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(Evening Post)   Latest "must have" musical instrument -- medical scanners?   (thisisnottingham.co.uk) divider line 39
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2003-03-01 11:39:50 PM  
It's gotta beat Rap.
 
2003-03-01 11:46:32 PM  
I could spend a couple grand on a synthesizer that would do a better job but why not have an MRI scanner installed in my basement? It can't be that much more.
 
2003-03-01 11:57:06 PM  
Monty Python reference in 3,2,1..
 
2003-03-02 04:48:20 AM  
beep.
 
2003-03-02 04:50:42 AM  
SCAN THIS!!
 
2003-03-02 04:58:18 AM  
boop.
 
2003-03-02 04:59:00 AM  
"Get me the machine that goes PING!"

Just for you, Paradoxflux *heh*
 
2003-03-02 05:08:22 AM  
Dear Fark community: from now on I will be posting under a different screenname. Please look for my comments under the login Alto_ImageResonator_on_a_tenor_MRI scanner. Thank you.
 
2003-03-02 05:08:47 AM  
 
2003-03-02 05:11:14 AM  
Check out this sweet page on circuit bending with a Speak & Spell

Enjoy =)

~Berj
 
2003-03-02 05:11:36 AM  
i feel like it would have been done even before that, 19Cranes, but still, Matmos is probably the first one to use sounds of the actual surgery itself. Very odd stuff.
 
2003-03-02 05:20:33 AM  
$10 says Radiohead uses medical scanners during next tour, awes crowds.
 
2003-03-02 05:22:42 AM  
at this point, it seems like anything Radiohead does will get praised. And that's amazing for a band whose last two albums have been mostly shiat.
 
2003-03-02 05:24:26 AM  
Reminds me of that Levis commercial from like 1996 where the doctors are operating, and the heart monitor starts beeping to the tune of "Tainted Love" and they all start singing along.

Jeans commercials are so stupid.
 
2003-03-02 06:07:13 AM  
*lol*
Alto_reed
 
2003-03-02 07:14:00 AM  
DJ, MixMaster Flatline's gonna annoy you to death.
 
2003-03-02 08:10:20 AM  
Lipostudio is one of my favorite songs.
 
2003-03-02 08:35:58 AM  
Life forms... ~beep beep beep beep~.... you tiny little life forms... ~beep beep beep beep~.... you precious little life forms... ~beep beep beep beep~... where are you? ~beep beep beep beep beep beep~

/startrekgenerations
 
2003-03-02 09:24:59 AM  
For those into this kind of music: Check out "Blank Tapes" by Reynols. It's a CD of music made entirely from recordings of blank tapes.
 
2003-03-02 10:35:40 AM  
Why does this have the "Stupid" tag? I think it's neat, if not at least interesting.

This is hardly the first use of "found sound" in a composition - Tom Waits has banged on garbage dumpsters amongst other things for his sounds. I've recorded the rythms of photocopiers, I have a friend who works in several auto assembly plants who plans to take a digital recorder with him to record sounds of the assembly lines. I look forward to hearing it.

IMHO, anyone who thinks this is stupid doesn't have much of an imagination.
 
2003-03-02 10:39:47 AM  
As a computer music hobbyist, I was hoping for a link to a sound file - always nice to get interesting raw material.

Meshmam:

If you're not interested in playing out, where durability, reliablity, the ultimate in audio quality, and the absence of PC's on stage would be an issue, then there's no need to buy a hardware synth.

Just use a soft-synth on your PC.
 
oC9
2003-03-02 11:57:50 AM  
The electronic band, Kraftwerk, can make a decent album with old calculators and a speak and spell, then Im interested in what this can do.


Soft synths are nice, but its better to have actual keys being hit on atleast a MIDI keyboard to transfer the sounds to a Soft Synth.
 
2003-03-02 12:16:52 PM  
Dangit 19Cranes, you beat me to the punch.
 
2003-03-02 12:29:45 PM  
If you like Matmos, you should check out Herbert's 'bodily functions' album. Warm jazzy experimental house styled music.

They both follow the same manifesto of music creation, a sort of Dogma95 for musicians.

His website has more information..interesting stuff.
 
2003-03-02 12:33:15 PM  
at this point, it seems like anything Radiohead does will get praised.

Irockalot, that's true for ANYTHING that becomes popular. Even down to the work of some of the more popular Fark PhotoShoppers.
 
2003-03-02 12:47:24 PM  
i recently performed an experiment involving an ultrasound scanner and vegtable oil. I also froze my keys in some liquid nitrogen that was hanging about. ahhhh, the things we get up to in labs...
 
2003-03-02 12:55:35 PM  
I just want to know how long it's going to be before Jimmy Page starts using them on stage.
 
2003-03-02 01:45:38 PM  
soft cell did it in tainted love like 20 years ago.
 
2003-03-02 02:05:10 PM  
yeah, i did a similar experiment in '94 with some device designed to record heartbeat irregularities and a 4-track.

i also had a dream last night that there was a video for john cage's 4'33". i am SUCH a geek.

gotta go finish setting up my sampler around my bathtub.
 
2003-03-02 02:08:16 PM  
Matmos.
[image from brainwashed.com too old to be available]
A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure.
 
2003-03-02 02:35:00 PM  
QuackScience: If you're not interested in playing out, where durability, reliablity, the ultimate in audio quality, and the absence of PC's on stage would be an issue, then there's no need to buy a hardware synth.

HERESY! Infidel! Get thee behind me, Satan!

You'll get my analog synths from me when you pry them from my cold, dead arms. I plan on being buried with my Moog.

</passionateaboutanalog>

I might slightly soften my position if you can name a software synth that sounds as good, is a sonically flexible and is as easily real-time controlled as, say my MultiMoog. Or heck, my Arp Axxe, for that matter. Oh, and it has to be under $250, which is what I paid for the beasts. Nothing personal, but my style is Knobs, baby - knobs.

I spell my name - Danger!
 
2003-03-02 03:14:53 PM  
Now I'll never be able to sell my TB-303 on Ebay.
 
2003-03-02 03:37:02 PM  
Bah, someone beat me to the "Meaning of Life" reference.

*uses canned salmon in Veritas' salmon mousse*
 
2003-03-02 07:12:38 PM  
done already..

[image from artistdirect.com too old to be available]
 
2003-03-02 07:16:02 PM  
Oops.

Posted first. Read after.. My bad.

I'll make it a point to find some matmos..
 
2003-03-02 09:31:10 PM  
OC9

Soft synths are nice, but its better to have actual keys being hit on atleast a MIDI keyboard to transfer the sounds to a Soft Synth.

But of course. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. I guess I see you're point - you have to have at least one external module to play from. In my case my trusty Wavestation.
 
2003-03-02 09:41:00 PM  
DocTechnical

I might slightly soften my position if you can name a software synth that sounds as good, is a sonically flexible and is as easily real-time controlled as, say my MultiMoog. Or heck, my Arp Axxe, for that matter. Oh, and it has to be under $250, which is what I paid for the beasts. Nothing personal, but my style is Knobs, baby - knobs.

Well, I can't vouch for sound quality since you landed us directly into the analog vs. digital debate, but PD at www.pure-data.org is free and is probably more flexible than any bricks and mortar synth.

I completely hear what you're saying though.

BTW I have an old Chroma Polaris with service manuals that has a flaky power supply and a broken front-panel ribbon connector. Should I just toss it in the trash? I've been hanging on to it but I think the ribbon will be impossible to replace.
 
2003-03-03 09:26:06 AM  
Wow... I didn't expect to wind up amidst a battle between proponents of software and hardware synthesis. I make electronic music myself and, frankly, I don't give a fark. Whatever sound comes out of the speaker is important to me, whether it has been made with a piece of software, a bass guitar with feedback or some modular synth with blowing fuses. I have gotten great results with soft synths, especially Reaktor, CSound and Buzz (the latter two being free and very versatile). The thing is about creativity, dedication and some talent (which I hopefully have), not on the specific gear used.
 
2003-03-03 10:15:43 AM  
QuackScience -

I'll check out that software. Thanks for the reco. I love my analogs, but I always look for new sounds.

As far as your Polaris - the problem is that since Digital took over the world (shakes fist at sky), those old analog chips that are needed to keep the classics going keep getting rarer - and repairs get more expensive. I suggest you take your query over to

http://www.the-gas-station.com

...there's a lot of gurus there that can give you a better answer than me. Good luck to you, and to your Polaris.
 
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