I’m not a “love anything Iggy ever did” kind of fan. I love the same Iggy and the Stooges songs every hipster goes for such as I Wanna Be Your Dog and Gimme Danger. If by some bizzare chance you don’t know those two song do yourself a favor and click the titles and listen to some greatness. Today’s video shows you there was a time it was perfectly acceptable to be high on cocaine and on television. I remember watching an interview with Iggy in the 90’s where he went off on David Crosby for being fat, eating meat and being “establishment”. All press is good press.
I had to go to the Social Security office in downtown Brooklyn. I took the 4 Train back into NYC. I feel at home when I hear, “Stand clear of the closing doors please.”.
Julie and I needed to waste some time before we met friends for Julie’s birthday so we stopped by Guitar Center to visit my friend Dan who works there. You can hear some Reggae in the background. I think all music stores around the world sound incredible similar.
My friend Leslie (on the right) needed to get a new piercing so we stopped by one of New York’s famous Tattoo parlors Adorned. I like the song that’s playing. Does anyone know what it is? Buzz buzz!
Time for the celebration so we head to Supper. It’s a great Italian restaurant owned by Frank Prisinzano who became well known in NYC with one of his other spots simply called “Franks”. The food was great but as you can hear it was well loud. My poor musicians ears would have preferred a much quieter place but this is Manhattan on a Friday night.
All the recordings were done on my iPhone using the Griffin iTalk application. You can download and use these recordings for whatever you like. Here’s a download link for the 16bit aiff files. Included is a bonus audio file recorded on the F-train:
Related post: Free audio recordings from the Berlin S-Bahn.
I really like Shure microphones. There is good reason they are the most popular brand in the world. They are made well, sound great and are priced right. I own three Shure microphones. My KSM-32 is my go to vocal mic. I like the 32 because it adds a nice presence to my voice but the output is purely my voice sans coloration. I have a zillion nice plug-ins to manipulate my vocals so I don’t want my main mic forcing me into a certain sound. My live show mic is a Shure PGX system. I tried a few other brands but the Shures never have any feedback. I can stand in front of most giant venue speakers without fear. Considering I’m always climbing and jumping things during my live show having a feedback less mic is really important. I also have a SM-58 which was the mic I started out on and still use at home or as a second mic when I have a studio visitor I want to duet with. My Shure collection won’t be complete until I get a API512c compressor and match it with a Shure SM7b. My friend Mark Ephraim from The Shorebirds has the 512/7b set up and let me borrow it one afternoon a few years ago. My voice never sounded more wicked than through that combo.
This week Shure announced some new USB mics at CES. For most new producers and electronic musicians who are not recording bands a USB mic makes sense. Maybe I should replace my home interface/SM58 combo with the newly announced PG42USB. The Shure PG42USB is the one to grab if your going for a vocal mic as it’s “engineered” with voice in mind and has a low cut filter.
Shure is also going after the Micport Pro from CEntrance with it’s new Shure X2u Adapter. It’s a XLR-USB adapter so you can bring in any standard mic (including ones which need Phantom power) into your system without an audio interface.
“USB “Plug and Play” Connectivity: Allows the convenience of digital recording, anywhere your computer can go (compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and Mac OS X 10.1 or later). Integrated pre-amp with Microphone Gain Control: Allows control of input signal strength. Zero Latency Monitoring: Enables real-time playback and facilitates multi-tracking without disorientation. Headphone Jack: For monitoring with standard 1/8″ connectivity. Monitor Mix Control: For blending microphone and playback audio. Phantom Power: For use with condenser microphones.” –shure.com
If your buying any mic sure you get it from a reputable dealer because fakes are all over the place. Want to know if your SM58 is real or Memorex? Click here
One of my favorite music blogs has been retired today. Music Thing was a great read for all things interesting in pro-audio and I will surely miss it.
“The things I learned doing Music Thing (the internet stuff more than the guitars shaped like guns) have now helped me get a job where I’m in charge of the online output of The Times newspaper, managing 40+ people and a history going back to 1785. I spend all day on the web, talking and thinking about traffic, developers, links and readers. It’s no longer what I want to do at home, so this will be the last Music Thing post.” – musicthing.blogspot.com
Good luck on all your endeavors Tom!
It’s some sort of ice raining today in New York so this is perfect “stay in the studio time”. If you’ve been following my life through this blog or Facebook (my profile) or Twitter (follow me) you know my studio is in a container somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean coming from Berlin. Therefore, I can only daydream, watch videos of other people’s studios. Luckily, Vimeo always has something for me to gaze at when it comes to synth gear. Here’s two videos I found this morning I think are tasty…
“The envelope controlling the lowpass filter is set with high attack, decay, sustain, and release. The pitch VC to the lowpass filter is inverted but heavily attenuated. I used no resonance and the notch filter was turned all the way down.” – Elan Hickler
“671 still frames shot with Nikon D70. Sounds made with Roland Juno-60, TR-909, Omnichord, Yamaha CS-5, & hand made synth.” – cliplead.com
I’m fine making music with my Macbook Pro and Ableton Live but I can’t wait to get my fingers on some real knobs again. Which one of these videos did you like the most?
photo credit: 1Sock
Today I read two interesting articles that I want to share with you. I like to constantly bombard myself with self help dribble whether it’s fluff or full on therapy. Part of my homework is to read Lifehacker every morning with my coffee. It’s a blog of self improvement tips with a strong does of tech mixed in to help with the taste. Today, one of the writers at Lifehacker, Kevin Purdy posted a piece titled, “Why Your Self-Handicapping Excuses Don’t Work (And How to Fix Them)“. It’s a short commentary on another article written by Benedict Carey in the NYTimes.com titled, “Some Protect the Ego by Working on Their Excuses Early“.
Basically both articles talk about how many times we create exuses in advance of something we want to avoid. We set ourselves up to fail and we have an excuse all packaged ready to open with the time comes. An example would be, “I stayed out too late last night so no real music making for me today.”.
“If you’re a regular self-handicapper, though, you can grow too attached to whatever you use without knowing it, whether it’s alcohol, rule-defying, sleep-deprivation, or whatever convenience you cling to.” – Lifehacker.com
“This is one reason that genuine excuse artisans — and there are millions of them — don’t wait until after choking to practice their craft. They hobble themselves, in earnest, before pursuing a goal or delivering a performance. Their excuses come preattached: I never went to class. I was hung over at the interview. I had no idea what the college application required.” – NYTimes.com
These two articles remind me of my most important music making tip. Many people ask me where I get my inspiration from. This question has a two part answer. The first answer is obvious: You have to get out an live a big life… Fall in love, fail, win, hurt, crash, run, etc… Only then will you have anything worth writing about. There are many incredible producers out there with nothing to say. The second answer relates more to the two articles I share above: Don’t ever wait for inspiration to start work. Get in the studio are start making music.
There are only rare moments where you will feel the fire of a great song coming on and get into the studio fast enough to get it down. However, all your great songs are inside you anyway. Whether or not you’re hot or cold they are there. You have to get into the studio and warm yourself up. Sit and make a crap dull song, erase it, get frustrated and then viola the good one starts to creep out.
I can’t tell you how many times I went into the studio with a sterile mind and came out with a song I was proud of only because I stayed long enough to make it happen. I also am ashamed to tell you I wasted too much time in life waiting for inspiration, full of self-handicapped exuses instead of sitting in front of Ableton Live.
photo credit: TheTruthAbout…
When someone with the last name “Ovenbröd” sends you an email you either laugh or pay attention. I did both and my prize is a nice bunch of noisey, glitchy circuit bent loops from Berlin. This gift of loop was not just created for me alone so here I share the news of this download for all to have. Head over to www.mimu.eu to grab some itchy clicky goodness.
85 x .wav-loops (124bpm) of broken, smoothly glitched, circuit-bent 4/4 idm/mnml/noize- and elektro-beatloops. Also this file is password-protected just to avoid unauthorized distribution, simply leave a comment with your correct e-mail-adress, then WAIT a bit and we’ll get back to you. your comment needs to get approved first before it gets published. comments of donators (see the donation-paypal-cloud on the menu) might be handled privileged. a happy new year, yours, maria ovenbröd & der einmeier – www.mimu.eu
Direct link to the post where you can leave a comment and get your download password: click here
photo credit: mikrosopht
Before I got picked up to play my gig at 12PM on New Year’s Eve I went to the bar of the Apollo Art Hotel in Brugge, Belgium to get a coffee. I used my iPhone to snap a photo of the other working musician in the room. I also used my iPhone and the Griffin iTalk app to record a little of the bar sound and in the distance you can hear the keyboard player twinkling some bell sounds.
When I returned to the hotel around 3:00 AM he was definetly drunk, standing and singing loudly. These are the guys buying all those workstation keyboards. He was pretty talented but I guess taste accounts for a lot in life. He definetly worked harder than I did.
Remember one of my MusikMesse 2008 picks the MFB Synth 3? It’s been renamed the Kraftzwerg and it’s been out for a few months now. For 579€ you can have one of these interesting noise makers. Visit the official MFB (Manfred Fricke Berlin) website here: mfberlin.de
“Some clueless noodling on my small modular. MFB Kraftzwerg and some Doepfer modules. No effects.” – mancio1