How does it feel to see your own stuff on torrent :0

So I did release by debut EP – Emotion Coder- My Never Ending Wish around the turn of 2013 and it has been sometime since I have put out anything and I plan to fix that very soon with loads of stuff. Balancing bill payments with artistic musings is not as easy as I had imagined, though ideas have been getting recorded with no interruption. It is the completion that takes time, like a picture that never finishes. I believe someone said that procrastination is the biggest evil for any artist to conquer. That and other personal reasons, namely in the excuse of “research” 😉

However, I recently spotted my own creations on torrent for downloads. Secretly this was a dream of mine for sometime since childhood during the days of Audiogalaxy circa mid-to-late naugthies. During those school days, I even read one of the members of the band Ladytron discovering that their albums were on torrent at that time, and he took to chatting with the seeders. He exclaimed that none of the seeders believed that he was the artist himself! Kool thing I noted and I remember it even now after all these years (I do have a very sharp memory/musical memory/spatial memory).

VA-Private Lounge Club 4 ::

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Siesta Electronica Series ::

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These two snapshots display what is happening to my own creation as part of VA compilations. Thankfully the download rates are not as good as I fear, so no worries for now. However they also do remind me of the dismal state of the actual market sales for most indie and signed niche electronic artists round about now. Marketing and brand building needs a lot more work and I appreciate that it involves moving beyond your comfort zone and putting content while also spreading the word.

At least my dream came true (including other things like – making love to white women, working with computer virii professionally, composing and releasing my own music internationally, mastering music production, playing piano, travelling over Europe, learning and appreciating a lifelong love of surtout French, getting an androgynous look with enviable hair, having my own pro-grade music studio with my own cash and a few others…).

I am a man of simple tastes.

Tabletop app : Reason for iPad (Pun int….)

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Tabletop : Modular Mobile Music Production

Modular music production was the craze during the retro analog era when individual analog components had control voltage inputs and outputs and midi was unheard of. Later on packaged synth hardware became popular because of stability and cohesiveness of having the modules preconnected.The real digital renaissance came with Reason for Windows and Mac around 2001, which rocked the DAW paradigm and arguably was more of a soft-studio because audio and VST plugins support was not provided. The beauty was that all the instruments could be rerouted or have their signals shared or split with other controllers and fx modules that gives it the immense flexibility that Reason is known for. However, rewire came along soon and that changed the workflow barriers. Any rewire supporting music software could communicate with another software or a DAW with rewire support as master or slave. Continue reading “Tabletop app : Reason for iPad (Pun int….)”

Notion App : Scoring for the modern mobile musician.

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Notion- Music notation for the modern (electronic) musician.

As electronic musicians we are on the constant learning and discovering curve. Even in the midst of our projects, we have so many paths for each final versions. Anyone who has created multiple versions of a project would know that backups and maintenance notwithstanding, the tangible produce of the variations are a fertile breeding ground for even more ideas. If ideas are the germ from which grand works like Beethoven’s 9th and your latest favourite dubstep track is created, then I certainly am sold on the idea of iterative creation tools and the simplistic learning curve with astounding results. Continue reading “Notion App : Scoring for the modern mobile musician.”

Piano Marvel – Gaming with music education

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I love keyboard music and practicing on the piano for all levels is always a good thing. For the visually challenged (or not) – in terms of music – sight reading that is, this software does the best hand holding till date. Playing by ear is another complementary and essential skill, however, you can’t just not use music reading to be an all round musician.

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Sennheiser HD 203 mk II

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Absolutely love these, they come really cheap at around 2000 INR. Why would I  recommend them you ask? its because they are surprisingly one of the best phones I have come across even competing with higher priced models that give the kind of clarity of sound and a no-confusion stereo spacing of the sound stage in tracks. I purchased them as an addendum to my travelling headphone kit. I now keep them in a separate bag compartment for high powered listening when I don’t have headphone amps or when I need to double check a specific track for difference in sound and audible/inaudible details. It drives relatively easily and might be a good solution to noisy environments if volume is really needed, because this one can pump out enough for you to turn down in a while. Mind you these are not DJ phones that can play loud enough to hear them at a distance of a 1 foot or so. These are loud enough that when fully driven you might have to take your phones off. The tracks sound very powerful which is the best description I can give after listening to my favorite tracks. The spacing is a little constrained in that extreme pans and convolution reverbs sound as if its done in front of the studio monitors. The room feel is a little diminished. But that is in not way a detriment, trust me. I still wonder how is it that Sennheiser put up a lower price tag for this model. Whats the catch?

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Sennheiser HD 449

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I purchased mine recently finding it perfect for the traveller on go. I do read the specifications for any audio purchases but always go by the gut feel after listening to the equipment in question. Cos, you never know what it really sounds like until you hear it, quite logical no? Anyways, so the packaging is standard Sennheiser style impossible-to-open-and-close-twice. I do carry a handy switchblade that helps on such occasions, and more. I get a gold plated 1/4 inch audio jack that has a female input for the cable on the phones. There is also another set of extra extension cables for longer distance listening from the source if so required. Normal users and even audiophiles wont actually make any sense of the specs like impedance or the frequency response etc. These are terms taken from electrical engineering and used to calibrate the audio range and their respective amplitudes over the human hearing range. You also might take into account the Fletcher-Munson curves which are a set of graphs that plot the human response over the frequency range of 20 Hz to 20K Hz against the decibels detected. Nonetheless, most listeners or buyers just want to know if a phone would suit their musical tastes. I consider myself musically and technically qualified enough to make recommendations to someone in need. This is a budget phone in the price range of 100 USD or 5000 INR +. This might seem a little compromising for lay consumers who believe that a price tag equates quality every time.

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RECIPE FOR NOIZE

I wrote this rant way back when I was high school at the age of 17. Kept it here as a souvenir. Those days we did not have any wordpress, just forums and ICQ.

What do I need to make (computer) music? No really..

What did Beethoven need to compose his Ninth? Nothing. Just his head and his deaf ear plus a lot of genius and guts. Valid till the end of time.
The latest pop band – all the audio gizmos that money can buy. Valid till next months Billboard top 50.

But what do they have in common. Beethoven needed an orchestra for the real world performance as every composer in his era. So what exactly comprises an orchestra. Its a sound source really. The document where composers compose is like the sequencer for the orchestra. In this document called the sheet music, the composer specifies what combination of notes should sound for what instrument(s) at what time. He specifies the base properties of the tune like the time signature and the key signature. He also specifies the composition structure, a concerto is different from a solo or a quartet. Each style has its own format which might be adhered to. Dynamic markings and tempo markings indicate a particular kind of expression, like a staccato indicates short sounding notes with no release or sustain or the fermata which indicates the player to hold that note(s) for a subjective length of time within the borders of the time signature.

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