January 2011 Studio Happenings

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January 2011 Studio Happenings

Posted on February 02, 2011

2011 has been pretty busy around here so far.. I have been working with Paulie Lipman recording a new album entitled “The Obscene Gravity of Silence”. It’s a mix of spoken word and backing music; I’ve been helping Paulie on the production and recording aspects of the album at my studio.  He is going to wrap up final musical composition and mixing on his new mobile rig.

Royal Dead are back in the studio recording songs with their new lineup. I spent the past weekend laying down tracks with them. We’re going to have some more recording sessions in February and have the release come out on Kheperi Global Media sometime in 2011.

Some photos from this past weekend’s session:

I’m also continuing work with Mad Wax from Vocode Records/Vocode Project on an eclectic electronic music project. We’ve discussed possibily pressing vinyl for this release. My wife Jolene has been sitting in on sessions and learning the ins and outs of the studio. We’re discussing opening up the studio to the public sometime later this year.

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Music

New Keri Hilson video fails to impress

Posted on November 29, 2010

I just watched the new Keri Hilson video for her song “The Way You Love Me” and now I feel like I need to get checked for STDs. The music isn’t bad, the video production was alright but the lyrical content just doesn’t do it for me. I’m guessing she’s trying to go for shock value with all the “fuck me” and “pussy” talk but it just comes across as trying too hard. Yes, being an attractive woman helps to sell records but stooping to such gratuitously over the top lyrics is too obvious. It doesn’t come off as sexy to me, just nasty.

It might be a hit in the strip clubs.

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Tricks for Ableton Live that you may not know

Music Production

Tricks for Ableton Live that you may not know

Posted on November 02, 2010

Here are some tricks in Ableton Live that you may not be using currently. Check out the video.

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Atari Teenage Riot live rig

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Atari Teenage Riot live rig

Posted on October 22, 2010

Alec Empire and CX KiDTRONiK of Atari Teenage Riot walk through what gear they are using live on their current tour. It’s a good mix of old and new technology.  Custom effect boxes, an Analogue Solutions Vostok, and an old school Atari ST sequencer that has taken a beating are among some of their gear. The Atari ST is running Notator. I’ve heard nothing but good about the reliability and tight midi timing of Notator running on the ST.

I’ve always wanted a Vostok since I first heard one several years ago.

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Elektron Octratrack

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The Octatrack!

Posted on October 22, 2010

For musicians that engage in sample-based live performance, Elektron has what you crave.
Presenting the Octatrack:

If you are currently using a laptop and Ableton Live for performances this could totally replace that setup. The file space is only limited by the CompactFlash card that you use with the Octatrack. This hardware unit is far more inspiring than mousing around in software as well. Step sequencer goodness…mmm.

Available from Elektron

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Moog Slim Fatty

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Slim Fatty: The sound of a little fatty minus the keyboard

Posted on October 20, 2010


Moog Music has released the keyboardless Slim Fatty. Slightly smaller in width than a standard rackmount unit you can get that Moog Phatty sound on a smaller budget. Retails $849, street price of around $800.

Some deep dub-step sounds in the video

Slim Phatty Sound Samples by moogmusicinc

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soundcloud

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Soundcloud

Posted on October 15, 2010

Last night I signed up for a Soundcloud account.  I’m really digging on how easy it is to use, in the near future I will be switching over all of my audio samples to that account.  I’ve uploaded some of my past work into my account, at some point in the future I will upload more recent work.

You can find me at soundcloud.com/d-mackinnon.

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News

Updates

Posted on September 19, 2010

2010 has been quiet around here. I’ve been working on a few musical projects with collaborators as well as doing some mastering and recording for friends/associates. We launched a redesign of this site over the summer. I’m hoping to update this more often now instead of updating on various social networking sites.

Since relocating back from New York City to the Denver metro area I’ve been working on building up a new recording studio.  Construction finished at the end of 2009 but due to some issues with flooding we had to close it down for awhile.  It’s back to working order now and has performed marvelously.

I will be joining Royal Dead on a short fall tour.  I will update once I have more details.  Other than that, look for some remixes I’ve done coming out soon.

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Personal, Religion and Philosophy

Embrace the Stillness

Posted on September 11, 2010

As I live my life there are many times when I don’t see my true self. We’ve all done it, by focusing too intensely on this project at work or what’s going on in our lives we lose focus. The drive towards what we think we should be, the fictionalized ideal we blind ourselves to true happiness. When we fail to meet the unrealistic idea of what we should be there’s either the path of readjusting this image to be more aligned with reality or the path of self-loathing and destruction. I feel like I’ve walked the path of passive suicide long enough. One can choose to either let themselves spiral deeper down the destructive path, slowly dying until there is nothing left or to stop the cycle and embrace the stillness of the moment. When you take the time to silence the mind you can allow what you have been seeking to find you. People think they know what will make them happy. Maybe they think it’s a big house, or a job or fame. Once one attains this there is often still emptiness, a hunger that can’t be filled. This hunger eventually leads to misery as one discovers that the possessions don’t bring fulfillment. The logical self that I am has never allowed me to believe in anything non-quantifiable such as a higher being influencing our destiny. Not to say that this doesn’t exist but it is a path that I can’t truly follow. Thus for a time I followed the path of nihilism. The lack of belief isn’t true emptiness but more of a replacement of self and ego above all else. Ultimately, I have found that this lead to misery as can never attain the ideal image of self. By following the path of selfishness we attempt to find fulfillment by becoming attached to more and more “stuff”. We view the world through a skewed perception of what is real. We try to hold on tighter to things but this is actually counter-productive. I’ve spent the past eight months deconstructing myself, finding out who I’ve been and why I’ve been this person. Western psychotherapy has been helpful in this regard, in helping me identify what makes my personality tick. It has also opened my eyes as to why other people behave the way they do. This has been helpful in preventing myself from falling into the everyday traps that people put out there in conversation. I can see behaviors in others and realize their motivations and keep myself from feeling trapped or feeding their compulsions. However, just outlining the problems in myself hasn’t helped with coming to overcoming them. I’ve stepped out of some patterns but addressing the deeper flaws in the subconscious has eluded me. It wasn’t until I stopped the world around me and took time to embrace the stillness that answers came to me. Instead of grasping for them I had to let go to see what I have been looking for. I know this seems vague but it is difficult to put into words. Instead of seeking and waiting for answers I had to become an empty cup. By embracing the stillness I was able to see the inner self. The subtle truths of the world revealed themselves.

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In the studio with Portishead

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In the studio with Portishead

Posted on August 18, 2010

Adrian Utley from Portishead talks about some the synthesizers he used while making the album Third. We get a peak into his studio and some of the rare synths in his collection.

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