Podcast: Sonic TALK092 - Beckham Does Not Sniff Sharpies

Child prodigy drummers, new Wii motionplus thingy, classic sounds and green technology      24/07/08

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53:40 mins
SONIC TALK 092 A sultry afternoon in Bath and one of the rare occasions when I'm joined in the studio - this weeks guest on the spare chair is Richard Evans who's had a long affiliation with Peter Gabriel and Real World studios - just back from a stint recording at a Serbian monastery. Staying very much in the UK this week, on the line we have Mark Tinley who's worked with Duran Duran and Nick Rhodes for many years and Dave Spiers from GForce Software, who's recovering from Labrinthitis by playing tennis, both real and virtual. Speaking of virtual tennis, we take a look at the new Wii MotionPlus addition for the WiiMote which allegedly ads true 1:1 motion control and increases the accuracy of the 3D positioning and it's musical possibilities - it's demonstrated by the new WiiMusic titles with people "playing" various instruments at the recent E3 demo. Then we talk about virtuoso drummers - with plenty of drummer jokes, then on to famous sounds, green technology and finally David Beckham in the Sharpies ad. 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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Fairbanks    Said...

Great job as always fellows.

For more insane young drumming, check this out (I really thought it was computer generated like the dancing baby, but this is real)


24-Jul-08 02:54 PM

Marc JX8P    Said...

Great podcast! Glad you found the site I discovered interesting, the guy who did it did a great job. Next time, please get my name right though - it's 8, not 3: Marc jx8p. Though it could have been a jx3p - when I bought the jx8p there was also a jx3p in the shop which I nearly got. Anyway, it's jx8p! :-)

25-Jul-08 03:13 AM

Nick B    Said...

OOOPs! Sorry about that Marc. Great site though, could've spent the whole 'cast on it I reckon

25-Jul-08 03:25 AM

Dave Spiers    Said...

Ahem.......thanks to Dekky for pointing out that Tony Royston Jr is now drummer for JayZ.

Bearing in mind, that after being blown away by his playing at Glastonbury, I wrote on the GForce blog "JayZ's Drummer rocks the nation HARD" I really should have known.

"Go to the back of the class Spiers"

25-Jul-08 04:32 AM


Hi Nick,

I really enjoyed your podcast. In reference to using old equipment, my main keyboard is a Yamaha DX100 that I bought new at one of the first London Music Shows circa 1985. I now live in Canada and it made the voyage in teachest without any damage!

I use it mainly as a midi keyboard going into an EMU 0404 that is connected to my PC using Sonor 7.

My newest keyboard is a Korg M1!!

Great podcast. Good to hear from Richard again.


25-Jul-08 07:05 AM

Bernard    Said...

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25-Jul-08 10:24 AM

Dan A.    Said...

I'm sure Dave Spiers would agree that softsynths are a good way to go green. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

Also, Jack Johnson has a solar powered studio:


25-Jul-08 10:44 AM

Oliver Davis    Said...

D-50. Hi Nick, thank for telling people about the D-50 /550 video I posted on Sonic State TV.

Here is the link http://tv.sonicstate.com/play.php?vid=196

I have been using REBIRTH 338 TR808/909/TB303 emulator since 1997!! Amazing bit of software even today! You can download it in full and for free at http://www.rebirthmuseum.com/.

Sync it up to Logic and have all the outputs routed via Re-Wire into your DAW and you are away!

Also, I started making music using Oct A Med on the Amiga 500+ with 8bit samples and a MT-32 back in 1990 when I was 11 years old. I now have one part of the studio running an Amiga A1200, Oct A Med tracker sequencer, Matrix 1000 and MT-32 along with the classic raw 8bit Amiga samples!

All the best.

Oliver Davis Roland UK / www.TheCircuit Symphony.com

25-Jul-08 11:40 AM

Oliver Davis    Said...

Synth Spotting!!

The Korg M1 preset are all over OMD`s 1990 album sugar tax!

Universe I think was the most amazing preset - but well over used!

Another great synth for preset spotting is the Korg Prophecy. There is one preset that was used by The Orb on their track Toxygene - lead line...

Check out Jarres last album Teo & Tea (2007) then check out Rolands MC-808...... Either JMJ wrote most of the preset patterns in the groovebox and used them on the album (doubtfull) ..Most of the tracks are lifted right from the MC808 with no editing....

O`h and Vangelis used the Roland SH-2000 brass preset on Heaven and Hell

25-Jul-08 11:49 AM

Robin    Said...

On these (old) O'Reilly podcast items you can listen to an interview with Paolo Di Nicolantonio (Mr Synthmania)



It's very worth listen to.

Love your podcast as always. Cheers!

25-Jul-08 12:43 PM

Condra    Said...

Guys great work as always! Hey please have a lookg at Sylenth VST some time. I think it might just be the best sounding VA available now. I'd love to hear your thoughts, maybe some week when Dave Spiers is absent ;)

28-Jul-08 09:23 PM

Michael    Said...

Since you guys did the green section...


Two Teachers Team Up to 'Save The Planet'

Michael Droste and Jeffrey Walker, two teachers from Illinois, teamed up to write a song called "Save the Planet." The teachers are going to donate partial proceeds from the song to, "Those not for profit groups - dedicated to saving the planet." "We wanted a way to reach students, parents and everyone about this issue - and what better way than through a song," said Jeff. The song gives you easy, simple steps, that you can take to make the world a better place for you and everyone on the planet.

People can also visit http://www.SaveThePlanetSong.org for more information and tips on recycling and saving energy.

The album "Save The Planet" is available through the Itunes music store. Itunes Link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=267908721&id=267908696&s=143441

If you do not have Itunes you may get our song at: http://www.amazon.com

30-Jul-08 04:06 PM

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