Up until now I’ve been hesitant to switch on my Bandcamp subscription, as frankly I’ve been unsure whether or not I could offer enough material to make a rolling subscription worthwhile. But with numerous projects on the horizon (of which one will appear very soon) and an unearthed cache of live sets, I’m confident that I can keep subscribers happy for at least the next two or three years.
At present, I’ve already uploaded six live sets as subscriber-exclusive rewards, with each set split into individually labelled tracks. If your music player is capable of gapless playback, then they should still play through seamlessly. Where possible I’ve included the original event flyer, but given that some of the events are over a decade old, I’ve not been able to find a complete set of flyers of suitably high resolution for Bandcamp. Should you happen to have any for the events available, please do let me know and I’ll add them.
I’ll continue to add extra live sets, one-offs and alternate versions, plus music from various projects that for whatever reason didn’t make it to light. As an extra perk, all subscribers will receive a discount on physical formats and merchandise. Thanks for your support.
Just a quick update – you can see a clip from my recent gig at Control Club, in Bucharest, on my Facebook page.
Photo by Andrei M.
I’ll be performing in snowy Bucharest on 26th Jan as part of ‘Experimental Night#3’ at Control Club, alongside Ulrich Schnauss, Architect, Ruxpin, BLN and Randomform. Pretty excited as it’ll be my first trip to Romania. I look forward to being woefully inadequately dressed for the weather.
Tickets are available online here, and there’s an event page on Facebook.
I thought I’d run a little Bandcamp flash sale for the few remaining days of this year. If you fancy saving 50% on anything from my Bandcamp store, please hurry over and use the code
16end50 at the checkout to lop your cart total in half (excepting P&P, obviously). You’ll have until the fireworks are ignited.
Sample instrument developers Audiomodern have just released a new product called Paths, for which I contributed a variety of stem loops. Paths features 30 unique seamless loops of cinematic electronica/downtempo and ambient music, each loop broken down into six 24-bit/48kHz instrument stems for maximum flexibility.
They’ve wrapped 1GB of loops in a custom Kontakt-based instrument module for managing, mixing and arranging the stems, as well as applying a suite of integrated effects, with everything synced to the host tempo. All loops are also available in ACID, Apple Loops, WAV and REX formats, so they can easily be tailored to your platform of choice and edited/processed further.
Luckily, Paths appears to qualify for their seasonal sale too, so you can use the coupon AMHOLIDAY16 to get 25% off at the checkout.
There’s a wealth of material in there for you to adapt and remix, hopefully inspiring plenty of new music. Here’s a quick preview:
I thought I’d shake things up a bit here and migrate the site over to Jekyll rather than use Wordpress – possibly permanently, but let’s see how we go. There’s been a lot to absorb in learning how Jekyll works, including some new web dev paradigms for me, such as the Ruby infrastructure, CLI site building and whatnot, but it’s been an interesting week trying to figure this all out.
Indie game dev wizards Pixeljam have just released 'Pixeljams Volume 2', featuring an exclusive Ochre track, 'Jump Vector'. The compilation also
includes tracks from business funk maestro Datassette and fellow Toytronic
alumnus and Pj honcho Miles Tillmann, among others. There's a particularly
cool video for Datassette's track 'A Doomed Vessel' also included, created by
Rory Scott. Safe to say five bucks gets stretched pretty far here.
Just fifteen pounds sterling for 400+ tracks of electronica. God knows how many hours of new music is on this, but it'll keep you going until Christmas. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
You can also buy tickets from participating venues.
Up until recently I used Quicktime to switch audio tracks for the odd music
and showreel video, but since it will no longer be updated for Windows, and
can possibly lead to your PC getting the clap, I figured I'd better find an
alternative option. Enter ffmpeg. It's a
very powerful, free command line tool that I'd previously only worked with in
tandem with some sort of GUI or partner app, and had never really tried to
work with it on its own due to its bewildering plethora of options. But after
a little trial and error I've settled on the following commands to replace
audio streams in video files, (re)encoding where necessary, and avoiding video
transcoding if possible in order to retain video image quality.