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Hayao Miyazaki

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One of the many reasons why I love Hayao Miyazaki:

On hearing that Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein would try to cut Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable, one of Studio Ghibli’s producers sent an authentic katana with a simple message: “No cuts”.

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Written by Adam N. Copeland

January 14, 2009 - 10:56 am at 10:56 am

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Coming Soon

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January 13, 2009 - 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm

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Guyatone MD-3 Repair

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How much do I love my Guyatone MD-3 pedal?

So much that when I broke the footswitch, I embarked on a month(s) long trial to fix it. This pedal is definitely worth it, though. The MD3 is a nice, meaty delay that decays naturally and doesn’t change the instrument’s tone much on the repeats. Plus the pots on the delay time are truly analog, so they are infinitely adjustable. The only gripe I have with my other delay pedal – a Danelectro Reel Echo – is that the Delay Time control is really a bunch of presets and not smooth! That kinda puts a nix on any cool space effects. Space.

Why did it take so long? The Guyatone pedals are incredibly small, thus finding parts for them can be a difficult enterprise. You’ve got to get really tiny parts. To illustrate the point, here is my MD-3 next to a typical Boss stompbox.

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It is about 2/3 the length and depth. Therefore, I spent a few weeks ordering and waiting for parts. I went to a few stompbox parts websites to try to find the smallest footswitch possible and came up negative a couple of times. Here’s what a typical footswitch looks like next to the Guyatone stock footswitch:

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Yikes. It took me a little bit of searching and I finally came across the Alpha 107 at Small Bear Electronics. Its description reads: “A SMALL, rugged DPDT switch”, and it is still a good 2x the size of the standard Guyatone switch! Regardless, after a few hours of futzing with it, I managed to get the 107 to fit in the case. While it was big enough to fit in there, there’s no more room for a battery! I go to tighten the nut and SNAP the damn thing breaks directly in half.

Left with no other options in sight, I decided to cannibalize another Guyatone pedal (SV2 – a Boss Slow Gear clone. I didn’t like it very much anyway) to get its rich chewy center – I mean, its footswitch. A few hours and my first attempt at soldering direct to a PCB later and I finally have the finished product. For some reason, I still can’t get the battery back in, but considering how fragile these things are I am not even going to try it.

The cannibalized SV2

The cannibalized SV2

I dragged out my One Spot and hooked it all up. Success! It will be nice to have this pedal in my arsenal again.

The final product

The final product

Written by Adam N. Copeland

December 29, 2008 - 3:27 pm at 3:27 pm

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Traffic Caused by Inclement Weather

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Written by Adam N. Copeland

December 19, 2008 - 1:37 pm at 1:37 pm

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Vox Humana

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What fascinates me about Deerhunter is their ability to do so much with so little. “Vox Humana” – off the Microcastle bonus disc, Weird Era Cont. – is one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard. Yet, there are exactly two parts to the whole thing. Two incredibly gorgeous parts set to a heartbreaking dream-like monologue about a lonely ghost. There’s that Jesus and Mary Chain / “Be My Baby” drum riff, but I think Deerhunter prove here that JAMC may have had it all wrong turning the girl group swing into trebly bluster.

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/118534/07%20Vox%20Humana.mp3

I haunted a basketmaker’s shop.
Spending days ripping pictures from magazines, taping them to the walls of my prison.
I remember walking by the sand, each knob represented a different frequency range,
and I remember holding the hand of the skeleton prince and he swept me into his arms, and he, he had tremolo deep in the back of his black eye sockets, and he said,
“Do you want to come away with me into the pitch black pool?”
And I said, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know…”
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The wind ripped through the trees and all the stained-glass windows rattled.
I haunted a basketmaker’s shop in 1927 –
And on the beach in the summer there were thunderstorms constantly, and they were unpredictable, nobody knew when they would come and nobody knew how long they’d last.
Sometimes they’d only last five minutes, and sometimes, weeks.
I haunted a basketmaker’s shop because I had nowhere to go
(one long weekend)
Stained-glass windows turning off and on and the tremolo in the back dark corners,
cobwebs stripped, mildewed.
I remember acoustic guitars and bells, I remember the cathedral.
I remember cassettes, cathedral.
I remember cassette cathedral.
I remember cassette cathedral.

Written by Adam N. Copeland

November 20, 2008 - 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm

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Two Random Demos

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Palisade Shoreline

Combined two ideas into one to finally nail a particular feel I was looking for on this one, but I came up with it at 2am so everything is really quiet.

Don’t Worry

An exercise in genre. Note the Hendrix Chord and saucy reverb.

Written by Adam N. Copeland

November 13, 2008 - 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm

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IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME

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ZFS VICTORY

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November 10, 2008 - 11:43 am at 11:43 am

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