I was set to play a show on Saturday and shit went totally sideways on me. Soundcheck had some issues I battled through like, my sub-mixer in my eurorack fell apart and one of the cables went bad. I managed to get everything back on track and played a track and a half with no issues. Fast forward to my set time a few hours later and all hell breaks loose. The main cables seemed to be shorting out and only playing one chanel. Swapped cables and then my TR8 would not play through my soundcard into the Octatrack. I tried every trick in the book and could not get things running properly. Packed everything up and walked out with my tail between my legs. To say I was embarrassed and frustrated is an understatement.
I spent the next few days trying to figure out what the hell went wrong and the best guess is a lack of clean power to my MOTU AVB Soundcard. Every other connection and cable are totally fine.
I’m opening for Developer on Saturday and extremely nervous something is going to go wrong again. If something does happen I’m going to have to rethink this setup. You only get so muny chances.
I was listening to an old house record the other day that remixed this classic tune. I figured I’d make a more aggressive version of it for fun. I wanted to keep that lo-fi sound of the original song and the house remix. Threw some reverb on a kick drum, added a sub, tossed in some hi-hats, sampled the record, and spent the afternoon arranging and mixing. Track can be downloaded from Soundcloud. Enjoy.
On my birthday last year I was invited to play a live set at Portland’s premier late night dance party Odyssey. I used an Ocktatrack as my hub feeding a TR8 and a Circuit into it. Other than a couple misfires on the live resampling everything went pretty good and, more importantly, felt good to play. The room kept moving so I say it was a success. Listening back to this after a few months I wish i had taken the time to pull a few of these pieces out and built tracks out of them . Pretty sure everything has been deleted or written over by now. Oops.
Once upon a time I started naming all my techno tracks after motorcycle parts. It’s something I know well and it’s easy to pull a part name out of my head when I’m rendering a project. For some reason it felt weird to go back and rename tracks to something ‘cool’ or ‘meaningful’. The bad thing is the names seam a bit weird to non gear heads. Good thing is the track names stick out on web pages. Probably a good thing in a world where anyone can release music.
I was heavy into the ‘Mr. Robot’ TV series and this rant from the main character really stuck with me.
It’s sort of a bummer when I publish something and make it available for download on Soundcloud and I see one person downloaded it. I feel like this is one of the best things I’ve ever put together and the two times I got to drop it on a dance floor people were into it. Sometimes it’s difficult to detach from something and look at it objectively. Sometimes it’s also nice to just look at the world and yell ‘fuck society’ and then drop a giant synth riff.