Been a while- Busy domesticating
My god, it’s been quite a break since my last post. Wife, house and a baby in the span of 1.5 years. I haven’t really been working on music because of these major life changes and a healthy dose of fear of doing what I love to do, and also somehow being identified as the neurotic jewish kid who cant quite make it happen…what a wonderfully self-obsessed musical identity I’ve created for myself. Is it this complicated for everybody?!?
As the dust settles, I find myself in an awesome basement space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with all my ish in neat piles, stacked up and ready on makeshift slabs of plywood sitting on bricks and cinder blocks.
I’m right at that golden moment where i wont quite make the effort to start wiring all my equipment up. All kinds of the typical hesitation in my mind- the space is not really ready, I’m going to have to redo it in three weeks if I put it all together now, I’m just an occasional musician anyway so what’s the use, it’s too much work, let me do it later, I want to see Before Midnight at the Nitehawk (was really good BTW), my wife needs me to do stuff and its her fault, i should just give it up and really focus on collecting vinyl, etc etc etc etc
What inevitably happens is that when i stop listening to my fucking monkeybar mind for a minute, I just start building this soundsystem, and I always love doing it. Maybe that’s just a part of the whole thing…resistance in an electrical system makes the circuit work correctly- no resistance, no light.
So, my conclusion? God bless the resistance, this beautiful, barely in the realm of possible house that I’m now living in, my amazing wife that i love so much, the beautiful little baby that is about to be born, and my ramshackle studio that might start producing sound soon, or might require more brow-wrenching self obsessed bullshit before it comes together.
It’s all good under the sun, stars and moon today. I wouldn’t trade where I am for anything- maybe one day I’ll make some more music that makes me satisfied, maybe I won’t. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I once ran into William Shatner on the street in midtown Manhattan, he was looking in the window of one of those touristy electronic stores- (this was pre-Priceline comeback) I said, “William Shatner!” and put out my hand for a handshake. He hardly looked away from his window shopping and waved me off in a jewish “feh” gesture…perfect Shatner moment!
DJing a house party tonight in Greenpoint. Rolo McFury will not be stopped. He will wear the Johnny Cash shirt with the middle finger on it
Oh snap! Just settled down in the promotional office all day today, the new and amazing Black Brick in Williamsburg. Totally got down with all this new cool shit that exists for showcasing work online and put up a new track, Rolo’s Theme, that i edited a little bit in Bias Peak and then was ready to show to the general public. I had been living in such a little bubble for so long, not really letting anybody hear any of the stuff I made. Well, I guess I’m done with that…
Getting together again with Kirsten thursday to start our second new track at IGC headquarters. DJ’ing a house party this friday in Greenpoint, and listening to L’il Wayne loud all week in the Jetta…jump in
“ I’ll know it when I see it.
A lot of new activity at the studio. New guerilla style gear, the Korg Kaossillator Pro, Doepler Midi to CV converter for the Korg Mono/Poly, a Mushroom Lamp for very important studio ambiance, a used DIGI 002 for more audio inputs to Pro Tools and Ableton Live. This interface is great, I wish I could use more of it’s features for Ableton, but so far it’s been good as a basic audio interface plus extra 3 midi channels.
Having the added simultaneous channels going from an M Box to the 002 is making everything way more flexible. I’m able to get all of the devices in there to work and record together, synced together by midi or cv converted to midi. Mostly I’m using just ableton, which makes the 002 console feel like a waste of space, but I guess I’ll use it for pro tools sessions and it will become useful.
Having all this new flexibility has given rise to a lot of late night and all day sessions, and a new goal of an EP on vinyl within 6 months. You will definitely be seeing posts of rough versions here soon. Sounding really amazing and making life sparkly and shiny.
Space Lion 2006 IGC Productions, enjoy
another selected morsel from my drum machine around 2006
i made this when my goal was to make something that would sound good in a car stereo. i think i did it