Podcast: Sonic TALK - 084 Watchout For The Bears PJ

Rare gadgets, Metallica, MP3 tax, B52s and Apple clones      01/05/08

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SONIC TALK 084 - PJ's getting married! So this is a sort of bachelor party episode, although from what I hear, we'll be hard pressed to compete with his real one. Still we'll do our best to leave him tied to a lampost with in his pants with a sill hat on - virtually of course, and wish him and Mrs PJ all the best. Joining me for the party this week are, of course PJ Tracy Minneapolian composer and studio owner, Rich Hilton glowing after his Gala performance with Nile Rodgers, Patti Labelle, Slash and others at the weekend, reclusive producer Mark Tinley and Dave Spiers of GForce Software. We start by drooling over the wonderful treasure trove that is the rare gadgets at Wired.com, ponder Leon Theremin's thrilling life and why no g-force-o-mometer and Citroen DS? Then it's on to Metallica and downloads and of course Some Kind of Monster doc, the scary prospect of an MP3 tax in the UK, some real joy with the B52's remix competition and finally Apple clones on sale - good or no? A big thanks to Dave from Richmond Virginia for sending in a snippet of his Evolver and Kaoss pad 3 - keep em coming! Remember... Do Call Us We’ve set up a Skype account for people to leave comments (which may be played on subsequent episodes) or requests to be considered for a part on the show. You can contact using the Skype handle 'sonictalk' or if you want to use the phone, our number in the US is:

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Dan A.    Said...

Congratulations PJ on your upcoming marriage!

Nagra tape recorders are absolutely beautiful machines, and nixie tubes are just cool to look at, but I don't own either. However, a few months back, I bought a 1962 Norelco (Phillips) Continental 300 table top tape recorder from a thrift store for $15. When I got it home and opened it, I was surprised to see 5 Amperex Bugle Boy tubes inside, 4 in the amp section and one EM81 indicator tube used as recording level meter. The EM81 is a cool phosphorous filled tube that flashes brighter with a stronger signal. BTW, the tape recorder works fine.

And the B-52s would look perfect cruising around a lake in an Amphicar.

01-May-08 08:05 PM


Mark Burgess (via email)    Said...

The Peter Gabriel Album you refer to on 05/01 was the third album, but not the one with Shock the Monkey. That was Security. It was album #4. The one with the polaroid treatment has Games Without Frontiers, and Biko. Kate Bush, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, and Paul Weller, Jerry Marotta. Brilliant record.

02-May-08 02:58 AM


GuruOne    Said...

+1 Congrats PJ

Thx guys for giving me the heads-up on the B52s remix. I would have missed it!!!

My entry: http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=1111288&t=4514

Cheers

Rich

02-May-08 08:49 AM


Ian (Krakli software)    Said...

Thanks for the show (is it my imagination or are you dissapearing down more and more side-alleys :) ). A comment regarding the 'large' stylophone (the 350s) I had one of these, and it had a really neat photo-electric cell on the top panel that modulated the filter as you waved your hand over it. I ended up joining my 350s to an accoustic piano keyboard and had the normal and repeat stylus feeds on a switch. happy days!

02-May-08 04:39 PM


Marc JX8P    Said...

Congrats to PJ, hope you had a great wedding and all the best!

Great podcast, it was cool to hear about the B52's. I've never been much into their music but I've heard the odd track of theirs and I always liked the uniqueness of their sound.

Also thanks for reminding me of the Sinclair ZX81 and Spectrum - I got both and while the Spectrum broke, I still got the ZX81 in working order (even with the 16kb extra memory cartridge...).

03-May-08 09:12 AM


Pete Crosby    Said...

Congrats PJ good luck for the future :).

Enjoyed this weeks podcast. Following on from last week I checked out garageband.com and signed up.

If you guys have sometime I would appreciate you checking out some of my music which for to long has been listened to my nearest and dearest only :)

http://www.garageband.com/artist/crashdamaged --

Also on a serious note, was a sad week with soundcontrol and turnkey going into administration. Peace out to all staff who lost their jobs including 16 of my mates :(

Where do I get my moog stuff now ?

05-May-08 05:57 AM


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