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!
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.
<a href="http://novaspire.bandcamp.com/album/eschaton">Eschaton by Nova Spire</a>
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Today's exhumation reveals a quite fantastic specimen out of Australia by the name of Severed Heads. The duo has been kicking out electronic music as far back as the late 70's. They also have several fantastic videos with classic 80's visual effects that are as pure as the music itself (unlike the ironic cheesiness of such effects we're bombarded with today). Hop on into the guillotine yourself below, and enjoy!
KaS Product, was (still is?) a duo based out of France. While the coldwave electronics of KaS Product are certainly catchy, it's the remarkable vocal performances of Mona Soyoc that puts the duo over the top.
The past couple weeks have been pretty exciting when it comes to Nerve War. Sounds discovered, tracks completed, oh my! Below are a few samples of some things I've been working on and playing with. I've got a lot more in the works too, but I gotta save some surprises for the album release, after all ;)
This first track starts out with an arpeggiated bass line generated by the Arturia SEM V, which is an emulator for the Oberheim SEM. Then comes in a light an airy medoly courtesy of the free VST Synth1. And lastly, on top of everything, is an arpeggiated lead from the Arturia JUP-8VJupiter-8 emulator. Overall this track is coming along nicely and will definitely be making an appearance on the upcoming album :)
This next one is a noisy as hell experimentation using the free VST TyrellN6 from U-HE. Not sure if this one will go anywhere, but I'm definitely keeping it in my back pocket.
Lastly is a track that's giving me a bit of problem with synchronization settings (which you will likely hear). the bass line is generated with the Arturia MINI V filtered through the D16 Devastor. Towards the end Prophet V makes an appearance. Overall I'm digging the vibe of this one, I just need to figure out the sync issue (I'm sure it's just operator errorrrrrr, drrrr).