Ott
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I see that you are using the Behringer producer x32 and waves server and soundgrid, can you enlightening us to the quality of the Behringer, as i had in the past had not so good expieriences, i understand the Midas guys are involved, also workflow with the waves in out and mixing, seems like a nice hybrid.


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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The Behringer X32 is probably one of the best *things* I've ever owned. I've had four* of them: one full-size, bought for a tour and then sold again, a Producer which was bought for the band and then retired to my studio, a Rack which used to be part of my touring rig and a Midas M32C which is currently part of my touring setup.

I can't fault them in anyway really. I think the hardware and software design is excellent, the build quality adequate for studio applications and sonically they're as good or better than anything comparable and significantly better than some mixers of twice the price. The built in effects are superb and I use them a lot.

With the Waves X-WSG card fitted it slots into my setup seamlessly and never gives any trouble.

I wish it did 96kHz but that's my only gripe.

*[In case you're wondering, I bought them all full-price with my own money.]

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Would you ever play at Burning Man festival ?


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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Not enough trees.

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Hi Ott,

I love the cover art of Skylon. It reminds me of old Soviet posters. I was wondering, is it original artwork or an actual Soviet poster that turned into a cover art? Did you choose that artwork? How was the creating process of that artwork and what were your contributions to it?

Thanks.


Ott responded on 08/10/2019
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I'd finished the album and I needed some artwork. Twisted Records suggested a Romanian artist they knew called Matei Apostolescu. He sent over an idea which consisted of a huge and impressive 3D robot collage with another piece he did called 'Runway/Runaway' inserted down in one corner.

The robots were genius and very well done but at that time everyone was putting futuristic 3D renderings on their covers. The feeling I had for Skylon was that I wanted it to be both organic and optimistic so I asked him to zoom in on the grainy Soviet-era kids and aeroplanes, leaving the robot to encroach ominously from the side. What you see is what he did.

I love it. I love the grainy, dirty clouds and the beaming expressions on the children's faces.

Also, the Tupolev TU154 is an iconic plane.

The album is named after this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_(Fe...

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You have 24 hours to make a new track for an intergalactic competition using only an 80s casio sampler keyboard, a four track tape recorder and any 4 objects you can find in a b&q - what do you use and how might you turn it into music?

SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!


Ott responded on 08/10/2019
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Firstly, for our non-British readers, B&Q is like a Home Depot or Mr Bricolage.

1. Water butt. That's my bass drum.

2. Length of strong elastic, to stretch across the opening of the water butt after I've recorded my bass drum - bass.

3. 112 piece crockery and cutlery set. Percussion.

4. Electronic multi-chime doorbell - Basic synth waveforms.

I would also attempt to steal a multipack of TDK C90 cassettes and a big bag of Dime bars from the checkout.

Because I need something to record onto.

And I love Dime Bars.

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I know what I'm getting you for Christmas... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r__i_gFD_EA


Ott responded on 08/10/2019
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OH MY GOD that's fantastic.

I was able to identify most of them by sight before the caption came up. Didn't recognise some of the older mechanical instruments, pianos, etc.

Feel free to shove them down my chimney.

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I love me


Ott responded on 08/10/2019
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As you should.

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I love you 😊


Ott responded on 07/29/2019
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Why, thank you. I love you too. 😊

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Hi Ott,

How do you come up with the engaging, captivating melodies to your tracks? How does one become a better composer?

Thanks!


Ott responded on 07/19/2019
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They pop into my head and I grab them before they evaporate.

They never sound as good as other people's [Boards of Canada - ROYGBIV and Olson, or Kraftwerk - Tour De France, for example] but I leave them there hoping they'll grow on me.

At the time they always sound crushingly naive and obvious, but later on I'll maybe find myself thinking "Oh, that's quite good...".

The essence of composing music is to create things which stir your soul. If what you just played gives you *that* feeling, you just made something good. Nothing else matters.

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Hi Ott! Thanks for a lot of lovely music and unique inspiration. Are you having a nice summer?


Ott responded on 07/16/2019
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Hello!

Yes, I'm having a lovely summer thanks. I'm mainly in my studio writing my new album, and rehearsing with the band at weekends, in preparation for our set at Ozora this year. The weather has been exceptional and I've been getting out on my bicycle, doing 20-mile rides around the countryside around our house, and throwing sticks into rivers for the amusement of our dogs.

We [Zoe, Daisy and the dogs and I] spent last weekend at the beach in Bude, Cornwall, perched atop a cliff in our van and occasionally scrambling down to the beach for a swim and a woof.

I also got to ride my motorbike round the coast road and through the amazing landscapes of Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor.

Mainly, though, sitting in my studio drinking tea and plugging synthesisers into each other until they do cool things.