September 1, 2013


by Chris Randall

I have a blessed day off from renovating our new house today. Unfortunately, this wondrous event occurred only because I stepped on some exercise gear in the dark last night, and lacerated my right foot to the point where I can't actually do anything renovation-wise, but must sit around all day convalescing. Those who know me know this is something I find intensely irritating, so I'm sure I'm going to be an utter joy to be around for the next couple days.

We're in the calm before the storm of a new Audio Damage product(s) as well, so the most productive use of my time appears to be trolling YouTube for funny cat videos. Since YouTube knows me so well, it won't let me watch too many of those without offering up something along the lines of this:

This fellow, Wouter van Veldhoven, is a Netherlands-based musician experimenting with ambient, IDM, and minimal techno using reel-to-reel decks, solanoid-triggered electro-acoustic instruments, and modular synth. So, as you can imagine, he and I are very much of a mind about how to make music. I like how he uses the artifacts of tape recording (tape stop, reversing, overdrive) as elements of musical expression. I recommend perusing his YouTube channel for some interesting shit.


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Sep.04.2013 @ 7:27 AM
Chris Randall
Dan, you should definitely not visit my house next time you're in PHX then. Your nightmares are my daily fun-time. ;-)


Sep.07.2013 @ 1:48 PM
The SE-500 Korg Stage Echo is a tape delay with footswitch (or modular) control of Effect off/on, Feedback off/on, and CV control of the speed. The servo motor for the speed control is rock solid, you'll break the tape before the motor strains. It doesn't need some funky cartridge either, just regular 1/4" tape you can put in yourself. I also found it easier to justify to the wife than why I "needed" another failing RTR.

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Sep.11.2013 @ 10:14 AM
dj empirical
This is the kind of vid I watch and am like, how does this only have a couple thousand views?

(I know why, by the way, haha. No cats.)

Sep.14.2013 @ 6:19 AM
Thanks for all the compliments! As some of you guessed, at this point I am indeed simply amplifying the cv outputs from my doepfer to control a bunch of relays that are connected to the switches in the tape-recorder. I've aso build a small step sequencer with relays to make more diverse controls for the mini piano.
In the future I want to use the tape not just for audio but also for signal storage/sequencing. First steps will be put on youtube in the upcoming week.

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