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

Archives: 2006

October 23, 2006

Kaada Has A Blog...

by Chris Randall

If you like the shit I like (and that would stand to reason if you've read this blog more than once...) you'll probably get a kick out of Kaada. He makes a sort of odd Tom-Waits-ish kind of melodramatic soundscape music, using many instruments and effects he created himself out of other stuff. (Like the Ghia, pictured above, which probably started life as a delay pedal.) In any case, he has a blog now, with pictures and descriptions galore, which you can find here. Thanks to Max Cooper for the heads-up.

October 22, 2006

Here's something you don't see every day...

by Chris Randall

Most of you have probably been reading this site long enough to know that some pretty strange shit gets me going. Case in point, this image of a complete Roland CMU-800 system (picture courtesy of David Skinner's set from the recent Pacific Northwest Synthesizer Gathering) gives me that old familiar "Must... Have... Now..." knot in my stomach, even though I know for a fact that it sounds like ass, is barely usable under the best of circumstances, and is generally a complete pain in the balls. Add the CMU-810 for the complete ass whompin'. The AlphaSyntauri and DK Synergy do the same thing to me. Maybe it's something about classic audio gear attached to vintage computers or something. Two great tastes that taste great together?

In any case, who's system is this? I thought I knew both of the people on the planet that actually own one of these systems in working order, but this is apparently a third one. (Also, it's worth noting that MatrixSynth also has a post and pictures from this event here, if you need more. They are, of course, essentially the same as the first group.)

October 21, 2006

On The Hunt...

by Chris Randall

Dear Lazyweb:

There was a big studio in NYC auctioning some "bottom of the closet" shit in the late 80s (89, I think) and I went, and one of the things they had was this drum machine thing. The tag said "used by Thomas Dolby" but I don't have any proof of that. It was orange, and looked vaguely like a PET computer or TRS80 was a parent. That is to say it was an all-in-one computer lookin' thing. Where the keyboard should be were a couple dozen keys, and the rest of the keyboard (where the rest of the keys should be) was filled in with a plastic fascia.

Any idea as to what this was? If my memory serves me, it was called the Drum-Puter or something similar. One of my dear readers must have run across this beast, or possibly owns one. I don't know why, but it has been scratching my brain lately, and curiosity has over-ridden.

October 21, 2006

If you're in/near Chicago...

by Chris Randall

Tomorrow night (Sunday, Oct. 22) Wade Alin's band Atomica will be playing at the Darkroom. All the information you could ever desire about this show without actually attending is available at the Atomica site. Also there will be the new kid on the Positron block, Bounte.

If you're not hip to the scene and all, Atomica is a trip-hop/downtempo band, and Bounte does melodic electronica. Full MP3s are available on the audio pages of the pertinent websites. Also note that both sites are on posiNET, so if you're a member here at Analog Industries, you're also a member at both of those sites. Just log in using your same info, and you can post up a storm, as well as access the private message system (which is global to all the posiNET sites.)

October 20, 2006

A Brief Audio Damage Update...

by Chris Randall

I know I've been silent on this particular subject for a couple weeks, but we're in the midst of product dev, and I don't like to talk about something until it is fully working, at least on the Windows side. So I won't be. This one is pretty special, though. It's a new take on our main forte, and should be pretty popular, especially with our customers that do more complex forms of electronic and dance music.

In other news I can't talk about, something else happened that is rather big news, at least in the industry, but I can't say anything until January. So forget I said anything at all, and just spend a couple minutes today being happy for Audio Damage, and leave it at that.


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