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Can You Draw Me?

Pre-Order, or Pre-Save “Can You Draw Me?” Now! Worldwide Release on 12/4!

 

2020 was a weird year to say the least, so what better way to finish off the year than with a really weird album by Demonic Sweaters? Yes, “Can You Draw Me?” is weird, but I do not think it is weird in a way that makes it non-relatable to the average listener.

On this album I have returned to my roots and it is very synthesizer and drum heavy. Above all I believe this album conveys a consistent mood throughout. A mood of mystery. A mystery steeped in technology gone awry. A ghost in the machine.

The album is organically played, but electronically produced. My electronic drum set was used on most of the songs on the record using the Roland TD-8 and Alesis Nitro drum modules. Synthesizers and controllers used were the Kawai K1m, The UVI Emulation One, UVI Darklight, Casio CT-370 (Soundfont by DS), Akai MPD16, MidiPlus Classic 49, Mothman 1966, Mothman 2000, Elogoxa Cosmogirl, EGOkILLERversion2, and the Korg Monotron Delay, and some others I probably forgot about. Guitars and basses used were the Squier Mustang HH, Harley Benton RX-10, Rogue Fretless bass. Acoustic drums Tama Club-JAM Mini with expansion kit and Paiste Cymbals (on Space Dingo only)

You can pre-order the album already on Bandcamp, or pre-save it on Spotify!

Being Non-Binary, and why I look different in so many of my videos

Above is a selection of videos where my appearance is quite different in each video. I’ve had a lot of comments lately of people either making fun of my looks or giving me complements. It doesn’t really bother me when people try to insult me (though I really think you should get help), but I wanted to create this post to help others who may be similar to me in how they handle their personal appearance.

First off, I view myself as an entertainer and educator, and when I am at my best, I am taking very good care of my appearance and presenting myself in my videos in a way (or at least trying) that I feel looks good. Second, I guess I could be described as somewhat non-binary, at least in my fashion choices. I like men’s and women’s clothes. I also wear makeup sometimes. I really don’t think it is a big deal at all, but some people can’t seem two wrap their heads around this concept.

Some of my vids, I’m just straight up lazy, and my hair is sloppy, and I’m basically still in my pajamas, haha. But my more recent videos I’ve been trying to change this. I’m using better mics, and making sure to use my good camera, and when I dress up for my videos, I have been wearing some makeup to enhance the features of my face that I actually like (like my eyes).

Being in the public eye is an odd phenomena. My videos have been viewed close to 2 million times at this point. This doesn’t really make me a celebrity exactly, but still it is quite a lot of people to be looking at, criticizing and judging me based on my appearance. I’m also very into fashion, and enjoy taking risks. Sometimes it works, and sometimes… well, it doesn’t. But you don’t really know unless you try it.

So this is me not apologizing, but saying to those who face similar challenges, that you’re not alone and I’m right there with you.

Thanks to all of you who have kindly supported me and keep me moving forward.

Anthill Recordings Mix Tape Vol. 1

Well, maybe it’s not a real ‘tape’ per se, but I wanted to make some mixes of the music on my YouTube channel, since it is interspersed within a ton of other content.

Some of the videos in here have very little views and were uploaded a very long time ago (one way back in 2010!).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the mix. If you want to be included in a future mix, just let me know and send me your link!

Demonic Sweaters – In Depth – Now Out For Patrons Only!

My latest album, In Depth is now complete, and I am really proud of this one. I think it came out great! The album is available right now for Patrons only, and will be released later this summer for the rest of the world.

This amazing cover art was done by my friend Ligang Luo. I really think this album is one of my best to date, and features a nice mix of live instruments with tracker tunes, drums, bass, guitar, synths, and Milkytracker. It’s experimental, and lifts you up in sections, then takes you to the depths in others. It’s 11 songs and about 40 minutes long. If you become a Patron for any amount at https://www.patreon.com/demonicsweaters you’ll get it right now. There is also a beautiful foldout insert also done by Ligang. You can really help out by becoming a patron, plus you’ll get some awesome music!

How to get the best recording level in Audacity

I recently had a question from a subscriber: “I am trying to record music from my home HiFi into my iMac Desktop computer and convert lots of Minidiscs and Cassette tapes into mp3 or other Audio types for which I have other software to do that. But my main question and problems are relating to the recoding levels and volumes to be use with Audacity to convert the music to digital. I did hear from someone that I would need to increase the volume on my HiFi in order for Audacity to pick up the sound. But I am very confused as to what volume level I should be using on my HiFi and what Input levels I should be using in Audacity.”

Okay, so firstly, there’s no reason to “increase the volume” of your source audio more than a normal level. If it has an analog volume adjustment, maybe setting it between 5 and 7 would be suffice. You obviously want it to be loud enough to create a clear signal, but that’s really all.

Once you have that setup, and the source connected to your computer, assuming you already have the connection logistics worked out. You’ll now need to set the recording level within audacity. Once you have everything hooked up, start your source material playing back, then click on the level meter in audacity (circled below). This lets you check your level before you start recording.

Try to get the level as high as you can without going into the red. You can adjust the level using the microphone slider located under the pause button. Once you have a good level, you can restart your source material and record for real. Once the recording is finished, you can use the “Normalize” plugin to make sure your recording is at maximum level.