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

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

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!