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Leon Sumbitches

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGT7hCdEL1o
  2. Spun the CD last night, it's ace! Yeah I dig the narrative approach, really lends coherency to the whole thing, keep 'er up
  3. ^ Lovely post man, very lyrically put. Poor man's choice/ 'Not Actually a Sampler' option: Boss BR-600 It's a digital multitrack thing designed for guitarists to record crap bedroom opuses on, but you can force it into sampler duty. It lets you throw over the built-in drum sounds for ones sampled off the 8 tracks, so workflow is: record sample onto tracks 1 and 2 > chop to desired length and assign to the rubber pads on the right > put into drum mode and play your samples like a cheapo MPC. Used to have loads of fun doing short tracks like that, e.g: The inbuilt effects are actually half-decent, probably similar to what you'd get on a SP303.
  4. Man, that sounds great, it polishes it up and brings out the mix elements nicely- thank you for taking the time to give it some love. You know your trade!
  5. Cheers for this man, great to get a look under the hood at someone else's approach!
  6. I’m not a natural drone/noise guy but this is great, it’s brutal and heavy but listenable too. Proper tactile quality to that main drone, what’d you use for that if you don’t mind me asking? Mastering sounds spot-on to my ears, for what it’s worth. The ST logo looks great, bit of a folky, witchy vibe going on, fits the theme like a glove. I bet Cwmbrancity would dig this too, seems up his street. Have scored a cheeky physical copy, haven’t gotten acquainted with a wee 3” disc until now. I think a bit of lockdown madness is par for the course; keep on keeping on, man. Keen to see what you’re cooking up for the next EP!
  7. Someone's welcome to take a punt at this if they fancy it, I'm happy with the track and the mix but it is what it is, i.e. bedroom/hobbyist level. I've always been shy of compression, just beginning to learn my way around it so my stuff's always on the quiet side. Also, incredibly basic-arsed question, but when you're sending stuff to a M.E. do you generally send a finished track or do you send them the stems? Letter.wav
  8. Anytime I see one of these arranger keyboards I feel like they're just waiting for someone with the right mindset to come along and make facemelting tracks with them. Going super-deep with just one bit of kit was how a lot of the great '90s Warp stuff was made (give or take), and I feel like there's a lot of potential for creative use/abuse going unexplored with these, if someone decided to take it beyond the cheesy dadcore market they're aimed at...
  9. I don't use a tonne of VSTs-as-instruments but I've alway loved Tweakbench's Tapeworm plug (specifically the flute patch): It has a dusty kind of sound that falls right where I want it to sonics-wise in a track. Ridiculously simple design as well.
  10. This is a thread for vanished/archaic/lost VSTs that make you misty-eyed. Post plugins that you used and loved which have disappeared from the face of the earth, or just don’t see much use anymore. They don’t have to be ‘good’ as such, just stuff with character that you had a connection to. This is a weird thread for me to start because I don’t actually use VSTs that much, plus I’m aware how ridiculous it is to get nostalgic over plugins, but fuck it. [thread prompted by me finding an old CD from Computer Music magazine that has a medley of outmoded soft synths full of cheesy trance presets] Edit: just saw Brisbot's 'Most Unique VSTs' thread, hope this doesn't cover too much of the same ground!
  11. A few tracks dusted off from the archives. https://tanizaki.bandcamp.com/album/museum-haze Peace.
  12. lol Making trax using nothing but samples of your neighbours' noise complaints for most IDM 2020
  13. Aye, same here. Very thin walls/floor plus neighbours with kiddos means I have to do the decent thing and not be a cunty neighbour. Strictly 'phones for now but hey ho.
  14. I very seldom if ever listen to them on record but I saw them live in Dublin a few years ago and it was unreal, one of my top gigs for sure. Those gradual buildups + volume + gonad-rattling bass make for a very intense experience. At its peak it almost felt like some sort of Lovecraftian presence was about to manifest into the room from beyond, although that's probably just me being wanky, lol. Definitely see them live if you get a chance, a lot of thought had clearly gone into the visuals too.
  15. Aw nice one, those are top! When did you get yours? Slight chance you could have bought mine off eBay which would be a nice twist...
  16. Top idea for a thread. I bought a Kawai XS-1 off eBay a couple of years ago off the back of this Nacho Marty video, ended up getting nowhere near this level of mastery with it and eventually had to sell it when I was a bit strapped: Playing that back is making me wish I'd kept it actually. Also, don't watch any of his other videos or you'll end up spunking all your quarantine funds on obscure Kawai synths, consider yourselves warned.
  17. Jesus, he was young too, this is terrible news. I loved reading his interviews, they were always full of recondite knowledge and obscure learning. Kept it real. RIP.
  18. If you're into synth music made with odd tunings, definitely check out the album Beauty In The Beast by Wendy Carlos. May be hard to find online but I'm sure a bit of digging will turn it up...
  19. I've got a track in the works for this, it just needs finishing off! Not sure whether it'll be up to compilation standard but having an end goal like this is actually a great kick up the arse in terms of getting things done
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