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Shane Morris

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About Shane Morris

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  • Birthday 05/28/2013

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    Fayetteville, AR, USA
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    Acoustic Percussion and Wind Instruments, Electronic and Electro-Acoustic Percussions, Instruments from around the World, Melodic Percussion, Gongs & Bells, Processing, Field Recordings, Soft Synths, Ableton Live, VSTs, Small Analog Instruments, Analog and Modular Synths, Contact Mics, Found Sounds

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  1. Site is looking great , Jack!

    1. Jack Hertz

      Jack Hertz

      Thanks man! Just keeps on rolling along. Cheers! :pd:


  2. It was a neat creation, but I didn't really jive with the Lumina either. I played the xylosynth once at Pasic. I had forgotten about that one. Nice design. Also Vanderplas has some incredible midi vibraphones. Beautiful stuff, but a little out of my reach money wise
  3. This is one is a long time coming! I've been a huge dub fan since 1988. I CAN NOT wait to see this! Yeah dubstep comes out of a fusion of dub and 2-step/drum n bass.. combined and called dub-step. My livetronic band , Eckobase, was doing dubstep and dub back when the genre was just getting started in the early 00s.
  4. Yeah! Those covers are perfect, as long as the pad is still trigger-able. I didn't realize Peavy owns Pearl? Malletkat was the original midi mallet instrument. www.alternatemode.com
  5. Great to have another mallet controller on the market...and especially the price! wow! Huge undercut on Alternate Mode (and Buchla... not sure if they still make their mallet instrument). Ive been playing a malletkat since the 90s. Unfortunately they are a bit susceptible to humidity and I'm in a high humidity area. Ive had to send it in to AM a couple times and it's currently not working properly again. Hopefully this model will have better defences against humidity. I like the extra (optional) bars in the accidental keys. A very cool option to have...though I might color it or mark it to avoid confusion. Would be cool for triggering other sounds or chords while soloing, and lotsa other possibilities. Also the extra controls on the right are a huge plus too. I kinda dislike the look of using the drum cymbal stands as a stand. I think Pearl should have used that system for mounting, which is great for adding to a rack like the vibes above, but created something a little more aesthetically pleasing and unique that complements this great creation.. of course just my .02$. But it could easily be mounted (I think) on any kind of keyboard stand laying flat..so not a deal buster or anything. The playing surface will be crucial. Looks like a hard surface. Couldn't imagine it would be though. But at any rate, the feel and action will be a crucial point. Some people mention it didnt have all the midi inputs. I haven't seen the specs. But I personally love the USB option. That's another sweet feature the others don't have. I think this is going to put a dent on Alternate Mode's malletkat. More competition is a good thing though.
  6. Ah indeed that section from Baraka is awesome. Now its all connecting
  7. Yeah this is one of my favorites as well. I have it on cd. One of my professors lived in Kenya and studied witchcraft academically for 5 years. Fascinating
  8. Nonesuch were a great label at getting the music out to the world in those early years. I always assumed their recording qualities varied because of problems that come with field recording. Not sure, but I still have a few on CD. It would be a good thread to run through some of their recordings. Good idea!
  9. Enjoyed watching this. A great document of the era
  10. Sweet! Yes it's a great site. He has been recording some rare music! Glad you like it
  11. The lack of liner notes (or info at all) and the album cover, make me think this is made to sell to tourists back in the 60s that were visiting the island and wanted to bring a little of the sounds home as a souvenir. Very possible not much more could be gleaned than from discogs. The complex vocal arrangement description has me intrigued to hear it! :-)
  12. I'd recommend to master the 3 main sounds of the djembe. Bass, tone, and slap. Those 3 sounds comprise most all of the rhythms. The slap is the most difficult to learn. People often mistakenly play it on the edge of the drum and hurt themselves. The slap should come from the fingertips. Once you get those 3 sounds distinct and pronounced, then you are ready to get into learning some of the West African songs. Most of the parts to the songs are easy to moderate to learn. They all interlock which where the magic is at. Here is a lil tutorial by Mamady http://djembefola.com/learn/articles/djembe/sounds
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