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Exclusive Pre-Release Stream of Polybius by Demonic Sweaters

My new album will be officially released on 1/11/17 at anthillrecordings.bandcamp.com, but you can check it out right now at long time DS supporter, Ronan Conroy’s blog! www.ronanconroy.wordpress.com

Ronan has always been a huge supporter of what I do, possibly the biggest supporter. I thank him once again for hosting this exclusive stream. You can stream the whole album for free now, as well as pre-order it for only $5!

Thanks Fornax Void for the Polybius gif

The legend of Polybius goes that In 1981 a strange video game showed up in a select few arcades in Portland Oregon. Kids who played the game seemed to experience amnesia, forget who they were, where they lived etc, and suffer from extreme night terrors.

The game was reportedly serviced by men wearing black coats who instead of collecting the quarters from the games, took only data from “records” inside the machine. Rumors were starting to grow that it was developed by some military intelligence agency such as the CIA.

The game was not around long and was pulled from the arcades nearly as quickly as it arrived. There is no known machine in existence today, but ROMs have surfaced over time, though the authenticity of them has not been verified.

The story of Polybius was first documented on the site coinop.org in 1998 www.coinop.org/Game/103223/Polybius

I first learned about the game on the Astonishing Legends Podcast, and thought the story was so amazing and also felt it was the perfect inspiration for my new album.

So here it is

Recording details:
Three main recording devices were used in the making of this album and will be listed as Systems 1, 2, and 3 in the rest of the liner notes.

System 1 – 2007 Black Apple Macbook running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Mixbus 3 with Jack as it’s primary DAW.

System 2 – Zoom PS-04 handheld digital 4 track

System 3 – 2012 Samsung Chromebook running Ubuntu 12.04 w/ IceWM desktop environment and Ardour 2 with Jack as it’s primary DAW.

Individual track notes:

1. The Wrong Way The Stripe Goes – Recorded on System 3. Casio CT-370 for drums and synth sounds, as well as AMsynth (LADSPA software synth for Linux)

2. Helicopter Cop – Recorded on System 1. Music sequence created in LMMS using all software synths/samples contained within LMMS software. Stems exported and mixed in Mixbus3, live drums recorded using Alesis IO4 audio interface in conjunction with built-in audio for 6 channel input. Mixed in Mixbus3.

3. Ghost Image (same as #2)

4. Cerulean Blue – Recorded on System 2. Synth sounds were played on my Mothman 1000 and 2000 software synths for windows running on wine on System 1 physically routed to system 2. Exported to and mixed on System 3 in Ardour 2.

5. AM Ultra – Recorded on system 3, sequences created in seq24 using Hydrogen, Amsynth, Zynaddsubfx, and Hexter softsynths for Linux. Mixed in Ardour 2.

6. Polybius – Recorded on System 2 (long recording mode 15.62khz sample rate) Synths all played live on Casio CT-370. Drums recorded with two mics, kick and overhead mixed to a single track with a behringer micromixer. Mixed on system 1 in Mixbus3.

7. Tunnel of Dark – Recorded on System 2 (hi fi mode 31.25khz) Bass and drums recorded (1 mic) and exported from System 2 to System 3 and guitar was recorded directly into Ardour 2. Mixed on Ardour 2.

8. Flowers – Recorded on System 2. Main sequences created in LMMS, drums recorded in (2 mics) Aurdour 2, mixed in Ardour 2.

9. Autumn Sun – Recorded on System 1 except with Mac OS 10.6 and Cubase LE 5. Guitars and basses are all sampled and played via midi within Cubase. Drums recorded in (6 mics) and mixed in Cubase.

10. dev/null – Recorded on System 1 except on Mac OS 10.6 using Ableton Live as DAW. Synth sounds played on Casio CT-370 and sequenced in Ableton. Drums recorded in (4 mics) Mixbus 3, mixed in Mixbus 3.

11. Overlapping Spirals – Recorded on System 3 with seq24 used to sequence midi, Amsynth, Zynaddsubfx, Hexter softsynths, Drums (2 mics) recorded in and mixed in Ardour 2.

All songs mastered on System 3 in Audacity

credits

releases January 11, 2017

Justin Wierbonski – drums, bass, guitar, synths, sequencing, programming, recording, mixing, mastering, artwork

Amiga Drummer 2.3, The Full Motion Video Game That Never Existed

Here’s part 5 of my Amiga ProTracker and a Drummer series. I made this one using all samples of objects laying around me at the time in while I was visiting my mom’s in Florida. Samples used were my Casio wristwatch beep, a kalimba (thumb piano) snapping my fingers and tapping on a plastic lid. I then dropped dropped the bounced wav file into Pro Tools 7.4 and added bass, then went into the studio and recorded the drums and this video. The video in this one I was going for a 90s Full Motion Video Game look. I used a green screen and drew the background in GraFX2, then assembled it all in FCP 5.1. To get the pixilated look I rendered using the Cinepak codec with a 256 color palate.

Written, produced and performed by Justin Wierbonski (me)
I play Tama Drums and Paiste Cymbals.

The Manasota Project (Web Series)

Last summer I recorded some songs all by myself then started a kickstarter campaign to release the songs on 180g vinyl. Much to my surprise the kickstarter completed successfully! The album is being pressed and is set to be completed in April of 2016. Now is when the real challenge begins. How does a largely unknown artist sell 500 vinyl LPs in 2016? Good question.

I’m a 40-year-old guy who’s played in bands since I was 10, so the idea of putting together a band to play unrewarding shows at bars for no money to try to sell an album really didn’t sound like fun nor like a good idea.

So instead I’ve decided to get some musicians together to perform on YouTube. It’ll help promote the album, and be a lot of fun in the process. The Manasota project documents this process and is a window into the life of a musician who never gives up.

DemonicSweaters

October 24, 2015

Joe Meek was one of the most creative and inventive engineer and producers of the early Rock & Roll scene in the UK. Before the Rolling Stones or Beatles, Meek was producing #1 hits in his home studio built in his apartment, stomping on the floor in the bathroom for kick sounds, building homemade spring reverb units, and breaking nearly every rule of the, then uptight, English recording industry.

Joe however was also gay, and sadly, in those days being gay in England was actually a crime. His secret became known and over time his life of secrecy seemed to get the best of him. He had drug problems, and seemed he was loosing grip with reality. This all came to an abrupt end when an argument with his landlord ended in a murder suicide committed by Joe.

It is my opinion if Joe were not forced to live in shame of his true self, he would have had a much less difficult time on this planet, and most likely this unfortunate and violent end would have never happened. He most likely would have been making amazing records for many many years to come.

Even though his life was short, there’s still a lot of music out there that Joe put his magical touch on. Below is a pretty good documentary on Joe made in 1991. Unfortunately this documentary is still a bit homophobic in my opinion, since they seem to avoid the topic as a whole for most of it. Plainly avoiding the fact that Joe was forced to believe that he was sick, or something was wrong with him simply because of his true nature.

Nevertheless, it is still an informational watch, and you hear a lot about Joe’s work in his own words, as well as by those he worked with.