Workspace and Environment: Everlovely Lightningheart

When your questions are longer than the answers you receive, you’re probably doing something wrong. I generally try to patch up answers, with the approval from the artists but I was pretty lost with the responses Faith gave me so I decided to just leave it. Everlovely Lightningheart actually might hate us, but were nice enough to send a picture and answers. It doesn’t matter because we love them anyway.

Faith Coloccia of Everlovely Lightningheart

How long have you been involved with making music?
12 years

What is the name you work under and where can we find your work?
Everlovely Lightningheart- Hydra Head Records, Weather Machine Records, HydraHead.com
everlovelylightningheart.com
Mamiffer- Dead Accents Records, Hydra Head Records
VUM- not released yet

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
Piano hand made in Germany, and Brain. Piano- endless composition experimentation field. Brain-”

What is your current favorite software or plugin?
The mind. Cannot misplace

How does your physical space and surroundings influence your workflow?
Chris has sex on the left side, and Faith is currently homeless, for 2 more days

Are you involved in any other sound work?
The Calm At The Edge of The Sea, and another film. Coming up

Selected Stills From California

A condensed summary of our pornographic gear expedition in L.A. and Anaheim/NAMM. Catch the picture where Justin is using my Sherman Filterbank as a pillow. I had to throw something at him to get him to move off it. I’m starting to document where my Doepfer has been through pictures. It’s survived a lot of mayhem: L.A., Chicago, D.C., Paris, Nurnburg, Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, London among other places beyond my memory. The last two pictures are by Sarah Sitkin using only our(Tony Welter of Eustachian and Surachai) horrid bodies and her great vision. She rules!


Workspace and Environment: Tim Exile

Background
I began music in general from 5 (when I started to play the violin),
DJing from 14, making electronic music from 16. You can find me under Tim Exile, formerly just Exile. You can find my 2 albums on Planet Mu records and lots of singles on various drum n bass labels such as Moving Shadow, Beta Recordings, Frequency, Renegade Hardware etc etc. I also did an EP on Mosquito records, Cristian Vogel’s label. You can also check out one of my live improvised shows. Head to youtube and search for Time Exile for some examples.

Favorite Hardware?
Probably my live laptop… it’s lasted for 4 years, is still going strong, and bang for buck it’s probably been the most versatile over the years.

Favorite Software
I’m currently enjoying Pro Tools again after a dark period from 6.0 to 7.0 where it really wasn’t great. I know it back to front and it’s now very stable and simple. I like the degree of accuracy you can achieve with it.

Does your physical space and environment affect your music?
Hugely. I moved to Berlin so I could afford to have a separate space for my studio without having to make too many compromises. Having a room which is just for making music makes a huge difference to my output. I’m in an apartment block though, which sometimes hinders my sense of immersion as I know other people can hear my experiments and bad vocal takes! I also get bad back pain & RSI due to spending too much time hunched over a computer editing at the speed of light when I was younger. I now have to be very careful that everything is set up in an ergonomic way

First piece of hardware
A Sequential Circuits Pro One

Wishlist
A Faster Computer (as always).
A high-end mic preamp.
A high-end mic.
A false room for sound isolation.
Bass Traps.
A really good software solution for making all sorts of controller and HID devices talk to all sorts of software. A really good universal non-windows USB MIDI driver. A new version of Pro Tools with more audio tracks and freezing function. A new version of Reaktor with better usability . Protools TDM would be nice but it’s a way away I think.

Mobility
My live setup is pretty much a mobile studio. 2 laptops, MOTU 828, Alesis Photon x25, Doepfer Regelwerk, M-Audio MIDIsport 2×2, M-Audio MIDIsport UNO, Wireless headset mic, wireless logitech wingman joystick, Akai MPD16, Korg Kaoss Pad, Evolution UC16. Lots of leads, lots of things to break, lots of things to crash, lots of things for airlines to lose!

How many different setup have you had?
I’m now on my 11th setup! I’ve never counted before. That’s a hell of a lot isn’t it! Due to moving regularly my studio has actually shrunk over time. I still find it difficult to actually part with things I’ve owned but over the years I’ve sold all my hardware. My studio is now a museum of MIDI controllers, a couple of laptops and a desktop.

Tim Exile was born in Cheltenham, UK and ended up in Berlin for musical
reasons. His new album will be released within the new few months.

Interview with Dieter Doepfer

As promised, our NAMM coverage is not going to be about the latest gear that is out or photos of every product on the floor. Rather, we thought we would find some very interesting people and talk to them about who they are as a person and what drives them to do what they do. I present a candid interview with Dieter Doepfer……

Workspace and Environment: Tobias Freund

If anyone has any tips on EVP recording, please send them to the e-mail the right. I’m going to a questionable place tomorrow evening and would like some insight if anyone has some. I’ll be back in Chicago on wednesday. Sacrificing hoodie weather for a place where your snot freezes inside your nose isn’t something I’m looking forward to. To the poor saps up there, don’t get used to me cause I’m going to Orlando for a few weeks. As for Tobias, normally I ask the artists to send me as many pictures as they wish and I reduce them to 3 with some exceptions. This is one of them.

Tobias Freund

Background
I was born close to frankfurt, and lived in frankfurt till 2003. i moved to berlin 5 years ago. I felt like changing things. I have several projects: „Sieg ueber die sonne“ together with Dandy Jack (Martin Schopf), „Atom™ & Pink Elln“ works of improvised live performances with Atom Heart (Ewe Schmidt), „Nsi. non standard institute“ with max loderbauer, former part of „Sun Electric“ and my solo project „Pink Elln, the electronic dream plant“. „Tobias.“ is my latest solo work focusing on dance music.

How long have you been involved with sound?
I bought my first synthesizer ( Korg MS-20 ) in August 1980. Since then, I am doing recordings and experiments. In 1983 I bought the Roland TR-808 rhythm machine. several effect units, sequencers and other little drum machines came along.
All mixed together in an 8 channel mixer from Boss. Over the years the setup changed.

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
My favorite machine is still the Roland TR-808, but actually it is the combination with my analog effect rack, my Akai S 3200 sampler and the Pearl syncussions. This combination is full of surprises.

What is your current favorite software or plugin?
I avoid to use plugins. The only virtual instruments I sometimes use is the ES-1 in Logic and Battery. In my setup Logic 6 is more or less an extended “tapemachine”.

Workspace and Environment
It is very important for me to have a “good looking” studio, I need windows to be connected with the outside. It has to be kind of ergonomic.


Are you involved in any music/sound work outside of your own projects?
The only project of this sort T was involved in was a cooperation with the Berliner Staatsballett. My nsi. Partner Max and I were involved in a project called ‘shut up and dacne’ where techno or house producers would create or compose music for ballet. The whole thing was performed by the Berliner Staatsballett at the Berghain, a night club in Berlin. More information: www.ostgut.de/ton/


What is on your current ‘wish list’?
I am looking for some old analog effect units, on my wish list is the AMS Harmonizer and the AMS Reverb.

Do you have a mobile studio setup?
No I don’t, but i was thinking about purchasing a digital mobile recorder with a sensible stereo microphone.

Do you have a setup for live performances?
I use a Mac book with Ableton, an Akai MPD 16 pad controller and a Yamaha DX 200 for my live shows. Sometimes I take my TR-808 with me, but only for special occasions because it is too sensitive for club use.

How many physical locations have you had your studio setup?
I had a lot of different locations for my studio. Basically the setup didn’t change too much, except the change from an analog mixer ( Tascam M 3500 ) to a digital one ( Roland V 7200 ).

Workspace and Environment: Rena Jones

We’ll be a little slow on the NAMM stuff but, for now, you can check out some photos of our weekend some friends took: here and here and here and here. I’m still in L.A. soon to head up to San Francisco while Justin flew home today. I am entirely grateful for all the company I’ve had here but I won’t name any names, no I won’t play favorites. People like Mike Brown, Shawn Cleary, James Cigler, Scott Jaeger, Dieter Doepfer, Martijn Zwartjes, Jonathan Leonard, and Nik Reiman know they are already special.
My most amazing friends Justin, Leah, Scott McGrath, Toe Knee (Papa Bear), Roche, Ash, Devine, Baseck, Marianne, Willia, Captain Jon Ahab, Violence, Geoff, Sonya, Moe, Dirty and Memo don’t need reassurance of our friendship on some blog. Since they don’t need to know, you can head over and read about Rena Jones.

Background
I began piano lessons when I was 5, violin in the third grade, cello when I was 16 and began composing on a 4 track when I was 14. It wasn’t until I was about 20 that I had my own DAW but I interned at a recoding studio in Austin, TX and have been using Pro Tools since 1995. I never really felt there was a name that would truly represent myself as an artist so I just compose under my real name. Sometimes I feel like that works against me as most people associate a women’s name with a singer and not an electronic producer but I still prefer to use my real name. I was born in Fargo, ND of all places, moved to Fort Worth/Arlington Texas when I was 1yrs old, then to Austin for 5 yrs, San Francisco for 7 yrs and now reside in Portland, OR. I really enjoy Portland because it is an extremely nature oriented city, the people are lovely, there’s a good and diverse music scene and it’s a great place to call home. I tend to be on the road a lot these days so living in a slower paced cheaper city is ideal.

Favorite Hardware
That’s a tough one. I like different pieces of hardware for different purposes. Currently I have been into FM synthesis. I have a Yamaha FB-01 and a Yamaha DX7. I really enjoy the FM synthesis for their super rich tone and use them more for sourcing than for final composition. The FB-01 is really nice for bass tones and I love running them through an Electro Harmonix Micro Synth, Tube Distortion and random pedals. The nice thing about FM synthesis is you can get really unique sounds if you spend the time to program them. In general, I really love sourcing from real instruments to obtain a rich analog tone and tend to build all my tones and sound banks from real instruments and then manipulate them with granular synthesis or whatever I see fit at the moment. Also, my most important piece of gear without a doubt are my Dynaudio BM5’s. I don’t know how I ever lived without them.

Favorite Software
I have been enjoying Massive as of late but there’s no way I could live without Convolution Reverb. There are some amazing RT60 samples that can bring out the most amazing harmonics in my cello or turn a glockenspiel into the most psychedelic bell sound. yum… I also have been enjoying the Super Destroy FX plug ins, specifically Geometer for giving me that extra little crunch for my kits or bass. For those who don’t know, you can get them free here. http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/ (please donate if you like them).

Workspace and Environment
In every way imaginable! No really, I think I spend a lot of time honing my workspace. I am always adding something new, switching out my gear, or just rearranging my workspace. I really try to create a lovely ambiance that makes me feel like I am in a womb. My studio is in my basement so I get that feeling of being in a cave which I prefer that when I work. I really like the subterranean feel because even if I am working in the middle of the day I feel like I am instantly taken to that subconscious level where I feel like the real magic happens. I don’t always like that cave feeling though, if I am doing super critical editing I tend to turn all the lights on and open the windows but when I am in the more free form creative space I tend to turn the lights dim and dive in deep. I really feel like lighting can be a very influencial thing when working. I have special “happy” lights that produce serotonin for certain moods and then some lighting that produces melatonin for other moods.
I also think the most important thing is to have everything accessible. All of my gear is extremely organized, from cables to mics to connectors and adapters to hardware. When everything is easily available, I find that I am more willing to try something new and play with new toys then if they were just in a pile I had to sort through.

Extra Curricular
Currently, I just finished editing audio for a film by Dan Yost who wrote the script for Drug Store Cowboy and have done some work on a few Indie films. I try to get involved in film as much as possible and would love to go more in that direction in the future. As far as video games, I have written songs for Dance Dance Revolution and am about to compose for the next two versions of that game and have also done work on the game Lifeline and Karaoke Revolution as an engineer.
I also worked for Digidesign as a Testing Engineer and did a lot of Sound Design work for commercials etc. when I was a Sr. Sound Engineer for a studio called Wavegroup.

First Piece of Gear
Fostex 4 track

Wishlist
The list is never ending! I’ll just say my basic big wishes first as we would be here all day. I would love some Valve Distortion specifically Thermionic Cultures’ Culture Vulture. Manley Variable Mu, Machine Drum, Neumann mics, Blue’s Woodpecker Ribbon mic, Moog Voyager, Jupiter 8, Juno 106 and as many Electro Harmonix toys that I can get my hands on

Mobile Setup
Mac Book Pro Intel Core Duo 2, Midi Controller, Mbox

Live Setup
I used to have a lot of gear when I played live but now I really feel like less is more.
Mac Book Pro Intel Core Duo 2, Midi Controller, Mbox (soon to be replaced), LoopStation, Mackie Mixer, Violin.

Studio Evolution
I have had my studio in 4 locations now. I tend to not move around a lot, once I find a place I stay there for years.
Two have been in my bedroom, my current studio in my basement and then I had an amazing studio in SF. The studio in SF was incredible, it was an old recording school that went bankrupt so me and two other guys took it over. There were three studios, A, B and C. I had studio C which was a wonderful room. There were floated floors, grounded power, full isobooth and amazi
ng acoustics. I have to say I miss that studio from time to time but it was in a really bad neighborhood so I don’t miss the crack heads smoking out front. lol. All in all I think my studios have changed a lot over the years. My first two studios were just on my desk crammed in my bedroom and now my studio is filled with a lot more gear, acoustically treated and has much better fung shui than my former studios. One of the nicest things about my current studio is that it’s in my home but fully removed from my bedroom. It’s nice to be able to take a break and cook a healthy meal in my kitchen or go for a hike in the beautiful park I live next to. I noticed that when I had my studio in SF, I didn’t have a kitchen, shower or fresh air and would work for days on end living a very unhealthy lifestyle. That was part of my reason for moving to the Pacific Northwest. I really wanted to create a more healthy lifestyle. Living next to a park has been great too because when I am working and need a break, I pop my tracks on my ipod and hike up the hill while I take a more noncritical listen to the pieces I am working on.
I find it very crucial to take regular breaks when working. It’s very easy to get lost in a track and no longer hear the music. Since moving my studio to Portland, I have gotten into a routine of taking regular breaks, eating healthy and having an overall healthy lifestyle around making music. I think that artists tend to get into a very obsessive way of making music and tend to forget about their health. I had a few friends have some major health issues this year so it has made me rethink the way I choose to work.t)

You can find her music and discography here: http://www.renamusic.com

Workspace and Environment: radicalfashion

Justin and I are both in California, finished our NAMM expedition and will meet back in Chicago in a couple of weeks. We have finished gathering all the content from NAMM and will post it up when we have time to piece it all together. Don’t worry, you can find the newest miracle products from any other music source. We’ll have pictures and videos of some of the great content NAMM had. We were introduced to many great products(both new and old) and met so many amazing people. To get away from NAMM a bit, here is a short and sweet interview from the man behind radicalfashion on Hefty Records.


Background
I started learning to play piano when at primary school. At first I didn’t like practice and soon quit it. About a year later, though, I began playing piano again. That’s the starting point. Besides, I have taken part in several bands, and I suppose that experience has helped me develop the sense of functioning as a part of the whole picture.

Favorite Hardware
It is a digital instrument called TENORI-ON. I’m interested in this kind of interface that allows quite intuitive manipulation, as it might enable you to capture the passing moments that you sometimes, quite unconsciously, bring about.

Favorite Software
Basically, I don’t use plugin…

Workspace and Environment
The moderate size of my working room is quite comfortable for me, leaving no wasteful space. I’m considering making a window these days. As you can see in the picture, the pianos are well arranged, aren’t they? This moderateness is convenient for choosing among the instruments. When I want clearer sound images I use the front one, for example.

Extra Curricular
I composed some soundtracks for film by friends made.

Japan’s radicalfashion releases out of the Chicago based Hefty Records. Be sure to check out their album ‘odori’.
Myspace

Live in LA : NAMM Afterpartys, This Friday & Saturday!

Create Digital Music is hosting a killer unofficial and free NAMM afterparty…

Performances from Trash_Audio Include
RICHARD DEVINE
The Deep Element
Justin McGrath

WHEN:
Friday, January 18th
Handmade Music + Motion 8:00pm
Live sets start 9:30pm – late

WHERE:
Basswerks in Mid City LA
5411 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 939-2535
COST:
Free! (Cash bar)
RSVP to rsvp@createdigitalmusic.com

Thanks to:
createdigitalmusic.com
createdigitalmotion.com
vjkungfu.tv
basswerks.net

Saturday January 19th
Droid Behavior + F.I. presents NAMM Afterhours
129 E. 3rd st. LA 90026
10pm – 6am :: $10 :: 18+/21+

Droid Behavior is joining forces with the Darkmatter Soundsystem and it will be massive. Richard Devine, The Flashbulb, Captain Ahab, Eustachian, D2 and Surachai (my grind/metal project) will destroy you. Come prepared for an aural assault. This party is so massive that the flyers gobble up all the space on your screen, check them out for the complete lineup! If this night doesn’t melt your face off, then I will do it personally afterwards in an alley. Keep current: Here or Here Additional Information…

Friday, January 18th
ALSO from Create Digital Music, Workshops!
Handmade Music + Motion:

– Bring your own DIY music or motion creations and other hardware toys and geek out with an international crowd of hipster-nerdsters! All projects welcome (space first come, first served — think small, bring portable speakers if you can)

– Put together free kits to make your own ribbon controllers without soldering

– Learn how Bryant Davis Place (future-tense-cpu) built his own DIY VJ sequencer for M8 using the Lemur multi-touch controller.

– Learn about the wonders of wireless MIDI sync in AV Performance with Acid&Bass&Momo producing a live remix of Karate Kid.

How we get girls (To leave the room)

Surachai (left) is on the TR-808 and Justin (right) is on the keyboard playing the Oddity, an Arp Odyssey emulator.

Upcoming Events

We will have another announcement on a gig in the works but until then, here are three things I’ll be involved in.

Tuesday January 15th
Ascend Training – 410 South Michigan, Suite 433, Chicago
9am. MGFest.com
There is a massive Motion Graphics Festival in Chicago and I will be facilitating the class ‘Introduction to Ableton Live’. Though Live isn’t my top choice for post production, I’ve used it for projects and its surprisingly applicable for certain productions. Though I won’t be around for the rest of the festival I advice you to check it out if you can. You can find information on my deal: here

March 20th – May 14th
European Tour

Eustachian and Teknoist will be on a European tour this spring and I will be latching onto a their shows. We are looking for shows within this time period in all of Europe. I will be using Paris as a home base, so I will be relatively close to everything and filled with cheese. Please help us if you can! Check out their press kit: http://www.fathme.com/

The current schedule is as follows:
Mar 21 2008 – Dissonant Festival w/ The Teknoist – Antwerp
Mar 28 2008 – Day of the Droids w/ The Teknoist – Barcelona
Apr 11 2008 – TBA w/ The Teknoist – Liverpool
Apr 12 2008 – Noise:Tek – Manchester
*Apr 25-27 2008 – Bangface Weekender – Camber Sands
*Apr 2X 2008 – Day of the Droids – Barcelona
Apr 30 2008 – Ghent (Charity Benefit) – Ghent
May 1 2008 – Drum Disciples w/ The Teknoist – Bristol
*pending approval.

And if you are not interested in brutality, my other projects can be booked:
the deep element or Myspace
[co]sen_tasi or Myspace
Please drop a line at trash@thedeepelement.com

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