Pauze

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Producer Pauze Producer
Birthplace: Bataan, Philippines
Hometown: Oxnard, CA

Musical Influence: Stevland Morris, Prince, Dilla, Madlib, OhNo, Pete Rock, Flying Lotus, Black Milk, DJ Rhettmatic, DJ Day...too many to list, really. still a student of everything and anything.

Bio: i hate writing about myself (especially when trying to write in 3rd person for these sorts of things), so here is a bullet list of things that i think you should know about: -grew up in Oxnard, CA...lived down the street from Madlib & OhNo. -i was one of those kids that hated the piano lessons my mom forced me to take, but now that i look back on them...i still hate them, but at least i can use what i learned now (kinda). -started making beats when i realized that my r&b tendencies weren\'t pulling in the chicks -big computer geek, so miss me with that software/hardware debate thing. i like to use both. -my first very beat tape/remix was a pausetape made using my parent\'s dual-deck karaoke tape player machine. (if you\'re old-school, you know what pausetapes are) -when not in the studio, you can find me eating, watching anime, or playing video games -how did i come up with the name \"Pauze\"? permutation of my middle name. plus, see the bullet point about the karaoke tape player machine beat.

Favorite Food: Deep fried anything

Favorite Reading Material: Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side books.

I Like My Sugar With Coffee and Cream .:Sep 23 10:.


I ran across this video while checking out info on the new Reason 5 software (it is dope and I copped it...maybe I will do a review?).  I originally titled this post "Dinosaur Tales" but I did not want it to come off like a diss, though a lot of this stuff the kids nowadays cannot even begin to understand.  To be fair, I am a dinosaur too -- I think I still got my pausetapes stashed away here somewhere.

Anyway, Adrock tells some great stories from the Beastie Boys heyday and gives a little insight as to how cavemen circa 1984 made music.



-Pauze

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Yes, I am a nerd. .:Apr 02 10:.


Examining the condition of my styli under a microscope.

Geek out.

AT440MLa stylus inspection

-Dr. Pauze, M.D.



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Digs of a different variety .:Feb 08 10:.


Lately I've been spending my daily lunch hours at the J-O doing some record digging at the not-so-local thrift stores around northern SD.  I've been lucky enough to get some decent pieces here or there, but one spot a couple weeks ago had a particularly great find that wasn't wax.  Peep the pic below:



This is a Yamaha YP-211 belt-drive turntable from the '80s.  It is similar to the popular Marantz 6100 deck (the manufacturer rebadged similar decks for Yammie, Marantz, Pioneer, and Sansui).  The unit has some killer looks, but sound-wise it isn't very impressive compared to the DJ-standard Technics 1200 mk2.  I guess I'm a direct-drive kinda guy at the end of the day.

It was a bit dusty when I got it, but it did clean up pretty well and seemed to be well cared for after wiping off the dust.  A few more glamor shots:











The stock headshell is pretty nice too, weighs in at around 11 grams or so, and includes a screw that lets you adjust stylus azimuth. These are features you'd find on pricier headshells. 





I'm probably going to let the deck go on the good ole popular auction site, but I'm really tempted to keep the headshell!  It looks ill on the Yammie deck (completing the package), and it doesn't match up with the looks of the Technics deck, so most likely it will be kept with the deck.  Yes, I'm vain like that.

Ok, Yammie deck aside, the real treasure from this particular dig is the needle that came installed on it.  I didn't really care about getting the deck unless I got this along with it:



This is a Shure V-15 Type III cartridge with the top-of-the-line microridge stylus, probably from the late '80s as well.  A very sought-after combination for audio geeks.  This stuff isn't made any more, so scoring the combo can be a rare occurrence and can be expensive when you do.  So, call it a case of "right place, right time" for this one, because I got both the Yammie deck and the cartridge for cheap!  muaHAHAHA!

I've been giving the cartridge some serious spins this past week.  My wax never sounded so sweet.

I've been on a hi-fi audio kick for the past few months, so this was a stellar find for my young collection of cartridges.  One of these days I'll do a writeup on hi-fi from the indie sampling artist perspective (read: doing it on the cheap), so stay tuned.

-Pauze

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BLACK DYNAMITE!! .:Nov 06 09:.




- Pauze

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Cool bongo dude...uh what?? .:Nov 03 09:.


Things like this make the DIY/Hacker in me smile.  Can you imagine bringing this over to the World Beat Center's drumming sessions and getting down?

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Check out the official site here: http://www.scratchophone.com/

Looks like Q-Bert already got his order in!  Y'all better start saving now!

-Pauze

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Black Dynamite .:Oct 26 09:.




- Pauze

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Culture Cypher .:May 13 09:.


For the Wu-Tang fans out there -- here is the classic "yo Meth, where's my killer tape at?" skit in (a crude) animated form.

i'm really just posting this because the thought of the Wu-Tang dudes having a poster of a Corgi on the wall is just priceless.
  

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