February 10, 2015


by Chris Randall

Just having some fun out on the porch today, thinking about what a Euro/tape rig for live performance might encompass. Many different organizations and promoters have asked me to perform modular sets in the last couple months, and I'm just poking around, thinking about how I might pull that off, in the interests of due diligence. Since some of my methods are a bit old-fashioned, even for the modular crowd, I thought it'd be interesting to some of you if I rolled camera while I was noodling. There's no musical statement here whatsoever. Just peeking around the corners, until inspiration either strikes or doesn't at this point.

Now, that said, I don't have any particular problem making process videos, if that's something people are interested in. I use a lot of techniques that used to be commonplace but are much less so now, and perhaps people find that sort of thing intriguing? I'll let you guys be the arbiters. A vote for "more process" would essentially result in tutorial videos with me extemporaneously blathering on about a particular technique. A vote for "less process" would essentially result in the usual "hands" videos I put up all the time.

Side note: I know I haven't done the 10 Questions answers yet. I'm a shit-heel. Wednesday or Thursday.


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Feb.10.2015 @ 11:00 PM
One vote for more process. I totally want to see more tape doing interesting things.

Feb.11.2015 @ 12:33 AM
Can I vote for both "more process" and "less process"? As somebody fairly engrained in the digital age, it'd be cool to see how folks used to do things. That said, I quite enjoy a good "hands" video too.

Feb.11.2015 @ 5:04 AM
+1 for more process.

Feb.11.2015 @ 7:51 AM
+1 for more process or floating hands videos, both are helpful.

A bit of a tangent: I quite like process videos in general, not just music. For example, there's this gentleman on youtube (link [www.youtube.com]) that shows how he runs a backyard metal forge. Or this japanese woodworking channel (link [www.youtube.com])
Even without much explanation on what's going on it's nice to see how things get done.

Feb.11.2015 @ 8:12 AM
I'm with RGiskard. I love hearing about people's processes/workflows, music-related or otherwise. So +1 for more process.

Feb.11.2015 @ 8:24 AM
Chris Randall
The reason I brought it up: having done electronic music for some decades now, and having been lucky enough to hang out and learn from some pretty talented people, I have a pretty broad knowledge of the various techniques and what-not.

I have a tendency to think this sort of stuff is self-evident, but my recent trips to various synth meets and my Adventures in Pedagogy lead me to believe that's not the case at all. While I genuinely enjoy doing Hands, I'm not one of those sorts that tries to keep all my methodology secret, and I'm happy to share. Also, now that I have a Workflowâ„¢ for quickly making reasonable-quality video with narration, this sort of shit is quite simple to bang out.

What I didn't expect: there are a lot of people out there that don't know how to do sound-on-sound or basic looping techniques on a Nagra. This actually surprises me, as it's one of the best readily available tools for this kind of exploration. I think my first process video will be "fun with oxide and a Nagra III." Others have expressed interest in getting good drum sounds out of Euro or whatever, so maybe I'll do that early as well. If there's any other subjects you'd like to see process videos on, let me know here.

Feb.11.2015 @ 10:35 AM
dj empirical
I am almost always as interested in the dropcloth as I am the painting.

i.e., moar process plz

Feb.11.2015 @ 12:46 PM
I also vote for process. I'm about Chris' age and am not that surprised by the old tech but I spent the long interval between my rock-n-roll teens and now *not* keeping up with the new hotness.

Feb.11.2015 @ 9:19 PM
tape machines are nice. adds a visible element to 'time' somehow.. even just looping.

but what's that thing w/the strings you play in the beginning of the video? is that uh and excuse me if i get this wrong.. a geeter? ;)

nice outdoor set up btw. minimal and focused.

Feb.11.2015 @ 10:17 PM
Love to see more process. Also I think you reached for that beer bottle right after the fade.

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