Sunday, November 12, 2017

Yamaha FB-01 FM Synth Module - Vintage Tech Reviews #5





The Yamaha FB-01 is an 8 part multi-timbral FM synthesizer module that features 4 Operators and excellent FM synthesis sounds in a small, half-rack sized unit. They were produced from 1986 to 1987 and can still be found for fairly cheap online. Find the latest ones listed on ebay with this link https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR10.TRC2.A0.H0.Xyama.TRS2&_nkw=yamaha+fb-01&_sacat=0

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Auterkeia EP on Cassette


My old friend Jeremy Powell, AKA Auterkeia sent me a cassette copy of his latest EP. It took me some time to finally listen to it since my cassette deck was not hooked up, but I got it back up yesterday and checked out the EP.

Jeremy describes it as "The music I made for this EP was heavily inspired by the World Music groups that I was playing with when I moved back to NYC in the fall of 2013.". A pretty modest description for what is an innovative and fascinating collection of songs that combine neo-retro style EDM beats with Caribbean rhythms, and tasteful woodwinds. Jeremy is an excellent Sax, Clarinet, and Flute player. On the simply titled "EP" his composition is as strong as it has ever been in the 10 years that I've known him.

There's a strong tropical, yet intellectual vibe to this collection of songs. Recording production is nothing short of excellent, and I highly recommend getting it on cassette. Since not only does the packaging look amazing, the natural analog tape compression complements the music perfectly and sounds quite excellent.

Very, very nice work.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Check out my latest LP, In The Park, now on Bandcamp


 Experimental, dark lofi selections, demos, and outtakes.
Track listing:
1. In The Park
2. Mothman Chicago
3. Drumtown
4. Sayonara Santa Claus
5. Based On Nothin’
6. Qi
7. Ah
8. Cosmo Boy
9. Night Gallery
10. Need To Know Basis
11. Lightning Witch
12. Drifter Love Song

If you wish to download individual flacs, you may do so at demonicsweaters.com/in-the-park/

Friday, March 3, 2017

One of the most insane Billy Cobham solos I've ever seen


I absolutely love Cobham, not only as a drummer, but as a musician and composer all around. However, I stumbled across this vid today on youtube and this has got to be one of his most mind blowing solos I've ever seen. There's two solo sections, the second one especially is completely off the hook. He's so in the zone, possessed, whatever you want to call it, he's feeling it big time, and it's a complete joy to watch!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Akai MPD 24 with Live Drums


This is a type of track I've wanted to do for a while. I've had the idea of making a song on the Akai MPD24 and playing drums to it, but was stuck with how to use the MPD with Linux. I finally figured out how to create a soundfont from samples I cut up myself and using fluid synth as a means to play them. Using a soundfont gives me nearly as much control, and in some ways more than Ableton's drum rack. I don't have anything against Ableton, it's great software. I just wanted to produce this whole track within Linux. I mixed it all in Mixbus, but still edited the video in Windows, Vegas Movie Studio. My cameras record in MTS which kdenlive in Linux has some problems with. I worked around this on the last few vids, but forgot this time, so rather than go convert everything again then re-edit in Kdenlive, I thought it would just be quicker and easier to do it in Vegas.

Sorry for the long-winded explanation. thanks for watching and commenting :)

Drum setup:
Custom Tama Imperialstar Hairline Blue finish 18x20 kick, 8x12 rack, 14x14 floor, 5x14 snare
Tama Iron Cobra hi hat stand (main hats)
Vintage Olympic hi hat stand (trash hats)
Ludwig flat base straight stands (crashes)
PDP boom stand (ride)
Vintage Nuvader Nickel Silver 15" Hi Hats
Meinl HCS 8" Bell
Kasza 17" Dirty Bell crash cymbal
Vintage NuVader 22" ride cymbal (Nickel Silver)
Meinl HCS 16" Trash Crash / Generic 16" brass crash bottom (trash hats)
Vintage Camber 18" Crash Cymbal (Brass)
Aquarian Studio X on tom batters
Tama single ply clear tom resonants
Aquarian Studio X Dot on snare batter
Tama thin clear snare resonant
Aquarian Response 2 Coated kick batter
Remo Vintage Emperor w/ Kickport 2 on kick resonant
DW 6000 kick pedal (sucks, I want a new pedal)
Vintage flat base Slingerland snare stand
Vintage MIJ canister throne

Mics on this one I did something new. I used only a kick and overhead, then blended that with the camcorder mic from my Sony HDR-CX240. It made it a very raw and cool sound. There is also some slight decimator (bit crusher) effect on the kick and overhead mics.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Demonic Sweaters - Helicopter Cop (Cyberpunk) (Drum Playthrough)



Sorry it's been so long since I updated this site. But I've got a pretty good one for you this time :)



A high energy track in 7/4. I started this one with no real idea of where it would go, but then it really took on a life of it's own! Cyberpunk Math Chiptune? I have no idea, but I think it came out pretty nifty.
The entire song and video were produced, recorded and edited in Ubuntu Linux 16.04. I made the main sequences in LMMS, then exported the stems to Mixbus 3.6. I recorded the drums into Mixbus using my Alesis IO4 along with the built-in audio interface on my core2 duo macbook using the jack audio connection kit giving me a total of 6 inputs! Though I only used 5 because my micro mixer has a mono output. So I just put both toms on one channel then panned them in post. I edited the video in Kdenlive.

Drums used:

2015 Tama Imperialstar Bob Kit Hairline Blue finish
Gibraltar floating tom mount system
Tama Iron Cobra hi hat stand (main hats)
Vintage Olympic hi hat stand (trash hats)
Ludwig flat base straight stands (crashes)
PDP boom stand (ride)
Vintage Nuvader Nickel Silver 15" Hi Hats
Meinl HCS 8" Bell
Kasza 17" Dirty Bell crash cymbal
Vintage NuVader 22" ride cymbal (Nickel Silver)
Meinl HCS 16" Trash Crash / Generic 16" brass crash bottom (trash hats)
Vintage Camber 18" Crash Cymbal (Brass)
Aquarian Studio X on tom batters
Tama single ply clear tom resonants
Aquarian Studio X Dot on snare batter
Tama thin clear snare resonant
Aquarian Response 2 Coated kick batter
Remo Vintage Emperor w/ Kickport 2 on kick resonant
DW 6000 kick pedal
Vintage flat base Slingerland snare stand
Vintage MIJ canister throne