randall's error (danger-ms20 content)

From void
Sent Thu, Aug 24th 1995, 04:52

um, we're, like, going to go on a rent strike or something. We live in San
Francisco, and get yelled at by lesbians of color for even *thinking* about
existing. In that vein, the following is from Lx (that's redacted@example.com), and
direct responses accordingly. Just in case any of you think all us Team
Atombee types look alike or something.

                        yours in Christ, redacted@example.com

greetings from n0nD1sclos3d l0Cat!on 5TUDIOS.

AS IF YOU HAVEN'T GUESSED THIS IS LX SMEARING M OUT OF MY WAY FOR THE
PURPOSE OF A PIRATE POST.  NO PARROT THIS TIME.  HE'S DEAD.

APPARENTLY HIGH ON CRACK COCAINE, RANDALL JONES FUMBLES:
>LLL X X  writes:
>
>>i want to build
>>something into an experimenter's box that enhances the capabilities of an
>>MS20 within context of live performance.  here's what i've come up with:
>>[...]
>
>Sounds like a cool box to have, as long as it doesn't have anything
>do to with the MS-20 in particular.  My impression of the MS20

YOU FREAKING NIMROD

>(caveat: I've only owned one for a month) is that it's fun,

YOU UNINFORMED FREAKING NIMROD

>but cranky and idiosyncratic.  Not a foundation for a modular setup.

IDIOT.  THE MS SERIES WAS KORG'S LATE '70'S ANSWER TO ROLAND'S SYSTEM 100M
- JUST IN CASE YOU MISS THE POINT THE M STANDS FOR MODULAR.  THE KORG MS
SERIES IS A QUASI MODULAR SYSTEM WITH MANY PATCH POINTS WHICH MAKE IT A
RESPECTABLE ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT DEALERS AND/OR DO NOT
HAVE INCOMES COMPETING WITH THE GNP OF CERTAIN AFRICAN AND CENTRAL/SOUTH
AMERICAN NATIONS.  THE MS20 WAS AN INEXPENSIVE (CHEAP TO BUILD AND
MARKET-LIKE ROLAND'S TB303) SYNTH DESIGNED TO "BOOTSTRAP" (AS IN BOOT)
AMATEUR SYNTHESISTS INTO THE REALM OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC MAKING.  IN AND OF
ITSELF IT WAS NOT A MODULAR SYNTHESIZER, HOWEVER WITH THE ADDITION OF THE
MS50 (A QUASI MODULAR EXPANDER WITH ANOTHER FILTER ANOTHER OSCILLATOR AND
SEVERAL VALUABLE TOOLS FOR ANALYZING AND DELIVERING VOLTAGES THROUGHOUT THE
SYSTEM) AND POSSIBLY THE SQ10 (AN ANALOG STEP BASED SEQUENCER) THE MS
SERIES PROVIDED A FLEXIBLE AND POWERFUL TOOLBOX FOR THE ASPIRING
SYNTHESIST.  IN A SIMILAR VEIN I POINT YOU TO THE ARP 2600 WHICH (UNLESS MY
UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTORS WERE MISLED-UNFORTUNATE DUE TO THE FACT THAT SEVERAL
OF THEM WENT ON TO DESIGN THE INSTRUMENTS YOU PROBABLY CUT YOUR TEETH ON)
HAS BEEN DEFINED FOR _MY_ EARS AS A _MODULAR_ SYNTHESIZER.  WHEN I ASKED
ABOUT THAT DEFINITION I WAS TOLD THAT THE DEFINITION WAS BASED ON ACCESS TO
THE SYNTHESIZER'S COMPONENTS (MODULES) RATHER THAN THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE
COMPONENTS COULD BE SPREAD OUT ACROSS A ROOM DUE TO VIOLENT IMPACT.

>Something about the way the CV amounts affect sounds is too
>jerky for me.  This is hard to speak less-than-vaguely about; all

IDIOT. _WORK_ DO NOT _PLAY_ WITH A BUCHLA AND THEN SAY THAT

>I can say is it doesn't seem smooth in the way that, say, a Serge
>is smooth.

IDIOT.  _WORK_ WITH A SERGE BUILT DURING THE METHEDRINE HAZE OF THE LATE
'70'S.  I DID.  AN 8 PANEL UNIT FOR A PERIOD LASTING MORE THAN 3 YEARS.
MAKING MUSIC.

>
>and there seem to be some weird limitations in the way that CVs affect
>filter cutoff: as the base frequency goes up, the amount of change
>effected by the CV lessens.  Maybe mine is just tuned funky, dunno.

INDEED IT DOES.  IDIOT.  THE MS20 IS STILL VALUED AT FAR LESS THAN $1000.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO DUMP $5K+ ON A DEVICE TO USE ORGANIZING SOUND KYMA
PROVIDES A SET OF UNIVERSITY GRADE TOOLS FOR YOU TO WORK WITH.  THE CHARM
OF AN INSTRUMENT IS THE DISCUSSIONS IT HOLDS WITH ITSELF.  WORKING WITH THE
MS20 IS NOT PREDICTABLE.  IT IS FRUSTRATING AT TIMES.  MUCH AS WORKING WITH
A GRAND PIANO OR A GIBSON LES PAUL OR A HOHNER HARMONICA IS FRUSTRATING.
WITH PRACTICE COMES WISDOM.  SOMETIMES THE WISDOM THAT ONE'S GOALS ARE THE
PROBLEM.  NOT THE INSTRUMENT.  SOMETIMES A MIDPOINT IS REACHED WHERE
DEFINITIONS CAN BE SAFELY STRETCHED.  THAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF MY POST TO
ANALOGUE HEAVEN.  IF _GOD_ CHOSE TO DROP A BUCHLA MUSIC EASEL INTO MY LAP I
WOULD BE HAPPY-FOR A WHILE.  IN THE MEANTIME, I HAVE BEEN USING MY MS20.
MAKING MUSIC.  I HAVE FOUND SPECIFIC LIMITATIONS THAT I FEEL CAN BE WORKED
AROUND WITH A SIMPLE BREAKOUT BOX.  I WANTED VALID INPUT REGARDING THE
SPECIFICATIONS ON SAID BREAKOUT BOX.  NOT AN INVITATION TO A FLAMEWAR.  IF
THIS IS TO BE A WAR, _SO_ _BE_ _IT_.

>
>As far as drilling holes in the thing, I would certainly condone
>that.  MS-xx synths strike me as wonderful trashy noisemakers,

RANDALL YOU STRIKE ME AS A SUITABLE OBJECT TO DRILL HOLES IN.  EMAIL ME
YOUR BACKGROUND.

>but not "classics".  I will hang onto mine for those ventolin wheezes
>and deep bass booms.

AMEN.

or for those of you familiar with Laird's "Boomer Bible";



So There.



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