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  1. Album is out now - dubby, soundtrack-y electrorock. Cheers!
  2. Hi all. Hope you're all well. I've *just* hit the "upload to Spotify" button for the third Spectral Gates album, 'lunar', and we put a clip up for the first single 'moontruck' today. We're a Sydney-based instrumental two-piece, playing dubby electronic post-rock. Our previous album was mega sludgy, but 'lunar' has a lot of sharper sounds on it. The feature track is propulsive electro-rock. Started off as an attempt to do something like 'future sound of london - papua new guinea' but it ended up nothing like that by the time we finished. We custom developed software to make the c
  3. New album 'holocene' is out! Retro scroller demo here, 1987 forever: https://spectralgates.com/holocene.html Bandcamp and streaming below: It was always going to be a bit weird to follow up the completely improvised, single-day session that turned into our debut album with an actual 'composed' album, but I think we managed to get something that feels coherent with our previous stuff. Really happy with it, thanks for listening!
  4. Oh, and because this is the 'full release' thread - this track is from one of three upcoming mini-albums, 'Holocene', which should be out in the next month - just waiting on artwork (building a system to generatively produce album covers is slower than just making a cover from scratch, but whatever). We split the new material into mathy/doomy, upbeat/electronic ('Lunar') and experimental/dubby ('Perihelion'), to be released over the next few months.
  5. ah man please take care (+ thanks) i struggled with this a bit because my favourite aesthetic is OMG LOUD FLASHING GLITCHY NONSENSE from 1987 and i wanted to amp that up to maximum impact but i am super aware of how rough it is on some folks. hence warnings etc. here it is on bandcamp for audio only: https://spectralgates.bandcamp.com/album/system16 (like, i have made personal ASMR videos of c64 loading screens which are just the contents of disk decompressing to the screen border colours 25 times a second. i love all that stuff.)
  6. Cheers! We ended up having a ton of success with this one - loads of Sydney radio airplay, a bit of action on Spotify. Then just as we were about to start gigging to support it everything went into lockdown. So we ... recorded another three albums worth of music from home. We're just about to start putting some of it out. Rather than spam a whole new thread for it, I might post some of it here - this is the first track from the new batch, 'system16': Note: serious amounts of strobing in this one. Editing the second half of this was a huge pain in the butt.
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. That Vormaks II rhythm is *rad*.
  13. 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.
  14. just listening to 'sigil' - great sounds, love the bass on it.
  15. ...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/
  16. 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!
  17. this is stunning stuff. great work, all. can't wait for the next layer.
  18. Ah, I remember that. Sounded amazing.
  19. am skimming a 2016 bootleg now - they played a lot of stuff from that, but not a straight copy, a lot of things shuffled around or drastically different
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