...in search of:
Amazon Wishlist, which is usually mostly CDs.
>>> See also:
Things I'm selling/giving away
Where are you now?
- Ed Horne (Edmund Horne)
- ex-BBC VT Control, friend of Rob Davis, Quadrophonic Orb Jam co-pilot,
controller of binaural microphone 'Brian'.
- Dave Waters (David Waters)
- Beeb user from West Bridgford School.
- Dave Cash (David Cash)
- wizard Acorn Electron programmer.
- Nikki Croome (Nicola Croome)
- one of The Twins from South Notts College, West Bridgford, Nottingham.
- James Atkinson
- Prince fan from Flintham, co-author of The Conversations,
Yes, I could join
not any more!), but I
thought it'd be funnier if you found your name here from an internet search.
Miss you guys :-)
Get in touch!
I'm looking for players in Herts/Beds/Bucks to rehearse a few one-off projects:
I'm also auditioning musicians with
open ears in the Milton Keynes/Aylesbury area who are into
Zeuhl and progressive musics.
As well as working on
my own recording projects,
I'd like to form a band to write and record new and unique music (start our
own new genre?!?), and maybe one day perform if that ends up being possible.
Players should hopefully (but not necessarily) read music, and be able to play
by ear, ideally classically trained or self-taught, yet needn't be virtuosi
(I'm certainly not!). It's more important to be able to groove along nicely
and spark off good ideas in an organic fashion where the music dictates where
it wants to go. Most vital is that people are on my wavelength on a personal
level and can get along with my ways of working.
The optimum line-up would be a sextet (or maybe a quintet or septet), and I'd
like a nice harmonised balance of fe+male energies. I already have a few
friends in mind as a rhythm section of electric bass, drums, and maybe cello,
plus I'll play keys+percussion, but we still seek:
- vocalist (female and/or male)
- flautist (especially alto flute)
- bassoonist (ideally also playing cor anglais)
- harpist - either concert harp, electric harp, or Celtic/Welsh/Paraguyan harp
- pianist who owns a Fender Rhodes and/or celeste and/or Dulcitone
- analogue synthesist playing vintage synths (ideally 5U modular with dual step sequencers) and/or Ondes Martenot and/or Mellotron
- tuned percussionist playing vibraphone and/or concert marimba
Ideally, as well as their main instrument(s), most of the band should do backing vocals and/or extra percussion as needed.
Drop me a line if you're interested.
(No, I really do need these things ;-) One day as/if funds allow, I hope to buy:
new music computer [now
built, but by now needs
- I still need to make speaker stands, bass traps and always more cables...
- I need a good headphone amplifier: I was previously considering either
Mackie HMX-56 (unavailable),
Headlite or ideally
Hear Technologies HearBack,
reviews of the
Behringer Powerplay P16
system sound promising enough to make it
as it seems to fit my needs exactly.
But until I can afford that, in the mean time I may pick up a
Then I'll need...
Pro Nano Patch + passive volume controller
- Zaquencer firmware for Behringer BCR-2000
- SmartMix MIDI fader box - sadly these are no longer in production. I had
company to ask if they'd make a pro version with motorised faders, but
it never happened. I really need a bank of 24 or 32 moving faders (just faders
without all the usual cruft which all other current models have) for my
- For live use, I need:
- First one, then two
QSC K10 active speakers for live use for a keyboard rig, and then later adding two
QSC K12s as a P.A.
- A keyboard mixer with stereo effects sends and returns, but this will
have to be custom made, as sadly no such product exists yet on this planet.
- More mics: two more
for dun duns,
Telefunken M80 &
MC930*2 stereo pair.
- My drumkit is currently without crash and ride cymbals :-/
I recently got some hats and a splash to start with, and then my expensive
tastes couldn't help falling in love with the wondrous sound of the
highly-unaffordable Sabian 20" HH Dark China (£429rrp!) which I was
lucky to find cheap second hand. I can live without a crash, but still seek a
Paiste Formula 602 20" thin ride...
And the following would just be nice to have:
made by Innovator from Sweden, once sold by Habitat c.1985,
preferably charcoal grey, pink or blue corner units.
2017-12-04: Following crushing government cuts on education funding,
my main income source of
teaching music in schools
is sadly no longer viable.
So I am currently seeking employment, ideally in a post that makes good use of
my skills, either in
music, management, or computing in Linux environments
(not Microsoft Windows, nor Apple, nor smartphone, nor social media platforms).
I live near Aylesbury and hold a clean UK Driving Licence so can travel
in Buckinghamshire to Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Bicester, or
further afield if necessary. Please see my
CV for a list of my skills and experience.
Thankfully in 2012
I found somewhere to
live, which ticks most points on my checklist below.
But I'll leave these requirements online ready for next time...
Sadly I have to move house again, as
my current house
will soon become unavailable. So I am looking to move
ASAP to a new place which can house
my studio and massive collection
of musical instruments.
To be more realistic, I have widened
my original search
and am now more interested in peace and space than luxury. Please
contact me if you know of anywhere that might
meet my needs:
- an unfurnished, rented property, up to £1000pcm
(unless I win enough $$$ to buy somewhere)
- simple, no-frills accomodation is ideal (to minimise cost) rather than
expensive executive fittings, unless they come at no extra charge
- we are probably talking more of an artist's loft or open-plan barn/warehouse
conversion than yer average rabbit-hutch 2-bed semi
- in Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire, preferably between Toddington and
- one massive room and a few small ones, rather than lots of average-sized rooms:
- large lounge/diner (=Music Room) -
a minimum of 3.5m x 4m (11'6" x 13'), but ideally 8m x 6m
- spare room (=Store-room for
my drums), ideally
on the ground floor, must be heated and not damp
- kitchen (size unimportant, but must be separate from Music Room)
- 1st bedroom (double)
- 2nd bedroom (=Office) - a minimum of 2.8m square (9' x 9')
- bathroom/toilet with hot+cold running water
- electricity, phone, Internet access
- central heating
- double glazing
- off-road parking
- near Bedgrove (southern suburb of Aylesbury), or a quiet rural location
near Aylesbury/Leighton Buzzard, away from busy roads, railways,
- no neighbours within earshot (my current neighbours are a third of a mile away!)
- a detached house or bungalow, although I can tolerate adjoining business
properties which are empty for some of the day/night
- failing that, a semi-detached house where the largest room isn't joined
onto neighbours (i.e., the lounges have two hallways/garages in between)
- car-port or wide garage with undercover access to spare room, so I can
unload my drums safe from rain
help create good atmospheric music
- high ceiling in Music Room (OK, maybe not
this high! :-)
An ideal size would be
Warden Abbey or
The Ship Studio at
acoustics in Music Room,
but we can work around that
- timber-framed buildings
often sound awesome
- wooden, stone or laminate flooring (carpets suck)
- thick stone walls would be nice;
crenellated battlements also
- sinks and worktops 20cm higher than usual (short people can easily stand on
something, but being
so tall makes it
hard/painful to shave/wash up without backache)
- dining area/table/breakfast bar in kitchen to eat
- posh/large kitchen
- ensuite bathroom(s)
- garden is not important, but preferably would be low-maintenance
I recently dreamt I was
teaching African drumming workshops
at some educational/business/community/cultural/artistic/historic institution
in a large premises. They liked what I did so much that they let me live on
site for a very reasonable rent, so I could continue my work there, residing
in modest living quarters which happened to include a large hall for my
Music Room. (-: This would be the best outcome... ;-)
Malcolm Smith 2006-07-07 - last updated 2018-09-03 -
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