Ron Winter Drum Kit

Stuck at your desk today at lunch? Need to get your Electrohouse on for a few minutes? I’m not sure if director Ron Winter created this “bangin” browser sample player or it’s from someone else. Nevertheless it’s a good five minute time waster. To try it out: click here

“In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song. The wide spread use of sampling in popular music originated with the birth of hip hop music in New York in the 1970s. This is typically done with a sampler, which can be a piece of hardware or a computer program. Sampling is also possible with tape loops or with vinyl records on a phonograph. Often “samples” consist of one part of a song, such as a break, used in another, for instance the use of the drum introduction from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” in songs by the Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mike Oldfield, Rob Dougan, Coldcut, Depeche Mode and Erasure, and the guitar riffs from Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” in Tone L?c’s “Funky Cold Medina”. – wikipedia.org/Sample

For more info: wikipedia.org/Electro_house

Cloud Promotion

Be warned the service I am mentioning today may not be legit. Would you pay to have your SoundCloud tracks played more? Cloud Promotion says it will get you a set number of “Plays” for money. It seems the service is based in Europe because their prices are listed in Euros and the English text is well messed up (fancy detective work I know). Some examples: 1000 Plays for 25 Euro or 5000 Plays for 75 Euro. The site looks very much like the SoundCloud site. Is it officially affiliated with them somehow? Does it matter who listens to your songs? I know I would like a target audience not just 1000 random people. Lastly, would 1000 Plays = 25 actual song sales?

I tried to find some mention of Cloud Promotion in the SoundCloud forums but I couldn’t figure out a way to search there. If I am missing an obvious way to search the forums someone please let me know.

“With cloud Promotion You Can Have A couple bunch of Traffic to your mix or track And Make Easy The Audience of Your Dream” – cloud-promotion.com

For more info: cloud-promotion.com

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

This week is Thanksgiving in the United States. Usually this means some extra TV or movie time. I have a music documentary recommendation for everyone. Last year a documentary called Anvil! The Story of Anvil was released. It tells the story of a band who didn’t make it. I think every musician on the planet will relate and laugh to at least some parts of this film. It has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Highly recommended.

“At fourteen years old, best friends Lips and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil, hailed as the demi-gods of Canadian metal, influenced a musical generation including Met allica, Slayer and Anthrax. Though Anvil never made it, they never stopped playing or believing. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now well into their fifties, set off to record their thirteenth album, This is Thirteen, in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dream.”

New York Times Review: click here
Rotten Tomatoes: click here
Official Website: anvilthemovie.com

MySpace Redesign


Welcome to the new Myspace

myspace | Myspace Video

MySpace has launched an all new redesign. It’s supposed to be much cleaner and sport a panel design not too unlike the Flipboard app for the iPad. I always thought the exodus from the side was a shame. I doubt they can regain their relavance. More importantly can we trust them to stop plastering large advertisements all over profiles? Here’s two articles about the reboot: The My-Fill-In-the-Space Reset Is Here, As Struggling Social Network Morphs Into Entertainment Hub (All Things Digital) and News Corp. Reboots MySpace in Quest to Recapture Young Crowd (Bloomberg).

“If the site doesn’t turn around, New York-based News Corp. will likely sell the business within two years, analyst Bank said. MySpace is worth about $300 million, Alan Gould, an analyst with New York-based Evercore Partners Inc., said in an e-mail.” – bloomberg.com

For more info: myspace.com

IMSTA FESTA Panel Review

I had a great time speaking on the “Geek Out” panel at this weekends IMSTA FESTA. The event put on by Shocklee has pro-audio companies show their stuff in different recording studios at SAE Manhattan. As I approached the street entrance a young guy stopped me and asked if I would buy one of his hip-hop CDs. I was surprised because I didn’t think I looked like a good target audience for him. I asked if he was coming inside and I was surprised again when he told me he had no idea what I was talking about. I let him know he should come up and there would be producers, djs and lots of stuff to check out. He looked a bit afraid and I got the idea he was probably 15 years old or so. Anyway I went in without him and wondered if there was anything at all on the CDs he was trying to sell.

On the 9th floor of SAE there were about 10 security guards in the halls. Once I meandered into the recording studios I knew why: there was lots of nice equipment inside! Immediately I ran into Fady Hayek who is the National Sales Manager for SSL. I was a regular at the Club Cubase meeting he ran when he worked for Steinberg in the 90s. James Bernard had a nice audience watching him go through some amazing tricks and tips with Reason and Record. I love watching him demo stuff. He really gets the software, knows the shortcuts and makes you want to run home and do it yourself.

In the VIP room I met Peter Kirn (Create Digital Music) for the first time face to face. We spent some time thumbing through the latest Keyboard Magazine where Peter wrote the lead story about Moog. We instantly got into the Voyager XL and how it doesn’t make any sense and how awesome it is. I met the Micah Frank from Puremagnetik who apparently I had some emails correspondence with in the past but forgot. Sorry Micah! I briefly met Julie Covello (DJ Shakey) from Warper and we moved to the panel room. We decided to each chat about the one thing that’s blowing us away these days. Peter chose Pure Data and explained in other words it’s the code he’s got a passion for. That it can be on his old desktop machine or his phone and it’s been with him a long time. He’s pure geek for sure! Julie picked SoundCloud and YouTube. I didn’t even consider a non-tangible object so props to her because I think we all spend more time in Social Media than making music (shame on all of us!). I thought her pick was a right on. Micah picked Renoise the old school Tracker that was recently updated. I made the obvious choice to everyone that knows me… iPad! What was unexpected is upon polling the crowd we found that only two people there owned iPads besides me. I showed off iElectribe, SynthPond and SoundPrism. We had a short Q&A where we learned Micah translates earthquake data into sample packs. Yep… he’s a geek too. Propellerheads let me give a few shirts and hats away and it was a wrap. Thank you Jo-Anne for inviting me I enjoyed it greatly!

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Mixcloud

What is Mixcloud? from Mixcloud on Vimeo.

A friend of mine linked to her DJ Set on Twitter and upon clicking I found it hosted on Mixcloud. I’m always making DJ sets with Traktor and Torq but stopped posted them online because there wasn’t a legal way. It seems Mixcloud is paying (or attempting to pay) labels. Being 2010 the site has the usual social features where you can follow friends and connect your profile to Twitter and Facebook. I particularily like that you can embed your DJ sets as you can see below:

“Why can’t I download ? Mixcloud is a legal platform for on-demand radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes which contain copyrighted music. The only licensing option available at present is a streaming format, and Mixcloud is committed to providing a legal option which supports artists and ensures they receive royalties for the shows and mixes which contain music. In addition, the site can keep track of what you (and your friends) listen to, so we can make better recommendations and provide a more personalised site tuned to exactly what you like to hear.” – mixcloud.com

Follow me on Mixcloud: mixcloud.com/thingstocome/

Bands careers in 140 characters

Discographies is a Twitter account that sums up bands careers in 140 characters. This is like VH1′s Behind the Music on crack. If you like this Twitter account be sure to also follow shitmydadsays and Darth Vader. Here’s a few sample postings:

Nine Inch Nails: 1 angry; 2 angry & miserable; 3 angry & monotonous; 4 angry & sober; 5 angry & paranoid; 6 not-so-angry & ambient; 7 angry.

Britney Spears: 1-6 How we filled the sad, lonely years between the release of “Ray of Light” and the invention of Lady Gaga.

The Cure: 1 You’re 18…; 2-6 you only wear black…; 7-9…and the world feels beautifully sad! 10-13 Then your parents make you get a job.

Tom Waits: 1-7 scoobly-deebly bop-a-roonie, you dig?; 7-12 Captain Beefheart for girls; 13-16 Jimmy Durante for anyone under the age of 85.

Van Halen: 1-6 Sean Connery; 7-10 Roger Moore; 11 George Lazenby.

U2: 1-2 “Nice guy…”; 3-6 “…but what a windbag!”; 7-8 “He babbled about art…”; 9 “…danced badly…”; 10-12 “…and repeated himself.”

Cocteau Twins: 1 intelligible; 2 semi-intelligible; 3-5 unintelligible; 6 semi-intelligible (and best); 7 intelligible; 8 unintelligible.

The Stooges: 1 crazy (louder); 2 sexy (loudest); 3 cool (loud–thanks a lot, Mr. Bowie!); 4 none of the above.

Follow Discographies: http://twitter.com/discographies

RootMusic Facebook Demo

In a previous post, “Great Facebook Bandpages with RootMusic and ArtistData” I explain how I made my Facebook fan page for The Horrorist so pretty. Last night J Sider the CEO of RootMusic did a live walk through of their service on Ustream which I have embedded above. If you have used the service please leave a link to your Facebook fan page in the comments so I can check out your design and music.

“J Sider, our CEO, is going to demo how to set up and optimize a BandPage. He’ll start from scratch and give you the inside scoop on all the new features so you can get the most out of your BandPage.” – RootMusic

For more info: rootmusic.com

Advanced Search and CC comes to SoundCloud

SoundCloud has finally upgraded it’s platform to include Advanced Search. This was a desperately needed feature and is the cherry on top of the current best place to share music for musicians. In the past I had issues even finding my own uploaded tracks. You can now also get detailed genre, tag, label and track type searches. I can finally troll through “synthpunk” or “EBM” tagged tracks. There were Groups before but honestly people put their music in every group so it’s played more. I know they can do the same with Tags but it’s less an issue for some reason.

The Berlin company also have upped their integration with Creative Commons. They have added a special start page if your searching for CC licensed material: soundcloud.com/creativecommons and the SoundCloud Player now shows a CC symbol if the material is licensed. So now I can search my own username and find everything I released under a CC License: http://bit.ly/b3wE7i

For more info on the new features: blog.soundcloud.com/tag/feature/

Follow me on SoundCloud: thingstocome

Great Facebook Bandpages with RootMusic and ArtistData

I’ve never set up a Facebook Fanpage for my own music (The Horrorist). When I originally joined Facebook it was reluctantly because MySpace was still a living community and it seemed redundant. To top it off the music features in Facebook were seriously lacking. Two external services, one which ties into Soundcloud have changed my mind.

RootMusic helps you design a proper “Bandpage”. It pulls your music from SoundCloud and allows you to make something actually album cover like. In other words your not stuck in tiny font slash baby blue Facebook land. RootMusic also easily pulls in Vimeo, Youtube videos, photos from your Fanpage, and your Twitter and RSS feeds.

Lastly, it has integration with ArtistData. ArtistData takes your show dates and puts them all over your social media sites (Facebook, MySpace, Eventfull…) so you don’t have to do the repetitive task yourself.

For a much more detailed review of RootMusic check out this write up on TechCrunch titled, “Musicians – This Is How You Create A Great Looking Facebook Page”: click here

The Horrorist Facebook fan page: listn.to/TheHorroristmusic