tony.scharf at outlook.com
Tue Dec 4 00:07:48 CET 2018
It took me a while to stop being a collector (there’s nothing wrong with being that, but I choose not to be). I’ve also been adopting a more Buddhist view (though I’m definitely not a Buddhist) in that I’m avoiding attachment to material things. I see them as tools and not fetish objects.
Also, just having all that gear was a lot of work. So much time was spent getting shit hooked up that I never did any writing. And when I did try, something was always breaking own or acting off. So I’d get distracted. I’d just had enough of it.
So I started selling down to the current size. I think I may have over done it a bit, though, and I’ll probably add one really nice keyboard next year ( moog one, I hope).
My focus now is on having a few top of the line tools rather than a collection of toys. Fewer things can go wrong in a smaller setup, and I don’t even need a mixer or patch bay (my moth 828x has everything routed through it).
I don’t have a lot of studio time these days, and I don’t have patience for putzing or troubleshooting problems. I want everything on and working as soon as I get 5 minutes to play. The setup I have gives me that.
Let go of the thing you care for most but use the least. When you realize you don’t miss it, the other stuff will be easy.
From: music-bar <music-bar-bounces at lists.music-bar.org> on behalf of Andrew Tarpinian <andrewtarpinian at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, December 3, 2018 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: Hello...
Tony how do you sell so much stuff? It’s hard for me, even stuff I hardly use, because I don’t dislike, it’s more I don’t have to time to use all of it, and just having the stuff takes away from my focus. I need to pair down the studio a lot.
On Dec 3, 2018, at 10:12 AM, Tony Scharf <tony.scharf at outlook.com<mailto:tony.scharf at outlook.com>> wrote:
So, after…whatever happened that re-subscribed me to the list, I thought I’d stick around a while…
For those not on my facebook/twitter, here’s the update in brief:
* Still living in the sticks outside Chicago
* The boy is 9 and smarter than I ever was. Likes drum machines and programming robots
* Divorce number 2 under the belt. It’s a long story, but it was for the best.
* Still working at HDI, but now serve as CIO for North America.
* Starting prep to work on my MBA.
That’s the boring life stuff. The music stuff:
* Working on NoiseTheorem #2. After a long bout of writers block, I’ve been back at it again.
* The studio is much smaller than it’s ever been. Modular synth, MPC, TR-8s, Octatrack, iMac with a lot of software on it.
* My workflow is chaos. I’ve embraced it. It works.
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