After scowering the youtubes for hours, looking at old skool rave videos I finally found a clip of me playing a rave ! Watch the video below and flick forward to 3:00 minutes. I can’t quite remember the setup because things would change every gig, but on the left is an Amiga and I think I am playing with the sampler and mixer in the middle…. good old times. I should also add that the backing music isnot mine, and if you skip forward to the credits at the end you will see a cheesy photo of me…. that’s me on the left…. lol !
Today I started at my first day on a new path, day one of completing my Audio Engineering Diploma, why ? I hear you ask, I must already know so much about music and audio….
Well truth be known that when it comes to things like movie sound, TV Audio, and recording bands, I know very little…. so for the next 12 months I plan to eat, live and breath this stuff.
And at the end of it come out a much better electronic musician. My comments on today is to say that it very refreshing, at the least! It’s strange sitting in a classroom full of computers and not actually
talking about some latest wiz-bang IT/Networking thing, IT was my previous vocation and I was completely sick and tired of it. Sitting down at a computer and starting ProTools to work on something is all the more
satisfying when you are there to ‘get a job done’. And that’s the other thing, Mac and Protools…errrr… that is something that I will have to get used to! Coming from PC/Cubase world I have found things
a little off-putting, not the least of is the missing right mouse button! That damn button..! Fortunately I was carrying a Logitech mouse for my PC Laptop and I quickly worked out that it worked on the Mac….
arrrr much better thank you.
So I threw myself a challenge, to remake Labworks techno slammer ‘Psycho Green‘. The idea came about because of a thread on facebook. Firstly it was suggested that a track like this could be done on an iPhone these days, then I threw it out there for someone to try and re-program it in Rebirth….. well I can’t stand re-birth, the sound of it is great but the interface sucks beyond all belief and dealing with pre-programmed patterns is a workload that my memory cortex cannot handle these days, so I did it in my weapon of choice, Cubase 6. Now I know it’s not perfect… far from it… the 303 does not sound right and the hats are not programmed right in a few spots, but after spending ages trying to get it to sound perfect I realised that the track I was referencing from was firstly recorded off record, then compressed into a video, then converted to youtube FLV (ie: rubbish!), then ripped down as an mp3 by me…. ummm… yeah, so much for sonic quality….. but I’ve spent all the time I’m prepared to on this. To be honest I think it sounds better but not as dirty, which was exactly the problem I was faced with….. the sounds where far too bright and clear, more like 2011 sounds and less like 1993 sounds…… I found myself knocking the top off a lot of the sounds to get it right, thus the not-so-dirty 303, but I did use a bit-crusher and tube to overdirve it a bit. Anyway take a listen and you can download the high quality version HERE
We move on…. following the ‘massive’ success of the re-release of Reaver EP#1, I’ve decieded to do the same with EP#2…. yeah! I hear you all scream….. anyway this is the first track off the EP, the only track on the A side, ‘Reavers Choice’, a cheesy rip off of an old rave track called ‘Ravers Voice’, which for some strange reason I cannot seem to find on youtube.