There is a new Grateful Dead archive online from the University of California Santa Cruz. It’s a large collection of over 45,000 “digital artifacts”. My father was a fan of the Dead and whenever I hear Fire on the Mountain or Casey Jones it takes me back. Be sure to check out the collection: click here. Here is an interview from 1978. Jerry and the band were arrested…
“… and there we are you know. We’ve been snapped.” – Jerry Garcia
For more info: gdao.org
This is a great video of Depeche Mode and The Cure from 1986. Watch Martin Gore playing Strangelove on his Guitar before Music for the Masses was released. Alan Wilder & Martin loading the song Nothing into an ancient computer by floppy disk and much more. In my opinion this captures DM at their very best moment in history right before their greatest album was released. Many will argue this was The Cure’s greatest period too and watching them work out the song Just Like Heaven is well heavenly.
“These are the songs. The songs are on here (floppy disk).” – Martin Gore
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Ethan Winer is a person you should follow if you have your own little studio. He owns the company RealTraps in Connecticut. If there is anyone who understands how audio waves travel through the air and bounce off surfaces it’s Ethan. He has a new book out The Audio Expert: Everything You Need to Know About Audio and even though I’ve probably heard it all by now I’m going to read this on my iPad next week.
“Gain a deep understanding of audio practice and theory with this easy-to-read book, illustrated with more than 400 figures and photographs. Using common sense, plain-English explanations and minimal math, author Ethan Winer helps you understand audio at the deepest, most technical level-no engineering degree necessary.” – Amazon
For more info: amazon.com/The-Audio-Expert-Ever…
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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
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One of the great side effects of Apple’s rise and Johnny Ive coming into the spotlight is that more people now know who Dieter Rams is. Sometimes I will jump onto eBay just to look at some of his old Braun products for sale. I almost bought the desk fan several times.
“The unspectacular things are the important things. Especially in the future.” – Dieter Rams
For more info: usshop.gestalten.com/less-and-more-hardcover
Learn from Bob Hodas how to tune your room.
“There’s really only one place in the room that’s going to be the best”. – Bob Hodas
For more info: bobhodas.com
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Is Jay Greenburg the next Mozart? It doesn’t really matter it’s amazing how music flows from some in such a way. Jay mentions he can’t turn the music off in his head and hears multiple channels at a time. Let’s hope he doesn’t go insane.
“There is a composer studying at New York’s renowned Juilliard School who some say is the greatest talent to come along in 200 years…. “We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history when it comes to composition,” says Sam Zyman, a composer. “I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn, and Saint-Sans.” – 60 Minutes
For more info: jaygreenbergmusic.com
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I was interviewed for Industrial/EBM web portal Side-Line. If your into this type of music the forums are a great place to hang out.
“Chesler, who lives in New York, released a new album this year, “Joyless Pleasure”. You may expect the remixed version of it to be soon out as well. In between recording sessions we asked him a couple of questions…” – side-line.com
Read the full interview: side-line.com/id=47205_0_2_0_C
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Frank Kvitta is a well established german techno DJ and producer. I met Frank when I performed last summer in Spain at the Monegros Festival. He was in the same van traveling to the show from the hotel. We clicked, stayed in touch and next week we will release a monster techno EP called Electronic Pleasure. Frank knows everyone and was able to gather remixes from Ben Sims, DJ Rush, Patrick DSP, Dave the Drummer, Submerge, Alex Kvitta, Boris S, David Christop and more. To start the promotion here’s an interview to let you know a little but about who Frank is.
1. Let’s start with software. What DAW to you prefer and name three
plug-ins you can’t live without.
Hello Oliver, thank you for having me for your great blog. My favourite software for producing used to be fruity loops in the very beginning 10 years ago. After that i started using Reason for many years but i was never satisfied with the sound engine. Then i found Ableton Live and since i found it i use it the most or let´s say, only Ableton Live. I like the workflow and the functions. It´s superfast and easy to use and i can be very productive as i can just concentrate on making the beats and not concentrate how to make the beats. My Top plug ins i never want to miss anymore are the “Waves” of course, Nexus and the FM8 and some secret plug ins ;)
2. What is the oldest piece of hardware you have in your studio?
The oldest piece in my studio is my keyboard M-Audio Oxygen 8 hehe. I sold my old stuff long time ago already, as i just use digital software and some midi controllers and the Presonus digial mixer for productions.
3. When you have been working in the studio too long and you need to
take a 30 minute break what do you do?
Mostly i go outside (if it´s not too cold), have an espresso, do some phone calls, listen to different music (hip hop, rnb, 80´s) and then i go back to work. My ears need a break too, otherwise after too many hours you can´t concentrate anymore and everything sounds the same because ears get tired too.
4. Do you think DJing makes you a better producer? Do you grab loops
from records/tracks or always make your own beats?
I think without beeing a dj or performing in any other ways music, you can be a good producer too, but while you perform you have the chance to see reactions on specific sounds, breaks, melodys which inspire me again to do my next tracks. Also when you perform you have also a great feeling for music and beats which can be very usefull with producing too. It depends, sometimes i mash up loops and sample and cut things out to make new ones, sometimes i start all over and create my own sounds and loops. Really depends on which track i m doing and which style. And i have enough time for a track or not, deadlines are sometimes really tight hehe.
5. How many songs do you finish per month?
Well i can have days where i finish a whole track in about 3 hours from starting with the mainloop until the final arrangement. Sometimes it takes much longer, even days or weeks. IT depends always on the mood, creativity, ideas. If my head is full with ideas and i m in a great mood to produce i can be pretty fast. If those things are not given, thx god we can hit the save button and continue the next days.
6. If you found someone breaking into your music studio what would you
do to the person?
I would take him next to my side and show this person how much work and love and passion has been spent to create all these tracks on this computer and how hard it was to achieve a studio like this over all the years, then i would slap the shit out of him and call the police haha.
7. What is the best snack to have around while making music?
I always have a sandwhich with melted gouda cheese and a “BiFi Roll” and of course loads of drinks. I love snacks.
8. Do you think buying new gear and software helps with creativity
Yes sure, always when i buy something new i get excited like a little kid and start playing around with the stuff and get always new ideas. I think everybody knows the feeling of getting something new and playing around with it.
9. If you were not a DJ/Producer what would be your profession?
hmmm good questions. to be honest i don´t really know. Probably still something with music. Sound engineering or selling hot dogs.
10. Tell us briefly what your master plan for world domination is in 2012.
I have many big plans for 2012. We plan enhanced music podcasts (which actually started already), alot of releases of other genres with new music partners (including you for example), expanding the bookings agency with more people, promote all of us more in the media again (videos, photos, tv) and many more which are my secrets and i can´t talk about them, otherwise this emails explodes and if you survive i have to kill you hehe…kidding…
For more info: frank-kvitta.net
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If you are in the New York City area next weekend, September 24 come to SAE on 1293 Broadway and hang out with Ableton, Propellerheads, Steinberg, Keyboard Magazine, Celemony (Melodyne), SSL, IK Multimedia and many more pro-audio companies. They set up exhibits in the classrooms and practice rooms. It’s a great chance to see and demo new (sometimes yet released/announced) products. There is also an extensive panel series. You can sit and watch a group of people chat about a number of music related topics. I will be speaking on the “The Future Tech Tools Guide: How to us new music platforms & APPs to build your business & create a better workflow.” panel. The event is free but you have to register in advance. Come say hello: imsta.org/imsta_festa.php
“IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology, features exhibits from the major music technology companies on the market today as well as the highly educating Shocklee Innertainment Panel series about music, creativity and business. Come hang out with NYC’s community of musicians, producers, engineers, DJ’s, artists, managers, studio owners, coders, music students and audio tech enthusiasts. You never know who you may run into.” – imsta.org
Register today: imsta.org/imsta_festa
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