Sunday, 15 July 2018

Industrial Music Monday - DV8R

It's that day, and you know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a band out of Seattle, Washington. The music is in the vein of electro/industrial/ebm. The band consists of three members: Corey Wittenborn (Vocals, music, programming), Matt Sharifi (Music, programming, live drums), Kevin Preston (Additional production, live keys). Together they are called: DV8R! Check them out!!!






facebook.com/DV8RBAND

DV8R on Bandcamp

DV8R youtube

www.dv8r.net


P.S.: I kinda get a Icon Of Coil vibe from them, what do you think?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Review: Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch

Excerpt from a Facebook conversation with a friend in regards to Nine Inch Nails "Bad Witch":

"Do you like it?"


"That is the burning question, isn't it? lol! To be truthful and honest, what I've heard is decent, and I get that all these EP's are more on the noisy side of things... I do like Trent's 'Bowie' voice (I know he wasn't going for that, but that is what it sounds like), I also feel these three EPs are definitely not NIN's strongest, but I will say being that NIN is now Trent and Atticus, and the dynamic is different, I'm assuming Trent isn't calling all the shots now... so we hear Atticus' influence (course, I have no idea what the writing process is like with them, as I've never been in the studio with them... and I haven't found an interview with them that goes into detail)... I will say though, even after all these years, the production is fucking amazing... I still wonder how Trent and company come up with all these sounds and shit (and the dynamics)... and when I've found (with NIN) that when something initially doesn't sound strong with me, I still end up liking it in the end... there is not one NIN album/release that I don't like... sometimes it just takes repeated listening... and I grow into it. I have a really hard time trying to pick a favorite album/release from them, cause I really do like them all." 



There you have it! If you haven't listened to Nine Inch Nails "Bad Witch" yet, I would highly suggest checking it out!!! Definitely worth the $12 I paid for it!!






P.S.: I would also suggest picking it up online through the NIN.com site (support them directly), or picking it up at your local mom & pop shop (they need your love too)!!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Industrial Music Monday(ish) - Siva Six

Well, it's that day(ish) and you know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a project currently out of Athens, Greece. The music is in the vein of dark electro/industrial. The band consists of two members: Z (vocals), and U-RI (keyboards). They are called: Siva Six! Check them out!!!





sivasix.bandcamp.com

www.sivasix.com

facebook.com/sivasix


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

40th Pass Around The Sun!!





Well, here it is… my 40th pass around the sun, and I’ve never felt better, and more energized! I don’t feel old, I feel like I’m still 23. When I look in the mirror, I still see this young man, trying to make his way in the world. I may not be as far as I want, but my attitude is still the same, I’m never gonna give up. I have had my struggles… for a period of five or six years I wasn’t doing well mentally… and out of total honesty, I realized, I don’t have time for that shit anymore… I knew this a long time ago, life is short… we only have about a hundred years to live, if we are healthy (mentally, physically, spiritually). Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves, but after spending too much time dealing with mental bullshit, I realized I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life dealing with that shit (now things are much more manageable, and the mental part is now pretty much a non-issue [finding coping techniques {that work for you} is key!]). Now, I have a music career, I’m an artist (drawing, painting), I have big dreams/goals, I may be 40 now, but that doesn’t mean those things have to end… I think too many people get caught up in the idea that once you’ve reached 40 or 50, that’s it, life is over and you have to give up the things you wanted to do in the past… what I’ve always thought was, rather than giving into the stupid stereotype that “oh, you’re too old...", or "it’s too late to do these things now…”, that it’s never too late! If you’re fucking 80, you can still go out there and achieve your dreams, it just means you’ve less time to do it in… but it is not impossible… and yes, you still can strive for your dreams to be a rockstar at that age… I think Al Jourgeson was 35 when he went big with Ministry. Every birthday since I was 30 I’ve looked back and taken stock of what I have done, and then planned and set goals for the next year… this year is no different! I’m still setting goals with the intention to achieve them… there has been a lot of moving forward in the last 6 months… there’s a lot of shit going on, a lot of exciting shit! Stuff that I can’t go into detail right now that I’m working on behind the scenes (not directly related to my music and art, but very applicable in that sense as well also). There’s also shit that I’m working on that is directly involved in with my music and art career, if you follow my Twitch page on FaceBook and/or are connected to the Twitch Newsletter: The Twitcher… you will know I’m working on a couple of new things, the most immediate one, is a new EP… which I’m not sure about the release date, or even when we’ll play in support of it, but rest assured, you will know when it arrives!! I’m also working on another musical endeavor that takes place after the EP, but I’m not going to go into great deal on it right now, cause we are still a ways away from an actual release and shit! Also, we are hoping to do more shows here in Calgary, and more out of town shows as well (hope to bring the Twitch to some out of province places as well)! Not only do I have that shit going on, but next year (2019) will be 20 years of Twitch, and I plan on doing something special for that… not gonna tell you what it is, but things are slowly being put together. 40 is here! Can’t wait to see what the year brings, or what I bring to it! ;)

Monday, 25 June 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Alien Industry

You know what day it is... Monday, and you know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a band out of Sofia (not sure exactly what country... looks like Bulgaria). The music is in the vein of industrial metal. The band consists of 5 members: ZDRAVKO "ZZ" MINEFF (Guitars & Programming), VLADIMIR PAVLOV (Guitars), DOBRIN FILIPOV "MALKYA" (Bass), NIKOLAY BERBEROV "BEBO" (Vocals), ALEXANDER PETKOV "SANDE" (Drums). They are called: Alien Industry! Check them out!!!





AlienIndustry Facebook

alienindustry.bandcamp.com

Monday, 18 June 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Derailment

It's Monday, and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a project out of the UK. It is in the vein of powernoise, rhythmic noise, and industrial. The sole creator of this endeavor is Ryan Harris (DirtyK). The project is called: Derailment! Check it out!!





crunchpod.bandcamp.com/album/for-those-afraid-to-speak

Monday, 11 June 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Demise and Domination

It's that day, and you know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a project out of Planet Exx (yes, they are not from this planet... I haven't visited their planet either, but I may make a trip soon, we'll see...). The music is in the vein of Industrial Metal/Industrial Death Metal. The bands sole songwriter is Nate Exx Gradowski (drums, guitars, keys and soundscapes, vocals, and bass). This endeavor is called: Demise and Domination! Check it out!!





demiseanddomination Facebook

demiseanddomination.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/nate-gradowski

P.S.: I do definitely get a Fear Factory vibe from this! Excellent stuff!!

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Ten Albums That Changed My Life: Twitch Edition!

1. Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine
This was the first NIN album I ever purchased. I do believe I first purchased it in high school… still have it too… If I hadn’t purchased this, I would have never realized music was the thing I wanted to do with my life… I remember seeing the Head Like A Hole video for the first time… I remember the angsty synth lines mixed with aggressive guitar… This is what influenced me to become a musician… I realized I loved industrial (especially guitar driven), and this is the type of music I want to write/make.



2. White Zombie: La Sexorcisto
This was the album that I listened to non-stop in high school… I loved their look, the horror imagery (zombies)… I remember when I first heard the song “Thunderkiss 65”… my best friend and I were at his place, and he turned on the video, and I was hooked… I went out and purchased the tape… I listened to this thing non-stop. They were my favorite band in my high school years… even though I don’t really listen to them too often anymore, they influenced my style (yep, I bought skeleton hand gloves cause of these guys, I also purchased knee pads and decked them out with zombie-esque artwork… I wish there were photos of that shit… but alas there are none),



3. Marilyn Manson: Portrait Of An American Family
The first time I ever heard of Manson was through a movie (that we borrowed from a friend) called “S.F.W!” or “So Fucking What!”… not gonna go into details here, but the movie was basically about a group of teenagers who were taken hostage and the whole undertaking was filmed live on TV… Can’t remember exactly when Manson’s song “Get Your Gunn” was played in the movie, but I remember listening to the soundtrack afterwards, and when this song kicked in, I couldn’t stop listening to the aggressive creepy vibe and the “Shocking” (to whoever got offended by it) lyrical content… so I went out and purchased the album… At this point, I was quite into my rebellious stage of life and this album pointed out a lot of the hypocrisy of what was going on at the time…(side note: I remember showing my parents this album… and they fuckin hated it…) … I remember turning up the stereo to max volume, to fucking listen to this album…



4. Korn: Self-Titled
Now this album has had a big influence on me… I remember hearing/seeing Korn’s video for the first time… my best friend borrowed a video tape from another friend, who recorded a bunch of music videos onto it, and my best friend put it on and said “check this out!” So we watch through the video, and then Korn’s “Blind” comes on… holy fuck! The aggressive down tuned 7-string guitars…aggressive vocals, the hiphop/noise sounds that they are making with their guitars… and Jonathan Davis comes in with “Aaare You Ready!!” then just the really emotional/angry lyrics… no band has done something this heavy and emotional before… or well at least expressed it the way that they do… Can’t remember exactly when I purchased that album (I’m sure it wasn’t long after the seeing the video, like a couple of days)… After seeing this video, and listening to the album, I knew I wanted to incorporate that heavy down-tuned 7 string sound into my music… granted it wouldn’t be until I moved here (Calgary) several months later and started writing my first (Twitch) album, that I started putting that kind of stuff into the album… but those sounds are now a part of Twitch!



5. Skinny Puppy: Brap: Back & Forth: 3 + 4
I did a very long blog about this particular album… so if you want to read it you can find it here (there is also a video attached... so you can listen to that as well while you are reading the blog!!) http://twitch00.blogspot.com/2018/03/skinny-puppy-brap-back-forth-series-3-4.html, I will say (that I don’t mention in the blog) this was the first time I ever heard electro-industrial type stuff, I loved it, the horror imagery, dark, and bleak… probably angsty…and just the sheer fucked up abstract lyrics (if you really listen, they are not so abstract)… even the quality of their live performance videos… they had this dark/bleak aspect… watching Ogre’s presentation and performance aspects I always thought were excellent… granted I think the next album I purchased was either “The Process” (which I love) or their remix album “remix dystemper” (which was interesting [loved Deftones remix of “Spasmolytic”]) … and it wasn’t until a few years later that I started to actually dig into their discography, and really listen… but if I hadn’t listened to this, I probably wouldn’t have explored other electro-industrial acts/bands out there.



6. Covenant: Dreams Of A Cryotank
Covenant is a band that I got into, before I actually purchased one of their albums… a looong time ago, I was living in London, UK… and I had met someone who introduced me to their music… it was good! I think I heard tracks off the “Sequencer” album… then while I was there, I saw that there was going to be a big Halloween concert at some venue in London (I still have the ticket stub, unfortunately it doesn’t mention the venue name… but the address was at Charing Cross Road), Covenant happened to be playing that show… so they went on and their set was amazing… I was very inspired by their performance… then sometime after I came back… I went and purchased their first album “Dreams Of A Cryotank”…I remember putting it on, and “Theremin” kicking in… the heavy EBM beats… I don’t quite have a way to articulate Eskil’s singing voice for this album… but the way the album sounds, this dark, heavy… almost noisy EBM… something that wasn’t being done. Some of that has bled into my own productions.



7. Assemblage 23: Contempt
This is on the list cause I remember when I first heard Assemblage 23… I received the Gashed budget compilation “Virion Sequences” as a Christmas gift (2001)… and Assemblage 23’s remix of their own song “bi-polar (serotonin)” was on it… I liked it enough, that I found the song “Sun” by A23 on Napster (yeah I know, I probably should have just bought the album [which I did eventually ;P ])… On my first listen to “Sun” the way the lyrics are, the cadence… the way they roll out of Tom Shear’s mouth… there was something about it… I wouldn’t say hypnotic… but something along those lines “I turn my eyes up to the sun, and stare at it as if there is none. These cinders where my eyes have been, was to forget the things I have seen!”, Such excellent lyricism… and then after going out and purchasing the album, probably in 2001… and giving it a full listen… The song “Anthem” is just that… that’s what I like about Tom Shear’s lyricism… it is written and comes out in such a way that makes the lyrics even though, they are heavy topics seem so easily digestible I guess… This album influenced me to get better at writing lyrics!



8. Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe
This album is on this list cause, after it came out, in an interview Rob Zombie had said, he was tired of taking things so seriously in the music department, and he just wanted to have fun! That statement right there struck me! In the end, for me, musically it’s all about fun! If I’m not having fun, what’s the point! This album is a whole lot of fun!



9. VNV Nation: Futureperfect
Now this album, I didn’t purchase till after they played a show in Edmonton, at New City (December of 2001). I saw their set and was amazed by the amount of energy they have. They are absolutely amazing! At the time, Mark Jackson was also part of the group… and I felt like their combined stage presence they put on a great show! The music was quite inspiring too! I know some of you folks don’t like futurepop, but I thought this album was a evolution for them… It was quite inspiring musically for me as well… I ended up being so influenced by them, that I wrote an EBM/Futurepop album… Although, I didn’t pursue that direction further than the one album I wrote but, they definitely inspired me, and still continue to!




10. Ministry: The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste
Now, I don’t think anyone who is a musician into industrial metal can say that Ministry hasn’t had an effect on them at some point in time in their lives. They basically created the industrial metal genre… if it wasn’t for these guys we wouldn’t have industrial metal… and I would probably not be doing what I’m doing musically… The first album that I had purchased of theirs was “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste”... granted I didn’t go in the direction Ministry did with the metal side of things (Korn gave me the direction), but if you were a goth in the 90s this was most definitely being played in the clubs and shit! At the time, it was hard to put my finger on what was going on with Ministry musically speaking… I didn’t realize Al Jourgenson was a hardcore drug addict, granted not someone you want to really follow in their footsteps, or really look up to and take notes from… but this is here cause, if it wasn’t for Ministry, I don’t think anybody would be doing industrial metal!





Monday, 4 June 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Zwaremachine

Ooooooooh Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! It's Monday, and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a project out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The music is in the vein of cyber/industrial/ebm. The band consists of three members: Mach Fox (Vocals/Programming/Visuals), Adam01 (Synthesizer), Ryan Ruckus (electronic percussion). They are called: Zwaremachine!! Check them out!!!





zwaremachine.bandcamp.com

phagetapes.miiduu.com

facebook.com/zwaremachine

twitter.com/zwaremachine

zwaremachine.band

Monday, 28 May 2018

Industrial Music Monday - We Are The Line

It's that day, and you know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a project out of Paris, France. The music is in the vein of dark/electro/industrial (kinda reminds me a mix of Depeche Mode and NIN). Can't find too much info regarding the members... but they are called: We Are The Line. Check them out!!!





www.wearetheline.org/en/

We Are The Line Youtube

twitter.com/WereTheLine

facebook.com/WeAreTheLineBand

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Twitch (Live) at DOTP 6th Anniversary Show!

Here's Twitch's (live) performance at the DOTP 6th Anniversary Show @Broken City in Calgary, AB. Canada.




You can find Twitch's various sites here:

 twitch01.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/Twitch001

twitter.com/twitch001x

soundcloud.com/twitch_official


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Industrial Music Monday(ish) - Rhys Fulber

It's that day... and you know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a project of Los Angeles, CA. The music is in the vein of ambient/EBM/Industrial. Many of you know of this particular individual... he was a big part of Front Line Assembly, also Delerium... and also works under the name Conjure One... this endeavor he uses his real name... Rhys Fulber! I thought I would highlight this particular endeavor, as it's relatively new... and I quite like it!! Check it out!!






sonicgroove.bandcamp.com/album/your-dystopia-my-utopia

soundcloud.com/rhysfulber

facebook.com/rhysfulbermusic

Monday, 14 May 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Die Robot

What day is it today? ... It's pancake day, it's pancake day, it's p-p-p-pancake day... lol! In all seriousness, it's Monday... and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a band out of Portland, Oregon. Their music is in the vein of technopunk/industrial rock/futurewave. The band consists of four members; Vince Christian (Vocals), Barbie Saint (Bass/Guitar/Machine/Live Keys/Electronics/Vocals), Angela Halo (Electronic Drums), and John Case (Studio Keys/Modular Synth/RMLfx). They are called: Die Robots! Check them out!!






dierobot.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/dierobot

www.dierobot.net

Monday, 7 May 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Spirit Charge

It's Monday, and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a project out of Monterrey, Mexico. The music is in the vein of alternative/industrial/rock. The band consists of four members: Dan (Guitar), Gerry (Bass), Diego (Drums), Mason (Vocals). They are called: Spirit Charge! Check them out!!!






Spirit Charge on FaceBook

spiritcharge.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Review: Robotech



Well, I finally finished watching Robotech, the 85 episode anime series (took a looong time to finish it, but I did get there) on Netflix! I'm gonna keep this short... as the whole series spans three generations of characters (children of children, etc...), and there's too much to cover, but I will say; I really liked the anime for that... I liked the idea that you get to know a bunch of the first generation (Macross Saga) of the Robotech characters, "Macronian's". The Macronian's find the ancient technology of the Robotech masters and are warned about an alien race that their sole purpose is to find "Protoculture"... little do they know is that the alien race "Zentraedi" are already on their way to Earth cause they've detected the protoculture... Just after the earthlings launch their Robotech Battleship and fighters into space, the Zentraedi have already arrived, and Earth goes into war to protect their planet. There are lots of casualties and the planet is almost destroyed... but the some of the Zentraedi end up living with the Macronians... as characters on both sides fall in love with each other. The final battle for this generation... the remaining Zentraedi fleet out in deep space, teleports/warp/folds space (whatever)... come to Earth to destroy the Macronians... some of the Zentraedi, have changed sides, and are now fighting with the Macronians... The Macronians defeat the Zentraedi, but the planet is pretty much decimated and has to be rebuilt. The second generation (Robotech: Masters) of Macronians as well as Zentraedi/Macronian hybrids (children of the first generation), are now living in a feudal type society... they've lost a lot of the knowledge of protoculture of the first gen (as the first gen wanted to keep it secret), but they still use robotechnology. This second generation is confronted by the creators of the robotechnology, known as the Robotech Masters... The Robotech Masters are running low on protoculture, and need it to keep their society alive... they detect the protoculture on Earth and travel to Earth to take it, and destroy Earth in the process... unbeknownst to them, Earth is ready for this battle and, when the Robotech Masters arrive, they (Macronians and hybrids) go to war with the Robotech Masters. There are many battles, and Earth defeats the Robotech Masters... but unfortunately, it's too late for Earth now, as another alien race had already detected the protoculture on Earth... The Invid, send their life-force across deep space and destroy most of what was left on Earth. Generation three (New Generation Saga) begins, the characters are the children of the second gen (or well, it's implied), and after an initial attack to reclaim Earth from the Invid, a lone Robotech soldier crash lands on Earth, to find there are pockets of Macronian society living in small towns, and are enslaved by the Invid (generally to hunt down their own kind), this soldier continues his mission to rid Earth of this new alien threat! He eventually ends up finding a small group of resistance fighters to join in his cause, of finding "Reflex Point" and they travel from town to town, fighting the Invid on the way. Eventually, they find Reflex Point and they never destroy it, rather they convince the Invid leader to leave. So, the Invid leader converts the Invid civilization back into an energy form and they leave the planet. Some of the Invid characters stay on the planet and intend on living in peace with the Macronians. Throughout the series, the Macronians deal with questions on whether or not to completely eradicate the alien threats or to find peace with them... eventually they form bonds and relationships with these aliens, earlier in the series, some of the characters fall in love with the aliens (and even have children with them)... and that theme carries on throughout the series... the final episode, the Invid realize what they are doing to the humans, is exactly what was done to them (their homeworld was decimated by the Robotech Masters)... so they decided to make peace and leave Earth. Do I like this anime, yes, very much so!! As stated earlier, I really like the generational aspect, as you get to know these characters and their children, and the children of those children... there's a politcal element to it as well... should we make peace or go to war, what are we really fighting for... in the end, is war really worth it. Would I recommend... Yes! A very large Yes! Such a good anime!!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Mystified

It's that day and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a project out of Saint Louis, Missouri. The music is in the vein of experimental/ambient with elements of industrial. The endeavor is the sole creation of Thomas Park. The project is called: Mystified! Check it out!!






Mystified Facebook

Monday, 23 April 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Void New World

It's Monday, and you know what that means... industrial!!! This week we have a project out of New York. The music is in the vein of experimental, industrial, rock with soundtrack elements. This endeavor consists of one member; Douglas Bruno. The project is called: Void New World! Check it out!!

Side Note: This stuff kinda reminds me of Nine Inch Nails "Ghosts" period.





Void New World YouTube

voidnewworld.bandcamp.com

instagram.com/voidnewworld

www.voidnewworld.com

facebook.com/voidnewworld

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Industrial+Beers: Episode 3: Pandemik9

Here's episode 3 of the industrial music talk show "Industrial+Beers"! We are with Brooke Chiasson of Pandemik9! Check it out!!



Monday, 16 April 2018

Industrial Music Monday - He Dreamt of Ascension

It's that day... and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a project out of West Plains, MO. The music is in the vein of alternative/industrial/art rock. The sole songwriter for this project is: Ryan Steinbruner. The endeavor is called: He Dreamt of Ascension! Check them out!!





hdoa.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/HeDreamtOfAscension/

HeDreamtOfAscension YouTube

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Twitch: b+

You want more Twitch? Well, here you go!! Here is Twitch's "b+"! This EP is a natural extension of "The Block, The Stream, and The Key"! It contains remixes and alternate versions of the singles off the full album, plus the (exclusive) title track "b+"!

Limited to 50 downloads... after that, you either have to ask me personally for a copy, be invited to a private link to access it... OR... you have to get a pirated copy from one of your friends (who's willing to share)!



Monday, 26 March 2018

Industrial Music Monday - ooluu: ANTEDILUVIAN

Well, it's that day, and you know what that means... Industrial!!! Normally, I only feature a band once here, but today I've made an exception... cause I like these guys (and I kinda know them... well, at least Wychdoktor), and they've released something new (which I'm assuming it's in preparation of a new album)... So, I'll reintroduce these guys... they are from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada... This particular EP is in the vein of progressive/industrial/metal with some tribal influences... The EP is called "ANTEDILUVIAN", and they are called: ooluu. Check them out!!






ooluu.bandcamp.com

ooluu Facebook

twitter.com/ooluutribe

ooluu Youtube

soundcloud.com/ooluu

www.ooluu.net

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Twitch - This Is It!

Here it is! Twitch's newest music video for the song "This Is It!", off the album "The Block, The Stream, and The Key"



Thursday, 22 March 2018

So You Want To Buy A Hardware Synth!:





So, you’ve decided to get a hardware synth for yourself, you’ve never purchased one before and you are not sure where to start! Somehow you’ve stumbled across my blog, and luckily enough, I’m going to give you some pointers/tips to figure out where to get started when purchasing a synth, and what you ideally should pick! When I was much younger, I did receive advice from a couple of online sites regarding synths, I don’t think those sites are around anymore (they were from 1999-2000 period), so I’m going to offer my advice to anyone out there looking for their first synth! So, here we go!!

First of all, figure out what you want to use this synth for… do you want to create new sounds? Do you need something with a sequencer, so you can write/sequence songs into it? Do you need something that samples (so you can sample that weird sound that plays from an obscure movie)? Do you need something with a high polyphony (like the Yamaha Montage [128 voice polyphony]), so you can layer multiple sounds? Do you need all the above? Ask yourself exactly what are you going to use the synth for… these are the questions you want to ask, as it determines what you are really gonna use the synth for!

Once, you’ve determined what you are gonna use the synth for, I would suggest either going to your local music store and asking the customer service person if they have something like that you are looking for (if they do, ask if you could try it out in store, or maybe rent it to try it out for a week or so), or go into your local music store and start trying out the different options they have there, and maybe renting one of them if you seem to like it. I would also pick up any brochure that goes into detail about the synth you are wanting (if they have a brochure, if not then check the details out online)!




After you’ve tried out the synth in store (or rented) and you like the sounds in it, and you like the feel of it, you like what it offers, then I would suggest purchasing it! For myself, when I chose the synth (Yamaha EX7), I knew I wanted a synth and wasn’t sure exactly which one I wanted, I knew I needed something I could create my own sounds with (not just a ROMpler), something with a sequencer (so I could write songs right into the synth, and maybe even bounce tracks [or parts of tracks] from my computer to the synth), and maybe a sampler (so I could sample TV shows/movies/found sounds/etc), I also knew I needed something with MIDI as well (which most synths have nowadays), as I wanted something I could use with my software on my computer at the time! I had walked into the local music store, and sat down and played on a Yamaha EX7 at the time, I quite liked it! It wasn’t until I had moved to a new city that I realized that was the synth I wanted, just randomly I walked into a music shop and there was the EX7 sitting there, so I tried it out again, I realized that was the synth I wanted, so I went up to the store attendee and talked to her about it… she handed me a brochure with all the relevant info about the synth… It honestly wasn’t until 2012 that I ended up purchasing the synth (so, many years later), but I found someone that was willing to sell theirs online (as they weren’t in store anymore), purchased it, and haven’t regretted it! Best purchase I have ever made! It had everything I wanted, I could create my own sounds (it had all the synthesis options I wanted), it had a sequencer, a sampler, 64 voice polyphony, MIDI capabilities, some knobs for sound manipulation, and I like the way the keys on it feel! I will never get rid of this synth! It is my first synth purchase, and the only synth I’ve ever wanted!



My philosophy for picking gear:
When purchasing the Yamaha EX7, I chose it because, it could do everything I wanted it to do, and it sounded great (or rather, I loved the way it sounds)… I also chose it because, I wanted something that could do everything, so I wouldn’t have to make more synth purchases in the future! The advice I received years ago was; Remember the rule of synths: one great synth is worth ten good synths, and one good synth is worth one hundred bad synths. Whether or not a synth is good or not depends on YOUR personal tastes, regardless of what others say... I chose the one great synth 😉

Well, hopefully this was helpful! If you folks have any other questions, post them in the comment section, and I’ll try my best to answer them!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Skinny Puppy "Brap: Back & Forth Series 3 & 4"






Skinny Puppy “Brap: Back & Forth Series 3 & 4” has to be my favorite release from Skinny Puppy ever! There’s a lot of albums out there that they’ve done (with some of these songs in their original forms), but this particular release is my absolute favorite of theirs! It’s not even an album per se… it’s more a collection of instrumental demos (disc one) (1983/84) as well as some outtakes and live songs (disc 2) (1990/91)! This particular release came out in 1996, it featured an Enhanced CD component, where if you slipped either of the discs into a CD reader on your computer, a bunch of cool digital content would show up on your computer desktop! There was a 3D style VR interface based on the “Too Dark Park” album and a virtual walk through of the “Spasmolytic” single! I’m not gonna get into that part too much but, I kinda want to get into the sound of the release! This particular release was my very first Skinny Puppy release, oddly enough, I picked up a rare misprint of the CD artwork… I guess apparently the version I got had the “3” logo imprinted on both discs, when it should have a “3” on one and a “4” on the other… I realized a while after when I had talked to a friend at the time they were supposed to be labels “3” and “4” (I still have this copy). I had actually heard this album somewhere in my young adult years (19 or 20 years old) at a friend’s place, and I remember popping it into their CD player and listening to “Love In Vein” (disc 2), it was the first time I had heard Skinny Puppy, I loved it! Course I couldn’t really decipher the lyrics to their songs, at least back then, they seemed very abstract (nowadays is a little different). You could definitely tell that they were on some form of drug while recording these (some of my friends say the only way to truly figure out what their lyrics are about, is to drop acid and listen, although my drug days are long over, even before I purchased this release I had stopped [that might be a story for another time though]) Eventually, I purchased this CD, and after going through the first listen through… it was soo good! Just the quality of the audio, and the heavy sound it had. Even now when I listen to it, there is this sound quality to it. It’s not too processed, it sounds very heavy compared to their other releases with the same songs. It also, seems to be very bleak sounding… I am definitely curious where their headspace was when they were creating these songs! It’s amazing the quality of the audio too! The majority of the songs on disc 1 were originally recording on a 4-track portastudio… I am quite curious how they ended up with such high quality sound from a 4-track portastudio (you can tell there is a tiny bit of tape saturation on the recordings, but it is so subtle I don’t think an individual who isn’t already a musician/producer would notice)! After initially purchasing this double disc release, one of the first songs that was on repeat a lot was “Grave Wisdom” (disc 2)! I love the intro of the song… the weird dissonant bassline paired with the kick… something about the way it sounds. One of the songs off disc 1 also became a favorite of mine “Double Cross”, just soo bleak… “YoYo Scrape” was also another favorite! I loved playing it when friends were over, I love the intro to it as well! “Spasmolytic” (disc 2) was also another favorite, just for the sheer heavy electronics and drumming! I wish I could articulate exactly what this record, or rather how this record and the songs make me feel, but to be honest, I don’t think there are words that can articulate what I feel… The overall sense of the album is bleak… it actually kinda reminds me of Ministry “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste” album, maybe not so much of the guitar based industrial stuff, but just the kind of sound it puts forward… just this bleak, bleak sound… maybe angst… where Ministry did that with guitars, Skinny Puppy did it with synths… I can only imagine what they were going through at that point in time, and what was going on around them! I was quite young when they started up, and their reality is/was quite different than mine, when they were playing out and making a name for themselves (their first release was in 1984), I was still in elementary school (6 years of age).At that time, they were trying to bring awareness to animal cruelty in lab testing… and I was trying to survive grade 1 here in Canada, lol! All I have to say is, if you haven’t checked out Skinny Puppy’s “Brap: Back & Forth Series 3+4”, go give it a listen (and listen to it multiple times)! It is truly worth it! It made me a fan for life! Maybe you’ll hear what I hear… the bleak, angst, the dissonance… Or, maybe you won’t... Or, if you have already, what do you think about this particular double disc release?



(Misprinted discs)



Monday, 19 March 2018

Industrial Music Monday - bioHuman//antiHuman

It's that day, and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a project out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The music is in the vein of Industrial/hellektro. The band consists of two members: J. Perkins (words, and voices), D. Allaxul (noises). They are called: bioHuman//antiHuman! Check them out!!






biohumanantihuman.bandcamp.com

bioHumanantiHuman Facebook

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Industrial Music Monday - The Voidloss

Monday? Yes!... You know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a band out of the United Kingdom. The music is in the vein of industrial doom metal, with noise elements as well as electronic elements. The projects founder and sole songwriter goes by the name Steve "Voidloss" Loss. The project is called: Voidloss! Check it out!!!






Voidloss @ singularityrecordings.bandcamp.com

voidloss Facebook

voidloss Soundcloud

Monday, 5 March 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Stereo Skull

It's that day, and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a project out of the United Kingdom. The band is in the vein of progressive/industrial/death metal. The group consists of five members: Arthur Sambars (Vocals/guitars/programming), Aivars Sambars (Guitars/programming), Ethan Harvey Durrant (drums), Carlos Fandango (Vocals), Matt Williams (Bass). They are called: Stereo Skull. Check them out!!!






stereoskull.bandcamp.com

stereoskull Facebook

Monday, 26 February 2018

Industrial Music Monday - Cell Zero

Well, it's that day, and you know what that means... industrial!! This week we have a project out of the US. The music is in the vein of industrial rock/electronic noise. Not too sure who the songwriters are for this project but, they are called: Cell Zero! Check them out!!!





Cellzero Facebook

cellzero.bandcamp.com

cellzero Twitter

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Industrial+Beers: Episode 2: Coffee Edition w/Wet Nurse.

Here's the second episode of Industrial+Beers! We have an excellent chat with Paul Kinasevych of the solo industrial/death industrial endeavor Wet Nurse. Check out the video!



Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Music Writing, and Perspective: Using What You Have!




It’s easy to get caught up in the latest gear (or softsynths), or checking out what your favorite artist uses, I’m going to give you folks some perspective… when I was first starting to write songs for my first band (Adam Hates You!), I was using freeware tracker software (Impulse Tracker) to sequence all my songs (1997 or so)… I didn’t even have a soundcard at the time, and listened to my tracks through the shitty mono, computer speaker… granted, it did sound like shit, but I was still writing and trying things! After I had gotten a soundcard, I borrowed a friend’s 4-track Tascam Portastudio… and connected my soundcards audio output to the Tascam line in, then recorded it. I wanted to do vocals for the first and only song from that band, but I didn’t have a mic at the time… so I got creative… I had an old pair of headphones from when I was a teenager (I think they were my Dad’s), and I figured out that you could use them as a mic, if you plugged them into the mic line-in on the Tascam Portastudio... so, I sang that entire song through the headphone earpiece. The song, and the vocals ended up being noisy as hell (the vocals were quite distorted as well)... eventually I ended up getting a mic, and my own Tascam Portastudio… (and that band didn’t end up lasting for all that long [2.5 years I do believe])… Even before this first band (probably 1994-95 or so), my best friend and I decided to make a tape of our own songs… we wrote lyrics and used a stereo tape recorder, and played guitar and drums and sang at the same time to get the songs down, granted, we didn’t know what the fuck we were doing, and I think this was before either of us had considered doing music seriously, but I think you know what I’m getting at… everyone has to start somewhere, you don’t need a bunch of expensive gear to start making music now-a-days… Fortunately, these days, you can get started really easily, for only a couple hundred bucks (that’s if you already have a computer, and now-a-days you don’t even need a computer… you can use a goddamn phone to write and record [Kendrick Lamar wrote an entire album on a phone, and several of the songs have been chart toppers])! What I’m getting at is, you don’t need a bunch of expensive gear to get started, you don’t need a fuckin Minimoog Model D to do all your basslines, you don’t need a Access Virus TI2 Synth to do all your fuckin lead synthlines and shit… Hell, you don’t even need a computer… You could record a fucking album on a stereo, and duplicate it that way. Make your album artwork with a photocopy machine… use the tools you have around you… don’t have drums… use fucking pots and pans… maybe you have a computer, but you don’t have any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software… use the Sound Recorder in your Windows> accessories folder... If you have the drive and motivation to do music, you will make whatever you have work! Not saying, you can’t save up your hard earned dollars and spend it on a new synth, or a DAW (which is the next step… or, better yet, find freeware), but if you really need to get something out, you’ll find a way to do it (borrow friends shit)! Twitch’s first self-titled album was no different… I wrote that on a PC with the DOS based tracker, Impulse Tracker… I didn’t have any synths at the time, and all I had were samples that I either created using the Sound Recorder in an old version of Windows (version 3.1 and Win95), or was the inbuilt instruments/sounds in the tracker program. I still had my Tascam at this point, and I also had a guitar (w/multi-effects pedal), and a mic. After the sequencing was all done, I bounced it down to the Tascam, did the vocals (used the guitar multi-effects pedal for vocal processing as well as guitar), and had a friend that did the guitars! Then I bounced it down to a stereo (Tascam speed is different than regular tape speed, so had to bounce it to a regular [stereo] tape deck speed), then copied the tapes using the same stereo… it was a slow process, being that the tape had to be played from start to end each time I made a copy, but I did it, and that’s what matters! After the tapes were done, I made a tape booklet (I used a piece of bristle board, a photo, printed out liner notes, and a painted piece of notepaper… to make the original design [it was much larger than an actual booklet], then used a color photocopier and shrunk them by 50%, so that they were tape sized [it wasn’t exactly the right size but we made them work]), put the booklets into the tape case, with the tape… and there you go, Twitch’s first release! I didn’t make many, probably a total of 13 or 14… but I took them with me on my trip to London, UK (that’s another story for another time, but I think you get the idea), and handed them out to various people! Of course, over time, I did acquire better computers, better software, an audio/midi interface, a synth… but I think you get what I’m getting at, use what you have, and make it work!

If you already have a computer (perhaps the one you’re using to view this post), here’s some suggestions to get you started doing music:

Free Stuff:

Jeskola Buzz (tracker style DAW): http://jeskola.net/buzz/  (I used this software for writing 2 Twitch albums: “TCP/IP” and “Welcome”… of course it was an older version that I was using, but still functions the same! Use the x86 version, as from what I understand it’s more stable than the x64 version.)

Audacity (multi-track audio editor and recorder): https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/ (I’ve never used this, but if you are looking to make samples, this might be a good start)

Garageband (basic DAW that comes with a MAC): https://itunes.apple.com/app/garageband/id682658836?mt=12&ign-mpt=uo%3D8  (I’ve never used it, but I heard it’s a great option to start with, because of the relative ease of use)

Avid Pro Tools First (limited DAW): http://www.avid.com/pro-tools-first (I’ve never used this, but from what I understand it is a limited/try-out version of the full DAW, Can only store projects in the cloud, and limited to 1GB in size)

FL Studio Trial Version: http://www.image-line.com/downloads/flstudiodownload.html (I use an older [full] version of this DAW, but I would highly recommend trying it out!)

Not Free but Budget Conscious:

Cockos Reaper (fully featured DAW): https://www.reaper.fm/ (there is a 60-day free trial version, but the full version is only $60 USD)

Renoise (tracker style DAW): https://www.renoise.com/ (Full version is $75 USD)



Also check your app store on your iOS device! There a tons of options for phones/tablet/iPad/etc..!