A friend and electronic producer who performs as MssngMrblz has been organizing a series of shows called Prototype to showcase local electronic artists playing original material. I made my second appearance at the most recent show, Prototype 5, held at The Rockhouse in St. John’s on February 15. Not only was it a larger venue this time around, but the lights and sound were spectacular to behold. Flat screens, man! I opened the night with some harder-hitting tunes I’d been working on this month (being RPM Challenge season…more to come), and sporting another fun animal mask. The laid-back giraffe. I tried a rushed Mixlr broadcast, and was pleased with the enthusiasm I got for my set offstage. The rest of the evening was stellar, especially when I was able to snap some of the action using my new Fuji X-A1. Awesome performances by all, and a vibrant, excited crowd on the floor.
Next time you think your existence is too pressured, remember that you’re not 300 meters undersea. Your head would implode at that depth, and a multitude of sea creatures would feast on your remains. Watched some recent BBC documentaries on the vast expanses of ocean on the earth, and reaffirmed my thoughts that the human animal is still nothing compared to many inhabitants of the planet. We may ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk’, but deep sea is the same as deep space for us — unknown, dangerous and awe-inspiring. So I got a little inspired myself and posted a new creation on Soundcloud called DeepSeaLevels because I remember some early 70’s nature programs having pretty funky soundtracks, and wanted to paint my style of audio picture, too. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and enjoy it. Just like your land-dwelling life.
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!
Winning isn’t everything, it’s how you play the game. Recall that idiom? It’s apparent that society must have winners and losers in everything, because some rise higher than others. However, those winners and losers may actually be trying too hard in their respective fields, instead of just doing what it is that gives them the most joy. Playing . On that note, I submit to you a new composition I’ve uploaded to Soundcloud. If you keep floating above the surface, you’re doing alright. Make yr art or music or whatever for the only reason you know. Because if you didn’t, you’d sink and be miserable. Everything else doesn’t matter.
So it’s Groundhog Day, and by the looks of the snow blowing around the house, the rodents are staying put for awhile. Prime time for another RPM Challenge, where musicians (and non-musicians) are invited to participate in the personal goal of completing an album in the month of February. It’s my fifth year running, and like last year, I’m upping my challenge to finish multiple records. 2013 will produce a solo los beatniko disc (highly DJ-ed), a fresh Robot Scout release, and an original album with the Beatles cover band I’ve been playing drums with for years (finally). I picked up a few new toys to play with, notably the Kaossilator 2 from Korg (incredibly fun!) and the compact Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 to capture all the action.
So far, I have one demo from yesterday that I’ll tweak to my liking. And after I post this, it’s back to working on more. What other fun-filled activities do I accomplish today? Shoveling? Nah! I’ll stay inside and create. Until later.