Dienstag, 26. März 2013

My first GIF.

I made my first gif tonight. Nothing special but I love 8 bit and psychedelic art.

The End of Walnut Grove

Friends of mine have released their sixth Ölfilm a few weeks ago. A dark, apocalyptic dystopian road movie that takes you too a world without light. Because instead of light there is darkness and the sound of a generator that gives just enough electricity that Joe Maguro can see his shopping trolley in which he carries around the last remaining belongings of his life over an endless, cold as hell ice desert. This low buget sience fiction movie has achieved what many new movies are trying to create. Something new, something fresh and exciting. If you can find the movie anywhere go and watch it. You will not regret it.

From their homepage:

The End of Walnut Grove
Das sechste Meisterwerk.

Es ist Nacht, für immer. Und niemand weiß warum. Menschen verstecken sich in Höhlen und Gruben, Schmutz und Dunkelheit sind ihre Begleiter, und sie hören nur den Wind, der durch die einsame Eiswüste heult.

Joe Maguro hört den Wind nicht. Er hört nur das ohrenbetäubende Knattern seines Generators, den er im Einkaufswagerl über den gefrorenen Sand schiebt, und der ihm Licht und Leben spendet. Joe braucht keine Angst zu haben, vor den Monstern der Nacht.

Also hat er Zeit nach der Lösung zu suchen, vom Rätsel um die ewige Finsternis. INTEC hat etwas damit zu tun, soviel weiß er schon. Und auch den Rest wird er noch herausfinden, unterstützt vom Lippenleser im Pinguinkostüm und einer blonde Falle aus Heldenmut und Pappmachee. Viel Zeit bleibt ihnen nicht. Denn ein bevorstehender Sonnenaufgang löst nicht Rätsel und Probleme, sondern spendet Tod, und Untergang.

There is no trailer but I just made this for the contest they are currently having. I hope this will win me the bottle of Vodka.

Donnerstag, 21. März 2013

Buchla 200 - 101 Buchla 200 - 101 keyboard test

Buchla 200-101 system that Rick from "The Electric Music Box" was repairing. Or that is what he said. I think it sounds great nonetheless.

The Puck style Rogan knobs are back!!!

via xpander on muff's : "in my relentless effort to bring all of the Buchla style knobs back into existence, a group buy will finally be happening for Rogan "puck" style knobs thanks to the generous assistance of two fine wigglers. look for that to begin at the end of the week"

Can't wait for those and will definitely order some. Those where mostly used on the 259's in the Buchla 300 series, but some people prefer them to the skirted ones you normally see. 

UPDATE: the group buy has begun over at muff's. Don't miss out!!!!!!


Donnerstag, 14. März 2013

Sonntag, 10. März 2013

The Music Easel has returned!!!

So now that the dust has settled I post some of the information that has surfaced here that is concerning the new Buchla Music Easel that BEMI will release in about 6 months.

Ever since I have first read about the Music Easel it was a dream of mine (and probably every Buchla enthusiast) to play one, just for a few minutes at least. But with only 20 or so produced the chances of this ever happening where very little. As I am located in Europe it is even harder to get your hands on one. But even though Don is the guy that never looks back, B&A has been bought and the new owners follow a different philosophy and have announced that they will release a functionally identical Music Easel in the next months. Everything will be the same as the original one. They even left the Programming Card the way it was. So you just take some resistors and solder your own presets for it.
The slot for the Programming Card can also be used for an additional card that lets you hook up the Music Easel to your I Pad or other devices and also lets you save presets.

I have not ordered on yet, but I will when the unit is ready and available in Europe. Can't wait for it. At first I was considering selling my 200e modules but I have since decided against this as I could not live without the 259e or the 267e and all the other wonderful modules.

BEMI's statment on muffs:

Pricing Structure
The Music Easel is BEMI’s first foray into selling Buchla gear through dealers, and while we are keeping the number of dealers purposely small, we are following a traditional dealer pricing model. This means that while BEMI will sell the unit at the MSRP of $3999.99, dealers can advertise it for $3,699.99. No matter whether you choose to purchase directly from BEMI or go through a BEMI dealer, orders will be shipped in the order in which BEMI receives them.

Orders / Email Address Confusion
Due to a combination of circumstances, some Easel inquiries sent to our
sales@buchla.com address were not received. Our sincere apologies to those of you who were frustrated by our lack of response. We have recovered the mails, and we are contacting everyone who was not previously contacted and/or who did not subsequently place their order through either purchasing@buchla.com or  info@buchla.com.

We’re listening! In addition to the many thoughtful comments we received at NAMM from the Buchla community, we’re closely following the “vintage accuracy versus modern functionality” debate in this forum, and doing our best to find the optimum blend of the two. We’ll continue to refine and implement changes in accordance with your input. Our goal is to put the best possible instrument in your hands.

The preset card is a good example. We think it’s really important to remain true to the original Easel’s preset card architecture (apparently some of you can’t get enough solder fumes). But we also understand the modern workflow and the need for immediate access to multiple presets---hence the design of our optional preset manager/ iPad interface card. Speaking of which, the interface’s spec calls for saving/loading presets, remote programming of the Easel via iPad, and wireless operation. MSRP 


We’ll post the full feature list and specs on our new Web site as soon as it’s launched. (We’re busy translating the Latin pages now….)

The debate over original vs. new aesthetics is raging nearly as fiercely as the one over features. Again, we’re doing our best to find the sweet spot. A couple of things you can be sure of: The case lid will be removable and we’re taking a long hard look at all of the graphic elements, from fonts and colors to knobs….

Don Buchla’s Involvement
If you were BEMI, would you reissue the Music Easel without Don’s involvement? Get real!

The Manual
It’s our intention to include an appropriately updated version of the original Allen Strange manual along with new documentation to help users unfamiliar with the Easel unlock its sonic potential.

European Service / Distribution
Yes to both! We’ll be announcing dealers, distributors, and service centers on our Web site as they come on line.


Samstag, 9. März 2013


"I betrayed you," she said baldly.
"I betrayed you," he said.
She gave him another quick look of dislike.
"Sometimes," she said, "they threaten you with something – something you can't stand up to, can't even think about. And then you say, 'Don't do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so-and-so.' And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn't really mean it. But that isn't true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there's no other way of saving yourself and you're quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don't give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself."
"All you care about is yourself," he echoed.
"And after that, you don't feel the same toward the other person any longer."
"No," he said, "you don't feel the same."

Throughout, a song recurs in Winston's mind:
Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me—