28 August 2014

[audio] Autechre live in Toronto, 9 May 2001


Autechre live at Steam Whistle Brewing Company, Toronto, 9 May 2001.

This is another Autechre board tape that I post-produced into a concert recording- gave it a lot of crowd sounds, some room ambience, and remastered the actual music as well.

There are a handful of Ae board tapes from the 2001 tour out there, and this Toronto performance is one of my favorites, so I wanted to give it some special treatment and really fix it up.

Most importantly, there was a nasty bit of digital clipping immediately after the 6 minute mark which I fixed up manually, which required about a half a day of tedious pencilling out flattened waveforms in Soundtrack Pro, but it's worth it.

I've seen the venue listed for this show as being the Steam Whistle Brewing Company and also The Opera House. I don't know which is correct, or if both are correct, or if one is more accurate than the other.

Presonus Studio One for arranging, DSPing and mixing. All mastering done in Soundtrack Pro.

10 August 2014

Rodent516 live in San Diego, 6 August 2014

Rodent516 live at Fully Patched at Kava Lounge, San Diego, 6 August 2014.

The music in the first half of this video reminds me very much of EP7, so I guess I'll recommend this video if you like that era of Autechre.

04 August 2014

Dancu on Myspace

Don't ask me why, but I created a Myspace page for Dancu yesterday. Must have been really bored. But at the same time, I don't think there's any harm in it.

Nothing exclusive there- the same couple songs that I have up on my Soundcloud/official.fm, and the same video that I have up on YouTube. Lots more fotos than I have anywhere else, not that they have anything to do with my Dancu music at all. Of course, all six songs of my debut release are posted nowhere other than my Bandcamp.

By the way, Myspace still has a bunch of kinks to work out. Setting up my page and uploading my content was fairly painless, but the process has some weird little quirks that you won't know about until you upload your media, and once you do that you'll realize how stuff needs to be labelled for it to display the way you want it to on Myspace, and it's not all that logical.

Also, I don't remember what the original Myspace was like, but the new one is set up in a blog format where you can post pictures or songs or videos or simple text updates, and it all becomes part of your 'stream' or whatever they call it. Fine. I doubt I'll post too much there, but it's just another blog to update (along with my Blogspot, my Tumblr, my Wordpress, my LinkedIn, my personal FB, my artist FB, my company FB…).

01 August 2014

My first batch of original tunes is finally up on Bandcamp



Seriously, I've been working on and off on these songs for a couple years, and I could go on remixing and remixing and remixing and remixing them until the end of time, but I finally just said to myself 'ok, enough' and threw them up on Bandcamp. Six tracks of gloomy, pounding, orchestral, soundtracky, martial industrial with a healthy dose of glitchy synths. Pay what you want.

Hear/buy them here.

Video for one of the tracks-

27 July 2014

25 July 2014

[video] Wolves in the Throne Room live in San Diego, 19 July 2014

Couple videos of Wolves in the Throne Room from last weekend. The audio is a bit rough- the board feed was almost completely unusable. Too much level, too much clipping. I doctored it up as much as I could, but my room mics ended up being probably 90% of this final mix. Still a decent sound, and perfectly acceptable for these YouTubers.

Now if I could only get some decent light on the band. Jeez, what I would give for a well lit stage. Someday? Please?

20 July 2014

[video] Kid 606 live in Los Angeles, 27 June 2014

Track from Kid 606 live in Los Angeles where I recorded and edited all audio and video.

14 July 2014

[videos] Corrections House live in San Diego, 6 January 2014

Here are a couple videos from Corrections House (members of Neurosis, Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Yakuza) that I neglected to post at the time I recorded them in early 2014.

02 July 2014

Master list of every artist that I've recorded



Not that anybody asked for it, but here's the complete list of every artist that I've recorded over the years. Actually, I most likely have recorded more than those listed here, but in the super early days when I first started recording concerts in the 90s (proper recordings; the cassette bootlegs I did before that don't count), there were probably a few where I didn't keep a copy of the master audio files or the finished mixdown or anything. Artists that I've recorded multiple times are listed only once.

No doubt I still missed some, so if I forgot your band, drop me a note.

Just wanted to compile a list. I'll keep adding to it as new names come along.


(303) 909-1604

∆AIMON

Abelcain

Ad.ver.sary

Ars Dada

The Audacity

Author & Punisher

BAAL

Christoph de Babalon

Babyland

Bad Timing

Todd Barton

Baseck

Bestial Mouths

Black Jeans

Bloodysnowman

Bombardier

Bong-Ra

William Braintree

Branes

Broken Note

Tom Brosseau

Tom Burbank

Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln

Cardopusher

CNN 666

Cohosh

Company Fuck

Continues

Corrections House

Corvx de Timor

Crowhurst

Cyrus Rex

D2

Daedelus

Death Is Not a Color

Defrag

Dev/Null

Richard Devine

Devo

Dimentia

Diskore

Divtech

DJ Hidden

DJMREX

Djoto

Mike Dobler

Oliver Dodd

Drumatic

Duran Duran Duran

Brian E

Eezir

Electric Company

Enduser

Eras

Exillon

Eyeless Sight

Fanny

Felt Drawings

FFF

The Flashbulb

Flourescent Grey

Former Ghosts

Fractional

Christoph Fringeli

Graz

Gross Prophet

Grypt

Hecate

Steev Hise

Mark Hosler

i*wish*i

I:Gor

Imminent

The Incredible Hexadecibels

Indian Jewelry

Iszoloscope

Izapa

Joy Through Noise

cEvin Key

Kid 606

KK Null

Koonda Holaa

Kush Arora

LA Vamps

Ladyscraper

Loera

Loopgoat

M. Geddas Gengras

The Mattson 2

Medicine

Merzbow

Derek Michael

Ming & Ping

Minion

Moab

Mochipet

Monster X

Ted Nava

Nemeton

Next Life

Nilbog

No Age

Lee Noble / Grant Capes / Derek Rogers

NoiseX

Noize Creator

Nommo Ogo

Not Breathing

David Oliphant

P•A•L

Genesis P-Orridge

Gregory Page

Parenthetical Girls

Phthalocyanine

Piles

The Pizarro Brothers

The Punk Group

Quartet Nouveau

Raxyor

The Red Elvises

Reflector

John C. Reilly

Curtis Roads

Rodent516

Roses

S.E.M;I

Otto von Schirach

The Screamin' Primas

Scuzi

Skincage

Sleep Clinic

Somatic Responses

Split Horizon

Spyten

Ssleeperhold

Stab City

Strangeloop

The Striggles

Sunwheel

Damo Suzuki's Network

Tearist

Techdiff

Terminal 11

Thee Source ov Fawnation

This Song Is a Mess But So Am I

The Tleilaxu Music Machine

Tomoroh Hidari

Twin Braids

UteroZZZAAA

Venetian Snares

wAgAwAgA

Wet Mango

Wisp

WMX

Wolves in the Throne Room

Xanopticon

Yellow Then Blue

Youth Code

Zola Jesus

Zombieflesheater

Zoogma



Venues

3raum at Arena, Vienna

5 Star Bar, Los Angeles

A38, Budapest

American Comedy Club, San Diego

ArgeKultur, Salzburg

Basswerks, Los Angeles

Beauty Is Pain, Los Angeles

Berghain, Berlin

Blue Moon Nights, Los Angeles

Bronson Bar, Los Angeles

Café du Nord, San Francisco

The Canyon, Agoura Hills (Los Angeles)

The Casbah, San Diego

Che Café, San Diego

Christ Lutheran Church, San Diego

Circus Disco, Los Angeles

Crush Bar, Portland

El Corazon, Seattle

Das Bunker, Los Angeles

Distillery, Leipzig

Dizzy's, San Diego

DNA Lounge, San Francisco

Echoplex, Los Angeles

EKH, Vienna

Feuerwerk, Munich

The Fillmore, San Francisco

FLUK, Vienna

Gilman Street, Berkeley

The Good Hurt, Venice (Los Angeles)

The Griffin, San Diego

Hangar11, Kloten (Zurich)

Helter Skelter, Los Angeles

Hollywood Park, Los Angeles

Humphreys, San Diego

Kadan, San Diego

Kapu, Linz

Kava Lounge, San Diego

KXLU, Los Angeles

Lafayette Hotel, San Diego

Lawton Plaza, Los Angeles

Malcolm X Library, San Diego

Medusa Lounge, Los Angeles

Mime School, Los Angeles

MOCA, Los Angeles

Mountain Winery, Saratoga

Nimbus Brewing, Tucson

Normal Heights Methodist Church, San Diego

The Observatory, Santa Ana

Parukarka Bunkr, Prague

Perihelion Arts, Phoenix

Plush, Tucson

Prescott Promenade, San Diego

Raum18, Berlin

El Rey, Los Angeles

Ruby Room, San Diego

Scoundrel's, Las Vegas

The Smell, Los Angeles

Soda Bar, San Diego

Solar Culture, Tucson

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, San Diego

Substance, Torrance

Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Venice

Til-Two, San Diego

Tin Can Ale House, San Diego

Uhrturnkasematte, Graz

The Uptown Theatre, Napa

The Vanguard, Los Angeles

Vaudeville, Tucson

Vertigo's, Los Angeles

The Void, San Diego

Die Werft, Korneuburg (Vienna)

Zool, Oakland

plus many nondescript unnamed warehouses throughout Southern California

18 June 2014

The Cure's Plainsong (The Humorless Productions Restoration)



It's fair to say that Disintegration is The Cure's magnum opus. I can't say I was too much a fan of it when it came out; I was much more a metal head back in those days. But over the years, as my tastes expanded, I've definitely gained an appreciation for both the album and the band.

One thing that always bothered me about Disintegration, though, was the mix. Having remastered hundreds of albums, in listening to this, I knew remastering this one wasn't going to be easy. In fact, many albums from this era are plagued with the same with the same sonic imprint, made most difficult with the ground work of a dull, unsparkly band sound combined with an extremely sibilant vocal track. Disintegration is the worst offender. All the early Van Halen albums come in a close second and were a total pain in the ass when I remastered them for myself.

My first attempt at remastering Disintegration was many years ago, but I was never happy with it. Every time I heard it I always wondered if they just simply mixed the album wrong. Which is why I was hopeful when the remastered deluxe reissue came out in 2010. I had my fingers crossed that they would deal with some of the mix issues, as they were clearly evident to me. But to no avail, as the reissue didn't sound too much different than the original. So obviously they meant it to sound like that, which is beyond me. So now I've taken matters into my own hands.

If you listen to the first track, Plainsong, and listen very closely, you'll hear that there is a hi hat playing straight 16ths through the entire song, but it's so buried in the mix that it may as well not be there. So how would I bring out that hi hat but not blow the high end in the keyboards and vocals through the roof? Well, I cheated, and added my own. Then I thought, why stop there? Why not fix some of the other problems in the drum part? I didn't want to do anything too elaborate or involved, but I knew that adding a couple drum parts would make a world of difference. Here's how it went down-

1. Well, it's not the first thing I did, but the first thing you'll hear is the intro. I kept the wind chime / bells as is, but boosted their level a good bit. I always thought their level was way too low. I also layered in two different ambient sounds, which I grabbed from some sample pack from Techdiff. It makes that intro sound a little bit less detached from the rest of the song. I briefly considered putting in some string parts or a synth melody, maybe to do some musical foreshadowing to the main body of the song. But I nixed that idea pretty quickly, and just went with the atmospheres.

2. Then onto the drums. First the added hi hat, straight 16ths just like the original. I didn't want it to sound so narrow, though, so I threw on a chorus to give it some breadth, and also a slight auto-panner to give it a little left-right action. Not too much, very subtle. Sounded too mechanical at first, so I gave it a bit of a human feel by adding in some accents and some slight volume-up/volume-down variations.

3. Then I added a snare sound, again doubling the original. But the original is more of a thud, whereas I wanted more of a crack. I pulled one out of my magical bag of snares, and put it as well as the hi hat through an appropriate reverb.

4. I also wanted to address the kick sound, and that was a bit tricky. I applied an eq to the original track where I killed as much of the original kick as possible without losing any of the nice low end in the song. Then I inserted a new kick sound, which has more body to it, and a little bit more of a click. For that I used an instrument called Nicky Romero's Kick. To be honest, I have no idea who Nicky Romero is, but it's a versatile kick drum VST, directed more towards techno production and other electronic sub-genres I think. But like I say, it's very versatile, and I fixed up a kick that works just fine.

5. One last thing- for the song itself, I used the original version, not the 2010 remaster. Not that it would have mattered, because either way, it was gonna require a little work. The most pressing issue was all that harsh sibilance on the vocals, so minimized most of that with a DeEsser.


And that's pretty much it. I considered putting in a second hi hat track, something a little bit more elaborate. Maybe something along the lines of Autechre's BassCadet, with all the ping-pong-y scraping percussive sounds. But, I thought that would have been overkill, and I just wanted to keep it fairly simple and straight forward.

10 May 2014

Jay Mohr live in San Diego, 3 May 2014

Change of pace- I recorded actor/comedian/talk show host Jay Mohr at The American Comedy Company in San Diego, 3 May 2014.

09 May 2014

video I did for Muffwiggler with Baseck


Promotional video I did for Muffwiggler (makers of modular synths with internet store and physical store in Portland, OR.) with LA's 8-bit gameboy turntablism beat-mangling legend Baseck.

06 May 2014

compilation of punk/goth/new wave/metal bands in 70s/80s horror movies

OK, so here's that video compilation of bands in horror flicks that I put together. Turned out rather well. I love the wipe style. I remastered every bit of audio, so it sounds extra sharp. The Siouxsie song is from a movie called Out of Control which isn't a horror flick, but I included it anyway.

You may be asking yourself why I did this. It's a good question, and I don't have a reasonable answer. It's just that I watch so many of these types of movies, and it always strikes me as so funny when a band gets some screen time to play one of their songs with the idea that the music is supposed to be in some way threatening or scary or underground-y or ominous or dangerous or something like that. Obviously, as we're now 30-40 years later, none of this music comes anywhere even remotely close to being scary, so I guess it's just the silly campiness of it that I find funny.

Anyways, enjoy it or not. Here's the tracklist-

(0:00) intro
(2:08) unknown artist 'Revenge' from Deadline (1984)
(5:16) Shadow 'New Years Evil' from New Years Evil (1980)
(7:00) Siouxsie & the Banshees 'Cities in Dust' from Out of Control (1986)
(8:21) Shadow 'untitled blues jam' from New Years Evil (1980)
(8:45) 4 Out of 5 Doctors 'Waiting for Roxanne' from The House on Sorority Row (1983)
(9:33) Tony Coca-Cola and The Roosters 'untitled song' from The Driller Killer (1979)
(13:55) Samson 'Vice Versa' from The Incubus (1982)
(16:14) Made in Japan 'The Cooler' from New Years Evil (1980)
(17:05) Paula Sheppard 'Me and My Rhythm Box' from Liquid Sky (1983)
(20:10) Shadow 'Temper Tantrum' from New Years Evil (1980)
(21:56) Felony 'Gangster Rock' from Graduation Day (1981)
(29:30) Made in Japan 'Dumb Blondes' from New Years Evil (1980)
(30:25) unknown artist 'unknown song' from Horror Hospital (1973)
(32:20) unknown artist 'unknown song' from Savage Streets (1984)
(32:56) Made in Japan 'Bonsai' from New Years Evil (1980)

(33:27) unknown artist 'unknown song' from The Driller Killer (1979)