Monday, December 20, 2010

"Tremolos" Being Considered for Revenue Sharing on YouTube

Almost a year and one album after I first submitted my application for YouTube's 'revenue sharing' program I today received two very brief emails from YouTube central asking me to submit Tremolos and this video for revenue sharing. Not really sure how their system works but I imagine its an algorithm of some sort that when the proper criteria are met automatically sends out the email I received. What can I say? I hope I get approved as every little bit helps. Wish I had been approved for the full-on 'partner program' but I'll be very happy to take this step forward and hope that someday my listener / viewership warrants "YouTube partner" status.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Squier Jaguar Bass

Traded and sold some instruments so I could get the new Squier Jaguar Bass. This is at least conceptually the perfect Sound of Seventy Three four string bass. Its Squier so its affordable, it's Vintage Modified so its a little better quality than some of the run-of-the mill Squier standard line stuff, its a vintage looking and sounding instrument without actually being a reissue of any specific instrument that existed in the past. I tend gravitate towards instruments like these that take the past into consideration but still do something new or creative with it.

For this demo I used my song Spilt Milk and was so pleased with the results I released it as a single which is available at here:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

So73 - Agile Harm 1 Extended Scale Bass VI Demo

This demo features the Agile Harm 1 Extended Scale guitar (a Fender Bass VI style instrument) played through a Vox AmPlug Bass. First it is played direct, then through a Behringer BLE100 Bass Limiter Enhancer, Behringer FX600 Digital Multi-FX (set to chorus), Behringer EM600 Echo Machine, and a Behringer DR100 Digital Reverb, then finally it is played through the Behringer BO100 Blues Overdrive.

I tried to play a little of everything so you can get an idea of how it sounds: chords; double-stops; single notes; high strings; low strings; up the neck, down the neck, all three pickups, etc.

I'll let you know right now it sounds quite different (and much more "Cureish" and "baritoneish" through a guitar amp so I may do another demo with it run though my Vox AmPlug AC30. Also the webcam also does not do the beautiful Fireglo finish justice.

Hope this is helpful to all those who are considering this fine find instrument. Please leave questions in the comments section.

Thanks for watching! :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So73 "Eternal Grace" - Featuring Agile Harm 1 Extended Scale Guitar / Ba...

This video features my new Agile Harm 1 Extended Scale Guitar, a Fender Bass VI style instrument available from:

It is essentially a six string bass, but plays more like a guitar. It can also be tuned like a baritone guitar if you wish. Other similar instruments are the Music Man Silhouette Bass, the Schecter Hellcat VI, the Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone, and the Agile Argus Toast, also available at Rondo Music. Since I play a lot of chords and double stops on bass I figured one of these instruments might be right up my alley. Boy was I right! :)

The track is "Eternal Grace" off of my self-titled album available at most online retailers including iTunes,, eMusic, and many more! For more information and links visit: or check out my youtube channel page.

For this video I simply muted the bass part on the original multi-track recording and played along live recording the results with my camera and GarageBand on my MacBook. The signal path was Agile Harm 1 Extended Scale Guitar direct into a Vox AmPlug Bass and from there into my new ART USB PhonoPlus.

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy it! :)

Review and demo of this six string bass guitar coming soon!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

So73 Featured on Sonic State

Using The Korg Monotron As A Lead Synth

I guess the chaps at Sonic State read Matrixsynth (I actually don't find this surprising at all) as they featured my "Monotron As Lead Synth" video on their blog today.  As a result of the video being featured on both blogs the hits have gone through the roof.  Much thanks to Matrixsynth and Sonic State for featuring my videos.

MATRIXSYNTH: So73 - Korg Monotron As Lead Synthesizer

MATRIXSYNTH: So73 - Korg Monotron As Lead Synthesizer:

Three So73 videos were featured on the Matrixsynth blog yesterday. If you haven't seen Matrixsynth yet it is the ultimate blog for everything synth. Go check it out!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

So73 - Korg Monotron As Lead Synthesizer

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I figured it was time someone made a little music with the Monotron rather than just noise. This one is called the Monosong! A short demo featuring the Korg Monotron as a lead synthesizer. Improvised in one take.

The Monotron was fed into my Mini-KP to add delay & reverb. The backing track was created using my Korg Kaossilator for the first drum loop, the bassline, and the chord progression. The second drum loop was created using the Zoom MRT-3B Micro RhythmTrak filtered through the Monotron's MS-20 filter. The guitar is my Reverend Warhawk HB run direct into my Korg PX5D Pandora. Complete list of gear used to create the track:

Korg Monotron Analog Synthesizer
Korg Kaossilator KO-1 (patches P.96, b.31, c57)
Korg Mini-KP Kaoss Pad (program #62 Delay & Reverb)
Korg PX5D Pandora (for guitar effects, amp modeling, and as computer interface)
Reverend Warhawk HB (original w/ bolt on neck)
Zoom Micro RhythmTrack MRT-3B
Macbook w/ GarageBand

Video shot with my Digital Harinezumi 2++ in monochrome mode and edited in iMovie 6 HD.

Monday, August 2, 2010

So73 - Korg Monotron American Unboxing

Just an uncut clip of me unboxing my new Korg Monotron Analog Synthesizer for anyone who is interested. Video shot with my Digital Harinezumi 2++ in monochrome mode.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

So73 Tees or CDs Anyone???

So I've been going around the net trying to update the trail of dead websites that Sound of Seventy Three has left over the years from myspace to ReverbNation as I would like new listeners to be met with at least somewhat up-to-date information about So73.

While on ReverbNation I found tools for creating on-demand physical goods which intrigued me. Three hours later I had a small online shop with both men's and women's tee-shirts and an actual physical copy (gasp!!!) of my album, all available on demand! I am not sure if there is any demand for these items but I thought it might be fun to offer them up anyway for those who might want them. Who knows, there may still be some of you out there who would like a physical CD to hold or a So73 tee?

Now I know a Sound of Seventy Three vinyl record or screen printed tee would be really cool but those sorts of things are just going to have to wait as I am doing all of this on a shoestring and cannot afford to have any inventory at the moment. So for now debuting below and also in the sidebar is the So73 physical goods store...


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

So73 Singles & EPs Now Out of Print

<a href="">Shades of Grey by Sound of Seventy Three</a>
To keep things simple I have decided to nix all of the singles and EPs on bandcamp from earlier this year in favor of having just the self-titled album available since most of the material is redundant and that is what all the other retailers will be selling. There are two tracks however that Magnatune did not choose to release so I have included them as bonus tracks on Bandcamp in the name of having all the material available to those who want it.

This will likely be the model going forward. I will self-release singles and EPs as I go on Bandcamp, ReverbNation, and similar sites that have no up front charges for selling downloads. Then when I have an album's worth of material I will see if Magnatune are interested in releasing it, and if they are, I will discontinue all the previous releases that comprise that album. So you can consider all of the material I independently release from now on a potential limited release.

The self-titled debut album is now available for download through most online retailers including the ones listed below and may be added to more as time goes on. If you want the most money to go to directly to me, Bandcamp is still the way to go. If you already have a Magnatune account then by all means make use of your unlimited downloads and get it there. If you don't feel comfortable purchasing through bandcamp and you don't have a Magnatune subscription then either sign up with Magnatune or purchase through iTunes or Amazon. Thanks for listening and all your support!






Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sound of Seventy Three Is Now #5 on The Top 100 on Magnatune

This is most of the singles and EPs that Sound of Seventy Three released in the early part of this year collected as one album. Magnatune is a great label and very fair to both artists and consumers. They also do a lot of music licensing which I am excited about. My album currently ranks #5 on their top 100 so listen below, sign up for a Magnatune account, and download all the music you want from their site! You can also now buy the album through and iTunes as well as Bandcamp. And as always thanks for listening!!!

Sound of Seventy Three by Sound of Seventy Three

Monday, June 28, 2010

So73 - Bigsby Vibramate Reverend Warhawk HB

Just messing around with my new Vibramate / Bigsby B5 combo that I added to my original Reverend Warhawk HB. After I made this video I discovered that there was a problem with the hight of the Vibramate and have to order another part to remedy this, but I need to save a little money first. So this will be the only video featuring the Vibramate / Bigsby B5 combo for a while.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

So73 - "Shields" Dedicated to Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine

Here's the video for my latest tune "Shields" that I just uploaded to YouTube. Thanks for watching!

Friday, June 18, 2010

<a href="">Shields by Sound of Seventy Three</a>

So here is the reason for me buying the Behringer EM600 Echo Machine for my pedalboard. A new song very much in the style of Sound of Seventy Three when it was a live band playing shows around Atlanta. This one is straight up instrumental post-rock with a little shoegaze mixed in at the end. Dedicated to Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

So73 - Behringer EM600 Echo Machine

A short demo of my new Behringer Echo Machine delay pedal that I bought to replace my now defunct original Behringer digital delay pedal.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

So73 "Shades of Grey - Erhu Remix" SuperHeadz Digital Harinezumi 2++

Download this music @: http://soundofseventythree.bandcamp.c...

This video is a slideshow featuring shots taken in my home town of New York with the SuperHeadz Digital Harinezumi 2++. All photos are completely unedited straight from the Digital Harinezumi 2++.

I started this track by sampling the drums and guitar riff from "Shades of Grey" into the Zoom SampleTrak ST-224 sampler. I then added some apple loops, Mellotron, electric piano, acoustic piano, symphonic strings, timpani, and acoustic drums to the mix. As usual everything was done in GarageBand and the video was made with Picasa. Thanks for watching!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

So73 Vlog #1 - Muisc Downloads, Behringer Guitar Pedals, Video Editing, ...

So I decided to try vlogging for the first time as I had not posted a video in a while and it is likely to be a little while before I will be able to post another. So hopefully this explains a little of what I have been up to.

Friday, May 21, 2010

<a href="">Eternal Grace by Sound of Seventy Three</a>

Wow two posts in as many days! If I keep this up I might actually get a reputation for being productive!! At the request of John at magnatune I have posted some more of my music on bandcamp in the form of the above EP. Except for "The Great Rest" and "Autobots" - the oldest tunes of the lot - this is most everything that I have finished arrangement-wise that is actually recorded. Of course there are a bunch of my old live-band tunes but we never recorded those in a presentable manner so they will have to wait. I am contemplating putting The Great Rest and Autobots up too just to get everything out there. If I have time today I probably will. Who knows maybe there will be another post tomorrow?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sound of Seventy Three... on Magnatune?

I just got this reply to my inquiry about working with Magnatune:

"I listened to all 5 of your albums on bandcamp, and really like your stuff. Pretty varied genre-wise, but always at an excellent quality level.

I'd be interested in releasing all of them as one album on Magnatune. I quickly counted up the minutes, and it seems like it adds up to about 40 minutes. Is that right? Do you have any other music too?


I am EXTREMELY excited about working with Magnatune. Why is this exciting? Well for starters they don't work with just anyone:

"We don't accept everything. In fact, getting on Magnatune is intentionally difficult: we accept only about 5% of what gets sent to us. Your album has to blow our mind."

I am honored to be included in that 5%. Additionally they are a next-generation label that seem to really work with and on behalf of their artists. I've been listening to Magnatune for years through iTunes and am honored to be joining as one of their artists.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The So73 Stylophone EP Now Available

I've finally gotten some time to upload more finished tracks to the Sound of Seventy Three Bandcamp page. As well as uploading the remix and b-side to Shades of Grey I've uploaded a bunch of tracks from earlier in the year that all feature the original Stylophone, Stylophone Beatbox, or both. If you've been curious what can be done with these instruments when stripped of their usual campy or cheesy context in which they usually appear check it out. As always thanks for listening!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Video for "Shades of Grey" now on YouTube

Music available for download:

Here is the video for "Shades of Grey". Its nothing too fancy but I think the video slideshow made in Picasa of shots taken with my Digital Harinezumi 2++ in monochrome mode fit the mood rather well. I had thought of doing something much more ambitious with the same feel however just don't have the time right now.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Song "Shades of Grey"

My latest tune is now available for download at Its titled Shades of Grey and features a monochrome mode Digital Harinezumi 2++ shot run through the Poladroid as the cover.

Musically this features two new additions to my studio the Korg Kaossilator and Korg Mini-KP. I have been wanting these two devices for years so I was excited to finally make some music with them. In this song the synth bass, electronic percussion, and "theremin" line are all provided by the Kaossilator. The guitars are my Reverend Warhawk electric guitar run through a Vox AmPlug plugged into the Mini-KP for delay or reverb. The Stylophone is filtered and delayed by the Mini-KP.

I have to say the Kaossilator is a little harder to play than I would have initially thought. I mean to make noise and effects or generate random music it is great but if you are actually trying to play a musical line it and be quite challenging. I've found using a stylus quite helpful and I am investigating adding a grid to the track pad to make hitting specific notes easier. Its definitely inspirational and fun to use and a great way to generate quick musical ideas. As always thanks for listening.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sound of Seventy Three... Still on

In an effort to connect with potential listeners I have 'claimed' Sound of Seventy Three on - my old tracks Autobots and The Great Rest were already on there somehow - and have started uploading my music.

They seem to have a good system in place for helping to connect artists to listeners who will appreciate their music and visa versa. They also have 'buy' links (which I have not yet gotten to work properly) and a royalty program for plays of your music on radio. They will also soon have a feature to allow listeners to stream whole tracks from independent musicians like me who hold all their copyrights internationally. This could be another great royalty stream for a musician like me who is not really interested in or capable of touring.

So now you can help support Sound of Seventy Three by watching the videos on YouTube, buying the tracks from Bandcamp and by listening to Sound of Seventy Three on Thanks for your all of your support!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Tremolos - Zumi Remix" Video Now On YouTube

This track available for download @:

This is my remix of my latest tune Tremolos. It features video shot by my SuperHeadz Digital Harinezumi 2++ which was an early birthday gift from my girlfriend (thanks babe!). All the footage you see is unmodified footage straight from the harinezumi 2++ which is not even available in the US yet!

My girlfriend ordered the Digital Harinezumi 2++ and had it shipped straight from Japan (what a gall!!!) and it is everything I had hoped it would be. A digital camera with all the funkiness and quirkiness of a Lomo, but with all the convenience and cost effectiveness of digital... and with video!!! It really does remind me of when I used to shoot with my Lomo LC-A and carry it everywhere with me. It inspires that kind of spontaneity and risk taking when shooting. I know, I know, nothing can replace film, but I am happy with this compromise as if I were shooting with film I simply could not afford to do what I am doing here on youtube.

The music was made by sampling the electric piano part of the original tune on my Zoom SampleTrak ST-224, messing with it, and then re-recording the results into GarageBand via my Korg PX5D Pandora. I also created a drumbeat on the Zoom MRT-3B and sampled it on the SampleTrak and recorded that into GarageBand. I then chopped the beat up and sequenced the parts using the Akai LPD8 and LPK25 lap top controllers. I added the dub-style bass part using my Squier 70's Vintage Modified Jazz Bass and my Vox AmPlug bass with the compressor on. The guitar part is my original Reverend Warhawk electric guitar run through my Korg PX5D Pandora. The strings are several instances of the gforce M-Tron virtual mellotron plugin.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Track "Tremolos"

This song available for download @:

My latest song & video. This one is called Tremolos. It features my original Reverend Warhawk run through a Danelectro Surf & Turf compressor and a Danelectro Corned Beef reverb into a Vox Amplug, A Squire 70's Vintage Modified Jazz Bass run into a Vox Amplug Bass with the compressor on, Stylophone, Rotary Vibraphone from Apple's Jam Pack 1, Mellotron strings & 15 Choir from the M-Tron plugin; GarageBand electric piano set to tine, and a couple of new additions to my studio: the Akai LPK25 & the LPD8 from Akai's laptop controller series.

Let me just say that LOVE these new Akai laptop controllers! I've used a lot of midi controllers over the years big and small and these are a couple of the best controllers I have used of any size! Of course there are some compromises with the size but overall I love the response, feel and build of these little controllers. They fit perfectly with the way I like to work. I guess you should not expect any less from Akai.

The video as always was done with my Canon IS S3 and edited in iMovie. I hope my digital Harinezumi is here before my next video so I can use it for a bit of a change.

The Buddha Machine Experiments - "Trial One: Buddha In Bloom"

On their website FM3 state: "We welcome you to remix, edit and experiment with our music! These loops are made available under a Creative Commons license. CC: BY-NC-SA"

With the above in mind I thought that these loops would be a great way to dip my toes into making some ambient music a-la Brian Eno's seminal work "Music for Airports." This track is titled "Trial One: Buddha In Bloom" and is made entirely using loops from FM3's Buddha Machine as a sound source. I took all the loops from the first Buddha Machine and imported them into GarageBand. I selected some that I thought went together well and got to looping and editing them. I wanted the loops to be a starting point but I didn't really want the loops to be very recognizable when I was finished. Anyway this track and video is the result of this first experiment with the Buddha Loops so let me know what you think, and as always if you like my music and videos please subscribe, rate, favorite, and comment. Thanks for watching!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Live Acoustic So73 Video

I had a moment a couple of days ago to sit down with my Applause AE128 acoustic electric guitar and my Zoom A2 acoustic guitar effects processor and computer interface for a minute to record this little tune I've been working on directly into iMovie. All the audio processing was done in the Zoom A2 and I gotta say I really like the combination of the two. I am not sure if this is the final arrangement for this song as every time I played it it came out a little different, but this is the take that didn't have any technical difficulties or big performance errors so its the one that gets uploaded.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stylophone Beatbox vs. SX LG1 Lap Steel

I know its been a while but here is my latest video featuring Dubriq Stylophone & Stylophone Beatbox, Rondo SX LG1 lap steel guitar, and Korg PX5D Pandora. In GarageBand I added drums with apple loops and a healthy dose of bit reduction and Isotope Vinyl, as well as Mellotron strings, flutes & vibraphone from the gforce M-Tron plugin from gmedia music.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dubriq Stylophone Beatbox

I received my long-awaited Dubreq Stylophone Beatbox yesterday and just could not resist making a short video featuring it. This one features the Stylophone Beatbox for bass and drums, and three overdubs of my Reverend Warhawk played through my Korg Pandora PX5D as computer interface, effects processor, and amp simulator. As usual I used the Vox AC30 patch. The lead guitar part features one of the Pandora's phasers quite prominently and I think it sounds quite analog and good. It was all assembled and effects were added in GarageBand on my Apple MacBook.

First impressions of the Stylophone Beatbox? Well I LOVE the cheesy samples it contains, There is something about that bass that is just perfect! I can see using it for a lot of stuff in the future. That's the good part. The bad part??? The loop function is almost useless. You have to hit the record button on the downbeat so you have to leave that off to get anywhere close to a one bar loop going in whatever time signature you are playing in. The good part is you can fill these missing notes after you "close the loop" by hitting the "rec" button again. The bad part is even if you manage to do this the loop almost always sounds slightly off time. Who knows this may appeal to some folk but not me. Perhaps with a ton of practice one can learn exactly how to time the open and close of the loop to get the Beatbox to play a tight loop.

So what about Brett Domino and his so-dorky-its-cool "Hip Hop Medly" featuring the Stylophone Beatbox on youtube? I just have to imagine it was not played live. The only other possibilities there could be is mine is broken or there is some trick to getting it just right, but believe me I tried for several hours and I think it's just off. The thing that would reinforce this opinion of mine is all the out of time Stylophone Beatbox videos there are out there on youtube where someone makes a loop and it is completely off. I originally though this was just because it was non-musicians who were using it, but now that I have one and I am a musician and someone who has worked with looping devices before I think its just dumb luck if you happen to get a loop perfect on this thing. The other strange thing is even if you get it close to perfect you can mess it up by overdubbing.

So my advice to would-be Stylophone Beatbox buyers is don't expect to get much use out of the looping function. Just plan on playing the Beatbox live

Saturday, February 20, 2010

There's Still Hope...

...for a battery powered Zoom SampleTrak ST-224! I was flipping through the latest issue of Performer magazine and saw this odd stomp-box shaped battery called the Sanyo Eneloop Music Booster in the gear section.

At first mistaking it for some kind of line booster I reluctantly read the description and was excited to learn that it was in fact a stomp-box shaped battery pack made especially for powering musical gear! While it clearly seems to be geared toward use with guitar pedals it does appear to be capable of powering other musical gear like synths and samplers.

This could be just what I have been searching for as a solution for how to make the ST-224 meet the requirements for my new studio. I am trying to build a whole music studio around gear that is portable, inexpensive (well relatively), and battery powered. I have been contemplating the Korg MicroSampler as a possible replacement for the ST-224 but I am a bit put off by its price tag. If this battery pack works out I just need to find a good source for SmartMedia cards and the ST-224 could be close to the sampler of my dreams.

By the way, the whole Sanyo eneloop line of products looks quite intriguing. I'll be interested to see what else the come out with in the future.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

On Order

After lusting for one of these since I first learned about them right after the holidays I finally broke down and ordered one online. Sort of a poor-man's Korg Kaossilator the Dubriq Stylophone Beatbox is exactly the kind of instrument I love to work with these days; a wonderful blend of modern technology and vintage styling at a price point that almost anyone should be able to afford. Clearly not a "professional" instrument one can arguably still coax "real music" from the device.

These are actually kind of hard to find here in the states with Urban Outfitters being the only brick-and-mortar retail store that I know of that has stocked them; and they have not had them in the Atlanta stores since the New Year. So when I saw that Urban Outfitters online had them in stock again I went ahead and ordered one preferring to have it shipped within the US rather than having to pay for international shipping and the headache of having to send it back should there be a problem. Can't wait till it arrives so I can add the Stylophone Beatbox's cheesy tones to my tracks.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Snow Falls" - So73 Original

It was snowing here in the Atlanta area yesterday so I used it as an opportunity to create a video for this short tune I finished back in January. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Homepage Image

Wanted to come up with a new image for the Sound of Seventy Three website homepage and quickly shot this image of one of my Stylophones this morning using a cakeboard as a background. I'll try to come up with something better soon - perhaps a collage - but this will have to do for now.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


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After several failed attempts and a few hours spent at a local coffee shop using their free wi-fi to upload this video to YouTube I bring you Frank Lloyd Wright - the Aquarium Remix. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Slow Week!

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I took two old songs I had finished last year and created videos for them at the beginning of the week. I've only uploaded one of them so far which is featured above. The music was done about a year ago. That is the only creative thing I have gotten done this week.

I continue to work on getting my entire iTunes library updated and on one hard-drive. This is actually related to my creative output as I am very bad a documenting my work and I have a lot of old songs scattered all over random CDs and DVDs that need to be put in one place.

I hope to get the other video uploaded ASAP but I am running out of bandwidth for the month so it may have to wait till I can get a couple of hours to kill at a coffee shop or library while I wait for the video to upload.