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The most interesting hardware synth this year

September 12, 2016  |  Synthesizer

There have been a lot of new exciting products this year but so far only one that truly trigger my GAS. I’m talking of course about the first synth from Behringer, the DeepMind 12. Just listen to this new demo, showcasing just a few of the things this beast can do.. wow! And then there’s the recommended price for it. $999. Wow again.

SOMA is another great game I’m playing at the moment

September 11, 2016  |  Computer Games, Games

Soma

SOMA was released over a year ago, so as usual I’m a bit late to the party. I grabbed this game at the latest Steam summer sale but haven’t started it until now for some reason. SOMA was developed by Frictional Games, a team of indie-developers that happens to be located in my old hometown Ängelholm, in the south Sweden. These guys of course also did the hugely successful Amnesia The Dark Descent, which I have to admit to have bought at another sale but actually only playing a couple of hours. SOMA however is just my cup of tea with the perfect blend of mystery, horror and science fiction. Love it.

Feeling a bit better now, so working with music again

September 10, 2016  |  Blog

Phew, I’ve been so sick for the last couple of days. Luckily I’m starting to feel a bit better again so I’m doing some work in the studio. I have a handful of unfinished ideas but nothing definite yet. Still lacking a couple of tracks. Maybe I should start looking for a label interested in releasing my next album. Some outside interest in this project could possibly get the creative juices flowing again..

Tomorrow is September 9 aka Roland 909 day

September 8, 2016  |  Blog, Drum machine, Synthesizer

Roland TR-09

Looking around my studio I realize I’m probably a bit of a Roland fanboy. Or not, really. Over the years I’ve just naturally gravitated towards the sounds I like the best. It’s not so much about what company actually made the hardware.

Anyway, tomorrow is 909 day and Roland will officially present some new exciting products. We’ve already seen the leaked pictures of a Boutique version of the TR-909 drum machine and TB-303 bassline. Personally I’m hoping for a even smaller version of the TR-808. Let’s see what they have in store for us.

Today I had 12 listeners on Soundcloud

September 6, 2016  |  Blog

The thing about promoting your music online is, you have to do it more or less constantly, through Facebook, Twitter, Youtube channels.. whatever.. Now it has been a while since I added something to my Soundcloud page which means the interest has more or less died down. So.. 12 listeners today. Yay! Maybe I should do something about that, but right now I’m a bit sick and just too tired. Maybe tomorrow.

First mod on my Game Boy DMG-01

September 5, 2016  |  Chip music, Gameboy

Game Boy Crystal

I haven’t had time to do the GBAmp3 mods yet but today I reserved an hour of my time to remove the innards of the gray/yellowed 1989 Game Boy classic and put it inside a new see-through case. It looks pretty cool now don’t you think?

The best game in the world, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

September 3, 2016  |  Blog, Computer Games, Games

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Last night, after 18 hours of playtime and 677 kills I finally finished Uncharted 4 on my PS4. I’m still awestruck. It’s such a great game, on so many levels and I would dare to say it’s one of the best so far, if not the best.

It’s not often I get impressed by a computer game but the Uncharted series has managed to do this four times now. The thing I’m most impressed with is the world building and how the story sucks you in. The world of Nathan Drake is believable and the characters are almost real, with their own desires and emotions. It’s the trademark of a really good movie and rarely, just rarely you get this from a computer game as well. Check it out if you haven’t already.

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.

GBAmp3 is an amplifier module for Nintendo Gameboy

August 31, 2016  |  Chip music, DIY, Gameboy

GBAmp3 for Nintendo Gameboy
Two GBAmp3, one new speaker and swedish coin for size.

I haven’t grown tired of making chip music on my two Gameboys yet but one thing I have come to dislike is how quiet they are. Like, how in the world could kids hear anything on these things back in the day. It’s close to impossible to sit on a train with headphones and try to make music on it when there are people around talking.

I searched the net for a solution and found this little wonderful amplifier made and sold by Anton Veretenenko on Tindie. Not only does it bump up the volume a lot, but it also cleans away the high pitch noise. I bought one for each Gameboy and one new speaker to the Gameboy Color. I haven’t installed them yet but I will try to get it done this weekend. Stay tuned for sound examples.