Sunday, December 8, 2013

Demonic Sweaters

Just wanted to let all of you know that I haven't been updating this site as much these days because most of my time is being spent on my newest project Demonic Sweaters Feel free to head over there and follow me on tumblr. All of my newest releases are located there.

Thanks,

Justin

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

G-Stomper for Android & New Demonic Sweaters

Ever since my first Android smart phone I could see the possibility of composing on these tiny touchscreen devices and quickly started downloading a plethora of apps and software synths. I even played around with apple mobile stuff like Garageband. All of them were cool, but nothing to really really create on in my opinion. Many of the Android apps were wonky, or unstable, some pretty cool, but just more like toys. iOS has some good ones that are stable like Garageband, but it seems to be more like a wannabe DAW and honestly just wasn't that fun to use even though it is high quality. 

Then recently I was wanting to make some electronic music again, but had grown tired of using Cubase, Ableton, with midi controllers ect... and was considering purchasing a hardware sequencer or groovebox until I happened to stumble upon G-Stomper, a beatmaker sequencing app for Android. 

Just by hearing the demo on this app I could tell that this one was a higher quality than many, and I really liked the familiar hardware-like layout of the gui. I installed it on my low-end $69 nextbook 7 tablet and was really impressed with it's stability, quality of sound and ease of use. Not only that, it had a full PDF manual, active soundcloud group, as well as a user forum with some very helpful and friendly people, so I quickly dove in and spent the past two weeks focused on working strictly in G-Stomper

What came of it is the third Demonic Sweaters release, this one fully focused on electronic music, as well as even including a few dance tracks, which is something I had never really attempted before. I had a great time making this album, and did it all on my nextbook while either laying in bed, riding the subway, standing in the middle of midtown Manhattan, or basically anywhere I had a spare moment. 


The author of G-Stomper is very active on the forums as well as quick to respond to any questions or just friendly chat which is really cool. The app is really easy to use your own samples, you just put them in a folder, copy them to your device then point G-Stomper to where they are and load them up. Workflow is very similar to groovebox style sequencers, you get buttons where you assign samples then select which sample you're using and start sequencing. There's also a note view, built-in assignable fx like dalay, distortion, bit crusher, and my favorite, a whole bunch of analog sounding filters that are completely automatable and sound great.

This is the must have app for making music on your Android device. I did all this with a crappy single core nextbook, a nexus 7 or other quadcore tablet would really be fun! 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Dan Hosker 12/9/65 - 8/11/12




Dan Hosker (December 9th 1965 - August 11th 2012) born in Beverly, Massachusetts, was an American rock and avantgarde guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist based out of South Florida. His distinct guitar style first gained wide exposure while playing second guitar with the experimental/noise band Harry Pussy and influential South Florida Punk band, The Holy Terrors. He also played with The Laundry Room Squelchers, The Bikes, The Girls Named Lourdis and Boise Bob & his Back Yard Band, in which he played the Banjo. Aside from regular band performances, Dan was an avid improviser, and played countless impromptu performances with many of South Florida's best improv musicians.

Hosker's guitar sound was unique in that he blended elements of punk, delta blues, avantgarde and jazz. He would take both the lead and rhythm roles depending on what the music called for. He mostly preferred hollow body, Gibson style, dual humbucker guitars, but was also known to play vintage Harmony's with dual single coils in certain setups. For amplification, Dan mostly used a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier.

His playing style was aggressive, somewhat dissonant and was very rhythmically advanced. His ability to mesh with the almost indescribable playing of Bill Orcutt of Harry Pussy was a feat in itself. As a multi-instrumentalist, Hosker would often use the cello on recordings to augment his guitar tones, creating dense dream-like and at times beautiful textures. His approach was always to create something spontaneous and unique. This technique can be heard most often in his solo work, Doersam. Hosker would sometimes incorporate dissonant open tunings, slide guitar and a cello bow (used on the guitar strings) in his performances.

Dan was known as one of the most prolific and experimental musicians in the South Florida music scene. As a multi-instrumentalist, Dan played guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, trumpet, keyboards, drums. Hosker was also a carpenter and was known to handcraft unique stringed instruments which he used in improv performances.

Early Saturday morning on May 19th 2012, Dan was involved in an automobile accident on his was back from a gig on I-95. He spent the following months in ICU in a coma, then passed away on August 11th of 2012 surrounded by loved ones.

Discography

Doersam (various inst.)
Lacrosse in the Birdhouse Doorway-1999 independant release
Porcupine Petting Zoo-2000 independant release
Doersam 4 song digital ep-2008 Cozy Music (still unreleased)
ALM Compilation "Whats for Lunch" Trk-Skipping Stones-ALM 1998
ALM Compilation "What are you on drugs?" Trk-Away-ALM 2000

With The Holy Terrors (guitar)
Spirit/Shine/Stranger 7"-1990 esync
Cigarettello/Bad Thing 7"-1991 esync
Live Six (cassette only)-1991 esync
Lolitaville-1994 Pound Records
This is what it Sounds like When Youre Dead-2001 Purple Skunk

With Harry Pussy (Guitar)
Untitled aka "Fuck You" (1997, self released) LP
Live at Salon Zwerge, Chicago (1998, Blackbean & Placenta) one sided LP
Live Fuck Love Songs (1998, Infinite Egg) LP
Live (1998, Cherry Smash) 10" - Note: final show, Churchill's, Miami 5/5/97
Split w/ Frosty (1998, Menlo Park) 7"
Split w/ Pelt (1998, Klang) 7"
Chuck +1 b/w Mandolin (1998, De Stijl) 7" (as Radiation Nation/Toxic Drunks)
Live Fuck Love Songs (1998, Hells Half Halo) VHS
Tarot or Aorta: Memories of a PRE Festival (2003, SmackShire) CD
Final Recording Session, Atlanta-3/5/97
You'll Never Play This Town Again (2008 Load)

With Nandor Nevai (cello)
DMT ROK-2007 Savage Land
Exekutioner's Extinktion-2009 Savage Land

With Laundry Room Squelchers (various inst.)
Starched Static and Tumbled Dry-1998
Gain-1999
G Spot Remover-1999
Drunker than Pollard-2000
It aint easy Having a Pussy-2000
Phi Phenomena on Wheels Tour-2001
2006 Tour (5 shows)-2006

With Gerard Klauder (guitar)
The External Organ-1999
Black and Blue-1999
Anti-Pope-2000
Anti-Pope Sheffield Drum Session-2000
Guitar Theives "Buzzards and Bells"-2000
Guitar Theives "9-9-99b"-1999

With The Bikes (bass and guitar)
Get Stolen-2006 ALM
Unreleased EP-2002

With Boise Bob and his Backyard Band (banjo)
Live at Radioactive Records CD-2010

With Wolfboy and the Fantods (drums)
Unreleased CD-2002

With The Girls Named Lourdis (guitar)
Released posthumously EP-2012 on justinwierbonski.bandcamp.com

With Aquafly (guitar)
Unreleased EP-1998

Film Scores:
She Sank on Shallow Bank-2005 dir-Clifton Childree
Something Awful-2006 dir-Clifton Childree

[edit]References

http://www.myspace.com/doersam/blog
http://justinwierbonski.bandcamp.com/album/the-girls-named-lourdis
http://squelchers.net
http://theholyterrors.com/
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2012/08/rip_dan_hosker_south_florida.php
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/crossfade/2012/08/dan_hosker_dead_46_holy_terrors_harry_pussy.php
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2008-12-18/music/the-holy-terrors-rise-again/
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/crossfade/2012/08/dan_hosker_dead_46_holy_terrors_harry_pussy.php
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2012/08/rip_dan_hosker_south_florida.php
http://savagelost.com/dan-hosker-of-the-holy-terrors-1966-2012
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/crossfade/2012/08/dan_hosker_dead_memorial_services_holy_terrors_harry_pussy.php
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2012/08/dan_hosker_holy_terrors_harry_pussy_in_remembrance.php
http://saltyeggs.com/dan-hosker-was-a-friend-of-mine/
http://indieethos.wordpress.com/tag/dan-hosker/
http://digunderrock.com/some-thoughts-on-dan-hosker/
http://deaf-in-the-left.tumblr.com/post/29233277740/dan-hosker-could-play-anything
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2012/08/dan_hosker_antipope.php
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2008-12-18/music/the-holy-terrors-rise-again/
http://www.basfisherinvitational.com/Clifton-Childree

Thursday, January 3, 2013

It Was Totally Evil Me - The Best of Justin Robert