Photo of smartphones watching Depeche Mode at the Staples Center, September 28, 2013.
Here’s the music I love the most right now, on September 13, 2013:
- Everything by Pye Corner Audio
- Everything by Pan Sonic (along with most everything by Mika Vainio)
- Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
- Everything by Joanna Newsom
- Leyland Kirby, Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was
- Everything by Burial
- Harmonia, Live 1974
- Broadcast, Tender Buttons
- The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Top 10/Bottom 3 section of this blog is no more. Alas!
But never fear. Here’s a new feature: Photo of the Month!
Photo of the Month for September 2013 displays the most awesome 50s cover of a classic Issac Asimov novel, The Currents of Space (one of the “Empire” novels that preceded his more famous Foundation trilogy). Enjoy!
- The Venture Bros.
- Mika Vainio, Kilo
- Chris Watson, In St. Cuthbert’s Time
- Pye Corner Audio, Conical Spaces
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig (re-watching before I watch the new GITS)
- The League (rewatching for the 5th time)
- Archer (watched whole series twice in a row over the last month)
- Bunheads (I like it, so shut up!)
- ALM’s Pamela’s Workout
- Synthesis Technology’s E580
Bottom 3 Reasons I Didn’t Post the July Top 10/Bottom 3 Until July 17
- I forgot
- Protest Drone strikes
Top 10 Things I Believe (in no particular order)
- 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.
- Pye Corner Audio should be the most popular music in the world. Joanna Newsom second.
- The new Star Trek movie was TERRIBLE–one of the worst things I’ve seen in years.
- All glory to the Hypno-Toad and the Noisering
- Joanna Newsom should rule the world
- Everyone should read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy–and then read the other 15-30 books set in the same universe.
- Socialism is awesome
- My wife is awesome
- Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is fantastic and you need to read it now now now
- Jane McGonigal is right–reality IS broken
Top 3 Things I Don’t Believe
- Doctor Who just keeps getting better and better
- I need to spend more money on modular synths
- I really enjoy 4 straight months of 110 degree weather.
Top 10 Eurorack Modules (in my system)
- Livewire Dalek Modulator
- WMD uHC
- Doepfer A-119
- Doepfer A-199
- Make Noise MMG
- Make Noise Maths
- WMD Multimode Envelope
- XAOC Devices Moskwa
- Pittsburgh Modular Analog Delay
- Circuit Abbey Unify
Bottom 3 Eurorack Modules (not in my system)
- MFB Dual ASDR (oddly cut–didn’t fit properly)
- SnazzyFX Ardcore (couldn’t find enough uses to justify keeping it)
- Doepfer A-190-2 (mine just didn’t work)
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.
Knoobz.com 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):