All posts by Jakub Alexander

Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Tycho Epoch European Tour 2017

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10 02 17 – Berlin, Germany
12 02 17 – Vienna, Austria
14 02 17 – Budapest, Hungary
15 02 17 – Prague, Czech Republic
16 02 17 – Warsaw, Poland
18 02 17 – Copenhagen, Denmark
19 02 17 – Stockholm, Sweden – SOLD OUT
20 02 17 – Oslo, Norway
22 02 17 – Cologne, Germany
23 02 17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
24 02 17 – Paris, France
25 02 17 – Brussels, Belgium
28 02 17 – London, United Kingdom

Tickets on sale now

A Summers End from Peoples Palms

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There are plenty of tracks I keep in my arsenal if I need an escape, i’ll be adding this one from People’s Palms. It brings the light in with a bit of haze, sort of slows down whatever you’re doing and invites you into its own groove.

The third album and Hush Hush debut from Oakland-based musician Austin Freese aka People’s Palms.
Digital + Cassette tape release date: October 14th 2016

People’s Palms / Soundcloud – @peoplespalms
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Oakland-based musician Austin Freese aka People’s Palms makes his Hush Hush debut with the cinematic 10-track album ‘Habitatual,’ his third album under the moniker and his first official label release. A thoroughly hypnotic affair heavily influenced by the natural world, the album organically swims through a fantastic mosaic of mallet instruments, long form guitar swells, found sound, and his trusty Yamaha CS-50. Piecing together unique field recordings captured over the last three years during mundane everyday life as well as exotic international travels, and then patiently adding his own instrumental flourishes, ‘Habitatual’ carries a transportive sound that quietly shifts through downtempo, ambient, and New Age styles while simultaneously floating free of rigid genre confines. Shades of Steve Reich, Boards of Canada, and early Tortoise peak through his richly-detailed tapestries, creating a meditative imaginary soundtrack ideal to compliment unexpected excursions. A subtle yet consistent global influence further enhances People’s Palms’ exploratory productions, fueled by a fascination with the globalization of music and traditional international rhythms sparked through his own travels as well as the interconnectivity of our online generation. Fitting right at home on the introspective-inclined Seattle-based label Hush Hush Records, the blissful sonic world People’s Palms has created with ‘Habitatual’ yields a dreamy, immersive, and mesmerizing listening experience.


Tycho Burning Man Sunrise Set 2016

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Tycho Sunrise DJ Set on The Dusty Rhino at Burning Man

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thanks to everyone who made this morning so special. Thanks to Clarke and the Dusty Rhino crew for having me. Special thanks to my brother Dane for all the help.


Track Listing
Tycho – Spectre (Bibio Remix)
Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
Tycho – Montana (Christopher Willits Remix)
Maribou State – Natural Fools
Krankbrother – When You’re Watching Me
Cubenx – Blazing
Rival Consoles – Ghosting
Hammer & Ludd – Controller
Tourist – Run
Tycho – Epoch 48:58
Com Truise – Silicon Tare
Jonathan Wilson – Desert Raven

Tycho Epoch Single

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“Epoch” is the latest single from Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project Tycho and the keystone of the forthcoming album. The new album is at once a departure and an evolution for Tycho; honing the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory.


Tycho Studio Standouts

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We are living in a golden age of sound technology. The tools we have at our disposal today were only a dream just a decade ago. The industry has found the balance between the power and flexibility of digital and the character and nuance of analog. People generally focus on the end result, but for most musicians, producers and engineers, the process is the product and the tools are the enablers.
The following is an off-the-top-of-my-head gear list for this record, my favorite tools, created by the brilliant engineers who make what we do as recording artists possible.
I used a bunch of other things but these are the standouts, stuff I couldn’t do without. “Best” means “in my opinion this is the best I’ve used, personally” and “new” means “new to me, like I got it less than 18 months ago”. Feel free to ask questions about specific applications and I’ll do my best to answer. Would love to hear your favorites as well.

**DISCLAIMER: In this post I’m mentioning some high end (read: expensive) gear. But I want any of you who are just starting out to know that you should never think that expensive equipment is an answer to anything. All it does it add, incrementally, to your sound. A good engineer / producer should be able to produce quality recordings without the use of boutique or prohibitively expensive gear. I used inexpensive equipment for many, many years before saving up for and spending the time to understand higher level recording equipment. Of course, with the right tools a job can become easier, but it’s not impossible without them (but do invest in a good preamp before anything, that’s really the most important thing). That being said, after 18 years as a recording engineer and musician, these ended up being my go-to tools for this record.

Best New gear overall

Kemper Profiling Amp

Best New FX Unit overall: Strymon Blue Sky

Best New Synth: Korg Minilogue

Best New Old Synth: Moog New Minimoog Model D (can’t believe they actually did it. Just got it a week ago, somehow even better than my original 1972 Model D)
Dangerous 2-Bus+ (if you’re looking for analog summing, this is it)
Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel (the perfect balance of color and clarity, a modern classic)


Most used: Korg Minilogue

Late bloomer: Korg MS-20 (original)

Indispensable newcomer: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5

Staying power: Minimoog Model D (orignal 1972)

Deprecated: Access Virus C (we had a good run, but now I’m using the Kemper — same designer — so I feel we’re even)

Honorable mention: Korg Arp Odyssey


Rediscovered an old favorite: Universal Audio 6716

Sadly underutilized: Chandler LTD-1


Trident 80B 500 Series


Got a Gibson Les Paul after having an Epiphone Les Paul for years. Now I get why they’re so expensive.


New Favorites: Strymon Timeline and Blue Sky

Stalwart: Ursa Major SST-282

Best new output conversion: Dangerous Convert-8

Best new input conversion: Lynx Aurora 16

Best adapter: Lynx AES16e

Best mixer: Neve 542

Underappreciated: Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X

Software Instruments

Native Instruments Monark (as close as you’re ever going to get to a Mini in the digital domain)

Arturia Jupiter 8V (stunning clarity, always cuts through the mix)
XILS 3 (warmth)

Software effects

Valhalla Shimmer / Vintageverb, U-He Presswerk, Plugin Alliance VSM-3, Arturia Jupiter 8V, , Waves H-EQ, Waves RS56, Waves Scheps 73, Eventide Black Hole, SoundToys Native Bundle, Acustica Amethyst, Empirical Labs Arousor, Sonnox Envolution, SSL Duende Drumstrip, Kush Omega N&A


Reaper 5


Controller: Dangerous D-Box

Monitors: Genelec 8330A

Headphones: DT770 Pro 80ohm (great translation to/from speakers)

Tycho Division Fall Tour

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09 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09 17 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks w/ Lotus
09 18 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre * ^
09 19 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall ^
09 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection % ^
09 22 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore % ^
09 23 – Thorton, OH – Resonance
09 25 – St. Louis, MO – Murmation
09 27 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz # ^
09 28 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse $ ^
09 29 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric $ ^
09 30 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory ^ ~
10 01 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^
10 02 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre ^ ~
10 04 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl ^ ~
10 16 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island

^ – Heathered Pearls
* – Christopher Willits
% – Com Truise
$ – William Tyler
# – Made of Oak
~ – Big Wild

Tickets on sale Friday, July 22nd

Tycho in Michigan

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Michigan. Two very special Tycho events just announced in Grand Rapids and Detroit with Ghostly International + Com Truise + Heathered Pearls.

09 21 16
The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI

09 22 16
The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit, MI

Tickets on sale Friday at 10AM CT. Please share and tag your friends for a chance to win meet & greet, merch package and free tickets.