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NEW EVENT – Loop Surfing

A new collective is forming that aims to support the growth of Electronic Dance Music through workshops, training & performances in a venue that provides the space and potential to develop ideas into a completely new direction.

Event: Loop Surfing 3

The next collective jam session event for Loop Surfing is locked and loaded. Bring your hardware machines, plug in and jam from 6pm Friday 31 May 2019.

Event: Loop Surfing 2

"A new collective is forming that aims to support the growth of Electronic Dance Music through workshops, training & jam sessions in a venue that provides the space and potential to develop ideas into a completely new direction."EDM Collective. A new collective is...

Sound Surfing

OK, a sudden realisation has hit me this year after much soul searching. Maybe it was my mid-life crisis moment or just a culmination of 20 years of surfing sound waves.

Falling for Techno again!

All of a sudden, lately, I have been craving that proper Techno loopy noise that I first met 20 years ago. I am talking about that reiterative loopy madness that carries you away to wherever your mind wants to wander.

Why I use hardware to write Techno

Basically it comes down to playing the flow of Techno rather than constructing Techno in an interrupted, disjointed and separated mess. Each of my machines is an instrument that is played and jammed with just like any other instrument. I just can’t get that same feeling when sitting in front of a computer.

It’s all good folks…

I got over my DAW issues and we made friends again. I decided to stick with Reaper and walk out on Ableton. It’s not that I don’t like Ableton but it is too damned expensive for me to upgrade at this time and I don’t really need all the functions it has to offer anyway. I just need to create a live mixer for my machines and Reaper does this in it’s grass-roots kind of way. Reaper looks better as well.

All DAWs suck!!

What is it with all these DAWs? They all suck in some way, usually it is some sort of strange limitation or crappy interface and crazy workflow. But mostly all DAWs have a real problem with performance, they all crap out when you really don’t want them to, throwing glitches and weird issues talking to the audio interface at random times and in random ways.

Slate Digital

In the process of creating my latest set I stumbled across a real breakthrough process in tuning my final sound. I was made aware of the Slate Digital crew and their collection of plugins used for a variety of sound crafting processes.

Creating a new set

It’s a strange process that I go through to create a set or maybe I should call it a musical journal entry? I am always thinking about where to go next with music and the process sits with me constantly and I have noticed that it reaches a point of breakthrough and it all pours out of me quite quickly in the end.

Blog Hacked

Well I did expect some troll traffic once I started talking about Swissindo so it’s no surprise that this blog got hacked last night.

iPad Music Creativity

I will move to the iPad for music creativity in 2017. I have not purchased any hardware machines for over 10 years now and it looks like I won’t be purchasing anything this year either.

Music Creativity iPad/iOS

I recently set myself the challenge to work out how I would use the iPad or iOS environment to create and play music Live.

Stop dwelling in the past

My last post was a bit crunchy and I fell back into my old habit of complaining about crap that is not really necessary at this time. So I slapped myself up the back of the head and have to focus on what is happening NOW and not rant about crap in the past so much.

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