Monday, November 29, 2010

A Shulakan Christmas - A Christmas Album

Any of you that know me personally, know that a long time ago I used to record really strange music under the name Shulaka. Well in late 2007 I returned to form and recorded an album's worth of classic Christmas songs Shulaka style.

I sent it in CD format only to family and close friends but now I'm putting it on the interweb for you to get your Christmas freak on!

It features nearly all the timeless Christmas hits you remember like, "Frosty The Snowman" "little Drummer Boy" "Jingle Bells" and more!

DOWNLOAD A SHULAKAN CHRISTMAS

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Two Words - Concert Toms

Ever since I got this old Japanese Powersonic concert tom off of a guy on an ebay deal and used it at Borracho's, I've started to become obsessed with these weird and somewhat universally despised drums that were very popular in the 1970s.

If you are unfamiliar, Concert Toms are basically a regular tom minus the bottom head and hardware. They started out as a way to make drums stack into one another, then sound men in the 1970s realized the ease of mic-ing drums from the bottom inside the shell, so it would cancel out all of the outside sound.

I listened to the recording of my show when I was using the concert tom, and I found myself loving its weird bouncy and projecting tone. Some people hate it, but I think it can sound awesome if used right. I plan on doing more experimentation with the concert tom sound in Dafrebos, especially right now since we are in the recording process.

The proof that they are just not popular at all anymore, is that there isn't a single drum company producing a concert tom drum set anymore. They sell the toms themselves, mostly used for orchestral purposes, but no concert tom drum sets.

Check out these awesome Slingerland kits that were being produced based on the concert tom concept.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanks to everyone for coming out last night

Thanks to everybody for coming out to see me last night and showing your support! You guys were all great!

As far as how I felt about my performance after listening to the recording and watching the video, I think it went pretty well overall, however I have a lot of ideas of how to make my next one better. For one, last night was far too improvised. I think my next solo performance will incorporate more solid structured songs. I'm looking into real-time midi triggering with my drums to help with live arrangements as well as will most likely use my laptop the next time to be able to monitor what is going on with headphones and possibly use a click.

Lots of ideas for the future!

I'm going to post selections of the video and audio once I pick out the parts I'm happy enough with.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

1986 (2009)

The concept behind 1986 was to make an oldschool space ambient album using pure synthesizer. 1986 was created using only a Casio CZ-3000 and recorded totally live with no overdubs directly to hard disk using the Ecasound command-line recording software for Linux. No added fx were used, all was done within the CZ. The success of this album was also what inspired me to create the Mothman Z3000 software synth which emulates the CZ-3000. Dowload it here!

Getting Ready For Tonight!

Playing a show tonight on the sidwalk in downtown st. pete. Spent the morning compiling sounds and ideas, this is the setup I'll be using plus drumset and probably cuica. Realistic Concertmate-200, Optimus cassette recorder, Phillips portable CD player, Crate mixer and my home-made optical theremin.

de la Mancha bathtub (Multi Band Compressor)

 


 

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Awesome usage of TX81Z by MACuriousX





Jlooper – Pure Data Patch

Well this isn't exactly a VST, but is actually a patch written in Pure Data for real-time 8 channel looping with filters, glitching fx, and crazy ring modulation. I used this on the first song on Yemaja and other tracks. It's crazy to use, not easy to understand, and you need to have Pure Data installed and configured for it to work. I wrote it so long ago, I barely remember how to use it myself. but the basic idea is to be able to plug a guitar or whatever into the input on your computer and have 8 channels basically endless delays that can be manipulated and transformed in real-time, they also can be made, non-endless so it's not really loops, but a totally insane delay fx with 8 simultaneous settings all going on at once.

If you don't know, Pure Data is a brilliant semi-graphical programming environment written by Miller Puckette It's not for everyone, but if you have time on your hands (a lot of time) you just might find it fun. If you can imagine it, you can make it with PD.

I'm not an expert programmer in PD, and my code is a bit sloppy and crazy, but the jlooper definitely makes some interesting sounds. Download it here. and If you don't have it, you can download Pure Data Here.

Oh yeah, you can also record directly to wav file right from within the jlooper.

Manasota (2007)

This was the first truly "Ambient" album I made. Much of it was recorded while I was living in the small town Englewood, FL. I spent a lot of time riding my bike on a small beach island called Manasota Key, where the album got its name. The music is all instrumental, no drums, very melancholy and at times almost psychedelic. Instruments used were mostly guitar, bass and synths.

Manasota has been featured on many Ambient sites as top 10 of 2007 as well as made CD Baby's Editor's Picks for several months in a row. It is commercially available on iTunes, CD Baby, Tradebit, and retail stores around the world.

Fireant (2005)

 

This is an album I recorded in 2005. I started it in 2003 and it took me nearly 2 years to complete. I put more vocals on this album than any of my other ones and some songs are even quite pop sounding. It features live drums, guitar, synth, plenty of vsts, loops, sequences, vintage midi and audio gear, vocoders, acoustic guitar and other stuff. The first track "Free yourself from the Zodiac" was actually recorded in 1996 on 4track.

I am rather proud of this one and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Get it Here!

Update 2.5.11 - Found some old photos of my studio setup at the time of recording Fireant, thought they'd be interesting to post here.

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Part of It 1 & 2 (2006)




This album was recorded in 2006 in my home studio "The Anthill" I used various instruments, programs and techniques on the recording ranging from Cubase, Protools Free (on old mac OS9) Linux based recording and virtual analog synthesis software, Live guitar, drums, bass, percussion, sitar, midi sequencing, vintage samplers, hardware synths, and probably a bunch of other stuff I don't remember.




Free Synths

The Mothman 1000 is the free version of the Mothman 2000. It is a fully functioning plugin but lacks the digital delay, velocity sensitivity and only has a total of 32 patch memory slots instead of the 64 that are available on the Mothman 2000.

  • 2 Oscillators

  • Analog / Subtractive

  • Phase Distortion Synthesis

  • FM Synthesis

  • 2 LFOs which double as FM operators

  • Built-in Oscilloscope


Click to download the Mothman 1000 for free

Mirror if the above doesn't link work

This Mothman synth is a pretty simple little gem. But don't let it's simplicity fool you. It is a two oscillator, two LFO synth that uses standard subtractive synthesis.  What sets it apart is the three custom waveforms in the the two oscillators. One is a "diamond wave" which was created using FM synthesis and the waveform image resembles a diamond. Two is an 8 bit saw wave, its an awesome buzzy and gritty saw wave. Three is a woodwind wave, used to create cool sounding flutes and other wood instruments. The LFOs can be routed to either of the VCFs or VCAs. Some patches sound rather Juno 106 sounding. Over all it is gritty yet warm, and vintage sounding.

Click here to download the Mothman 1966 for free!

Mirror if the above link doesn't work

Mothman 2000


The Mothman 2000 is now Freeware! Get it here!!

  • 2 oscillators

  • Analog / Subtractive

  • Phase Distortion Synthesis

  • FM Synthesis

  • 2 LFOs which double as FM operators

  • Switchable Digital Stereo Delay

  • Switchable Velocity Sensitivity

  • Built-in Oscilloscope

Mothman Z3000

CZ-3000 Emu

The Z-3000 is now freeware! GET IT HERE!!



The Mothman Z-3000 is the newest sibling of the Mothman synthesizers and this one is the best one yet. It's a 16 voice polyphonic synthesizer that features two Phase Distortion DCOs, two DCWs, and two DCAs all six featurethe famous 8 point envelope section that made the CZ synthesizer so famous. You have the ability to make some of the most complex waveforms you've ever heard.


It also has the stereo chorus, noise and LFO just like the original CZ-3000. Also, there's an added switchable velocity feature that gives greater expression than the original CZ, and an added analog style filter on DCA2 to give even more sound options. You can also pan the different DCOs to give more stereo fx. But other than that, I kept it pretty faithful to the original synth. Programming is very similar to the original CZs, the only difference being that on each 8 stage envelope there is a "scale" feature, which acts like a master envelope control to quickly lower or raise the length of the envelope all around without changing each one individually. You can even use the original Casio CZ-3000 Manual to understand the concepts behind programming this VST.


There are 64 preset slots with 18 presets already created. The sound of this synth is very similar to the real thing. Real phase distortion synthesis is used, real eight point envelopes and a cool "Mothman" design make this synth a must have addition to your VST library.


This is a windows only VST, sorry mac users one day I will make a synth for you guys too.


To purchase the Mothman Z3000 just click the buy it now link below and after payment is completed a copy of the VST will be sent to you. The price is slightly higher than my other VSTs, but the amount of work I put into this one I think makes it worth it. $24.00 USD.  Here's a little jingle a user created using the MMZ3000

Friday, November 12, 2010

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