Thursday, December 23, 2021

Ambisblorp Patruvium

 So the deal is that what I'm thinking is that what I'm thinking is.

A transformer input. Matsumin tube preamp. (Maybe the "clean" part of a germanium fuzz?) Optical compressor. PEQ with boost and attenuate. Maybe a middle EQ. Then a kind of clean-ish makeup like, well, actually like a Marshall/KOT overdrive? 

Millennium Crisis never actually had a theatrical run. 

I have to do a lot of editing before the tenth. And composing. And commentary on composing. 

Monday, December 13, 2021

Berlin, 1945

Annalisa Loeffler is The Drowned Girl


Rumpf building

Did my first at-home Covid test. Came back negatory. Gotta do 'nuther tomorry.

Pig lassitude (that link goes nowhere.)

Meteor is a rumpf builder.

Heavyocity Evolve is another rumpf builder. 

Rise & Hit is a Kontakt instrument. And is also a rumpf builder.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

This stuff

 I really like King Tone's knobs. Take that any way you like.

I'm supposed to call Unemployment back on the 28th. Of December. 

The Orion Geared Head might be better than my cheaper Orion geared head.

Mercury Production Report. I forgot this was a thing.

Harmonic tremolo kit. -- a sci-fi podcast.

Words and chords to White Flag.

Valvecaster. I basically want a valvecaster to an optical compressor to a solid-state passive EQ. Actually, I guess the Valvecaster can go at the beginning or end of this thing. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021


My cousin Daniel A. Bellware on Bellwares.

...our common ancestor [is] Louis Hébert, the first farmer, pharmacist and settler in Canada and his link to the holiday...

After Louis Hébert died, his widow, Marie Rollet married Guillaume Hubou in 1629. On the advice of Samuel de Champlain, she remained in Quebec with her children and new husband during Quebec’s occupation by the English. They were among the twenty French colonists to stay. After the French regained control of Quebec in 1632, she took in Native American (First Nations) girls being taught by the Jesuits. One of them was an Algonquin girl, baptized as Marie Olivier Sylvestre. It was around this time that Champlain told a group of First Nations leaders “Our sons will marry your daughters and we will become one people.” It came to pass in November 1644 with the first recorded marriage in the church of a First Nations woman, Marie Olivier Sylvestre and a French settler, Martin Prevost. They were the great-great-great-grandparents of Sophie Giroux, the mother of Francois Xavier Belouin and grandmother of John Henry and Louis Napoleon Bellware.

[We are related to Louis Hébert directly via another ancestor.]

Tuesday, November 23, 2021


The best number to get a hold of NJ Unemployment is 732-761-2021

I'm just going to keep posting that until I don't have to call anymore.

So they told me I should know on December 7th. Whee.

Here are Sebastian Lipszyc's awesome names for pedals: "smooth dinosaur for drive, star horizon for reverb, white dress for eq"

Sunday, November 21, 2021


Waxing Poetics is a band out of Norfolk. Mike Mills produced an album of theirs back in the 80's.

Origami Angel's Bandcamp.

EHX Pulsar programmable tremolo.

Aion Effects ODR-1 kit

Our podcast Earthkiller suddenly got a lot of downloads in May. No idea why.

Triode Pedals -- they look really nice. 

My genetic makeup is not very exciting.

I'd like to make a kind of Pultec-in-a-pedal sort of thing. 

Klon Klon Klone

 Andertons picked the Wampler Tumnus over an original Klon Centaur. 


Although it's pretty clear your mileage may vary.

JHS shoots out the Klon vs a Boss OD-200.
The Boss does much more than aquit itself.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Just a list of pedals

ZVEX Super Seek Tremolo
Hologram Dream Sequence

AdrenaLinn III

Boss SL20 Slicer

EHX Super Pulsar

Boss MD-500

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Gribadonk Barbinkular

 Laser pistols for pentathlon. 

The Barnegat Light.

Murnau's Faust

Dig Werwe. Steven Martinho is a friend's son and this album is pretty amazing. Also: mastered at West Westside Music. 

APA 7th Edition.

The Million Masks of God.

Neunaber guide

All-Pedal Klon Clone. Alceme

Gates and Triggers.

Discussions of Scampr.

Hannah Arendt The Life of the Mind.

Straight from an art department. 

Project M music visualizer.

VCO's just make sounds all the time.

Dig these animators. Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

A cross-section of my reality

This is how I ended up setting microphones for a recent concert.


An earlier plan was to have a Decca tree, with a stereo pair in the distance. 

On May 1 of 2021, I actually had the "sound of the day" on Freesound.

The best number to get a hold of NJ Unemployment is 732-761-2021

Floppity flop

Look, I'm just askin' questions.

Erppy is a web site that makes psychedelic kaleidoscopic images. 

Modify an SM57 by taking out the transformer.

I seriously remember the one on the left, but it apparently never was that.

An analysis of the Klon Centaur. 

Thursday, August 26, 2021



I have a particular memory of Crazy Eddie. But now I'm confused by the timeline.

I must have been at least 17. I'm guessing it was between my junior and senior years of high school. I had a drivers license (which I'd actually gotten when I was 16, using my brother's address in Philadelphia.) But although I feel I vaguely remember having had the deck when I was a senior in high school, I may have in fact not owned it until the summer before my brief stint in college. Or I got it halfway through my senior year. 

Now, at the time (this being long about 1982* or so), there was exactly one "cheap" reel-to-reel recorder that would do what they called "sound on sound." It was an Akai. And they had them at Crazy Eddie's in East Brunswick fairly cheap. Or, at least cheap enough that I could get my hands on the money to buy one. 

Driving from my house in Metuchen to Route 18 going southbound is, and was, pretty harrowing. And I think this whole dumb thing imprinted on my brain because it was an early experience with the harrow of it. 

Anyway, I got the cash together, I drove there, I bought one (and probably some blank tape), brought it home and fired it up, only to discover that the tension arm just didn't work.

And it became immediately clear to me that it was not a new one and had been repackaged.

So I drove all the way back and exchanged it for a new one. And I remember thinking "Are they just going to keep re-selling this bad one until someone doesn't care?"

Man, everything was so much harder back then.

But I guess they just kept selling the same non-working one and then when someone brought it back they'd be like "Oh, may as well give him a working one. 'Cause he'll just be back again, annoying us, until he gets one that works."

I did do my first theater sound job using it. 

*Or, possibly, 1983

Friday, August 06, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021


 All-Pedal designs and manufactures guitar pedals. My fantasy about a guitar pedal is that it works like a Pultec EQ with both cut and boost at the same frequencies the way the Pultecs do. 

DIYRE does a Pultec-style 500-series but one of their prototypes was in a stompbox-type enclosure. There are lots of Pultec-style eq's out there and quite a few schematics. I think that whatever transformers one might use would likely have the greatest impact on the sound. 

Descript does transcriptions. 

Groovesetter is for real-time remote music collaborations. 

I should turn the Pandora Machine Wiki into a book on low-budget filmmaking. 

I made a super-simple oscillator

Guitar Pedal Parts also designs and manufactures pedals.