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Native Instruments Maschine Pad Madness

Posted in Artists I Like, Hardware, Music, On My Radar, Software, Technology on February 21, 2012 by dublab

Recently I’ve been pretty interested in NI’s Maschine products… these Youtube videos aren’t helping. Not like I could ever do some of the things these guys are doing…

Here’s Justin Aswell from Mr Invisible:

And here’s David “Fingers” Haynes – a local from Stone Mountain, GA:

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King Crimson’s Lizard Remastered: Hear It Again For The First Time

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Reviews on February 4, 2011 by dublab

Recently I was talking to a friend about the joys of listening to an album the whole way through, and I got to thinking about my favorites. So when I got home that day, I went through iTunes, dumped them all in a playlist, and then clicked Play to see if I couldn’t remember why I loved them all so much. During this process, I also ended up downloading some remastered editions just for shits and giggles. And of course, I loaded the whole list on my iPod so I could take it with me.

Now a little bit on my history with Lizard… once upon a time, when I was a wee young boy taking guitar lessons and carefully forging calluses on my fingers, my sage Berklee-trained instructor Waldo Ortiz somehow got the idea that my budding musical intellect would somehow be turned on by… King Crimson records, of all things.  I’m not sure if this had anything to do with his perception of my musical tastes at the time or if it was just him trying to pass on his own love for the quirkyness that is Crimson.  Of course, Casa de los Tapes (“The House of Tapes”) did not stock a single copy, so I special ordered my very own copy of Lizard, based only on the cover art in the catalog.  A week and a half later, I forked over my allowance and ran home with a brand new CD to pop in my boombox. And to make a long story short, I was hooked. Lizard remains my favorite Crimson record to this day.

Fast forward to this morning, when I queued up my freshly downloaded remastered copy and played it in my car on the way to work.

I was blown away. The stereo separation in my car’s stock sound system was SO clear… until today I had never realized how much work and thought went into track panning on this album.  During certain parts of Cirkus and Indoor Games, I felt like Robert Fripp was actually sitting in my passenger seat.  With the drums panned hard left for parts of those songs, minute little details of his guitar lines that have escaped me for years suddenly revealed themselves, and I remembered just why I love this album so much.

So, long-time Crimson fans, find this remastered edition and give it a listen if you’d like to rediscover this underrated classic. And if you’ve never heard of em, now’s the time to start, and there’s no better introduction than this.

Old School Raunchiness from Lucille Bogan

Posted in Artists I Like, Funny, History, Music on January 27, 2011 by dublab

Check this out… recorded in the 1930’s. Like the OP was saying, it makes gangsta rappas look like schoolboys.

Erik Aadahl on Doing Sound Design for “Transformers”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, On My Radar, Technology on March 25, 2010 by dublab

Here’s a great interview with sound designer Erik Aadahl on his sound design work for the Transformers movies.  I would kill for this job…

It’s here.

Free SOJA MP3: “Used To Matter”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music on February 22, 2010 by dublab

Get a free MP3 at the SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army) website (http://www.sojamusic.com/). My favorite song off the new CD…

Jack White Shines In “It Might Get Loud”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Videos on February 17, 2010 by dublab

I recently watched a movie titled “It Might Get Loud,” an interesting documentary-style piece starring guitarists Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather).  It was definitely a good watch and although the movie is somewhat guitar-centric, most of the real focus is on each guitarist’s growth as a player and with each of their respective bands.

Some highlights include:

  • A great clip where The Edge where plays a certain riff A/Bing between the wet delayed sound and then the dry sound to point out how important effects are to his sound (or maybe to point out the simplicity in his playing?). The look on his face is hilarious.
  • The summit scenes, where you get a sense of each guy’s personality.  Jack White has this expression on his face – like “shit I’m jamming with Jimmy Page” – which is really quite priceless, kind of like he feels a bit out of place, where Page (apparently the nicest guy ever) seemed to perceive the other two as equals.
  • Some good jam numbers with all three.

Out of all the guys I’d say Jack White impressed me the most. Page is a legend and The Edge is an institution in his own right, but the parts of the film focusing on them rely heavily on archive footage and their history, with a few bits of insight thrown in. The Jack White parts are where we learn the most – the stuff coming out of the man’s mouth is just always right on, from his deep respect for the history of his craft and his love of Son House, to his perspectives and thoughts on playing the instrument and the equipment he uses, the recording process, and the forces that shaped the look and sound of the White Stripes.

To my dismay, the amount of gear porn content is kept to a relative minimum – with the exception of a “guitar spot” for each one of the players (Page’s Strat, The Edge’s Explorer, and Jack White’s Kay) and some random shots of gear being set up for the summit, most of the movie kept the technical stuff off the screen.  Equipment-wise, the highlights are a short scene showing the Edge having “a tender moment” at the beach tweaking his Memory Man’s knobs and another where Jack White whips up a one-string guitar to play through a Big Muff Pi and a vintage amp…  I bet Electro Harmonix was totally psyched.

All in all, I’d say if you are a guitarist or lover of any of these guys’ work, the movie is definitely worth watching. Guitarists shouldn’t expect anything revolutionary in terms of gear porn – don’t expect to hear about their setups or settings – but it is certainly much more guitar-centric than the typical “Behind The Music” special while bringing MUCH more to the table.  Do yourself a favor and go check it out!

Die Antwoord – Can’t Stop Laughing…

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Videos on February 10, 2010 by dublab

Die Antwoord are some sort of new rave-rap group from South Africa.  DJ Hi-Tek makes next level beats with his PC computer, Ninja raps, and Yolandi does the j-poppy female choruses.  I’ve been reading a lot about them online and it seems like no one can quite figure out if they are real or not – the intro and ending to the Zef Side video definitely make this look like an Ali G-style prank, but they apparently play real gigs, and they’ve got a full album out.

So I guess they’re some kind of weird Ali G/Spinal Tap hybrid?  Fake or not, I can’t stop laughing. Checkit…

They’re taking over the Interwebs…