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Other Bands / Chantel Mcgregor goes prog
« on: February 14, 2017, 12:31:54 PM »
Great gig this weekend (with fellow Frost*ie (tRICKy)) seeing Chantel McGregor doing her thing in Harpenden. She has more than hinted over the years to have an interest in prog (big SW fan!) and she added a 12 minute jam to her set. Her almost unique "homely" and often hilarious stage presence between songs disguises her amazing talents. Enjoy!

Frost* / Celebr8.2
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:04:54 AM »
Can't believe there isn't a thread going on as this is only a couple of weeks away, or, as usual, am I missing something.

I'm planning to go on Sat but have not yet decided on transport. So, options...

1: Train it, which means I will probably miss the end of Threshold - but not worry about having a small tincture or two, or

2: Drive, which obviously means I can leave when I like, and have a wait free direct route back to Middle England-ish without having to cope with late night transport in the Capital.

I'm guessing the ale in the Hippy place will be of the fizzy variety - which makes 2 the most likely option.

I guess I'll need a ticket as well.......  :-[  EDIT - Now have a ticket!!  :D ;D

Who else is going?

Other Bands / Camel Gig!
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:01:55 AM »
Wonderful news!

Camel are back. A special gig on the 28th Oct at The Barbican performing The Snow Goose. Lineup is the same, almost, as the last tour...

Latimer (of course), Bass, Drums, Keys...  :D

I mean Bass, Clement, Le Blanc with previous gig contributer Jan Schelaas also on keys.

and....More gigs are being considered!  :D

Tickets procured. :D  :D

Other Bands / Camel - Back in business!
« on: December 30, 2012, 10:21:33 PM »
Just did a random pop over to
to discover an update in the "News" section!  :D  :D With his health troubles in the past (and hopefully sorted), Andy is working on a new album!  :D

Plus there is a nice version of "Silent Night" to download. Absolutely fantastic to hear that guitar again!!  :D  :D

Other Bands / Tony Banks, Six Pieces for Orchestra
« on: May 02, 2012, 08:28:48 AM »
The Genesis keys man was on Simon Mayo's show on Radio 2 yesterday if you caught it? Quite a decent chunk of chat driven by his new "classical" recording - 'Six Pieces for Orchestra'. (Original title eh??) I think this should be available on the BBC listen again web page?

The snippet they played sounded quite melodic and full, if that makes sense. Further research indicates that people are calling it Film or TV music with melody and in general it seems to be not getting a bad ride so far.

Seeing as

1: Miss Brom loves film music and her main instruments are the violin and sax - which are the two main instruments on at least some of TB's score.
2: I liked what was played last nite,
3: It's available from Amazon at £4.99!

I'll be placing an order later.  :)

Any Other Business / It's mint!
« on: December 19, 2011, 12:11:08 PM »

I picked this up earlier in the year in the States, hoping to share at the AGM. As most of you know I never made it, maybe I'll just send then to Jem??

Any Other Business / The Biscuit Apprentice
« on: June 30, 2011, 12:58:39 PM »
Anyone else see last nite's Apprentice? The task was to come up with a new biscuit idea, make it and design all the packaging and then pitch it to 3 major supermarkets.

Read all about it here ... re-biscuit
and here

The question is... as we on this forum are probably the Web's most unofficial officianados of the humble biscuit... what would you come up with???

Any Other Business / Hey Gonzo?
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:54:37 PM »
Is this what you mean when the US talk about the Florida keys??  :D

Friends Of Frost* / Miss Brom's first
« on: August 03, 2010, 10:05:52 PM »
Miss Brom, now 14 (and of course going on 21  :roll: ) asked if we could download the trial version of "Sibelius" the composing software, which as most of you probably know, is a manuscript based sequencer. I must admit to being more than a bit impressed (proud Dad etc.) at the results of her very first 3 or so hours. What amazed me was this was all done with a mouse, no midi keyboard, just clicking on the staves.

See what you think  

(dodgy midi instruments courtesy of an even more dodgy soundcard)

Ask Frost* / How do you synth?
« on: July 06, 2010, 12:48:53 PM »
There must be out there lots and lots of synthesists who by no fault of their own are non technical (nothing wrong with that, and probably a good thing). However, I’ve sometimes wondered how do such folk manage when presented with the bewildering array of controls offered by the jolly old synth.

These days of course, with the advent of digital technology, scores of presets exist, and the novice can tweak at their peril with the comfort of knowing that they can revert to the saved default with a push of a button.

Back in the analogue days though, unless one had a crib sheet the learning curve of synthesis was probably a bit of a journey on uncharted and often discordant or sometimes silent  waters.

Even though I was never going to own a Mini Moog, I remember twiddling with its gorgeous control panel in several shops in London in the 70’s. Having a bit of electronics knowledge I was able to drive the thing without much difficulty as the layout was very similar to that of an electronic circuit. I could virtually “see” the circuits underneath, the signal flow was logical, in general from left to right,  with words like amplitude modulation and pulse width being familiar rather than needing looking up in a manual or dictionary. The only thing that gave me any trouble playing with analogue synths was the row of white and black things along the front!

Then of course there’s FM!

So Jem and all you other ivory tinklers, what I'd like to know is - how do you synth?, by becoming a technical guru, reading  the manual, or sucking it and see?

Any Other Business / Arppeckios
« on: February 27, 2010, 12:09:49 PM »
Amusing avian music from the Beeb ... 539725.stm

Cue the puns......  ;)

Other Bands / Kino Theater
« on: November 08, 2009, 08:44:19 PM »
Watching the vids coming in from the Esoteric Evenings - Miss Brom remarks, "That's 'Rite of Passage'", er what, "No, I reply, It's Losers Day Parade"

"But it's the same!, more or less."

And yes, I had to think for a while, but by jingo she's right.
How DOES she do it? (This is not the first time) or am I the only one that hasn't made the connection?

 :?  :)

"Kino Theater" - I do like that!!

Gear Corner / Sound mangling hi-fi
« on: June 17, 2009, 01:16:18 PM »
To cut a long story short, I realised last nite that I had incorrectly wired up the mini stereo we use on the family PC. Instead of the conventional speaker wiring, I'd managed to connect one speaker across L and R Pos, and the other across the L&R neg terminals. What resulted was a very weak sounding output which was missing stuff from the centre of the mix i.e. vocals!!

You can imagine there was lots of out of phase cancelling going on. A technique which is used to cancel out vocals I believe, but have never played with such a device - plugin - whatever. However, this particular method, i.e. using the output of the stereo may have given results different to those produced by commercial phase mangling gadgetry.

I'm going to try recording some existing stuff of my own using this method and then mixing/morphing the mangled sound and out of the dry mix to see what I get.

As I said probably done before, but maybe something to try, and it's not that expensive!
Oh- Please don't blame me though if you blow up your amp in the process!! ;)

Ask Frost* / Anthemic chorus theory
« on: June 16, 2009, 01:04:24 PM »
Miss Brom asked me a question last nite which I was not able to answer in any detail thanks to my ineptitude when it comes to musical theory. So I thought, I know a few someone’s who must know the answer to this.

Since just before Southampton gig and then hearing it live she has been bowled over by DT’s new track, “Rite of Passage”. In particular the chorus. The way it lifts the song starting with “Turn the Key” culminating with the line “A Rite of Passage”  I mumbled that it seems to be a key change coupled with the vocal harmony, to which came the reply “Yes, but how do you do it?” This is where my twelve bar blues brain failed to do a turnaround and came to an abrupt end. For example, if you had your main verse trundling along in say C is there a set/easy/established trick that exists to produce that rousing almost anthemic feeling to the chorus that can be explained in relatively simple terms. Any help will be more than welcome from both of us.

Other Bands / Derek Sherinininininian
« on: April 25, 2009, 12:04:57 AM »
Picked up Derek Sherinian (Ex Dream Theater KB)'s new album "Molecular Heinosity". Only managed to hear the first track so far. Very proggy and jazzy was my first impression. Can't wait to sample the rest of it.

Oh, Zakk Wylde is providing the six string input, the only name I recognise so far on the cast list.

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