zaterdag 7 november 2009


So I just came home from France, and boy are my tires tired.

For you this time:

My Renoise Compilation selection...

Choice #1 : JBL - Avoyage Beneath The Skin Of Robocat.mp3
What I like a lot about this track is all the different moods in it.
Moods like: 'city night', 'cold blue', 'metal sharts', 'hot smog',
'fluorescent white fresh yellow', and 'iced rubber'. It has all the
detailed glitches switches shmitches ditcheds in all the right places,
nothing too overpowering, not boring, just right. It was around this
track where I was writing some simple sound spectrum visualisation
thing in Processing which jittered and hopped quite well to the

Choice #2 : Spodnik - Drail.mp3
I was now playing around with a slightly more advanced version of the
spectrum visualisation thing mentioned above, which could now read
left and right channel inputs. Really neat to watch when listening to
this track. The song is exactly what I had created there; a black
space, with eye piercing bright color mixtures constantly trying to
attack your mental health by forming and switching between strange
textures within microseconds which you couldn't really pinpoint with
your eyes, but you could see them as long as you paid attention or
shifted your eyes in the right way at the right moment.

Choice #3 : Vivace - Pinch Hitter 2.mp3
I know what you're thinking, and no it's not 'because I already
praised Vivace's other EP'. This track is completely different from
what this artist made on Polderdub, and it took me quite by surprise.
I'm not sure what to write down about this track, just that my hands
just got very sweaty and cold, like I'm panicking but I don't know it
yet. A shameless attack on your well being I think is the right

However, there are so many tracks in this competition, that I had a
really hard time fishing out the best ones. So here's a little list of
tracks that get a special mention:

Breakthru - Greyskii (Airy and lush)
Brian Lutes - James Brown Breakbeat On Drugs (Funky and gentle)
EatMe - Ash - Final (Quite a long pill to swallow, but so lush)
Oberheim6 - Kid Carnage (Obscure)
Padlock - 240 (Damn powerful)
UncleC - OA (Fun!)
Void Pointer - Rijst (That's rice in dutch innit?)

These are all tracks I'd sure put into a patskin pack or two.

Thanks to everyone for delivering this wide collection of creations!

Again, this was A LOT of fun, if you're reading this Dac, and you need a reviewer again for anything, you know where to find me mate!

Next up, Patskin Pack Episode 2?
Yes! It is coming up, don't worry. I am currently mixing up things as we speak. Hope it will be enjoyed again by all. Give it a few more days, and you will be rewarded. Hopefully.

New reviews?
Well, where to start? Literally, where to start?



zaterdag 5 september 2009

Mutant Breaks Competition #2 - Renoise Forums

I'll be judging on the tracks submitted for this competition, and I must say it's quite a lot! This will be a challenge. I'll see if I'm allowed to post any reviews of this here.

Hope you're all doing well, the new Patskin Pack will come.

donderdag 30 juli 2009


So I took some time off, and here is what's coming to you:
- New Patskin Pack Episode
- New review, because it's that time again...
- Some personal thoughts on music to add a little bit more reading candy

How did your vacation go so far?

vrijdag 26 juni 2009

Review 001: Vivace - Polderdub EP

Who is Vivace? What is his motive? What does he do, and what does he look like. Who does he talk to, and who’s actually scared of his appearance. Where does he live? What kind of a land does he live in? Does anyone else live there, or is it like the place behind God’s sky high gates of heaven? Or hell maybe? Is this land open for new settlers, for whoever wants to take a look around in this unknown place? And what would it look like from the inside? What does the ground feel like, what would the air smell like and what do the materials in this world taste like? Are the emotions the same there, as they are in here? We would all like to know, but unfortunately, you have to experience it. I’ve been there, and I can tell you, it is beyond my skill and knowledge to explain visually. Let me try it in words, and give you a look into Polderdub, the home of Vivace.

Track 01, Devilgrass (4:02)
In what way do you, the reader, explain a certain object or happening? Is it even worth explaining it in words, or with sound and harmonics. Feelings are hard the explain, we all know that. What Vivace formerly was, is no more, for now, and it gets much more clear upon the first kick drum in this track. What are these voices? There are more noticeable voices, but listen closely for the hidden ones. It is the voice of the wind, going through the devilgrass, releasing a smell and fear of unknown force. It is such a strange experience. Vivace is a strange experience. Emphasise the expression experience, you’ll know what I mean.

Track 02, Eddy (2:49)
This Eddy person is part of the experience. So there are more visitors to his world, only seen when certain harmonics are played. He is of unknown allure, and because of that gives a certain feeling of hope to whoever crosses his path. Talk to Eddy, learn his ways and world, his emotions, travel along his side through his vision. Feel his vision.

Track 03, Appeltje Eitje (2:54)
All patterns there might have been so far are gone. It is now suddenly familiar to you what is under Vivace’s astro black hat. He is right, which is not a opinion but a fact. It becomes quite clear, just listen. No matter the language, matter the fire, the burn. It is not easy to express yourself through words, but this man is the pioneer. Learn from him, for he is a teacher, and if you want, yours. No hero can bring more attitude, than this near 3 minute cold harsh statement.

Track 04, Strotyoghurt (3:52)
Did you know, that yoghurt is a highly concentrated substance of live bacteria? This yoghurt is more than just concentrated. It is the dub track to conscience, the open door to all that you did not know, or what you don’t ever want to know. Forbidden knowledge, that you have to dare to pluck off the tree. You need not to be shy, just willing. It tastes foul, but you will love it, and it will change you not only mentally. It is a coating of enigma, a concoction of dingbattism.

Track 05, Jong Belegen (3:41)
It does not stop here. Never. It is a train, that only let’s you off when at your stop when you’re done being what you were. Once on this train, there is no going back. It is busy in this train, and you have to sit down. You have to sit next to an unknown man, one of whom you’ve never seen the likes before. Faceless as he is, for he avoids to look in any direction other than the same as yours, the listener. There are more listeners on this train I’m sure, just look for the bewildered and confused ones.

Track 06, Test Results (2:59)
As the train plunges on in to the night, you wonder who is worried about you now. There are people waiting for you to come home, but there is no way you can escape this train, you have to wait until you’re done. It is a test, you might realise, not from God, but someone else, and we all know who. For all who thinks of the devil now; he’s quite similar. You accept this as a test, not knowing when the result will be revealed, not knowing if the result will be alike the high standards. You are not a slave, but you are. You accept this, and oh, if you could only see the heroic look on your face right now.

Track 07, Raskolnikov (3:51)
The train speeds, and decelerates, all at the same time. No gravitating movement on this train, which is strange, but exciting. You already feel different than normal. This must mean a good thing. One last drop and it’s over. Will you ever see the train again? Will you be able to take it again then? It is for veterans, for people that aren’t people anymore. What will you tell the people at home? Will you lie and not tell the thrilling secret you have just experienced for as long as it took? The final test is done, and you still have no idea how the story went.

I stood at my stop at this point. Not confused about my coordinates, I was right where I was supposed to be. I know what I wanted to know, and everything that is supposed to be a mystery, is still a mystery. I know that my story is hard to believe, but take a minute of your time to have a listen, and I promise you a trip that will answer all the same questions as I stated at the beginning of this review.

Download Vivace - Polderdub EP


Music is still good, damn it!

It is true!
Music has never been bad, it has always been a matter of opinion. A certain genre of music has never been 'the worst genre ever', it's just what a selection of people thought about it. If you say music sucks nowadays, then how come you still listen to it? You know music is not bad, it depends on what you like!

With that, i keep discovering hidden gems, everywhere i go. I review them, describe my feelings and visions when i listen to it. I give you these gems, these visions, right here. Hope you enjoy, and keep in mind;

They are all my personal opinions. They are not based on facts.