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I was driving to work and realised i don’t know the rules re brushing my teeth at an Ott gig, do I bring toothpaste? Will there be somewhere to spit? Is there a certain time?
Can I use my electric toothbrush or should I buy an old school manual model?
😊


Ott responded on 02/01/2019
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I didn't make it up so they're not my rules. Maybe ask @nahaaal.

General decorum dictates that it's not nice to spit anywhere, least of all a dance floor. Some people dry-brush and some people make their own edible toothpaste [true!].

If you're adhering to the rules of the original flashmob, you must start brushing at the second drop in Baby Robot, just after the stuttery bit in the middle, and stop when the song ends.

But hey - you do you.

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Hello, i use the korg monopoly vst , i like it very much great sound eand easy to use but i have to say shitty interface.
i know you have one , i read somewhere that you have modified it , what those enhancement bring ?


Ott responded on 02/01/2019
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I love my MonoPoly. I first saw one brand new a shop in 1981 and instantly wanted it. As a kid, while all my friends were playing football, I used to hang around the synth section of my local music store. They tolerated me because I was polite and didn't get in the way. Unfortunately I was only 13 and didn't have £500 to burn. I eventually bought mine in 1999 - for the same price.

It is modified for external audio to filter in, VCO 1 as a modulation source to filter and other oscillators [FM], external CV to PWM and an IEC mains socket instead of the trailing cable.

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Hello Ott,

This is a vague question but quite often when i'm listening to your music or any other well produced music, there's a sense air in the mix. It's more like the song breathes and feels good over all (sonically speaking). While listening to my own, even if it sounds clean, still lacks that aspect of the mix breathing and feeling calming to the ears. Do you have any thoughts on this? I am trying to get some help on whether this could be a production or mixing related issue? Thank you!


Ott responded on 02/01/2019
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It's a psychology-related issue.

Your music will never sound as magical to your ears as other peoples' does, because you know how yours was made and what it was made from. Objectivity is difficult, bordering on impossible.

When I hear The Orb's 'Towers Of Dub' I hear [and see] a vast, intricately-layered universe of magical sounds, frequencies and rhythms.

When I hear one of my own I hear endless sleepless nights, computer crashes, mushy rough mixes and crap bass lines I had to go through to get to the finished thing. What I hear loudest are its shortcomings.

Other people's music = magic.
Your own music = work in progress.

Q

Pumpkin or Mistletoe?


Ott responded on 02/01/2019
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Pineapple.

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If someone was to start from scratch like my self, what “user friendly” system (DAW) would you suggest, and what type of midi controller?


Ott responded on 02/01/2019
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I would recommend a Novation Remote SL Mk2 [choose your size, I like the 49 key model] and a copy of Propellerhead Reason.

With that and a pair of speakers or headphones you're on your way and there's nothing you can't do.

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any patreon page?


Ott responded on 02/01/2019
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Nope. I'm not prolific enough and I wouldn't enjoy the feeling of having to generate regular 'content' to a deadline to justify all those subscriptions. That would be the wrong kind of pressure for me.

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if you could be a animal, what would it be?


Ott responded on 02/01/2019
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I'd like to be a Tardigrade please.