It is a new year and a "long time between drinks" to recall the old quote. I can't blame illness or more visits to the hospital. It seems that load of Karma came in a bundle in 2015 and I hope the lessons were learned. On the 16th Day of February I am setting down some thoughts and ramblings, but I think I am just doing this to amuse myself and I doubt if there wil be any response to what I type. All the people from the days of Big Blog and the exodus to Live Journal are now all enganged in their family life, moved to Facebook, or given up blogging entirely. It seems that the other social networks have their dangers if one is to believe the news reports. Perhaps it is also a case of you find what you are seeking, so if you are looking for scandal and hate postings that is what you will find.
I am still much as I was in the past, although I don't have the family ties and responsibilities and that can occupy most of the day. I hope my interest in music and particularly the electronic aspect of it becomes more concrete, to use a term, meaning some actual creation. So much in the past has been just passive listening and reading. The members of IDM Forum are evidently more involved in the actual performance side of music and earning money, which they spend on new "gear". In other words another module, or effects box to fill their bench. While I may not agree with their definition of music all the time, I would like to explore the area of electronic music further and, hopefully, produce something worth the effort. My plans to add a Volca FM module to the collection did not happen in 2016, so I am hoping that 2017 will see that happening and I will have the Edirol M16DX digital mixer set up and in use. I have plans for 2017. There are those who would probably tell me to retire to an easy chair, watch television, or read a book. With the rubbish being presented by the television channels that is not a suitable pastime. The recent book by Suzanne Segal, "Collision with the Infinite" was an interesting read and is suggested if you have an interest in "Spiritual Awakening". On a much more mundane level, the book from 1974, "Learning Music with Synthesizers" from Hal Leonard Publishing has surfaced again. Perhaps it is a signal for some revision of the basics even if the book is based around the ARP Odyssey instrument which has been long since superceded (several times).
I mentioned the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House and he seems to think that the world has to bow down and kiss his feet (I could have used another word)! He also seems to have a disregard for the USA constitution and legal system; Everybody has to dance to his tune or face the consequences. I think his rude awakening is yet to come. Frankly I am glad I don't live in America. I could create some friction with an email friend on the matter of Trump, so there are times when it is best to remain silent. Until my next posting.....
Current Mood: optimistic