Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
 
August 21, 2005

the_box

by Chris Randall
 
 

I normally don't go in for these Creative Solutions For Breaking Down The Barrier Between Performer And Audience (anyone that has ever played a rock show for 5000 people knows that barriers, or barricades more appropriately, are definitely desired between performer and audience...) but this is kind of a nifty idea. Brian Crabtree has made a Box that is an array of buttons that can control pretty much any program that accepts MIDI controller data.


His site also has some MP3s of his work up, which aren't bad at all. Go have a look/listen.


 
August 20, 2005

O-Scope Fiesta...

by Chris Randall
 
 

So this town I live in (population c. 1000 or so) has an anual "Dog Dayz" yard-sale kind of thing which takes place today. Lisa and I were making the rounds and at our last stop, I came across an old Bell & Howell Oscilloscope. It said "make offer" on it, so I said "hey, will you take $20?" The lady was all "hell, yeah" which made me feel she only expected $5.00, so now I feel like I was cheated, even though I got a good working o-scope for only a sawbuck. Funny how that works out.

 
August 20, 2005

Linux woes...

by Chris Randall
 

Okay, so I did something kind of dumb. I decided to give that OSx86 install everyone is doing a whirl on my HP laptop. To make a long story short, that didn't work, and obviously I completely hosed the hard drive in the process. So, rather than immediately re-installing WinXP, since I don't normally use this laptop except when playing live, I thought I'd give Linux a whirl, and see what the Linux music scene is doing lately.


So, after searching about a bit, I settled on the Xandros distribution. Downloaded it, and installed. Completely painless, and quite frankly a bit easier than installing WinXP or OSX on their respective platforms.


However, I've hit a brick wall. I want to use my emagic EMI 2|6 box with this computer. Apparently, the driver for this box is built-in to current kernels of Linux, but I can't for the life of me get it to work. Every page I find with a hint of "instruction," (and I use that term loosely in this context) is something on the order of this. Let me just say that shit like this is why Linux will never replace Windows as the desktop OS of choice. If you just want to surf and check your e-mail, it's fine, and even better than fine, because it is more or less completely unsucceptable to virii and such. But if you want to do _anything_ beyond the simplest tasks, it becomes a hair-pulling experience.


So, my question is thus: if _anyone_ that is reading this has managed to get the ESI 2|6 (or 6|2, for that matter) to work with Linux, and can give me clear, concise instruction for doing the same, I'd love to hear about it.


 
August 19, 2005

386 DX Is The King Of The World...

by Chris Randall
 
 



386DX isn't just a musician. He's more like a lifestyle choice. At his site, you can listen to his most excellent renditions of The Hits, including this amazing version of California Dreamin'. You can see pictures from his appearances. You can buy his CDs. In short, you can do the same things on his site that you can on every other band site on the internet.


But there's something there I can't quite put my finger on. For some reason, you can buy a computer which is pre-configured to basically be a 386 DX performance. Embrace the amazingness that is 386DX. I'm a fan, and you will be too, shortly.


 
August 19, 2005

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 
 


Okay, this is kind of a gimmee, because anyone who is in to synths at all and has been on the internet for more than, like, 3 hours or so knows about ?ikira and her gear. But for both of you that haven't seen this site, she has more synths and outboard than any ten normal gear-obsessed synth players. I've decided, after a couple years of occasionally gazing at her website, that there is this sort of ?ikira Event Horizon, which constitutes the absolute limit of the number of synths you can have and still get work done.


There are so many synths in this studio that it has become something of a magnetic attractor, a dip on the synth gravity plane, like those pit things in Marble Madness. I mean, members of the Synth Illuminati just drop by, I suppose in the hopes that the ?ikira Event Horizon will have enough give in it to maybe hold just one more synth. "I'm sure if we moved these three Nords closer together, we'd be able to fit this new guy in..."

 

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