Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

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Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by walkathon » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:54 pm

http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsoun ... sfield.php

One of many articles about the Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book that's out now.
Got my Record Store Day copy yesterday. All in all, pretty well done ... you get a download card
w/ a number of drum machine recording mp3's, too, and Roger Linn, Davy DMX et al interviews. RSD version worth it for the add'l 7" and cassette.

The drum machine nerd in me couldn't help get sad-collector OCD about it at times though, and yes I'm not proud ... :?

* Include the Drumulator instead of the SP-12 or 1200? The Linn 9000 WAS included, so wasn't a sample-based bias.
* Mention that the Sakata is difficult to program but not the KPR-77? The latter is impossible to program without a manual. I dare people.
* No MPC's to be found, but lots of samey Roland TR-66 type variations, though would've been cool to see that last generation Multivox w/ the rainbow buttons I still desperately want in my collection, etc.
* Some rebrandings mentioned but not the Gemini -> Eli CR-7030.
* Was hoping for a few more German & Russian oddities
* Classifying the Casios VL-1 and PT-7 as drum machines .. I guess?
* I still say the Wurlitzer Sideman is highly overrated ;)


Please forgive the nitpicking ... still a recommended purchase.
If Moby doesn't have his copy already, I'll be sorely disappointed in Mr. Hall.

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:38 pm

I have the regular (non-Record Store Day) version on my wish list, but right now the price at Amazon is nearly $100! Hopefully we'll see it back at its original price of $54 soon.

Glad to hear you're diggin' your copy, though. I am jealous!
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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by walkathon » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:50 am

Blue Monster 65 wrote:I have the regular (non-Record Store Day) version on my wish list, but right now the price at Amazon is nearly $100! Hopefully we'll see it back at its original price of $54 soon.

Glad to hear you're diggin' your copy, though. I am jealous!
Dang, I nabbed mine here, but looks like they sold out fast. :cry:
http://turntablelab.com/products/joe-ma ... ition-book

If I see more out and about, I'll post here for VSE'rs.

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:06 am

Yep - got that site bookmarked, too. I'll pick one up ... someday ... someway ... (spot the reference)

Or I'll borrow yours! :)
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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by thestreets » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:37 am

The release party for this book was a few weeks ago here in Boston. It was a fun time he had a couple of the machines on display (can't remember which ones). Couldn't afford to cop the book but good to see people are supporting this.

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by walkathon » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:11 pm

For those interested, Bull Moose appears to have some RSD copies in stock still:
http://www.bullmoose.com/p/15385102/MAN ... -OBSESSION

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by BPMD » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:54 pm

Best place to order is direct from the company (owned by the author, Joe Mansfield).

You can get the deluxe and "regular" versions there, which are only $10 apart so you might as well go with deluxe.

www.GetOnDown.com

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by walkathon » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:57 pm

Oh nice, didn't know they were stocking RSD versions.
Yeah, go there, thx for the 411.

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by wiss » Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:22 am

walkathon wrote:Included the Drumulator instead of the SP-12 or 1200? The Linn 9000 WAS included, so wasn't a sample-based bias.
I was surprised by this too....it was a WTF moment for me
walkathon wrote:No MPC's to be found
The Linn 9000 and Studio 440 were given their props and the MPC-60 is just a further development of those two machines.
walkathon wrote:Was hoping for a few more German & Russian oddities
I thought Vermona DRM/DRR from 1987 would have been mentioned.
"All we used was the explosion and the orchestra hit. The Fairlight was a $100,000 waste of space."

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:43 pm

Got my copy from the kids for Christmas! Very nice indeed ...
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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by mute » Fri Dec 27, 2013 2:32 am

wiss wrote:
walkathon wrote:Included the Drumulator instead of the SP-12 or 1200? The Linn 9000 WAS included, so wasn't a sample-based bias.
I was surprised by this too....it was a WTF moment for me
SP-12 and SP-1200 are 2 of the most coveted drum machines/samplers in existence and that isn't a new trend. It is surprising the Drumulator isnt mentioned due to its importance at the time, but to exclude either one of these would have also been crazy.

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:03 am

This isn't a history, but a collection of historic (i.e. old) drum machines that's nowhere near complete nor definitive.

Re-read the intro: it talks about HIS collection and his perceptions about drum machines vs. samplers. He's not interested necessarily in the latter for this collection. The inclusion of the VL-1 works as it was used as a drum machine as often as for anything else (IMHO, as apparently in his).

My favorite pic is the stack of boxes, as there are several in that pile that I've had myself and wish I still had!

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by walkathon » Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:42 pm

I do wonder what the Knicker Knocker is ...
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Also would be cool to see a tour of his collection, ala Vice's interview w/ Moby a while back.

Also #2, kinda sad the TR-505 box is MUCH cooler than the actual machine.

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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by wiss » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:10 pm

Blue Monster 65 wrote:
Re-read the intro
Drum machine p**n books are not read until I have thoroughly objectified every single photo.
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Re: Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession book / review

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:37 pm

Unfortunately, Wiss, by that time the pages are stuck together. Ugh!
walkathon wrote:... kinda sad the TR-505 box is MUCH cooler than the actual machine.
Agreed. One of my LEAST favorite machines!
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