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TapicusMaximus: Logic ProX - Creating a Rock tune

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:14:12 -0500

Logic ProX - Creating a Rock tune
Using Logic, and only Logic (And a guitar) to create a quick rock riff complete with solo and stuff.. Good fun. Easy.

So, I had some dork tell me recently that Logic ProX is only for EDM. He also went on to tell me that ProX has been "crippled" compared to ver9. Not true.

I demo how to create a quick jam using the drummer plugin, and create a double bass effect with drummer. I also use the guitar direct into my interface, and demo a lot of the presets for the guitar amp and effect sims. And I use the Logic Bass plugins also. Quantize and velocity shifting, quick and easy. Quick and easy. One of many different approaches...

I hope this helps some of you out there, and maybe gives an idea or two... Like and subscribe if you dig it. More to come!

TapicusMaximus: Learning a Riff

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:46:32 -0500

Learning a Riff
I go through the basic steps of a melody, complete with the chords to a tune I like "So We've Ended as Lovers" Written by Stevie Wonder, played by Jeff Beck. Coolness.

So yeah, again more or less on the topic of self accompaniment; here is a tune that's a lot of fun to play, and has the added bonus of sounding pretty cool. Another step in the development of hand independence...

TapicusMaximus: Basic Self Accompaniment

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:43:03 -0500

Basic Self Accompaniment
Some thoughts on using two-handed tapping as a way to self accompany...

Now, I've seen a bajillion pianists land a pad with the Left hand, and then do some melodic stuff over it in the right. That's cool, and very doable on a tapping instrument like the Stick, or even the guitar or bass. Something else I see a lot of, is people develop a sort of LH bass motif or tow or three and then use that in everything they play....But what if someone wanted to develop true hand independence and work towards being able to improvise simultaneously with both hands?

I have a theory or two that I am developing as I go, I thought I might share! Enjoy, and I hope it helps.

jonalynkrauth: thank you all.

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:49:11 -0500

thank you all.

I would like to thank you , the last title i have uploaded was during 2015 , and i see every weeks than my music has been listening during every past weeks.

Between 2013 and now a lot of things happens to me , NDE , illness , addictions ...

I finnally find peace with myself.
I don't feel any angers for what happen to me during my childhood and my youth.

It's time for me to kill Jonalyn Krauth .

I will let my bandcamp account online :

It don't mean i stop music , i earn a lot of skills since i begun music.

I am working on a serious project , it don't have a name yet but i have already a few songs ready to be recorded.

the last thing I could tells is :
Don't be the one they expect , be the one you want.
Make everyday better than yesterday.
Smile even in the dark and don't be ashamed of yourself or what you're doing , because it come from you and from no one else.

Thx you all. <3 <3 <3

irok: No recording

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:47:45 -0500

No recording
I have no cables i think.. or maybe argh

i think my cables have gone bad and that sucks, maybe my interface acts up or i have done something to my daw... i hope it's just the cables... need to find my backups.. if they still exists ? Later

cutiful: So Cute

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:57:05 -0500

So Cute


blancof: A Pink Floyd Solo Cover

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:10:15 -0500

A Pink Floyd Solo Cover
This is a Solo I wanted make since some years ago.

irok: Equlizer help starts here

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:03:22 -0500

Equlizer help starts here
ever thought about mixing ?

This is a helping tool that in a basic way tells you where the frequencies are at home, it's a good place to start to train your ears, but it's just a guide line, but do the bookmark and you have a helping hand right at your side.

I have shared it before, but i just couldnt find the link in my blog posts.

Online interactive frequency chart, just mouse over and it tells you what and where (image)

exemptfromgravity: Vignette - FREE EP DOWNLOAD

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:36:28 -0500

My first official record release in 7 years.

Free download at or


irok: I feel like singing

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:38:52 -0500

I feel like singing
I have been looking thru covers..

I haven't decided what i will do yet, it's a process, find the tune, learn it, record it and then do the vocals.. it takes time... but when i find the right "known" tune i prolly make my own version from scratch, thinking slow noisy rocking pop tune or whatever i come up with.. I have never outdone myself since Chris Isaak back in the days.. havent really felt like singing until i watch a 3 year old video where i short take on "everybody loves saturday night" on a good day i can somehow sing (image)

RMulholland: Thank You

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:45:12 -0500

Thank You

Broke 100,000 plays.

A very sincere thank you to all those who continue to listen.

I am truly moved by this & promise you more in the near future..


Mosaica: Cadences of Colombia

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:01:58 -0500

Cadences of Colombia Music travels in Colombia, South AmericaColombia - land of El Dorado, of coffee beans, the FARC, the Andes and fabulous music! Back in September 2016 I went to Colombia in South America, on a Songlines world music magazine holiday, the first tour the magazine has put on to this fascinating country now much more appealing for tourism as it gets to grips with transforming its violent past. This was, of course, a music tour in the same vein as the one to Senegal and taking in a variety of places, our travelling from the mountainous capital of Bogota north to Medellin lower down in a mountain valley to the tropical city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Being a lover of African and Latin American music this trip seemed to tick 2 boxes for me, and I didnt really know my Cumbia from my Champeta so felt I had a lot to explore and learn! Colombian music varies between its regions the Caribbean Coast has influences from Cuba and the Caribbean islands (notably salsa and reggae), the Pacific Coast has groups of people of African descent and where the local geography has kept them fairly isolated, both which is reflected in their music, and thirdly the Amazonian plains where the music has much influence from indigenous people. We started off in Bogota, the cool capital - both in terms of its temperature (as it is high up in the mountains) and its musical nightlife. To give us some much-needed context, we had a couple of introductions into Colombian music from Mario Galeano (a musician playing with Ondatropica and Cumbia Freinte) and from Lucas Silva (of Palenque Records). Sitting in the unpretentious, independent cultural space of Matik Matik, Mario talked us through the history of Colombian music through a slide show and audio samples from a large collection of vinyl discs from seminal artistes, explaining how the influx and movement of African slaves and the native geography has contributed to the different sounds throughout the country. One of the interesting points I remember is how the indigenous instruments like pipes are still used in many bands, but also historically how the pipes lines in tunes had often been appropriated by brass instruments when the latter were introduced to the continent. Kuisis pipes are interesting to see and hear - their being formed from a cactus stem and with an interesting tulip-shaped head and mouthpiece fashioned from wax, charcoal and feathers! Lucas is a film-maker as well as running Palenque Records, and in our hotels little cinema he played us snippets of one of his films, also on YouTube See 3:30 for the Afro-Colombian Sexteto Tabala playing Esta Tierra No Es Mia (This land is not mine) with notable Cuban son influence, and my favourite number of theirs. Coinciding with our visit, was the Bogot Music Market (BoMM), an expo for those in the music business, and at which we met the Editor of Songlines who was there in a business capacity. Our group just went for the evening Showcases, each of which featured 3 bands per night of up-and-coming or even established national talent. Sitting in a rather soulless concert hall, but proudly sporting our BoMM badges & lanyards and enjoying a complimentary welcome drink, we were all particularly taken with Curupira - a fusion of Cumbia and rock but also featuring a duo of Kuisis; Sango Groove - a jazzy Afrobeat & funk influenced outfit; and the Colombian Pacific sounds of Canaln de Timbiqu - a very African sound with balafon and djembes and predominantly female vocals. Our next stop was north to Medelln, beautifully situated nestling amongst the mountains, but at lower altitude than Bogota - at once easier to breathe but vastly hotter. And speaking of heat, Medelln of course was once the hotbed [...]

falconep: 2016 - Your Year In Music | 2017 - The Road Ahead

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:35:59 -0500

2016 - Your Year In Music | 2017 - The Road Ahead
Did you accomplish everything you set out to do in music this year?
What are your hopes for the New Year in Music?

In 2016
I kept learning the production end of Reaper DAW
I accumulated many midi-editing tricks
I discovered how to utilize Channel i/o for custom Surround-Sound & better panning
I pumped out over 100 compositions
I spent/wasted time & $$$ on Hit License trying to get TV-Movie-Commercial Placements. They don't give you ANY FEEDBACK on what your submission was missing. Learned that they only pick the same names repeatedly, who can churn out "formula cues" in a couple of hours
I stumbled on iCompositions, found a broader audience, and heard some great stuff

In 2017
I will continue improving engineering skills (maybe even side-chaining and compressors)
I will attempt to pump out another 100 compositions
I will waste even more time & $$$ on Taxi trying to get TV-Movie-Commercial Placements. At least Taxi gives every song a useful critique. (I am a sucker for punishment.)
I hope to hear more really great comps on iCompositions

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year - Phil

opensource: Highly Motivated To Rock You (Album Preview)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:07:49 -0500

Highly Motivated To Rock You (Album Preview)
Ladies and gentlemen, Open Source is.. Highly Motivated To Rock You!

The time has come to experience something new. An extraordinary production from an unexpected source.

To say that both the music and its maker will challenge your preconceptions about fine psytrance, would be simply an understatement. They will ROCK YOU TO YOUR CORE !

Ladies and gentlemen, Open Source is.. Highly Motivated To Rock You!

opensource: Psycho ***** Live Act

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:07:03 -0500

Psycho ***** Live Act
Free Download in full mp3 quality at:

The crazy ***** is here. Walking all alone, she's all dressed up and knocking at your door.
Better not touch her, she'll burst your bubble. Vital hormones on legs, she is ready to blow your life apart.
Unpredictable, independent, dangerous.. spicy-sweet temptation that you need to stay away from. And when she makes
herself comfortable, you know you are in trouble.
She presses play and you hear this crazy mix from your stereo speakers that sounds demented. A psychedelic blend of some classics remixed, all combined and perfectly suited to make you feel strained.
When her final act is all over, you're left standing here alone, changed, reborn.

01. Source Code & Enarxis - Five Spirits (Open Source rmx)
02. Open Source - Planet Blue (final edit)
03. Open Source - High Progressive (short edit)
04. Enarxis - Human Interface (Open Source rmx)
05. Michael Jackson - Bad (Open Source rmx)
06. The Prodigy - Voodoo People (Open Source rmx)
07. Open Source - Mousiki (extended edit)
08. The Prodigy - No Good (Open Source rmx)
09. Odyssee Of Noises - Firedance (Open Source rmx)
10. Open source - In Cyclones (short edit)

opensource: Open Source Live in Thailand

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:06:32 -0500

Open Source Live in Thailand
Ladies & gentlemen, 2016's hottest DJ.. Open Source.

Free Download in full mp3 quality at:

During his 2 month tour in Thailand, Open Source started building this mix which took 6 additional months in the studio to complete.
As a strong believer that PSYTRANCE is not for minority but for ALL THE PEOPLE, Open Source combines diverse musical influences in the most genuine live mix of the year.
Ladies & gentlemen, 2016's hottest DJ.. Open Source.

01. Open Source - Indian Calling
02. Open Source - A Thousand Joys (new edit)
03. Open Source - A Great Dream (radio edit)
04. Talamasca - Obsessive Dream (Open Source rmx)
05. Infected Mushroom - Bust A Move (Open Source rmx)
06. Open Source - Rapid Rabbit
07. Shakira - Loca (Open Source rmx)
08. Open Source - This Is Paradise (rmx)
09. Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal (Open Source rmx)
10. Open Source - Blessed All Forms Of Intelligence

LunaBleu: Need help locating this music.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:38:40 -0500

Need help locating this music.
I have a song on my MP3 player that shows up only as "My Song 73 2".

I have the lyrics written for it, but need permission from the composer to use it. So if you have any information, I'd appreciate it. I haven't been around much but I haven't stopped writing. Will be posting lyrics and uploading songs soon. I've missed you that I know and I look forward to getting to know those of you I've never met.

falconep: Test: Are blogs on this site a waste of time?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:42:08 -0500

Test: Are blogs on this site a waste of time?
Inquiring minds want to know.

If you follow any blogs and you see this one, say Hi!

irok: New Guitar

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:12:29 -0500

New Guitar
So i saw this pretty cool "strat" guitar and it sort of asked me to get picked up..

i really really like the sound of this new guitar, it was hard to record the first tune cause the action was way to high for my play, to make it even more difficult i only had 013 strings + the high action and 013 is a serious set of wires. preferable for downtuning. i took the challenge... in standard tuning haha

But it's like when you get new toys you just wan't wait to play it right away....

This new old guitar may be from the mid 1980's, it's a Pacer (not Kramer) from the Cort or Samick factory which made the amazing JV & A series of Squier Strat models back then.. (image)
(when they did all them good licensed guitars, Fender asked them to make them worse otherwise they could not sell the original amercan guitars, that's the story i got told when i was a youngster)

There's no wear or tear on the frets or fretboard and it may be because the strings are so dang high nobody had wanted to play it ever,

So i oiled the fretboard and it feels as a new guitar, and it has a whammy bar which i have not had for years, i even got it in a case, with strap & cord, the tremelo works fine, tuning is good and when it's properly setup i am sure i'll be 100% happy.

All in all i'm overwhelmed by quality and price and it seems like i got such a great guitar for such small bucks.. (image)

My first attempt with the new guitar:

MurphyMusic: Im coming back

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:03:33 -0500

Im coming back

Just thought id write a little blog post as i intend to start using this site again. I had my daughter four years ago and I kinda stopped doing music for a bit, but now ive got a bit more time so i can finally get back to what i love doing. Music. It will be nice hearing new music from everyone here and see what people have been up to. I hope everyone is doing well, and i look forward to listening to your songs.

Dadanaut: Schatten - Movie

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:02:42 -0500

Schatten - Movie


Watch it here

I never finished this track. The music always reminded me of a popular soundtrack.

Until today I never knew which one ... do you too?

Video and Music by Dadanaut. |

Dadanaut: Phantomflimmern - Movie

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:34:48 -0500

Phantomflimmern - Movie
Dark forest...


Watch it here

Phantomflimmern - Dadanaut

Dadanaut: Teleautografie - Movie

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:29:08 -0500

Teleautografie - Movie
Overlays. Delays. Faces. Words.

Strange messages...


Watch it here

Teleautografie - Dadanaut

From the album "Dadanaut auf Reise" [Dadanaut on a trip]

solovey: Back on iCompositions and Alchemy

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:30:11 -0500

Back on iCompositions and Alchemy
Its been quite a while since I have been back at iComp and is good to be here. - Announcing the release of Alchemy.


Its been quite a while since I have been back at iComp and is good to be here.

We have since released two new Crystalline Dream albums, Journeyman in 2014 and Alchemy released on September 6th, 2016 !

Threshold Studios and Crystalline Dream are very proud to announce the release of Alchemy which is continues with the musical tone poems from the preceding Crystalline Dream albums. Alchemy ventures into the musical realm of sonic spaciousness, percussive polyrhythms, and visionary dreamlike soundscapes.

Alchemy has charted with #1 ( Pb-Au ) and #3 ( Aelous ) tracks positions and #1 album for the month of September on the Our Place Radio Network and receiving great reviews.

I will be posting one of the tracks for you to hear soon.

Alchemy is available at CDbaby, iTunes, and Amazon and streaming world wide on most internet radio and streaming services.


Richard (AKA - Crystalline Dream)

eido: A new chapter?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:42:56 -0500

A new chapter?
An update for the small handful of people who might still remember me.

Almost four and a half years ago I posted a blog titled 'New music is coming...' -- and then no new music materialised.

So what happened? Was I eaten by bears? (Evidently not.) Living in a hole? In space?

The truth is a bit more mundane. I did spend quite a long time working on Dark Days, the album that I advertised in that blog. I got all ten tracks sequenced up in Logic Pro on my old, now-defunct MacBook. My good friend herrsolera made some magnificent, really killer drum tracks for me. I spent hours dialling in tones with my new Peavey JSX amp and Paul Reed Smith guitar. I even got some of the recording done -- all the bass and piano, clean and acoustic guitars for about half the tracks, and rhythms and leads for about a third. Then... I stopped.

The truth is that I just wasn't feeling it. Dark Days was written when I was at university and a much younger, angrier, angstier person than I am now. I started reading back over the lyrics and immediately knew I wouldn't be able to sing them as they were -- I just couldn't get behind those messages any more. Songs about grief, insanity, alienation, loss -- for various reasons those things are no longer significant drivers in my life, and there's no easy way for me to reconnect with them, nor do I really want to.

I found my interest in the guitar waning, and the piano pretty much took over. For the last three years I've barely touched a guitar, and have instead been slowly and laboriously learning to play the piano, which is a wonderful instrument but one I can't help feeling I should have started learning when I was 5.

So what I am doing back here? Am I ready to dazzle everyone with my pianistic virtuosity? Hell, no. I've reached a point where I'm ready to start playing around with making my own music again, but it's very much going to be a journey of exploration. Nothing is mapped out -- I have to try things out and see what works for me, what makes sense for the person I've become.

As part of the journey of the last few years I've gotten into electronic music, and the upload I posted ten minutes ago is a reflection of that. The very vague plan in my head is to get back into making music by exploring a variety of genres of electronica, partly to learn the software (I'm playing with MuLab at the moment) and partly to see what resonates with me now.

Let's see where it leads...

Schleppy: Thank This

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:56:13 -0500

Thank This
Schleppy Shows Update

Hey Gang, Big Show this coming weekend.
Morty got me the Dinner Set at Uncle Roberts Awa Bar and Kale Drying Warehouse.


See Morty about the Midnight Frog Fry and Smoked Kale Buffet

Directions: Route 130 South to the End of the Road. Can't miss it.

Happy Thanks

pharmakeus: Re: Blancfroid in chat

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 03:13:35 -0500

Re: Blancfroid in chat
13 Songs by Me and Others

For my friend @Blancfroid ~ 13 Pharmakeus (inc. Collabs) songs as chosen by Pharmakeus (in no particular order):

Radio Silence

Blue Kentucky Girl

O, Superman


Hillbilly Wedding

Secret Agents of Phrygia

Spanish Dancer

My Love Chromium

Black Car 2016

She Came from Texas

Song from MASH (Suicide is Painless)

Just a Friend of Mine

The Night Santo and Johnny Got Laid

p.s. I only included songs where I was responsible for a lot of instrumentation. There are a such a big big lot of collabs I really love where I am just doing vox, etc.

Paigan0: SINKERR (SINK + KERR Collaborations)

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:08:44 -0500

SINKERR (SINK + KERR Collaborations) Two quirky multi-instrument Chapman Stick enthusiasts in 2 different countries rock out and make music together over the Internet.I play a bunch of different instruments but piano/keyboards is my main. I went to school for Music Composition (Kansas State University) and like to write songs. I play guitar and bass (badly) and then I discovered Chapman Stick, a two-handed tapping 10-string guitar. I also discovered another musician, Scott Kerr, known here as Tapicus Maximus and also Jayesskerr, who also went to school for music, writes songs and loves to do collaborations, and who also loves Chapman Stick (and also struggles with me on learning it). Our first project together was "Chromatic Jack," found here: Our latest, as of this morning, is "Spirit Chewality," found here: We've been sending each other MP3s with beats per minute and minimal instructions, and letting the other go to town with whatever instruments we can rock best at. Sometimes we'll add or delete some sections, or turn a bridge into a solo or whatever. Scott uses Logic Pro X and I use Pro Tools and we'll share source files back and forth through Google Drive. Here is Scott Kerr (Jayesskerr) and my latest SINKERR (SINK + KERR) prog rock INSTRU-METAL creation, called "Spirit Chewality." This is our second collaboration (that we've let you see anyway! ) I play Railboard bass, keyboards, drums, acoustic and some rhythm electric guitars; Scott plays most of the rhythm guitars, and all of the solo and lead 6-strings, as well as the entirety of the intro and the outro in Chapman Stick Grand 12-String (bass and melody). Whew! I wrote my parts; he wrote his parts. He gave me an initial rough version, and my producer credits include saying "More shredding here and kill that 13 seconds there with fire!" and then slapping some Engineer pixie love (hi/low pass filters) on the tracks he delivered to me--about 20 tracks in total. The basic song structure and chord progressions are mine, although Scott vastly opens up any song harmonically that he is on. Quote: Someone asked for "An exploration of Spirituality, Technical yet Expressive." And thus the prog rock tune "Spirit Chewality" was born, crafted by Chapman Stick enthusiasts Stephen Sink (Paigan0), and Scott Kerr (Jayesskerr/Tapicus Maximus). Together, we are the prog rock INSTRU-METAL band SINKERR. Instrumentation Steve Bass: Chapman Stick Railboard (Sapphire Blue, 10-string) Rhythm Guitar: Gladius 6-string Acoustic Guitar: Acoustic-Electric 6-string Piano: Pro Tools stock piano plugin. Bright piano patch Keys: Saw-tooth wave at bridge, and Deep Bass quarter notes throughout Drums: NI Machine + NI Studio Drummer + samples All of Steves guitars and Sticks were recorded direct into the board and then post-processed. Effects are a combo of Native Instrument Guitar Pro, and Pro Tools cabinet emulator called PSA, and a slew of Waves products. Scott Bass and Melody: Chapman Stick Grand 12-string. Boss GT100 direct in; some reverb Rhythm guitars, Solo and Lead guitars: The guitar was a Malmsteen Strat plugged into a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 401 combo. Scott mic'd it wi[...]

Schleppy: A Chilled Bottle of Whine

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:32:41 -0500

A Chilled Bottle of Whine
Schleppy Shows Update

Happy Weekend iCompers.
Just a note to tell you all that up here at Camp Runamuck we will have a party from DC and I'll be the Lounge Act, of course. They are having a Whine and Jeez Tasting. Almost all are welcome for an evening of spoof and falling down drunks.

Reservations: contact Morty at the back gate.

TapicusMaximus: Warming Up...

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:04:20 -0500

Warming Up...
Brrrrr... It's freezing in here! So cold...

Warming up. A mindless set of musical pushups, or an opportunity to further your skills and broaden one's knowledge in quick bursts... Watch the video, lemme know...