Spotlight : Not Founded

Like the album cover so perfectly depicts, Not Founded out of Italy is a tank of a project. We’re talking huge, distorted, unstoppable rhythms firing with seemingly unlimited ammo. Stylistically, it reminds me of Terrorfakt but is definitely unique enough to stand alone. This is an act to keep an eye on for sure, and be sure to pick up a download from Bandcamp to encourage Not Founded to keep the tank plowing forward!


Spotlight : Daan Compas

It’s hard to find much information on Daan Compas, other than the artist resides somewhere in the Netherlands. The music floats around in the arena of instrumental techno and EBM, with distorted low end kicks and piercing synth leads. In other words, excellent dance floor destruction. Enjoy!


Black Midi

For fans of highly experimental noise, it’s hard to think of anything better than Black MIDI. Even better, the genre is jam packed with beautiful videos demonstrating the source material as visualized through keyboard training programs such as Synthesia. As long as you aren’t prone to epileptic seizure, hit play below and get sucked in to the trippy world of impossible midi music!


Spotlight : Nova Spire

Nova Spire is a genre-diverse electronic artist based out of Ottawa, Canada. His latest release Eschaton is the most powerful of his work that I’ve heard so far. It’s a tasteful blend of darkelectro, industrial and ebm, with a bleak atmosphere that would make 1990’s Trent Reznor want to go crawl in a hole and die.

Hit the play button below, and as always if you like what you hear, make sure and throw the artist some cash for his hard work.


“Antiprocess” on Octane Twisted

Antiprocess received its first review yesterday, on the new blog Octane Twisted of Kenk666, from Inhale The Heavy.

Here’s a little snippet:

Antiprocess contains ten original electro-industrial instrumental tracks, none of which disappoint. Highlights include the slow churning, thunderous beats of “Cognitive Dissonance” and “Pathological Altruism,” along with the techno heart pounding tracks “Controller” and “Dot Connector.”

Read the full write-up here, and make sure and keep an eye on Octane Twisted!


Antiprocess

Antiprocess

Yesterday, I finally released my debut album under the Nerve War moniker: Antiprocess. It’s available as a download on Bandcamp, and also as a limited edition cassette! It can be picked up at nervewar.bandcamp.com and also at expiringsun.com/nervewar

At the bottom of expiringsun.com you can also find other options to purchase it, even with Bitcoin 🙂

Here are a few pictures of the cassette:

Thanks for listening, and I appreciate the support!


Exhumations : Baroque Bordello

Baroque Bordello was a Post-Punk outfit based out of France in the 80’s. The music consists of appropriately moody reverbed-out guitars and heavy basslines, carried along with powerful and emotional vocals. If that sounds like your cup of tea, give Baroque Bordello a shot below!

 


Exhumations : Malaria!

Formed in Berlin, Germany in the early-early 80’s by previous members of Mania D, Malaria!’s experimental gothy post-punk feels fresh even in 2017. It’s hard to find much history of the outfit online, but apparently they toured with The Birthday Party and John Cale, therefore making them one of the first bands to bring this particular brand of German music to the USA [source].

So get out your bug spray, because otherwise you’re about to be infected with… Malaria!


Experimentation : 030517

After feeling increasingly frustrated with Ableton Live over the past few years, I’ve recently been playing with PreSonus’ Studio One 3 (which you can download a stripped down free version of). After being impressed and discovering tons of things I *wished* I could do in Ableton were actually possible in Studio One, I decided to take the plunge and make the switch. I’m still getting used to the difference in workflow, but I’m starting to get the hang of it and become productive.

Here are a few things that caused me to switch:

  • Ability to edit multiple piano rolls for different tracks in a single window (AMAZING)
  • Much easier and precise tempo change editing
  • Ability to precisely type in specific values on automation curve nodes
  • Easier re-arrangement of the song flow with the Arranger window
  • The scratch pad window for non-destructively trying out different ideas
  • Visual/thumbnail reference to plugins and instruments
  • Pinning of Instruments/Plugins so multiple instruments on different tracks open at once

And here are a few things I wish it had (or maybe haven’t learned how to do yet)

  • Actual looping of clips (rather than duplicating clips)
  • Ability to create track presets (rather than just instrument/fx chain presets)
  • Ability to adjust tempo while track is playing without the audio stopping

Overall, I’m definitely impressed with Studio One. After learning the basics, I even created the beginnings of a new track. This track features PunchBox (Kick), Serum (Bass 1) fed through Studio One’s built in Arpeggiator, Predator (Bass 2), BFD2 (Drums) and the Matrix-12 (Lead).

Here’s the fruits of the weekend!

 


Free Audio Resources

I’ve created a new page with a ton of links to sites with free DAWs, plugins, instruments and utilities named Free Audio Resources. I figured this would make for a good springboard for anyone looking for some free goodies to play with. As I run across new stuff, I’ll add it into the list. Happy noise-making!