Talking Computron


circuit bent Talking Computron
from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

Every time I hear a bent speech synthesizer I think of the movie THX-1138 or 2001: A Space Odyssey. This circuit bent Computron from Moskow really puts me in that 80s future mindset.

“It is similar to Speak and Math and looks cool, but it is not so interesting for circuit bending like the Texas Instruments devices.” – ::vtol::

via: Matrixsynth

Easy Ableton Live Send FX Fills

Ableton-Send_FX-Workflow

I’ve been working on an original song to be on a compilation being put together by Andy DeDecker. Andy is one of the members of the Belgian EBM group Ionic Vision. The compilation is original unreleased material and each song has to be sex related. In my normal workflow or “workslow” as I call it I create hundreds of different fills with different effects on each fill. This keeps what can be a monotonous electronic track amazingly dynamic and interesting. However, sometimes I want to work quickly and have a consistent sounding fill throughout the entire song. I create a chain of effects on a Return Channel and then increase/decrease it’s volume along the timeline of the song in Arrangement View. As you can see in the case above where ever the Red Arrows peak Ableton shoots Reverb, Delay and Distortion over the Drums Channel. The fill/effect won’t sound the exactly the same each time it fires because you are drawing little peaks in slightly different places.

Blow the Kiss (demo) -The Horrorist by thingstocome

If you use a delay plug-in the difference where your peak is placed makes a dramatic difference in the timing delays you will hear. If at anytime you want to add a new peak of effects (our “fill”) and the Breakpoint Envelope for your Return Channel is not showing simply click the small Send Box (top right Blue Arrow) to make it pop up. Easy, instant, changing Ableton Live Send FX Fills.

For more Ableton Live tips and tricks: click here

Special Request: Be Original

Original

I just got back from a live show I performed in Denver, Colorado. I played the second day of a three day EBM, PowerNoise, Goth type Festival. Some of the other acts included Hocico, Phyclon Nine, Rome and Terrorfakt. I’ve never been to Denver before and overall it was a good experience. Denver is called the mile high city because it’s exactly one mile higher than sea level. It has more sun than L.A. and the driving from the airport Denver looks like a desert with the giant Rocky Mountains off in the distance. The city’s old area looks a bit like a cowboy town mixed with a Long Island N.Y. strip mall.

I decided to go early to the club (The Bar Standard) and hear some music. I was a bit disappointed. The bands and DJs before I played were all competent. Songs had beginnings, middles and ends. The live shows had scarred keyboard stands in front of patent leathered heavily made up freaks. The showman ship was there. They bands ran back and forth in front of the audience and the audience yelled on command. So what was the problem? It was all derivative, watered down, copy cat music. Each song had some elements of a once great song. The message was, “We sound like…” instead of “We are…!”.

I know it’s not just the EBM/goth scene that is suffering from this phenomena. One could argue all art is going through a similar type of troubled these days. All I can plead is for artists to find their own real voice based on their own real life actions. Don’t try and be interesting. Be interesting and then afterward tell us about it. Those are the only stories, songs, paintings I want to hear!

For more info: www.myspace.com/vendettafestival

photo credit: quinn.anya

I Stand With You – The Horrorist

I_Stand_With_You-The_Horrorist

Here’s a song I recorded in Berlin and finished in New York. It will be on a next Industrial for the Masses compilation on Out of Line music. Later I will release it with remixes and several other new songs on Things to Come Records.

I Stand With You by thingstocome

Here’s a few notes about the production: Sequenced in Ableton Live, Kick Drum is a Jomox MBase01, Bassline is Audiorealism ABL Pro, Melodyne created the vocal Harmonies (with help from my friend Richter), lots of horn and string samples through various hardware distortion pedals (external). It took about 3-4 weeks total to create.

For more info: Things to Come Records.

Acidlab Miami Demo Video


ACIDLAB MIAMI ROLAND TR-808 DRUM MACHINE CLONE DEMO
from RED MARTIAN on Vimeo.

A new video showing off a Acidlab Miami. If your looking to buy an 808 on eBay check out the Miami first. To read my interview with it’s creator Klaus Suessmuth: click here. Nothing is more fun than a drum machine (ok… well one thing).

“Just got the Acidlab Miami (An enhanced clone of the Roland TR-808) and made a short demo. The arpeggio is played on a Roland Jupiter-4 triggered by the Miami. The bass is played on a rev 1 Prophet-5. The chords are played on a rev 1 Prophet-5.” – RED MARTIAN

For more info: www.analoguehaven.com

The birth of a Neumann

My friend Marc Acardipane (German techno producer) has a Neumann microphone. I recorded some vocals with it and was fairly blown away. I’m not sure which model he had. Possibly it was a TLM 103. The way I would describe it is the opposite of the helium effect. You know how if you suck the helium from a balloon your voice sounds high pitched or kid like? Well the Neumann made me sound more manly. I know there are thousands of boutique microphones and even more Chinese knockoffs but let’s face it: Neumann is the top name.

“Georg Neumann GmbH (Neumann), founded in 1928 and based in Berlin, Germany, is a prominent manufacturer of professional recording microphones. Their best-known products are condenser microphones for broadcast, live and music production purposes. For several decades Neumann was also a leading manufacturer of cutting lathes for phonograph disks, and even ventured into the field of mixing desks for a while.” – WIkipedia.org

For more info: www.neumann.com

Songwriting Dreams

Pillows

It’s 6:30AM and I just jumped a few feet out of bed. For some reason a few days a week vivid nightmares pry my eyes open. The dreams don’t bother me. In fact, I’m amazed how clear and wild they are. Last night’s dream started with a Depeche Mode concert and ended with giant scorpions making incredible screeching sounds attacking people. I know it sounds stupid but trust me it was real enough at 6:29AM.

The interesting part is for most of the dream Depeche Mode were singing new songs. Songs that only exist in that dream last night. With every waking moment they are fading quickly from my memory but I am sure I heard at least three full tunes. I remember the themes were about love and the usual DM musings. The songs were very good and I was excited to hear them. I guess since my own mind was creating them it knew how to make the songs exactly how I personally would like them. The tragedy is I can’t recreate any of what I remember.

Once every year or so I dream I am making my own songs. I create perfect pieces with lush melodies, incredible lyrics and spot on pitch. Maybe someday there will be dream catchers that save to SoundCloud or something. I’d even be happy with the screeching scorpion sounds. Until then sweet dreams…

Do you ever dream you are creating music?

photo credit: just.Luc

Coming soon: A new music genre


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUN20-7HQk0

I was watching videos and reading comments over at Create Digital Music concerning the beta release of Melodyne’s amazing new Direct Note Access feature. The one thing this software guarantees is we will be getting a new music genre soon. With every technological pro-audio feature jump we have seen artists create something new. Glitch and mashups are quick recent examples but something about Direct Note Access makes me think “this is major”. With enough stare at the computer screen time producers with well trained ears will be able to pull Hendrix guitar lines from a song and pair it with Kurt Cobain singing… singing “We are the World”. Ok maybe that’s not exactly possible but that’s going to be the obvious first goal with people who have the time and skill to try. I’m hoping we are going to get something even more off the wall, more new sounding. Music needs something new sounding to bring back a little shine (iTunes LP isn’t it).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh4hBf7JUPg

Melodyne editor is the first Celemony product to offer the revolutionary Direct Note Access technology. This makes possible what had previously been considered impossible: access to individual notes in polyphonic audio material. Correct wrong notes in a piano recording; change the chords in a guitar accompaniment after the recording is over; refashion a sample lick. Melodyne editor lets you do things of which, until now, you could only dream. – www.celemony.com

For more info: www.celemony.com

Beautiful Moog Voyager NE Editions

Moog Voyager NE

Novamusik is selling a special version of the Moog Voyager called the “NE”. I think it’s the best looking version of the best looking synth out there. They come in several colors with white-washed cabinets, matching backlighting, matching colored rocker switches and matching capped jack panels. I like the Electric NE above and in a close second the Solar NE below. You can see the other colors at the Novamusik site: click here

Moog_Voyager-NE_Solar

They will get you for $3,295. How many weeks pay gets you one? For more info: www.moogmusic.com

Dieter Doepfer Totally Wired


Doepfer Sneak Peek
from niamhguckian on Vimeo.

A wonderful clip from the documentary Totally Wired featuring Dieter Doepfer. It’s nice to know Dieter is listening to his fans on the Doepfer Yahoo Group. We also finally know the reason why Doepfer modules are silver. Check out all the amazing modules from Doepfer at: www.doepfer.de

An interview with the great man himself, taken from the documentary ‘Totally Wired’. Dieter talks about the inspiration for the A100 series, his collaborations with Kraftwerk, and the future of modular. Unmissable! – niamhguckian

For more info: Totally Wired (Amazon link)