Dirty Thirty

On January 7, 2011, in creation, memories, music, by holotape

I dinged 30 last month…not that happy about it :P

I took a long look back at my twenties and all of the things I did during them.  I saw all the different people who inspired me, and all of the crazy nord modular patches I’ve made.  I had a fairly popular band, kiss the messenger, and played on the majority of the city’s coolest stages.

My twenties were good.

Below is the last song of my twenties.  It should in no way be regarded as anything more than a chronological coincidence.  This does not some up a decade’s work or anything…in fact it was created on my Nintendo DS…it’s just a thing.

holotape – can’t talk

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Nuit Blanche

On October 1, 2010, in memories, music, by holotape

Nuit Blanche again.  Not as excited about this year.  Last year was the first in a few that I had taken off (although I played a show the night before) and it wasn’t that great (the event, not my show!).  At least Zone C wasn’t that great.  I had a fun time with friends, we stopped in a few galleries, but the only thing in Trinity Bellwoods was a giant Lite-Brite.  Going to try some different zones this year.

I was thinking about our project two years ago…it started as a neat idea that Deejay Scootz and I loved, but the committee was divided and ultimately went a different way.  Below is a video I made, wrote, and scored that didn’t end up being used.  Maybe one day Scootz and I will create the Alternate Reality Game we imagined.

This is what happened at the actual event, with a performance by Kiss the Messenger as the highlight of the night…well, at least my night. :)
Some memorable moments of that show included Jaclyn stumbling onto her synth, letting out a dissonant saw-wave HONK emphasizing her clutziness, and the over-eager fog machines nearly choking us…forcing Jaclyn to take a short break while I did an awful, improvised stand-up routine.
Good times :)

KORG DS-10

On September 21, 2010, in creation, music, by holotape

If you ever see a 29-year-old man on the subway playing a Nintendo DS, don’t automatically assume he’s playing Cooking Mama and lives in his parents’ basement.

He could be using the Korg DS-10, a moderately advanced synthesizer program which just happened to be released on a video game system.

Yes, that 29-year-old man could be me.  After learning about the program I bought myself a DS for the sole purpose of being able to create music on-the-go.  I had been wanting a Yamaha QY70 for years, but was never able to justify the high price tag for cheesy pcm sounds and a short battery life.  Anyway, the DS-10 is still rather restrictive, with only two dual-oscillator monosynths and a 4-part analog drum machine, but it’s fun.  A great sketchbook.

Sometimes inspiration hits while on public transit, and if you have to wait to get home to record it, it might be too late.

Here are a couple dynamically one-dimensional songs straight from the DS’s headphone jack.

holotape – nyf (ds demo)

holotape – last days of summer (ds demo)

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Metro Holografix

On September 20, 2010, in creation, music, by holotape

Since most of my music is instrumental, some people try to figure out what the songs are about based on their titles.  Quite often the titles do provide some sort of clue about what was in my head/heart when I wrote the song.  The song METRO HOLOGRAFIX is one where the meaning may not be evident.

Here’s the story:

A couple months ago I decided to re-read every book by my favourite author, William Gibson, in chronological order.  I began with Neuromancer, one I haven’t read since I was…14?  His writing is so detailed and descriptive — it’s hard not to stop every paragraph and try to picture the imaginary worlds he’s showing you.

I came to page 47:

“Lifeless neon spelled out METRO HOLOGRAFIX in dusty capitals of glass tubing.”

The picture of that sign was laser-etched into my head, and I decided I needed to create a song that represented my interpretation of Gibson’s “sprawl” world.  I’m not the first though, Sonic Youth did this before me.

The main reason I made the song was to give myself something to listen to while finishing the rest of the book. :)

holotape – metro holografix

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