Vocal Recording with Robert Owens

Here’s a look into vocal recording with house music vocalist Robert Owens using Logic at UK based Point Blank music school. I really enjoy watching other people record.

“Robert Owens (born 1961) is an American contemporary R&B and house-music vocalist best known for his work with the Chicago house group Fingers Inc. in the mid-1980s. As a solo artist, he has placed several songs on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, two of which hit #1: “I’ll Be Your Friend” (1992), and “Mine to Give” (2000, a collaboration with Photek).” – Wikipedia

For more info: pointblankonline.net and wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Owens

Peter Last Depeche Mode Covers

Peter Last from Sidney, Australia has a YouTube channel full of his guitar musings. One of his many playlists is Depeche Mode covers. It’s clear Peter loves Depeche Mode and is also a great musician himself. He sings sweetly and often slightly changes the originals to suit his own style. I think these are wonderful.

“Hi everyone. This channel is just me mucking around with my guitar playing a few tunes. I know my singing isn’t the best, and I’m trying hard to improve, but hey – I’m having fun anyway.” – Peter Last

The full playlist is here: http://www.youtube.com/playlistPLE5…


triqtraq for iPhone is a really interesting music creation app. There’s been so many of these that I overlooked this one the week it came out. I finally had a chance to play with it and it’s one of the best of this type. It has some nice things like effect automation and you can bring in your own samples. Besides the videos above there is a full page of video tutorials: click here. I’m going to import some samples on a track I’ve been working for and see how that changes things this weekend. If you like Propellerhead’s Figure definitely try this out. $1.99 available now.

“triqtraq is the ultimate jam sequencer for electronic music producers or DJs who want to make music on the go, or improvise live. While it lets you create great sounding musical ideas with ease, triqtraq offers many surprising musical features that will please even experienced beat creators.” – triqtraq.com

For more info: triqtraq.com

Strange Thursday

There’s something to be said for routine. Veggie burger night is Monday. Call Ma every Friday. Replace contact lenses every 6 weeks. You know what I mean. However, it’s just as important to smash things. Break a glass for no reason. Today I give you two un-music related videos. For no reason other than I felt like it.

“strange – Unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand.” – Google Dictionary

For more info: urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=strange


Wolfang Palm the inventor of Wavetable synthesis has released an app for the iPad called WaveGenerator. Mr. Palm’s synthesis has been found in synths such as PPG, Waldorf and Sequential Circuits, Ensoniq and Korg. I’ve always lusted after an original PPG, used the plug-in software versions a few years ago and adore my Wavestation. $19.99 and available now.

“PPG WaveGenerator is the latest development from the inventor of wavetable synthesis, Wolfgang Palm. It is a next generation synthesizer, building on the heritage of the PPG Wave keyboards. The PPG WaveGenerator comes with a multitude of wavetables. The sound material contains the typical sounds from the original PPG wave models, as well as many new sounds generated by versatile analysis tools and also hand edited waves. This app enables the user, to create his own wavetables in a playful way, and to hear the result immediately. Also you can construct the waves by adding harmonics very precise. Another way is to transform a picture into a wavetable. You can load photos from your album or even shoot a picture with the camera. The waves are collected in a grid of 256 fields, to which the 3 oscillators of the synthesizer have arbitrary and independent access. In a 3D display you get a visual impression on how the sound evolves. You can turn around the 3D object and zoom in and out,” – Wolfgang Palm

For more info: itunes.apple.com/wavegenerator and wolfgangpalm.com

Ground Zero 2012 Show Report

Here’s some photos from my live performance (The Horrorist) at the Ground Zero Festival 2012. It took place in Bussloo, The Netherlands. It was a huge event with 5 stages and about 40 DJs and live acts. All the music was hard, hardcore, hardsomething techno. Like most people I can’t differentiate between the small music sub-genres but let’s just say it was an agressive night of music. Beyond the stages and many thousands of wasted youth there was large carnival rides, pyrotechnics and anything else you can imagine. I made some good new friends such as Mark Eg & Chrissi, Ms. Sprinkles and saw old ones such has Dano Leeflang, Lenny Dee, Delta 9, Dave Cik, Maxime Fight, Tymon, Laurent Ho, Manu Le Malin, Sacha Blank and Rene Schuster. I was on an “early rave” stage but of course I couldn’t resist playing a lot of new techno material. If you follow my Twitter or Instagram you will have seen the cool new Thermen Busslo hotel they put us up in. It was certainly a pleasant stay and I got a chance to see a bunch of old naked people at the spa. Time does funny things to a body. To see the full set of photos: click here.

“On behalf of the organizations UDC and Multi Groove, we want to thank everyone for visiting Ground Zero Festival 2012! It was a great success and we are pleased with the positive responses. We hope you all again next year for the party!” – groundzerofestival.nl

For more info: groundzerofestival.nl and thehorrorist.com

Vince Clarke on the MS-20

A new Analogue Monologues video has been posted by Vince. This time he takes on really one of the all time best synths the Korg MS-20. I played with a real one a few times. The last time was the band Camouflage’s in Berlin. It blew me away. It’s much more loud and raw than any MS-20 plug-in version you may have used. By the way yesterday Korg released something called Krome and a MicroKorg Xl. While those new products will be useful to some they are not MS20s. They aren’t even close.

“The Analogue Monologues is a series of mini video-documentaries made by Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode/Yazoo/Erasure). In each webisode Vince talks about one of his analogue synths and explains where the on/off switch is. This series proves, once and for all, that he really doesn’t know much about anything (a must see!).” – erasureinfo

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korg_MS-20

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Here’s a fun little $2 iOS app called Vinylizeme. Go through a few steps and it will help you create a vintage and if wanted worn 12″ vinyl album cover. There’s enough options that I could see this “maybe” useful for a real project.

“VinylizeMe is a cool new app that puts you and your favorite people, pets and places on the cover of your very own vintage record cover. This user-friendly app puts you in complete control to deeply customize every part of your cover.” – vinylizeme.com

For more info: vinylizeme.com

photo credit: bluesparksm