Fract’ured & Twitching

I had been looking for an artist to do some abstract work for my album and each song. Unfortunately nothing worked out and out of frustration I downloaded a few Fractal making programs and went to dabbling.

I ended up using one that lets you go very deep into the mathematical structure of each fractal as well as the ability to render video. So to the deep end I dove into the fractal program and unexpectedly I was making fantastic abstract art that was beginning to look like what I wanted in the beginning.

After 2 weeks of fiddling around and tightening up the fractals I rendered them and then cleaned them up and added text… which upped my Photoshop skills quickly, many thanks to my Graphics Art teacher Mr. Garcia (many many moons ago), I was able to remember some of the basics and it made the process much easier.

Here is the final version of each song and the album uploaded to SoundcCloud:

I am streaming again on Twitch starting June 24th and in a few weeks I will be uploading tutorial videos to YouTube again, going to try to do 2-3 a week with a linear type timeline so that the viewer can learn on their own time and not get lost in the YT algorithm.

Lastly, I am finished with the live set for the album (about 45 mins) and will be adding 2 more tracks to make it an hour and I am setting up gigs. If you know of a bar/club/promoter that may like my music feel free to email me: KineticDistortion@gmail.com

Into The Night

After a few weeks of restructuring some of the songs, as well as mixing (and mixing)  each track until they were just right, I finally have finished the album “Deep Into The Night”

Deep Into The Night is a World/Bass/Electronic album with a mixture of electronic and traditional instruments, as well as field recordings from around California.
Every song is set to a specific place on Earth with each having it’s own story, From the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico having a forgotten ritual, to the Malagasy fighting Pirates and Colonists.

You can check the album out at: https://soundcloud.com/kineticdistortion/sets/deep-into-the-night-album

I also have finished the live set (basic form) with synced dmx lighting & lasers and will be adding projected visuals and 2 more songs soon. For now it’s time to start bugging promoters and club owners.

The Wheels On The Buss..

Go round and round… Here is an idea of what all I did incorrectly and WHY I took down my album from SC. I am just being transparent and showing that we all make mistakes, even lots of small ones that equal out to a shitty mix.

First off I updated to Ableton 10 and just took for granted that it would work the same as 9 but with a few cool tweaks. One thing is false volume output if a track is muted as well as some of the vst’s act a little different in 10.

Secondly, I did not correctly do signal summing when I would put various tracks into a Buss (Drums, Bass line, Leads, etc.) as well as just plain forgetting to turn on some effects. Due to this I have severely changed how I interact with Live, using my mouse, synth, & Logitech key mapper so that I am not deleting or changing anything without intentionally doing it. I have almost stopped using a keyboard, most of the time it is just to input text.

I also did not check my mixes on other speakers & headphones… as of now I switch between my studio speakers & my headphones, when I am close to finishing I will test them on other various speakers/headphones. Due to not checking my mixes they were WAY too bright and the reverb sends were too loud.

Because my Drum Buss was a complete disaster I never had a chance to properly mix from the beginning, but I also hadn’t checked on my “mastering” chain and didn’t realize my exciter vst had reset itself and was making the mix even harsher… So I had “Set Myself Up To Fail” which I have talked to a lot of you about trying your best to NOT do that. Luckily I have found my errors and I am fixing them…hopefully by this weekend I will have the reworked versions up on SC.

I have to admit, I learned so much from the conception of this album, but I am ready to move onto my many other projects/songs that are still waiting to be finished.

On a positive note I have saved almost all of my personal presets to the effects I used on the album, as well as the synths that I have programmed myself. Not sure what I will do with them yet.

 

 

Dove Into The Shallow Part…

Ugh… Broke a cardinal rule and did NOT check my mixes on other sources (car, headphones, etc.) and I dearly paid the price… I went to put the live set together and upon hearing the tracks on a different pair of speakers I instantly realized my mix was WAY too sharp and the reverb was too much… Also, most of the time the leads were too loud.

My Apologies to anyone who took the time to listen to them on SC. I took them down this morning and I am already reworking the mixes. Fortunately I know what to fix and how to fix it…