Another installment of the MssngMrblz recurring event, Prototype 6, was just in time for our yearly summer sun! The hype was big for this one, including vinyl stickers, retro shades, t-shirts, hula hoops, silly string, the regular flashy lights and screens, and certainly stellar electronic music from all the performers rockin’ the stage. Yours truly was there with a last-minute opening performance, then followed by Georgie & JoMo, Elling Lien, MssngMrblz, PotemTole, DJ Alligator (of Rockafellers) and Worker. Click those names above to link up with some hot local music made here in St. John’s, and continue below for some photos of the Prototype 6 action. Until the next one, keep listening!
RPM Challenge 2014 has got to be some of the most prolific work I’ve crafted thus far, but has it been challenging? I did get an early start in February working with Ableton Live and the Launchpad Mini/LaunchControl in set preparation for Prototype 5, which I deemed productive idea creation for the album. There was, however, plenty of downtime for birthdays, family visits, nights out to party, watching the tube, etc. Instead of being stressed about being behind in the recording process, I took time out on a couple of weekdays (mostly in the last week) to finish up some working projects and polish the mixes. I also managed to record a Robot Scout session for RPM submission, too. Does it mean I like to procrastinate until the final possible minute? No, but it does seem to end up close to the wire most of the time. It’s always challenging to create under a deadline, but these days I’ve streamlined the process to make it easier to operate quickly and efficiently. Hence, I can afford to take my time with some things or choose to break from it with the knowledge that it’s simple to come back to. I’ve done the RPM Challenge for a number of years now, and likely would have made yearly records anyway, even if no challenge existed. We make our own challenges, and I consider this one to be more of a necessity. I make art, and that doesn’t change. The challenge is making art you’re happy with. And even though I endorse a certain amount of improvisation in much of my work, it’s satisfying when it sounds composed.
So I ordered a new laptop recently to help me with any upcoming musical efforts…and mostly to avoid any unnecessary blue-screening from the old one. A bit of a chunk of change, but worth it for the customization. The only issue is that now I also need to procure the extra funds for upgraded DJ and sound production software, Traktor Pro and Ableton 9, respectively. Also worth it, but maybe at a slower rate of acquisition. There’s always going to be other gear to purchase in the grand scheme of things. I like using my old stuff, but sometimes it’s not compatible with new operations. And everyone loves to get new stuff, even if cash flow is dicey.
On that note, I’m including a new track on the Bandcamp page. Figured I’d toss this one up because I had most of the parts prepared (on my archaic version of Ableton), and it was sounding pretty great. Imagine a future world suddenly littered with lifetimes of discarded busted electronics, broken metal and plastic, and you being disoriented by the surrounding masses of jungle-like peripheral cables and endless extension cords hanging over the earth. What kinds of misplaced creatures or tribal cyborgs would you encounter? Ponder this scenario while you listen to los beatniko‘s new single, “Jungle Of Wires.” Here’s the track:
Here’s to a new season of collection! With purpose!
So the tech world of today is drowning in “content”. That’s what we call media these days…any piece of video, photo, sound, text or other entertaining or interesting tidbit found in the teeming internet ocean that may one day be given a thumbs-up by the masses. It used to be a tangible thing, like full-page magazine spreads and vinyl records. Or cozy on the couch with snacks for prime-time action TV. Now anyone can take their own videos or be a shutterbug, digitally…using their phone! Now called a mobile device. Isn’t it crazy that one of the earliest advances in communicating with others verbally is now used for just about anything you can imagine? This includes capturing digital content to proliferate on innumerable websites. And there’s no shortage of those “content providers”, whether it’s a social site or vid page or photo viewer. They want, or rather need, your content. The populace has a limited attention span, overstimulated by media from all sides, and requires something else to garner amusement or get a smiley from. So if they’re not getting the fix from a giant media conglomerate, it may as well be you.
So why am I going on with this obvious rant? Well, there is some dismay over people glued as phone-zombies, however the same things were said about television or video games. The real point is the creation of content for this blog. It comes down to what kind of life record you embody in the digital ether, and if it can be accessed by the technologically adept. Therefore I’m submitting a few pieces for my digital history, whether anyone notices in the inter-sea or not. The content is largely photo art in nature, recently made from archived pics. I tried not to work too hard on it, because it was about the fun of making more of them. So I will. Maybe next time with my phone…
So, here’s my first post since early February, when I’d begun recording “Blue Demo Lichen One”. You can now find the new album at losbeatniko.bandcamp.com. I’ve been busy over the last month polishing up sites and links and content and such, to hopefully provide you, the reader/listener/viewer/public with some entertaining insight as to what I’m about. I’ve also been thinking long and hard about what my next steps are. It may very well involve running steps outside of this rock I’ve been dwelling on for some time. Everybody should understand that reflective time in yr life where you wonder a little too much on what yr really doing and why aren’t you doing other things. It’s called getting older, younguns, and when you get to a certain age (not that I’m friggin’ ancient) and realize there’s more you’d like to do and see and experience, you really have to do it sooner than later. And if I line all my ducks in a row, crossing t’s and dotting i’s, then maybe sooner it will be. Planning my escape and recording a new story for myself may be just what I need. I’ll keep you in the loop as to my whereabouts. And what and how!