Two new drum toys

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While I was in Auckland I picked up this beatbox I scored via TradeMe – its a Roland CR8000 which has had Analoque Solutions mods applied, as per the image below. The seller advised it has a couple of minor faults but I can live with them, and will get them fixed when I find the right person, locally… in the meantime I am learning to program this great sounding drum machine & the sync out will come in handy for driving my modular synth sequencer!

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Waiting at my POBox was another TradeMe purchase – a TAMA Techstar TS602 drum synth, circa 1984. This didn’t cost much so it wasn’t much of a risk but I’ve already had my moneys worth! It is seriously fun to jam on and the range of drum sounds achievable is pretty broad. The photos on TradeMe made the pads look quite small but they are BIG – the size of a small/medium tom…

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Here’s a little demo via youtube – the rack unit has 2 drum synth generators with a trigger input for each of the pads, plus 2 ext trigger inputs (presumably for use with a sequencer) a mixed audio output and seperate audio outputs for each of the 2 drum synths… Given what it can produce & how much fun it is to jam on, this was a bargain, especially with the two pads which I am sure I’ll be able to use to trigger my modular synth too!

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Little Huia

Little Huia revisited, Monday April 7th

Little Huia

is it always so perfect there!?!

 

methink Little Huia is my favourite part of Auckland!

If you want to stay in Barr Cottage at Little Huia, pending availability you can book it here

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AMA

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Following on from the Q&A after my screening at the Titirangi Festival of Music, I thought I would do what Reddit call ASK ME ANYTHING. I totally appreciate for some people email or online comments are a better form of expressing themselves or asking questions than at a public screening. So for anyone who has seen my residency work feel free to ask any related questions.

But also every week or two I get a random email from someone, asking for sound related advice or something… If it was someone I do not know, then I usually asked them to post their question at the SSD website (i.e. a public site where other people could also comment or provide answers, so it isn’t just my opinion). Sadly SSD had a melt down & some people who weren’t at all involved in creating & defining SSD decided to merge it with a completely unrelated Stackexchange topic. (If you ever need a good example of how to mismanage a very focused user group, that is one for the history books!) So this post is going to be my own personal replacement for SSD!

While I am always happy to help people that I know or have some form of direct relationship with, I will direct all randoms to this post & will provide any thoughts or opinions (not answers) so that its not one-to-one but hopefully many-to-many!

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So ask me anything! Preferably in english… but no rush – this is primarily intended as a resource for the random email questions :)

Please note: if you have never commented here before, your question won’t appear immediately. Due to the robot-spammers I have to manually approve the first comment from anyone new. Apologies for the little delay but your comment or question won’t have disappeared, its just waiting patiently….

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TFM recap

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Apologies for lack of posts here, but I just got back from a week in Auckland for the Titirangi Festival of Music where I screened works from my two Artists Residencies. The screening went very well with no technical problems at all, thanks to the great TFM crew.

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The total run time, including an introduction with a few short examples of what I am pursuing, was just under an hour. But the unexpected part for me was that the Q&A following the screening lasted at least that long & could have kept going if we hadn’t had to clear the space for the next act to set up! Such great questions from a really deeply engaged audience – it was the highlight of the entire process for me!

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photo: Ed Larsen

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photo: Ed Larsen

On Monday I went & did a second screening of some of my Little Huia work for all of the Park Rangers, quite a different audience to the TFM one but equally engaged with some great discussion afterwards. Most exciting of all is the potential for ongoing collaboration – some great developments will become apparent in the next month or two, including installation of some of my sounds & music into the Waitakere Parks via embedded weatherproof hardware!

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photo: Ed Larsen

I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the screenings and to the organisers of the Titirangi Festival of Music. It was a pleasure to contribute to such a well run event – Titirangi was buzzing the entire weekend with a fantastically diverse range of events, workshops & concerts. Congratulations to all of the TFM team!!

Next step for me is to create surround mixes of my works, plus alternate soundtracks for some of them. And then on to BluRay, DVD and Video on Demand so that I can share them beyond the requirement to be in the same room…. Onwards!

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baby zen?

 

 

 

Herring Cove, Titirangi + Fuji x100s

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