Well what do you know. Dusted of the old synths and pushed some frequencies through the air!
The story with this is that I recorded this track after watching an old 70′s horror film by the legendary Italian director Dario Argento which had an awesome thumping electro disco sound track. I decided to do something similar complete with heavily sequenced Moog synthesizers and analogue drums….and here it is.
Ok, here’s the thing. 2011 was a monumental ball ache for me and I was unable to work on any new material. Then some toss pot hacked my hosting account, locked me out and killed this site for months and I’ve only just managed to restore it.
Four of my main synths are being taken away to be services on Saturday thanks to Ben at cyberwave so I’m looking forward to using them again in anger…..and there is lots of anger!
I am determined to finish my 3rd album this year. Watch this space..
This was an odd one really. I decided to bust out the old Acieeeed machine and see if it still worked. I forgot how much I loved the thing and 2 weekends later, I had a new track. I should use it more often. It’s a head-banger. Hope you like it.
I might do a video for this one. Watch this space…
Time for some more inane mouthing about my favorite subject….vintage analogue synthesizers. Next up the mighty Akai VX600.
As touched on in my previous post about the Akai VX90 Module, Akai were not really known for their synths. Most people associate them for making sampling affordable and bringing it to the masses. This is a shame because they made some lovely machines like the AX60, AX80, and the last in the line, the VX600.
The VX600 is a bit of an enigma. It was released in the Netherlands as a prototype by Akai back in 1986, which is quite late for a machine based around the Curtis 3340 VCO chip-set that had been doing the rounds since the late 70′s. It’s the same VCO that you’ll find in things like the Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Oberheim Matrix synths, Roland Jupiter 8 and so on. Due to its complexity, and reports of its tuning instability, it never actually went into full production. Because of this, good examples are becoming harder to find. I got mine about 6 years ago from the Netherlands and it is in full working order thankfully.
If you haven’t seen the site before, the idea is you enter a 60 second clip of a song based on a theme – in this case Electro Pop. People then vote for their favorite over a preset period – not sure what this is though.
Anyway, I entered a specially made 60 second edit of ”New York” for the crack really and – guess what – it won first prize. I rule..
I think its a novel way of promoting your music. The idea is that I can upload the complete track to the HISS store and sell it. However, since the upload limit is a mere 5MB for an MP3, I won’t be doing that anytime soon. Still it’s nice to be appreciated and thanks to everyone that voted for my song..