Alexander Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin passed away today. He brought MDMA to the masses. I honestly think “E” is quite a different drug than any of the others. I think it really does help people.

“Born in California, he is credited with discovering and synthesising over 200 psychoactive drug compounds for psychedelic evaluation alongside his wife. Among these was MDMA, which is believed to have been originally synthesised by German pharmaceutical company Merck in 1912. Shulgin famously rediscovered the drug and was instrumental in bringing it to the attention of the wider world. Without him, dance music culture would be very different today.” – mixmag

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Shulgin

via mixmag

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 4, 2014 at 8:31 am, filed under political and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Coming Soon

I’ve been going through a lot in my personal life lately. Luckily for musicians change and life happening makes for great music. I’ve never been so exciting about recording as I am now. My day job has let me build a time machine our of music gear. I did an extensive interview at the Rockerill Festival last month which will end up in a few different languages and countries. They recorded my answers in audio and transcribed them so it’s an interview in which you can hear my real voice unlike many in the past. It was right after the show so I was pretty excited and talk candidly about a lot of things. When I was in Leipzig I was invited to record with the band Haujobb. I did vocals for a song now called The Dancer. It’s coming soon and the other side features Jean Luc Demeyer of Front 242. When you leave someone with your vocals that can make you sound pretty lame or like a master. They made me a master on this one for sure. I truly am thrilled with what they did. New album recording starts now. Your going to love this one. Time for the next round. The Things to Come.

“For certain things you want the real thing, like for bassline sequencing that’s gonna sound authentic, you want analog. You can do anything in digital but you have to work harder. Yo have to play with EQ, with effects etc. When you work with analog machine, you just play with the level and it sounds good. You don’t have to finesse it so much.” – Interview Excerpt (Oliver Chesler)

For more info: thehorrorist.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 7, 2014 at 5:10 am, filed under political and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The 80s Called

As you know I love most anything 80s. Apparently people from my age bracket are clearly working at advertising agencies these days. I used to love Radio Shack. My first computer was a TRS-80 CoCo. Radio Shack was a destination for me. I miss the isles of small parts and such. Sadly, today’s RS is basically a cell phone store. As a frequent flyer on Delta I noticed the past few safety videos have been pretty funny. The latest one is the best of course. Finally we end this blog post with a look at what Instagram would have looked like 30 years ago.

“The 80s called … they want their store back. 80s celebrities invade a RadioShack to take back their old stuff and make room for the RadioShack of the future.” – Radio Shack

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/1980s

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 4, 2014 at 5:48 am, filed under political and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



2014

What are the things to come for 2014? A new album and a new very special side project. Several big and small named remixes will leave the now heavily armed hardware studio. Live shows are already being set up for Stuttgart, Zwickau, Leipzig, Laucha, Naples, Lodz, Charleroi and more. DJ gigs are also being booked starting this coming weekend at Synthicide, Brooklyn (link)!

“2014 (MMXIV) will be a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium, the 14th year of the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade.” – Wikipedia

For more info: facebook.com/events/471785912930507

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:19 am, filed under political and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Ho Ho Ho

“Dashing through the…”

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

photo credit: Yotsuba&!

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 24, 2013 at 9:58 am, filed under political and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Tee Shirt

There are lots of T-shirts in this world. This is one of them.

“A meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” – Wikipedia

For more info: knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-d

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 9, 2013 at 4:23 am, filed under political and tagged . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Pink Floyd vs Pandora

I have a lot of friends in the movie and theater industry. I’m always amazed how their unions protect them. Musicians have basically been hung out to try. We have been experimented on by technology companies. Yes ok I love tech and that I can listen to any song I want anytime, anywhere. I love how I can be my own distribution and promotion company. Still there are some who take advantage of us and the streaming services are guilty of that. This week Pink Floyd wrote an opinion piece for USA Today I think you should read (link).

“Internet radio companies are trying to trick artists into supporting their own pay cut…. Sounds good. Who wouldn’t want to be “part of a conversation”? Who doesn’t support Internet radio? What scrooge would refuse to sign such a positive, pro-music statement? Of course, this letter doesn’t say anything about an 85% artist pay cut.” – Pink Floyd

For more info: usatoday.com/pink-floyd-royalties-pandora-column

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:07 am, filed under business, political and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



New York City Club Scene 1984

In the video above you see the emerging dance scene in NYC. If you ever listen New Order’s Confusion and thought wow this is well produced and really works well in a nightclub now you can know the reason. Producer Arthur Baker tells how he tested the track in club specifically to sound good there. At that time most music heard even in clubs had melody and lyrics. At 13:58 in the reporter amazingly has an epic thought and asks Baker if he thinks if eventually dance music will just be rhythmic without vocals or melody. He knew the future!

“The other question is what would be the next? Because things are becoming more and more rhythmic. Do you think we will end up with just complete rhythm records with no melody whatsoever?”

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Confusion_(New_Order_song)

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:30 am, filed under live performance, music, political and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Dance or Die

Good thing I love to dance.

“Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is performed in many cultures as a form of emotional expression, social interaction, or exercise, in a spiritual or performance setting, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans or other animals, as in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as a mating dances.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 29, 2013 at 8:57 am, filed under political and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Froot Loops Straws

How is this even happening? Mutant retards are taking over this country. When the guy in the video first sips the straw it makes a sound and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Everyone needs to go read Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss. The book should be mandatory ready for every US citizen at this point. I can’t stand to look at another fat person. The song Dominator starts the video… he’s bigger for sure. Edit: Before I take heat here… I know lots of heavy people that I love, respect etc… just saying it would be better if they were healthy.

“From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.” – Amazon

For more info: Sugar Fat Salt and Fruit Loops

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 26, 2013 at 6:08 am, filed under political and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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