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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 4:04 pm    Post subject: Allow me to introduce myself Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello everyone. A little about me.

My name is Jim Johnson; I'm a music software developer and synthesist.

I've been playing synthesizers for most of my life, since I was about 15, but have never been a keyboardist. For the past 20 years or so I've been writing music software, most notably Dr. T's Algorithmic Composer (the first commercially available algorithmic composition software) and Techno Toys (including Seq-303, one of Mosc's favorite sequencers). Currently I earn my keep as a member of E-MU Systems' stable of programmers, working on the Emulator X family of software samplers.

My musical output has been less prolific than my software production, but that has been changing lately. I've mostly done live work, especially with small synth-pop bands in the Phoenix, AZ area in the 80's. Over the past 10 years I've been working with modular synths, but using analog modulars live is a little more challenging than I prefer.

So now I'm working with the Nord Modular G2 as my sole instrument, and lovin' it. I've played a few shows here in Eugene, Oregon, and have recorded some of my stuff. This forum will serve as a home for my recorded work.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

HEY!!!!!!

great intro!

Very Happy

I hope we will have some of that music here soon!

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I have been using the TechnoToys sequencer for a long long time. I am unworthy... This is a very good program; great fun. I never had any warm feelings for the original 303 hardware box, but this Seq-303 is great.

It's great to have you as a member of electro-music.com. An honor actually... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ahh, shee-it, man.. Embarassed

Thanks. Warm feelings inside, not caused by gastric distress Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Dr. T's Algorithmic Composer


Didn't Jan Hammer use this on the Miami Vice soundtracks?
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Seq-303 - oh sweet nostalgia! Wink

That *is* a seriously cool program! Respect!

-diskonext

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce myself Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

jamos wrote:
Dr. T's Algorithmic Composer

I lived in Boston when Dr.T's was in business and their headquarters were nearby. I visited them and they gave me a bunch of software to learn so when I came back to Italy I was their product specialist for awhile and went to music shows to demonstrate their software. I remember KCS/Omega, Copyist Pro, TigerCub, Tunesmith, DX Heaven and other editors. all for Atari computer. I still have them all somewhere Very Happy I guess by Algorithmic Composer you mean the PVG (programmable variation generator).

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce myself Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
I guess by Algorithmic Composer you mean the PVG (programmable variation generator).


No, Algorithmic Composer was a Commodore 64 program, actually a package of three programs, of which I wrote two. I also wrote Tunesmith. I also did the manuals for KCS, Copyist, Tiger, and a lot of the patch editors.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce myself Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

jamos wrote:
I also wrote Tunesmith. I also did the manuals for KCS, Copyist, Tiger, and a lot of the patch editors.

Tunesmith was cool even if its UI was, may I say, unfriendly? Emil Tobenfeld was too much ahead of his time. Dr.T's software was cool. Do you know what happened to him Question

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yah, Tunesmith's UI certainly was wierd. It was an early effort :')

Emile now does videos rather than music. He has a website, http://www.foryourhead.com/.

Emile is an unheralded genius, IMHO. He was the possibly the first to develop music software for MIDI, and certainly the most innovative stuff at the time... way ahead of everyone else. The KCS's MPE (multi-program environment) provided an integrated composition system 20 years before VST!

So "ahead of his time" is an understatement.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce myself Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
jamos wrote:
I also wrote Tunesmith. I also did the manuals for KCS, Copyist, Tiger, and a lot of the patch editors.

Tunesmith was cool even if its UI was, may I say, unfriendly? Emil Tobenfeld was too much ahead of his time. Dr.T's software was cool. Do you know what happened to him Question


If you go to Yahoo Groups, look for an Atari group- it's actually music/midi oriented.

I think I recently saw a post from Emile Himself, or someone calling himself that.

The Sysop of the group can probably fill you in on Emilw, once you join.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce myself Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
jamos wrote:
Dr. T's Algorithmic Composer

I lived in Boston when Dr.T's was in business and their headquarters were nearby. I visited them and they gave me a bunch of software to learn so when I came back to Italy I was their product specialist for awhile and went to music shows to demonstrate their software. I remember KCS/Omega, Copyist Pro, TigerCub, Tunesmith, DX Heaven and other editors. all for Atari computer. I still have them all somewhere Very Happy I guess by Algorithmic Composer you mean the PVG (programmable variation gen
erator).



There are several Atari Emulators for Windows!
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce myself Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

cappy2112 wrote:

There are several Atari Emulators for Windows!

besides the fact that I am a Mac user, I don't need no emulator, I still got my Atari Mega STE4 Very Happy
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