I noticed I haven’t been writing anything on my web site for a while, so here goes. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of music on my new Elektron Monomachine and soon I will probably have enough tracks to actually release my third full length album. So why this sudden burst of creativity? Well, it’s probably because of the workflow of the Monomachine. I find that it’s much much easier for me to record my ideas when I get a burst of inspiration. Making music with Ableton Live on a computer is not particularly difficult but it still takes longer time to convert the ideas to sounds and music. On the Monomachine I can go from scratch – no sounds and no music, to an almost complete track in a matter of hours. I also like the sound machines on the Monomachine. It’s easy to create stuff that sounds good. I really like this box.
And I also bought a X0xb0x for the studio. It’s a TB-303 clone. Expect more acid-like basses in my music in the future.
Right now I’m redesigning my studio a bit. Lately I got three new pieces of equipment – An Elektron MonoMachine, a Pultec clone and a circuit bended Speak & Math. The MonoMachine is a wonderful little box. I’m planning to use it to create new beats and improvising stuff. The Pultec clone is a dual EQ with vacuum tubes. It’s a really, really good EQ, but it’s very sensitive to ground loops from the power lines. I need to get myself an isolating transformer to get rid of the 50 hz hum before I can use it fully. The Speak & Math thing is just for fun but maybe maybe I will use it in some techno or acid tunes. In a couple of days I will get an LXR drum machine kit, but that’s another story.
Today I got my SubPac in the mail from Canada. Some months ago I decided to support the Kickstarter project for these things. The SubPac is a device that is seated between the chair/sofa and your back. Connect it to a sound source and it will transfer low frequencies directly to your body. It lets you FEEL the bass. And believe me, it really works. It feels very similar to being in a club with a big sound system and you feel the bass though all of your body, not just the back. I’ve tried it for several things already, producing music (Wow this changes everything!), listening to music, playing games and watching movies. It is awesome! I love it!
Check out this great set by d-phrag. Lots of great tunes including one of mine.
My Facebook cover article for MacWorld is online (in swedish).
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One of my recent projects for commercial EDM is Renegades. Today the track The More I Learn was released on Beatport, iTunes, Amazon etc.
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Jnana, my first release on XAKK since 2007, was released on iTunes today. It will also soon be available on many other download and streaming services like Spotify and Beatport.
Some stuff have been added to my studio recently so today I snapped a new photo and added it to my studio and Facebook page. New additions: Prime 4000E Mixbus Compressor, Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer module, Novation Launchpad, Traktor 6 and Traktor 10 external sound cards.
Last summer I did a rather subjective test of Windows 8 (beta version) vs OS X Mountain Lion for MacWorld. The request from IDG was to not delve too far in to any technical details and instead focus on the look and feel of the two operating systems. Now the test is online. It’s in swedish.
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