G-Force’s OB-E Looks AWESOME

Yesterday, G-Force Software introduced the OB-E synthesizer emulation. It's another OB-8 emulation - sort of - except it has some features that make it look really compelling. Oberheim has some absolutely iconic synths. They were originally built around the SEM, the Synthesizer Expander Module, which was a monophonic synth; it was pretty simple, although it… Continue reading G-Force’s OB-E Looks AWESOME

Ayn Rand and Rush

There’s been some discussion recently on Rush Fanatics - a Facebook group - about Ayn Rand, in part because of a reference to the “meek inheriting the earth.” The phrase comes from “The Fountainhead,” and is in the context of the book’s overarching villain - a man named Ellsworth Toohey - who uses the phrase… Continue reading Ayn Rand and Rush

Voltage Modular and MIDI Out in Cubase

I’d like to explain how I got Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular to generate Euclidean patterns for Cubase. The process for it should be generalizable to other DAWs, but since Cubase Pro is my daily driver (as a DAW, I guess) I’m going to focus on it. Euclidean patterns rely on the idea that percussive hits… Continue reading Voltage Modular and MIDI Out in Cubase

The Trees is an ideal (and pragmatic) leftist’s song

I love the song “The Trees,” by Rush, on their “Hemispheres” album. It’s the first song of Rush’s catalog that I heard, even though I didn’t know the band was Rush at the time. It’s an incredibly leftist song.  I wholly approve. I am a leftist at heart. I’ve been asking people I know what… Continue reading The Trees is an ideal (and pragmatic) leftist’s song

The Grammy Awards ignored Rock and Metal!, Gordon Ramsey, Larry Hogan on CNN

Things I'm thinking about: The Grammies An article in "Ultimate Classic Rock" was entitled "How the 2019 Grammy Awards Basically Ignored Rock and Metal". I'm... a little bit surprised, considering how rap and hip-hop (are those different?) have been ignored by the Grammy Awards ever since they became significant art forms, and rock - historically… Continue reading The Grammy Awards ignored Rock and Metal!, Gordon Ramsey, Larry Hogan on CNN

Blogging, getting wordpress running properly on Ubuntu

Things I'm thinking and feeling: I really don't "blog" all that much. I record, I guess, and that's sort of a "web log," but I really don't expose much of my innermost feelings - it's like observations with a mirror in the way. I've always been that way when I write. Always.Today I'm going to… Continue reading Blogging, getting wordpress running properly on Ubuntu

Afoot!, football refs, music books

Things I'm thinking: If I was a detective, or if I was writing a detective story, I'd never have someone say "The game is afoot!" ... Why? Glad I asked. Because "afoot" is a terrible name for a game. I get that there are games based on "Dr. Pimple Popper" and stuff, but "Afoot, the… Continue reading Afoot!, football refs, music books