WMX live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2014

WMX live at CELEBRATE EVERYTHING at Complex, Los Angeles, 29 March 2014.

WMX usually provides a nice blend of IDM, industrial, breakcore and hard techno, but this night he went all sledgehammer-heavy, 90s style, Ant-Zen / Hands Productions style rhythmic noise. All hardware set, not a laptop to be found.

Joy Through Noise live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2014

Joy Through Noise live at CELEBRATE EVERYTHING, Complex, Los Angeles, 29 March 2014.

IDM industrial drum and bass noise hybrid.

Audio recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Albers at Humorless Productions.





Stereo board mix 

Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience 

Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface 

Presonus Studio One 2 for recording and mixing 

Soundtrack Pro for mastering 

Macbook Pro 

finishing up my first batch of original songs

So I’m finally getting around to finishing up the tracks for my debut release. The stereo mixes of the six tracks are done, and now I’m starting on the surround mixes of those same tracks plus a bonus track for the dvd. Aiming for a summer release, pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp. Surround sound .ac3 files will be pay-what-you-want, and I figure the physical dvd with surround mixes will be 5 bucks or so.

In the meantime, I uploaded one of the tracks to my Soundcloud as a teaser. Complete song, and this one is a bit more uptempo than the others. Generally speaking you’d call it martial industrial, orchestral, soundtracky, electronic, gloomy, dark, uneasy listening.

Imagine if In The Nursery teamed up with (Pax Britannica / Goddodin era) Test Dept. with their entire batterie of junkyard percussionists, and they set out to put together an album of the most apocalyptic doom and gloom industrial songs in the vein of In Slaughter Natives, filtered through all the wonderfully noisy digital signal processors of today.

No Age live in Los Angeles, 30 March 2014

I recorded Sub Pop duo and die hard KXLU enthusiasts (also where I worked and hosted my radio shows for 10 years) No Age at the first annual KXLU fest, 30 March 2014.

By the way, outdoor recordings with a strong wind are usually the kiss of death, but I managed to salvage this one and the end result turned out better than I expected.

grabby bow sound for violin/viola

OK, I don’t know how many of you might be interested in this, but I figure there’s no harm in posting it.

I’m working on some original songs. Laptop-based, electronic songs, with many orchestral parts, including violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Presonus Studio One has some very nice VST string instruments, and I have some really great ones for Kontakt. But they all are missing one thing, and I couldn’t find the (admittedly esoteric) sound that I’m looking for anywhere on the internet. Being a viola player myself, I recorded myself playing these very particular incidental sounds. Let me explain-

There’s this ‘grabby’ sound that a well-rosined bow makes just is it is first being drawn across the string. Listen carefully to any of the pros and you’ll hear it. In your laptop sequences, if used subtly, right at the point where the first note of a phrase is initiated, this sound can give the string part a marked sense of realism*. This, combined with vibrato, reverb and a nice warm/tube/tape saturation setting, nobody will be able to tell the difference between your VST and the real thing.

About the audio-

I tried to keep them as pitchless as possible, thus not limiting their utility. I recorded two sets of all four open strings (C, G, D, A), first close mic’ed, and once from a few feet away, in stereo.

Or to say it another way, the sounds are as follows-

1. open C close

2. open G close

3. open D close

4. open A close

5. open C far

6. open G far

7. open D far

8. open A far

It’s totally overkill for me to record all the different versions, but I suppose somebody out there might find one more appropriate than another for their purposes. They work pretty effortlessly for violin and viola, but you might have to pitch them down for cello and string bass.

I added no processing whatsoever, apart from normalizing each individual sound. Aiff, recorded at 44/16. Nady SCM-2090 stereo condenser mic, Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 interface, recorded in Logic. Not the quietest room, but these sounds will be so far down in the mix that it won’t matter. Free for all to download, no attribution necessary.

As an example, here’s the part I’m working on that motivated me to record these sounds, with the grabby sound in place. See if you can spot the three times I used it.

*pro tip- much the same way I’ll insert an inhale breath right before horn or oboe phrases.