Re: [AH]Not so Silly Question

From Q-Bot Eye
Sent Fri, Sep 25th 1998, 20:36

---Kurt Dwight Bleach <> wrote:
> Andrew Puls Q-Bot Eye wrote:
> > It is for me. Remember, Richard James (aka Aphex Twin) builds all of
> > his own equipment. You can also build alot of stuff for real cheap,
> > and it isn't even that hard.
> I gotta disagree with you here on three points:
> In addition to (theoretically) building his own gear, >James has a
huge collection of analogue, including (as >I understand) an MS-20,
202, 303, 808, 909, etc., etc. >(BTW, it's
> been a topic of conversation here on several >occasions as to
whether he really does build his own >gear, or whether he mostly
butchers and mod's other >gear.)

There isn't much on his albums (particularly "I Care Because You do")
that sounds like a x0x drum machine (as far as the 202, it may be
possible). I read an article where he said that he used to use a
combination of his own gear and commercially available gear, but now
he uses all home made gear. He said that every noise you hear on his
album (at the time it was "I Care..") is made by gear he created (he
said he didn't build his own samplers or computers, however). In a
more recent article, he says he even writes his own computer programs
for his music as well.

> Secondly, building your own gear is easily as >expensive and perhaps
more expensive than picking up a >used piece or two. I put hundreds of
dollars into an >ASM-1, which "sort
> of" works. Even though it was a fun, educational >experience, if I
had it to do over again, I'd probably >put that money into Doepfer

Well, ASM-1 is expensive stuff, the kind of things I was talking about
for a begginer were the fatman or Mad Mouse on Tom G.'s page
( Obviously, a person is not going to blow
right into building big modular stuff right away.

> Thirdly--it may not be "that hard," but I'd hesitate >to call it
easy, particularly if you have no grounding >in electronics. Ask
anybody who's made a Fatman >(probably one of
> the easiest ways to get into DIY electronic music), >and they'll
tell you it's no walk in the park.

That's why I said to get a book on electronics

> DIY is a hobby unto itself,
> for the adventurous or electronically inclined, but >not for people
who want to get into analogue but don't >know how to save their pennies.
I'll just have do dissagree with you as the MadMouse is an analogue
monosynth that has many of the functions of many other monosynths
(though not all of the functions), and can be built for less than $50
with parts mostly available at radio shack (yes, I know you have to
have a keyboard controller for it, but it is still VERY cheap compared
to any used gear you can buy).
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