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Archon, Toyboat style - Eric's House Of Ego
October 7th, 2008
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Archon, Toyboat style
I think that Toyboat hit every hope and expectation that we had for the weekend.

The new toy, a HandSonic 10, turned out to be the perfect addition to our circle gear. With it we can mimic everything from a full drum set, to a conga set to, well, more sound effects than I am comfortable with working with, well, me.

The highlight of the weekend, as far as I am concerned, was the very raucous version of Banned From Argo that we committed Friday night. The look of stunned comprehension as the folks in the circle realized what song we were doing, and what we were doing to it, which was followed by what may be the loudest sing-a-long I have ever seen in a filk circle. Yeah, it was fun.

We had plenty of time to set up, and an interesting amount of time to tear down (more about that in a moment).

This was, by a large margin, the best show we have done. There was only really one true mess up, and that was a difficultly hearing thing, not a "let's forget how to play the song" thing. We even added one new song into the set. There would have been three new songs, but, well, there was a panel right after us. So we did a 50 minute set ...

Hellraiser
Rocket Launcher
Sunset Boulevard
This Island Earth
Banned From Argo
Roman Wall Blues
Bold Marauder
Uplift
Son Of A Witch
All Along The Watchtower

It was followed by the quickest tear down I have ever seen a band do. We had the performance area cleared in about 10 minutes, and the back of the room not too long after (although we were still back there during some of the panel, our apologies if we made too much noise). Our thanks to everyone who helped out getting us out so quickly.

Saturday night we did the two of the three songs that we had to cut out of the set due to the time issue, Merlin. And then some unsuspecting person asked if anyone knew Banned From Argo ... well, what could we do. Her reaction was one of blank terror, and singing along as well. The perfect reaction to Toyboat I suppose. Sweet Home O'Meara was also requested.

At the Bardic circle in the half-round we did Sucked Through A Wormhole (the second Toyboat original) and at the Tom Smith concert we did Hellraiser again. this time mostly acoustically (with the Handsonic) and I played drums for much of the rest of the concert.

It was the best con so far for the band. Here's hoping that Windycon goes as well. We may have to learn some more war songs though.

Thank you to everyone who came to the show, and especially to the wonderful folks in the filk circles. There is a lot of talent in St Louis. We'll do our best to see you again next year.

x-posted to toyboatband

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From:powersalad
Date:October 7th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm sold on the HandSonic!! Beats the crap of trying to fit a set of real or V-Drums in here!!!! How are the kit sounds?
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From:gundo
Date:October 7th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Pretty good...there's not a *whole* ton of sounds, and I might use it to drive an Alesis SR-16, but it still rocks.

The HandSonic 15 will have more sounds, but the layout, IMO, makes it inconvenient for drumming...more geared toward more precise playing.
From:powersalad
Date:October 7th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Cool, what I would be doing might include MIDI-ing it into Nuendo and triggering acoustic samples loaded into Halion for my recirdings, then I could tweak as necessary...course I'd LOVE to use real drums (why I like Possible Oscar's sound) but it's just not feasible in this space. I've thought of using a real studio for only the drums on my recordings, then adding everything else at home. Studios here are inexpensive, might dabble a bit in that, but love the idea of the HandSonic since I was drumming on tables long before I picked up a pair o'sticks, and there are rhythmic things I can do w/fingers & heel of the hand that I can't do w/ sticks...(oops - - - - - HEY NOW!!!!!! :-) )
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From:ericcoleman
Date:October 7th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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You can hook up one pedal to it, Gundo uses it to drive the bass. I prefer to just use it as is. Since the bass in in the lower right hand pad I can use the heel of my right hand for the bass and my fingers for the high hat.

The sounds are pretty good basic Roland samples.

I agree with Gundo on the layout. The 15 has more stuff, but looks trickier to play.
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From:gundo
Date:October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Actually...you can hook two up. I *think*you can drive bass and hi-hat at the same time. What you do is split the 1/4 inch TSR cable into two TR cables...

Something I'm going to mess with before Windycon >:)
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From:bathtubnz
Date:October 8th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Was a there a room change or something? My sister said she went to see Toyboat but something had moved, or something.
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