2020-09-23

I Won’t Dance Don’t Ask Me

Oh, you weren’t.

Aside
2020-09-23

Masks In Parks No.54

A view of Horsham Park seen over a discarded face mask in the time of Coronavirus Covid-19.

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2020-09-23

A Little Night Music No.2

During which which I finally succeed in recreating the sound of a cheap children’s mooing’ toy using hundreds of pounds worth of equipment.

On an interesting Sound On Sound podcast interviewing a developer of Yamaha’s FM synths they mentioned the FS1R module, one of which I bought around the turn of the century when they were going cheap having not proved popular. On that prompt I looked up what they were being sold for these days and after getting over the shock I dragged mine out for a noodle.

Backing comes courtesy of an Argon 8M and Arturia Microfreak (C’est chic).

Made up on the spot - hard to believe I know.

What I’d forgotten was that the FS1R has the elusive MIDI Mode 4 allowing each string to have its own channel meaning amongst other things better tracking and independent pitch bend. A bit like MIDI Polyphonic Expression does today and allowing you to play in a more guitar like manner. (I may go wild and do a video at some point that demonstrates that rather more obviously than the one here.)

Perhaps of note is that the Yamaha synthesizer and Roland GR33 I’m using to convert the signal from the hexaphonic pickup on the guitar to MIDI are twenty year old technology. (Hexaphonic means it picks up each of the six strings individually for later processing. Some very clever modern pedals and software can work out individual notes from a standard guitar output but there are still some things that can’t be deduced using that method).

The Cyclone II is of similar vintage with some modern accoutrements, most recently Wilkinson WLS130 locking saddles which are a great aid to tuning stability on an old fashioned Fender type of tremolo unit if you’re attempting extreme wobbles. It also has a LSR roller nut, Graphtec string tree and locking tuners I stuck on over a decade ago and can’t remember what they are.

The Cyclone shouldn’t be confused with the Squier reissue which has Stratocaster rather than Jaguar pickups and most importantly lacks the go faster stripes of the original.

Noise Audio And Or Visual Man Of Arun
2020-09-22

Of The Things I’ve bought On Bandcamp

which have no other little collection icons below them but my own this is one.

For We Must Have Music
2020-09-22

Be Careful It’s Autumn Out There

Or as Sir Walter Raleigh would say, Fall. (Offer applicable to Northern Hemisphere only).

Aside
2020-09-22

Masks In Parks No.53

A view of Horsham Park seen over a discarded face mask in the time of Coronavirus Covid-19.

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2020-09-21

Masks In Parks No.52

A view of Horsham Park seen over a discarded face mask in the time of Coronavirus Covid-19.

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2020-09-20

It’s About That Time Of Night Volume Twenty Three

Many moons ago I posted online the odd tune suitable for late night listening but the varying embedding restrictions and ephemeral nature of the web meant the individual posts became hard to maintain. So having collected them into compilations I thought I might as well stick em on Mixcloud.

  1. Dudley Simpson - Blake’s 7 Theme
  2. Gallon Drunk - Solitaire
  3. Peter Skellen - You’re A Lady
  4. Lööf - Water Tree
  5. Michel Deneuve - Comme Une Autre Realite
  6. John Carpenter - Assault On Precinct 13
  7. 心温まる Harp Ensemble - Cocoon
  8. Nils Lofgren - Here For You
  9. Holger Hiller - Oben Im Eck
  10. AF Harrold - Time Piece
  11. Bryan Ferry - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  12. Neil Sedaka - Laughter In The Rain
  13. Gerald Finzi - Eclogue For Piano & Strings
  14. Virginia Astley - Darkness Has Reached Its End
It's About That Time Of Night Mixcloud
2020-09-20

Then T’Worms’ll Come An’ Eyt Thee Up

Like many British musicians of the era Bill Oddie’s early 70s work on John Peel’s Dandelion Label combined contemporary and folk forms.

On Ilkla Mooar baht at

Wheear ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht at
Wheear ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
Wheear ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht at
On Ilkla Mooar baht at
On Ilkla Mooar baht at

Tha’s been a cooartin’ Mary Jane
Tha’s bahn’ to catch thy deeath o’ cowd
Then us’ll ha’ to bury thee
Then t’worms’ll come an’ eyt thee up
Then t’ducks’ll come an’ eyt up t’worms
Then us’ll go an’ eyt up t’ducks
Then us’ll all ha’ etten thee
That’s wheear we get us ooan back

Within the lyrics there is a central verse, the first, third and fourth lines are changed with each following verse. All the verses feature the second, fifth, sixth and seventh lines On Ilkla Mooar baht at”.

For We Must Have Music
2020-09-20

Masks In Parks No.51

A view of Horsham Park seen over a discarded face mask in the time of Coronavirus Covid-19.

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