[007] beloved 303

no idea what exactly touches me so freaking much, but the roland transistor bass 303 is still the thing for me on the field of synthesizers. simply a (a?… THE!) tweaking, unrivaled one of a kind majesty – its unique sound is still and will always be able to immediately generate warm goosebumps of joy when appearing unexpectedly.

i’m accustomed to this sound in three ways: as protagonist in acid house and techno tracks, as essential ingredient of goa trance (call me retro!) and pure from hours and hours of playing around with rebirth or different vst adaptions and shit or countless tutorial or demonstration videos on youtube. dont need more sometimes…

even though i adore experimenting aound with software, i’d love to own a hardware version of it one day. but actually, i am not that kind of hardware nerd, so i’d be happy and completely satisfied with the new (and affordable!) aira tb-3 touch bassline. a roland at least it must be.

a couple of years ago i had the opportunity to put my fingers on an original at frankfurt music fair; luckily i knew pattern programming sufficiently from rebirth. oh, and i’m proud owner of the official manual i once downloaded somewhere, lol.

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[007] beloved 303

[002] on goa trance

i discovered goa trance in the mid90s. the first song track i probably ever heard was “mahadeva” by astral projection. this track, or to be precise: the included line “om namah shivaya”, constitutes my first contact with hinduism as well. i immediately fell in love with this exotic but (in my case at the time) pure and sober idea of psychedelic, the innocent appreciation of complex, hypnotic and vivid arrangements. i bought cds and some vinyls as well. personal heyday: late 90s.

soon after that my own dj “career” started to materialize and i left everything melodious behind for this thing called “loop techno”. rather simultaneously, the entire psytrance thing started to move on, leaving melody (and the 303) mostly behind as well. i never lost contact really though, attended several parties, concerts and festivals.

today, there is a huge variety of subgenres to be explored, like full-on, progressive, darkpsy, twilight, morning, forest, zenonesque, psycore, hi-tech, suomi and so on… but right now i’m all into classic or new wave goa trance again, listening to webradios and the old stuff i’ve got. i’ve never been to goa or even india and i’m still not interested.

[002] on goa trance

[001] mid-30s inventory

on may 23rd back in 2007, a wednesday, i decided to leave this blog after 184 posts. it had served its purpose, i guess. maybe there simply wasnt more to say. not sure if there is more today, but right now, at the starting point of a four week vacation i’m in an appropriate mood to relaunch this little thing… following a rather spontaneous (and vague) idea.

a few weeks ago i found an old diary from those days, when the age of 35 seemed ludicrously far away. obviously i was all too curious how a life of a 35 year old could look like. so, let’s make a mid-30s inventory, maybe it’s able to provide some answers. first answer is easy though: no, i didnt make it to become a famous painter.

target audience is the same as always: this special handful of wonderful people from all over the globe, my gorgeous virtual companions. my english certainly hasnt improved much meanwhile – let’s get it on anyway…

p.s. i’ll follow some traditions from the first wave, like uncapitalization or posting a soundtrack from time to time… today: lectro spektral daze – full fractal vision (2016, goa trance)

[001] mid-30s inventory