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Make music in Virtual Reality

August 21, 2016  |  Virtual Reality

SoundStage: VR Music Maker is a virtual reality music sandbox built specifically for room-scale VR. I haven’t tried this but my initial reaction is.. W T F! 🙂 Being a hardware guy I really can’t see this replacing a real studio anytime soon. Could be fun to try out though. So far I haven’t seen any obvious killer app for VR.

Crunchy Beats [Nintendo Gameboy]

August 20, 2016  |  8-bit, Chip music, Gameboy

I still think it’s pretty fun to make noisy noises on my Gameboy so I’ve just spent a few hours finishing up the track I made a demo of the other week. I have given it the name Crunchy Beats and you can listen to it below.

Now I must concentrate on finishing my album, which will sound completely different. More analog and much less 8-bit digital. 🙂

Urban Astronauts – Animal (Bjorn Fogelberg Remix)

August 18, 2016  |  Music, Music production

I think the most famous artist I remixed back in the day must have been Matt Darey and his rocktronica project Urban Astronauts. (I’m not counting Jean-Michel Jarre and Klaus Schulze as those remixes were actually covers where the artists weren’t involved in the project).

If you know your trance music history you know that Matt was one of the big names. He’s sold more than two million albums during his long career. I used to send him my tracks and he played some of them on his radio show Nocturnal. In 2008 when he was starting the Urban Astronauts project I was asked if I wanted to remix one of the tracks. I got to choose which one. A couple of weeks later Urban Astronauts – Animal (Bjorn Fogelberg Remix) was done and approved by Matt. The EP was released later that year.

Listen to my new Gameboy live mix

August 15, 2016  |  Chip music, Gameboy

After I did the so called Prosound mod on my Gameboy Color I spent a few hours to get to know Nanoloop again. In the beginning it’s a bit of a hassle to work with, but after a while I managed to do some interesting lo-tech loops. Here is a live recording from last night. Everything was done in one take, without any editing except noise reduction, EQ (for beafier bass) and a tiny bit of compression. Check it out if you’re into chip tune music on the more techier side. Lo-tech techno!

Outcast: Second Contact

August 13, 2016  |  Games

Outcast Second Contact

Wow. Here’s a game I’m really looking forward to playing. Outcast: Second Contact is a modern remake of the 1999 science fiction adventure-game Outcast. I loved and played though all of the original, which at the time had a great story, top notch voxel graphics and a live recorded orchestral score.

Outcast: Second Contact will be shown during Gamescom 2016 in Cologne, from August 17th to 19th. The game is set for release in early 2017 on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

One Nintendo Gameboy open and ready for modification

August 11, 2016  |  Chip music, DIY, Gameboy

The inside of a Game boy

Today I got that special screwdriver I needed to be able to open up the Gameboy. The tool is called a Philips Triwing and it can be used to unscrew other Nintendo things as well. Alas my old original, yellowed Gameboy is now open and ready for some serious fixery.

I’m planning to do three things: Fixing the D-pad, fixing the dead pixels on the screen and soldering a new line-out to improve sound quality.

Update: The plastic thing under the D-pad was broken so I had to order replacement parts. While I wait for that to arrive from Hong Kong I decided to do the Prosound mod on my Gameboy Color instead. It was pretty simple and took maybe one hour and a half from start to finish. It sounds a bit better now so I will start to make some Nanoloop noises on it and upload to Soundcloud.

All my remixes, in one glorious playlist

August 10, 2016  |  Music, Remix

All my remixes

The last couple of years I haven’t done much remixing, but looking back the last 15 years or so I count more than 25 of them. Most of them were official, commissioned remixes that were released on CD, vinyl and digital. A few weren’t released for some reason or the other and a couple were just-for-fun unofficial remixes.

I just made a playlist that contains most of them. It has my official Klaus Schulze and Jean Michel Jarre covers but also remixes from other artists you might never have heard of (but should).

Which one is your favorite? I know my favorite, but won’t tell you.