I’m heading to NYC to check out F5 fest this week. It runs from April 15-16th and features presentations from various speakers. The whole thing is put on by the people from Motionographer so it certainly won’t disappoint. I was able to check it out in ’09 and was pretty blown away by the presentations, can’t wait to see what’s in store this time around. Hope to see you out there.
Thanks to everyone who came out and made last night in SF amazing, we had a great time playing for you.
I’ll be doing a laptop/visuals set along with Com Truise and Heathered Pearls (Jakub’s alter-ego) on Saturday, April 16th at Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn. The show is limited to 250 people, ticket link is below. See you out there.
Sat, April 16th @ Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn
TYCHO [laptop/visual SET – no band]
HEATHERED PEARLS (DJ SET)
$6 ADV / $10 DOS – Tickets
21+, Doors at 12:00am
This week Tron Legacy came out on DVD and that soundtrack by Daft Punk was amazing. Today, Mogi Grumbles is sharing with us for the first time his take on the first Tron film, above is a teaser video, he made a tribute album of all ORIGINAL songs and his friend recut the whole movie to fit this new soundtrack to it. DOWNLOAD this new track for free for the ISO50 readers. The album will be available next week as a name your own price deal / free, i’ll link it once its available.
The Matthew Dear remixes have been rolling out for more than a 6 months now, everyone from Bear In Heaven to How To Dress Well to Mark E have had stabs at it. The one besides the the Mark E one that I keep going back to is this Breakbot one, it reminds me of a sitcom theme song that never happened because of those keys and bassline, its perfection.
New Apparat! everyone flip out!
Marius Roosendaal from the Netherlands is making these cool typographic design studies on a daily basis and has formed a larger collection here. It’s worth checking out.
Radere put together a beautiful 2 track release that came out today. The sound can be explained by maybe what you’d hear if you started to daydream away while casually holding your hand out the window of a car during a long beautiful road trip, that complete relaxation that we all look for when were working away and forgetting about what might be one of the best feelings we can experience.
Hopefully many of you are figuring out my huge crush for Peter Broderick’s music, he gives minimalism warmth and reason. When he teams up with Machinefabriek then its an ultimate piece, enjoy.
On a lighter noter, can we talk about Jam Skating? this was my whole life in middle school and it completely disappeared, anyone have any good stories or more links to only older footage?
Above is some (poorly shot on a phone, sorry) test footage from the new visuals set for the Tycho live show (next one is this Thursday, 4/7 in SF). The song is from the forthcoming album. It’s not all completely tightened up yet but you get the idea. I recently stripped down the entire live set — audio and video — and started from scratch. With the new album pretty much wrapped up I decided to rework the visuals to go with all the new material and to have everything work better with the new live band. What you’re seeing is VDMX effecting / compositing video in real-time on a Macbook Pro. Everything is being triggered / synced by another machine via MIDI over IP running Reaper which is handling all the audio duties.
I’ve been using VDMX for years now but just recently switched to Reaper as my DAW for recording and decided to use it for the live shows as well (Was never happy with Ableton. It’s a great app but it just didn’t fit my specific needs / workflow). It’s been a very freeing experience to say the least. Being able to use the same software in the studio and on stage has helped immeasurably and opened up some possibilities that didn’t exist before. Here’s hoping it all works as smoothly on Thursday (the first Tycho show to feature the new album and visuals) as it has been during rehearsals.
I also wanted to take this time to give a bit of a progress report on the new Tycho album. It feels like forever since I started, but everything has finally come together. Things took a lot of twists and turns; a lot has changed and some songs have been shelved while new ones have taken their place. But I think the album is now — finally — what I envisioned it to be when I started this process some two years ago. All that is left to do now is tie up some loose ends and complete the mixing / mastering phase and things should be ready to go. With label schedules and all that I’d imagine a release date sometime after this summer.
Thanks to everyone for your patience and support over this past couple years. You have afforded me the ability to focus on my work in a way I was never able to before, and for that I am extremely grateful.
This is the work of Thomas Doyle. Truly unique and unusual in the most wonderful way! I recognized the style from a NYT Magazine cover a few years back that I always kept around just because I loved the image. Definitely a little weird, but definitely a lot awesome.
On a side note, I love cityscapes or scenes contained in glass — I think a sentiment carried over from my days spent playing SimCity 2000 where the glass-enclosed Archipelago was the ultimate goal. Despite the obvious spatial downsides of being confined to a limited space, I’ve always wanted to reside in such a dwelling.
I love to sit back and let melodic psychedelic rock play for hours if its good, Lie In Light by Cloudland Canyon is a pretty consistent record that I rely on for those occasions plus it changes up and has just enough diversity, I posted a few tracks from it to make that point.
Com Truise turned me onto 18 Carat Affair’s soundcloud. Most soft rock recorded on tape and slowed down gets my attention especially if it has gentle keys over it.