Good advice if you’ve been completely immersed in a large scale project. I’ve been very hard at work since November working on what promises to be an amazing full-length album. Gets a little hairy sometimes, all that concentration. Stressful. Can’t see the forest for the trees.
Luckily my trusty OP-1 is always willing to hang out and jam. Its immediacy is fantastic. I put together a mini-EP of some stuff that came out of it. Nothing fancy, just some sketches. Mostly played live into the OP-1 (as opposed to sequencing), then mixed / mastered in Ableton.
Also, how cool is the new Soundcloud player? Me like.
Quiet and busy as we get deeper into the cold part of the year. Been working hard on some new music. Feels good! Until I’ve got something finished to share, here’s a little OP-1 jam from a few weeks ago :
I’m very proud to announce the release of a new full length album, In Control.
In Control is an hour-long seamless mix of original house-centric dance music. It began life as many different tracks, produced at different intervals throughout the last 5 years. Earlier this year I scoured my projects archive to stem everything out for live performance, and spent a few months practicing and tightening everything up. In Control is the culmination of those efforts.
From a two-hour Live jam session (Ableton + Behringer BCR2000 + Novation Launchpad) I whittled and polished and huffed and puffed (my eardrums) until you get what you hear here.
Mostly house, sometimes not. Mostly nice, sometimes nasty, this album is available for “free” (pay what you want) over at Bandcamp
For the last few months I’ve been working on a music video for a track off my ‘Find Me EP’ from 2012. It’s been an incredible amount of (mostly fun) work, and I’m happy to say it’s finally done. [full screen + hd recommended!]
The music was created using Ableton Live, and the video was created using Cinema 4D 3d animation software… I think our power bill actually went up due to all the rendering that multiple computers were doing over the last few months.
I learned so much over the course of making this video. There are some specific resources I’d like to point out in case anyone reading this is getting into C4D and wants awesome teachers. The internet is full of answers for motion graphics questions, and the C4d community seems always happy to help :
For the last month I’ve dived headfirst back into Cinema 4D with the intention of making a music video for one of my tracks. It’s been a pretty interesting experience, first re-learning the stuff I learned a few years ago and then countless waves of new stuff as ideas came up. This program is truly amazing in it’s capabilities, and it blows my mind that a company like Maxon (or any of the big 3D companies for that matter) can just go and make a tool that lets you basically model reality. And unreality. And pretty much whatever you want. That, and the community for this product is incredibly helpful when you have a question, which is awesome.
I’ll be working on this for another month or so, at least, but for now please have some stills. I’ve been aiming for a combination of biology / technology / and musical devices in various states of unrest. Good times!