Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Track: "California Coastline"

This latest track is dedicated to Roger Linn and was inspired by his Adrenalinn guitar effects processor, amp modeler and beat box.  It was recorded direct from the Adrenalinn into Logic Pro via an Akai EIE Pro.  The only instrument used besides Adrenalinn was my Agile Harm 1 Extended Scale Bass VI.  All drums are Adrenalinn.  Thanks for listening!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Single 'Clay' Featuring: Gold Tone Style 4+ Weissenborn; Meinl Ibo; Seagull Rustic Dreadnought

This single continues the purely-acoustic trend started with 'Ribbons'.  It featurs a Gold Tone Style 4+ weissenborn playing melody, a Seagull Rustic Dreadnought playing harmony and a Meinl Fiberglass Ibo for rhythm.  This track is available for purchase exclusively on Bandcamp at the moment.

The track get's it's name from the Meinl Ibo used as percussion on this track.  The Ibo is a fiberglass variation of a traditional clay drum from Africa called an udu.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

'Ribbons' - Featuring Gold Tone Style 4+ Weissenborn

Video for 'Ribbons' shot with a Canon PowerShot S3IS and S95 and edited in Final Cut Pro.  This is my first video edited in FCP.  There are some great shots of the Style 4+'s beautiful natural wood grain in this video.  Thanks again to Gold Tone & Tommy Sivert for helping me acquire my first Weissenborn guitar.  This video also has a few shots of my Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought guitar and my LP Laptop Conga.  You can help support Sound of Seventy Three by purchasing this song @:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Song: "Ribbons"

This track features the Gold Tone Style 4+ and Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought recorded with a R2 Mk2 ribbon microphone and a LP Laptop Conga recorded with a MXL V67Q stereo large condenser microphone direct into Logic Pro via the preamps on the TC Electronic Impact Twin Firewire interface.


released 09 May 2013
All music composed, arranged, performed, recorded and produced by Douglas Hayward Johnson.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Two New Monotrons - DUO & DELAY

KORG appears to be introducing two new monotrons, the monotron DUO and the montron DELAY.  What's in a name?  Well everything in this case.  The monotron DUO will sport an extra oscillator for super-thick analogue tones and the monotron DELAY will have... well a built-in delay of course.  It appears that KORG has taken the original monotron concept and taken it to it's two most logical extremes making one monotron specialized for fat, musical, analogue tones, and making another for spacy sci-fi sound effects.

What is most exciting to me is it looks like the DUO at least has the option to trigger fixed-pitches in either chromatic, major, or minor scales.  This is exciting because anyone who has tried to play the original monotron as a musical instrument as I have (see the post below) as opposed to simply as a noise-maker will attest to what a challenge it can be to find and stay on pitch with the little beast.  The monotron DELAY looks like it may not have the fixed pitch option which makes sense as it appears to be geared more toward noise and sound effects side of things.  Needless to say I will be purchasing both.

I am glad to see KORG expanding its analogue-line of synths.  I can't wait for them to come out with a dedicated analog drum machine and also a microKORG like poly-synth.   I would even hazard a guess that KORG at some point may recreate its legendary mono-synth the MS20 in miniature form, as it did with its software controller for the original KORG Legacy Collection, but this time instead of it being a simple controller for software it will be an actual true analogue mono-synth.  One can dream anyway.

Korg Monomania Sound Contest - Monotron As Lead Synthesizer

What is old is new again. This is my entry into the monotron Music Category of KORG's Monomaina Sound Contest. Long time readers may recognize this as a shortened version of my video from last year and the third most viewed video on my YouTube channel "Monotron As Lead Synthesizer". I'm still rather proud of this one considering what gear I used and how quickly I put it together.