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▶ I listened/suffered thru a Tim Ferris podcast interview with the lead Spotify grifter
Mental models for “Top performance”? FCK OFF! #toxic_capitalism
▶ “Be prepared: When you are 90% done any large project (a house, a film, an event, an app) the rest of the myriad details will take a second 90% to complete.”
#truth and just one of 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
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▶ “It comes right from the belly” – beautiful tribute for Jóhann Jóhannsson, by Peter Albrechtsen
▶ The Japanese Artist Who Sends His Work to Space
Excuse the nerd factor, but I am trying to figure out Irmin Schmidts modular FX machine from CAN… The Alpha 77 is described at end of this article
Intriguing switch matrix!
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“We were inspired by Jamacian-style ginger beer for it’s warmth and sultry finish. Our version is made with Fijian-grown ginger and turmeric. It’s a bit drier than similar offerings in New Zealand. ”
▶ The epic SolarWinds hack affecting thousands of government agencies and companies could mark the beginning of the end of the open internet.
▶ “Central to Can’s sound was Irmin Schmidt’s custom‑built, one‑off effects processor, which he named the Alpha 77, using it to treat the outputs of his Farfisa Organ Professional and Farfisa Electric Piano, the constants of his setup with the band throughout the ’70s. Jono Podmore remembers digging out the long‑unused Alpha 77 from Schmidt’s cellar just over a decade ago. “It was designed for the band when they were touring so much,” he says, “so it was sort of part of the PA system, and it weighs an absolute ton. It’s a set of modules in a box, basically: ring modulator, tape delay, spring reverb, chorus, pitch‑shifter, high‑ and low‑pass filters, resonant filters and a weird, pitch harmonic shifter thing. There’s two inputs and two outputs, all with the wrong sex XLRs, which foxed me for a couple of hours. The whole lot basically goes to a row of two‑pole switches, then there’s this bunch of switches in a little mixer where you could effect the individual organ and piano signal paths.
“The Alpha 77 was designed to my wishes,” says Schmidt. “It was built by this electronic engineer who made extremely complicated stuff for cardiology hospitals. The idea of it was that it was giving me the facility to be spontaneous. In the early ’70s, with synthesizers, you had to fiddle around until you found the sound. I wanted something where I could just, with one switch, alter the sound of the organ or the piano. So I could go through one line for the organ, one line for the piano, and then for instance, with one switch I could take the organ and ring modulate it. And that was what made the sound so special.”
▶ great chat with Thomas Newman on the TEAM DEAKINS podcast – I lol’d when he described post production as “the death of hope”
▶ How I Play Live: Nils Frahm breaks down his tech setup and approach to performance “there’s nothing like turning something with your hand and modulating by hand.”
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About once a year a set of Suzuki hand chimes comes up for auction on a Japanese site that I stalk… To achieve full 4 octave range involves four separate sets of chimes, each set augmenting the range and late last night I managed to buy this bass set! I am now only one set away from achieving my goal & then… the sampling can begin!!
Same chimes as these guys play: