Sending this one directly to you for a quick personal message… it’s been quite a long time!
I’m sorry if it felt like I “ghosted” you or anything like that. Sparing you the details, I’ll just say that I’ve just been having a really difficult time dealing with a lot of things, and withdrew from pretty much everything and everyone except my partners. I even stopped participating on the cabbage forums and csound lists. But I’m slowly coming back out of my shell over the last month or two. And then right when I started feeling better and coming out, I caught covid. But I’m about back to where I was again at least, so that’s progress I guess.
Ironically I had already been intending to send you something to say hi. One of the things I had been getting started with during my sabbatical was modular synthesis. I’d been doing a lot of playing in Voltage Modular (I like that environment a little better than VCV rack, plus it’s always worked as a vst plugin where that’s a new and paid feature for VCV). But now I was recently gifted a Behringer K-2 (I LOVE those korg-ish filters!), and my first small eurorack case with a few modules to get started is in the mail. I vaguely remember you did some modular work too, in particular a Neutron sticks out in my memory (a semi-modular that’s up next on my shopping list!).
Knowing you both are into csound and (if I recall) modular, I was wondering if you interface with csound at all for any sort of control or modulation… if so what you use and how the experience has been? I was considering an expert sleepers es-8 or es-9… they seem to be highly regarded, but also highly priced.
But then within a day or two of me intending to write, you send the handpan instrument out. Well guess what one of my other birthday gifts was (aside from the K-2)? A D-Minor Handpan (my favorite key)! I’ve had a lot of fun playing it even if I’m not that good. And my pan is pretty inexpensive, probably from china… so the tuning is a bit off on a few notes, but it’s not too bad. Just enough to add a little character. And it’s something for me to learn on and see if I’d want to spend more on a nicer instrument. But as soon as I got it I fell in love, and I’ve been eyeballing that Rav B Minor Celtic Double Ding ever since.
Anyways, enough about me, my drama, and what I’ve been up to… How are you?!? I hope you’ve been doing well. I’ll try to keep in better touch… and if I don’t, feel free to poke me. Who knows, I might need it
But anyways, I’d keep writing but I really need to go to sleep. I’m up far too late, it’s 10:30 (insomnia has been horrible too).