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  1. Hi all! Our new album is out! It's post-...something, dubby, distorted and weird. One track got tons of terrestrial airplay; another seems to be getting picked up by a bunch of blogs. One guy I know says some of it sounds like Tool, but I don't hear that myself. It's grubby and strange and full of cool drumming and custom DSP code and modular gear used as a *conventional instrument*. We recorded the whole thing in a day. I hope you like it! Cheers. Album link: https://gyro.lnk.to/SpectralGates Background: SPECTRAL GATES is a collaboration between Steve Allison & Daniel Arena (who also perform individually as Scruffamudda and Daniel Arena's Musical Entertainment Cube). The duo create energetic, ethereal and apocalyptic electronic beats, dub and post-rock. In late 2019, after a seven year break from playing together in bands, they went into a hacked-together DIY studio space for a day and came out with the bones of a self-titled album, scheduled for release on streaming services and Bandcamp March 31: "I'd just finished getting my recording rig sorted out again following some sessions for other bands, and it felt silly to pack it all away again in storage without doing some more tracking. Somehow this led to a one-day unplanned recording in a rehearsal room with me and Steve Allison - nothing written in advance, the very slightest amount of prep (most of which we discarded), and a terrifying mountain of instruments and equipment. Just, like, three of everything. Loopers and synths and mess. Angry homemade digital. I think I had ten different ways to make a guitar sound more distorted ready to patch in. Going in I wanted to capture some of the sheer exhilaration of making a terrible racket with friends. There's nothing like letting a guitar just feedback, barely under control. The air takes on mass and menace. Infamous noise pioneer Lucas Abela joked in an interview about one of his public installations that experimental music is a lot more fun to make than to listen to, and I was expecting this would go the same way. Maybe we'd capture a bit of that. What I hadn't counted on was that Steve and I would find something musically coherent from the first seconds of recording, and we kept gravitating back towards sanity in the sessions. The literal first thing we recorded survived through as track one on the album - this big, dubby, distorted thing that just rolls and flows and makes sense, and most of the album grew out of this apocalyptic cloud of electronic tension. Three minutes into a totally improvised piece that's working, you get this terror, you have to figure how to land this crazy machine before the wings fall off. We got a few good landings on tape."
  2. So, an old jamming buddy and I got in a hacked-together DIY space in Sydney for a single day last September with an absurd pile of recording gear, drums, loopers, a Synthstrom Deluge, a couple of racks of modular, some guitars, and a Mod Duo running custom DSP, and we somehow ended up with most of an album. It traces a weird line from live beats-y electronica to apocalyptic dub via super-distorted post-rock, and here's a bit of a taste of it: Full album out in March. Teaser video: Thanks for listening!
  3. I've been using a (heavily discounted) Surface Pro 2017 w/ Reaper and a Focusrite Saffire rig to do portable 16 track recordings, and it's been working great for me. No concerns.
  4. almost certain that it's deliberate, although there should be a toggle to disable it. the specific bug i reported is a bit subtle - there's a MIDI command to reset all CC values to default, and this should (in theory) cancel out any CCs that are being traced, but that's not what happens. i'll nudge the bug again at some point.
  5. Reaper tries to play forward the last registered value for each CC when you restart playback at a later point, and in this session it was glitching params that were meant to be left as default. It's deliberate behavior but wasn't working well with the provided MIDI sequences. I hacked up a JS effect to drop the first few MIDI messages on playback start which hopefully let the group move past that blocker.
  6. That Vormaks II rhythm is *rad*.
  7. i am ten years deep into Reaper MIDI (and I wrote some of the JS fx on there) - PM me, maybe I can help. (or email dan @ remaincalm.org ) you want to add a MIDI/midi_logger plugin the very end of the track that's sending to your G2, hit start/stop from an empty MIDI section, and report what shows up. i can also suggest a good set of vanilla MIDI device options in case some of them are in a weird state now.
  8. just listening to 'sigil' - great sounds, love the bass on it.
  9. ...how does that work ("image sonification"), exactly? seems a lot more tonal than i was expecting. this is great! reminds me a bit of the limbo soundtrack - https://limbogame.bandcamp.com/
  10. I have a new album! It started out as a track-by-track deconstruction of LFO - Advance and a bit of a tribute to that era of Warp Records. But the more I read about LFO and Mark Bell and everything it all went a bit dark and weird and it kinda turned into a meditation on the battle between human creativity and time. Also that maybe comes through a bit in the video. Dunno. Free download on bandcamp: https://danielarena.bandcamp.com/album/a-map-the-size-of-the-kingdom Also on Spotify: Cheers!
  11. this is stunning stuff. great work, all. can't wait for the next layer.
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