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Flying Pigs

Sometimes, you just gotta take a little break for a few dayz. Speshly when one is an old git - them batteries gotta be topped up and treated with a little more care once your poor wee gravity-tortured spine curves to a degree where earth is a good foot closer to chin than of old. Think my ears are growing too. Gimme another 3 years and I'll no doubt qualify as convincing chimp stand-in. But also, I haven't done any brand, brand, brand new solo Pots stuff since 'Fire Extinguisher', back in early '13! Oh, and 'Codeine' of course (tho' I don't really count that one, coz I slept all the way through it - still do). That said, maybe I've saideth all that needeth sayingeth by-eth me-eth? I mean, there's no point in doing another 'Atoll' or 'Andy' or 'Minch' or 'Saucery' or whatever... they been done, statements made. Let 'em be as what they are, fixed points. Yer Pots chappie ain't one fond of wasting time and a listener's ear-life with crap like "Atoll II aka Two Atolls" or "Andy Minch". If I'm gonna do anything brand new, it's gotta be different from all the others. Udderwise, dare be no point. Soooooo... I mean, sooooooooooooo... a good deal of messing around in my shed's needed. That daemon who sits a'snorting at my shoulder sez there's stuff waiting to be made... keeps pointin' at a trombone, bodhran and hook. Aye, and pigs might sprout wings... but, you know what I mean. Catch you in a coupla daze, me hearties. Tally Bo! :)

WATER...

... just try flushing yer lav without it, and you'll feel what I mean.

Midnight in December

Well, it had to happen. I mean, it's like getting the tree and lights out, innit? Bit of a dust, coupla new bulbs and the odd screw-in... an' Bob's yer uncle Santa! Tally Bo and Merry Christmas!

Spider dlb
Spider dlb  (9 months ago)

That's amazing, a virtually similar thing happened right here in Brockdish, luminous father Christmas and all. It just goes to show.

Komodo II

Yes, well, them monitors did get me reviewing stuff, and though it is true that I'm happy to just let most of these tracks here hang as they are - kinda scruffy and curled up at the edges, like wot I is - there are about ten that I'm having a little fun making the "best" of via said lizards. All the same, you can't make a silk purse out of pigs wotsits, but I reckon, when treated to a bit of that EQ stuff and such, they'll be okay for bunging up at Bandcamp. Then, when my new monophonic gets here (September... they say), I can concentrate WHOLLY on brand new stuff. A reset, if you will. I pulled out of Official.fm as part of the strive toward me reset. It seems some artists have been having some pretty bad issues with the site. Sounds like the site-owners may be getting a bit snotty? Gotta say, it didn't give me any problems, but I want to concentrate on Bandcamp from now onwards, because I feel that will help give me a nudge toward thinking in terms of the whole package. Physical stuff. Put a little art back into the whole thing. I like where some artists provide the option of purchasing very limited cassette copies in hand-crafted wallets, or with individual hand-drawn inlays, as well as the digital downloads. Not saying I'll be doing that... but that kind of stuff fascinates me, The music's home-made, so why not the packaging? Hell, if I could, I'd go all out steampunk and offer the stuff split across 78 rpms : Pots' Pots... y'know? Toy Maker would be ideal for that. Anyway, enough of all that. Got stuff to do, Tally Bo! - Exile xxx

Spider dlb
Spider dlb  (about 1 year ago)

Dear Exile,
Please put me down for issue 1/100 of Toymaker on 78rpm. I've got my Dad's old wind-up 78rpm black box player (with some 1930's pictures of pixies stuck on it) just waiting to be retrieved from the loft for such an occasion! I think I've missed the development of the Pots' family business, I'll get catching up at Brandcramp right away! We need another John Peel, he'd get your CDs spinning in the orbit they deserve! One of the words below is 'iconoclastic' - precisely! It is also so good to see how the genuine appreciation of your music just keeps on growing. Very best wishes, Spider dlb.

Komodo

After a decade of struggling with desktop PC speakers and cross-checking with iPods and shit, I finally got myself a set of near field studio monitors. Strike me pink! What a difference they make. Set 'em up by checking a variety of genres, plus recordings old and new, then nervously gave a wee listen to some old Exile stuffipoos... and was pleasantly surprised at that, coz most of it sounds very much how I'd wanted it to (even them monster marmite tracks). That ain't no bragging tho', coz all that stuff's involved a lot of hair pulling, tap room cursing, farting about AND buckets of luck! Okay, none of it is close to what'd please yer average sound engineer fella, but who really gives a shite?... and it'll do for me. Any-road-up, yer Pots chappie is feeling very happy and relieved at the mo'. And I tell ya wot... The High Llamas' 'Buzzle Bee' has never sounded so glorious to these ears. Always loved it - sound, feel and everything - but, sat there listening through proper near fields was nothing short of utter joy. Magic.

Spider dlb
Spider dlb  (about 1 year ago)

Dear Exile, From one near field studio to another, hi! I've not got a lizard yet, but it is surely only a matter of time. I'm very glad that we (speaking in a quite unsolicited manner on behalf of) your legions of delighted fans are not sound engineers. We know what we like and we like Exile Po! Magic, indeed, and a highly valued part of our lives for some of us. Very best wishes, Mr Pots. Spider dlb.

Zilt
Zilt  (about 1 year ago)

Dear Exile, yes, I totally second what Mr Spiderdlb says..... :)

Shake n Vac

Signs of a summer out there... and that nearly always gets me in a mood for uncluttering stuff. Know what I mean? Make room for the sweat to gush freely... Gonna streamline my "song" list - make a bit of room for brand new stuff, and, in so doing, render said list less daunting to trawl through. This could of course confound friends' playlist entries (again), and I do apologise for the inconvenience there. But any tracks so affected are always there for you anyway (if not, just ask and I'll give them to ya for nowt, okay?). Brand new stuff could well be popping up in the next couple of months, once me new plinker-plonk arrives... we'll see. Got some ideas. In the meantime, just have fun out there, folks!

Bless ya, EP

Spider dlb
Spider dlb  (about 1 year ago)

Dear Exile, good luck with the tidying up! Always sad to see those old classics slip off the playlist, but always eager to hear some new ones!
No sign of that decluttering here, but some new equipment has arrived to add to the chaos........all will be revelled!

Exile Pots
Exile Pots  (about 1 year ago)

Dear Spider,

Like the sound of that new equipment and forthcoming revelle ;) already!
Will be keeping the old shell-likes peeled.

Hope all is well there.

Here, yes I've done a bit of streamlining. Not too much. Just enough to make things a little more easy to navigate.
Got a Novation Bass Station II on order, tho' they are not released until 25th June. Always loved the first one, but it no-longer functions. However, the new model looks like an absolute dream machine - a cross between the original Novation and an updated Roland SH 101. Monophonic too, which is much much better for looping. The temptation to play chords on anything polyphonic, tends to get in the way... counter-productive.

Onwards, upwards and into the beyond!

All the Best,
Exile

Spider dlb
Spider dlb  (about 1 year ago)

Keep 'em peeled, it's there!

Little patience - and a lot of tape!

Finally got to grips with old 'Lethe' and that roll of sticky stuff (kind of). Sure, the result ain't what you'd call purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfect, but, to be honest, I'd feel decidedly dark of heart if it was. Anyway, the bugger's back. Time to get on wiv some other stuff, methinks.

It's gawn!

... but only for the time being.

Q: What's gawn?

A: 'Lethe'.

Q: Why?

A: Coz that mellotron bit in the middle needs tightening up.

Q: Why is that?

A: Coz I have two left hands.

Q: Well, if so, then why did you upload it in the fuzz place?

A: I'll have to have a good think about that.

Zilt
Zilt  (over 1 year ago)

aaawwwww... and two left feet, too :) btw we are more than willing to offer you a right hand, when needed, but the pink of my right hand is a bit short... not suitable enough for a whole octave grip. .... :)

Spider dlb
Spider dlb  (over 1 year ago)

I enjoyed it first listen, but didn't have time to leave any comments. Came back for a second listen......Never mind, it will be worth waiting for and there are some others to explore in the meantime. Best wishes, Spider dlb.

Mastering?

Nah... not for me, coz there lies that fruit at the bottom of a mighty bowl. Them that do and can? Respect.

z.N.E.E.T.
z.N.E.E.T.  (over 1 year ago)

Welcome to the non-Mastering-community (well, of course you have your certificate already)! (well, remember how I once said I use a different setup for each track? - sometimes I perform some 'accidental' mastering, but I think that doesn't count.). The upside is achieving dynamic ranges of 10 and higher (for those who don't know: everything above 10 can be considered dynamic, everything below 10 is potential loudness-war stuff, especially tracks in the below 5 range...urrrgh! 5-10 is acceptable, but not exactly good...depends on the music.). The downside of not-mastering is sounding generally better via headphones than through speakers (especially true with material of largely digital origin, like 90% of my "sounds", not so much with analogue material - almost no difference at all with high quality speakers, which most people don't have & neither do I.).

Anyway, the "Dynamic Range Offline Meter" is a fun tool to have in your arsenal. You can download it here if you're interested [it's free, of course]:
http://www.pleasurizemusic.com/es/es/download#menu1

Here is a quote from that site (from the 'Our Aim' page) explaining the values and what's this about:
"DR (or Dynamic Range) is a term for the degree of dynamic variation within a piece of music or album. Low values (e.g. DR3) reflect a high abuse of compression. Tracks that are DR3 have a range of three decibels between the average and peak program signal. A natural recording, with a low amount of dynamic processing, would have a much higher DR value (e.g. DR12+). The DR system is intended to avoid black and white judgment of dynamic quality. While DR7 is low for rock music or very low for Jazz, it is quite acceptable for electronic club music which has nowadays often values below DR4. All values above DR12 have generally a high dynamic quality."

Three of the worst offenders are Metallica's "Death Magnetic", the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's "Californication" and the re-release of "Raw Power" by The Stooges (Iggy Remix, not the original Bowie mix) with a Dynamic Range Value of 1 for the whole album!!!! (the most dynamic track being a 2...)

But enough of my waffling now! On to more dynamic shores!

best wishes,
Flux

Spider dlb
Spider dlb  (over 1 year ago)

I was about to write something extremely wise and earth-shattering in a meteoric sort of way, all about mastering, but having noticed that the 'captcha' word below is (honestly) 'moonspell' I think I'd better go and lie down for a while! By the way, Same Old is very nice music, and I'll take a lot more of the same, please (in or out of the woods), and The Well of Night is exceptional! Best wishes, Spider dlb.

Thank Goodness For That!

... I mean, the ridiculous predicament of being stuck at "2" in the rankings for months/years, never made any sense to me. I genuinely always felt such a high ranking wholly unjustified and, worse still, wrong-kind-of-attention-attracting. You gotta be real, people. I'm a sociophobic recluse, making sounds from that perspective. Yer man here does not spin platters nor make A.D.H.D-inspired floor-fillers*. Such being the case, the advent of Reverbnation's dash of "ranking" shake-ups brings this old git a great sense of relief.

ps ... I was once offered and - after being plied with and promised future lagoons of drink - accepted the post of DJ at a local bar and grill. 'Twas a merry interlude... though apparently not for all. Three factors "got in the way" during my attempt at inn-house entertainer: 1) the music I spun, 2) taciturnity, 3) my capacity for/level of inebriation. To the disgust of no-one in particular, I was duly "dropped" after just a week and half. My replacement - yer archetypal motor-mouth ex-bingo caller cheeky chap - went down a storm. A popularity only brought to a tragic halt following his spell in what would now be termed "rehab", from whence he found "christ" by dressing up as popular sci-fi characters and appointing himself "man of the people". The bar and grill is still there, though curiously no longer. Mr Pots is still Mr Pots. May common sense live long and prosper! - Exile :-D

*pps ... Mayhap it would be a good idea to point out that I am in fact something of a trainspotter-type follower/collector of what is termed "dance" music - especially late 80s to mid noughties stuff. Acid chiefly. Love it. But, I'm not a fan of all that stuff with the vocals resampled to sound like chipmunks set to a fit-inducing 1000 bpm. I mean, if you ain't on speed, such velocities sound daft. That may of course be the point of it, but it's just not my flaggon of spesh... y'know? There's a guy, over the backs of Pots Lodge, that gets himself jacked up and plays it during the summer months - and I gotta be honest, some of it gets me bouncy and giggling, but 5 hours of it, non-stop, can be a tad irksome. Still, each to their own. :) I did have a bash at making dance-type-electronic-stuff, during the noughties, but found myself lacking the necessary patience to continue and convincingly do what others do so well and so much better than I ever could. To them, I tip my hat. - EP

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