Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Inspirational Listening

I know what inspiration feels like - but it's not often easy to identify it's source. For the first time in a long time I came home, checked out the Sprawl Electronic's favorite SoundCloud tracks and just let myself drink in other people's work. It's great to hear all the surprisingly nice production people are doing "out there". Sometimes one can get so consumed with trying to figure out what they should be doing "next" that they don't make time to listen to what other contemporaries are doing. And sometimes that's inspiration enough. Breathe, "drink in" and see what sticks and perhaps even consider why - or not. I've added a few of these faves to my fave SoundCloud list and I'm diggin' some greatly varied tracks. A nice thing to do following dinner with friends from out of town.

Here's an improv I did on my iPhone last summer... or was it two? It's freely downloadable.
copepod - Song for a Blind Alley by copepod

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chaos for Christmas

I'm notoriously late for lots of things - and because of that I'm often inclined to miss certain sales/items that may only have limited runs. BugBrand is a company I discovered a few years back. A small British based "electronic boutique" company that makes uniquely hand-crafted synth and sound... objects. Part of why I love these machines is there are no presets. You gotta make new things from scratch every time you use it... essentially forcing creativity

The last few times they introduced their AudioWeevils I had missed the production run - not this time! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of their latest creation: behold... the 2012 Edition AudioWeevil (and logic schematic).

Controlled chaos to thine ears. Maybe it'll be a fun Christmas after all!