I'm new here and thought I'd try to get to know people by finding out more about you individually, if that's okay? So I'm really into animal behaviour. Having previously been a vet nurse it always fascinated me & was obviously a big part of my job so that was a bonus. As a result I have pets... currently 2 house rabbits and a lovely gerbil. I'm also into motorbikes... having grown up around them I just love to be around them & riding them. So what interests you?
Music (classical and most other genres) and reading (fiction and non fiction) are big interests of mine.
I am also very interested in the Middle East, politics, history and culture. I read around hundred blogs every day on this subject.
My job in woodland has given me an interest in wildflowers and the folklore associated with them.
I wish I could comment on the politics etc however I don't tend to pay much attention to it all. History I only have a GCSE because I was made to take the class... I barely passed that. Do you play any music or is it mainly listening? What's the last book you read? I'm currently reading Bitten by Kelley Armstrong... this will be the 6th time I've read the entire series.
I mess around on an electric guitar. I have sound/colour synaesthesia which is triggered by timbre, so I mostly play about with different effects.
I listen to music a lot.
The last book I read was ‘Purple Hibiscus’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What instrument(s) do you play?
I’m not surprised to learn that Robert Fripp probably has AS, given the rather labyrinthine band member history.
Roger Mayer, who was Hendrix’s effects man (he’s still going strong), said that Hendrix would describe the sounds he wanted to achieve in terms of colours and shapes. I can remember hearing on the radio an interview with Carlos Santana’s engineer, he commented that Santana would say things like’I want more orange in that’.
A couple of my favourite modern composers - Jonathan Harvey and Kaija Saariaho have composed works at IRCAM (Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) which is situated next to the Pompidou Centre in Paris. This centre has been at the cutting edge of electronically modifying music. I think I’m correct in saying there are a number of forums on their web site, which may interest you.
I am particularly fond of a piece by Jonathon Harvey called, Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco, it combines the sound of the largest bell at Winchester Cathedral (a couple of miles from where Iive) and his son - who was a chorister there. The two sounds are intermingled in a way perhaps best described by the composer himself.
After listening to ‘Snowfall’ (very aptly titled), I shall definitely be getting some Budd-Guthrie. I enjoyed the Homeshake album too.
Pepe Habichuela is my favourite flamenco guitarist, but I certainly haven’t heard them all.
I wish I knew the name of that documentary but joining the dots Toyah and Fripp were living in a very unconventional way. I think that they had figured out a way to work with it.
I'm hardly Mayer, Hendrix or Santana but since DAWs have come out I find it easier to work with than hardware in a sense. I liked the hands on, nuts and bolts feeling that came with hardware but with DAWs I can colour code channels. I also give patches, channels, samples. loops and tracks names that I can visualise. I love the way you can do it. Instead of channel 1 I will call something a name like "port in the study", lol. Most people wouldn't get it but I know what the sounds are. My synth patch library has some very odd names but I will know straight away what the sound is.
I've heard of IRCAM from their Spat software. I didn't know that it was a whole big project! I thought it was just a plug-in company. I'll check out their forums though.
It sounds like they used the two sounds as the seed waveform that was ran through a wavetable synth. I like wavetables but I often end up straying far from the seed waveform. That's why I probably end up with patch names that sound so weird!
Snowfall is a favourite! Tortoise are also a band worth listening to. Some very odd time signatures but it still keeps a very laid back sound.
I haven't heard Pepe Habichuela but I'll give him a listen!
I listened to a bit of Tortoise, very nice. I like dub, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry has played in a little club near me a couple of times, lovely guy - a real legend.
Sometimes I plug my guitar into Garageband, that’s about as close as I get to messing around with sound. I am thinking about getting a guitar with stereo output so I can mess about even more.
I find Aphex Twin’s Druqs album very visual. Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano by John Cage is another favourite.
I like dub too. Augustus Pablo, Mad Professor, King Tubby, U-Roy are all great. I like all the toasting reggae artists too. When I could get out more I would go and see Jah Shaka pretty much anytime I could get there, he builds all his own equipment. The bass is something different. Another thing along those lines is Valve Sound System, it's Drum and Bass but the guys that run it Lemon D and Dillinja build their own equipment and the best part is that they make records especially to be played on their system but I haven't heard of them having a night anywhere in at least half a decade. That was sub-bass frequency to the extreme. Funny how I could cope with earth shattering levels of sound but in a room full of people I tend to have problems! When the music drowns out all of the background noise it's actually easier to cope. Sorry for going off on a bit of tangent there but I have a bit of a thing for dub and sound systems!
I've never used GarageBand but is there a way to create a virtual room? You can pretty much get the stereo signal effect with a virtual room. I'm not too savvy with guitars though!
I've liked Aphex Twin since the days of Digeridoo, it's amazing how long he's been around. I'm listening to that John Cage album at the moment on YouTube. It has some very interesting resonance. It's machine-like in parts, bleeps and bloops. Bamboo and bionics, lol! A band to listen to that has strange time signatures and a whole sound in general is Palm.
Aphex Twin are top musicians. I have Selected Ambient Tunes volume II, and the remixes for cash album. Both very good, the former being particularly good chill out music when stoned
My brother is a big dub fan, so I’ve got a number of albums including a Jah Shaka. He’s great. I don’t know anything about drum and bass though, so I’ll try out Valve Sound System.
I think I could create a virtual room in garageband if I bought an amp that can do this when connected via usb. Sound software really isn’t a strong point of mine.
Live bands can be a problem for me these days due the accompanying light shows. I saw Primal Scream at the Brixton Academy some years ago, the light show sent me to the shelter of the foyer a few times. Luckily I’m into classical music as well, these concerts and recitals are far more autistic friendly.
Palm are now on my list of must try out.
The remix of Philip Glass and Bowie on Mixes for Cash is something that always brings a smile to my face. The pitch bending and time stetching on Bowies voice are funny. It's bonkers but in a good way! Selected Ambient Tunes is Good too. I haven't got stoned in a good few years now (it made me more anxious than relaxed in the end!), but some albums I miss especially a few Stereolab albums.
Dub is a genre where the older stuff seems better. All the older equipment suits the sound better. Shaka live is something to experience. No crazy light shows either. Just massive speakers and a pensioner absolutely working the speakers to death!
I think you can connect a guitar to GarageBand without an amp. You use a normal 1/4" jack into the guitar that connects to a 1/8" jack and you plug it into the audio jack on the computer. You should be able to find the jack for a few quid. Sound Software took a bit of getting used to at first after coming off hardware too!
You have seen some pretty good acts live! Primal Scream are great! Screamadelica still sounds as fresh as the day it was released! I know what you mean about some concerts. It's not good sometimes, very distracting.
Palm's drummer has his work cut out for him. I don't know how he keeps up with some of the signature changes.
I listened to Rock Island by Palm today, great stuff - thanks for the tip.
My guitar gets plugged in to garageband via a usb interface gizmo, it seemed to stop some latency problems. I’m staying with family at the moment as I am recovering from a bit of a meltdown, I don’t have my guitar with me. When I return I’ll check out the virtual room trick.
One album that’s guaranteed to put a smile on my face is called Ondatropica, the sheer exuberance of most of the tracks is infectious. It’s a Columbian record - recorded with help from the British Council! - the music is a mixture of ska, cumbia and salsa.
A few years ago - 2011 think - I went to the festival Bestival with my brother, who is 17 years younger than me, we went mostly to see Primal Scream play Screamadelica and to see The Cure. The Beach Boys, Bjork, Public Enemy and P.J. Harvey were the other highlights.
Palm have some weird timing but it all fits together somehow!
Yeah give it a go, it's more effective than you'd think. You can then run the channel through any effects you want or use a splitter to run either channel through separate effects. Sorry to hear you've had a bit of a rough time. Hope you feel a bit better.
I'll give that album a look. I listen to quite a lot of South American music and Ska so it sounds like an appealing mix. I can imagine Ska and Cumbia mixing! Growing up my mom would play a lot of Salsa and Mambo. Celia Cruz, Joe Cuba Sextet, Tito Puente. I'm a big Talking Heads fan and David Byrne made an album called Rei Momo. It's really good, he covers lots of genres.
That sounded like a good line up! That's some value for money! Who would you say was the best artist/artists you saw live?
I’ve listened to Palm a few times now. It’s great to hear something that’s fresh and good.
South American music I’ve always found appealing. You grew up to some good sounds, Rei Momo is a great album. Another record I like is Diablos Del Ritmo - The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985, a compilation album.
When I was about 14 I got hold of two albums by a band called Love, Da Capo and Forever Changes. I wore these vinyls out and was glad when they were re-issued on CD. The band broke up and Arthur Lee disappeared of the radar for a while. He even spent some time in jail. So when I saw in the local press many years later that Arthur Lee was going to play Forever Changes in a small club near me, of course I went along. It was really good. One small disappointment, the brilliant guitarist Johnny Echols wasn’t there. However a year or two later Arthur Lee played the same venue again, I went along and there was Johnny Echols the man who produced - for me - the most visual of guitar breaks It was such a blast, I’d say that was my favourite gig.
Glad to hear you are enjoying it!
My mom's record collection was great. I was exposed to a lot of different music as a kid. I think that's what made my taste so diverse. The main reason I know about Cumbia is because my ex's mother was Afro-Panamanian. She was raised in Jamaica but she had lots of Cumbia records though. Her Reggae collection was huge. I have a Peruvian friend too, I know Cumbia isn't too big there but she likes it. Rei Momo is great. David Byrne has great appreciation for Latin music. He released a few Celia Cruz things on Luaka Bop which made me happy because she had been ripped off by a lot of record labels.
I've heard a few of Love's songs they are kind of jazzy, californian feeling. One album in that vein is Tom Scott and the California Dreamers - The Honeysuckle Breeze. Gabor Szabo can have that feel at times too. I know that feeling when a band changes it's line up. It can completely change the sound of what you were expecting! At least you did get to see the original line up.