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I Dream of Wires

Aug 24 2013 Published by under Internet/Media, Music, Technology

Get it.  Live it.

“I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition” 2013 official trailer from I Dream Of Wires on Vimeo.

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Top 10/Bottom 3: July 2013

Jul 17 2013 Published by under Film/TV, Humor, Internet/Media, Music, Personal, Politics, Top 10/Bottom 3



Top 10

  1. The Venture Bros.
  2. Mika Vainio, Kilo
  3. Chris Watson, In St. Cuthbert’s Time
  4. Pye Corner Audio, Conical Spaces
  5. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig (re-watching before I watch the new GITS)
  6. The League (rewatching for the 5th time)
  7. Archer (watched whole series twice in a row over the last month)
  8. Bunheads (I like it, so shut up!)
  9. ALM’s Pamela’s Workout
  10. Synthesis Technology’s E580

Bottom 3 Reasons I Didn’t Post the July Top 10/Bottom 3 Until July 17

  1. I forgot
  2. Protest Drone strikes
  3. ‘Merica

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Where’s the Rest?

Jun 20 2013 Published by under Internet/Media, Music

I came across a clip from Joanna Newsom’s music video for her wonderful “Good Intentions Paving Co.”  The video is a few years old at this point, but I had never seen it (just flew by me somehow) until yesterday.  Man this clip is amazing.  But where oh where is the rest?  I have dug around the web for hours and have come up empty handed.  C’mon Drag City and Joanna–share the rest!

See the clip for yourself.  I dare you not to love this!

Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company” from fillipe ALVES on Vimeo.

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Top 10/Bottom 3: June 2013



Top 10 Things I Believe (in no particular order)

  1. Hockey players are the best athletes in the world because they have to be fast, strong, tough, nimble, dexterous, and fearless–all while on ice with tiny slivers of metal beneath their feet to keep them upright.
  2. Pye Corner Audio should be the most popular music in the world.  Joanna Newsom second.
  3. The new Star Trek movie was TERRIBLE–one of the worst things I’ve seen in years.
  4. All glory to the Hypno-Toad and the Noisering
  5. Joanna Newsom should rule the world
  6. Everyone should read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy–and then read the other 15-30 books set in the same universe.
  7. Socialism is awesome
  8. My wife is awesome
  9. Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is fantastic and you need to read it now now now
  10. Jane McGonigal is right–reality IS broken

Top 3 Things I Don’t Believe

  1. Doctor Who just keeps getting better and better
  2. I need to spend more money on modular synths
  3. I really enjoy 4 straight months of 110 degree weather.

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Top 10/Bottom 3: May 2013

Make Noise Echophon

Make Noise Echophon

Top 10

  1. What else?  Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest
  2. Make Noise Echophon
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Parks and Recreation
  5. New Venture Bros!
  6. Portland Timbers
  7. A real summer vacation (until June 24, at least)
  8. Half in the Bag
  9. Jon Brooks, Shapwick
  10. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” (I like it, though it would be way better if a woman were singing)

Bottom 3

  1. Every Republican in Washington
  2. GW Bush’s Library
  3. Heat

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Top 10/Bottom 3: April 2013

Apr 02 2013 Published by under Internet/Media, Music, Personal, Technology, Top 10/Bottom 3

My modular

Top 10 Eurorack Modules (in my system)

  1. Livewire Dalek Modulator
  2. WMD uHC
  3. Doepfer A-119
  4. Doepfer A-199
  5. Make Noise MMG
  6. Make Noise Maths
  7. WMD Multimode Envelope
  8. XAOC Devices Moskwa
  9. Pittsburgh Modular Analog Delay
  10. Circuit Abbey Unify

Bottom 3 Eurorack Modules (not in my system)

  1. MFB Dual ASDR (oddly cut–didn’t fit properly)
  2. SnazzyFX Ardcore (couldn’t find enough uses to justify keeping it)
  3. Doepfer A-190-2 (mine just didn’t work)

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Cookbook 069

Mar 10 2013 Published by under Music, Personal

This is my first experiment at integrating my electric guitar into my Eurorack modular using the Doepfer A-119 external input. The guitar sound is mixed with a simple sequence I made using the Moskwa sequencer, a sine wave oscillator, some filters, and an ADR-cycled envelope. I’m still working on the basic idea here, but I thought it was an interesting first attempt.

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Top 10/Bottom 3: March 2013

Ix Tab

Top 10

  2. Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
  3. IX Tab, Spindle & the Bregnut Tree
  4. Hacker Farm, UHF
  5. The League
  7. Start of MLS season!
  8. Spring Training in MLB
  9. New EP from Pye Corner Audio
  10. Meeting Dick Mills

Bottom 3

  1. Republicans
  2. The word “sequester”
  3. Fat

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Two “Modular Battle” Entries

Mar 05 2013 Published by under Internet/Media, Music, Personal has set up a series of “Modular Battles.”  The first asked participants to create a 2-minute track with only one module, the second with only two, and the third with (you guessed it) only three.  I failed to participate in the first two, but I did have time to plop down two entries for the third.  Here they are.  Enjoy!

Update: Here’s a new one for the new Module Battle #4 that is even more Doctor Who than the others (if that’s possible):

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Gallifrey One, Dick Mills, and “Inspector Spacetime”

Feb 18 2013 Published by under Film/TV, Humor, Music, Personal, Technology

Us and Dick Mills

My wife and I attended Gallifrey One, the annual Doctor Who convention held in Los Angeles around Valentine’s Day.  It was a lot of fun and super crowded.  We met a doctor (Sylvester McCoy), a bunch of companions, Dr. Bishop (John Noble), and many others.  But the highlight of all highlights was our one-hour small-group meeting with legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop member Dick Mills (pictured above), who was part of the workshop from the late 1950s to his retirement in the 1990s.  During that time, he was responsible for nearly all sound effects heard in Doctor Who and quite a bit of the music as well (including the original title theme, which he and Delia Derbyshire created from a score by Ron Grainer).  It was amazing to get such a first-hand account at the workings of the famous workshop, especially from someone who had been there from the beginning.  To top it off, he was a wonderfully sweet, warm, and engaging person.  He also gave a one-hour talk to the whole convention featuring lots of great photos and sound samples from his many years at the BBC.  That was, indeed, the highlight of not only the weekend but the year, as far as I’m concerned.

Another highlight was my introduction to Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time, the Doctor Who parody by the guy who played the Doctor Who parody Inspector Spacetime on the TV show Community.  I’ve been amazed by the fan response to a running gag on a show–they’ve created an entire history of the 51-year-long imaginary show, complete with more intricate detail than most real shows possess.  But all that creativity doesn’t really amount to anything if there’s no real show.  So Travis Richey (the 11th Inspector) and his compatriots (all up-and-coming writers, directors, actors, etc) created the show, which consists of one 30-minute web series and another on the way.  My wife and I attended their two-hour-long panel which featured a viewing of the series, interviews with the cast and crew, and a table reading of the first episode of the new series.  As I was watching, I remember thinking: this is the future.  Forget networks, cable, movies, all that–the future is people with good ideas and a little bit of money (they raised the funds for the series through Kickstarter) pooling their resources and creating awesome things.  This future already exists in music; it’s always existed in writing; and it’s coming to the big, big world of TV and film.  I can’t wait.


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