“We have reached the mountaintops, the first step on our way to the stars. With much effort we have scaled these heights, overcome these obstacles. We can turn and look back across the dusty plain of adversary, the desert of our past, and be proud of our accomplishments. We have done it on our own, with our own two feet. We…”
“Dad, do you have to do this every time we go hiking?”
“Quiet dear, he’s on a roll. This one might even be more epic than his “Pit of Despair” speech he gave when we visited the Grand Canyon.”
I just picked up the Korg recreation of the classic analog synthesizer, the ARP Odyssey. I first started playing with the instrument on Friday and it is Monday morning, so this is more of a “first impression” than an actual review. Before that first impression, I should talk about the instrument a little.
A Brief History of the Odyssey
Back in the early 1970s ARP released the Odyssey as a direct competitor for the Mini Moog. The Mini had the famous big, phat sound, but the Odyssey, besides being less expensive, had a lot going for it. It was duophonic (you could play two notes as opposed to the Mini’s one), it had a ring modulator (creates complex harmonics), you could synch the oscillators (forces them in tune with each other, even when you try to force them out of tune), you can put an envelope on pitch, there was sample and hold (S&H), there was a simple high pass filter, and you could do some more complex modulation routings. Continue reading →
Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of a strong French Roast/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea of other beverage. The sun is out! It is relatively warm and going to get a little warmer! So we may have to make this short – the world is calling, no, screaming my name, right now. And where in the world are we? Some of you may recognize the photo as being in New Hampshire.
First weather. It was cold on Sunday and didn’t really warm up the way it was supposed to, it just stayed cold. The rain was supposed to hit in the evening and warm thing up, but it hit overnight and left two or three inches of slushy white stuff. All though it rained hard all day Monday, the snow didn’t go away, just got messier. It was a little warmer the rest of the week, but it was mostly cloudy so felt cold. It also snowed a little on Thursday morning. The ground was coated for a few hours. Yesterday was warmer (50 F/10 C), but because of the clouds and wind it felt frigid. today though… And the forecast… We may have Spring yet!
This post is about ducks and things of that nature.
Ducks are pretty common. Mot just that, but there are many types of ducks. The most common through most of the year are the mallards. Everyone knows them. We take them for granted, but they are quite pretty. Here are some mallards, though this is an older photo. Continue reading →
I took three steps forward and opened my arms wide. I was hoping that with the dragon’s attention squarely on me that the other two would be able to escape.
“Take me and spare the others,” I said. I closed my eyes and waited for the end.
After a what seemed like eternity of waiting, I risked opening one of my eyes just a little.
“Why did you close your eyes, human?” the dragon asked.
I dropped my arms and opened my eyes all of the way.
“I don’t want to see you as you come down to eat me.”
“It’s just not something I want to see, my death coming and all.”
“Why? OK, because I’m afraid. There, you have it. I closed my eyes because I’m a coward. Are you happy?”
The dragon narrowed its eyes. It moved it’s head in closer. I vowed that I wouldn’t close my eyes this time and waited for it to strike. It turned its head slightly and looked at me closely with one of its eyes before drawing back. Continue reading →