I just went to the eight-oh-eight.org site and … it’s dead. Panic briefly set in, but I remembered that Doug owns midiboxaddict.com, so I checked there and found a note! Here’s what it says right now:
DIY MIDI Projects
February 2014: MB-808 Still Alive
Yes, the MB-808 web site is offline. No, the project has not died or disappeared. Moogah didn’t pay the web hosting bill and he changed the password so I can’t login and pay it myself. I sent him an email message about it and will take care of things as soon as I can.
This weekend, February 22 and 23, 2014, I will try to recreate the web site here on MIDIboxAddict.com.
Quick Status Update
As far as I know, I have processed all refunds that were requested in 2013. I have two refund requests to process from this year. (Yes, requests from batch four have been moved up in the queue.) If you’d like a refund, please ask now, as I will be processing shipments next month (March) and will be asking for final payment then.
You can contact me at doug at midibox addict dot com.
Previously juggernautmusic.com reported on the MIDIbox MB-808 project, a long-overdue TR-808 clone project being looked after by Doug Wellington in Arizona.
As a result of the previous blog entry, juggernaut music amasses a significant number of hits for people searching for MIDIbox 808. So as a service to those who are searching for answers, this post will serve as a pointer to Doug’s temporary page.
I am in no way affiliated with the project and I have not personally heard from Doug in years. Like many people, I did provide a deposit for a “batch 3″ kit, and I remain eager to start building.
What’s in a name?
For 15 years I’ve used the name “nebula” as a performing and recording artist.
Now I have the opportunity to release some recorded music, and I must face the reality that my stage name doesn’t suit me any more. In 1996 I started calling myself “nebula” when I was producing an ill-fated hip hop act. Then in 1997, I was half of a live electronic duo called “infindebula”. Ironically, the other half of the duo had named us that without even knowing I had been calling myself “nebula”. It seemed like fate. I became “nebula from infindebula”.
A few years later I joined Jason Prine in another live electronic duo. We decided to concatenate our names with a simple dot, and “PRiNE.nebula” was the result.
After all these projects ran their course, I found myself producing strange techno music and performing. I still used the name “nebula” on all promotional material.
More recently, I have found myself appearing on lineups with more accomplished artists, most of whom use their real name, or at least a human-sounding name. Considering that and the fact that there are other artists recording as “nebula”, it was time for a change. I may continue to use “nebula” for specific (or nostalgic) projects, but from this time forward, my bookings and recordings will bear the name…
Don’t read this if you want to wait for Roland’s big announcement next week. I’m pretty sure this will ruin the surprise.
A few weeks ago I became aware of Roland’s forthcoming “Aira” series when I got linked to their first teaser video about their drum machine, the TR-08 (or is it the TR-8?). Every few days they have been releasing new teasers, and finally sometime within the past 24 hours they added another couple of videos, and interestingly, two images of the Aira series, darkened to the point where all you can really see is black silhouettes of the sleek new boxes, and all the pretty light-up buttons.
Well … it occurred to me that if I make some adjustments to those images, it could be possible to reveal some details. This is exactly what I did, and the results are very telling, indeed! These two images were orginally posted on Roland’s site, and I have enhanced them to reveal sufficient detail to discern almost everything on their front panels!