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Safari Americano Soundtrack

On April 20, 2012, in creation, music, by holotape




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Thank you to everyone who came out to the Safari Americano premiere last night!  We all worked very hard on the project and it was amazing to see it (and hear it) in a legit movie theatre.  I received so many incredible compliments last night – I was on such a high – it felt like winning the superbowl.

My work on this project was done just for the love of creating music, challenging myself and helping out friends…in this spirit I am happy to share the soundtrack free for anyone to enjoy.

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On February 11, 2011, in creation, music, by holotape

A couple weeks ago, I decided it had been too long since I had sat down at my computer and proper synths (rather than DS) and wrote something.  I spent two afternoons writing, recording, editing, and mixing this song, and was sort of rushing to get it done for the Art Battle that took place last weekend.

Here’s the breakdown, if anyone is curious:

  • TR-707 drum samples
  • Nord Modular – bass
  • Steinberg Embracer – choir-like sound
  • ARP-2600v – plinky sequence
  • Nord Modular (using DX-7-like architecture) – bell sound
  • Nord Modular – muffled square arp
  • AnalogX Sayit – “insert” voice, run through autotune to control pitch

I played it at AB@V last weekend during the final battle.  It sounded alright, but I think I may continue to work on it.

holotape – insert

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Monsters of FM synthesis

On September 23, 2010, in creation, music, by holotape

I found this highly amusing:

Amusing not for the classic synstrumental Axel F., but for the cameo of one of my favourite synthesizers of all time, the Yamaha DX-7

I used to work at a musical instrument store just after high school that was full of used guitars and synths.  The owner would go to estate auctions and bring truckloads of weird and wacky instruments back to the store.  I would have to test them out and repair what I could, so we could resell them…often to me. :) (I still pine over the Micromoog he brought in with the broken filter)

One time Stephen (the owner) brought back nearly a dozen TX-802’s, the rackmount version of the DX7II.  I plugged them in and had to endure the horrible metallic BWANG! sounds coming out of them.  It brought back memories of playing DOOM and listening to the music played by my Sound Blaster 16’s OPL3 FM chip…which never sounded any good.

It wasn’t until a couple years later when I bought my Nord Modular (more raving about the NM in the future) that I began learning a bit more about the possibilities of FM synthesis.  Turned out the presets in the TX802’s I tested were the work of an amateur programmer.  Years after that I had the unique opportunity of being able to play with some of Brian Eno’s DX-7 patches, and my eyes were truly opened to what the beast could do.  I found one at Long & McQuade for cheap, and the rest is history.

Here is one of the first songs I recorded on my DX-7, it’s nothing to write home about…I’m not sure exactly how many years ago it was, but it was recorded in 16bit, so a few!  Everything except the kick, snare, and hats were DX-7.  I’m especially proud of the Simmons Tom sound.

holotape – bad dx7 (old demo)

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