March 31, 2012
March 27, 2012
Arthur Greeves was C.S. Lewis' life long best friend. I'm about to start reading a book (a very big book!) of letters they wrote to one another between the years 1914 and 1963. There is very little information about him to be found so I'm hoping the book will shed some light. What I do know is that he was an artist and was deeply religious, practicing orthodox Christianity most of his life and then latter becoming a Quaker. He was also a homosexual, which is fascinating to think that he was surely, in part, responsible for Lewis' conversation to Christianity.
March 23, 2012
March 22, 2012
The Sequencer going in and out is a Roland MSQ-700. The patch bay is a 360 Systems Midi Patcher. Roland's offering (the A-880) didn't seem quit adequate, or at least not as aesthetically pleasing. That makes the 360 Systems Patcher the third non-Roland item in my studio, along with the Garfield Electronics Mini Doc (also pictured above), and a TASCAM computer interface. What's the world coming to these days?
March 21, 2012
For more information see the SH-09 manual or Practical Synthesis for Electronic Music page 14. Or this great article from Sound on Sound: SYNTH SECRETS Part 27: Roland SH101/ARP Axxe Brass Synthesis
March 15, 2012
March 14, 2012
About a month ago I made a post about this music shop on the west side of Manhattan. While I still don't like the way the store is set up to just go in and browse (not possible), I must say that their repair shop is top notch! I've used so many repair shops in the past few years: East Village Music --pretty standard to poor, no frills at all, Rogue Music --down right awful, Main Drag --fine.
So I took my RS-09 to Armen's. One key was triggering about three notes, expecting that they only fix that (all I asked them to), it came back to me in top notch condition! Switches and buttons that were missing were replaces with original Roland parts! The contacts were all cleaned! The 8" slider in the organ section (that has never worked in the past sixteen years I've had it) was fixed! And of course the key in question was fixed. I was shocked and have got to recommend them as the number one repair shop in New York City for analog synthesizers. What a pleasant surprise.
March 13, 2012
I don't know if this is the official video for this song, but I hope it is. It's Wonderful! Have you ever found yourself in this setting? Walking alone too late at night or too early in the morning?
March 11, 2012
- A Foundation For Electronic Music
- Multichannel Recording For Electronic Music
- Practical Synthesis For Electronic Music Volume One
March 10, 2012
March 9, 2012
March 7, 2012
March 4, 2012
Here we have Hannah Peel in a sensible (but maybe too brightly colored) dress playing that old John Foxx classic on one of her programmable music boxes. I've always liked this song; It has a wonderful, mysterious melody. But I've never liked Foxx's voice (an unpopular opinion I know), so it's nice to be rid of that. Anyway, it's a rainy Sunday in Belgium and this managed to push a few clouds away.
Is using the musicbox a bit like programming an antique sequencer in a way then?
Yes, in that you are using a punch card type of system, resembling early computer techniques when having to give digital instructions. Much like MIDI really.
I’m not sure how they made the card, but for me all the notes on the music box are made using a hole puncher and can take me sometimes a solid 12-18 hours to complete.
March 3, 2012
March 2, 2012
I'm going to go through her whole catalog and report back to you with my findings. I've already unearthed some lovely gems. I can't believe how forgotten she is, but I guess with today's flashy musical climate it's to be expected. I believe she was most appreciated in Japan. Bless her and bless Japan.
Thanks to Sean for exposing me to this ravishing beauty.
March 1, 2012
As I told you in my Church Synthesizer post, I've had an RS-09 since I was quite young and I've truly loved it for about seven years now. I recently acquired an RS-505 (I think one would also consider it a church synthesizer), which I had assumed would be just an expanded version of the 09. This is not so. I do like the 505 and I'm very glad to have it but I think it will still take some time to grow on me. One of the big differences between the two is the string sections. The RS-09 string section is meant to (or maybe just does) sound like a solo stringed instrument. Ran through some reverb I think it actually sounds like a pretty convincing violin (probably not to the trained ear, but, you know, at a passing glance -- what is the listening equivalent of a glance?). The RS-505's string section can't really sound like a convincing solo stringed instrument, but then the 09's string section in my opinion can't sound like a convincing ensemble. So neither is technically inferior, just different and for my own sensibilities I prefer the 09. But the 505 does have those bass and contra-bass sounds that are pretty great. Over all though the 505 has a much duller sound than the 09. The filter on the 505 just doesn't seem to open up as much as the 09. They are both wonderful though and I'm sure that before the end of the age comes to these slopes I will tell you much more about them. I haven't even mentioned their organ or synthesizer sections.
Also: Those organ-style rocker switches on the RS-505 take some getting used to. Which way in on, which way is off? I don't know! Unless you're some nice, old lady who's used to playing the organ. Of course there is a version of the 09 that also has rocker switches, but this is not the version I have. I have the other version. The version with those lovely buttons.