live_audio_Output: Aphorism and Millipede

Tomorrow night! Aphorism and Millipede are getting together for a one off dark/IDM/electronic performance at the Chelsea House Garden Ballroom. You can can find a free track from Millipede on the ‘You are Here‘ compilation we posted about previously. This should be a good time and the weather in Chicago is looking slightly better then usual, so come out!


live_audio_Output: Ambient at the Motion Graphics Festival

This Saturday, I’ll be joining some talented people at the Motion Graphics Festival in Chicago to lay down some live ambient music at Pixel Brothers Studio, which will have a ton of art/design installations set up. There are also a lot of other events going on throughout the week, so be sure to check out the full schedule.

Saturday, January 24th, 9pm-12am at Pixel Brothers Studio, 400 N Wolcott, Fourth Floor, Chicago, IL 60622

“MGFest09 begins a tradition of full-scale environmental design, bringing together a massive range of creative talents to inspire, awe, and activate your mind. Showcasing over 30 artists.”

Ambient Audio by: Lokua, Slava, Justin McGrath, OAO3

More Details

RSVP is required – visit to RSVP for event

Cost: $7 but this also gets you into all other social/art/performance events of the festival

audio_ Output: You Are Here

This compilation showcases the electronic artists in Illinois. Evidentially there is such a huge pool of artists in Illinois that between our projects, Justin and I composed one third of the entire compilation…. What the hell. Do people make music anymore? I guess I can’t think of a decent reason to make music other than to hush the voices to kill.
I haven’t listened to it yet but a couple of artists on the compilation have contacted me saying that it’s compressed to hell. So… do whatever you want. Uh, I mean… Go out and download it twice!!
More information here.

Killing Justin McGrath

I was in the middle of making a track for the next Arlovski episode and Justin jumps online and starts distracting me by sending me horrible youtube videos, I decided to tell him I had something important for him and that he should stay online for a quick minute. I tracked something over what I was working on and killed him with this: How to kill a Justin McGrath. Amazing how a vocoder can make someone leave you alone. I’ll delete this post eventually.

Sing along!
Justin McGrath – Play Xbox with me
Justin Mcgrath – We can accidentally
Polyfuse – Gears of War
Polyfuse – Thats what friends are foooooorrrrrraaaa


Pssst….. Bottom right. Just sayin…

NAMM 20….. Whoa… look at that!

We’re not there and neither are a lot of our friends but it won’t stop us from relaying some killer stuff.
MOTU is releasing a program called Volta that essentially gives you firm control over your modular synth via software. No word on cost but they’re saying around $250. Also, you’ll need one of their interfaces and some more money.
More pictures and information from where I stole this post from: Here
More solid information: Here

Noisesource just linked me to a video where Stretta shows us some basics! FUCK ME!

Volta First Look from stretta on Vimeo.

The Great Mundane and DJ Slouch: The Wires Remix EP

The Great Mundane and DJ Slouch have just teamed up to release a free Remix EP that is avaliable in both high quality MP3 and Apple Lossless formats. Definitely check out this release and also The Great Mundane’s Workspace and Environment article/video!

The Wires Remix EP
Workspace and Environment: The Great Mundane

Imperfect Samples: Schimmel Braunschweig Piano – Group Discount!

Going on right now, and only until January 19th is a group purchase deal that can get you this amazing sounding ‘Imperfect’ upright piano library for up to 50% of the normal price. Right now the current discount is at 30% off, two more orders will tip it to 40% off…

The Schimmel Braunschweig 24 bit multisampled upright piano delivers an unusual, dark and extremely dynamic range. This virtual instrument enables composers and producers a-like, to create a stunning and moving, intimate performances for piano passages.

Unlike most piano sample libraries, the sounds of the fingers tapping the ivory keys, the pedal, subtle mechanical sounds, and even occassional seat noise, has been recorded in order to preserve as much of a life-like performance as possible. This is what is referred to as “imperfect”.

Imperfect Samples
Group Buy Details and Status

Our Music – shade:red

There have been a lot of e-mails asking about the music in the Arlovski series. So far, it is all unreleased material except for a remix I did on Justin’s The Night That Laid Still release which is featured during a montage in episode 2. I shouldn’t say that the material is unreleased rather specifically made for this documentary. I make skeletons of the tracks during the week and when I receive an OMF, I lay the track against the video and see what needs to be added or taken away to fit. This is usually done at two in the morning and with people breathing down your throat. People have also asked about our solo projects and releases – Justin and I run a small label called shade:red which is basically an output for our projects. Here is a quick run through of most of our recent discography.

Surachai’s Releases
[co]sen_tasi – Clarity in Japanese – Save some money and get it through Amazon. If you want to pay more for the exact thing feel free to use itunes.
the deep element – currents – Free album or pay at Amazon.
Surachai – Programmed Cell Death – Free album. Plague Metal.
Surachai – Form – Free album. Modular Soundscapes.

Justin’s releases:
Justin McGrath – The Night That Laid Still – Beautiful compositions and the latest from Justin
Justin McGrath – Life Through Small Windows
Justin McGrath – Document for a Week – Justin made this album within a weeks time.

There. Now if I get another e-mail asking – I can send them straight here.

video_Output: Slowly and Quietly Absorbed

A while back I released an EP that also came with a Remix album and a video. I finally got my act together and put the video up online like normal people do these days. So here it is, the video was created by Bridget Driessen and the song is one of three ambient pieces that appear on the EP titled The Night That Laid Still.

This track, and the two other ambient tracks, were created by running an Access Virus Indigo into a Lexicon MPX100 and then into a DBX386 tube preamp. From there I just played the Virus live and recorded it, so no sequencing or anything else was done with a computer.