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Deep Diving on Select Gear

It has occurred to me that I don’t really know my instruments. It has also occurred to me that some of my most popular posts from my previous blog sight were synth reviews. In the spirit of killing two birds with one stone, I’ve decided that I’m going to start doing a series of deep-dive reviews of each instrument I currently have. It seems like a fun idea and one I think will be well received.

The hard part is choosing where to start. In the spirit of being somewhat interactive, I’ll let the readers/friends decide.

Pick One:

Korg Kronos X
Roland V-Synth GT
Novation UltraNova
Roland JP8080
Studio Electronics SE1
Emu Command Station XL7 (with ROMS)
Korg Prophecy
Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2
Access Virus TI2 DarkStar
Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver
Ensoniq EPS16+
Emu E6400
Kurzweil K2500
Elektron Analog Rytm
Elektron Octatrack
Aka MPC1000

Vote in the comments.

Vision

Writers block is a bitch. It seems like it’s been forever that I haven’t written anything that grabbed me, or slogged through finishing something just to finish it only to hate it later. When I get like this, it’s like having audio dysmorphia. Not matter how many times I look in the mirror, it doesn’t look like it’s me staring back.

Recently, I was in the studio working. Well, not really working. I was playing around with one of my synths and something on the modular. I recorded a little of it and messed around a bit in Live. When I played it back, something happened that hasn’t happened in a long time. “That’s NoiseTheorem!” I thought. I had finally seen myself in the mirror.

It’s hard to put my finger on what it was that actually triggered that reaction. I instantly had more ideas for the track and took down some notes. I’ve been playing with sounds since to find timbres that match what I have in my head. I hope I can sustain this one. It’s been *too* long.

Lessons learned

So where have I been? I promise a blog a day and then I disappear. Typical…

Well, I've been pretty sick, actually. I had a wonderful experience with an immediate care doctor who was certain I had something that could kill you and sent me to the ER. It all went down hill from there to eventually be found days later to be a 'non-specific viral infection' (so they don't even have a clue what it was). In any case, its over.

Its odd to say it, but I think I really *needed* that illness. I get the feeling that a big part of why I got sick was because I have been pushing myself too far. Too much work, family and general life stress mixed with definitely not enough sleep and heathy physical activity is sooner or later going to bring on a crash in someone who isn't 25 anymore (not by a long shot). I was doing too much and giving too much of myself without stopping to think about how much I had left in the tank. Last week was the crash.

So now it's a new week, and the most important part of any experience is what we learn from it. Ive taken a few lessons:

  1. I have to limit myself and take more time for activities that rejuvinate and replenish me.
  2. I have to better focus on who and what I give my time to. My priorities need some shifting
  3. I need to take care better care of my health and get more sleep in general. I just have to.

It's easy to state these things but not always so easy to follow through with them. Feeling like I have no choice in the matter helps….If I don't, next time I may not get well as quickly. I'm also sure I can count on some others to help hold me accountable to my statements.

 

 

 

Improvisation

I had a brief improvisation last night on my virus. I was just programming a patch when this sort of ambient pad piece started flowing out of my fingers. In my head, I could hear a machine loop and drums and a sort of drone off the modular..maybe a simple pulsing bass sound to push it forward..but my audience of one only heard the one part.

“I like that. It gives me images in my mind.” she said.

If only she could hear the piece as I do. What images would it draw?