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eido: New album Brighter Days released, free to download!

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:06:52 -0400

New album Brighter Days released, free to download!
You read that right, the album's done. In case you're wondering what happened to track 10, read on...

Summary for busy readers: head over to https://eido.bandcamp.com/album/brighter-days and grab yourself a totally free copy of my latest album, Brighter Days. The full album mixes are in some cases great improvements over the versions here on iComp, so if you liked any of Brighter Days here, you owe it to yourself to get the final version. (Did I mention it's free?)


Earlier today I was agonising over whether Brighter Days could be considered 'done' or whether there's more I could or should be doing with it. I got chatting to a buddy of mine, who reminded me of Leonardo da Vinci's comment that 'art is never finished, only abandoned'. I can relate.

It's been a long journey. As you've probably gathered if you've been following my gradual progress, the earliest music in this project was written all the way back in the late 90s, and it's taken almost twenty years to find its way home. In the process it's jumped genres, from dark progressive metal to electronica with influences from trance, synthwave and 8-bit music. And now, at last, I'm prepared to call it done.

(Although apparently it isn't ready to call me done. As I'm writing this blog I'm listening through the audio one last time, and I just found a glitch. Sigh. Fear not, by the time this is uploaded it'll be fixed.)


Those of you who've been following closely might be wondering what happened to track 10. Didn't I say there would be a track 10? What happens at the end of the story?!?! (If you weren't aware that there was a story, you can skip the next paragraph.)

So, yes, Dark Days was indeed supposed to have a track 10. Originally called Remembrance, it was our hero's final lament. Alone in the wilderness, isolated and rejected, having lost the love of his life, all he has left are his memories, and even those are now starting to wear out from over-use. 'And then you'll be gone forever' is the album closer.

Holy hell, track 10 was bleak and depressing. It seemed like a good idea to end the album on a massive downer because my then-favourite band Anathema had just done the same thing with their album Alternative 4, and frankly Dark Days was basically a massive homage to Anathema so I was pretty much powerless to resist. Also I was 19 years old and gloomy as a really gloomy thing.

When I came back to try to record the project in earnest some time later, I tried to develop Remembrance into something that wouldn't make everyone want to jump off a bridge. It became known as The Parting Of Ways, essentially symbolic of me finally laying all this old music to rest and moving on with my life. It turned into a bit of an epic, piling in every fragment of music I hadn't yet used for something else, and honestly it ended up as an unwieldy riff salad. I still really like parts of it, but having spent two days working it up into an electronica piece, it was feeling forced, and it didn't really add anything that the album didn't have already. On top of that, getting back into making music has reminded me that this is something I get a lot out of, and if I can I'd like to keep doing it - so there's really no reason to burn all of my remaining musical ideas in a gigantic self-indulgent twelve-minute epic that nobody will listen to more than once.

Thus, we're done. Nine tracks in 48 minutes doesn't seem too shabby to me, and, more importantly, I enjoy what's here. (I suspect by the time I've tracked down these audio glitches I might need a month or two away from it, but that's another story...)

It's been a long, long road, but the end is finally here...



RMulholland: Project

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:53:54 -0400

Project


Good Evening,

So who on this site actually wants to do something for real?

While I admit, an online project is a rather pathetic way to do things, but it seems to be the only option.

That being the case, who out there wants to create some angry yet beautiful music??

I would love to take part in a project that wants to write good music & put out some albums just for the sake of doing it.

In this project, my key instrument would be drums, but I am of course willing to contribute synth parts.

So who wants to give life to an Industrial Metal project?




DarkShredcerto: Dark Shredcerto - "Shredenza For Electric Guitar & Piano" (Demo Cd Uploaded!!!...)

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:54:38 -0400

Dark Shredcerto - "Shredenza For Electric Guitar & Piano" (Demo Cd Uploaded!!!...)
More demo music uploaded to this site...

Whats up friends???? This is my 5 song opus titled:

Dark Shredcerto -
"Shredenza For Electric Guitar & Piano
(In 5 Movements)
Opus #32 No. 16 In Shred Minor"

Please enjoy.... These are rough demos... Ive never had a lesson or been taught anything about music... Just a passion to play and create.....

Shred on!!!!..



thebenteights: COOL ONLINE CHORD PROGRESSION TOOL

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:34:21 -0400

COOL ONLINE CHORD PROGRESSION TOOL
Where the artist admits to his lack of music savvy but shows that he can muster up yet another groovy short cut using modern technology.

Online Chord Progression Tool

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I know a lot of the guys and gals here are schooled in musical theory and actually know how to fit a diminished chord into a song so it does sound like crap, but a lot of us are reeling from the knowledge that the Am pentatonic scale and the C major pentatonic are the same scales, much less being able to conjure up some sort of occultish circle of fifths or fourths to know what note or chords fits with another one in an acceptable fashion. Well, there are lots of apps for that but here is an online tool I just found that I like a lot. Sure, if you have the time and ability it is better to memorize all the notes and chords for every key. But if you are a mere mortal then this can help you get out of the three or four chord rut. A rut I know only too well.



irok: I'd like to mix

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:35:31 -0400

I'd like to mix
If you have music I have ears

when I record what I do I always go for an edge..(my style) I'd like to do something good and clean, let me know if you have some wav files you want to be mixed I would like to have a try (image)



irok: Quicktime not working ?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:40:58 -0400

Quicktime not working ?
This is what you have to do

If you use a Mac open finder and search for "disabled plugins" open a new finder window and search for internet plugins and drag the files named "QuickTime Plugin.plugin" & "nslQTScriptablePlugin.xpt" to the internet plugins folder, Now u know (image)



pharmakeus: Construction work all week next door

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:35:02 -0400

Construction work all week next door
Noise

Looks like there won'/t be any singing this week (image)



thebenteights: A 'FRIEND' RIPS MY SOUL OUT

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:53:04 -0400

A 'FRIEND' RIPS MY SOUL OUT
The artist agains learns a hard lesson, that he oft tries to ignore: That the bulk of humanity is laden with flippant cruelty.

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I live in China and do not really have many, if any, friends here. A while back I met a British guy from Liverpool about my age and we seemed to get along when we hung out. I had even been to his place and chilled there. We got talking a little about this and that and he asked me about my guitar playing. He wanted to know if I was good enough" to teach a Chinese lady he knows guitar but I passed. But I later sent him some rough mixes of some unfinished songs I have been working on (I shared them here I expected something really positive back from him. I really did. I had a clear visual image of him liking the stuff and giving me some feedback. I should mention this is happening through voice messages over an instant messaging program called WeChat, popular here in the motherland. It all started off okay, or I perceived it so, and then he says "just don't quit your day job."

Absolutely shattered. As far as I am concerned at this point in time the friendship is over. I doubt it will matter to him. I sent him a message and told him I felt insulted and there was no reason to say that. Later he sent one message back but to be honest I deleted it I was so pissed off, and also because I felt he was the kind of guy who might take offense at my taking offense at his original remark and hit back with more insulting remarks than I am capable of mustering myself. He is an alpha dog and I am a whiny omega type. And I guess he knows that. I have waited all day and night for some sort of message with him sincerely apologizing but it has not come and I am depressed.

I am paranoid about sharing music, even here. I have about 14 tracks that I am just sitting on and tweaking and adjusting and do whatever I can to just not share them out of worry. Well, I will. But they all need vocals and glad guitar work still. I have had a couple belittling remarks here and at MacJams, but I have learned to accept that. Not that many and I can just let it go now, but I did not except it from a person I know personally. The remark "don't quit your day job" is only an insult or put down protected by the "I was just joking, mate!" clause attached. It is only funny to person who is making it.

But is so weird. It is not like I brag about what I do, or pretend I am better than I am, and yet people can be very nasty and malicious at times. I will never make money at this or have groupies or photo shoots with my shirt all ripped open . It is just a hobby. I am 57 and retired and just trying to fill in my time with something creative as I lost interest in graphic design a long time ago. I am not really that good I know. But I took a hit when he said that. I felt I was taking little risk and in sharing my stuff with him and was looking forward to his "praise". What a dumb monkey I still am.

I almost just wanted to delete all the stuff and give up.

But... I guess I won't. I know it is bad stuff, but in the end I enjoy making it and getting some hits here and a few comments. But I think that I lost my only current friend here in China. I have my wife, who is Chinese, but she really hates my weird old school American rock music, music but she supports me doing it. So it is cool.

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pharmakeus: Four weeks dry

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:12:26 -0400

Four weeks dry
No grog for four weeks now

My hands shake
I feel sick
In pain
My mixes stink



KCsGROOVE: 10 years on Icomposition

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:01:14 -0400

10 years on Icomposition
This week it's 10 years ago since I started uploading songs here on Icompositions

10 years already since my former colleagues Eagle and Mr.Red showed me this site and encouraged me to upload some of my songs here.
It's been a great decade. Icomposition still inspires me.
I made quite a lot of friends here, some of them are no longer among us (Geo (fatchance) and Ed (slopart) ).
I've always had great feedback from you all..thanks for that!
And well over half a million plays in these years.
I think I'll stay for a while (image)
KC



irok: I play with an amazing guitarist

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:31:01 -0400

I play with an amazing guitarist
do we rehearse ?

My guitarist are on tour in Canada an America again, this year he has been to Italy, Germany Switzerland, Chile, Canada/ America in terms.. He is awesome.. He needs a bigger suitcase I can fit in.. He have connections so I hope we can travel the world when we are ready (image)



irok: Monitors/Headphones

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:29:21 -0400

Monitors/Headphones
I've had behringers, Adam a7 & Prodipe 5..

for the last few months I have used my Beyer Dynamic DT-770 I also have a pair of DT-990M.. I am a Byer Dynamic AKG guy, get above the 1500 Dkr mark and it will sound awesome. 5 danish kroner is like 1 US dollars, my headphones cost the same as my prodipes (1600 Dkr) my Adam A7 lost around 7500 Dkr for a reference. Those Adams are awesome, with ribbons and a Sub. Don't do Behringer, you're better of with prodipe, Behringers color the sound. Have fun with it and keep the recordings flow. (Beyer Dynamic DT-990M is a special developed drum headphone. Closed.



WolfZ: Why am I doing this?

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 17:53:14 -0400

Why am I doing this?


So somebody will wonder ... why does the guy do this here.
Every week he makes a song, some can be heard and some are also full "bullsh...".
Now, as you can read in my biography, I am 61 years old.
I live alone in a single-room apartment, which I like to call my "single cell". (image)

I used to be an addiction therapist, was married and successfully wrote books.
In addition, I have 5 children who are well. So all in all a successful life.

Then it came, insidiously and unintentionally, the depression.
As already said, now I live alone, I am disabled to work and thereby retirees at the subsistence minimum.

The only thing I have is ..... a lot of time. Much time in which my head is full of evil thoughts.
Depression is really a very bad condition and one of the most brutal diseases that I know.
If you do not pay attention, it simply drives you to death. But...not with me... (image)

So what am I doing? Exactly, I make music all day long.
I do not lift any equipment that would allow to produce really good music.

An old, cheap guitar that is constantly banging at the wrong moment, a ZOOM recording device
(This is similar to a dictation machine) that I have been given once and a noodle-screen, through which I sing, because I do not even have a microphone with pop protection.
So to say so ... quite far "back to the roots" (image)

But one thing is certain, the music helps me. Every single day.
There is not always something that can be heard.
Especially since my singing arts are rather rudimentary. (image)

I'm really happy when I see ... hey, 120 people have listened to this.
Or even better, I get comments.
I do not become rich or famous, and some comments are probably more kindness. But that is not important.
What is important is the feeling of being perceived.

At the end of the day, I am the winner anyway .... I am still alive!

So you will still have to listen to my "works" and I will continue to look forward to seeing you my music.
I like it with you and it helps me ...... so what (image)

Wolf



KCsGROOVE: Walter Becker passed away

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 18:32:43 -0400

Walter Becker passed away
Walter Becker , together with Donald Fagen the driving force behind Steely Dan died age 67

Tonight I heard the news that Walter Becker had died aged 67. He and Donald fagen were my musical heroes, right from their first album I loved their music. They created the standard for sound, spending so much time in the recording studios.
A fine musician has left us...
Rest in peace, your music will live on!
KC



eido: What should music sound like?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:58:44 -0400

What should music sound like? Or 'how to alienate your core fan base'.Recently I've been introducing a friend to my musical output. It's been a tricky experience; he isn't a fan of electronica, so that's the new stuff out, and his taste in vocals doesn't align with the vocalists I've typically worked with, so that's my metal album Lies To Children out. Eventually we found some common ground on my older material - heavy stuff like Escape from Shadows and Diminished Returns, plus some of my piano stuff like Alone and The Child - and in the process we trawled through a lot of my back catalogue, which was pretty fun and interesting for me. I've noticed that a lot of musicians say they never listen to their own stuff, so perhaps it makes me a terrible egotist that from time to time I really enjoy going through my old stuff, remembering all the stuff that went into making it. The first and most obvious thing that leaps out at me is my musical influences. Some of the time I was consciously aware that I was ripping off other people; other times it felt original to me, but with the benefit of hindsight I can point to bands or even specific songs and say 'Oh yeah, that's where that came from.' I read something recently which suggested that most 'creative' activity isn't creative at all, but really just a process of recycling, and I'd be hard pressed to argue against that thesis on the evidence of a lot of my older material. Something else I get a lot is comments to the effect of 'lots of different styles in this song' or 'covers a lot of ground musically' or 'holy hell this is totally incoherent'. OK, nobody has ever actually said the last one in so many words, but I know sometimes they've thought it. The friend I mentioned above commented that Diminished Returns had 'quite a few different styles squeezed into a relatively short track', which surprised the heck out of me because in my own mind that's one of my most coherent productions. It's been really interesting working on the Brighter Days project over these last few months. For the uninitiated, Brighter Days is based on an old half-finished metal album called Dark Days; I've taken the raw material from that album and started turning it into electronica, reimagining each track as I go, sometimes radically. Revisiting some of my oldest material is a real trip down memory lane and gives me an interesting insight into how my creative process has changed over the years, which I will now proceed to outline because I'm assuming that if you're still reading you're interested. My earliest music, with my high school thrash band, was generally an attempt to sound like some other popular band. We liked metal bands, we had guitars and a bass and drums, we wanted to make music of our own - what does good music sound like? Metallica, Pantera, Slayer... OK, let's do that. Later on I got into doomier stuff like Paradise Lost and Anathema, and my music took a corresponding downturn in tempo and uptick in complexity of arrangement. Then I got into Opeth (the early albums especially) and you start to see longer tracks emerging with more twists and turns. Lies To Children is an obvious homage to Devin Townsend's many wonderful projects, although I like to think that some of the tracks on there have some degree of originality. And then, more recently, after making the transition to electronica, you can see the first few uploads are very deliberate attempts to mimic popular genres - a trance tune, a drum'n'bass piece. But then, interspersed with stuff which is clearly in imitation of some band or some genre, there's a lot of randomness as well, things that don't really fit in with anything else - no[...]



DarkShredcerto: Dark Shredcerto

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:53:05 -0400

Dark Shredcerto
LATEST NEWS


DARK SHREDCERTO
LATEST NEWS:
9/1/17 -
"Full Shred At It!!!!........ More music coming in the future!!....."

My brotha's n' sista's in Christ and shred!!!.....

I am constantly recording in my studio.... making demos, composing, shredding,,,etc,,,, Check back here to see if any new music is posted... I have 4 new songs almost done out of my archive of over 50 that i have to record and am working on... Beautiful classical piano... extreme neoclassical shred
guitar..... beauty.... intensity....passion..... and melodic fury!

The titles are:
"God Of Sorrows"
"Repentance"
"Crown Of Anguish"
"King Of The Jews"

All for guitar and piano...... Stay tuned..... brutal shred.....
All for Christ.... By his grace and mercy.....

D. M.



1: A window to sounds.

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 05:08:32 -0400

A window to sounds.
Finding that opening into a filtered envelope of oscillator sounds feeding thru each other. Where FM is layered together with it all.

The window can hold the wind, still or let us listen to the these sounds and open up the new sounds like light breaking into the room from outside where be it by the window and it flows thru like the sounds filtered thereof. Peace is felt from the lights the sounds of the wind. And the wind goes on. My body as an artiste' and making these waves sounding of time and space. I am talking about the latest work of mind and space time with the face of a clock.

http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=222592
or here on my blog - off site -
http://ice9.soonlabel.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/on-the-wind-by-the-window-2.mp3
this below is the main link to the site as well
http://ice9.soonlabel.com/blog/
And there is the main blog work I do is at this site with my music and video work. --- from the youtube is here
https://www.youtube.com/user/h92o/

I feel=== so commercial in this the promotion of the stuff I do.
I am not at all commercial just happens I make music I like to listen to myself and thought you might like to listen as well.



irok: My 1975 drum kit in action

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:50:01 -0400

My 1975 drum kit in action
Slow rehearsal...

Just trying to keep a beat for a new tune in progress https://youtu.be/LXvJrScc3uU



DarkShredcerto: Dark Shredcerto - (The Bible and the life of Christ performed on an electric guitar)

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:16:04 -0400

Dark Shredcerto - (The Bible and the life of Christ performed on an electric guitar)
Dark Shredcerto Lives!!.....

Still out here doing my thing!...

Shreddin' to the max!!!!... So much music....So little time!!! More to come!!!....

What's up my brotha's n' sistas' in Christ and shred??

Shreddin'.... Composin' ....recordin' ....it's what I do.... I've got so much music recorded...and so much in my head ..it drives me insane!!!! ..... Here's a link to a sample video of some demos I've been working on....

https://youtu.be/G2wStG8Bbf0

I have an unlisted archive video of two full songs that haven't been released..... Message me to check it out!! Only a few have heard it.... very wicked....very intense.... Very unorthodox....very very different....I invented the style!!!

Until next time....
Work....family..... Shred..... As time permits!!!!
More to come!!!

Dark Shredcerto
(John 3:16)



thebenteights: MOTU DIGITAL PERFORMER

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:42:42 -0400

MOTU DIGITAL PERFORMER
The artist continues his search for a second DAW that is OSX friendly

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I gave up rather quickly with Logic Pro X. Okay, not really all that quickly if the truth be told. But I finally gave up. I am an Ableton Live user but really want another DAW to play around with, especially for my Ambient/Synth/Electronic/ type stuff I do at my other account (Arctic Transmissions). I tried Presonius Studio One for about a hour and gave up on that although it seems rather popular. I just could not even get my MIDI Controller to play after all that time so what is the point. I liked the way Bitwig looked and all (similar to Live but different as well) but it does not support Audio Units! WTF! Then it is essentially just a PC program. I never cared much for those other ones like Sonar or Cubase although they have long histories and large followings. I just get dizzy with FL Studio. Reason is... unreasonable.

I kept running across something called Motu Digital Performer and gave it a go for a few days and found myself liking it more and more although I have done nothing with it yet other than monkey around with skins and their plugins. Not a lot of tutorials on Youtube for this one, like from Groove3. It is one of the oldest DAWs (before they were called DAWs even) and is the first (?) MIDI sequencer for MAC. They only recently began making a windows platform available. The look is a little like Studio One and it seems to be designed to really work with MIDI type tracks. There is something they call "chunks" other features I have never run across before. it is big with video soundtrack recording/syncing crowd.

Well, this will be it I think and I have seen one or two other people here on iComp you use it. There is going to be a learning curve and a half but I am buckled in for it. So far I like it, much more than I did Logic X at this stage. And since it seems to have a sort of "underground" DAW sense about it makes it more appealing even. It is actually not that unknown or underground at all of course. But lets be honest, I think 80 to 90% of the stuff here is Garage Band or Logic. which is cool. But for my "Enoesque" stuff I like to do I think this is what I will try to learn.

I will keep my rock and roll stuff to Live for now. I have about 7 or 8 pop/rock style songs I am working on now and I cannot switch to a new DAW with anything in progress. And I love Live. I just wonder though if a new DAW could make me do different things simply by virtue of the fact the looks and work design are different. Who knows. More than likely it will just help me to never finish the stuff I am working on now. But for me that is what is what it is all about, struggling and never finishing anything and blaming the rest of the world. A true artist. If you're a Motu man (or, whatever, a Motu person) then feel free to say hi and let me know how to get this thing going although i think I can figure it it with time and coffee.

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artneuro: 'Who's Afraid of Art Neuro?'

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:03:54 -0400

'Who's Afraid of Art Neuro?'
Digital release on 17 July 2017

In the end, I'm just releasing this stuff digitally.
I kind of do want to put out a cassette release but there aren't really appropriate channels for that yet down under. As for a CD release, I'm putting that in the too hard basket because the minimum run is like 500 copies and I don't want 400 CDs sitting in my garage after I give away the 100 for promos (and unappreciative friends).

The digital release is pretty wide ranging so you'll be able to find my stuff on iTunes and Amazon as well as Spotify and other obscure ones I hadn't even heard about until I went and had a look.

Anyway...
I've remastered all of these freshly. With a couple of these I've even gone back and tweaked the mixes.
Songs on the album release are:
- Astronaughty
- The Monster Is Behind You
- Hypocrisy For Consumption
- Leap In To The Dark
- Dungeon Dad
- I'm Sad
- Pony The Orangutan
- Pasta Sauce Man
- Terrorist In My Neighbourhood
- Nobody's Looking Now

These are all tracks I wrote and recorded because I was here on iComp so I want to thank everybody here for their long time support and encouragement. It's been a blast. I'm still doing new stuff so it's not like I'm about to pull up stumps and leave or anything, but I figure this is a good juncture for me to express my gratitude to all of my fellow iComp cadre (without-whom-blah-blah-blah, you've been a lovely audience, and all that).

'Pony the Orangutan' is already out as a single as of this writing. Yes, she's waiting for you to come visit her on digital radio someplace.

All that said, if you are on something like Spotify and do like my stuff, make sure you stick these tracks on your playlist.

Cheers All!



Aamp: An Announcement

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 01:29:56 -0400

An Announcement
A New Account

Due to a good audience here and in attempt to curb my random propensity to go a long period of time without sharing anything, I've decided to double up.. Or perhaps undouble... on a's.

Actually, I'm just surprised that the name amp spelled correctly was never taken so ill post memeingful content there too as per usual, I mean similar stuff, just with some different meaning (image) .

I put a lot of work into and have memories with music that is being attacked by bit rot (like the corruption heard at the end of my song capacitor) since all my discs are old but made fresh mp3s now so please check it out, its all in good fun.

OK I'm tired, so bye! (image)

www.icompositions.com/artists/amp



irok: New old kit.. again

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 17:40:28 -0400

New old kit.. again
So I saw a used kit and I did a bargain.. did I say again

I was browsing and suddenly this popped up and I fell in love instantly.

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Boooom Boooom bang crash RRLLR LLRRL (Drum Nerd Humor) (image) (Paradiddles)
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A 1975 Pearl Wood-Fiberglass 13" (14)" 16" 24" and the snare a Maxtone 14"x6.5 I had laying around from around same time. The snare that came with the set was a Hoshino (Pre Tama) 14x5, it's at the rehearsal studio. It has a nice crack and smack. I love 14x5's steel,bras, copper or wood, they just have more bite to me.



Narananda: 1.500.000 listenings

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 01:55:26 -0400

1.500.000 listenings
Who'd have thought ?

On my music reached today.
Thanks to all listeners and specially to compositions which allows us to share our music around the world.

Narananda (image)



thebenteights: WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL WITH LOGIC PRO X?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:37:27 -0400

WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL WITH LOGIC PRO X?
The artist tries to be cool and use the big state of the art LPX and suddenly finds himself in a total WTF situation.

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I use a iMac for recording and it comes with garage Band, but I was never that much into after having used Ableton Live for years. But I kept noting that people here mostly used Garage Band or Logic Pro fro recording. I seldom see other DAWs mentioned, like FL Studio, Sonar, Presonus or even Live, all popular programs. I always got the sense that people snubbed Live and called a "DJ" DAW or that it lacked the "professional attributes" of Logic. Well I just had to give it a try.

But after a week I am about to just give up. I know there are learning curves and all of that, but the whole thing is just too tedious and dense. This not not translate to "more advanced". Simple work processes or editing functions that are so quick and easy in Live (like editing clips and loops for example) are so grueling in Logic. It is absurd that is should be so difficult. I am used to the way one can line up clips quickly in Live, while in Logic I am struggling with lining stuff up with that too dark a background. Just stretching out a clip is daunting.

As well I seem to get lots of crashes. Much more than I ever did with Live. I also do not like those goofy icons of instruments that takes away from the serious appearance I feel it should have.

And I am not saying I am quitting. But it is like I sit down and get ready to be amazed buy this marvel of music software and I wind up just getting flustered over and over.

I do not like the way they do the send return features. I spent almost a day trying to figure out how to add a third party instrument. I went online and found I was far from the only person with this issue and others.

And why the big emphasis on all the loops? I already have gigs and gigs of loops but I seldom record with them. In fact if I see a song and it says used "all loops" I move on.

Of course the program is popular and even Brian Eno raves about it, so I may have to give it more time. I am not giving up. But I do not see it ever replacing Live as my main DAW. Live is so fast and trouble free once you sort it out, and that should only take a week or so to get the basics. I feel like I really want to like Logic Pro, and sound cool and hip. But I fail to see what the big deal is.

I do like the instruments, the synths and guitar amps and the drum feature. Awesome. I love the track stacking feature, where you can record multiple takes and it stacks up, and you can select the takes and parts you like he most. I wish Live could do this. However, I am wondering if even in two months time I will have recorded anything at all with this as I find it to be a DAW that i I am fighting with all the time rather than working with.

UPDATE A COUPLE WEEKS LATER: Deleted and good riddance!

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Archaos: Debut Single Coming Soon!

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:21:38 -0400

Debut Single Coming Soon!
We will be releasing our first single this coming Saturday the 17th of June, 2017!

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing our debut single here and on other websites on Saturday the 17th of June 2017.

More details to follow with the release!



eido: Embracing constraint

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:59:51 -0400

Embracing constraint The challenges - and benefits - of limitations in the creative process.I made a chiptune a couple of days ago, and the process gave me some food for thought which I'd like to share. For the uninitiated, a chiptune is a piece of music in the style of those written for the audio hardware present in old 8-bit or 16-bit computers and games consoles (Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, Commodore 64 etc.). What you get is pretty limited; you'll have a very limited number of channels (generally between three and five depending on the chip), and a very limited number of types of sound (e.g. sine wave, square wave, saw wave, pulse wave, white noise, possibly a low-fidelity sample player) - and that's it. At first this seemed like a significant challenge. If you're familiar with my music at all you'll know I tend to like to use lots of layers (see, for example, The open sea if you like electronic music or Space if you prefer metal). What could I possibly do with a couple of square waves, a saw wave and a low-fi sample player? As I got into it, though, I started to find the process strangely liberating. I've been finding the transition from metal to electronica pretty daunting, in truth. A couple of guitars, a bass and some drums give me the backbone of a metal song; I play guitar and bass, so I know what to do with those instruments, and drums usually come together quickly enough. Once I've got the core of the song, layering more stuff on top is easy. But with electronic music I have no idea where to start. I don't even know what the building blocks are. The software I use has thousands of synth presets, and I can easily spend two hours of time just auditioning sounds rather than actually composing anything. End result: paralysis, and a general lack of musical output. Enter the chiptune. I really can't spend hours messing around with sounds; I can count on the fingers of one hand the different basic sounds I have available to me here. What could be simpler? So then I started playing around. I decided to make an 8-bit Rule Britannia because, hey, why not, so I spent quite a while transcribing the main theme of Beethoven's piano variations on Rule Britannia, because I figured a piano arrangement would give me a few voices (for harmonic interest) but not so many that I'd have to throw most of it away. With a few tweaks, that's basically what you hear in the first 33 seconds of my chiptune. Sounds kind of boring, honestly, doesn't it? Thomas Arne's basic tune and Beethoven's arrangement are lovely, of course, but square waves and saw waves are kind of dull to listen to, compared to something like a guitar or a piano. One way to think of it is that there's just more information in an acoustic instrument, or a human voice. A pure square wave is slightly more interesting to listen to than a sine wave, but only slightly. All those long sustained notes convey the primal harmony of the music, but that's about it. The limitations of the chiptune format made it very easy to get started, but those same limitations were now coming back to bite me. So when I wanted to come up with my own 'variation' for the second half of the chiptune, I realised that I would have to get creative. Maybe a plain melody is sufficient when played with feeling on a guitar with a sweet-sounding tone, but a squa[...]



artneuro: Maybe A Cassette Release

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 03:13:54 -0400

Maybe A Cassette Release
Maybe the problem is digital after all.

I've been thinking about the whole music as business thing and I just don't see it working out. Like, any time your music goes digital, it's information and somebody can rip it and post it on the dark web an you lose all control of the thing.
Like, people out there are ripping stuff even if they don't like it or care about it. They just do it.

At the core of it is the transferability of digital information. The people doing the ripping probably aren't all that interested in your music when they rip it and post it on some dark web. They're doing it because they can; and probably don't even listen to your stuff.

So, maybe the thing is to take a step back from all this digital stuff and do what the revivalists are doing and put out analog material. Like LPs and Cassettes. That way, the music gets out. But it won't be in a format that is so easily transferrable.
The people who immediately rip material would have to go get a cassette player and digitise it, play tin real time from start to finish, catalogue the file, and even then it won't be the optimal file - and that would be the point.

Therefore... I've been thinking maybe I should do a small run with cassettes. I can hand them out with impunity and not worry so much about losing control of the information aspect but still get the music out. My friends would hate me for making them dust off their cassette players but ... an artist has to protect themselves somehow.

What do people think about this idea?



irok: Collab

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:57:56 -0400

Collab
my limited skills on this and that... guitar & drums

I may not be a virtuoso but I'm always up for doing something in a collaborative or adding just a tiny bit.. these days I have just done some way to heavy music.. I'm actually quite happy dunno why I do heavy music.. just howl in case I can do something, I have got a real crap electronic drum kit and I need a USB-MIDI converter which I just ordered, so in a few weeks I am up for some drumming too, if it will work (image) Cause we all know drums are the most important in music haha (image) :D



blancof: Oda sobre la melancolia

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:43:27 -0400

Oda sobre la melancolia
Building My Own cheap guitar - Franky. Its not the best sound in it, but is good for the money. It was funny to build it.
Hurting my ears. Bad eq.

https://youtu.be/WPxN2oRavqM