Wednesday 24 August 2011

Kevinplaystheblues' Space Echo Templates

I recently purchased an RE-201 space echo - what a machine! If you've come here, you probably already know what the Space Echo is,but just in case, there's great run-downs on Vintagesynth and Wikipedia.

After painstakingly getting it in sync with a track I was working on, I quickly realised I needed a template to avoid going to that trouble again.

And so, in collaboration with my lovely designer partner, in super high res and released under creative commons, I have some Space Echo Templates to present:

Enjoy, space echo users!

Creative Commons License
Roland RE-201 Space Echo Template by Jingston Chuarchitects is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

This needs a point...

Fixing the media on those old posts has been an interesting experience.

I was a stronger piano player a couple years back, it seems. On the flipside, though, some of the stuff seems really weak - particularly in terms of typing.

Technique aside, the reading process has made me question the value of a practice/development diary. I am still not sure what I am going to use this for now. Maybe tracks I am working on. Maybe some gear reviews? I have something useful in mind...wait ten seconds...

Monday 22 August 2011

Technical difficulties

I've imported my old wordpress stuff here. Not sure my streaming media stuff is still working - the MP3 links should still work though.

Actually, I've the streaming was working, but I couldn't stop it preloading all the Mp3s - that's sure to piss people off? Just added some links for now. Maybe I need to work on SoundCloud or something.

Enjoy the history.


Years on I've decided to reinvigorate this blog.

I went through a serious musical lull from 2008. The acquisition of a mortgage...a dog....a growing love of gardening and fell by the wayside. Piano lessons stopped. Composition stalled. I'd bust on the drums every now and then, but it was a far cry from my peak.

Then, last November, Crackers and Cam dragged me to Better Music. I walked up to pro keys, and set my eyes on a Moog Little Phatty. I donned the headphones and suddenly it all came back. That Moog sound!

I walked away on cloud nine.

Three weeks later I had a Minimoog Voyager. (little phatty = doing things by halves in my view).

And so it came back.  Ever since Kieran Roberts lent me Minimoog #1007 back in 2002, it's been a machine I loved. That day I worked into the music store it occured to me that this was no longer a pie in the sky dream - a 'one day' fantasy - this was something I could now make happen.

Six months later, my studio has grown exponentially. SH-101. Taurus. Tenori-In. OP-1. Maschine. X0XB0X. Moogerfoogers. Space Echo. It's all happening. I have gear addiction.

Now to do something with it...