jeudi 20 janvier 2022

Kitchen Notes : Amorphous on Stigmergy

 





 

Gil Os d'Amorphous nous ayant bien retournés comme de crêpes en fin d'année avec son dernier album Stimergy, il nous explique ce qu'il a mis dans la pâte pour qu'elle prenne aussi bien.

As Gil Os from Amorphous blasted us like crashcar dummies at the end of next year with his last album Stimergy, here he explains us how he prepared the powder to be so destructive.

Gears and software

What gears/software did you use for Apparent Movement ?

Gears: Roland SE-02, Moog Subsequent 37, Arturia BeatStep Pro, Behringer TD-3 Bassline, Lexicon MX-200 rack effects, iPad running Moog Model D, Roland SC-55, Korg Mono/Poly.

Software: DAW: Logic Pro, Plugins: Roland Cloud, Waves, Native Instruments, SoftTube, Eventide EFX, Pulsar & Plugin Alliance (loads).

 

Your favorite gear(s)/software(s) ?

All the above ;)

 

Any evolution in your setup ?

I am constantly buying, selling, refreshing my setup. I recently bought Moog DFAM and I am in love with it.

 

Sound Design

Do you use/tweak presets  ? 

Yes.

Do you design you own sound  ? On which synth/plugin in particular ?

Yes. All of them, especially the SE-02, Moog Sub 37 and Model-D (on iPaD).

Personal synth story

I have had many synths since 1991. I had the famous Roland Juno-6, TB-303 (first version), etc etc. When I moved to the UK in 2007 I sold most of all synths. In 2010 I had none, just making music with DAW, MIDi controllers and Plugins, then I started to but again in 2010 onwards.
 

Writing/composing method

What would be your main writing/composing method ? Do you start classical rythm/bassline then arrange around it ? Do you already have structure in mind ? Do you improvise, record sessions then select ? ...

I am more into percussion so I alway start with drum and beats, then I add the bassline, pads, etc. Just a few times in my music production history I have started a song with pads or the instruments.

 

Producing/mixing method

Do you produce/mix in the box or do you use mainly external gears (effect/comp/eq...) ?

Both, but mostly digital from the DAW using plugins.


What is your most painful / enjoyable step in track production ? Sound design, arrangement, mixing, mastering ?

Recording vocals, mixing vocals, treating vocals, mixing vocals - It is always a hard and painful step for me. What I really enjoy is sound design, mixing & mastering, although I prefere to send the mastering to my friend in Sao Paulo, GEORGE MAYA, who is much better than me and I believe it is always nice to give it to someone else, especially when your ears is tired of your own songs over and over again.


Gil OS tips

There are many. I prefere to explore as much as I can my resources. I watch loads of music production tips for techno, house and EDM music production on YouTube, that always help. Also, every new gears or plugin I buy I watch loads of tutorial videos on Youtube.

Contact info

 

https://amorphousound.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/amorphous.sound/

mercredi 19 janvier 2022

Playlist Electraumatisme du 19/01/2022 - Total Rougna Pawoua Part. 43

Etant donné qu'il n'est pas garanti que l'on puisse ressortir danser dans les semaines qui viennent, je vous recommande de mettre la seconde partie rougnesque de cette édition d'Electraumatisme de côté pour vous rappeler encore un peu "le bon vieux temps".

Unconscious - The Victim Is The Music
Leaether Strip - Chainsaw
Bathead - My Cat For Evermore
CIRCUMPOLAR - Awaiting The Dawn
Kontravoid - Judgment
Notausgang - We Want to Control (SARIN Remix)
Fractions - Neuromediator
Out Out - Close Shave
Arian 1 - Stompers
Leaether Strip - Slaughter
Nachtmahr - Einhundertacht
Spetsnaz - Faustpakt
OPERATOR 0 - Funkashenko

Releases of the week

 

 







Leaether Strip - Throwing Bones II


 






Download : http://electraumatisme.info/broadcast/20220119.mp3


mercredi 12 janvier 2022

Electraumatisme du 12/01/2022

Une seconde partie à cheval entre des choses guitaresques et de la pure Ambiant dans cette seconde partie d'Electraumatisme pourtant classique (avec une excellente nouveauté pour commencer)

Induktor - MisLeader
Sceptica - The clock
Tangent Strategy - The Doctrine of Overwhelming Force
Zero AD - A new end
The Devil and the Universe - The Great God Pan Is Dead
Null Cell - Nemesis
Octoberland - Absence
Amorphous - Tale of us
Guilt Trip - Lie Breed (Sebastian Komor Remix)
Fight In'Unity - Fighter in vain
The Opposer Divine - Awakening
Sloppy Wrenchbody - Cut Me Down (Freedom Remix)
Scarecrow - Revolting Silence
Polygon - Bin
Autovon - Fix You (Gencab Rmx)

Releases of the week


 








Sceptica - the clock EP


 








Download : http://electraumatisme.info/broadcast/20220112.mp3


mercredi 5 janvier 2022

Playlist Electraumatisme du 05/01/2022 - Top 10 2021

Les 10 albums favoris d'Electraumatisme pour 2021 viennent de sortir du four. Cette fois, la sélection a été bien plus subjective que purement analytique et comme tous les ans, la production en tête ne surprendra pas les auditeurs réguliers du podcast.

On regrettera cette année pas mal d'albums sortis en fin d'année et l'impossibilité d'avoir pu tout écouter ou dénicher faute de temps de concentration disponible, c'est pour cela que je ne cesserai jamais de vous recommander d'aller écouter les sélections amies pour être sûr de ne rien rater.

 


Amorphous - First Impressions Last
Fractal - Dont turn the key
Headdreamer - Trip to your heart
Guilt Trip - Lie Breed
Nordika - Depressed Guy
Finkseye - Somewhere in the madness
Null Split - All the Shit You Say


Top 10 (in reverse)


10 - Rhys Fulber - Pyrrhic Act (Brutal Nature)
09 - Kontravoid - Maskerade (feat. S.L.U.T.) (Faceless)
08 - dISHARMONY - Vacuum (Resonance)
07 - Circumpolar - Awaiting the dawn (Awaiting the dawn)
06 - Amorphous - Enough (Stigmergy)
05 - Mildreda - In the Vacuum of your mind (I Was Never Really There)
04 - FIX8:SED8 - uNKNOWn tO vIRTUe (The Inevitable Relapse)
03 - Zanias - Untethered (Unearthed)
02 - cEvin Key - Orange Dragonfly (Resonance)
01 - Eclipsed - Sperm Whale (Doesn't Drink Water) (Holyiens)


Release of the week


Amorphous - Stigmergy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download : http://electraumatisme.info/broadcast/20220105.mp3


jeudi 30 décembre 2021

Kitchen Notes : Null Cell on Nemesis

 


Les dernières Kitchen Notes de l'année nous sont fournies par Isabella Chains sous son projet Null Cell à propos de son album Nemesis disponible dès demain sur Bandcamp. Produit entièrement sous Fruity Loops et Audacity pour un son crossover équilibré.
 
 
The last Kitchen Notes for this year are provided by Isabella Chains under the project Null Cell about the album Nemesis available tomorrow on Bandcamp. Entirely produced under Fruity Loops and Audicity for a well balanced crossover sound.

Gears and software

What gears/software did you use for Nemesis ?

I make everything in FL Studio, and record samples and vocals in Audacity. For synths I use a lot of Sytrus, Harmor/Harmless, Toxic Biohazard, GMS (all included with FL Studio), and Dexed which is a software recreation of the DX7. I'm not really that big in to hardware just because I can't really afford it right now, so all I use is a Panda Mini USB midi keyboard, a Blue Snowball USB microphone, and then just my PC.

 

Any evolution in your setup ?

My setup really hasn't changed in the last 3 or so years to be honest, although I want to expand especially with hardware synths and things like that.


Sound Design

Do you use/tweak presets  ? 

I use lots of presets for synths especially, both ones that are pre-installed and also ones that I've made. I usually don't just use them as-is though, but it saves some time if I want to make a particular sound and I know I already have something similar I can start with.

Do you design you own sound  ? On which synth/plugin in particular ?

My favorite VST synths to make sounds on are Harmless and GMS in FL Studio. I also like manipulating samples in to keyboard instruments.

 

Writing/composing method

What would be your main writing/composing method ? Do you start classical rythm/bassline then arrange around it ? Do you already have structure in mind ? Do you improvise, record sessions then select ? ...

The majority of the time, I start with drums and percussion, then go to basslines, leads, etc. Sometimes I already have a riff in mind and I'll start with that, but it isn't super often. I almost always record vocals as the final step.

 

Producing/mixing method

Do you produce/mix in the box or do you use mainly external gears (effect/comp/eq...) ?

I mix everything gradually as I'm making it in the DAW. Mastering isn't really a separate step either, I just use the same master preset I've used since mid 2019 (although I might start experimenting with different methods for the next album).

What is your most painful / enjoyable step in track production ? Sound design, arrangement, mixing, mastering ?

The most frustrating step for me is listening on speakers, because EQ usually affects that much more than in headphones.


Contact info

Facebook : http://facebook.com/nullcell

Bandcamp : https://nullcell.bandcamp.com

mercredi 29 décembre 2021

Playlist Electraumatisme du 29/12/2021

La boum de fin d'année se fera donc avec un masque mais aussi assise cette fois-ci, bon courage.
Il n'y a pas eu beaucoup d'épisodes rougnesque dans le podcast en 2021 d'une part parce qu'il s'oriente de plus en plus vers la niche purement Dark-Electro à l'ancienne, la vague Techno-Body étant derrière nous, flinguée par la photocopieuse. Et d'autre part, et bien on ne peut pas dire que l'air du temps s'y prête vraiment. Allez, une autre session devrait arriver dans pas longtemps, d'ici là, évitez de mettre la langue pendant les slows sur chaise.


Choke Chain - Grave
Fix8Sed8 - The needle
89 St + Petra Flurr - Near Death
Notausgang - The Lockdown
Mildreda - Inner Judgement
Ivory Frequency - See the light
Maximum Trauma - Cost Me A Kidney
Kontravoid - Faceless
Spetsnaz - Buried alive
Nachtmar - Ein spiel (xpq-21 remix)
Rudiment - Kill Body
Rebirth - Teufel in mir (Struck 9 Remix)
Nghtly - Against My Faults
Frontline Assembly - Resist
Leaether Strip - The Kiss Of Death
Kryptonia 85 - Bonheur Obstrué
Synapscape - Dirty deal
NTRSN - Control Society (non vocal)
Fractions - Cosmonautica
Zwaremachine - Parasol


Download : http://electraumatisme.info/broadcast/20211229.mp3

mardi 21 décembre 2021

Electraumatisme du 21/12/2021

Et oui cette édition d'Electraumatisme arrive en avance ! C'est que je ne voudrais pas rater le passage du Père Noël.
Bon en fait c'est juste que demain sera le dernier jour pour pouvoir me bourrer la gueule correctement sans gêner personne avant les sordides fêtes de fin d'année. Tiens d'ailleurs, si vous voulez descendre avec moi voir ce qu'on a à écouter dans la cave...

Null Cell - Dream Emulator
Second Complex - Regrets (Feat. Color Theory)
In Absentia - Misery (Psyche cover)
Orange Sector - Der Totmacher
Cute Heels - The Modernist
Each Dawn I Die - Talisman
Octoberland - Out Of The Flame
Cyber - Kill
Sleepwalk - Angels
Frames A Second - Mourning
Conspiracy Thief - New false idol
Djurkliniken - My Fate
Finkseye - Dangerous lines


Release of the week


 







Download : http://electraumatisme.info/broadcast/20211221.mp3


jeudi 16 décembre 2021

Kitchen Notes : Phobos Reactor on Apparent Movement

 


Oliver Spenrath, leader d'Insect Plasma nous détaille la production du dernier album Apparent Movement de son side project Electro-indus sèche mais qui roule admirablement bien Phobos Reactor.
Vous retrouverez là un tas d'informations très intéressantes qui parlerons aux habitués des kitchen notes et d'ailleurs, combien d'entre nous ont commencé par un Casio SK1 avant de sacrifier des vacances ou autre chose pour se payer un Poly 800 ?

Oliver Spenrath, Insect Plasma frontman details the production of his last release Apparent Movement for his tight and very fluid Electro-Industrial side project Phobos Reactor.
You will get lot of very interesting informations that will mean a lot to regular Kitchen Notes readers and, for that matter, how many of us has began with a Casio SK1 before sacrificing holidays or something else to buy a Poly 800 ?
 

Gears and software

What gears/software did you use for Apparent Movement ?

I've used Magix Samplitue Music Studio (64 Bit) and some free VST for recording, mixing and mastering.
Most of the efffects as reverb, delay and chorus are free VSTs
The audio interface is a Behringer UMC1820

Synths and drums are all hardware gear.
In general I use full modular, semi modular and non-modular synths

On this album I have used mostly the Roland TB-3, Arturia Microbrute and Waldorf Rocket for baselines.
Almost everything else except for samples and drums is done by modules, the Berhinger Model D, and the Twisted Electrons Therapkid
Samples are performed with the Bastl Microgranny and the drums are mostly performed with the Roland TR-8s. Some drumsounds are even produced by modules.
My vocals are processed by a Roland VT-3 but most of the vocals on this record are coming from Plogue Alter Ego, a very good vocal synthesizer.

 

Your favorite gear(s)/software(s) ?

Hard to say. It really depends on the purpose.
 

If I'm in the mood to do some 80s stuff, I prefer the Roland JP-08 and a VST that's called VPROM which is an excellent Linn LM1 emulation.
If I'm feeling for Acid or Techno it would rather be the Roland TB-3 and the Roland TR-8s.
If I'm in the mood for Krafterk, it is the Behringer Model D.
For EBM sounds I use the Arturia Microbrute, the Waldorf Blofeld and the Volca FM.

But I can't say, which of the devices would be my one and only favorite.

 

Sound Design

Do you use/tweak presets  ? 

I use only presets of my Waldorf Blofeld, because there are 1000 very good sounds and the device is not simple to programm, and I use tweaked presets of the Roland TB-3.

Do you design you own sound  ? On which synth/plugin in particular ?

Yes, since I use a lot of eurorack modules, most of the sounds are unique and patched particulary for one single recording.
I did a lot of sound design on the Roland System-1 , the Therapkid and the Roland JP-08. They are made for designing sounds.
Most of the time I enjoy designing a sound even much more than composing a melodie.

Personal synth story

When I bought my first synth, it wasn't really planned that way. Yes, I was a total fan of electronic music and at that time I listened mostly to Human League, Depeche Mode, New Order, Kraftwerk, Yello and the first stuff by Front 242 and Cassandra Complex.
And I had a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard that I borrowed from my cousin. Basically, I was already very familiar with keys through grandpa's piano and dad's self-built Böhm organ, and on the Commodore C64 I programmed electronic music on Chris Hülsbeck's sound monitor.
But owning a real synthesiser, the thought was unimaginable for me as a sixteen-year-old.
I wanted to go on holiday to Spain in the summer with two mates. A tour like that for teenagers. I needed money for that and did a holiday job. During that time I lived with my father, who had a few keyboard magazines lying around.
I read up on the basics and discovered in the ads that used synths weren't that expensive.
In short, I didn't go to Spain with the boys, but bought a used Korg Poly 800 for the money I had earned.
At that time (April 1988), it was the cheapest polyphonic and MIDI-capable synth you could get. I still have it today.
 

Writing/composing method

What would be your main writing/composing method ? Do you start classical rythm/bassline then arrange around it ? Do you already have structure in mind ? Do you improvise, record sessions then select ? ...

It usually starts with a sound. I often make a sound and try it out to see how it sounds best. That often ends up in an intro or a bass line.
Then a basic rhythm is added. I then compose the melody to match the bass line. Then comes the fine-tuning of the rhythm and the "ear-candy".
The vocals always come at the end. Often I have a whole bunch of finished instrumental tracks ready, but I can't think of any lyrics.

Over the last few years I've been using more modular synths. It's difficult and tedious to reconstruct the sounds you've patched with 30 cables.
So I record the sounds as soon as I think the track is ready. Therefore, many tracks are unique in sound.
It used to be different, I would arrange and save the whole song and then record it at the end. I used to finish a piece before I started a new one. That was not very productive.

Today, I tinker with something until I can't think of anything else and then start something new or continue with an older piece. That's much more efficient.

 

Producing/mixing method

Do you produce/mix in the box or do you use mainly external gears (effect/comp/eq...) ?

The sound sources are all hardware. Except for the virtual Linn LM-1, but that will also be replaced by hardware as soon as Behringer has brought its Linndrum clone onto the market.
I record all instruments dry. Even those that have an effects unit built in.
The respective effects are then added in the DAW. This is especially important for vocals. I have several multi-effect units for vocals when I perform live with the band, but I only record dry.
That's important to me, because I want to be as flexible as possible when it comes to post-processing.
First of all, I always follow the same workflow:

  •  Record track
  • Readjust the synchronisation
  • Trim
  • Adjust balance (L/R)
  • Gain staging
  • Low Cut
  • Damping resonance frequencies

Particularly time-consuming tasks such as readjusting MIDI latencies and trimming the tracks, or cutting out the silence, are annoying.
Also, when I work with my vocal recordings, it is often frustrating. I speak the S very sharply. And I often have to manually rework that in the recordings. I haven't yet found a decent de-esser that does it better than when I do it myself by hand.
Then there is another creative part in the DAW, concerning the use of effects. Sometimes I also cut away parts of the tracks or discard them completely.

What is your most painful / enjoyable step in track production ? Sound design, arrangement, mixing, mastering ?

I actually enjoy the work of the producer and the sound designer more than that of the musician. That's why I've also done a lot of remixes for other bands. But I also enjoy being on stage as a frontman and singer.
 

Finally comes the final mix and then the mastering. What many people might notice: I don't participate in the loudness war. I always mix with a lot of dynamics and headroom.

I'm still old school in that respect. But that's also because I myself quickly tire of modern mixed tracks that are driven to the ceiling of the limiter.


Oliver tips

I often used to have the problem that a track sounded good on my monitor (M-Audio BX8), but in the car there were always some buzzing frequencies. I never found out where it was coming from.
The system I have in the car is very high quality. I read technical literature for high three-figure sums and couldn't figure it out. Until I came across a podcast on YouTube that dealt with the subject of resonant frequencies.
That was the illumination. All the technical literature clearly addressed this topic, but I never realised that this was exactly the problem I was looking for. So technical literature, no matter how expensive, is often bare theory.
It is important to know it, but it is better to work with practical experience. Because each piece is individual and needs individual treatment. There is no all-round recipe. But books often tell you: it only works this way.

It's really worth the time to look at what youtubers teach in terms of practical experience.

Contact info

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Phobosreactor

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZ1gCDLbdymaT0n7_rndyQ

 Complete gearlist on https://www.insect-plasma.de/sounds/

mercredi 15 décembre 2021

Playlist Electraumatisme du 15/12/2021 - OldSchool EBM

Comme on se caille un maximum les miches, une session rapide d'EBM (de la vraie avec des bretelles et des poils) ne peut pas nous faire de mal. En route pour cette courte édition d'Electraumatisme.


Hex Me - Bury the Bodies Quickly
Mirland - Rust
Rector Scanner - Das Mädchen aus dem All (Single-Edit)
High-Functioning Flesh - The Deal
Human Steel - Communication
Ekobrottsmyndigheten - Mina Vilkor
Pinsel Liest! - Die Stahl Ouvertüre
A.D.A.C. 8286 - Fuck For Future
Volt - Stahlwerk
Oldschool Union - Too Mellow For Me
O.C.T.S.– Way End
In Absentia - Dissolve
Club Hive – Vírus (Cubehead DNA)


Release of the week


 









Download : http://electraumatisme.info/broadcast/20211215.mp3