Today is the last day of 2016 and I know a lot of you had a pretty rough year, but aside from the seemingly large amount of celebrity passings, and one of the most ugly elections in history, there’s still many many things to be thankful for. Personally I want to say thank you to all of you, and to the “Good Big” up there for taking care of me for another year. I am incredibly grateful to have such a wonderful life, to be able to live in New York City, have people that care about me, and that I care about in my life, also to be able to make music and stay creative and productive. I’m incredibly thankful to all of you that supported my LP, Manasota, and to all of you who support this website and my YouTube page and keep up with all of the stuff I do.
Here’s to another great year (God willing)!
Some things coming up this year:
Polybius: My new album which is almost done. I’m just putting the finishing touches on the last song. I’m really excited about this one. I think it’s going to be the best Demonic Sweaters to date. I’ve played a lot of drums on this one, mixed live and electronic instruments, worked heavily in Linux, and saved about half of the album from public ears to be exclusively heard on the album’s release!
The Wrong Way The Stripe Goes: Formerly the Demonic Sweaters Podcast, has finally returned. Now with co-host Chad Sine! We’re just wrapping up our latest episode on time travel. If you want to check out the podcast, go to www.thewrongwaythestripegoes.blogspot.com.
Over the past few months I noticed things being moved around at night when I wasn’t at the studio. I set up some security cameras and what I captured is pretty shocking!
I created all of the music and video in Ubuntu Linux 16.04LTS. The music sequence was composed in LMMS then exported stems to Mixbus 3.6 where I mixed it and recorded the drums. I mastered the track in Audacity and edited the video in Kdenlive.
2015 Tama Imperialstar Bob Kit Hairline Blue finish
Gibraltar floating tom mount system
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
I made another song in MilkyTracker, then recorded some drums to it. I created most of the samples in this one directly in MilkyTracker. I’m really happy with this one, especially the drum sound.
I only had 4 inputs for drums so I miked up the kick, snare, a single overhead, then used a behringer line mixer to run two dynamic mics to one channel for toms. In the mix I painstakingly cut every single rack tom and floor tom hit and put them into their own channel so I could pan them separately. With the single overhead, I duplicated it, changed the eq on the copy and offset it slightly with the original, then panned them LR to give it a pseudo stereo image.
This is actually the second version of this video I made, the first one had some lag in the transitions, so I redid the whole vid in Sony Vegas and it came out much smoother.
This is a mix I made a while back that was released on Cassette and for Jango Radio, and as a token of my appreciation I’ve decided to make it downloadable here to my readers and fans. Just click the cover above to download (or right click “save as”)!
The songs are a mixture of things from various albums of mine and mixed into one continuous track. I hope you enjoy it!
This song is off of my album, The New Sun and was composed using the software LMMS on my old Chromebook running Linux. The lead part was created using a Kawai K1 and a Korg Montron Delay. I plugged the K1 into the audio input of the Montron using it’s filter and analog delay functions. It’s really cool how much these little devices can do and how much musical power you can have in your pocket these days! I made the video using a lot of different public domain footage from vintage computer graphics and laserdisc video games!