Friday, April 7, 2017

Getting back to normal... and the Passing of a Legend, Mr Kakehashi

We had surgery some 6 weeks ago and have been recovering.  It was way more difficult than we had been lead to believe, with just an overnight stay in hospital.  A very common procedure, but unbelievable painful for many weeks.  A complete pain in the arse.  I haven't been able to do anything for most of this time.

Well, we have still more to go, months to get back to "normal", but the discomfort is now manageable and not overpowering. We can get back to having goals that are more than just "stop the pain".   Having very limited mobility for most of a month and a half has really hurt our fitness..... something else we hadn't expected.

Last Saturday night we found out Mr Kakehashi, the founder of Roland Corporation had passed away at 87.   I spent 15 years living in Japan and working at Roland, and knew Mr K.  (Mr K in the red cardigan, me right front in picture at his home)

This is the passing of a Legend.  Before I worked for them, or anyone else, it was Roland products I wanted and actually bought.   That there was a company doing these interesting, affordable things was due to Mr K.  He was pushed out of Roland in 2013 and then formed the ATV Corporation.

There may not be that kind of company again, as share folder value outweighs everything else.  Maybe the end of an Era.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The REMIX. They Can Be Cool - "Can't you trip like I do?"

I first heard FILTER- "Can't you trip like I do" on the SPAWN Soundtrack Album.

All the tracks on the album were remixes, but this Filter thing didn't strike me that way. It wasn't something a DJ made.......  so I never thought of it as a remix.  At the time, I thought it was one of the heaviest things I had heard. Way more aggressive than the Deep Purple I was used too.

I still love the track. I read in some magazine a long time ago they used a 12bit Akai Sampler for the drums and had a bunch of guitars and Amps. Something about being an ex- Marilyn Manson Guitarist too, but I may not remember that correctly. I just love that guitar sound and playing.

It wasn't till only very recently I heard the crystal method original:

It was then it made sense that the track I loved actually was a remix.  But not the more typical DJ taking a metal bands  riff, and adding in beats and making it sound like hip hop or a dance track.  Jay Z's "99 Problems" and the other tracks on that SPAWN Soundtrack Album are more like that.

This Filter thing is very much the opposite. Taking the sequenced, dirty synth line, and adding rock drums, guitars and new lyrics to it.

This is something I want to try with my next creation.  To try and break out of the musical rut I've been in.   Been thinking of my versions of "Can't you trip like I do?", and "Cars".   Sampling others records was a huge legal minefield for a really long time, and probably the biggest step in the increased popularity of Sampling as a Production Technique. Means what I make will not be shared, but it may lead to something else I can.  

My current Megacurve tracks on SoundCloud .

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Friday, February 17, 2017


A friend passed away from Cancer last week.

This wasn't unexpected, but a shame. A real shame.

I was talking with him on Facebook over the New Year break and he apologized for talking a while to reply sometimes. The treatment really knocked him about.

His prints are still left in various place, such as on YouTube and a Blog as if he was still around.. So in Memory Of Greg, here is one of his creations, made in his backyard shed:

I met him through a Zine he was publishing. I just happened to come across it in a specialist bookstore on a quick trip back to Australia.  The Galaxy Bookstore.  I hadn't seen a Zine before, and just bought it on a whim.   Serendipity.

I can think of what a chance occurrence that was, and that it shouldn't have happened, but got to know this guy and his world.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Revisiting a track from 2009 - Have a Really Good Year

I did this track called Have a Really Good Year Dec 26th 2009 .

It is something I  shared again with my Facebook "friends" yesterday.  Looks like it got 6 partial plays, which is way better than the response I usually get on Facebook, a platform I mostly think is a waste of time and a scam, but haven't given it up.

The vocal is pretty much me doing a Rorschach (a character in Watchmen) speaking thing, on the

media loves Shock and Horror, the trouble in the Middle East, the Financial Crisis and a few other things that were "news" in 2009, and are still the cliches Neoliberal media and politicians roll out ..

I just a link to the original track, but I also did another version. I have moved to a new computer since then and only installed the most useful VSTs, so it needed a new reverb and organ configured.

I use ValhallaVintageVerb now and that was all fine, but ezDrummer said it wasn't Authorized.  It worked 2 weeks ago.  But since then a Lightning storm has taken out the Ethernet on my PC and I had put in a new Ethernet card instead.  That has changed my PC as far as Toontracks was concerned, but hadn't effected products by Izotope or anyone else. Ok just re-register, done it twice before, easy.

Short story version is your forced to use a new Toontracks thing called PM which is broken and will waste your time to get it working again.... and that really kills the vibe in working on something!

So Have a Really Good Year 

Terrible Software User Experience - Toontracks PM Authorization.

Don't you just hate it when a product you bought stuffs you around when you need it. Not complaining about the need for registration.  But having to do it 3 times for the life of the product, and it not working the 3rd time is the issue.

Being forced to install a new authorization application, then it doesn't actually work is very poor Software Management.   How would I know?  I've had to do it, and I got it right.