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!!
Sunday, 25 March 2018
Thursday, 22 March 2018
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” 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?
Monday, 19 March 2018
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!!
Sunday, 11 March 2018
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 @ singularityrecordings.bandcamp.com
Monday, 5 March 2018
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!!!