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  • Hello from Sunnyvale

    Yesterday I saw a posting on the Sonar forum about Zynaptiq ADAPTIVERB by 'synchrotron' (andy morris) where he mentioned the One Sample Dare Challenge here.
    I hadn't heard about Ambient Online before that, so I checked a few things out and registered so that I could participate in the next challenge.
    I am a retired software engineer living in Sunnyvale, California. I have lots of free time, and I like to write, so prepare for a long-winded intro.

    I guess I should start with my earliest experience with electronic music. My high school physics class sponsored a field trip to the Smithsonian in 1968 where I heard 'Switched on Bach' played to a laser light show. It was a religious experience. I told myself I would get a Moog and do stuff like that.

    It took a while for that to happen - about 11 years. I had to teach myself analog design and I subscribed to Bernie Hutchins ElectroNotes publication and Musical Engineer's Handbook where he wrote about synthesizer design and published module schematics.

    During this time I listened to what was then called New Music on LP's. Morton Subotnick, Xenakis, Berio, Cage, Riley, Reich, etc. On the pop scene I liked The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Yes, Synergy, etc.

    This could be a short list of some musical influences, in no particular order:

    Carlos - Switched on Bach
    Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
    Webern - Complete works
    Subotnik - The Wild Bull, Silver Apples of the Moon, Touch
    Reich - Violin Phase, It's Gonna Rain
    Terry Riley - In C
    Pink Floyd - UmmaGumma
    Joe Byrd - United States of America
    Zappa - Freak Out
    Remi Gassman - Electronics
    Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord, On the Threshold of a Dream, To Our Children's Children's Children
    Yes - Fragile
    Larry Fast - Synergy, Games
    Gary Numan - Dance
    Forbidden Planet soundtrack - Louis and Bebe Barron


    During the late 1970's I built a small electronics lab at home (Krell Labs) from Heathkits and old scavenged television parts found in a local dump. I also rummaged through electronic surplus stores near the IBM plant in Kingston, NY for parts.

    In 1979 I started building a PAIA 8700 C/J computer-driven analog modular synth. It took about a year to build:

    Building PAIA.jpg

    This is what my lab looked like back then while I was building the stuff. I also built that Hafler pre-amp and amp from kits.

    1981:
    Krell Labs - Electronics - around 1981-BWa.jpg

    In 1982, I made this piece using the PAIA gear and recorded on a Tascam 4 track Portastudio:

    'Meteor'



    Eventually, personal computers came around and I got an Atari 800 and later models along with an Ensoniq ESQ-1. I used Dr. T's sequencer software.
    Then I added racked stuff: Oberheim Matrix 6, Lexicon PCM-70. I bought a Tascam MX-8 and 8 track. I traded the ESQ-1 for an ESQM and a VFX.
    I sold my PAIA gear to help pay for these.

    1989:
    studio.jpg

    I made this in 1989 using that gear:

    'Death of a Hero'


    In the 1990's I switched from Atari to IBM PC and used Cakewalk software. A bit later, through the new millennium, I started using Live 4, 5, 6 and 7. But my sample needs were outpacing Live's 32-bit space.
    I was employed by ROLM, IBM and Siemens during this time and I did telecommunications software and firmware and later TCP/IP networking kernel stuff.

    By the 2010 time, I decided I needed a more modern system, so I built a large desktop PC and started using Sonar for it's 64-bit architecture.

    2012:
    studio_2012.jpg

    Moving from the hardware to software, I became interested in Reaktor around 2005, I think, when Reaktor 5 came out.
    That totally changed my perspective and I began building all my stuff in software using Reaktor ensembles.
    I became fairly proficient in building Reaktor stuff and became an NI Beta Tester. First I Beta tested Reaktor, then Kore and Maschine, then NI FX. I also made some sound presets for NI Scanner XT and Second Sense Wiggle.
    I also Beta tested stuff for Galbanum and 2C-Audio - Aether, B2, Breeze and Kaleidoscope - and made presets for them.
    Currently, I have over 80 uploads in the Reaktor User Library, some made it to the top 100.

    My keyboard skills are rudimentary and I suffer from a pinched nerve from all those years of software development and hardware building, so now I don't play keyboard so much and I type a lot less.

    I've found that Fractal Tune Smithy and some Reaktor MIDI tools like Spiral and stuff like that are great for generating MIDI sequences which I mangle though long VST chains, so I don't use a keyboard so much any more.

    Here are some more recent pieces I made:

    2009 'SkyKisser' from Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze'


    2009 'Return of the Krell' modelled after the Forbidden Planet soundtrack


    2012 'Debating the Fiscal Cliff' in honor of our wonderful Congress


    2014 'The Kitten Who Thought She Was a Tiger' inspire by my pet cat Uma


    2016 'AlphaGo versus Lee Sedol' celebrating a triumph of AI over Mankind


    I guess I can stop now. I think I will probably get involved in your next OSD challenge.
    Last edited by arachnaut; 08-28-2016, 05:06 PM. Reason: Kiss the Sky-> Purple Haze
    Jim Hurley
    https://soundcloud.com/jimhurley

  • #2
    Welcome! You've had quite a journey!

    And if you have time and want to join in, there are still several days left on the current OSD.
    https://ablaut.bandcamp.com/ | https://soundcloud.com/ablaut

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    • #3
      I'm a bit busy right now playing with Adaptiverb and MXXX, so I think I will pass and start with the next one.
      Jim Hurley
      https://soundcloud.com/jimhurley

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      • #4
        Hiya Jim,

        Welcome to AO. It's a great little place to be and I've been getting a lot of inspiration in the time that I've been here.

        That's a considerable intro... Most interesting. I'll check out some of your stuff over at SoundCloud

        Originally posted by arachnaut View Post
        I think I will probably get involved in your next OSD challenge.
        It's your OSD now too Jim...

        I look forward to hearing how you get on with Adaptiverb. I've not done much with it since completing my OSD submission... Been too busy discovering flame fractals :D


        cheers

        andy
        >]:| ~ > Bandcamp < ~ |:| ~ > SoundCloud < ~ |:| ~ > YouTube < ~ |:[<

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        • #5
          Welcome to AO! Glad you found the forum.

          You've been busy!! I look forward to exploring your music. I also believe that I have downloaded some of your Reaktor work. Thanks!!

          Hope to hear your contributions in the OSD
          Only dead fish go with the flow.

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          • #6
            synchrotron, try Flame Fractal images in Kaleidoscope.

            By the way, I can't figure out how to embed the Soundcloud app.

            see: http://www.ambientonline.org/forum/s...ll=1#post34474
            Jim Hurley
            https://soundcloud.com/jimhurley

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            • #7
              Windspace, my 10 favorite Reaktor ensembles (of those that I built) are these (in alpha order):

              1. Auralis Modded: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/8119/
              2. AutoDrummer: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/6553/
              3. Goban Sounds Delay Processor: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/9851/
              4. MF Auralis + rachToys: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/7701/
              5. Multiple Band, multiple stage delay: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...ry/show/10083/
              6. Oblique Strategies: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/6751/
              7. OMega: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/6587/
              8. SoundStreamer: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/5983/
              9. Superformula Dispersion 7: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/9029/
              10. teN + frieNd: https://www.native-instruments.com/e...try/show/4903/
              Jim Hurley
              https://soundcloud.com/jimhurley

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              • #8
                Welcome and thanks for your testing and presets on several of my favorite pieces of software!

                Here's how to post SC and BC stuff on the site courtesy of another of the electronic old farts around here, Seismic1.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by arachnaut View Post
                  synchrotron, try Flame Fractal images in Kaleidoscope.
                  If you have Photoshop, you can make this Action in it, then make a Droplet. The droplet is basically a Photoshop script.

                  This action takes an image, removed the blue color channel, resizes it to 1024x1024 for Kaleidoscope, and then saves it in your Kaleidoscope Image location.

                  Here is the basic idea:



                  (I get an error message if I embed that image so you'll have to visit it, maybe the blank spaces that are escaped?)
                  Last edited by arachnaut; 08-27-2016, 11:43 AM.
                  Jim Hurley
                  https://soundcloud.com/jimhurley

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by arachnaut View Post
                    Originally posted by arachnaut View Post
                    synchrotron, try Flame Fractal images in Kaleidoscope.
                    If you have Photoshop, you can make this Action in it, then make a Droplet. The droplet is basically a Photoshop script.

                    This action takes an image, removed the blue color channel, resizes it to 1024x1024 for Kaleidoscope, and then saves it in your Kaleidoscope Image location.

                    Here is the basic idea:



                    (I get an error message if I embed that image so you'll have to visit it, maybe the blank spaces that are escaped?)
                    Yes, the Image handler doesn't parse URL's properly. Here it is with '-' in the filename.


                    Jim Hurley
                    https://soundcloud.com/jimhurley

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                    • #11
                      This forum software is a bit strange.
                      I see my preview fine, but when I post, I get a weird message about leaving the site and the posting has an 'attachment'.
                      Is there something I'm doing wrong?
                      I've taught HTML classes and used all sorts of forum software... I'm not a noob.

                      EDIT: at least I'll get my post count up so I'm no longer Human.
                      Jim Hurley
                      https://soundcloud.com/jimhurley

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Jim.

                        At the moment I do not have Kaleidoscope. I've had a look at it but it is a bit outside of my budget at the moment.

                        I don't have photoshop either... I'm a Gimp user I'm afraid...

                        cheers

                        andy
                        >]:| ~ > Bandcamp < ~ |:| ~ > SoundCloud < ~ |:| ~ > YouTube < ~ |:[<

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                        • #13
                          Another Bay Area native!

                          Welcome aboard. :tu:

                          Cheers.
                          -S1gns
                          S1gns Of L1fe
                          Patreon | Synphaera | exosphere | YouTube

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                          • #14
                            I am not a coding person so I may be off on this, but I understand the forum software to use BB Code instead of straight HTML.

                            A link to an image can be done with a button above the text box (choosing "from URL" tab) and uncheck "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" to avoid the attachment.

                            or doing these instructions

                            Like I stated, not a coding person so I may be under a mistaken assumption on how the forum code is defined and works.

                            I feel like I am telling you things you probably already know though.:blush:

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                            • #15
                              Re: arachnaut - welcome to the forum, where triumphal processions are rare, elections are unheard of, criminal trials are actively discouraged, but gladiatorial matches welcomed in the form of "One Sample Dare" and similar contests. I hope you enjoy your time here.

                              Originally posted by aoVI View Post
                              courtesy of another of the electronic old farts around here, Seismic1.
                              I've been called many things in my time, but this has to be a first.
                              Whatsisname's Little Fluffy Clouds | Campsite | Hearthis | SeismicTC | Twitter | Ello

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