Russian Disco (C0m1x 2011)

Here’s Russian Disco (C0m1x 2011), the first single of ‘Slouching Towards Babylon, Part II’.  Bass/Keys/Sound Design: Dan Freeman (C0m1x), Drums/Percussion: Ken White, Guitars: Russell Graham, Graphic/Art: 0h10M1ke, Vocals: Natalya Anatolyvna, Mix: Dan Freeman (C0m1x), Mastering: Danny Wyatt. 


Programming a Behringer FCB1010

In the past several months we’ve been revamping our show to make the electronics much more ‘live’ – meaning being able to trigger sections, grooves in response to the crowd energy.  What we’re going for is to almost be DJ’s with live instruments and grooves.  So far a crucial player in this has been the FCB1010 Pedal.  This pedal is not too expensive, a little less than $200.00, it’s stable and sturdy and for a bass player who can’t easily take his hands off the instrument to hit a button, indispensible.

Now, the one downside to this pedal is that it’s a huge pain in the ass to program.  The manual, should be tossed immediately – pretty useless.  If you get one of these bad boys, get online and start reading.  I found this link to get the pedal to send basic commands to Ableton Live.  This was a start, but it really only dealt with midi CC commands.   These are great to trigger clips in session view but don’t work for turning on and off effects and instruments in Live.  To do this you need to send actual midi notes.  To to this is the same process except subsitute button 10 for button 6.

After spending a couple of hours of programming the pedal manually like this, someone at Dubspot hipped me to this piece of software.

This turned out to be the best $20 I’ve spent in a long time.  After a few hours of tweaking to get the pedal to work it completely simpified the process.  I’ll post more about it as I get deeper into it, but if you’re serious about using this pedal with Ableton Live, just skip the manual programming part and go right to it.  It will save you a lot of time.

In the meantime, I’ll also be checking out this baby Loudon Stearns, Berklee’s Ableton guru, raves about it.


New Promo Reel

Sorry – we’ve been off this blog for a bit.  Here’s a link to a new promo reel by Ruben O’Malley featuring some footage from the last 2 years of shows.  Enjoy…

Mixing ‘Give It Up’

We’re happy to announce that the first track off ‘Slouching Toward Babyon’ will be ready by the end of the month.  It was mixed by master engineer Bob Power who’s mixed grammy-winning records by Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and Ozomatli among others.  We’re really excited to release it to the world..

MonkeyTown 9.30.09

We’re returning to the stage with a show at MonkeyTown on Wednesday, September 30th. It’s unbelievable that it will be over 6 months since we’ve taken the stage.  The show will be a mix of live electro and visual art.  Oh1oM1ke will draw each song on a wacom as we perform it live.  We’ll be playing in the middle of a room surrounded by 4 25 ft screens.  More details can be found here

Keyboard Sessions

So tomorrow we’ll finally be laying down the keyboard tracks to the first tracks off ‘Slouching Toward Babylon’. Russell Graham will be doing the tracks. He’s been touring Europe with Chic, so it’s been kind of a wait. This process really seems eternal…

“Toasty Tunes” at The Porch

We’ll be guest DJing at the Art For Progress event “Toasty Tunes” this Thurs, July 9th at The Porch (115 Avenue C btwn 7th and 8th). “Toasty Tunes” is hosted by Art For Progress and the Liquid Sound Lounge every other Thursday night and the other DJs that night will be DJ Jeannie Hopper and DJ Gatto.  The event runs from 9-2 and we’ll be spinning around 12.