Views: 1503

Re: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox

Ha, true! But seriously, having everyone's suggestions to take into account was really helpful, if only because I can now get on with it for a bit and not worry that there's something out there that would have been even better...
by Slothrop
Mon May 18, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox
Replies: 26
Views: 1503

Re: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox

Thanks again everyone - I actually got an order for the Volca Beats in at some point on Saturday night. I might expand / upgrade later, though, if I work with it for a while and start to feel like its limitations are holding me back. The Volca Drum looks really cool - I think it's probably an object...
by Slothrop
Fri May 15, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox
Replies: 26
Views: 1503

Re: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox

Thanks all! Have been thinking about this a bit. I think generally prefer synthesis over samples because I've found in the past that when I use sampled drums I tend to get bogged down in worrying about whether I could be using "better" samples, and I'd rather just have a basic drum synth with a coup...
by Slothrop
Thu May 14, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox
Replies: 26
Views: 1503

Re: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox

What's your current hardware? A couple of contact mics and a bunch of delay / gitch / looper pedals, basically. And I'm very much about just adding a pulse under all that rather than trying to build a complete techno rig - the examples of Aphex and Basic Channel were to give an idea of the sort of ...
by Slothrop
Thu May 14, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox
Replies: 26
Views: 1503

Budget Ambient / Techno Drumbox

Hi Wigglers! I'm after suggestions for a drumbox to turn my hardware ambient / drone setup into a hardware ambient / minimal techno setup. I'd like something with basic groovebox-style sequencing for improvising with. Soundwise I'd be more interested in deep thuddy clicky boomy stuff rather than any...
by Slothrop
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Post pics of your modular/studio setup!
Replies: 3413
Views: 667979

Re: Post pics of your modular/studio setup!

I've taken advantage of the enforced time at home to finally bolt a few bits of wood together into a pedalboard and properly lay out my weirdo pseudo-modular pedal setup: IMG_20200329_224544.jpg Piezo spring box and piezo-miked kalimba go into the A/B/Y box, which then goes into the Klein Bottle to ...
by Slothrop
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?
Replies: 78
Views: 4837

Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Maybe we should throw in 'mission creep' as well. Yeah, this is definitely a thing. I don't have a modular in the conventional sense but where I started off getting a few pedals to make a bass guitar sound funny, I now seem to have a sort of self-contained ambient / noise rig involving a bunch of d...
by Slothrop
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?
Replies: 78
Views: 4837

Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Pelsea wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:15 pm
I guess I was unclear in my use of critical mass. I was using it in the business sense, not the nuclear physics sense i.e. : a size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result. I just thought it would catch your eye.
Ah, that makes sense, yes.
by Slothrop
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?
Replies: 78
Views: 4837

Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

It doesn't seem to answer the question "how did this thing get so big?" Sorry. Wasn't aware it needed to answer that question. Don't believe it does. Besides.. Human nature answers that readily in most cases. Ever heard of G.A.S.? I think I'm getting confused by the OP - they comment on the fact th...
by Slothrop
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?
Replies: 78
Views: 4837

Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Also, as I understand it (without having read the book, so I might be missing the point), Malcolm Gladwell talks about the tipping point in the context of ideas and behaviours and the mechanisms by which their spread becomes self-sustaining. I don't really see how this applies to one person deciding...
by Slothrop
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?
Replies: 78
Views: 4837

Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

I'm not convinced that that makes sense in the context of the thread, though. By that argument, you'd hit your tipping point, be able to make complex, varied, interesting music, and then more-or-less stop expanding. It doesn't seem to answer the question "how did this thing get so big?"
by Slothrop
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?
Replies: 78
Views: 4837

Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Secondly, I feel having a limited choice can be a very good thing, if you know how to make it bigger than itself. Taking something like my MS20, which is a lovely machine but is known to have a limited palette of sounds. It’s about making that unique character as much MS20 sounding as possible, if ...
by Slothrop
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Modular Synths and Jazz?
Replies: 47
Views: 3849

Re: Modular Synths and Jazz?

tardishead wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:06 pm
Oh yeh you gotta check out Placebo
Wha...
- Belgian group from 70s led by Marc Moulin.
Ah right, not that Placebo...
by Slothrop
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Favorite looper pedals?
Replies: 67
Views: 10375

Re: Favorite looper pedals?

Also, this isn't really about the Keeley thing, but I get a bit annoyed when pedal companies make a "digital delay and looper" pedal, and say "okay, so in the delay modes, this button controls tap tempo and this button maxes out the delay for infinite repeats. The knobs control feedback, delay time,...
by Slothrop
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Favorite looper pedals?
Replies: 67
Views: 10375

Re: Favorite looper pedals?

So as I read it, this is basically a nice vintage-sounding delay plus something like a Ditto X2 linked in series in the same box? You can have a delayed sound and capture it in a loop, then adjust the delay and overdub the loop with your new sound as much as you like, but the two parts are otherwise...
by Slothrop
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?
Replies: 83
Views: 8337

Re: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

Here's some more minimalism that was on at a thing that we went to recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf1tKcMsq7s Interesting in that it's simultaneously more elaborate than a lot of Reich or Glass in that there's a lot more surface detail, but also simpler in that it's essentially about being...
by Slothrop
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?
Replies: 83
Views: 8337

Re: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

We saw Steve Reich with Bang on a Can doing 18 Musicians (and other stuff) at the Royal Festival Hall about ten years ago, which was pretty amazing. There was a Q&A session with Reich afterwards, and one thing that I remember particularly was a question about the relatively high degree of crossover ...
by Slothrop
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Help in constructing a metallic resonance thing
Replies: 11
Views: 881

Re: Help in constructing a metallic resonance thing

Quick answer to my own question on this for the benefit of anyone who finds the same thread with a similar question - I used a 100x200mm rectangle of 2mm copper sheet and it seems to have worked alright. I've got four extension springs mounted between pairs of 4mm bolts, two compression springs each...
by Slothrop
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Help in constructing a metallic resonance thing
Replies: 11
Views: 881

Re: Help in constructing a metallic resonance thing

I'm looking at making something similar to what's described in this thread - basically, acquire a bit of copper sheet and a bunch of nuts and bolts and springs, then drill holes in the copper and use the nuts and bolts to attach springs across it. Maybe glue on some rough surfaces to scrape at, too....

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