Sometimes working with other people’s music can inspire your own creations. About a year ago I joined Blend where producers share source project files (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, Maschine, Reason, etc.) to not just remix but completely reimagine, learn from, and inject new life into them. Moby has shared a number of songs to tweak including ‘The Perfect Life’ from his album Innocents. It features vocals from Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. Project files for Moby’s single “The Last Day” from the same album are now available exclusively on Blend.
I’ve been listening to the new single Crystals from New York based herMajesty over the past month. Its generous, passionate and magical spirit is conveyed through the imagery of the lyrics, seductive keyboard lines, lush orchestral arrangements and exotic male and female vocals. Complementing the hypnotic aesthetic of the song is the psychedelic guitar work of Jody Porter from Fountains of Wayne. The band consists of JP (vocals, rhythm guitars, programming), David Leatherwood (guitars, backup vocals), Joan Chew (bass, backup vocals), and Konrad Meissner (drums, percussion). Keyboards were handled by Dayle Raymond Jellyman.
Crystals by herMajesty was released on July 30th, 2014 and is available below to stream or download. We understand that the band will be releasing more music before the end of the year. Stay tuned!
I’ve worked with a number of artists who have used lopping pedals in their live performances. From the Line 6 JM4 and TC Electronics Ditto Looper pedals to BOSS‘s complete line of Loop Stations, these pedals can add depth to your playing style. The new BOSS RC-1 Loop Station is an entry-level model that makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions. Check out the video above to see how Joe Robinson uses the new BOSS RC-1 Loop Station.
As a user of Avid’s (formerly Digidesign) 003 Rack FireWire audio interface, I know my days are numbered. While Avid still provides driver updates for the unit, they haven’t sold it since 2011 and they’ve announced that support will end on March 31, 2016. The 003 has worked well for me over the years. I don’t need a ton of I/Os as I use external preamps, I like having two headphone jacks as I’m usually recording with just one other person, and I use an Eleven Rack so I need S/PDIF inputs to embed guitar settings into Pro Tools. In my search for a replacement interface these are the basic things that I need. When Focusrite recently announced their new Saffire PRO 26, I wanted to see if it would make the short-list.
According to Focusrite the Saffire PRO 26 is an 18-in, 8-out 24-bit/96kHz FireWire/Thunderbolt compatible interface designed with professional users in mind. Its four award-winning Focusrite preamps along with the very latest in A-D/D-A conversion technology combine with the powerful Saffire Mix Control software to deliver professional sound quality, flexible routing options and rock-solid reliability.
On the eve of their full West Coast tour, the Orange County band Kiev released a live video of Solving and Running, a track from their latest release Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth. For some reason this video seemed to capture a summer vibe for me so I thought I’d share it.
Formed in Orange, California, Kiev was a slow burn, extracting inspiration from improv, working in cohesive insularity in their creative space, a 1940s avocado warehouse. Kiev, formed by singer/guitarist Robert Brinkerhoff, was fully realized in 2009 by carefully adding members, one by one over the years, organically metamorphosing into a lineup with an uncanny ability to weave decades of musical traditions into a cohesive fabric. Kiev is about layers: Between the five members, an intricate, tight-knit web of post punk, psychedelic funk, indie, jazz, jam, and minimalist styles are conjured through meticulous musicianship and mastery of electronics. Adding to the musical imagery on the album are guest players contributing French horns, bass clarinets, bassoon, trombone, oboe and ARP synthesizers.