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The Beatseqr Returns

One more video featuring Steve Cooley’s amazing Beatseqr.  This time I’m using the Beatseqr to simultaneously send MIDI data to four different channel strips in Logic, each with a different instrument set up on it.  Let the awesomeness ensue.

Beatseqr comes to Robot Junkyard

Here are a couple of videos I recently did explaining the basics of the Beatseqr MIDI controller which is handmade by my good friend Steve Cooley.  If you are interested in getting your hands on one of these bad boys, head on over to beatseqr.com to learn more.

2011: SIDtastic! Volume 3

SIDified versions of the songs from Phil Collins’ 1985 album No Jacket Required.  Clicking on any song title will open an mp3 player for that song.

1. Sussudio
2. Only You and I Know
3. Long Long Way to Go
4. I Don’t Wanna Know
5. One More Night
6. Don’t Lose My Number
7. Who Said I Would
8. Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore
9. Inside Out

10. Take Me Home

Before Phil Collins went completely over to the dark side known as adult contemporary pop, he released this jewel of an album.  Yes, No Jacket Required contained a number of pop ballads, foreshadowing Phil’s eventual direction, but he also still borrowed heavily from his Genesis roots.  While the overall album hasn’t aged nearly as well as Invisible Touch which he recorded the following year with Genesis, No Jacket Required does contain some lovely nuggets.

I created the SID versions of these songs between 1987 and 1988, during the same stretch that I was covering Invisible Touch.  I did not have the same emotional connection to these songs as I did Invisible Touch, and you can tell.  To me, these arrangements all have distant, detached feel to them.  Long, Long Way to Go contains the lions share of this groups emotion, oozing the despair of an uncompleted journey.  My take on No Jacket Required finally completes its journey with the melancholy euphoria of Take Me Home.

Please enjoy.

Cheers!

2011: SIDtastic! Volume 2

SIDified versions of the songs from Genesis’ 1986 album Invisible Touch.  Clicking on any song title will open an mp3 player for that song.

1. Invisible Touch
2. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
3. Land of Confusion
4. In Too Deep
5. Anything She Does
6. Domino Pt I – In the Glow of the Night
7. Domino Pt II – The Last Domino
8. Throwing It All Away
9. The Brazilian

Invisible Touch may have been the album of 1986, and it certainly was a high point for me.  Combining their prog-rock roots, insane programming work, and pop sensibilities, Invisible Touch was an eye-opening album for me.  I fell in love with it despite the puppet heads from the Land of Confusion video creeping me out.

I worked on the SID versions of these songs between 1987 and 1988, so these are some of my earliest complete covers done using the SIDplayer.  The simplicity and rawness of the arrangements is readily apparent in some of these tracks.

High points in this collection include the grittiness of Land of Confusion, the softness of In Too Deep, the overreaching epic nature of Domino, and my favorite track, The Brazilian.

Please enjoy.

Cheers!

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs!

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

This is possibly the greatest name ever for a band, and an electronic one at that.  I stumbled across TEED while browsing through new and recent releases in iTunes.  iTunes currently has three EPs and one single for TEED dating back to 2009, so it appears that they (actually he) are a fairly new act.

Here’s a brief description of TEED from his last.fm page:
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs swings between overt musicality and scarily on-point dancefloor sensibility, ripping up clubs around the globe with his live show of bizarre instruments, glitter cannons and of course… dancing dinosaurs.

For the quick listens I gave to the music and a quick search of videos on YouTube, my take is that TEED blends a “housier”version of Hot Chip with the avant garde of My Robot Friend, both bands worthy of your time.  For me, the music of TEED quickly moves into the background, but not to be forgotten.  It moves to the back and just pulses along, giving constant reminders of genuine creativity, unobtrusive but  still defining it’s space in your consciousness.

For those of you who prefer your audio with video, I recommend giving ‘Garden’ a view on YouTube for it’s neo-arthouse stylings.

Cheers!

Links:
TEED on Last.fm
TEED on Facebook
TEED on Myspace
TEED on YouTube
and of course
TEED on Twitter

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