Vectrex Regeneration

I always wanted a Vectrex. Vectrex Regeneration for iOS bring those games and all it’s vector graphics to the world today. It works with iCade. Time to take a break from work and music and get your zaps on.

“The Vectrex is a vector display-based video game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering. It was licensed and distributed first by General Consumer Electric, and then by Milton Bradley Company after their purchase of GCE. It was released in November 1982 at a retail price of $199 ($460 adjusted for inflation); as Milton Bradley took over international marketing the price dropped to $150 and then $100 shortly before the video game crash of 1983. The Vectrex exited the market in early 1984. Unlike other non-portable video game consoles, which connected to televisions and rendered raster graphics, the Vectrex has an integrated vector monitor which displays vector graphics. The monochrome Vectrex uses plastic screen overlays to simulate color and various static graphics and decorations. At the time, many of the most popular arcade games used vector displays, and through a licensing deal with Cinematronics, GCE was able to produce high-quality versions of arcade games such as Space Wars and Armor Attack.” – Wikipedia

For more info: vectrexregeneration.com

photo credits: Carlo Fumarola, RealRedRaider and toucharcade

Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser

Check out the above videos of the Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser. I’m not going to pretend that I understand how it works or even how to patch it. It sounds pretty sick though. $425 USD.

“Module A-101-3 is a 12 stage phase shifter with vactrols as phase shifting elements. Our design offers access to each of the 12 input and output stages leading to a lot of new filters that cannot be obtained in other ways. Especially the free patchable feedback loops.” – doepfer.de

For more info: doepfer.de/A1013

Thanksgiving 2012

Well it’s that time of year where Americans pig out and say thanks for all they have. I do have a lot to be thankful for. A good job, friends, family and health. So thanks for that and I mean it. More importantly thanks for inspiration. I’m making a lot of music and somehow I’m not repeating myself. Since this is an American holiday I posted two videos above that show some of America in action. Sure I could post our troops at war or something like that but honestly most of us are just working and playing.

“We will use this runway right here. Eyes outside”.

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving

Brian Biggs

A few weeks ago I went to Philadelphia and met with Brian Biggs. Brian is a Children’s Book Illustrator, has a very large Pitbull/Greyhound dog named Cyrus and has a nice Eurorack Modular system. I’ve been thinking about which “sampler” module to get. I was looking at the ADDAC Systems Wav player, Make Noise Phonogene or The Harvestman Tyme Sefari. I noticed Brian had both a Tyme Sefari 2 and Phonogene so I basically asked him if he was interested in some show and tell. I wasn’t expecting a proper invite but that’s what I got! As you can see by the photos Brian has a pretty nice set up. A few things I discovered include: a CV joystick is fun, The Harvestman Polivoks VCF isn’t as cool as my Toppobrillo Multifilter, the Teenage Engineering OP-1 is amazing and lastly I want a Phonogene. Brian was interested in checking out my Ekdhal Moisterizer so I brought it with me and we got some proper CV going through it. You can see a few more photos here: flickr.com/photos/thin…

“Brian Biggs (b. March 9, 1968, in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a Children’s Book Illustrator. He has been published by HarperCollins and Random House, among others, and has illustrated a Little Golden Book.” – wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Biggs

For more info: dancerobotdance.com, twitter.com/robotdancerobot, soundcloud.com/dance-robot-dance and mrbiggs.com

Psychology of Music

Libby from the University of Florida sent me a link to the above infographic. Be sure to click it or click here to see the entire thing. Yes it’s an advert for their school but it’s true and music in education is very important.

“I wanted to shoot over an infographic regarding the psychology of music- how it effects the mind. I saw your blog and thought it might be of interest. Check it out!” – Libby Mead

For more info: musiceducation.arts.ufl.edu/psychology_of_music

Come in we’re open

Wire to the Ear is back online! Sorry about the hiccup yesterday. Long story short it was entirely my fault. A few years ago this site was hosted by iPower. It was on a shared server and well for a site this size that’s not a good thing. The site was slow and any popular story made the site go offline. I switched to my own server with Wiredtree. Wiredtree is one of the best providers. It costs be a bit more but well worth it. All my domain names are with Hover or Godaddy. At least I thought they were! Apparently eons ago when I started Wire to the Ear I purchased time on iPower servers and my domain name from them. Anyway you can see where this is leading. When I canceled with iPower they assumed I wasn’t renewing my domain name with them. I never recieved any notifications it was about to lapse so Thursday night the site dissapeared. Luckily when this happens there is a grace period where no one else can buy the domain name. Surely the world goes on without Wire to the Ear online but it felt pretty strange to me!

“The Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. A Domain Name Service resolves queries for these names into IP addresses for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. By providing a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of the functionality of the Internet.” – wikipedia.org

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System

Vocal Recording with Robert Owens

Here’s a look into vocal recording with house music vocalist Robert Owens using Logic at UK based Point Blank music school. I really enjoy watching other people record.

“Robert Owens (born 1961) is an American contemporary R&B and house-music vocalist best known for his work with the Chicago house group Fingers Inc. in the mid-1980s. As a solo artist, he has placed several songs on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, two of which hit #1: “I’ll Be Your Friend” (1992), and “Mine to Give” (2000, a collaboration with Photek).” – Wikipedia

For more info: pointblankonline.net and wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Owens

Strange Thursday

There’s something to be said for routine. Veggie burger night is Monday. Call Ma every Friday. Replace contact lenses every 6 weeks. You know what I mean. However, it’s just as important to smash things. Break a glass for no reason. Today I give you two un-music related videos. For no reason other than I felt like it.

“strange – Unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand.” – Google Dictionary

For more info: urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=strange

Beach Haven

This past weekend I went to Long Beach Island, NJ. The section I went to was called Beach Haven and the beach was Brant Beach. While it’s on the Jersey Shore it’s nothing like television show. It’s mostly quiet and very beautiful. I spoke with the lifeguard and the water was 78F-80F which is very warm for the Atlantic. I’m not sure if it was hurricane Isaac brewing in the south or it was normal but the waves were about 10 feet high. I was on my high school swim team and still swim often and these waves knocked me out of breath. I didn’t listen to any music on the way there or back. I didn’t listen to any music on the beach. No podcasts or news. Sometimes its important to clear your head. I can recommend Beach Haven as a good place to do it. To see the full set of photos: click here

“Beach Haven, known on LBI as the “Queen City,” is a late 19th century beach-front resort originally established in 1873 to house wealthy summer residents from Philadelphia. Although some of the major structures, including several hotels and a boardwalk, were lost to storms in the 1940s, a large portion of the town retains its Victorian and Edwardian character. The Beach Haven Historic District listed in the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s, encompasses the most intact buildings at the core of the resort.” – Wikipedia

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beach_Haven,_New_Jersey