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Monday, June 6, 2011

Cytomic presents "The Drop" resonance filter plug in

Cytomic have announced another VST called: "The Drop", an analog-modelled resonant filter plug-in. It's still in development with release expected before the end of the year. Several audio demos are available.
This should be handy for use in live. I'm looking for a better filter to hook up to the Uc-33e for live use.

The Features:
  • Dual filter section with a Lowpass followed by a Highpass.
  • Circuits include State Variable (e.g. SEM-1A), Sallen Key (e.g. MS-20), and more to be announced.
  • Loads of drive and character and analog style noise.
  • Full frequency range and perfect resonance tracking without oversampling so there is no delay for live use.
  • Huge amounts of resonance if you want and also a resonance limit button for DJ use to make sure you blast people's ears off at a gig.
  • Envelope follower, diode modelled, from input or sidechain.
  • FM from input or sidechain.
  • Two LFOs: one complex, and one basic.
  • Stereo and Mono processing.
You can grab yourself a demo from here...

Cytomic - The drop

Theres some demo sounds on the link too, its looking promising.
Whats your guys favorite filter VST?

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Aphex Twin live at Forbidden Fruit (Dublin 2011)

A master at work.

Life festival and dancing like no-ones watching

So here's my mate Tom turning up on youtube and grooving his face off in the process.

Life festival... Dance like no-ones watching.

A true believer in the ethos! How do you guys feel about your dancing nowadays?
I'm more used to being the other side of the stage these days.
I miss not giving a fuck and going for it!

Here are some other epic festival dancers.

That ones great because he's ginger.

That ones at the sasquatch fest. Looks pretty awesome.
And to finish up. Heres Buckethead kicking up a robot chicken groove WITH nunchucks.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Creator Noir L.P [Mech001]

Well ive been writing about music production and how to do it for ages, So I suppose I should post
some of my own stuff.

Here's my Noir album.

Its breakcore, jungle, jazz, classical & techno bass.

Inspired by french noir movies and detective films as well as film soundtracks with a twisty Phillip Glass influence.

Enjoy and share! Opinions always appreciated too.

Creator Noir L.P [Mech001]

and heres a direct link.

Direct linkage.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I, IV, V Progression & Song Writing

Songwriting is an important part of music production...obviously but before you learn how to form certain chords you must first learn about scales. 

A scale is a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. For every scale that is minor or major there are 7 notes, for example in the key of C the notes are C - D - E - F - G - A - B. and the 8th note (in this example will be C) goes back to the root note but an octave higher. (the 12th fret on a guitar).

Each note of a scale has a corresponding number from 1 to 7. So for the key of C it will be as follows:

C = 1
D = 2
E = 3
F = 4
G = 5
A = 6
B = 7

In order to make a major triad you will play the 1st + 3rd + 5th notes of a major scale.

In our example it is C - E - G, that's the C major chord.

Let's have another example this time using the C minor scale:

C = 1
D = 2
Eb = 3
F = 4
G = 5
Ab = 6
Bb = 7

In order to make a minor triad you will play the 1st + 3rd + 5th notes of a minor scale.
In our example it is C - Eb - G, that's the C minor chord.

Roman Numerals

Sometimes instead of numbers Roman Numerals are used. We go back to our example and use a Roman Numeral for each note in the key of C:

C = I
D = ii
E = iii
F = IV
G = V
A = vi

Roman numeral I refers to the chord built on the first note of the C major scale. Roman numeral II refers to the chord built on the second note of the C major scale, and so on. If you notice, some of the Roman numerals are capitalized while others are not. Uppercase Roman numerals pertain to a major chord, while lowercase Roman numerals pertain to a minor chord. Uppercase Roman numerals with a (+) symbol refer to an augmented chord. Lowercase Roman numerals with a (o) symbol refer to a diminished chord.

The I, IV and V Chord Pattern

For each key there are 3 chords that are played more than others known as "primary chords." The I - IV - V chords are built from the 1st, 4th and 5th note of a scale.

Let's take the key of C again as an example, looking at the illustration above, you will notice that note I on the key of C is C, note IV is F and note V is G.

Therefor the I - IV - V chord pattern for the key of C is:
C (note I) = C - E- G (1st + 3rd + 5th note of the C scale)
F (note IV) = F - A - C (1st + 3rd + 5th note of the F scale)
G (note V) = G - B - D (1st + 3rd + 5th note of the G scale)

There are many songs that have been written using the I - IV - V chord pattern, just about every Beatles song, Elvis tune, greenday & most blues tunes.

Practice playing the I - IV - V chord pattern for every major key and listen to how it sounds as this might inspire you to come up with a great melody for your song.

Here's a handy table to guide you. Now get writing. I haven't heard anything awesome in about an hour.

I - IV - V Chord Pattern

Major Key - Chord Pattern
Key of CC - F - G
Key of DD - G - A
Key of EE - A - B
Key of FF - Bb - C
Key of GG - C - D
Key of AA - D - E
Key of BB - E - F#
Key of DbDb - Gb - Ab
Key of EbEb - Ab - Bb
Key of GbGb - Cb - Db
Key of AbAb - Db - Eb
Key of BbBb - Eb - F

Monday, May 30, 2011

Music mash ups and craziness

I have recently got in to the habit of listening to semi commercial mash ups of popular "artists".
Though some of them are complete shit and just hacked at certain spots there are a few decent ones out there.

Some of the Depeche Mode ones are alright, but why does David Guetta have to get in on EVERY mashup?
The  producer is awful. His music is the lowest common denominator.
Do your home work folks. Or you may just end up like him.

I wouldn't mid his cash though to be honest.
Though you would have to work with Fergie and the god awful Black eyed peas.
I hear she is quite prone to pissing herself on stage too.

Keep a wide birth folks.

Anyways, here is a great website with over 3000 mashups to listen to and download if you wish.
If you find any decent ones stick em in the comments box!



Festival Surival Kit: Recommended Equipment for the wreck head

Festival season is now starting up.
Is it your first festival this year? Maybe it will be your last.
Heres some info for the first time festival go-er.
If you want to party your face off and not end up with shit in your pants and a lost wallet.
Heres some items to bring.

A tent (easy dome tent advisable, not an expensive one).
Some kind of flag or bright paint to fuck up the side of it so you can find your tent when fucked.
A torch or headlamp (well handy)
Sleeping bag or a big blanket
TOILET PAPER (important)
Spare ciggeretes or rolling tobacco. It can be a pain in the arse when you run out day 2.
Your own "funky stuff" of choice (best bought at home and well stashed).
Spare cash.
Swiss army knife (handy for everything)
A pillow if you have a girl with you or you are a girl.
Wellies (especially if you are going to Glastonbury).
Black bag (acts as a rain jacket and you can throw your crap in it).
Spare lighter (important).
Loads of socks
Any form of stupid hat (your head can get baked.. even in Ireland & England)
Vodka & lots of it.
Speakers to jack into your mp3 player.
Spare batteries or them cool wind up chargers (you can find em in Vodafone shops for a tenner).
Your sanity.
Box of condoms (In case you decide to explore your "other" sexuality.

Oh and tickets or a ladder / shovel.

Enjoy your weekend!

Forbidden Fruit Festival. 4th & 5th June 2011. Dublin

Possibly the best priced festival I have seen in a very longtime. The line up is perfect and the price matches the pocket of a recession.
I'll be there dropping acid up the front. 
See you at Aphex!

Day Tickets: E49.50 / Weekend Tickets: EU90

Heres the line up:


Kid Karate
Bipolar Empire
Land lovers


Cast Of Cheers
Not Squares
Tera Melos

Native Instruments Razor Synth Review

Native Instruments have done it again with the creation of a kick ass simple to use FM synth.
This beast can really wail and its very simple to construct your own synths. I find it even more simple than NI's Massive and it has started taking over as my main choice of synth.
As some NI synths can be it can be a bit RAM heavy, so make sure you are well juiced up if you want to run more than 1 at a time in your chosen DAW.
For $80 its not a bad price either. Unless you use "other" avenues for it.
A free Reaktor player is needed to run the synth, so you will have to be running that also.
Here's a video review.

Native Instruments Razor Bass Tutorial

Found this online looks pretty decent.
If you try sticking the Ohmforce Predatohm over the top of it with a low shelf compression & EQ you can get some real nasty bass.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gateway Festival launch party Dublin

25 acts. 4 venues.
Sweeney's Bar, Shebeen Chic, The Globe, RíRá.
More festival fun than you can shake a big festival stick at!

Admission Free!

/// The Globe

Wyvern Lingo
The 9 Bars Blues Band
History of Harry

/// Ri Ra

Lunar Disco
Sindig DJs
Plug Artists

/// Shebeen Chic

Bob Glynn + Brain
Jack in the Band
Mute Fish
The Whiparound

/// Shebeen Chic Basement

Noise Machine
Hassle Merchants
100 Flower Campaign
More Tiny Giants

/// Sweeneys Bar Upstairs

Preston Reed
The Lonely Schizophrenic
Creamy Goodness
Odd Socks Revival
Sleep Thives
Attention Bébé

/// Sweeneys Basement

Surge DJs
Lunar Disco DJs

/// Sweeny's Ground Floor

DJ Chanty Lace
Gramophone Disco

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gamepak presents: Herv

The electronic break & blipmeister known as Herv comes for his debut Gamepak gig to launch his new E.P Portable Music Vol. 1.

Gamepak brings you music from & inspired by video games in a friendly and interactive atmosphere.
Dust of your plunger & comb your moustache!

Entry also gives you Hervs E.P on cassete for your walkman. :)

All for only €8!

1/4/11 @ 9:30pm
O'Byrne's Beverage Bar, Capel Street, Dublin.

Heres some info on Herv who you should check out:

Portable Music Vol. 1: a record that was composed on buses, train  
platforms, and in friends' houses; concocted while commuting and on the  
go; a record that beats the clock and dodges your workplace's CCTV. This  
is Portable Music, released on April 1st by Boy Scout Audio, on limited  
edition CASSETTE tape for your personal stereo walkman.
With 'Portable Music Vol. 1', Herv returns to the world of hand-held  
gaming devices and to a new generation of gear uniquely suited to the  
adept knob-twiddling he has demonstrated on previous releases, and sees  
him train his hyper-active musical mind to focus on minute subtleties  
within square-shaped vignettes. With the user restricted to a mere 16  
notes per pattern and 16 patterns per track, he squeezes the last drops of  
musical juice from a Nintendo DS, battering the synthesised daylights out  
of the bare-bones Korg DS-10 software that is the sole sound source of the  
Herv had another reason for switching to portable methods: giving away  
music for free is all well and good, but a man's gotta eat. Returning to  
full-time day-job hours away from his studio, he soon realised that  
increased restrictions on his time would mean drastic changes were needed  
if his musical output was to endure. Adapting his methodologies to this  
end, he traded studio gear for portable devices.
Stalwart Dublin-based producer Herv has always had a thing about free  
music. His anarchist aesthetic becomes clear when you notice the number of  
free releases available on respected net-labels such as Acroplane,  
Net-Lab, Cock Rock Disco and The Centrifuge. By no means simple promos,  
these records are a match for his swarm of physical format releases on  
Irish and international independents, including labels Risc and Go Away  
Recordings, while remaining true to the net-label scene's DIY and chiptune  
roots. Herv is one of Ireland's premier and pioneering exponents of the  
chiptune genre, with tracks such as 'Party Gaff' (from the album  
'Customer', Go Away/Reconfiguration Records, 2006) standing out as one of  
the scene's most loved floor-filling choons.
Also in high demand as an old-skool-rave referencing DJ (with a  
free-download mix on Brighton label Wrong Lab), his production advances  
stylistically prog-influenced wildly modulating chord progressions, which  
jostle and balance jauntily against razor-sharp beat programming to  
melodically eccentric effect. Herv's music grabs hold of your  
channel-hopping attention span, bashing it against the speakers to the  
battle-beat of its perversely contrarian itinerary.
We've watched his music evolve from the experimental folktronics and  
concrète of his 2002 debut 'Snap Hands' into the full-frontal punk assault  
of breakcore excess. With later releases such as 'Gang Molded' (The  
Centrifuge, 2010) re-integrating his rave roots, his noise urges are now  
simultaneously and comprehensively satiated, not only in the layered  
subtleties of his Herv production aesthetic, but in the company of his  
alter-ego Muttermal and as part of duo Gland & Conduit.
And so, on April 1st, Gamepak Dublin and Boy Scout Audio are proud to  
celebrate the release [BSA003] 'Portable Music Vol. 1' by Herv. The  
release is available on strictly limited edition Cassette for your  
Personal Stereo Walkman, and on digital from April 14th through
Support on the night comes from Bluefood (Ghettoquietly, !Kaboogie),  
Glotchbot (Gamepak), PR! and SU7A7S of Siam Collective, with WuffaH laying  
down some deep and dubby 8-bit tinged vibes in the Bar area.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oxegen line up released

Irelands biggest festival line up has been announced.
Sounds pretty cool.

Decent acts on the list so far worth watching:

Paulo Nutini
Sven Vath
Foo Fighters
Primal Scream

Full line up:

Foo Fighters, Coldplay, the Strokes Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Paolo Nutini, Swedish House Mafia, Two Door Cinema Club, Black Eyed Peas, Tinnie Tempah, The Script, The Vaccines, Beady Eye, Plan B, The Minutes, deadmau5, the National, Beady Eye, My Chemical Romance, Weezer, Pendulum, Primal Scream, Bright Eyes, Imelda May, Eels, Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Calvin Harris, Jimmy Eat World, Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles, House of Pain, Chase and Status, All Time Low, Noah and the Whale, Fight Like Apes, Sven Vath, Hurts, Bloody Beetroots, Jenny and Johnny, Steve Aoki, Crookers, Mona, The Naked and Famous, Ryan Sheridan, Bipolar Empire, Madisun.

Bit expensive though eh?
I might just stick to private fests and the un-commercial.
Considering you will easily spend 400 quid over the weekend too.

And you can grab tickets from here   after selling a kidney or 2.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dolby Anol presents Red Leather / Yellow Leather

Tigerbass presents: Red Leather / Yellow Leather EP, Dolby Anol’s first
release of 2011. After their last three EP’s became a staple of many
big name DJ’s sets in 2010, the duo show no signs of slowing down.
Following the hard-edged techno of Sandy Bitches, the smacked-up
disco of Cameroon and Far East rave-inspired Visa / Mastercard, this
EP is a dark lesson in strutting contemporary acid, as suited to the
bedroom as it is to the dancefloor. Red Leather’s percolating acid
synths keep rising and building, while reverb-heavy breakdowns and
what sounds like a deranged woman’s pleas for a better world keep
the track grounded.
Mirroring the title track is the more accessible and direct club
version Yellow Leather, touching on tech-funk influences and minimal
house. Yellow Leather is Red Leather’s older more voluptuous sister
you just can’t keep your hands off of.
First on remix duties for Red Leather, Kid606 & the Acid Trap bring
you a funky dueling 303 meltdown, recorded live and then edited into
dancefloor oblivion. Finland’s Obi Blanche (New Judas, What what!)
comes next after a string of charting remixes for Boy 8-Bit, Les
Gilettes and Zombie Nation. He chops and meads the original into
something unpredictable and exciting.
Last but not least is San Francisco’s C.L.A.W.S., pulling the track
back to the champagne room to make a percussion-heavy space
disco trip – a great warm-up or come down (we’ll try both and let
you know).

Another notch in Dolby Anol’s increasing number of mini-genre
exercises, Red Leather / Yellow Leather will have their increasing
fanbase thirsty for what they have in store next – a ten track mini-album
release with the intriguing title Whet Whet Whet!

Grab yourself the claws mix here!