May 10, 2014

Birth, School, Work, Death...

by Chris Randall


It's getting tedious saying "holy shit I'm working a lot sorry for not posting blah blah" but you all know that, so I won't bother reiterating the point. On Tuesday next, me and the missus leave on a much-needed vacation to Hawaii for a week, and then Adam and I are off to Portland for the TRASH_AUDIO synth meet / Muff Wiggler store grand opening, where we will (as it turns out) definitely unveil the next Audio Damage Eurorack product. This bad boy is not an effect, nor is it based upon any existing Audio Damage product.

(Nor will it be entirely done by the time we get to PDX; we'll be showing a prototype.)

Some non-Audio-Damage news, in no particular order:

1. My new album is nearly completed. It's actually been nearly completed for a while now; I have two tracks left to mix, but due to the sudden influx of Work Related Time Suck, they've been in that state for some weeks now. I hope to have it finished by this time next month. It is a full album, unlike my last few releases, and I'm pretty proud of it. IDM, of course, but emphasis on the D instead of the I, for a change. (Read: four can be found on the floor for the most part.) It is, to not put too fine a point on it, full of techno.

2. Our good friends Standard Beat Co. have a new sample set out, continuing their Dark Downtempo series with the fifth installment, which you can and should purchase here.

3. I guess it's just those two things for now.

In any event, this is an open thread, and since a lot of projects tend to come out this time of year, if you'd like to take this opportunity to do some self-promotion or talk about what you're up to, that'd be totally cool.


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May.16.2014 @ 8:34 AM
@shamann A very good it's core goo music strives to be "listenable experimental music", essentially going as weird as it possibly can without alienating people who don't fit squarely into the electro-acoustic academic crowd or drugged out knob twisters and circuit benders. It's also characterized by a heavy reliance on squishy and gurgly sounds; sort of an ode to robots and aliens fornicating in groups, likely in public and in broad daylight. Finally, the principal rule when creating goo music is that if it reminds anyone in the room of something they've already heard by some previous artist or another, it is to be immediately discarded and forgotten.

By making the conscious decision to "go weird" and start creating goo music, my bandmates and I have not only had more fun than we've ever had in our lives working on new music, but have been experiencing a creative freedom unparalleled in our individual and collective artistic journeys. The only unfortunate downside to this process is that it's making it difficult to listen to most other music out there that doesn't go weird enough for us. Go figure....

May.16.2014 @ 3:17 PM
Your definition of Goo music immediately conjures to mind Animal Collective, particularly their older more experimental stuff, which I still found to be very listenable. Would you agree, if only to the degree that they'd be a gateway to gooier forms of Goo? Goo music is a new one to me. Thanks for enlightening me!

May.16.2014 @ 7:46 PM

Got to say, love the link [] and the fact that Audio Damage are helping him out

Got to love Audio Damage. Total Geezers.

May.19.2014 @ 4:16 PM
Adam Schabtach
I was trying to decide whether or not I can consider "total geezer" a term of endearment. Then I realized I have to grudgingly recognize that it was a couple of decades ago that I was first listening to Kris Weston's work, and hence I suppose that being characterized as a geezer is something I'll have to accept gracefully along with the other indignities of aging, such as presbyopia.


May.20.2014 @ 9:43 AM
@un.ku I'm ashamed to admit that my knowledge of the earlier works of Animal Collective is not as complete as I would like. Any recommendations for getting started would be much appreciated!

May.22.2014 @ 6:19 AM
is this still an open thread?
if so how do people feel about the 'plug-out' function in the new aira keyboard?
I know that it's a fuck ugly mix of metal, plastic and rubber, but would phosphor sit nicely in it?, as that would be quite awesome

May.22.2014 @ 8:31 AM
Adam Schabtach
Unless I've missed something entirely, I suspect the odds of the AIRA keyboard hosting anything other than software written by Roland specifically for it are zero.


May.22.2014 @ 8:43 AM
there was a video with a roland demo guy where he 'suggested' they would host 3rd party vsti's

May.22.2014 @ 8:55 AM
Chris Randall
"I'm ashamed to admit that my knowledge of the earlier works of Animal Collective is not as complete as I would like."

That is a comment you would _only_ see on this blog.


May.22.2014 @ 12:49 PM
Adam Schabtach
@lazenbleep: Obviously I missed that. I'll believe it when I see it, however. The first question that springs to mind is that of binary-executable compatibility. In order for an AIRA to run an off-the-shelf VSTi, it would have to have a CPU that can run software compiled for desktop PCs. It seems unlikely that Roland would choose to put such a CPU in a keyboard when there are numerous other processors which are better suited to the task. But hey, stranger things have happened.


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