Saturday, August 30, 2014

FROM THE EML 200 ARCHIVE



I quite like the raw analog sound of this early "affordable" synthesizer,  generally advertised as perfect for educational institutions.  This is,  as you can hear, a one-take improvisation.  "Creodonta" is an extinct order of sharp-toothed mammals that preceded  carnivora.

Monday, August 25, 2014

THIS IS HOW WE DEFORM: WAVE PROCESSORS 45 BUCHLA CLONE


Well,  not strictly a Buchla clone,  as its basic premise comes from the Serge Wave Multiplier,  but expands on that idea with more signal inputs, a resonant EQ (comb filter) section,  and ultimately an expanded range of sounds/control. I do find the logic of it's overall design so much easier than the Serge to wrap my head around,  and as a result will be used more frequently. Another Buchla-format marvel.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

MARISA PAREDES in THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE


This 2001 film by Guillermo del Toro is a balancing act of sorts,  lyrically combining horror/gore, ghost story,  murder mystery,  and historical drama into a crucible of desire,  greed,  and hidden truths. The heart of this story is Carmen,  expressively portrayed by Marisa Paredes,  most noted for her work with Pedro Almodovar (THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET,  ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER,  THE SKIN I LIVE IN). Her work with the above-mentioned Spanish directors reminds one of Silvia Pinal's fine films with Luis Bunuel,  especially VIRIDIANA (1961),  another cinematic glimpse into the separation of reality and desire. Paredes plays Carmen,  a one-legged teacher at a wartime orphanage whose stern exterior masks  her erotic needs and fetishistic fulfillment. Her finely wrought faux leg holds another secret that is "opened up" near the film's conclusion. Paredes' acting throughout is marvelous,  a crippled body finding wholeness in gesture,  emotion,  furtive glances,  and intonation. 

CIBO: GRILLED SAUSAGE & POLENTA WITH EGGPLANT PUREE, AVOCADO, LETTUCE, AND ESCAROLE


Another wonderful rustic creation using both homegrown and fresh store-bought ingredients.  Carla the culinary magician strikes again.  Delicious.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PROCESS: NEXT COLLECTION OF PANELS


First attempt at ducking the tyranny of form and its wayward stepchild,  meaning.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PROCESS: DONE?


The first three panels of what will be a nine panel work. These may take a bit of "tweaking",  but they're essentially done.

THIS IS HOW WE DEFORM: BUCHLA 207r MIXER/PREAMPLIFIER CLONE


After dealing with too much audio bleed from my 206e I decided to give this clone built by Djangosfire a listen and was not disappointed.  Its sliders are very responsive to the touch, with dedicated mute ("prog") and monitor ("mon") switches that provide even more mixing options than the 206e. As much of my Buchla real estate is filled with clones,  the "preset manager" section of 206e is not missed at all.