Saturday, 16 July 2011

Massive Violin

Had another day recording some acoustic stuff in the studio, with Dave and Sid

Thursday, 14 July 2011


I took a picture of Sefa sitting at the synthesizers today...

Monday, 11 July 2011

Two Emulations

I was playing around on the Emu Emulator 2 yesterday, as I just got it back from being fixed (dead power supply). This was actually one of the first vintage synths that I bought, way back in 1993/4. Its all over my first few albums. It's a lovely sounding synth, a lot more than just a sampler, and has beautiful analog filters inside which you don't get in any of the other big-boy samplers such as the Fairlight, Synclavier, Akai or Rolands. The exception is The PPG Wave (see previous post). Anyway, here are a couple of sketches I did, the first is just a sampled single waveform from an ARP 2600. The second is my favorite harp sample from the original E2 library. I recorded a randomish sequence into memory then played on top...

Then, guess what happened? BOTH disk drives failed!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Palm Pics

Saw this awesome set of pics of Wolfgang Palm (PPG inventor) via matrixsynth

How to put an animated video gif on your blog

1] Get your video clip and open it in quicktime pro. Edit it to the right length and export it as 'movie to image'. This will create lots of single frame images so put them in a new folder. You can decide the frame rate - say 5 or 10 per sec

2] Open the first frame in photoshop (I use CS2 on a mac) and select the animation sub window. Open the second picture, select all, copy and paste onto the first picture. This creates a new layer on picture 1. Repeat this for all the frames - i.e. create new layers of all the frames as layers in picture one. In the animation window on the right there is a menu - select 'make frames from layers'. You can select the duration of the frames but usually leave at '0 sec'. 'Save for web' from the file menu creating a gif file. It actually makes 2 files - the gif is in a folder called 'images'

3] Open your postimage account and upload the gif file which is in the 'images' folder. Make sure it is less than 1MB

4] Open your blogger editor and paste the embed code from postimage

Booth Me Up

John Foxx and the Maths' photoshoot:


Word of the Week #18


The Maths - Me John Sefa Hannah, headed up to the Lexington the other night to see Xeno & Oaklander. Below is a short film about them and also a clip that someone else shot at this gig. I love this band and they are super-cool-nice people cos we got to meet them afterwards. Their live rig is basically all vintage Korg and Roland small-synths and drum machines connected with cv/gate. I helped them pack their stuff down and put it in bubblewrap (I didn't help that much - actually not at all - I just popped some bubbles while they were busy)