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Varley’s Muses

On September 5, 2012, in djing, by holotape

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AB @ Varley – NOW Magazine Video

On February 20, 2011, in djing, music, by holotape

Art Battle @ The Varley from NOW Magazine on Vimeo.

Big thanks to Graeme Phillips and NOW Magazine for putting my song in this video and for the credit! I love the cuts to the beat. The song in the video can be downloaded here:

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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.

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Art Battle at the Varley Recap

On February 9, 2011, in djing, music, by holotape

Wow.  We rocked the suburbs.  Nearly 500 people of all ages attended and we all had a fantastic time.

Things I learned:

  • High-school-aged volunteers can get you beer if you send them to the bar with a note
  • Bartenders love DJs
  • Old ladies can still wink
  • They have never heard of Justice in the suburbs, but they now love them
  • People are seemingly more enthusiastic about new art and new music in the suburbs
  • DJing from above the crowd will draw the eyes of everyone in the room
  • DJing from above the crowd puts you closer to the really hot lights
  • I love having a 720-watt subwoofer at my feet

I bought my first painting, and I’m quite excited about it.  It was painted by the very talented Morgan Booth, a friend and Art Battle team member.  It’s really incredible that this was painted in 20 minutes, while dancing:

Anyway, a big thank-you to the staff at the Varley and all of my Art Battle teammates.  Truly a great night.

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Art Battle North

On February 3, 2011, in djing, music, by holotape

Art Battle at Varley Art Gallery

Art Battle goes north of the city to the Varley Art Gallery, a strong new face in the gallery world.  Their 2009 exhibition “The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960″ was recently named by Canadian Art as the best show of the year.  In the whole country.

This event also brings a couple Art Battle team members and myself back to our hometown, ready to impress and terrify the people we went to high school with who used to pick on us.

Just kidding, we buried them long ago ;)

For more information about the event, click below:


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