Michael Alig to Be Released from Prison

Blackbook Magazine has an article from Steve Lewis that infamous club kid Michael Alig will soon be released from prison. In the late 80s I was friends with Ernie Glam who lived with Keoki and Alig near FIT in the garment district. Michael was always friendly to me. The apartment was across from Rogue Music and was filled with childrens furniture. One night I went out with the three of them and Alig was wearing one of is usual insane outfits: adult diapers. Some idiot outside whatever club we were at clocked Alig in the head. Michael just stood up gave him the finger and we moved on. Say what you will about him he was certainly tougher than he looked. He did a clearly bad thing but I’m not going to judge him. It will be very interesting to see his next steps. Will he find celebrity again or fade into history? What do you think?

Here’s something to think about: He get’s out before October 31. Halloween approaches and the big question pops into his head. Do I dress up? [Director: roll evil 80s music here!]

“He isn’t the cute kid from before, or the drug crazed demon, murderer and manipulator. A judge ruled a long time ago that he would serve a long sentence in a horrible place for what he did. He has served this sentence and during this time has had his ups and downs. We, in the perfect world, have also had our ups and downs. In the joint things can get exaggerated, escalate dramatically. Now it’s almost time for the world to embrace one of its lost souls again. Those who choose not to forgive must be respected, but those who will give from themselves and find forgiveness must be respected as well…” – Steve Lewis

Read the Blackbook article: click here

Also read: Club Kid Killer ‘Free in 9 Days?’

Mixcloud

What is Mixcloud? from Mixcloud on Vimeo.

A friend of mine linked to her DJ Set on Twitter and upon clicking I found it hosted on Mixcloud. I’m always making DJ sets with Traktor and Torq but stopped posted them online because there wasn’t a legal way. It seems Mixcloud is paying (or attempting to pay) labels. Being 2010 the site has the usual social features where you can follow friends and connect your profile to Twitter and Facebook. I particularily like that you can embed your DJ sets as you can see below:

“Why can’t I download ? Mixcloud is a legal platform for on-demand radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes which contain copyrighted music. The only licensing option available at present is a streaming format, and Mixcloud is committed to providing a legal option which supports artists and ensures they receive royalties for the shows and mixes which contain music. In addition, the site can keep track of what you (and your friends) listen to, so we can make better recommendations and provide a more personalised site tuned to exactly what you like to hear.” – mixcloud.com

Follow me on Mixcloud: mixcloud.com/thingstocome/

Work in Progress

Work in Progress by thingstocome

Here’s clip from a song I am working on. Drums are Vermona DRM1 MKIII, Synth is layers of a Yamaha CS5 no real effects except I’m running the track through Altiverb but only for a Neuman mic IR (Impulse Response) not for reverb and Izotope Ozone for widening. Eventually the song will be longer with vocals.

“Synthpop is a genre of music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. It originated as part of the new wave movement of the early 1970s to the mid-1980s, and it has continued to exist and develop ever since. The genre has seen a resurgence in popularity in the late 2000s/early 2010s.” – Wikipedia

For more info: thingstocome.com

photo credit: Whiskeygonebad

Doepfer A-100 EBM Sequences

Nothing was better than the underground 80s. Music was way out there lyrically and humans were taming electronic synths and drums in unique ways. I always thought and still feel EBM (Electronic Body Music) was a great genre. The bassline below in these videos are clearly EBM even though they are simply 16th note patterns. It’s the notes and feeling that classifies them.

“This thing can really make some nice EBM basslines!” – sampleandhold

photo credit: free-secret-life

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Everything is a Remix

I consider myself a mostly original artist. However, I can play you any piece of any song off my new album and tell you what old song or who inspired it. Sometimes I do wonder if we as humans have reached the end of something. It’s still the beginning of the big picture but many little picture shows close regularly.

“Remixing is a folk art but the techniques involved — collecting material, combining it, transforming it — are the same ones used at any level of creation. You could even say that everything is a remix.” – kirby1

For more info: http://www.everythingisaremix.info

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Tuesday Two

Here’s two videos for Tuesday. These videos both have different musical things I like. The first video is showing Dutch producer Sebastien Léger using Ableton Live and the touchAble iPad app. The second video is the great Macbeth M5 synthesizer bleeping on it’s own accord.

touchAble featured artists video : Sebastien Léger from touchAble on Vimeo.

Macbeth M5N : Five from LEbER SOUND on Vimeo.

“Tuesday is a day of the week occurring after Monday and before Wednesday. According to international standard ISO 8601, is the second day of the week, in some traditions also the third. The English name is derived from Old English Tiwesdæg and Middle English Tewesday. This was a loan translation of Latin dies Martis, originally associating the day with the planet Mars, but the Germanic name translates Mars, the god of war, as Teiwaz (Old English Tiw).” – WIkipedia

photo credit: Leo Reynolds

Bands careers in 140 characters

Discographies is a Twitter account that sums up bands careers in 140 characters. This is like VH1’s Behind the Music on crack. If you like this Twitter account be sure to also follow shitmydadsays and Darth Vader. Here’s a few sample postings:

Nine Inch Nails: 1 angry; 2 angry & miserable; 3 angry & monotonous; 4 angry & sober; 5 angry & paranoid; 6 not-so-angry & ambient; 7 angry.

Britney Spears: 1-6 How we filled the sad, lonely years between the release of “Ray of Light” and the invention of Lady Gaga.

The Cure: 1 You’re 18…; 2-6 you only wear black…; 7-9…and the world feels beautifully sad! 10-13 Then your parents make you get a job.

Tom Waits: 1-7 scoobly-deebly bop-a-roonie, you dig?; 7-12 Captain Beefheart for girls; 13-16 Jimmy Durante for anyone under the age of 85.

Van Halen: 1-6 Sean Connery; 7-10 Roger Moore; 11 George Lazenby.

U2: 1-2 “Nice guy…”; 3-6 “…but what a windbag!”; 7-8 “He babbled about art…”; 9 “…danced badly…”; 10-12 “…and repeated himself.”

Cocteau Twins: 1 intelligible; 2 semi-intelligible; 3-5 unintelligible; 6 semi-intelligible (and best); 7 intelligible; 8 unintelligible.

The Stooges: 1 crazy (louder); 2 sexy (loudest); 3 cool (loud–thanks a lot, Mr. Bowie!); 4 none of the above.

Follow Discographies: http://twitter.com/discographies

RootMusic Facebook Demo

In a previous post, “Great Facebook Bandpages with RootMusic and ArtistData” I explain how I made my Facebook fan page for The Horrorist so pretty. Last night J Sider the CEO of RootMusic did a live walk through of their service on Ustream which I have embedded above. If you have used the service please leave a link to your Facebook fan page in the comments so I can check out your design and music.

“J Sider, our CEO, is going to demo how to set up and optimize a BandPage. He’ll start from scratch and give you the inside scoop on all the new features so you can get the most out of your BandPage.” – RootMusic

For more info: rootmusic.com

Calvin’s Six Delays

Six Delays in September from Calvin Cardioid on Vimeo.

From the great CL516 blog Calvin Cardioid shows off his Boss DD-3, Moog MF104SD, Eowave Spacebug, OTO Biscuit and more. I really liked this video. There’s something nice a zen about it.

“Six Delays in September… I’m just playing common synth patches in mono with one hand, while the other tweaks the pedals.” – cl516.blogspot.com

For more info: cl516.blogspot.com