Here is the House

Here are two versions of Depeche Mode’s Here is the House. Both are very different than the album version. The demo version shows how simply they start the writing process. The lyrics are also different as in the demo he says “Colors and Shapes Merge Together” instead of “Body and Soul”. Both these versions let you hear the amazing guitar line after the the 1st verse. When the fans clap to the guitar in the live version it always brings me to tears. There are people like us.

“So we stay at home and I’m by your side and you know what’s going on inside. Inside my heart. Inside this house. And I just want to let it out for you.” – Martin L. Gore

Buy the song: iTunes or Amazon

Back from Milan

I’m back from Milan with about 300 photos to sort through. Since I spent an extra day there and it’s Tuesday my other job is demanding immediate attention. Therefore a more complete Milan post will follow tomorrow. I did have a good time, ate good food and make new friends. You know… the important stuff. The photo above taken with Richter was shot backstage at the venue called “Carlito’s Way”. It’s a room full of metal band’s graffiti.

“With 60.6 million inhabitants, Italy is the fifth most populous country in Europe, and the 23rd most populous in the world.” – Wikipedia

For more into: thehorrorist.com

The Horrorist Interview on Fear.fm

Today Fear.fm will be broadcasting an interview I recorded via Skype with them last week. They asked some good questions and will be playing a good selection of my music. Don’t worry if you miss it as I’ve been promised a Soundcloud version (added!).

“Every thursday on 22:00 PM (GMT +1) at Fear.FM HARDEST we will take a deep dive into the ‘core’. With an exclusive new show presented by Painbringer from CENOBITE RECORDS. The first episode will be broadcasted upcoming thursday the 5th!!! With a very special guest to kick it off: THE HORRORIST from NYC!!” – Painbringer

Update: Added the Soundcloud recording above.

For more info: fear.fm

Propellerhead Figure

Propellerhead’s Figure for iOS has been released on the App Store (link). For less than a dollar you get some of the Reason sound engine in a pocket touch interface. When you first load it up you can a modern looking interface with a mini 808/303/Melody combo. Within a minute you can “figure” out the interface easily changing patterns and manipulating the sound. I’ve been playing with the App and yes it’s very fun as advertised.

“World-class synths? Sure. Beast of a drum machine? Totally. But here’s what matters most: Figure is fun.” – propellerheads.se

For more info: propellerheads.se/products/figure

Rob Papen Blade

Rob Papen has another soft synth out called Blade. It has some morphing additive XY tricks. I haven’t tried it myself yet but most of the Papen is stuff is good especially because all the products come with a zillion presets. I’m not sure ir it’s true or not but interestingly it says on the Rob Papen site he’s a Christian Music artist.

“At the heart of BLADE, ready to twist and transform your musical mind, lies the Harmolator. An additive synthesis system, which rather than using the system of changing additive partials, uses global controls which capture the essence of additive synth in an intuitive way making the creation of sounds much easier than using other additive synths. The nine Harmolator controls allow you to create a vast range of sounds so you get all the amazing sounds that additive synthesis can generate with the added simplicity of traditional subtractive synthesis. The Harmolator allows oscillator spreading, fattening the sound and also square / sine wave sub-oscillator. What’s more, the sound can be modified further by the 21 per-voice distortions types and 14 filter types.” – robpapen.com

For more info: robpapen.com/blade

5 Crucial Traktor Settings

Some very good tips from Ean Golden concerning Traktor preferences. I didn’t even have “Loading only into stopped deck” checked! Now I do.

“From simple latency adjustments to unknown crucial details like preventing accidental deck stops, I’m busting out the iSight camera and walking you through what you need to know!” Ean Golden

For more info: djtechtools.com

JS1K Speech Synthesizer

Here’s something great: A speech synthesizer that sounds as you type. After your done spelling out your line hit enter to hear the sentence read. Hearing is believing so try the demo: js1k.com/2012-love/demo/1274

“Showing up the other sound generating entries, Mathieu Henri created this JS1K Speech Synthesizer for the contest. It’s a super simple speech synthesizer that “says” what you’re typing as you type, and then the whole line once you hit enter.” – creativejs.com

For more info: s1k.com

via creativejs.com

April Fools

So far none of the April Fools jokes are all that good so I’m posting a Cat Playing a Theremin video. Google tried way too hard with Google Maps 8-bit for NES, Gmail Tap and the Google Fiber Bar. Moog released a sound pack for Animoog “based” on a certain bodily function. Side-Line magazine let us know Justin Beiber covered a VNV Nation track (link). Let me know if you’ve been tricked by anything good today.

“In France and Italy children (and adults, when appropriate) traditionally tack paper fish on each other’s back as a trick and shout “april fish!”” – Wikipedia.com

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/April_fools