And what trip to AZ would be complete without a trip to Tombstone ? ….

And this one’s for our very own Mr. Hollweg – LOL :-

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Just got back from a road trip. Caught the most amazing town, Bisbee, which comes across as almost having an almost Mediterranean quality to it. The Architecture is very similar to Portmeirion in fact. A really different sorta place, but really colourful and vibrant. Kinda a unique area

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Great Beer, Great Food, and a Great Band …

Man, had another superb night’s entertainment too.

Went out to the Nimbus micro-brewery this evening. Man their Ales were good. And that’s coming from a Yorkshireman too ! Had a great one called “Old Monkey Shine” – 8.2% volume and a superb rich dark ale. The Stout was really good as well, as was the ace food.

Entertainment for the evening was a fantastic blues band, Giant Blue. I spoke with the band quite a bit between sets. Great guys, and fabulus musicians :-

Giant Blue

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DeGrazia Gallery

Great excursion today to the most fascinating place. Check out the story behind it :-

And check out who the “Guest Artist” is – LOL :-

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San Xavier Mission

From the official web-site :-

A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.

The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.

Some 200,000 visitors come each year from all over the world to view what is widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States.

Can’t even begin to describe just how beautiful that architecture is.

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A rather interesting gift …

I met an archeologist / geologist today, and had the most mind bending conversation. The pic below is of a piece of pottery that was found at the Pithous Village dig in AZ. It’s of course Native American (Hohokam Culture), and has been dated to about 900-1100AD. It’s one of only 2 pieces in existence apparently ! Whoa !!!

Just as an asside here, the Hohokam Culture was known to depict what appear to be Extra-Terrestrials on their artworks and pottery.

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An Alien World ? …

Spent a few hours today exploring some of the scenery, and caught one truly breathtaking Sunset. Incredible just how life is out there in the desert, and how awe-inspiring the sights actually are.

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Close Encounters …

Jay Ellington-Lee demonstrating an Audio to MIDI Converter. He’s singing into a Microphone here, and triggering an ARP Synthesizer Vocally !

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Theremin ..

Ever Since I’ve been involved with Synthesized Music, I’ve wanted to have a go of a Theremin. This was one of the first ever Synthesizers, and works by controlling pitch and velocity via the proximity of the hands to 2 aerials. This particular is a Theremin is a Moog and is triggering sound on a software based version of an ARP Synthesizer. Kinda a Dream come true for me to get to have a go, and to get to do so in such a remarkable fashion !

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A Quiet Moment ?

Chris is a Mac Guru, Musician, Engineer, and played a huge role in putting together The Pod

He’s with Jay here demonstrating how to correctly use all this amazing Studio Gear ! – LOL

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