Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sound of Seventy Three... Still on Last.fm

In an effort to connect with potential listeners I have 'claimed' Sound of Seventy Three on Last.fm - 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 Last.fm 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 Last.fm. Thanks for your all of your support!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Tremolos - Zumi Remix" Video Now On YouTube



This track available for download @: http://soundofseventythree.bandcamp.com/track/tremolos-zumi-remix

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 @: http://soundofseventythree.bandcamp.com/track/tremolos

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!!!