A Lil’ Rain, a Lil’ Typin’ and Plants Playing Music…

Weapon of Choice: “Eugene”, 1970 Webster XL-747 #L0944386

Hit the “Play” button below for a nice evening typing session mix.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Biogenerative Ambient lately, and decided that music played on modular by a Mint plant via a biofeedback sensor would be just the thing for today’s background. Enjoy the audio recording of the evening…

Joe mentioned in a recent video that he wanted to soundpad his Mercury, so I cut out a soundproofing kit for the Silver Seiko 700 and sent it over. I’m really jazzed to see how it sounds on one with a freshly recovered platen.

Hey look – Joe made a video about the kit! :D

I had a client finally settle a big bill this week, so I splurged $99 for a Zoom H1n so I could finally experience good stereo recording again. The painting is one that Tori did last night. It’ll show well in my office, I think. (:

Updated: April 11, 2022 — 7:44 pm


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  1. Soundtrack seems very familiar. I live right by the airport and a major road ;D

  2. The recording works! Nice job. Tori’s painting works too. You have such a good life …

  3. No doubt Joe will appreciate the soundproofing kit.

    The painting is awesome. It reminds me of some the cool, very collectible late 50’s dinnerware. (Totally meant as a compliment.)

  4. Looking forward to the soundproofing kit. I need to get back into audio recording. I like this one you did.

  5. The typewriter is a natural fit in the music. It’s all relaxing.
    Bill G and I seem to have similar impressions of the painting. My first thought was late 50s early 60s decor. It also fits great with the music.

  6. You continue to innovate — thanks for the ASMR!

    Nice work, Tori!

  7. I love that painting. In one word: WANT! But I’ll settle for a postcard. I think that would make an awesome card, especially if it’s printed on the super-thick Moo postcards.

    Very kind of you to send Joe that kit. Looking forward to the video on that.

    I have one of those Zoom recorders; I forget which model. I believe that’s what I used to record the most recent track for Hisstoric. Should be on that CD I made for you. I like the Tribble. I opted for a less-animal-looking thick, foam pad that fits nicely over the mics. I need to get out there and do some field recordings.

    1. Hmmn, postcard.. We’ll see. It’s too big to fit in the scanner, but we’ll see. (:

  8. Lovely Brother!

    Beautiful painting, Tori!

    Joe is in for a treat!

    I’ll check out the sounds later this weekend…

  9. Wow, that was a nice experience, hearing, reading and seeing all at the same time. Thanks!

  10. Hey, Ted. How do I get a hold of this kit? I saw it on Joe’s YouTub er channel and my Royal Mercury could sure use some dampening like this kit offers!

    1. I just show people how to make them. It’s easy:
      The sides are just Yoga mat material from a mat I picked up at a thrift store for $1 – you want something dense and about 1/4-1/2″ thick – enough to fill in the side panel cavity.

      The felt is thick crafting felt (also thrift store, but you should be able to get same at any craft store). Get something about 4-6mm thick. Special note: Joe installed the bottom pad backwards in his video. It should cover the *front* of the bottom, so the color shows beneath the keytops. If you install it the way he did, you won’t get that effect, and the pad will probably interfere with the keylever linkages.

      The lid grommets are from Ace hardware as is the rubber tubing I cut the buffer grommets from. The little rubber cut-tubing bits are for the spacebar bumpers and also the tabs underneath the top lid, if your rubber bits are broken or worn (Joe’s were ok).

      Remember, you’ll get maximal effect if you replace the platen rubber as well, like Joe did. That’s where the worst of the pitch of this machine’s noise comes from. Joe dropped the sheckles on recovering his professionally by JJ Short, so I wanted to ensure that he had the first most quietest SS Royal Mercury ever. :D

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