Master Ott... and you truly are a master...
I vividly remember a voyage that I embarked on with the help of Matt, Nick, Chris, and yourself on the streets outside of Cervantes in Denver. With you all at the helm of my psychedelic spacecraft, I was launched into a timeless instant of eternity in which each pixel of my vision was a jewel that contained the entire universe.
In addition to my most sincere gratitude for this (and quite a few other) transformative experience(s), I want to offer a question, if it is appropriate...

Is the psychedelic experience part of your creative process, or is it more of just a tool to transform the listening experience?

Thanks again for your enriching sonic masterpieces!

P.S. My excitement for your Red Rocks visit with Tipper and others this summer simply cannot be contained. May the dub gods smile upon this historic gathering :)

Ott responded on 01/06/2015

I think psychedelic experiences become part of everything once you're had them and it becomes impossible to delineate. Every process is part of every other process isn't it?

I don't use chemicals in the studio, and never have. I think the last thing I'd feel like in that state of mind would be trying to deal with a load of complex machinery and keeping a million small pieces of data in my short-term memory banks. I opened all those doors thirty years ago and they never closed so I never saw the point in continuing to hunt for the keys.

Yes, Red Rocks is going to be large.

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During the making of your album, how do you decide whether or not to bring in another musician?
Do you bring in the band? If so, do you bring them in all together? each individually?
How often do you record a track with you playing all of the instruments?
How did you get such a luscious chord progression and such a deep full bass on "The Queen of All Everything? What chords are those?

Figure i'd squeeeeeeze all these questions in together. Thanks Ott, you're much appreciated!

Ott responded on 01/06/2015
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Hey there,
I'm an Engineering Physics student at the colorado school of mines (although I'm not quite sure how or why), and I'm playing around with the Idea of making some kind of ultra-tactile MIDI controller for my senior design project. I know that most synths out there have WAY more parameters than are easily controllable with the majority of devices. So I was thinking about a digital instrument that combines dynamic pinching, pulling, bending (possibly in all 3 dimensions), stretching, etc of a sensor to create a midi signal with more parameters.

My question is whether or not such a device would be at all useful in recording or live performance. While tactile control of many parameters would be really neat, would it be too much to deal with when trying to play it live? Would there even be any advantage to having something like that over just setting up automations beforehand?

Any thoughts you might have on the subject would be very much appreciated!

Ott responded on 01/06/2015
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