Hello friends, I hope you had a good weekend. Just wanted to write a little bit about some of the gear I have recently acquired and how that has helped and altered my workflow. I made countless mistakes when it came to buying gear so I hope this will point a few of you in the right direction.
First Here are the items that I recently invested in:
Industry Standard soft-synths, effects, and sampling instruments
Wide range of sounds for any style of music
Ease of use and ubiquity from their NKS partnership program means many other industry-leading midi controllers and electronic instruments will work seamlessly with NI plugins and have pre-map parameters.
One could get by having only this for music making — it’s that good.
Categorized Patches i.e. allows one to designate a patch to a specific category, there are already categories like leads,keys, or bass but you can make custom categories as well
I use this synth for the special sounds in a song that you want to stand out from the rest.
So far the combination of a very satisfying laptop experience, with easy to use and customize digital instruments, has really increased my efficiency. I’m no longer frustrated by my laptop not being able to handle what I throw at it. It took a really long to find a laptop I truly enjoy so big ups to Razer for making solid products . The one-two combination of Native Instruments soft synths and Waldorfs powerful Blofeld desktop Module delivers all of the efficacy the world has come to expect of German engineering. Having those tools as the base of my sound design really helps me get into a groove because the Native Instrument tools work so consistently well. It has taken me years to find a setup that helps me get ideas out so well so if you’re in the market, I highly recommend any of the these three items. I’ll try to make a video soon showing them in action.
This entry is an update on the happenings since the start of the year and to share a little bit about what’s on the horizon for the rest of the year. I couldn’t ask for a better start of 2019, still I will try to keep it short and sweet.
Firstly, just dropped my first original songs in over a year! Castle EP was released a couple days earlier than intended, due to a distribution error, but we rolled with it and I am really happy with how everything turned out. My amazing companion and co-creator Maja contributed both the cover art for the EP and a vocal performance for track three. I was also blessed to have The Adaptive apply his signature, atmospheric guitar to the title track. This EP helped me break through barriers and I promise I won’t let there be such a long wait between releases next time.
Regarding what I have planned for the next couple months; you can expect a track I’m producing for a student artist in partnership with Nurture The Creative Mind. Working with students is a joy and privilege and I am very thankful to break up my normal workflow in this way. I’m also working on some spatial mixes using Envelop E4L tools, I want to spatialize my first album and then work on finding a good way to share the music I have been composing in Ambisonics formats to begin with (still waiting for a good time to write in better detail about that, stay tuned). If the timing is right I am going to try and do a small 7″ vinyl release of Castle EP as well.
Lastly just wanted express my immense gratitude for this stage in my life I just want to slow down and not take it for granted. If you’re listening to my music and have any feedback or want to get involved, shoot me a message at igamasounds.com/connect. Much love and thanks; wishing you all a lovely spring.
I figured it was about time for an update on goals and to document the progression of 2019 so far so I’ll touch on that briefly in this post and then share some new moving forward.
Most of this year I have been getting up to speed with Envelop SLC Pop Up, the arrival of spatial audio in my life has totally altered my goals and I plan to implement Ambisonics into my workflow parallel to my standard stereo work, to start building the foundation for what my future release will rest on. I’m still not quite ready to write in detail on the subject but looking forward to sharing more on that later this year.
This year I have also been getting back into my guitar studies to help anchor my musical progression along live performance. To that end I’ve stated gearing down– selling unused and unneeded gear– as I look to transition to a much lighter load in anticipation of touring/traveling next year.
Last but not least, I have just wrapped up my first release in over a year called Castle (EP), with tracks featuring The Adaptive and Maja !! I am so thrilled about this music and is my first original music released in over a year. It will be available on every digital platform 4/15 and hopefully a physical format in the future. Any support would mean a lot and I hope to share more content around these ideas in the coming weeks.
I’m happy to report I will soon be making my second trip to Berlin! What I did differently to prepare this time is make a Spotify playlist for listening in-air and in-line. It seems like a no-brainer looking back now, but with all of the other preparations it was simply overlooked last year . Having a good playlist keeps your hands free longer and makes airports more bearable, so feel free to follow and add this playlist to your library on Spotify if you use that platform.
On this playlist I started with some energetic downtempo grooves for the pre-flight hustle with some Papadosio, Ulrich Schnauss, and Pantha Du Prince. Next, the music begins to slightly resemble the conversations with myself as I wait for take off with North Valley Subconscious Orchestra’s Neutral Buoyancy . “THIS COULD BE THE ONE THAT GOES DOWN”, goes one voice and ” Non-sense, you’ll be fine just relax, BREATHE…” goes the other. At this point, I let the more rational voice win and the music gives way to some very relaxing ambient compositions including cuts from In the Branches, Machinedrum, Deru, and myself. Of course, you will need to raise your energy just a bit again for the post flight rigamarole before it’s over — enter Casino Versus Japan, Telefon Tel Aviv, and Hammock to see you through the last tasks and safely on your way.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this playlist even if you don’t use it for a flight. I will keep updating with new songs, keeping the same trajectory for the playlist. I would love to hear what you listen to when flying as well!