Country Wigglers...

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Country Wigglers...

Post by mousegarden » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:25 am

Well, I'm firmly in the sticks now, and I'm adjusting.
I'm also wondering how living in the country can affect gear choices, and how you buy things. When I lived in the city, everything was available to me instantly, to try out, but now it's got to be YouTube and mail order.
There is one tiny music shop near where I live, and that's very much geared up to local folk musicians.
Also, I'm wary of buying vintage stuff now, being a bit isolated means that I don't have the servicing options l had in London, and fragile old gear will have to be shipped to and fro.
Modular is easy, as I used to buy most of it mail order anyway, so no real problems there. Things like outboard, monitors, mixers and the larger more sepecialised things I miss just being able to pop along and get a demonstration.
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Post by cptnal » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:06 am

I see the potential for a folk/modular crossover collaboration... :goo:

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Post by Joe. » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:49 am

Have you seen any Wurzels yet :eek:

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Post by bwhittington » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:39 am

Plus you have to start eating squirrel now.

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Post by dubonaire » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:42 am

You're 30 minutes from London FFS! :guinness:

I don't have any synth shops in the whole country!

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Post by Kid Narco » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:41 am

Ex-Londoner. Now I live in the middle of nowhere in a four-hundred-year-old cottage with no neighbours. I can play my records at deafening volume all day, record drum kits in the kitchen and yesterday I was experimenting with some Bug-style dub bass and space echo percussion that made the floor shake. I must never be reintegrated into society.

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Post by mousegarden » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:14 am

dubonaire wrote:You're 30 minutes from London FFS! :guinness:

I don't have any synth shops in the whole country!
I know, but my desire to go back to London for any reason is non-existent.
It's soo chilled out here, and the air is really clear, been taking photos and riding my bike!

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Post by Mr. Sound Boy King » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:16 pm

I live in the country. Mail order everything and flip whatever doesn't work for me on Reverb.

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Post by NotHerbert » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:48 pm

Buy a generator. If your experience is anything like mine, you'll need it.

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Post by thefutureeaters » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:56 pm

I lived in a tent for awhile in the middle of the woods. Ran everything on solar. Modular, outboard, everything. Don't let the country slow you down. Gear reviews and shipping companies are your new besties. Plus you're making noise for birds now instead of humans. Sounds like a dream to me. :tu:
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Re: Country Wigglers...

Post by Smokey » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:00 pm

mousegarden wrote: I'm also wondering how living in the country can affect gear choices, and how you buy things. When I lived in the city, everything was available to me instantly, to try out, but now it's got to be YouTube and mail order.
I'm in the country, well technically the "high desert" but whatever...

It's affected gear choices as now I have alot more room and can be as loud as I want whenever I want. It's awesome. My neighbors are so far away that I've never met them. It can be isolating but I enjoy the solitude, dark & silent nights and abundant stars. I've always wanted this kind of freedom. It's very inspiring.

If I want to try out gear, I have to drive two hours to LA which isn't a big deal. I usually just order things online and return or flip them if I don't like them. I end up having to research more online before pulling the trigger. No big deal.


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Re: Country Wigglers...

Post by starthief » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:21 pm

mousegarden wrote:Well, I'm firmly in the sticks now, and I'm adjusting.
I'm also wondering how living in the country can affect gear choices, and how you buy things. When I lived in the city, everything was available to me instantly, to try out, but now it's got to be YouTube and mail order.
There is one tiny music shop near where I live, and that's very much geared up to local folk musicians.
dubonaire wrote:You're 30 minutes from London FFS! :guinness:
Heh. I live in a metropolitan area with 2.8 million people and 0 Eurorack shops. The closest is 5 hours away, in Chicago. I hate Chicago (while fully admitting there's some cool stuff making it worth visiting, while still hating it).

I was into Eurorack for about 11 months before I ever even saw a module I didn't own (except for a beta test) or met anyone who used modular synths. Including at shows.

You have the advantage of some experience, and also, 30 minutes is really not a big deal. I can't even get all the way through St. Louis in 30 minutes.

Watch a lot of videos, read everything you can find online about every module you're even remotely interested in, take some chances on used and discounted modules, resell any of it that doesn't work out for you, and get friendly with the local postal workers.

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Post by mousegarden » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:56 am

We're still in a hell of a mess, almost nothing is unpacked. We're waiting for the decorator to finish painting, it's a real pain, in the meantime I'm sketching studio layouts on pieces of paper.
My god, beer is cheap down here, £2 a pint....so the move was a good idea after all...

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Post by nikmis » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:36 am

I live way out in rice field country. I just moved here from an apartment in a city center area about 3 months ago. Our closest neighbours are about 500 meters away, so the main difference is that I can blast the volume on my synth without worrying about bothering anyone

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Post by cornutt » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:36 pm

Not the country per se, but a mid-size city in the southeastern U.S. There is precisely zero market for synth stuff around here; the few local music stores remaining focus in piano lessons and high school marching band stuff. Nashville is two hours away, which is great when I want to look at guitars, but there's not a lot of synth stuff there either.

So yeah, I buy pretty much everything through the mail. Out of many purchases, I've gotten ripped off twice in 20 years; fortunately, neither was on a big-ticket item. As far as vintage, I only buy stuff that (I think) I can fix myself, because the only practical option other than shipping to a shop is to take it to Atlanta, and even then, there's no guarantee that I can find a tech who will be able to fix it.
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Post by mattb80 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:10 pm

anybody know what this means.....Sorry, your postcount must be 2 or greater in order to start a new thread.

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Post by Parnelli » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:19 pm

Dang, and here I thought this thread might be about country music and modular synthesis!

I was born in the country, grew up there, and left at 17. Lived in more than a few cities. Used to spend the evenings in Phoenix listening to the police helicopters and gunfire in the distance. In San Francisco I used to sit up and listen to the sirens and car alarms in the distance.

Now I sit by my fire and listen to the turkeys talking in the trees, the coyotes yelping in the distance, the elk bugling on the mountain, and the breeze rustling the leaves.

There is a price to pay for this; the closest music store that handles any modular is in Las Vegas 150 miles away; so everything I get I have to order. I don't get to go to the store and check things out, but my environment is inspirational.

On that note I'm going to get a nice sample of the coyotes howling in the distance and feed it into the modular one of these days.... I can make sirens any time!

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Post by tross » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:28 am

Pretty much everything is bought online. Not so much physical shops in Barcelona with proper equipment.

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Post by mousegarden » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:46 am

cornutt wrote:Not the country per se, but a mid-size city in the southeastern U.S. There is precisely zero market for synth stuff around here; the few local music stores remaining focus in piano lessons and high school marching band stuff. Nashville is two hours away, which is great when I want to look at guitars, but there's not a lot of synth stuff there either.

So yeah, I buy pretty much everything through the mail. Out of many purchases, I've gotten ripped off twice in 20 years; fortunately, neither was on a big-ticket item. As far as vintage, I only buy stuff that (I think) I can fix myself, because the only practical option other than shipping to a shop is to take it to Atlanta, and even then, there's no guarantee that I can find a tech who will be able to fix it.
The "country" in the USA is a different thing, here in England you're never more than a short drive from people, in the USA you can drive for days without seeing anyone I'm told. I'm in Mid Kent in a village outside of a town called Ashford, it has two music shops, both geared up for guitarists and local bands, Canterbury is the same, the most esoteric alectronic things they sell are a few Mooer distortion pedals.
Still, I got some more modules delivered yesterday, from EMIS, the post is reliable so that's good, I'm filling up the holes in my modular with utility stuff, passes the time until the painting is done!
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Post by JakoGreyshire » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:04 am

Where I'm at there are weird folk that come out of the farms and hills, drink beer and play death metal on banjos and mandolins...

When I first moved here this is was the strangest eclectic thing I'd ever seen...

Now that I've been here a while it's normal to have very eclectic artist here.

There is one guy around here who plays some kind of Dubstep Country...er dub country...er something.

I wish I had a link to him...

No sure how to track him down.... I'll ask my friend.
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Post by mousegarden » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:17 am

JakoGreyshire wrote:Where I'm at there are weird folk that come out of the farms and hills, drink beer and play death metal on banjos and mandolins...

When I first moved here this is was the strangest eclectic thing I'd ever seen...

Now that I've been here a while it's normal to have very eclectic artist here.

There is one guy around here who plays some kind of Dubstep Country...er dub country...er something.

I wish I had a link to him...

No sure how to track him down.... I'll ask my friend.
Well, I'm not too sure what's going on here, seems to be a lot of bikers around, who are into blues/metal, and on the other side of the coin there are loads of bands playing covers, and tribute bands.
I'm in a desert here as far as my miain interest goes, free-improvisation, and I did put a shout out here for wigglers, without success, as for finding a venue to play, forget it.

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Post by hellfeatures » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:16 am

I live in a super-rural part of Ireland and get all my new modular gear via the web (there are no suppliers for modular in Ireland anyways!!)
The benefits of being out this way are cheap rent, cheap beer and the best of all.. fresh air, silence and space (head and physical) to stretch out and make music
The city is a good place to visit when you fancy some action or need to remember how to talk again having spent the last 5 days locked in a room with a modular
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Post by mousegarden » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:33 am

hellfeatures wrote:I live in a super-rural part of Ireland and get all my new modular gear via the web (there are no suppliers for modular in Ireland anyways!!)
The benefits of being out this way are cheap rent, cheap beer and the best of all.. fresh air, silence and space (head and physical) to stretch out and make music
The city is a good place to visit when you fancy some action or need to remember how to talk again having spent the last 5 days locked in a room with a modular
I'm not missing any action, can't think of one reason to miss London.
I'm OK here for company, my partner is always in the garden doing something, there's so much to do here, too much, the neighbours are fun, always coming round, good local pubs, studio to set up, telescope to buy, garage to rebuild etc etc etc.
I hope it works out, I'm an impatient person at the best of times, but the amount of work and sorting out here is ridiculous.
Also, this isn't my home it's my partners, I feel a bit insecure after years of independence, so I always have to make sure I have enough money in reserve to bail out if need be and get my own place, but I'm taking one day at a time right now.

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Post by dubonaire » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:42 am

mousegarden wrote: I'm not missing any action, can't think of one reason to miss London.
I'm OK here for company, my partner is always in the garden doing something, there's so much to do here, too much, the neighbours are fun, always coming round, good local pubs, studio to set up, telescope to buy, garage to rebuild etc etc etc.
TBH you are in the honeymoon period. Soon that view of the garden is going to be a prison. So make the occasional trips back to London.

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Post by Joe. » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:48 am

mousegarden wrote: telescope to buy...
Noice, What's the plan?

(Thanks btw, sister is intending on upgrading to a 10-12" dob now. The 5" was perfect to start with, can even spot saturn's rings)

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