Sunday, July 23, 2017

DrumFu – A hilariously cheesy but awesome drum solo by Bill Bruford

I just stumbled across this on YouTube and couldn’t stop laughing at how silly this actually was. At the same time, I loved it and really want a vintage Simmons kit now, haha!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Making Beats in Audacity with a Label Grid and Loops

This is a video made by request of José on Facebook. He asked “Hey. I use audacity but I don’t play drums or have anything to record drums. I wanted to record songs on audacity with midi drums but I don’t know how. Can you make a video on that, please? Stay cool!” Since Audacity doesn’t work with MIDI very well, I showed a work around by using a tempo track, label grid, and loops. Hopefully this will help Jose and others looking to make their own beats without drums in Audacity.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Please watch this [Cult of Materialism]

We all feel it. Humans need to change. Show this video to everyone.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The new Simmons SD2000 is the first electronic drum kit I’ve ever actually wanted!

Despite not even being out yet, the YouTube video being overrun by angry trolls, this drum kit is the first electronic set I’ve actually wanted. Simmons came back into the e-drum market a decade or so ago and has mostly been focused on lower end kits until now.

A few things immediately caught my eye about this kit, the classic hexagon shaped pads, the mesh hitting surface, the classic Simmons sound banks, and lastly but most importantly, the ability to sample and import your own sounds into the kit!

I really want one of these things!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

New Fornax Void video is live retro-tech juicy eleganza!

Fornax Void always releases good stuff, and his latest video is a true example of elegance in electronic/ambient music and the YouTube live stage. Definitely check this out and give it a like or 10. Also download his latest which is amazing at

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Psych is returning to USA Network for a feature length film!

Psych Movie

Today I was so happy to hear that one of my favorite shows to ever be on USA network, Psych, is coming back for a feature length movie this winter!

If somehow you don’t know, Psych is a goofy sidekick show with a fake psychic and his best friend that solve crimes along with his angry dad and local cops. I always liked Psych because of it’s lightness, humor, and just a fun show. They would often do parodies or tributes to other shows, like their legendary hat tip to Twin Peaks episode called “Dual Spires”, which reunited the TP cast before season 3.

dual spires

“On Monday, USA announced plans with Universal Cable Productions (UCP) for Psych: The Movie, featuring fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend, Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill). The team will reunite once again, returning to USA for the holidays, when the two-hour special premieres this December. Psych creator Steve Franks, who co-wrote the movie with Roday, is directing.

Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), Juliet (Maggie Lawson), Henry (Corbin Bernsen), and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) will also return for the movie, which picks up three years after the series finale. The ambitious friends — along with some returning fan-favorite characters — come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill-ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable Psych team pursues the bad guys, justice … and, of course, food!”


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

chip tunes music

An adventurous romp though new age enlightenment and extra-terrestrial soundscapes.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pulsewave, this Saturday June 17th NYC!

I’m super stoked to be playing this show with Orange Drink and Swamptalk this weekend in Manhattan at Babycastles. If you’re in the area, come check this out. Pulsewave knows how to put on events. There’s going to be a chiptune open mic before the bands, and rad visuals by Claire Kwong!

Pulsewave June 17th

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New forum is up!

I’ve never tried to hide my hatred of Facebook, and lately I’ve had more and more friends tell much how much facebook just stresses them out and they just don’t find it fun or useful anymore. This is one of the reasons I wanted to create this forum. The goal of this forum is to make a place to discuss all of the weird and fun crap nerds like us are into. Whether it be making music, Linux, Home recording, Python, Youtubing, UFOs or whatever, I hope to make a fun place outside of the stranglehold of social networks and provide something to do online that doesn’t involve timelines or angry rants!

New Forum Up!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Raspberry Pi Sampler Seqencer Looper Synth by Otem!!!

This is by far one of the coolest Raspberry Pi builds I’ve ever seen. Make sure you watch the performance at the end. This is completely amazing work. I love it! Otem used pure data for the programming and is available on his Github page.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Charles Demar, The Mod

Named after the Better Off Dead Character, Charles Demar, I spent quite a bit of time programming this one. It’s a really experimental track, but still melodic. I made all my own samples with Kawai K1, MicroKorg, and a Tama Imperialstar drum set.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

10 Reasons why Facebook is RUINING YOUR LIFE

1. Full of negativity – The news feed on Facebook has become a cesspit of all the horrors and injustices of the world. Horrible things have existed since as long as there has been reality. Being instantly updated every time there’s another shooting or attack somewhere in the world not only is useless, it is incredibly bad for the human psyche. Energy feeds energy and whatever you fill your mind with is what will manifest around you in life.

2. Rampant narcissism – I’ve been as guilty as this as anyone, but the platform just lends itself to it. I’m not trying to make you feel bad about doing it. We can’t help it, it’s part of human nature. But like most bad habits, the more you feed them, the hungrier they get. Then the more that habit takes over who you are. Try this experiment. For one whole week only take photos for yourself. Do not take any photo for any reason other than you want the photo. You’re not taking it to share, you’re taking it for you. What do you take pictures of doing it like that? I bet they’ll be pretty different than the ones you post on Facebook.

3. Constant complaints – this ties to #1, but some people just seem to only post rants and complaints about things. So on an average facebook feed, you are not only bombarded with every horrific piece of breaking news in the world, you’re also bombarded with every terrible thing that happened to everyone on your feed. I know it sucks when bad things happen. But who does it really help to complain about them all day in a blue and white box with thumbs under it? Facebook has basically become a modern day “swear jar” that people yell into to vent their angers and frustrations.

4. Rampant with intrusive ads – Facebook’s only actual purpose is targeted advertisement. Period. This is the sole reason why it exists, this is why they want you on it. This is why they’ll send you an email saying “so and so commented on your post” but not actually show you what the comment is in the email. Because they want you to log into facebook to absorb some of that sweet sweet marketing.

5. It’s useless – Since the 1990s you could chat online, post to forums, send pictures to each other, and even watch videos on computers (albeit lower resolution). But my point being is facebook does nothing new. They’ve basically tricked an entire population into thinking there’s some valid reason to use their service. There really is not. Before Facebook, there was Myspace, before Myspace there was Friendster. Nobody goes to either of those sites anymore, and nobody has lost anything in their lives with their absence. You can leave Facebook and will still be able to do everything you can do online without it.

6. Too much information –  It is 100% possible to survive in the world without knowing about 100% of everything that is happening on every corner of it every second of the day. I don’t watch news. I hate news. So why would I want a never ending constant stream of it in facebook form? I don’t. This is why I use a facebook feed blocker. (just google that and you’ll find one). It is quite possible to be TOO INFORMED. If you don’t want to delete your account, you can have a “passive account” as I call it. Get a feed blocker, as well as a timer extension for your browser so you know exactly how much time you’re giving to Zuckerberg. Don’t give him more than 5 minutes a day. He really doesn’t need any more attention, he’s had enough.

7. There’s way more creative things you could be doing with that phone or computer – You hold more power in the palm of your hand than all of NASA had when they were conducting the Apollo Moon Missions! There’s sooooo much more you could be doing with that power other than tapping little thumbs, hearts, or TYPING IN ALL CAPS ABOUT TRUMP. In the 1980s kids would learn how to program their Commodore 64 to display their creative graphics, art and music. People would write their own databases to store friends birthdays, recipes, family trees etc.. etc… Every version of Windows since 3.1 comes with a free paint program called MS Paint, and some people have created amazing work with this program over the years. Computers can do wonders if you actually learn a thing or two about them. Don’t think you can do that stuff? Not if all you’re doing is tapping thumbs and buying crap you don’t need thanks to targeted advertising you can’t. But if you actually took the time to do it, you absolutely can.

8. Time waster – Human life is a tiny spec of time in the grand scheme of things. I’m 41 years old already and I remember 21 like it was 10 fucking milliseconds ago!!! Do you really want to look back at your life when you’re 85 and think about all the thumbs you tapped, useless crap you bought, and pointless ranting arguments you got into about politics on a tiny 5” screen? Really? this is what we want to do with our time on earth? There’s a whole world of experiences out there that exist outside of screens. There’s bicycling, hiking, scuba diving, hang gliding, running, walking, going to the beach, fishing, learning new languages, dancing, yoga, weight lifting, etc.. etc…  Go do them and don’t post it on facebook! Then the next time somebody asks you “what have you been up to?” you’ll have all this stuff to tell them and they’ll have no idea you’ve done all that.

9. It’s boring – Do you keep scrolling through Facebook looking for something more and never finding it? Guess what, you never will. You’ve seen it all already. It was all there on day one. You’ve been tricked, you’ve been had, you’ve been hypnotized into a reality that isn’t real, isn’t yours, and just isn’t important. Life is passing you by. Break free right now.

10. It’s just a fad – Just like Friendster and Myspace, Facebook will die. It may have lasted a tad longer than the aforementioned sites, but it’s days are numbered. It has shown a drastic decline in usage in the past few months. And when it ends and everyone jumps ship and goes to the next pointless time wasting internet purgatory, will you go with them? Or will you be too busy writing the program that makes time travel possible, biking across Canada, teaching kids how to paint, and going for a walk with your Grandma?

The choice is yours.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Audio Sampling Directly in Amibian Raspberry Pi for Amiga Mods

I recently got a Raspberry Pi 3 so I could setup an “Amiga” using the amazing Amibian. If you are not familiar with this, and you’re a vintage computer enthusiast, you definitely need to check this out. It is a Pi Linux distro that boots DIRECTLY into an Amiga emulator, so it is basically like having a real Amiga. You can get one set up for a fraction of the cost of an actual Amiga, and it runs incredibly well!

Anyway, most people using this stuff seem to do it mostly for games. That’s cool, but my love of Amiga was always about music. I learned how to make electronic music using them many years ago, and have often wanted one again to go back to using Octamed and Protracker to create music. When I saw Amibian, I had to give it a shot.

I got it all set up and working great, but wanted to find a way to sample my own samples directly into the Pi and Amibian without having to do it on another computer and go through complex conversions and stuff to get the samples to work in Amibian. So I wrote a script to do it! To get audio input on the Pi, I used one of these cheap usb mic inputs from amazon, and can plug a mic, or line into the input and sample it using my script.

The way that it works is by using arecord, the built-in sound recorder for Linux, and a program called Sox, which is available in the Raspbian repositories, (apt-get update, then apt-get install sox). Then all you need to do is create a folder on your Amibian Pi called recordings, copy the script to there. Before you run it though, edit the script to include your sample directory on the Amiga side (nano you’ll see instructions inside the script. Once you update that single line, then exit nano and type chmod +x to make the script executable on your system. Then to run the script, be in the recordings directory and type ./ and follow the instructions on the screen.

Download asampler script here, unzip, then copy it to your pi

And here’s the usb audio interface I’m using. Any Pi supported USB device should work. 

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

18,000 Amiga .mods on 4 free ISOs! [AMIGA MOD ANTHOLOGY DOWNLOAD]

If you’re a fan of oldschool Amiga music, which I know you are. I’ve recently come across this amazing anthology of Amiga mod files in 4 downloadable ISOs that is over 18k songs strong! I’ve been listening to this non-stop for weeks now on my Amibian desktop (which I’ll also be writing about soon).

Here’s the links

CD 1

CD 2

CD 3

CD 4


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Robocop, It’s deeper than you thought

I always liked the film Robocop, even though it is a bit too violent in my opinion. However hearing the director’s reasoning for the violence actually did make me have a new perspective on it. Here’s a pretty fascinating short film about the film that’s very worth the watch.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Multitrack Recording on an Amazon Fire Tablet

I’ve been experimenting with recording with J4T on my cheap amazon android tablet. There’s potential here. Stay tuned for an update on this!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

DS Mix #1 – A Life History Lesson

I finally got around to doing something with my Mixcloud page. Here’s my first mix. There’s no specific genre, just songs I love.

Yello – Night Flanger
Ultravox – I Want To Be A Machine
Eugene – Change of Heart
Miharu Koshi – Image
Simon Phillips – Red Rocks
Folk9 – Chinatown
The Cabs – There Is No Tomorrow For Us
The Always People – Dragon Grip
Armisticio – Tus Ojos
Pat Metheny – Midwestern Night’s dream

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Demonic Sweaters – MIDIPLUS [Drum Playthrough]

The song MIDIPLUS was created using Rosegarden and Qsynth with my custom made Kawai K1 soundfont and the Hexter DX7 emulator for Linux. I sequenced the track music all in Rosegarden, then used the Jack sync feature to sync to Mixbus and recorded the drums. I then outputted the audio from Qsynth into Mixbus and mixed it all there. Unfortunately I only had 4 channels for drums to work with this time and since all 5 toms were bussed to a single channel they came out sounding a bit thin. Oh well, still had fun and think it came out decent. The song is in 7/4 and I wanted to do an odd time song with double kick, so this is the result!

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Drum setup:
2015 Tama Imperialstar custom Bop Kit Hairline Blue finish w/ 20″ kick
Mendini roto toms
Tama Iron Cobra hi hat stand (main hats)
Vintage Olympic hi hat stand (trash hats)
Ludwig flat base straight stands (crashes and 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)
Attack single ply medium coated on tom batters
Attack 2 ply medium thin skin coated on roto toms
Tama single ply clear tom resonants
Attack no overtone 1 ply coated on snare batter
Tama thin clear snare resonant
Attack No Overtone 1 ply Coated kick batter
Attack Medium Coated w/felt strip on kick resonant
PDP double kick pedal
Yamaha snare stand
Pork Pie throne

Cad KBM412 Kick
Nady RSM5 Ribbon Overhead
Cheap CAD dynamic mic on roto toms
SHS OM-450 x 2 toms (sm57 copy)
Pyle Pro PDMIC78 snare (sm57 copy)

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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!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Echoscape releases new music video, Half Moon (with me on drums)

I’m really honored to have taken part of this amazing EP by Echoscape and am featured in his new music video which was half produced here as well as in Japan. Echoscape is Satoshi Inoue who writes all the music and plays most of the instruments. On “Half Moon” I played the drums as well as helped record and produce the EP.

Check out the video above!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Anika Nilles – Mister [first single from new LP, Pikalar]

Anika Nilles just posted her first single off the new album, Pikalar and it is pretty damn good. Don’t worry drummers, she didn’t tame down the playing at all. There’s some completely insane fills in there as well as some very interesting time changes. Her snare sound keeps getting deeper, and though this isn’t my favorite type of sound, she makes it work. Great video and her facial experssions are pretty great. Check it out and get the new album, I just got it on google play, getting ready to listen as I write this!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Anika Nilles Debut LP, PIKALAR, Announced!!!

I have not been this excited for the announcement of an LP in a REALLY LONG TIME. Maybe not ever! Anika Nilles is probably my biggest drummer inspiration in the past several years, and up until now we’ve only had her hand full of youtube singles to satisfy our need for more Nilles. Now there’s a full LP coming out that’s been in the works for the past year and a half.

Nilles mentions in the video that she wanted the album to be more for people who love music and not just for drummers. Though some may be nervous with this statement, to me this is great news. Her newer tracks have been moving into a more Synthwave direction (But with sick live drums) and I’d love to hear more of that type of work on PIKALAR!

So excited about this! Official release date is February 27th!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

An Interview With Hiromi Uehara

I was lucky to see Hiromi with Simon Phillips and Anthony Jackson at Blue Note back in 2013 or so and it is a real pleasure to learn her history and thoughts on playing live and recording in this really cool interview from Yamaha.

Her Trio Project is probably some of the most passionately played Jazz/Fusion happening these days and watching this group play is incredibly moving. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet after you watch this interview.

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Billionaires trying to break humankind out of the simulation we live in

One of my favorite YouTubers uploaded this great video about the fake world we live in. Check it out.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lincoln Discography [via YouTube / Emotive Hardcore]

I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve gotten for this over the years. The band I played drums in in the 1990s, Lincoln still gets fan mail to this day, and yesterday I got an email from Tomas in the Czech Republic who runs a YouTube channel called asking if he could do a video of all the available Lincoln material out there.

Since we’ve basically been sitting on our hands as far as doing an official release (still may be coming one day) I thought it’d be cool for the fans to have this in the mean time, and agreed to let Tomas post it on his channel.

He does a great job with these videos and makes them sorta interactive where you can click inside the vids to hear the different material. Check it out.

You should also check out Tomas’ band they have a double LP out on vinyl.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Amiga Video Guide Surfaces on YouTube [Amiga Computer]

If you’re like me you love watching these old computer demonstration videos. Let’s make computers magical again, shall we?


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Monday, February 6, 2017

External Guitar FX with Raspberry Pi and Pure Data

I love the amazingly creative stuff people are doing these days with all the fun toys out there! Hats off to doitnowlabs for this cool project!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

RPG Style MIDI Music [Rosegarden FluidSynth Linux]

Here’s a pretty 90s sounding ambient song that I could see in an old top down RPG in some exotic land. I composed the track in Rosegarden and used the Qsynth/Fluidsynth soundfont player for sounds. The soundfont is of a Kawai K1 Synthesizer. Dedicated to Fornax Void.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

My Percussion Track “Batucada Florida” used in Novo Fogo Ad

Pretty cool when my music gets licensed and I am actually able to track down where it went. This song was a part of a series of Batucada tracks I recorded using all authentic Brazilian percussion instruments.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Facebook Addiction and Tools To Quit

Are you wasting your life on Facebook? This is a real problem and a real addiction. I share my tips on how to control it and eventually quit.

I’m still a bit new to making these kinds of videos so the flow is a bit wacky, but hopefully you get what I’m saying and it’s helpful.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Some Pretty Clouds In Florida

This would look nice on your desktop

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Free Casio CT-370 Soundfont by Demonic Sweaters

This is something I worked on for quite a while. I have a Casio CT-370 keyboard from 1987 that I use on a lot of my recordings, it was used extensively on the albums Atlantis Falls and Polybius. I took the synth and sampled every single sound inside on all 5 octaves the keyboard has and painstakingly made them into an sf2 file using Swami on Linux.

I went through and recreated every single preset on the synth, as well as all of the percussion sounds. In addition to that, I created 16 of my own presets using samples from the synth. All of the music in the above vid are from the soundfont.

Now this synth can be used freely in the world of MIDI and is completely cross platform. Sf2 files, or Soundfonts, are an old way of collecting multiple samples into one file and can be played in any Soundfont player on Windows, Mac or Linux. LMMS features a great sf2 player, and Linux has Fluidsynth, others exist for both Mac and Windows that are free of charge. You can now add a full Casio CT-370 to your arsenal of sounds!

Dowload it here!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Mana World Soundtrack

Lately I’ve been playing the game Mana World, and I really love it. I’m not that high a level though because I just don’t have enough time for gaming. One of the things I love about the game is the music. I couldn’t find an official download anywhere, but there’s a youtube playlist that includes nearly everything.

I love The Forest song.

If you don’t know Mana World is a great pixel art looking RPGMMO that has a client for nearly every type of system in existence, even Linux and Chrome OS! It’s fun to play and there’s some very cool people in there. If you want to find me in Mana World, I’m D. Sweaters.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

CDs arrived from Japan – Half Moon by Echoscape

Got a cool package from Japan today from my good friend Satoshi Inoue. His project, Echoscape features me on drums on the EP, Half Moon. The CD came out great and has very high quality eco-packaging with a full color insert.

We recorded it half here and he finished it up in Japan. You can order it at Echoscape’s bandcamp page on CD or digital download. Definitely check it out. I’m super proud to have played drums on this amazing release!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Facebook addiction and a tool to stop it

Facebook is basically half of the internet for a lot of us. I spend FAR TOO MUCH TIME ON THIS WEBSITE. It’s a double-edge sword, because on one hand it’s a great too for marketing and sharing my ideas and work. On the other hand it’s filled with negativity, gossip, and MASSIVE MINDLESS TIME WASTING.

I finally decided to do something about it and started looking for ways to make me spend less time there. I found this great chrome extension that can time you, and alert you when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on facebook. Get it here!

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1968 Slingerland Drums Sound Font | sf2 free soundfont! Download

Here’s a little soundfont I made of my sister’s 68 slingerland drum set. You can download it at here The video is just some simple patterns I put together in seq24 just to demo the samples. Pretty cool vintage sounding drums. This soundfont is cross-platform, but you will need a soundfont player.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017


The legendary Twin Peaks TV show by David Lynch and Mark Frost has been in the works for what seems like an eternity and part of me was honestly wondering if it was ever going to really happen or not. Looks like now an official date has been released by Showtime (MAY 21st) , so my excitement is really peaked (pun intended) now!

The show will start off with a bang and a special TWO HOUR PREMIERE! Holy cow! Check out the details at Welcome To Twin Peaks. 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meet The Real Boss Nass from Star Wars Episode One

Was JarJar really that bad? Maybe, but this is a great video where Brian Blessed tells some great stories of the 1999 film.

After seeing Rogue One I’ve gone back to rewatch all of the films and have been giving them a fresh take with an open mind. Chad and I are also doing a big Star Wars themed podcast coming up soon on The Wrong Way The Stripe Goes. I must confess to really loving Episode One this time. I’m excited to watch 2 and 3 tonight and tomorrow!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

JoJo Mayer Drum Lesson – Meditating On Patterns

this is a great lesson where JoJo Mayer shows how you can take a simple phrase and make it special.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Korg Electribe (the old one) performance of hyperactive insane oldschool techno sampling

There was a lot of buzz about the Korg Electribe 2, but lets not forget the older Korg Electribes were some serious music makers, especially when at the hands of a skilled user! I stumbled across this performance by christolikid les oreilles libres that is quite banging. His insane hyperactive beats are mesmerizing and he uses the sampling features of the Electribe incredibly well!

The Electribe SX EX-1 was a somewhat strange unit in that it had two vacuum tubes visible through the front panel that were attached to the amplifier section. This was a pretty strange marketing tact since “tube snynths” were a thing like…. never. But still, there definitely does seem to be a rather warm tone to the EX-1.

Korg esx1performance

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Steve Roach – Spiral Revelation ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Steve Roach has always been a huge inspiration to me. His music is timeless, spiritual, hypnotic, and engrossing. This album especially is one of his best I’ve heard in a while. Though all are good, there’s a certain magic to this release that really resonates with me. I got it on CD and it sounds amazing. The CD came packed with such care, and inside there were several postcards with info and a very cool one of Steve in 2016 and on the reverse in 1983. There’s such clarity and depth when listening on headphones. I greatly admire this man’s dedication to his art and consistency over so many years. This is essential Steve Roach.

Highly recommended!

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Exclusive Pre-Release Stream of Polybius by Demonic Sweaters

My new album will be officially released on 1/11/17 at, but you can check it out right now at long time DS supporter, Ronan Conroy’s blog!

Ronan has always been a huge supporter of what I do, possibly the biggest supporter. I thank him once again for hosting this exclusive stream. You can stream the whole album for free now, as well as pre-order it for only $5!

Thanks Fornax Void for the Polybius gif

The legend of Polybius goes that In 1981 a strange video game showed up in a select few arcades in Portland Oregon. Kids who played the game seemed to experience amnesia, forget who they were, where they lived etc, and suffer from extreme night terrors.

The game was reportedly serviced by men wearing black coats who instead of collecting the quarters from the games, took only data from “records” inside the machine. Rumors were starting to grow that it was developed by some military intelligence agency such as the CIA.

The game was not around long and was pulled from the arcades nearly as quickly as it arrived. There is no known machine in existence today, but ROMs have surfaced over time, though the authenticity of them has not been verified.

The story of Polybius was first documented on the site in 1998

I first learned about the game on the Astonishing Legends Podcast, and thought the story was so amazing and also felt it was the perfect inspiration for my new album.

So here it is

Recording details:
Three main recording devices were used in the making of this album and will be listed as Systems 1, 2, and 3 in the rest of the liner notes.

System 1 – 2007 Black Apple Macbook running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Mixbus 3 with Jack as it’s primary DAW.

System 2 – Zoom PS-04 handheld digital 4 track

System 3 – 2012 Samsung Chromebook running Ubuntu 12.04 w/ IceWM desktop environment and Ardour 2 with Jack as it’s primary DAW.

Individual track notes:

1. The Wrong Way The Stripe Goes – Recorded on System 3. Casio CT-370 for drums and synth sounds, as well as AMsynth (LADSPA software synth for Linux)

2. Helicopter Cop – Recorded on System 1. Music sequence created in LMMS using all software synths/samples contained within LMMS software. Stems exported and mixed in Mixbus3, live drums recorded using Alesis IO4 audio interface in conjunction with built-in audio for 6 channel input. Mixed in Mixbus3.

3. Ghost Image (same as #2)

4. Cerulean Blue – Recorded on System 2. Synth sounds were played on my Mothman 1000 and 2000 software synths for windows running on wine on System 1 physically routed to system 2. Exported to and mixed on System 3 in Ardour 2.

5. AM Ultra – Recorded on system 3, sequences created in seq24 using Hydrogen, Amsynth, Zynaddsubfx, and Hexter softsynths for Linux. Mixed in Ardour 2.

6. Polybius – Recorded on System 2 (long recording mode 15.62khz sample rate) Synths all played live on Casio CT-370. Drums recorded with two mics, kick and overhead mixed to a single track with a behringer micromixer. Mixed on system 1 in Mixbus3.

7. Tunnel of Dark – Recorded on System 2 (hi fi mode 31.25khz) Bass and drums recorded (1 mic) and exported from System 2 to System 3 and guitar was recorded directly into Ardour 2. Mixed on Ardour 2.

8. Flowers – Recorded on System 2. Main sequences created in LMMS, drums recorded in (2 mics) Aurdour 2, mixed in Ardour 2.

9. Autumn Sun – Recorded on System 1 except with Mac OS 10.6 and Cubase LE 5. Guitars and basses are all sampled and played via midi within Cubase. Drums recorded in (6 mics) and mixed in Cubase.

10. dev/null – Recorded on System 1 except on Mac OS 10.6 using Ableton Live as DAW. Synth sounds played on Casio CT-370 and sequenced in Ableton. Drums recorded in (4 mics) Mixbus 3, mixed in Mixbus 3.

11. Overlapping Spirals – Recorded on System 3 with seq24 used to sequence midi, Amsynth, Zynaddsubfx, Hexter softsynths, Drums (2 mics) recorded in and mixed in Ardour 2.

All songs mastered on System 3 in Audacity


releases January 11, 2017

Justin Wierbonski – drums, bass, guitar, synths, sequencing, programming, recording, mixing, mastering, artwork

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

All the changes made to Star Wars 1977 (Comparison Video)

I stumbled across these videos while researching a new podcast episode we’ve got planned coming up and thought I’d share. I’m sure Chad and I will be talking about them on the next Wrong Way The Stripe goes.

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learning things while you sleep!

One of my favorite YouTubers just uploaded this cool video about learning things while you sleep. Turns out it is scientifically proven! Check it out!

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