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I take it back like Spinal Tap…


Hey hombres,

I haven’t blogged on this site for a long arse time.  I make no excuses nor apologies – I’m just really sorry it’s because I’ve been blogging on my artist page at: http://www.thecommunity.com.au/fg

I don’t know why I’ve decided to resurrect this blog for the moment, but why the hell not, really?

A good friend of mine won a remix competition today.  His name is Renz and he can be found here.  The competition was for a relatively well-known rapper in Australia called Seven.  And, even tho the global audience probably has no idea who I’m talking about, Renz was up against some very stiff competition including Rob Shaker, C1 and Megatroid.  But he won and more power to him I reckon.

Here’s the remix:

Anyways, have a listen to the song and drop him a line at http://www.facebook.com/renzzoner – he’s a charming chap and he has beats for days, weeks, months, years…

PEESHE
FG

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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Audio production, Hip Hop, Production

 

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Maschine Heart.


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I finally picked up Native Instruments Maschine last week and have spent all day today working on a remix so that I can learn how it works.  I’m not going to review it just yet because I’m still getting my head around it all.

All I can say right now is “MY BALLS!!! THIS SHIT IS DOPPPPEEEE!”.

Seriously.

You always take a gamble when you buy new gear.  This is particularly so when you buy complex gear like samplers and midi controller interfaces and software etc.  So far, Maschine has been awesome.  I’ll do a gear review of it in the future when I’ve mastered it a bit.

However, my experience with Maschine so far is bitter sweet.  I’m actually legitimately saddened.  The reason for my sadness is this:  I can see Maschine coming to replace my MPC2000XL for the majority of my production.  That is seriously heart wrenching for me.

I bought my MPC2000XL in about 2000/2001 when I got my first proper job.  Since then I must have produced well in excess of 1000 beats on it.  It has never faltered or caused me any issues.  It has travelled thousands upon thousands of kilometres with me.

Perhaps people who aren’t producers wouldn’t understand but the truth is – you build up a relationship with your music making equipment.  Sometimes these bits of circuitry and buttons are your only respite from all the bullshit that is happening in your life.  If I had a bad day, I always knew that I could go into the lab, fire up the MPC and forget about all my problems for a little while at least.  And you come to know ever little function, feature and quirk of the gear that you use regularly.  It really does become like a friend.

It’s not mere nostalgia talking here.  There is a genuine sadness.

However, the MPC2000XL does have its limitations and they are limitations that are now limiting my ability to keep up with the demands of my production cycle.  Primarily, the fact that I mix in Logic (and the MPC doesn’t interface with computers like Maschine does) means that I spend far too much time bouncing individual tracks out so that I can mix my beats.

I’m about to move my MPC2000XL to the small “ideas table” in the corner of my lab.  This is the place where I leave stuff to use irregularly whenever I’m looking at changing my workflow and generating some new ideas.  I’m going to put Maschine here in front of my iMac as my primary production tool and sequencer.

Just know that I do it with a very heavy heart.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Audio production, gear, Production

 

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The Sound Of One Cloud Soul Clapping…


I’ve been putting in a bit of work getting a friend of mine on SoundCloud.  He’s travelling the universe right now (beginning with a modest journey to Manila and Hong Kong).  Anyway, there’s a pair of tunes up there and there will be a substantial number more going up when he gets back in a few weeks.

His name is Lenny Rudeberg and he has some amazing stuff.  These are just a couple of old tunes but I’d suggest following him so when we upload some newer stuff you’ll be prepared to have your mind blown.

PEESHE

 

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Crazy people on my album recording session.


It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you… 10 points if your brain read that in Timbaland’s voice. But, yeah, I’ve been away from the blog for a while.  I had a good reason (or more than one, actually).

I’ve been trying to pull together a bunch of loose ends for my album.  As of yesterday, the final guest vocal had been recorded and the first four tracks had entered the mixing stage.  I have a few minor adjustments to make for the remaining tracks to bring them up to mix readiness and then it’s on like Donkey Kong.  And Donkey Kong was one on arse monkey fucker.

In addition to getting the album together I’ve been constructing an interactive Flash animation for some promo materials.  That has slowly been doing my head in but it’s damn near ready now.  Which brings me to the topic of crazy people – no, really.  You see, if you’re anything like me then you won’t be able to resist reading the comments on various blog posts that you happen across.  Sometimes I skim the post and meticulously read the comments.  It’s a glaring fault in my character. However, you can’t really blame me when it’s possible to stumble across intellectual gems such as the comment below (I was looking for some random shit to do with ActionScript 2):

m polson Dec 10, 2009 at 7:05 pm

a university and or others thought they could use the flash cordinate and ora carttession cordinate systems and by using vowifi and bluetooth cell phones manipulate sound and to stream imiages with cell phones by actionscript and flash cordinate systems by pointing a cell phone at ur headf will u sleep and using angles and xyz from base puter could stream imiages back to cell phone and stream it at ur head is it possable hell yes it is and by accessing directorys and altering the sound onfourier transform actionscripts and using symmetrics of cell phones could stream dangerous radio waves to streaming the same way

I’m betting that the “m” in this dude’s name stands for “mind”.  Or maybe “machine” because I think this was generated by a bot.  But that just makes it even more stupid.

Seriously though, these sorts of barely literate, paranoid and borderline psychotic ramblings are EVERYWHERE on the internet.  People are seriously fucked in the head.

On a side note, here’s a flick from a recent show in Perth. Image

Odette Mercy belts it out @ The Bakery.  This girl can sing soooo nice.

PEESHE

FG

 

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Gfted! Promo vid.


Hey folks,

Some friends of mine are getting a clothing label off the ground.  It’s called Gfted.  Here’s their first promo vid (directed by Maziar Lahooti and featuring music by my very good friend Lenny Rudeberg)  It’s pretty awesome.

PEESHE

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Audio production, Films, gear, Hip Hop

 

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Scene Update!


Sunrise over Perth, Western Australia, taken f...

Perth - the hip hop is right next the third building from the left.

 

Hey folks,

Being a producer in a small city like Perth, I quite often get to see the background work that artists are putting in to various releases.  So, being the kindly gentleman that I am, I thought I’d give you a heads up on a couple of releases that are in the pipelines at the moment.

Wisdom2th and Gbox have been hard at work on their conceptual sci fi epic “Null/Void: Existence is futile” for probably a year or so now.  Based in a dystopian alternate reality this release is probably 80% done at the moment – at the very least it’s in the mixing stage.  It’s equal parts hip hop noir, speculative fiction, introspective funk and glitchy experimentation.  I’ve heard probably every track they’ve made for it so far and I have to say that this is one to keep an eye/ear out for.

Another project involving Wisdom2th is Marksman’s upcoming release.  I’m not sure what he’s going to call it but the tracks I’ve heard so far are quite cool.  He rocked a few of the finished tracks a couple of weeks back at The Bird to a healthy response.  Wisdom2th is handling the majority of production and the beats are sounding tight (as most of Lenny’s beats do).

Aside from that I know that The Empty Cup is working on something at the moment.  He seems to be calling it a mixtape but I’m hoping it evolves into a full LP because the dude is pretty damn talented.

I guess that means that The Community is doing the business at the moment.  It’s a beautiful thing.

On a side note, if you haven’t already checked it out you should definitely get your hands on two recent releases: “Sri Diger” by Diger Rokwell, the first in what promises to be a number of “beat tourism” albums from this legend of the Perth hip hop scene; and “Dust Moats” by Maxy Bills who describes his music as “future cosmic funky glooping intergalactic resonance” – which is pretty accurate really.  Both are well worth your time and money.

Here’s a taster for your enjoyment!

 

PEESHE

 

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Album update… FG “Making Space”.


A CD Video Disc (playing side) produced in 1987.

Will it ever reach CD?

 

Hi folks,

It’s kind of strange to be calling this post an album update since it’s the first post I’ll putting up about the album that I’m currently working on.  However, I have mentioned it in passing a few times, I’m sure.

At the moment, the album stands at about 80% complete in terms of production and recording.  All the beats are done (with the exception of one that Gbox is producing, which is about 60% done – we just need to sit down together and work on the arrangement).  A few tracks (probably four or five) are completely produced, recorded and pre-mixed.  For the other tracks, I’m just waiting on other artists to record some instrumental or vocal sections.

Of course, there’s still the final mix stage, mastering, artwork etc to worry about but I’m well on my way to getting these things done as well.

Lenny Rudeberg (a friend of mine and a very very good producer/emcee) will be co-mixing the album with me in the final stage.  He produces great mixes generally, though we’ll be going for a slightly different tone to the mixes on my album compared to the mixes he does for his own and other artists work.  The aim is to try to capture some of the dynamics and tone that are found on old soul records (yes, the vinyl).  That will be hard to replicate in digital formats plus the hip hop arrangement structure can sometimes undermine the tonal qualities but I’m confident that the end product will sound warm and dynamic.

As it stands now, I’m looking to have the songs mastered by Sibilance (check the Community link to your right).  He’s been doing a bit of work with some good local producers lately and I think he has a healthy respect for dynamics in his masters and also for hip hop in general.  I’ll make a final decision on that further down the track.  The important thing is to achieve a master which doesn’t crush the dynamic range too much.  A healthy balance between “loudness” and “dynamic movement” would be ideal.  A lot of that will depend on the final mix.

In a few weeks I’ll put up some pre-release samples for you to check out and also get your opinion on artwork – I’d like to hear what you have to say.

Until then…

PEESHE

 
 

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