I’m not a religious person and have enough children to ensure that, when Christmas comes around, I’m the last person I’m thinking about… but, despite my insistence that I genuinely don’t want any gifts, thank you, various relatives are insistent and demand gift suggestions. I’m not great at this, however, and I imagine I’m perhaps not alone in this regard.
To this end, perhaps a thread with reasonably priced suggestions for sound-obsessed gift-recipients could be helpful, I think.
I’ve not come up with a lot, but to start things off:
A 17-key kalimba (with pickup) seems to cost around £35 and I’m sure it could provide some excellent tones.
Mars by 1980 by David Stubbs looks like an excellent read. He had some very interesting things to say at Synthfest and I’ve no doubt his book will echo and expand upon that.
Cornfield Electronics ArduTouch Synthesizer (DIY Kit). I don’t know a load about this but saw it on Thonk and it looks like a lot of fun for £30!
Zeppelin Design Labs Macchiato (DIY kit). Much the same description as the above, really! £30 for a self contained noisemaker that even has MIDI in? I’m interested!
a bit of a cop out, maybe, but Bandcamp vouchers are my catch-all. What could be better than something which ensures I can directly support artists whose work I love whilst getting great new music at the same time?
How do I subtly point out this thread to my wife? Also, if anyone comes across a similar thread for those who have no interest in music tools … please let me know so maybe I can avoid the usual panic shopping next week.
BoBeats has done a couple of gift ideas videos (I think one was last year) with various accessories, toys, books etc.
Every year I struggle to fill in a wish list that’s not difficult for family, especially since I no longer collect Lego minifigures. Usually I get complaints that there’s not enough stuff on my list, despite 70 books on it…
One of these days I’m going to pick out a piece of synth gear and say “everyone just go in on this. Work it out.” If it’s good enough to buy dad a new computer (when his entire list usually consists of a bag of candy and two books) it’s good enough for me.
I have to admit, I’ve amassed a wealth of things I can sell in order to generate funds for gear and I tend to do that on an ongoing basis so I can avoid both asking for expensive things and taking money from wages etc when it comes to buying things. Also I like old random things which are difficult to ask for but I know when I see them. Cassette 4 tracks, dictaphones, old Yamaha keyboards - all of these have been purchased this year but how I would even explain what I’m looking for is beyond me!
I saw someone perform with a 5 string kala u bass. Very energetic swing and hot jazz set. I didn’t realize she was paying a uke bass until the set was over. It sounded fantastic, very much akin to the sound of an upright thanks to low string tension. Very intrigued.