Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day 79: Massively Analog

Up until now, I thought I had found bassline heaven in the form of Native Instruments' 'Massive'. As the name might suggest, this is a Synth that means business. Big fat wobbly sounds are no problem with this animal.

Since reading a bit about sound synthesis I have been dabbling with Abletons in house synth 'Analog'. I really am quite impressed with it. Also, as there are no presets, literally everything you make is your own creation, for that added sense of satisfaction.

Below are two bass sounds. One from the all singing all dancing Massive, and two from the humble Analog. Gotta admit that analog is a sly old dog... certainly punches above it's weight.


Analog 1:

Analog 2:




Friday, March 20, 2009

Day 78: Angry Lambs...

Evil genius, muhahaha...




Thursday, March 19, 2009

Day 77: Phase 3

Hey, what's this?We're still (albeit barely) in the teens of the month and the mix is ready, done, nailed. Thats what happens when you get a bank holiday on a Thursday.

I wasn't sure if I liked it half way through it, but afterwards I've decided that I do really like it. It's a bit moodier that Phase 1 and Phase 2, but still heavy and driving as you might expect.

It's interesting that I haven't been accumalating that much music this month, so some of the tunes that made it in are maybe less obvious, and maybe thats why I like it, a bit fresher. There is even a dab of Dub-Step going on, I never saw that coming. Track list and link after the hop.

Bang the DJ - Phase 3 (Direct download)


Don Rimini - Rave On
Hostage - Murder Rocket
We Want Your Soul (Trumpdisco Remix)
N.A.S.A. - Whatchadoin' (Villains Remix)
AC Slater - Rock it Out
Modeselektor - A1 Suckerpin (feadz remix)
Hollywood Holt - Hollywood (Fantastadon's extended remix)
Flosstradamus - Big Bills (Jokers Of The Scene After 4AM Rework)
Sad Mafioso - Ce que tu cherches
Nighty Max - IGLOU.mp3
Que - Let's go to my place
Midfield General ft. RID - On The Road (Fukkk Offf Remix)
Modeselektor Kill Bill Vol. 4
Foreign Beggars, DJ Primecuts - Hit That Gash (Itchy Naaan Re-Rub)
Duke Dumont - Duke's Fanfare (NT89's BANGY re-make)
In For The Kill (Skream remix)




Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Day 76: iPhone OS 3.0

iPhones, you either love em or hate em. Originally I hated them. Seemed like lots of money for old rope. Not just any rope either, rope that didn't do what less expensive rope did, but just looked nice.

Since they made the 3g version though my interest was piqued a little bit more. I saw some youtube videos of people making beats with them, and using them as midi controllers etc and this made me love them:

Tho by this time, even the iPhone 3g was kinda getting old. So I started thinking no point getting one, cos they'll just replace it straight away, and I'll be stuffed/gutted. However there is stills some interesting news.

Apparently they are releasing version 3.0 of the firmware, and with this comes a whole bunch of functionality that makes it much more appealing as a music device.

The most significant of these (for me) is the access to the music library, thus opening up all sorts of possibilities for DJing software etc. Also audio pairing with bluetooth devices and audio recording... it wouldn't take much to come up with some fairly interesting software using that combination.

So who knows maybe I will succumb after all...




Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Day 75: Thru-you

More wicked awesome video today. Thanks to Martin for this one, it's a cracking piece, that kinda speaks for itself. But because I want to include it in today's post, and the original link has a bit more info, here's the background:

What you are about to see is a mix of unrelated YouTube videos/clips edited together to create ThruYou. In other words, what you see is what you hear.

Great huh. This is what I like to see. Good old fashioned DJ principles, applied in a new and relevant manner. The argument about technology/ability rumbles on (else where, here) yet this just goes to show that both the spirit of DJing, and new technology/ideas can and DO co-exist.

All respect to Kutiman for the video.




Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 74: From pens to decks

Electronic input device makers Wacom are making a strange but welcome sidestep into DJ equipment production.

The Wacom press release claims "The product is currently in development and is scheduled for an initial release in Japan and Europe this summer."

Weird as this all my sound, it looks quite interesting, plus with their experience in pressure related interfaces, this could prove to be some snappy kit.

Apparently there is a specific web-site launching for it soon too here (goes live on March 18th).

That combined with its tiny foot-print, containing two 'decks' (ie music sources) in the one unit, a mixer and a sampler! This makes it an all in one DJ box. Also it claims some sort of wireless functionality, so will be interesting to see what that is exactly.

Would be interesting to get my hands on one!




Sunday, March 15, 2009

Day 73: Let me show you

Yesterday I added what was, to be fair a fairly measly sample of a remix I had been working on. Really it wasn't up to much.

Today I decided to address that problem, and I think I've gone some way to improving it. Basically I've added a much needed bassline, and chunkified up the beats no end. Loosely arranged it in to a vague song format, and even added a sprinkle of filter here and there.

Have a listen here:

Let me know what you think, but remember its still only a work in progress, not even half done.

Which reminds me, I had a good look for the acapella of the original on-line, and couldn't see it anywhere. So if anyone has any ideas on that please let me know.

I saw that there is a Mickey Slim remix of this, so I wonder where they get the acapellas from.