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#2851 danke

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:36 PM

Hi guys!

 

Thank you for answering so many of these questions. In particular, I've really liked the advice for people making music which basically seems to be, "Do what feels right." It's something that I've thought numerous times before, but after a time tend to forget until I get reminded or think of it again. It's been especially difficult to remember this recently, since I've been trying to insert myself into the electronic scene here in Portland, OR where it seems that venues only want a certain type of music and I feel like I need to sound a certain way to get "in" with the people that make booking decisions. So thanks for reminding me, yet again. :)

 

My question is: Do you have any advice on how to get into playing shows in an environment that seems mostly closed off (even almost allergic to it, it seems) from anything that's the least bit experimental? Like, I've given my material to bookers/promoters, and they dig it, but don't want it played at their venues. It's quite a bit frustrating. I think you mentioned something about this weird-sameness going on in Europe right now, too.

 

I actually have another question, but maybe a little selfish. Will you listen to a few of my tracks and tell me what you think? I can PM some links.

 

Thanks again for inspiration, and awesome music!



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:37 PM

Some of you might have come across the "original track titles" going around when Draft 7.30 was released:

Benk Chin
nwnw8
606.ie
Reppat
Theft
Prince Moth Mothy Moth Moth
Vlimpton Alpha 5
Foam Conduit
Uprock
Kidney Bean

So, are these real? Can you tell us a little more about how you come up with your track titles?

#2853 Alcofribas

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:39 PM

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Is this the best fan photo of you guys on the web?

 
le rob aphex face
yeah well no one can see my Rhand
 
 
that explains sean's face...

lol

#2854 Rob Ae

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:41 PM

Hello Sean, Rob just wanted to say hello, been a while, hope you guys are well. :happy:

hey Rich

 

just thinking about first time we met…. 

 

hope alls well at u 2



#2855 Sean Ae

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:42 PM

How important is isolation in the creative process? Do you guys mostly follow routine and habits or do you have to deliberarely get comfortable to start really focusing?

 

nah the zone hides everywhere, in all different activities and settings

there are people who think they need certain conditions to be satisfied before they can enter but they just locked themselves out of going there in certain contexts, usually cos going there caused some external problem for them once in that context



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:42 PM

 

 

could you please id this track (from old dissengage show around 95..)

i'd been trying to found out for 10 years.. Gescom ??

sorry its so short but i cannot add more..

beaumont hannant , mines still on vinyl copy so i'll id the actual track asap

 

Edit - sym-phon5

 

if theres one unsung hero in all this talk of UK electronica scene cMid 90s its Beamont Hannant, i want all to go get some.

 

 

holy crap, just checked out anokhi...

 

 

and sym-phon5

 

damn

 

 

Thanks Rob !!!! yeah that was that Sym Phon5 track (not Anokhi), i'd been listening to that old disengage mix for years, its on my blackberry : the end of a 10 years quest. Fabulous tune. 



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:45 PM

I don't remember seeing an answer to the piano question(s?), but I'm sure you have heard this:

?
Quite fitting IMO.
You should do a piano-only track one day. Worked out great for Clark and afx and whonot.

#2858 Sean Ae

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:46 PM

Some of you might have come across the "original track titles" going around when Draft 7.30 was released:

Benk Chin
nwnw8
606.ie
Reppat
Theft
Prince Moth Mothy Moth Moth
Vlimpton Alpha 5
Foam Conduit
Uprock
Kidney Bean

So, are these real? Can you tell us a little more about how you come up with your track titles?

 

yeah real, the actual file titles

i threw them on cddb before the release for a laugh to see if anyone would notice



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:47 PM

Hello WATMM!

 

 

Hello Sean and Rob!

 

....yes, this is a serious question:   ....what is you opnion (if any) of classic country music? (any and all between 1928-1984)

 

 

 

 

gotta get in on this....relics are vital for me as a memory substitution

 

please name my Octatrack....and name ME (serious)

 

 

so long and thanks for all the _______

 

 

ps- bc of Valis, I think Radio Free Albemuth gets swept under the rug unfairly...chack it out if you haven't already



#2860 Sean Ae

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:47 PM

I don't remember seeing an answer to the piano question(s?), but I'm sure you have heard this:

?
Quite fitting IMO.
You should do a piano-only track one day. Worked out great for Clark and afx and whonot.

 

yeah i really like this



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:49 PM

I keep asking questions when you guys go to sleep so no sure if you answered or not?

 

DO you like doing the Sound On Sound and Future Music interviews where you talk more about your gear? Its always a great insight to see the studio and read about the gear, kind of like what you are doing now.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:50 PM

do you guys ever get out in the desert, like in southern Utah? Experience the park areas? Camp? Do you prefer to remain in the mostly temperate, overcast, humid zones? 



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:50 PM

I would like to change my username to Prince Moth Mothy Moth Moth. JR pretty please?

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:50 PM

 

Hello Sean, Rob just wanted to say hello, been a while, hope you guys are well. :happy:

hey Rich

 

just thinking about first time we met…. 

 

hope alls well at u 2

 

 

No phukin way



#2865 Sean Ae

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:55 PM

I keep asking questions when you guys go to sleep so no sure if you answered or not?

 

DO you like doing the Sound On Sound and Future Music interviews where you talk more about your gear? Its always a great insight to see the studio and read about the gear, kind of like what you are doing now.

 

not really its kind of hard to get into details with anyone cos there are too many details and just knowing 1% is a bit weird cos it slants everything brutally

 

but we do em from time to time, not as often now but i think they get that we're not offering tips on what compressor to use to get that kick drum sound



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:56 PM

Wanted to express deep gratitude to you, Rob and Sean. Your works have led me to self-criticism and deep self-analysis when I was 19. Your music and works of Tolstoy are, as of yet, my most important selections.

Question: with the influx of powerful software and limitless possibilities, would you advise a starter to, at least, familiarise oneself with the functions of the older gear? Not just buy it and stash somewhere, but learn what is does. Reading through the thread, I noticed discussions of how nord synths and old casios work and how you had used them... I'm becoming extremely interested in this territory, but, obviously, have no access to such things. Should one just stick to contemporary stuff and not bother?..

 



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:56 PM

Devine posting about this AAA on twitter is how I heard it was happening.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:56 PM

Oh yeah I keep meaing to ask and I know you touched on it at the start but why not just put your live stuff out on DVD like Farmers Manual did? Or maybe just the better recordings if you are worried about quality control? I am sure us fans would eat it up.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:57 PM

do you guys ever get out in the desert, like in southern Utah? Experience the park areas? Camp? Do you prefer to remain in the mostly temperate, overcast, humid zones? 

 

never been there, not really a huge fan of warm and dry places but i guess it prob looks ace

i like oregon, when we go there i like that drive from sf to portland, and up to seattle



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:58 PM

As consumers:

Are you also infected by that vinyl records nostalgia? It seems like many people want vinyl releases. I don't...

Or maybe do you prefer lossless/highest available quality downloads plus maybe booklet pdf's?

 

Bleep btw is IMO not perfect in that department.Best labels offer direct PDF conversions from Quark/AI booklet sources...



#2871 Rob Ae

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:58 PM

I keep asking questions when you guys go to sleep so no sure if you answered or not?

 

DO you like doing the Sound On Sound and Future Music interviews where you talk more about your gear? Its always a great insight to see the studio and read about the gear, kind of like what you are doing now.

i'm not averse to nosing at some others' features, and from reading things about say 808state in mags like MT way back in the day for us, then newer mags SOS and FM approaching us was both weird cos it was me and my mate, but totally normal because it was inevitable eventually, but still am a bit freaked out by it. sometimes a chance to be sort of warmer and open about things…. and then 'no way, no ones coming in ere'

 

this approach feels way more 2sided right now.


Edited by Rob Ae, 06 November 2013 - 01:58 PM.


#2872 Sean Ae

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:58 PM

Oh yeah I keep meaing to ask and I know you touched on it at the start but why not just put your live stuff out on DVD like Farmers Manual did? Or maybe just the better recordings if you are worried about quality control? I am sure us fans would eat it up.

 

its just tons to go thru and we don't have decent copies of most of it

but thats not a bad idea in itself, cheers



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:59 PM

WIll you ever make different kinds of music?
 
(It's hard to pin down the things that hold all your music together exactly, but something about the approach to process is very consistent, and there's something about your music that is so easily recognisable as yours - literally nobody as far as I know does close to the same thing)
 
Does Eutow sound sexual to you?
 
Do you think porn is destructive or fine?
 
Are you into Throbbing Gristle? The Tuss? The Melvins?
 
Tesco have started scanning faces to target adverts, the UK has more surveillance cameras than any other country, the NSA and Google are watching everyone - is it the beginning of the end? Is there anything we can do?

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:01 PM

What percentage of your time awake per week would you estimate is spent doing some activity (research, daydreaming, experimentation, or active production) related to your music?

 

Have you found yourself in situations where you have to reject certain obligations (such as earning money, or going on dates, or spending time with family) because they would get in the way of your projects?



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:03 PM

what's the most common mistake you see younger upcoming artists make?

 

what's turned out to be your most fortunate mistake?

nothing unusual, experience just shows u a few more cycles further back.

 

plugging CV gate cables in my mouth, to taste the voltages, turned out to enhance my skills.





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