I was lucky to see Hiromi with Simon Phillips and Anthony Jackson at Blue Note back in 2013 or so and it is a real pleasure to learn her history and thoughts on playing live and recording in this really cool interview from Yamaha.
Her Trio Project is probably some of the most passionately played Jazz/Fusion happening these days and watching this group play is incredibly moving. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet after you watch this interview.
This is a type of track I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’ve had the idea of making a song on the Akai MPD24 and playing drums to it, but was stuck with how to use the MPD with Linux. I finally figured out how to create a soundfont from samples I cut up myself and using fluid synth as a means to play them. Using a soundfont gives me nearly as much control, and in some ways more than Ableton’s drum rack. I don’t have anything against Ableton, it’s great software. I just wanted to produce this whole track within Linux. I mixed it all in Mixbus, but still edited the video in Windows, Vegas Movie Studio. My cameras record in MTS which kdenlive in Linux has some problems with. I worked around this on the last few vids, but forgot this time, so rather than go convert everything again then re-edit in Kdenlive, I thought it would just be quicker and easier to do it in Vegas.
Sorry for the long-winded explanation. thanks for watching and commenting 🙂
Custom Tama Imperialstar Hairline Blue finish 18×20 kick, 8×12 rack, 14×14 floor, 5×14 snare
Tama Iron Cobra hi hat stand (main hats)
Vintage Olympic hi hat stand (trash hats)
Ludwig flat base straight stands (crashes)
PDP boom stand (ride)
Vintage Nuvader Nickel Silver 15″ Hi Hats
Meinl HCS 8″ Bell
Kasza 17″ Dirty Bell crash cymbal
Vintage NuVader 22″ ride cymbal (Nickel Silver)
Meinl HCS 16″ Trash Crash / Generic 16″ brass crash bottom (trash hats)
Vintage Camber 18″ Crash Cymbal (Brass)
Aquarian Studio X on tom batters
Tama single ply clear tom resonants
Aquarian Studio X Dot on snare batter
Tama thin clear snare resonant
Aquarian Response 2 Coated kick batter
Remo Vintage Emperor w/ Kickport 2 on kick resonant
DW 6000 kick pedal (sucks, I want a new pedal)
Vintage flat base Slingerland snare stand
Vintage MIJ canister throne
Mics on this one I did something new. I used only a kick and overhead, then blended that with the camcorder mic from my Sony HDR-CX240. It made it a very raw and cool sound. There is also some slight decimator (bit crusher) effect on the kick and overhead mics.
Here’s a brand new song of mine that I made in Ableton Live Intro and Vocoloid with Cyber Diva and Hasuni Miku. The drums and bass were heavily influenced by the song “Key” by Yellow Magic Orchestra. The lyrics were inspired by the comic book, The Atlantis Chronicles by Peter David and Esteban Maroto published by DC Comics 1990.
The basic concept was simple, make a YMO inspired track with Vocaloid singing. The Atlantis concept came afterwards. I’m always obsessed with the legend of Atlantis anyway, and I recently read The Atlantis Chronicles (highly recommended). So when I was trying to think of things to write lyrics about, that’s what I came up with.
For the video I used about 15 or 20 stills I took at various oceans, aquariums, beaches, and watery places I’ve been to over the years, and a couple of my drawings, then used footage from the PC game Atlantis: The Lost Tales – 1997, played by youtuber PeteRoy. I first took all the stills and animated the TV simulator plugin in Sony Movie Studo Platinum, then chroma-keyed the footage from Atlantis:The Lost Tales, over it in what I thought was interesting ways.
The music was composed and mixed entirely in Ableton using Ableton’s synths, samples, and plugins, then I mixed the vocals right in the Vocaloid editor. I mastered it in Audacity.
Even individuals who are not considered gamers by today’s standards know that the name Atari is synonymous with the birth of video games. Atari paved the road for game consoles from Sega to X Box and showed the world a new tomorrow of home entertainment. Today Atari’s games are still loved and often played with nostalgia. Yet, there has always been a bit of speculation to what exactly caused Atari’s demise. An urban legend has also haunted the company claiming millions of cartridges of Atari’s ill fated game ET, based on the Steven Spielburg smash movie, were hidden, buried away, in a landfill out west like a cursed treasure. In the documentary filmAtari: Game Over available on Netflix, screen writer Zack Penn decides to go after the urban legend in an attempt to prove what is true and what is false in the history of the first game system.
The historical documentary is short but filled with interesting facts from the forming of the Atari Company, its million dollar rise, and it’s final illfated downfall. Zack Penn not only leads you on the tour but directs the film and does an adequate job of presenting the information in an entertaining way. Several shocking secrets are revealed on what it was like to work for the famous company as well as stories on the creaton of the infamous game ET, told by the creator of the game Howard Scott Warshaw. Helping Warshaw along the journey, the head of Atari, Nolan Bushnell also reveals stories from the golden years and exactly what went wrong with the creation of the ET game. Interviews with other famous game makers of today also share their knowledge and opinions. The fascinating narrative of Atari’s past will fill not only just gamers with insight, but anyone interested in the rise and fall of giants.
In between the history lessons Zack Penn, city officials, and city workers bring excitement to the documentary as they narrow down the location and then make plans to begin digging in the spot where the game cartridge treasure trove is rumored to be. Everyone including the viewer gets caught up in this quest and several self professed Atari and game nerds show up to talk about their love of the game and the console. They also share in their hopes that the urban legend is true. As you watch the film you too begin to hope they really do find the ET games as they dig through tons of garbage and earth.
It may not be a classic film you would watch on numerous occasions but Atari: Game Over is an event you will be glad you partook in. Atari: Game Over is an engrossing documentary that will make you feel nostalgic and even emotional, especially for the ET game and it’s creator Howard Scott Warshaw who unfairly became the scapegoat for the end of an era.