Audio Runner: Back in the Studio

It’s well past midnight and while most people sleep Gerritt Tisdale works feverishly at the final mix on the last song of the year for the electronic music group he founded, Audio Runner. A collection of three high school friends, Audio Runner is quickly making a name for creating amazing music and marketing it via the internet and social media outlets.

The quality of music made by Audio Runner will leave you convinced that it is being produced in some multi-million dollar studio. You would be surprised (I was) to find that this HUGE sound is created in a tiny music laboratory with just enough room for the three musicians and their computers, laptops, keyboards, 2 microphones and small rack of tiny blinking lights and switches. At first sight this “studio” it is not that impressive but when these guys are at work, the Audio Runner machine is something to behold. Electronic music may never be the same again.
Gerritt Tisdale, Ryan Daniel and Andy Gonzalez all love music. It’s that simple. The plan for any Audio Runner song is that it must be “good”. There are no boundaries, there are no rules and the only expectation is that the quality must be top notch. To watch this trio in action would be something to see if you could somehow speed it up like an old movie from the 20’s. At any given moment, someone is on the guitar then at the keyboard then at the microphone then on the computer then back to the guitar then all three sit and listen for a minute until the process starts all over again. You get the idea.

Dave Clarke

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‘I may be established but I’ll never be establishment.’
Dave Clarke, March 2005

Dave Clarke is holding forth as he drives back to his West Sussex home from a photo-shoot in London, interrupted occasionally by the bland feminine robot tones of the Satellite Navigation system offering traffic tips. The make-up still visible round his eyes makes him look a little like his post-punk musical heroes, while the futuristic route-finder reminds of his ceaseless passion for new technology.

‘I bought my first Damned album because I thought they sounded like they’d be really evil,’ he declares, ‘and even now their album ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ is one I keep coming back to. I like the attitude, the free reign of it, and on an artistic level I see my music as in the alternative genre rather than dance music. Techno and electro is an alternative that happens to be on the peripheries of dance music.’

Ed Devane

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My music when beat-driven is generally speaking heavy, noisy and syncopated, in an IDM/ electro-breaks style with the odd bit off drum’n’bass and dub thrown in for good measure. I spend at least half my time making soundscapes however, which sometimes find their way into my beaty tracks, but generally never see the light of day, due to apparent lack of interest from anyone I know!

I can thank Sonic Youth for inspiring me to approach music making from a sound as apposed to melodic angle, and Autechre for making me spend a long time constructing my tracks in indirect homage to them. Other than that I don’t really listen to electronic music much these days, deliberately, so that I can develope my own sound and production techniques.

Since early 2005 I have made every single sound myself using effects processors, digital editing techniques and various bits of hardware that weren’t intended for music use, and occasionally a Reaktor synth for sub bass. Presets are the enemy. Recently I’ve also been getting into stringed instrument and electronic filter design, in order to make my music ever more unique.

Reason Tips

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REASON TIPS
REASON IS A BIG MODULAR SYNTHESIZER!

1. Subtractor modulating a Chorus/Flanger: connect Subtractor’s audio output to the left channel input of a Chorus/Flanger module. From Subtractor, route the Mod Env CV Output to the Chorus/Flanger’s Rate CV input. Set the Modulation Envelope parameters to: A-108, D-75, S-73, R-81, and set the Chorus Delay to 0, Feedback to -39, LFO Rate to 27, Mod Amount to 9 and Send Mode to On.

2. When a Subtractor patch needs more emphasis in the mix, copy and paste a duplicate. Click on the Midi track associated with the Subtractor and go to Edit Duplicate Track. Assign the duplicate track to the Subtractor copy. Connect the audio output of the duplicate Subtractor to an adjacent mixer channel. Pan the two channels hard left and right. On the duplicate Subtractor, adjust the oscillator’s tuning up or down by 3 or 4 cents.

3D Graffiti – Analogik

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Graffititechnica.com is dedicated to the progression of hardcore electronic art and 3d graffiti. The graffiti designs and lettering on this site are completely digital as I want to explore new ways to create 3d graffiti and move away from using paint as a means of expression. So much emphasis is put on the illegality of graffiti in the public space that a lot of people dismiss this art form as just vandalism by frustrated kids with spray paint and too much time on their hands. Despite this stereotype I want to use my work and design skills to create something that has never been seen before and show people a new way of looking at this form of urban art.

World loses one more electronic music pioneer

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World loses one more electronic music pioneer

“Tristram Ogilvie Cary (born Oxford 14 May 1925, died Adelaide, Australia 24 April 2008) was a pioneering British composer. Cary was educated at Westminster School in London, England and is the son of a pianist and the novelist, Joyce Cary, author of Mister Johnson. While working as a radar engineer for the Royal Navy during World War II, he independently developed his own conception of electronic and tape music, and is regarded as amongst the earliest pioneers of these musical forms.”

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristram_Cary

BBE records in 2010 year

BBE records in 2010 year

Another North America Tour plan for 2010:

It will take place on March/ April 2010 (New York, Miami, Canada…)

Paral-lel will, as usual, lead the trip

Noone and Cosmos70 will probably take part of the American adventure

New releases this fall:

Paral-lel

NTH Synthesis

SKNDR

Cosmos70

BBE records will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2010 and so:

A staggering compilation project (guests + remixes…)

Stay tuned!

Electronic Music, First Contact

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Human brain stores an infinite array of environmental properties such as sound, shape, color and smell. Often, these are associated with a specific time reference and then lost in a cul-de-sac of dormant memory. Those seemingly lost fragments of memory can then be brought to life much later by the very same stimulants, awakening an entire range of associated perceptions, feelings and thoughts encapsulated within the given point in time.





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