Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: August 2006

August 31, 2006

Fucktard Of The Week (or not?)

by Chris Randall

Of course, we all do this. That goes without question. But we don't film it and inflict it on others. So, he's just a fucktard for filming it and uploading it, not actually doing it, I guess. (Of course, most of us try to play with some semblance of timing, which bears mentioning. Quantization was invented for people like this.)

UPDATE: The verdict: not a fucktard, according to the readers of Analog Industries, who are well versed in such matters.

August 31, 2006

Whew (#3)

by Chris Randall

Okay, it isn't the Carnegie Hall concert, which is one of the most outstanding pieces of live concert you're ever gonna find (check the 8 minute version of Use Me he opens the show with), but Rev. Bill preaches it like a motherfucker in this footage from 1972. There are two songs in the clip. The first one is worth watching, for certain, but the bills start getting paid at 3:55. One of my all-time favorite singers, and IMO the most under-rated singer and band of all time. Those guys could hold a vamp like nobody's business. Color me crazy, but is that Joe Walsh on electric? Not sure about that, but it sure as fuck looks like him.

(Here is an iteration of "Ain't No Sunshine" if you're still feelin' it.)

August 29, 2006

Whew! (#2)

by Chris Randall

Forget about it. Otis Redding's performance at the Monterey Pop Festival is hands down one of the great all time stage shows ever. The video above has the ass-end of "Shake," which opened the set. Then it goes in to the subject of today's post, "I've Been Loving You Too Long." He got up in front of those hippies and just dropped some science.

I really admire Otis for this one performance, because usually musicians put in an uncomfortable situation (like him playing before a basically all-white audience, which was unusual for soul singers at the time) generally don't give their all. He just got up and owned the stage. Seriously.

August 29, 2006


by Chris Randall

Okay, I'm working on Analog Rack V2, which will replace my (now gone) Blacet modular in stage performances for knob twiddling and stuff. I decided to build it around Moogerfoogers, because they have nice big knobs. I'm using one of those SKB flip-up 12-space things that all the Serge folks use, because it is convenient for my purposes. (Like so.)

I've only just started building, and I've reached an impasse of sorts. I've got the Moogerfooger LPF of course, and I got the ring mod. The rack unit that Moog sells (and which I just received today from Analogue Haven) holds three of the little fuckers. The question is: which one do I get for the third slot? The choices are MURF, phaser, and analog delay. That should be an easy choice, except the delay costs twice as much as the other two, and live I'll almost certainly be using Dubstation for all my delay needs. So, I'm really thinking either MURF or the phaser.

Any particular reason I should get the phaser instead of the MURF? I can't think of one off the top of my head, but there's a lot of people reading this blog that own one or both of these pedals, and who might have some insight in to why one is more appropo than the other.

To satisfy the obvious curiosity, the other things the rack will have are fuzz, distortion, compressor (all handmade by me), a CP251, a small mixer/router, and AES->analog->AES. I _may_ add a MIDI->CV convertor so I can give the pedals some presets, but I haven't decided for sure about that yet.

August 28, 2006

Whew! (#1)

by Chris Randall

All this week, I'll be throwing video that has SMPTE. Ho, ho, ho. Seriously though, all this week, I'll be putting up classic soul performances that make your arm hairs stand up. First up is Aretha Franklin's stunning performance of "Dr. Feelgood" at her 68 Premier televised concert. This is one of those performances that absolutely defines the word "soul." Aretha may be all god-bless-this and jesus-loves-me-that nowadays, but she was a dirty, dirty little girl back in the day. And no fuckin' around at the piano, either. Dig those mighty gospel runs.


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