November 28, 2014

The Great Star of Astoroth

I'm in the middle of watching Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I haven't seen it in probably twenty some years. I've heard it described as the "poor man's Mary Poppins" - I'd probably agree with that, but I am thoroughly enjoying it!

Hillwood HR-2 Super Variation

Who does this little guy remind you of?

A long lost cousin of the Roland Compu-Rhythm family perhaps?

November 26, 2014

Over the Rainbow

This song, I've Been Over The Rainbow by Mort Garson, I've been listening to it a lot lately. About a minute in it really takes off. Something very special happens just for a moment.

And then there's this old song:

It's one of those songs you don't even remember the first time you heard it. it's just always been there. I've only just recently come to understand just how wonderful it really is. I get it now!

November 12, 2014

The Latest

Gosh, I've been so busy - as you can see by the lowest post numbers in recent months since I've started this blog. I do still care about Mild Slopes, it is not forgotten! I've been on tour for the past month or so and have about another month still to go. Arrived in Holland last night and some how managed to beat the jet lag (a first for me!). In the above picture you can see some of my new set up, with the two Moog racks and a bunch of MU modules to supplement them. I've got modules from, Club of The Knobs, Moon Modular and Happy Nerding in there. I also have some modules from SSL and STG Soundlabs at home, but due to limited space none of those made it to the touring rig.

Once I get home I'd like to finally get all these MU modules into a proper home. I'm thinking the 44 space walnut cabinet and maybe the 22 space on top eventually. So, that will be something to blog about!

November 9, 2014

Analog Days: A Short Book Review

I read this book quite a while ago, but I really enjoyed it and thought I should write a little bit about it here. If you you're an analog synthesizer enthusiast, you will probably enjoy Analog Days as much as I did. When I started reading it I sort of thought "Oh, this is going to be very similar to the Moog documentary". You know, that doc that came out in 2004. But it wasn't like that at all. The documentary was more about how everything felt back when it began and maybe a little story here or there. But this book is a narrative, a chronological non-fiction story from start to finish. Events including Bob Moog, Don Buchla,  Paul Beaver & Bernie Krause. The whole thing was just fascinating. 

My one criticism of the book, and it is a big one, is the author's ignorant comments about Wendy Carlos. Wendy's contribution to the development of electronic music is invaluable and she deserves to be treated with the utmost respect. Being one of the only women involved in the creation of electronic music instruments, Wendy's story is already interesting enough. That the author thought he needed to add to her story is downright distasteful and causes one to wonder what other historically inaccurate bits were added for dramatic effect.