Friday, September 28, 2012


Mourning comes upon me here
For all these dreams have faded
I've spent too long within this form
With all my senses jaded
Because your flesh is Sun
I touched your face with mine
Felt tears of flight and fun
Cradled there outside of time
This rough beast of light
Takes every breath despite
The measuring of night
With the short days of its life
Behind this cold museum
Under this persistent rain
I'm waiting in my cardboard ruin
For the show to start again

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Roland Kuit's Awsome "Laboratory Of Patching" - an Illustrated Compendium of Modular Synthesis

Perhaps you remember my earlier post about his Soundlab II book and patch compilation. Suffice to say Roland Kuit has done it again!

Sometimes I think I'm a bit of a completest or perfectionist but I've got nothing on Roland! :)
The Laboratory of Patching can be described as sort of a superset of his earlier work but is much more than that. The book comes bundled with the Nord Modular G2 demo so you can experience all of the included patches and tutorials with your own ears as well as fully interact with them yourself.

This is one of the most thorough and in-depth collection of instructions and tutorials of modular synthesis it has ever been my pleasure to experience. Some of my favorite areas are the investigations of off-the-beaten-track synthesis methods like Additive, Formant, VOSIM, Physical Modelling, Wave Terrain and Granular, just to name a few.

The basic sections start with simple building blocks and take you all the way to constructing replicas of famous synthesizers like the Korg MS-20 and Arp 2600. But that is just for starters! From there you move through a myriad of synthesis methods and audio processing that touch on areas as diverse as Techno/House music, extreme Experimental music and the history of sound synthesis itself.  There is also a wealth of info on external signal processing and manipulation of existing audio.

By all means, please check out Roland's page for a complete explanation of what's on offer in this massive cornucopia of information and sound. It's hard to convey the vast amount of information, audio examples and first-hand-experience included in a package like this. It is truly astounding!

Link: The Laboratory Of Patching

Discounts are available for Soundlab I & II users as well as College and University students.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The new Leica M really brings out the haters...

Wow! There's a lot of prejudging going on regarding the newly announced Leica M camera. People seem seriously obsessed about the cost at the expense of their own rationality.

I've extensively shot a Canon 5DmkII as well as a Leica M9. Rangefinder focusing is admittedly not for everyone but I can certainly say at low-to-moderate ISOs the photographic quality of the M9 easily exceeds the 5DmkII. The Leica glass is simply phenomenal! Canon has nothing even remotely close to Leica lens quality, especially on the wide end. I'm very eager to see RAW results from the new M's sensor.

Is $7K a reasonable price for a camera? Given the resulting image quality, the insane build quality and the compactness of the M9, certainly I think so.

The disdain some folks have for Leica and its users borders on pathology. I'm a decent photographer who takes great pride in my work and having people dismiss me as a "dupe" or fool simply because one of my cameras is rather expensive is idiotic in the extreme.

A rangefinder camera doesn't make sense for *every* shooting situation but for the ones it does, it excels!

Am I rich? No.
Did I have to sell a ton of gear and save up to afford the M9? Yes.
Was I duped into buying for "fashion" or "glamour" reasons? Not on your life.
Is the quality of the output everything I hoped for? Damn right!

These people commenting on the new release actually need to *try* an M.

Some of the hubbub can be sampled here: