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Trying to make some new music

September 1, 2016  |  Blog, Music production

My last couple of months have been pretty lacking in the inspiration section for making new music for my next album. I’ve had quite fun tinkering with the Gameboys but those chip tunes won’t really fit into the concept of the album. The last couple of times I have tried to get something done with my synths it always ends up with pretty hard techno and that’s also not the style I’m aiming for right now. Today I have spend a couple of hours trying an approach that I really should do more often. Making a beat on the Korg Volca Sample and just go from there. Now I’m done for the night but I think I actually have something that I can use as a starting point. Lets see what happens tomorrow when I listen to it again.

AKAI LPK25 Micro midi USB keyboard

August 26, 2016  |  Blog, Studio

AKAI LPK25

Yesterday I visited a local synth yard sale. Well actually it was more like a basement but anyway. People were selling used synths, studio equipment and what have you.
I got myself this little nice MIDI keyboard for just 300 SEK (around $35). I plan to use it whenever I’m too far away from my main keyboard, like when I’m playing on stuff at the left side of my studio.

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August 6, 2016  |  Blog

Björn Fogelberg on Soundcloud

Today I will spend some hours in the studio trying to make one more tune for my next album. I’m still 2-3 tunes short until it’s finished. If you want to keep up with what I’m doing, my music and other artistic endeavours, you should follow me on the other sites I’m active on. They are:

Facebook, Instagram, 500px and Soundcloud

Om not on Twitter anymore. Why? I’m just not a Twitter guy. Writing stuff everyday that nobody was reading really wasn’t my thing. So I quit it and didn’t look back.

After 30 years, the reason I’m still making music

August 5, 2016  |  Blog

I guess this is a normal part of having a creative personality, but once in a while I kind of drift into a phase where I start to question whether this is what I really want to keep doing. Should I continue to produce new tunes or just call it quits and try something else. Maybe I could get back to developing games and apps again. I dunno.

I suspect there are people around me that probably, secretly thinks I’m too old for this shit. I mean, I’m 47 now. Three years left to 50 and I still haven’t really “made it” and probably never will. The dream I had in my mid 20s, to be able to support myself with my music looks pretty dated and naive today.

But… I have tried to go down that road before. The idea of quitting music for a while and that didn’t work out, at all. It felt like a big part of me was missing. I really need the kick I get when everything works out and a track turns out great. I guess that’s what keeps me going. Not the thought of “making it” but the fact that the whole music making process is now a deep part of who I am. I can’t cut something like that away without serious consequences.

Anyway, enough rambling for today and back to tweaking the Eurorack modular.

Listen to my unreleased track Red in a Sea of Green

July 24, 2016  |  Blog, Music

Red in a sea of green

When I’m not posting stuff about DIY music electronics or re-painting a huge kitchen cabinet, I’m also producing some new music. I got roughly enough for a new full length album now, but still need to finish up a couple more tracks, which I hope to do within the next couple of weeks.

However, this track called Red in a sea of green is done and I’ve decided to make it available on Soundcloud. It’s an atmospheric progressive(!?) dance tune with some sort of summer night vibe. Oh and it has a melody.

The album is still unsigned and truth be told I haven’t really put that much energy into fining a label for it. Worst case I’ll just release it myself. Should you know anyone at a (big-ish) label that could potentially be interested, please let me know and I can send send them a secret link to the whole album.

Stranger Things on Netflix is like the 80s all over again

July 19, 2016  |  Blog, Film

Stranger Things

I just finished watching all the eight episodes of the new Netflix series Stranger Things. I won’t write a lengthy review but I will say this. I loved it!
Not only is the story set in 1983 but the whole production, with just a few exceptions felt very 80s. And I say that in a good way. They somehow managed to stay clear of almost all of the usual 80s clichés. It’s like Steven Spielberg made a six and a half hour feature film based on a book by Stephen King and released it in the mid 80s.

Think movies like The Goonies, Stand by me and a bit of E.T.
Casting was good for the most part, with some surprisingly good acting here and there. I expect we will see more great things from Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) in the future. Oh and i just loooove the music in the opening credits – with those warm, fat analog Moog sounds, going straight into my soul. Just wonderful.

Breathing some life into an old white Apple Macbook

July 15, 2016  |  Blog, DIY

Macbook with Windows 10
Macbook with Windows 10 and new top case

I had an old Intel Macbook from 2006 stashed away in my closet. Apple had more or less dropped all support for it a long time ago, so now it was pretty much useless.
I couldn’t even run the latest version of Chrome on it anymore.

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a video on Youtube with a step by step guide on how to install Windows 10 on these old laptops. It looked pretty easy but I didn’t have the original disks for Snow Leopard and had to buy new ones from Apple. I also got a new 500 GB hard drive as the original was only 60, too small for both Windows and OS X.

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One post a day, starting today

July 14, 2016  |  Blog

Deep dreamin

Recently I was attending Web Visions in Barcelona – for some inspiration and a heads up with what is happening in web design, UX, tech etc. One of the speakers was Matt Haughey (Slack) who gave some good advice on how to keep up with your side projects. His tip was to keep a regimen and do something once a day. It doesn’t have to take that long and it doesn’t have to be great. So here is my version of that. I will try to breathe some life into my blog again by posting stuff at least once a day, starting today. I will write about my music process, design, tech and other things I think is fun and important. Just short posts and not too advanced. If somebody is interested I might even fire up the comments field again. Had to close it down a while ago since it was only accumulating spam.

The pic was made using Prisma, a fun new app that uses Google DeepDream technology. It’s free (for now) and super easy to use. Check it out!