Monday, January 23, 2012

New Track: Aerial

Going into Aerial it was conceived as merely an ambient synth pad excursion. But it was evolving into something else that generated structures and energies all its own. This would include some basic analog drum machine loops and a heavy bass synth: elements that would counter a soaring lead synth part. There HAD to be this super-sonic high soaring lead synth part unlike any other, but I didn't know what IT was yet and it would prove the most difficult element to realize. The lead almost always ends up being legato, as is my thing. Then suddenly it occurred the lead didn't have to be the typical single note affair, but rather like two parts in duet. And ever since then I haven't been able to get that sound out of my mind.

- Oberheim Matrix-12
- Alesis Andromdeda
- Korg Kaoss Quad
- Mr Ray electric piano plugin
- Boss RT-20 Rotary Ensemble
- Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 MKII
- Lexicon MPX-550
- E-mu Emulator X2
- Cubase SX3
- iZotope Ozone 3

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Venom Patches Availabe Again, For Now

There was an article in the paper the founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, was arrested over the weekend in New Zealand and the website was shut down. Apparently authorities are cracking down on them for the content their users are uploading. This data seizure would include my original Venom synthesizer patches I was legally sharing with the general public. And just think about all legitimate uploads affected by others, too. It is a very sad day because this demonstrates the far reaching censorship powers authorities already possess, and without need of the SOPA bill. Freedom of speech, access to information, and integrity of legitimate artistic expression on the internet is in the process of going away forever. Previously I uploaded to but they have a 7-day upload limit which I wasn't very good at maintaining, and they may next in line to meet a similar doom as Megaupload.

UPDATE: The patches are uploaded on a different site now. The download is found on this post. Thanks for your patience. -g

Monday, January 16, 2012

New track 'Aerial' January 24th

Aerial sneaks its way into your subconscious. Opening with huge layers of spacious vintage pads, you will be escorted by a drum machine groove into analog synthesizer bliss. Off we go, into the wild blue yonder....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Korg MS-2000 Key Repair Project

I recently picked-up a Korg MS-2000 for a bargain. The bad news: it had not only a broken E key but a busted keybed retention prong. Armed with an exacto knife, 'Welder' brand professional contact adhesive, and some spare parts laying around I get to work bringing this beast of a synth back to fully operational condition.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Akai Miniak sounds

Here are some sounds made on the Akai MINIAK. Most of them are factory presets, a few sounds are original patches.
Akai MINIAK sounds by gstormelectro

Preview: MS-2000 key repair

Taking a break during recording 'Aerial' to work on a recently acquired Korg MS-2000 synthesizer. Got an exceptionally good deal since there were only a couple of issues. The major issue being a broken key AND the keybed key retention prong was busted off the key frame. I am documenting the reconstructive surgery with a video at this time.