Douglas County Libraries Colorado State of Mind

 Colorado State of Mind

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Colorado State of MInd event sponsored by the Castle Rock branch of the Douglas County Libraries.  A friend works there and asked if I could present the rocks and crystals I have found in the state.  Sounded like a ton of fun, literally!

Colorado state of mind rockhound booth

My bland booth, chock full of rocks

I worked the entire event, 5 hours, talking to very interesting adults and super cool (and many times very intelligent!) kiddos on crystals and rocks.  Everyone could pick up the crystals and experience their beauty and geometry up close.  I really enjoyed seeing the excitement of the kids faces as they explored the beautiful rocks, and enjoyed meeting like minded folks.  I think many people were amazed of the cool gems that lay underground in literally our back yards!

Dave and library patron Carl Degolier. Kindly used with permission from DCL.

I talked about some useful information, so I thought I’d include that information here for reference…

Erosion

The theme of this post is erosion.  On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was able to have some fun taking pictures from 30k+ feetwith my Note5 and the Instagram filters!

The desert can be a harsh place, but it is full of colorful beauty!  My cab driver stated there are towns that are emerging from the depths of Lake Mead, he stated it is 320 feet below normal!  Anyhow, here to the wind, rain, snow and natural weathering processes!

 

 

 

Sunday Slow-Down improv set

Sunday Slow-Down picture taken by @Nix_Morton.

Charles

COEC @ SSD-1

I will be doing a live, ambient/electronic improv set with Charles Ballas in Denver on Sunday March 5th, 2017. Conveniently located off of the central light rail line at Alameda Station, should be no reason for you not to slow-down your Sunday and join us.  4-6pm. White Whale Room is the venue; looks like a ultra hip place to spend the afternoon!

Sunday Slow-Down live electronic music

The theme of this event will be simplicity.  No car needed, I’ll just have focus on one piece of gear, likewise Charles will bring a guitar and looper pedal.  We’re going as Chill Out Enforcement Crew and do take our jobs seriously!  LOL.

The flyer is turntable illusion art.  Print it and stick it on your LP player for some optical illusions!  Then you’ll fully understand the vibe we’re looking forward too!

Obliq Museum: Korg Triton Restoration

I have been wanting a Korg Triton synthesizer since they were released in 1999.  At that time I had a Korg Trinity which we used heavily, as you may have heard in our Multicast tracks.  The Triton has a built in sampler and expansion available for MOSS functionality (Korg Prophecy engine), which I’m now on the market for! 

I found a Triton on Craigslist but it had some issues.  The price was right so I went ahead and took the challenge of hopefully being able to find the issue and then fix it.  I know that Triton parts are getting hard to find since it was discontinued.  It has the two memory cards and also the EXB-PCM04 Dance Extreme expansion board.  So an awesome setup once I get it fixed!

More restoration stories can be found here

Korg Triton

Korg Triton as it was when I brought it home, you can see the issue with the one “E” key

Korg Triton Power

Here is the sketchy power. The whole assembly was broken and the power button was gone.

The person I bought it from was a vet and this synth had seen the desert and likely many other places upon this earth!  It likely brought joy to many, so the karma is good!  The plastic buttons and modulation joystick assembly were all heavily discolored, likely due to sitting in intense sunlight for a long period of time. There is no way to fix the plastic discoloration issue without replacing all those pieces, which would be very expensive (if you could find the parts) and given that is cosmetic I’m not overly concerned.  Part of the character of buying a used synthesizer!

Here were the problems that I diagnosed that needed fixed:

  1. Power assembly was completely broken, but still worked
  2. E Key was broken
  3. Something in the I/O boards were broken causing the touchscreen to now work properly
  4. Several screws were missing and/or were not seated properly (cosmetic)

The big issue was the touchscreen issue.  You couldn’t choose the drop-down menu (upper right) which rendered the synth very unusable.  Upon troubleshooting this I found that it was a slider issue.  The likely culprit was the Value slider.  I found a replacement slider online but I wasn’t sure it was just the slider.  I cleaned the slider but it still didn’t work, so I assumed it was the slider but I wanted to find a replacement of the 2085 control board if possible.

I found all the parts for the power assembly new at Keyboard Kountry (check them out, they have a great stock of replacement parts for Tritons and other keyboards).  I also bought a replacement set of screws since some were missing and others were slightly stripped.  Nice that they offered this!  They also had the “E” key for a great price.

The 2085 board was a different story…there were no boards available on the internet that I could find, except one I found in Austria on eBay.  I’ve had mixed results buying used parts on eBay in the past, but the seller had a good feedback rating and said it was 100% working, so I took a chance and purchased the board.  It took 2 weeks to arrive.

Here are the boards after I removed them. The upper right is the jack board, the upper center is the 2085 human interface board and the lower tray holds the CPUs.

The keyboard assembly, the bottom (with floppy drive attached) and main control board still attached to the chassis.

Reference photos showing the headphone jack connection (there are two small sockets on the jack board that are the same, so I wanted to be sure to remember what went where)

Reference photo showing the wiring of the jacks and wiring harnesses

Triton motherboard wiring

Reference photo of the main motherboard wiring

The parts came in within a couple of weeks, and I started to do the repair and reassembly work.  The power assembly was simple, two screws and a simple plug into the power supply PCB.  That took 5 minutes and now works like a charm!

Triton Power Supply Assembly

Power assembly showing the jack into the PCB. Simple replacement; nice to find a full assembly with button at Keyboard Kountry!

Triton Power

Power looks much better and is safe!

To replace the broken key, you have to remove the keyboard assembly entirely, which is a bit of effort!  At the top of the keys there is a plastic clip that sits along the entire assembly. Sliding this off, you now have room to slide the key upwards and it will pop right out. Putting the new key in is the same, in reverse.  Then re-position the clip and you’re good to go!  

Replacing Keys

Most keyboards are similar to this, there is a plastic “clip” that sits on the back edge of the keyboard assembly, removing this provides a small amount of space that allows enough room to slide the keys back and they will pop out

Triton broken key

This shows the broken key from the back, the plastic guides should be showing like the other white keys; those were busted off and the key needed replaced

Broken vs New "E" Key

If you are missing a key entirely, you MUST make sure you get that metal insert–this replacement key didn’t come with one so I got lucky that I already had it!  Without this metal piece the key will not work properly. If you are replacing the key like I am, you transfer this metal to the new key. Notice the broken plastic guides that render the key useless

The most difficult part of the reassembly was the wiring.  I noted this and added some tape with reference letters to help me remember where the harnesses attached to.  Note that the wiring is “just long enough” to reach its destinations, so that also helps with reassembly, as does the different amounts of wires in the sockets/jacks–only a couple were the same size and coupled with the wire length being exact it made it easier to know what went where.  But given there are a lot of wiring, reference shots and labeling as you disassemble are always a good idea!  

Headphone Jack

There are two small audio connectors on this jack board. I highlighted here (in red) the headphones jack that runs to the front, lower left, of the unit.

Now the Korg Triton is fully functional!  Awesome!  The sounds are killer and I’m just starting to play with the synthesis engine!  The unit was pretty dirty so i scrubbed it down and was able to pull off some of the grime; but unfortunately there are many scratches that are more than skin deep and again that is the “character” you get when buying synthesizers second hand!  

Overall this restoration project consumed about 8 hours of time and parts cost a little over $100.  Parts are getting difficult to find, however, and so even if the synth isn’t “vintage” it may still be a difficult restoration project…note to self!  I got lucky on this one that I was able to procure all the parts immediately without having to put together repetitive web searches like I’ve done for other classic synthesizers in the past!

Here are some great resources for the Korg Triton:

 

Morning Photography

February 3rd 2017 was a cold, brisk morning in Larkspur.  We had a good fog all night and the temperature went down to 15 degrees in the morning.  I started my daily journey toward the megalopolis while dawn was just unfolding and I felt the urge to turn around to grab my camera.  It was beautiful out!  

So, I turned around and went back home and grabbed the camera.  Along the first 5 miles of my route I stopped many times and took some photos.  I then was treated to an elk herd that was in plain view so I stopped and watched them for a while.  

A fun start to my drive to work!  As always these photos are previews, click on the photo for a larger version.

bear dance sageport sterling point larkspur

My road home

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crull cabin larkspur colorado

More on Crull Cabin…
http://larkspurhistoricalsociety.org/?page_id=1174

bokah frost fence wire

I was happy with the bokah effect on this shot!

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elk larkspur

I especially like this picture with the frost on the scrub oak.

KGNU Electronic Air #1

electronic air - dj davealexI’ve always been a fan of Electronic Air over its 21 year history, and I was invited in late 2016 to become part of the crew.  I will be a substitute DJ and fill in for the regulars when they need a break from the action.  

I have been away from radio DJing for over 20 years and am really excited to be part of this amazing crew, and to DJ again.  Tune in, it will be great!

Here is the teaser I pushed out with one day to go…

Electronic Air dj davealex

KGNU Debut DJ Set

As part of becoming a KGNU Community Radio volunteer DJ one must create a demo and then do one of the late night shows.  My first late night show was Sleepless Nights on the morning of January 22, 2017 from midnight to 3am.  

It was a very fun show, I was pretty tired as I don’t stay up this late usually, but fun.  I broadcast out of the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver Colorado.  Hour one was post-punk and cold-wave, hour two was Acid, and hour three was a little bit of everything electronic.  

Sleepless Nights - Jan 22, 2017

Here is the streaming show.

Here is the playlist:

  • Anthony Rother – Protektor – Hacker
  • Depeche Mode – Oberkorn (Its A Small Down) Development Mix – Meaning Of Love 12″
  • Konstruktivist – Lone Groover – Destiny Drive
  • Kline Coma Xero – Left Behind – Kline Coma Xero
  • – voicebreak –
  • Schonwald – Inland – Between Parallel Lights
  • Clan Of Xymox – A Day – Clan Of Xymox
  • Manika Girgir – ?????? ?????/Sang Tiede – Torment
  • Momentform – Momentform Is Fake – S/T – EP
  • Solvent – My Radio (Legowelt’s RMX) – My Radio 12″
  • Dynarec – All Automatic – Exomove EP (Elektronische Werke Part 1) – EP
  • – voicebreak –
  • Illustration Sonore – Flying Lights – Circuit D’actes
  • Ausgang Verboten – Joy And Ease – Entertainment
  • – voicebreak –
  • Morph – Stormwatch – Stormwatch
  • Disintegrator – Dark Black Ominous Clouds – Disintegrator
  • Mike Dred – Macrocosm – Macrocosm
  • E621 & Link – Antacid II (Jedi Knights Remix) – Antacid
  • – voicebreak –
  • Aire Liquide – Unser Elektronischer Mikrokosmos – Neue Frankfurter Elektronik Schule
  • F.U.S.E. – Substance Abuse – Dimension Intrusion
  • Underground Resistance – Moor Horseman On Bolarus 5 – Interstellar Fugitives
  • – voicebreak –
  • Perc & Passarella Death Squad – Temperature’s Rising – Temperature’s Rising
  • Multicast – Gurrr – Multicaster
  • R.Rose – Purge – Vanishing Pools
  • – voicebreak –
  • Scala – Hold Me Down – Beauty Nowhere
  • Luigi Tozzi – Epipelagic – Deep Blue: Volume 2
  • Application – Front End (Remixed By Pye Corner Audio) – Applied Remixes
  • Electronic Dub – Electronic Dub 3 – Electronic Dub
  • – voicebreak