March 29, 2006

The Big Slim...

by Chris Randall

Okay, this is gonna be tough, albeit in a cathartic way. Lisa and I are going to be moving from our largish house in the country to a smallish apartment in the city (while it was a noble experiment, living out in the sticks ultimately blows) and thus my studio has to become significantly smaller for the time being.

While, as I aluded in the first sentence of this post, slimming a collection of instruments down to the bare necessities is cathartic, it forces some difficult problems to the forefront. I've done this a couple times in the past. At one notable juncture in my career, I had 18 analog synths. With keys. (I tend to eschew rackmount synths for some reason.) While it's nice to have every possible sound at my beck and call... well, yeah. You get the picture.

So, decision time, right? The most difficult choice I've made is to unload my (mostly) Blacet modular. I will probably end up buying one again, but I simply won't have the room in my new place, and I can live without it for the time being. I'm still not entirely certain about this decision, but there's a lot of money tied up in it that could be applied to stuff I would use a lot more.

All the stupid impulse-buy shit has to go too. That means Prophet 2000, Matrix 6, Wurlitzer 112, Wurlitzer Sideman. I've also got this ridiculous 70s Ampeg head I've been carting around for 5 years that I'll probably give to Wade, if I can bring myself to box and ship it. Lots of little jank too, such as a Univox EC100 that mostly works, tons of DIY shit, an unmodded iOpener, stacks of racks, a Neumann PEV in a Vintage City rack, etc. etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum.

In short, time to clean house and go down to the bare minimum yet again. It is really nice to do something like this because I find it much more inspirational to get new stuff than try to drag every single sound, kicking and screaming all the while, out of old stuff.

I'll put up prices and pictures in the not-too-distant future, but if there's anything in the above list that you can't live without, drop me a line via the contact button above, and let's talk.



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Mar.30.2006 @ 12:22 PM
"On top of that, the 40% of the people in this town that _aren't_ loggers are addicted to meth, and thus useless wastes of flesh."

I always thought the whole crank epidemic was just made up for interesting discovery channel and network news special reports. You mean all that meth superlab stuff is for real? Do they keep the cough syrup under lock and keys there? NYC may suck and all but we still can get our syzurrup on whenev,,,,,


Mar.30.2006 @ 12:46 PM
Chris Randall
You have to show ID here to buy Tylenol Cold & Allergy at the grocery store. It's actually a pretty serious problem in this state. I personally don't have any problem with drug use. I've done my fair share, and the fair shares of a couple other people besides, but I have to draw the line when someone else's drug use affects me directly. Know your limits, you know?

Exploding mobile homes aside, the spinners in this town would sell their children for a dimebag, and are basically just sucking up food and heat better used elsewhere. I'd have a hard time coming up with a less useful group of Americans, truth be told. There are lots of stores in Portland that have signs like "No Tweakers! And If You Think We Can't Tell, You're High!" and shit like that on their doors.

To put it in context, this town has just shy of a thousand people in it, and I would estimate that there are between 250 and 300 hardcore meth addicts here. I'm a to-the-core blue as they come Democrat, but even I gotta say I have a hard time with any sort of compassion for these toothless wonders.



Mar.30.2006 @ 2:31 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
bummer man, i'm sorry.

yeah 1,000 people is a bit tiny for even me (chillicothe is 7,000 or so people), and meth heads in those proportions would drive me out of the garden of eden itself.

meth isn't a real big problem here (we have one regular customer here at the coffee shop who looks methey, but that's about it), but there's boozing and cocaine (the town dealers are pretty hooked-up as far as the constabulary goes). i might be an alcoholic so i'm not going to judge that whole boozing thing.

about 2 blocks away from my studio is this mexican dude with dreadlocks who is one of the finext beatchoppers i've ever met ... quite a fine hip hop producer. i have plenty of friends in peoria and the other cities between chicago and st louis to play music with or go see (both electronic and jazz).

this area is no cultural mecca ... but i'm pretty happy here.


Mar.30.2006 @ 3:47 PM
Big congrats on the unloading, Chris. Less gear, more music, and that's a good lesson for everyone here.

And positive small town Central Illinois artistic living, Eric? Very much to each his own then. :-)


Mar.30.2006 @ 4:03 PM
Dave McAnally
Yeah that sounds like the neighboring town of where I lived in Iowa (Evansdale for anyone who knows the area). Probably about 2000 people and a good 500 of 'em were whacked out of their gords. Moving to Chicago for the first time was nice because I learned you don't _HAVE_ to live in a city where 25% of the population has a drug problem and fucks their sisters nightly.

So where are ya movin? Back to Chicago?


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