Spam Storm

I apologize if you posted a comment and it didn’t go through recently. As Wire to the Ear continues to grow the site is getting hit quite hard by spam. It almost all gets caught by Akismet and some other plug-ins however some of your own comments end up in there too. I’ve noticed a lot of larger blogs either turned off comments or use a third party system like Facebook connect or Disqus. For now I’m going to keep things as they are. I like the idea of having control on my own server. I should point out that most of the comments on each of these posts mostly takes place on my Facebook page with Twitter and Google+ trailing. Anywhere you create the discussion I enjoy it.

“The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Spam’s gelatinous glaze, or aspic, forms from the cooling of meat stock.” – Wikipedia

Here I am: Facebook, Twitter and Google+

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The River

I’ve been working on music every night for the past few months. I have about 6 songs finished for my next album. Most of what I write these days is autobiographical. It has me thinking a lot of where I grew up and first loves. The house I grew up on had a stream that went threw it. I spent a large amount of time in that water. Even though it’s just H2O, rocks, mud and fish it’s a sacred place to me. I was reading Spinner magazine’s “The 25 Most Exquisitely Sad Songs in the Whole World” (link) and came to Bruce Springsteen’s The River. We really do all swim on the same road. I’ll post some preview clips of what I’m working on in a few weeks.

“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true or is it something worse?” – Bruce Springsteen

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_River_(Bruce_Springsteen_song)

photo credit: helti

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Kids and Dad cover Depeche Mode

“[About the song Shake the Disease...] Band member Alan Wilder felt this song captured the essence of the band, stating “there’s a certain edge to what we do that can make people think twice about things. If we’ve got a choice between calling a song “Understanding” or “Shake the Disease”, we’ll call it “Shake the Disease”. There’s a lot of perversity and innuendo in our lyrics, but nothing direct.” – Wikipedia

For more info: depechemode.com and Dicken Schrader

via Laughing Squid

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm, filed under music, video and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



School System

Get taught and learn but always teach yourself.

“Mechanically and specifically breed out any hint of creative thought.” – Zappa

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lateralization_of_brain_function

photo credit: Eric James Sarmiento

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Gaeoudjiparl Mechanical Birds

Sweet sounds from an interesting instrument.

“Hand carved over the last 10 years. Gaeoudjiparl has created his own unique mechanical birds with which he performs live.” – SYGNOK

For more info: SYGNOK

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm, filed under sounds and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Ruska Dyskoteka

It must be a real mind trip for an everyday non music techno American listener to see this.

“Russian techno party in the forest.” – marteenp

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia

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The Horrorist Immortalized

I’ve been creating some music with Tom Carpenter. He’s the man behind the wonderful Analogue Solutions synths and modules. He did an unexpected “nice” for me and printed my alias The Horrorist on his upcoming Spring Reverb modules. So I guess I broke some new here… yeah AS has a new Spring Reverb module coming up. If you follow Tom on Facebook you can also see his new very nice looking Telemark Keyboard. The first song we recorded is called “Forever for You” although we could change it to Cold Wave.. what do you think Tom? My friend Gabri is also doing a mix and there will be some other tracks. Samples coming soon…

“Your name is imortalised on the new spring reverb circuit board. hopefully it will be released in a few months!” – Tom Carpenter

For more info: thehorrorist.com and analoguesolutions.org.uk/v2/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm, filed under hardware, music and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



SID Machine

Here’s an upcoming box from Mode Machines called SID. Apparently there’s some controversy over it’s design (link). Chris Randall took the photo above at NAMM. It should go for about $600 USD.

“SID is an 8-Bit desktop synthesizer with a double personality. It’s simplistic layout and ease of use delivers pleasure at the first touch and it’s familiar step sequencer will have you programming patterns and beats in no time. 3 expression knobs control the key features of each Patch for instant results. But don’t let it’s simplicity fool you: The supplied SID STUDIO SOFTWARE enables you to tweak every parameter under the hood! Draw and design your patches with instant feedback from the SID. Also check out the NERD-PANEL, a powerful interactive blueprint which enables you to address the chip one pin at a time – also a great educational tool.” – modemachines.com

For more info: modemachines.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 26, 2012 at 8:29 am, filed under political, synthesizer and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Official Joy Division Micky Mouse Shirt

Disney was selling a Micky Mouse T-Shirt based on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album. Could it be some hip/depressed designer working there snuck this into the supply chain? It’s been pulled and therefore I must say these are instant collectibles. They may even fetch some big money on eBay.

“And in even odder news, the Disney Store… was, until today, selling a new t-shirt design based on the iconic Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures” album cover, with Mickey Mouse’s face inserted in those wavy lines. From Manchester to Mousechester!” – Boing Boing

via Boing Boing

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Trash Audio NAMM 2012

I always enjoy these videos.

“Did it smell forever? Oh I kept taking the refrigerator apart…”

For more info: trashaudio.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 25, 2012 at 10:05 am, filed under political and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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