April 14, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn... Saturday?

by Chris Randall
 



Sorry for the late post, but I doubt Lisa would have taken kindly to me pulling over on the highway next to a 10,000 acre cattle feedlot to search for pictures of synths. But, better late than never. The above shot is from Djam Karet's studio, White Arrow. "The California-based Djam Karet has often been called America's greatest undiscovered band," according to the usual press-release-speak on the front of the site. I would think that statement could be argued quite easily, never mind the fact that it is somewhat oxymoronic. But that said, they have a lot of gear. They also have guitars for heads. Except for one guy that has a Roland Hand Drum Thingie for a head. Seriously.




Here's their modular rig, equal parts Doepfer, MOTM, and Cwejman. There's a Yamaha FS1R stuck in there, weirdly enough. An under-rated box, that. I personally find prog-rock to be completely unlistenable for the most part, but if you like those sorts of bands, this is one of them. They have some nice shit, though.

 
 
 

6 comments:

 
 

 
Apr.15.2006 @ 4:47 AM
Suit & Tie Guy
what is "prog"?

i think you said a while back that you really liked Tarkus side one, and i'll bet you probably have a bunch of Crimson and early Yes in your CD case. you probably have The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway on vinyl too, but not on CD. i'm open to being completely wrong on this.

i will say that i find most neo prog pretty horrific actually. exceptions are the first Dream Theater album (because Kevin Moore is so god damn good on it as a songwriter and a keyboardist) and Erik Norlander (because he's so fucking over-the-top i enjoy what he does quite a bit. the fact that his keyboard sounds are better than any other metal keyboardist helps too.)

and yes i do like listening to Focus and Renaissance, so i guess i count as a "progger" ... but when you say "prog-rock" i guess i want to know if you're talking about neo prog or classic prog, and if by "prog-rock" you mean rock which features highly skilled playing (which i'm not sure if Tarkus falls into).

 
 

 
Apr.15.2006 @ 4:48 AM
Suit & Tie Guy
eh i cut that short. the last paragraph continues:

or merely rock music which is progressive in nature?

 
 

 
Apr.15.2006 @ 9:49 AM
Chris Randall
Here's a hint: if any album by the band contains any reference to Dungeons and/or Dragons, then it's a fair assumption...

For the record, I don't own a single Yes or King Crimson record. I can't stand either band. I don't like anyone that sounds like they get paid per note. I like Tarkus for its comedic value.

-CR

 
 

 
Apr.15.2006 @ 12:15 PM
synthetic
Where's the vitriol for the Behringer mixer?

link [www.djamkaret.co...]">link [www.djamkaret.co...]

Is the lamp shining on it so it will sound "warm?"

 
 

 
Apr.15.2006 @ 12:43 PM
Chris Randall
Heh. I was tired last night when I posted this. Otherwise I would have said the same thing.

-CR

 
 

 
Apr.17.2006 @ 11:48 PM
Lindon
Yeah I LOVE my FS1R, but it's still a b*tch to program...hello Yamaha, hows it goin' over there in the-users-only-want-presets-land?
 
 

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