Archive | July, 2005

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Random remembrance of obsession

Posted on 26 July 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Can you believe it?
There was a time when I was obssessed with Rebecca Romijn…actually it was June of last year. I had recently watched the De Palma film, Femme Fatale. At the time was very obsessed with film noir, neo-noir and anything relating to it. Now mind you, I’ve never really had a thing for the now ex-Mrs. Stamos. Blonde model types were never really my thing. But for a few days in a row I kept having weird dreams about me as some sort of scientist in the future. I had worked on building the perfect android woman to be my companion, who for some reason, ended up looking like Rebecca Romijn. In my dreams, I had built this android and she was real in everyway. I was in love with her but the feeling of love was beyond her understanding, it was something this android could never experience. She could talk and walk like a regular person but never have real feelings. This creation of mine had ambition built into it’s programming and left to make her way in the world and to be adored by others for she felt nothing for her creator or anyone else.
For some reason this dream always made me feel sad. It gave me inspiration to write a futuristic song about obsession. I came up with the music for it and revealed my idea to Kristian, who thought it would fit perfectly with his own tale of obsession. This was the basis behind the Divine Reich song “Hardkore”.

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Winter

Posted on 19 July 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Worked on a song tentatively entitled “Last Winter” last night. London sang the lyrics during our last two practices over a piano line that I have noodling over for awhile. Last night I pieced together the drumlines I’ve been working on for the song over the past week and a half. I experimented a bit by running the drums through the filters on my Futureretro 777 and then routing the audio through a small speaker with a crappy speaker wire and then re-recording the sound. Came out lovely. I’ve also done some trashing to the guitar tone in the song but I don’t know if I’ve quite nailed down the sound I’m going for yet. I had a bit of trouble last night with recording latency, for the most part my system is usually pretty stable but the latency was horribly bad last night. I’m not sure if it was just being temperamental or if I’m doing too much processing for my poor machine to keep up with. In any case, manually nudging audio tracks to sync up is a pain in the ass. Thankfully this doesn’t happen all the time.
So far I’ve stayed commited to my goal of using 100% homemade synth patches and all custom guitar tones on this album.

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Mmm…tubes

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Mmm…tubes

Posted on 18 July 2005 by D' MacKinnon

I could very well be in love.
I found this pedal randomly tonight, it replicates the sound of a tube amp with a 4×12 cab. A pedal that actually has tubes in it, plus an opto-compressor. I’ll have to actually play on one to be sure I’d like it but so far the samples I’ve heard sound promising.
Usually I have to fangle with replicating tones I came up with in the studio for live performances and they don’t always match. It looks like I can DI this for recording and then amp it with hardly any changes.
I’ll have to see if I can test one of these out.

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808

Posted on 14 July 2005 by D' MacKinnon

I just read that Metalbox is releasing an 808 clone.
From their mailing list:

The 8008 bass drum module is one frac rack space wide. Controls are
tune, tone and decay. Trigger input and audio output. It is the 808
Bass drum circuit with some tweaked component values for longer decay
and frequency control.
Price is $150 and they are now available to order. Will be shipping
in 4-5 weeks.

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Terrorist attacks in London

Posted on 07 July 2005 by D' MacKinnon

I’m curious to see if this will bolster support for the war or if the protests against will increase throughout the UK.

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Misfit Toys

Posted on 06 July 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Last night I downloaded some new VST plugins and I came across an amazing little synth that almost perfectly replicated the classic 8bit sound of the old school Nintendo. Not SNES, the original.
It’ll be interesting to see if I can incorporate some of these sounds subtly into the new songs I’m working on and do in a manner that comes off as more inventive than cheesey.

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