My new EP is due out June 19th and I am so excited to share it with you. That doesn’t mean I am resting easy. I have an all original EP in the works as a follow up. I consider these next two releases as companions. I just started this song today… possibly as the final song for the EP. I think it has a nice vibe so far. What do you think? . . . . .
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A late Saturday synthwave vibe with @therolandcloud’s new Zenology synth. It’s just too fun not to just experiment and jam with. . . . . .
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I am still learning all kinds of new tricks with @therolandcloud’s Zenology synth. I thought this was a fun one to pass on to you. . . . . .
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I spent about 45 minutes tonight (it’s nearly 1 am) testing out the all new @therolandcloud … in particular the new Zenology synth. It didn’t take long to realize that if this was the only synth I had, I probably had enough to do just about everything I could have wanted to do. I love this thing already! . . . . .
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June 19th! (If all rights get cleared by then) - My 3rd EP will be released called “Thinking Humans” - a covers EP of some favorite tracks like “Misunderstanding” originally by @thegrapesofwrath . I am super excited and I hope you love it as much as I do. . . . . .
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Here we are. It is Monday. Still feels like it should be the weekend. To make things brighter, here is a sneak peak of another single off the next EP. It’s a song called “Misunderstanding” originally by The Grapes of Wrath. What do you think? New EP - Mid June! . . . . .
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I have been recording vocals for the last couple of evenings. Being drenched in moving and changing light and colors helped me find the vibe. This mic and its accompanying tools from @slatedigital have made a difference in perfecting and polishing my sound. . . . . .
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I took this out of the synth-vault today. Sadly, the screen is wonky and it makes it nearly impossible to use. How does that happen while in storage? Still… my @rolandus fanboy roots run deep. This was a great synth for me when it was new. . . . . .
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I think I am playing a game of how many synths can I fit on the screen. . . . . .
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(SOUND ON) Along with the possible album art and title, here is a sneak listen to one of the songs from the next EP. How many of you remember this song from @camouflagemusic? What do you think? . . . . .
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Tonight it will be lights, music, and challenges. Last mix of the next EP starts now. Then off to mastering and setting a release date. . . . . .
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This is me at 20. A rare smile in a photo. I know... I don’t look like the super cool dark wave guy that I pretend to be now. Obviously, my fav sport was volleyball.... that is until I had a very bad sprain of the ‘ol ankle. I was writing mostly guitar based music then even though I had been entirely synth from the release of my first single at 15 (in an all synth duo)I think the change of pace was good for my creative thinking. . . . . .
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I love my stay at home space and I am ready to spend part of the weekend working on new music. I am nearly finished with the first of two EP’s! I’ll continue drooling over the Jupiter-X as well. . . . . .
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@rolandus was looking for tracks done with a Roland SP sampler… while I don’t have one of those… I got a bug in my head to do something anyway. So, I loaded up the TR-909, Promars, and Jupiter-8 from @therolandcloud and found a sample of an 18th century German poem and put together this as a late-80’s inspired sample-ish dance track. . . . . .
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I have been enjoying spending time with the new @therolandcloud SRX Piano releases. I found many of the sounds to be much more nuanced and detailed in the performance with varying degrees of key velocity. This patch from SRX Piano 1 called “Requiem” sounded quite spring like to me… in all weirdness and it called for a more simple play style. This video is just me having a little impromptu fun (excuse the bad notes), but it shows the dreamy spring like vibe that made me love this patch so much. I might try to play this song again! . . . . .
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Last week @neworderofficial asked users to perform a cover of one of their songs. It’s over now, but that didn’t stop me from loading up @rolandzenbeats and putting together a quick idea/imagining of “Subculture”. I couldn’t decide on the style so I ended up doing a couple of sections with different styles. That TB-303 is kind of fun... and that modified “HangryWolf” patch on the Jupiter-8.

I love how easily @therolandcloud synths flow into the workflow, though I did use plenty of Zenbeats included synths too. . . . .
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As a songwriter and producer, I like being in the habit of approaching a new song or project with a base set of tools. One thing I do is to set up a project template in Logic Pro X with all the settings I need for a quick start. .

What are my normal project defaults? A track set up using a Roland Cloud TR-909, a Jupiter-8, and a System-100 with the project tempo at 120BPM and 48KHz. .

Do you use project templates? Would love to answer any questions while we all #stayhome . . . .
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I have been taking every free evening and weekend to work on this next release. I am up to 8 tracks of original material and covers. I feel like it is coming together nicely and blends well with “Still Wishing” and “Hollow and Vague” era music. It’s melodic guitar and synth music…. some all guitar, some a blend, and some all synth. I think you’ll like it. When will it be released? Haha… if I only knew. I need a few more weeks of mixing/mastering… and probably some production too. It’s a fun process. . . . .
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Hilarious… but is it potenialous? I found this demo from just before I emerged to take the band name “Blondeking”. I recorded the vocals and the main guitar live… so its pretty awful… but I thought it was just weird enough to share… but maybe it should have stayed hidden in a long buried folder? . . . .
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Recording vocals tonight! What are you doing? .

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You know, sometimes you have to practice piano…. and then sometimes you have to have little diversions to keep you interested. I have always loved this synth part from one of my favorite bands... and it is so fun to play. Ignore my weird finger positions... my hands aren’t as cool as @protovolt ‘s . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I am just getting started on this song but I had a very specific synth part in mind when I started. After some trial and error... I launched the Jupiter-8 from @therolandcloud and there it was in the new Synthwave patch library - at least as a starting point. Adding in some @roland_us effects via @uaudio and it is starting to come together. I let the synth sound play through on the second half so you could hear it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What do you do when it’s midnight and you can’t sleep? You create. Clearly my mind was uneasy and so rather than go and fire up the big studio... I quickly launched @rolandzenbeats and started to create. Making every minute count. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I also spend a lot of time with this Bass Guitar. It has a fantastic finish/stain that lets the wood grain show through. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I got the Fender Jaguar out tonight. Such a fun guitar and look at that blue velvet in the case! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As you might have guessed from my last post… I am taking a diversion back to guitar music for minute. The reality is, I have always been a guitar person… mostly synth with guitar to supplement… but at times I choose to use more guitars in a song than synth. This is one of those times. It’s no @theeoceanblue track… but this quick demo has a nice vibe I think. Do you like? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What an amazing day! @therolandcloud released a set of Synthwave focused patches and I just happened to have 30 minutes over lunch to tinker around with them…. let me tell you… across all the synths.. every patch is studio ready and its quite the versatile set. I used the JX-3P, Juno-106, Jupiter-8 on this one. For the drums, I used a kit out of SRX-Dance. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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