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

Tiptop Audio Happy Ending Kit

Most people believe it’s very expensive to get into modular synthesis. The Eurorack format has really taken off and there are actually many affordable modules and as seen here even racks. There are also now Eurorack modules that are unique to the format. Modules like the new Make Noise Echophone and Flame Talking Synth just blow me away. Consider this option: Instead of getting the MF-104M Analog Delay for $680 grab a Tiptop Audio Happy Ending Kit ($149) and an Echophone ($399) for $550 and have something in my opinion more interesting and expandable.

“Tip Top Audio has now given people no excuse to dive into the modular world. At an incredible price tag of $149, a full 3U row of space and the best power the modular world has to offer – this is absolutely the cheapest way of getting a professional brand name rack.” – Trash Audio

For more info: tiptopaudio.com

photo credits: Trash Audio and Richard Devine

Livefyre

Beginning to test the Livefyre commenting system on this blog. Spam has become unbearable and more importantly Livefyre will take conversations about posts here on Facebook and Twitter and copy them here. It may take a few days to get the glitches smoothed out. Older comments are being imported slowly. Thank you for your patience.

“For the first time ever, bring the conversation happening on Facebook and Twitter directly to your content, where it belongs. Make your site the hub of community activity.” – livefyre.com

For more info: livefyre.com

Wow

If you would have told me once I landed in Europe for this trip I wouldn’t have one single minute to myself to post to you I wouldn’t have believed it. These past 10 days were so full, unexpected and fun I had to leave my readers to other things on the internet. I’ve never screamed, sweated or traveled so much in my life. Posts will resume Tuesday and I have a lot of photos, music and stories to share. See you then!

X Ray Pop

The Dream Machine by X-Ray Pop will soon be re-released by Dark Entries Records.

“La Machine á Rêver is the B-side to the L’Eurasienne 7″ single by X Ray Pop released in May 1984. It will be re-issued on Dark Entries Records in July 2012 on a compilation of early material by this influential French band. This video first appeared on a collection of scopitones by X Ray Pop recorded at Elysee Sound March 1984. X Ray Pop are Doc Pilot: Casio PT20, MR10, Vocals + Zouka Dzaza: Lead vocals.” – darkentriesrecords.com

For more info: darkentriesrecords.com

Wurlitzer Swingin’ Rhythm

One of the items my father gave to me when the music department closed down at Fairleigh Dickinson University was a Wurlitzer Swingin’ Rhythm. It’s an analog preset drum machine from 1968. I used it on a song called Blood in the Sand (1999). Looking back now the song is a bit of a premonition. I foolishly didn’t think the box was worth that much so I left it behind during one of my many moves. A few weeks ago I was able to get one really cheap on eBay. Welcome home Wurlitzer. Today would have been my father’s 80th birthday.

“The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, usually referred to simply as Wurlitzer, was an American company that produced stringed instruments, woodwinds, brass instruments, theatre organs, band organs, orchestrions, electronic organs, electric pianos and jukeboxes. Over time Wurlitzer changed to producing only organs and jukeboxes, but it no longer produces either. Deutsche Wurlitzer, owner of the Wurlitzer Jukebox and Vending Electronics trademark, was acquired by the Gibson Guitar Corporation.” – Wikipedia

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

Catalog your Vinyl

Here’s something for the obsessive record collector to do with his free time: catalog your vinyl on Discogs. I would really like to do it too but as time accelerates I don’t want any of the past to steal from the future. Maybe I can get someone to do it for me? I never knew you could export your collection as a .XLS file… good stuff.

“Learn how to quickly catalog, appraise, and sell your records online using a free site called Discogs.” – Cnet

For more info: discogs.com