Grandparents react to Dubstep

Honestly this is almost the same reaction I have when I hear Dubstep.

“Dubstep rhythms are usually syncopated, and often shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 138-142 beats per minute, with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar.” – Wikipedia

For more info: skrillex.com

via mrtunes

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 12, 2011 at 6:52 am, filed under 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.



Caught Cracking

There’s a long thread on Gearslutz about a video interview that came with a recent issue of Future Music magazine. Apparently the interviewee John Dahlback gladly showed off his computer screen to the FM cameras. The only problem is he was using cracked software and people were able to take screenshots from the DVD like the one you see above. He tried to smooth things over by releasing the statement below. If artists or business people can’t make a living doing what they are doing they will stop producing art and products. No one’s moral compass is always on straight but let’s try to do the right thing. Plug-ins are inexpensive and take a decent amount of effort to get into your hands. I don’t use cracks and either should you.

“Hey guys. Fun topic! Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that I DO have the license for LennarDigital Sylenth obviously. But just like everyone else (I suppose), I want to try vst plugins out before I buy them, in case it’s ****. And when it comes to Sylenth, I bought the license straight after. Reason why I didn’t uninstall the previous version for the registered one is because I don’t know if my saved presets would stay or be deleted as well. Anyway, good discussion. I can’t speak for Avicii, but everything I use has a license. To be a producer and expect people to pay for my music and NOT pay for my gear would obviously be ****ed up. Anyway, hope everyone liked the video. The track in the video will never be released due to lack of quality in my opinion. Just wanted to show people my working technique.” – John Dahlback

For more info: gearslutz.com/john-dahlback-future-music-masterclass-crack

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm, filed under plug-ins, political and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Veteran

My father had a huge impact on my music career. He tortured me enough and let me roam through NYC in the late 80s to make sure I had plenty to sing about in life. He also was fully supportive bringing home analog synths from his school’s music lab and then purchasing me a Roland S-50 sampler (story: here). It’s veteran’s day in the US today. My dad hated war and never showed these slides to us. After he died last year I found a few hundred of these. I scanned the first 20 this week and this was one of them. He is reading the Russian author Vladimir Nabokov who wrote Lolitta. If you knew my father a photo of him reading that book would make you laugh pretty hard!

“The Korean War (25 June 1950 – armistice signed 27 July 1953) was a conventional war between South Korea, supported by the United Nations, and North Korea, supported by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with military material aid from the Soviet Union. The war was a result of the physical division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II.” – Wikipedia

For more info: va.gov

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 11, 2011 at 7:23 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.



Brooklyn vs Bronx

Here’s two dance off competitions. Both are awesome in their own ways. I know humans are crazy everywhere but in the USA we know how to push it. Make sure you watch the end of Bronx vs Brooklyn… eat that China.

“Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music,[1] used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.” – Wikipedia

For more info: youtube.com/user/dcole74

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm, 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.



Music is Technology

The New York Times has posted an article titled Prophecy of Machines worth checking out. I agree with Max and Mr. Rzewski.

“Is music technology? Max Weber, in his last book, “The Rational and Social Foundations of Music, ” published in 1921, a year after his death, says, basically, yes.” – NYTimes.com

Read the article: blogs.nytimes.com//prophecy-of-machines

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm, filed under 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.



Limelight Movie

The nightclub that made me “famous” gets a movie. Besides the song I created I performed there over 20 times. Sometimes I performed on Friday for Future Shock other times on a Wednesday for Disco 2000. I was friends with Ernie Glam who was roomates with Keoki and Michael Alig. Thier apartment was as crazy as people say it was. Everytime I met Peter Gatien he was very friendly. I was even once in the money room. It’s was a room with a lot of cash in it and a guy with a gun at the door. A lot of cash. While NYC is a nice place to live now it’s soul moved to Brooklyn.

“As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien’s rise and fall against the transformation of New York City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of “Cocaine Cowboys.”" – magpictures.com

For more info: magpictures.com/limelight

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 14, 2011 at 4:27 am, filed under 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.



Henry Rollins on Rave

I’m all for people bashing electronic music if they are funny while they do it. He’s not funny. My advise to him would be to stick to music… if I liked any of his music.

“As a child and teenager, Rollins suffered from depression and low self-esteem.[1] In the fourth grade, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and took Ritalin for several years so that he could focus during school.” – Wikipedia.org

For more info: henryrollins.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm, 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.



Color Blind

Fourteen days ago the ESCO (Energy Services Company) which I am a partner of received some news. We were told we had to produce twice as much kWh Savings as the previous month in half the time. Thirteen of the fourteen days are over and I am pleased to report we pulled it off. These have been long days. Out of the house by 7:00AM. Home around 8:00PM and then a lot of computer work before sleep. The door to my studio has been closed for two weeks. I always crave making music. After a while not producing it feels like I’ve stopped seeing colors. I need to push a key and turn a button. I want to hear a deep Moog bass layered with bright Eventide reverb. I know most of my music making friends feel the same way. Tomorrow I have my meeting and we can show our worked hard for results. This coming weekend the sound and colors will be screaming!

“Color blindness or color vision deficiency is the inability or decreased ability to see color, or perceive color differences, under lighting conditions when color vision is not normally impaired. “Color blind” is a term of art; there is no actual blindness but there is a fault in the development of either or both sets of retinal cones that perceive color in light and transmit that information to the optic nerve.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wiretotheear.com/i-have-synesthesia

photo credit: Ms. Phoenix

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 4, 2011 at 5:44 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.



We Dress in Black

Another video example of a world I once lived in. What has been exploited and homogenized by Hot Topic’s in Malls across America once was underground and newsworthy. I think I need to raid my mothers closet again soon!

“Go inside this secret place tonight where black is in and the music is industrial strength and it’s always Halloween. On this Friday night we are going to take you to a nightclub you probably never knew existed. It’s a place where they dress in black and dance to Industrial Disco.” – Channel 9, Orlando

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 29, 2011 at 5:20 am, filed under music, political, video and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Wir Sind Angekommen

Wir Sind Angekommen – The Horrorist by thingstocome

A 9/11 song I recorded in 2001.

Days cold in time our prison trapped within the walls of lies. Holding back a voice and secrets in the darkness with open eyes. We pray for light for light and reason from the force of terror’s hands. But without any concessions now we stand and fight.

Gemetzel. Schlachten. Wir sind angekommen.
Gemetzel. Schlachten. Wir sind angekommen.

[Slaughter. Butcher. We have arrived.]

Keep moving. Keep moving forward.

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 11, 2011 at 6:34 am, filed under 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.



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