Balmorhea played last weekend (February 1st and 2nd) for two nights at Scottish Rite Theater with Mother Falcon, and it was a fantastic show. The audience was great, the encore with Mother Falcon was a lot of fun, and the venue was beautiful. Thanks so much to everyone for coming out!
Also, check out this awesome poster done by the good people at Decoder Ring.
Check out the official press release for the new BASE controller by Livid Instruments. I can’t wait to get my hands on one. I’ll have some fresh new video tutorials soon so you can see it in action. Until then, be sure to check out my demo videos with the Alias8
An electro-organic tidal wave of harmony and divergent sound design illustrates the beginning of Headtron all-star ChrisB’s new EP “Triangular Objects”, out on Gravitas Recordings January 15th. It’s been nearly two years since his last solo release, but Los Angeles native Chris Brown reveals that this time has been spent hard at work. These six individual gems, ranging from the main room to the bedroom, are sure to stand apart in any bass music lover’s collection.
A barrage of psychotropic and integral melody distinguishes both “Fluid Dynamics” and “Space Dust”, with large detuned leads bringing grit to what might otherwise be whimsical tunes. “Trendy” shows Chris’ interpretation of the recent trap movement – but instead of reproducing the same exhausted sound palette, this intrepid producer merges his unique synthesis construction with heavy 808s to create an entirely fresh offering. Meticulous percussion steers the intro of the title track, soon giving way to reserved jazz keys set atop a laser-infused bassline. The EP comes to a close with the upbeat “Eye in the Sky”, which boasts complex synth work and funky bass riffs suitable for a 5-string Fender.
A few weeks ago I posted a demo video of Livid’s new Alias8 controller. In this video, I cover an in depth overview of my two deck DJ style setup in Ableton Live. You can also download the project used in the video including four of my favorite remixes for FREE. check it out.
On this, his studio debut with the group, the drummer Mr. Clark gives Balmorhea additional color and drive. “Artifact” kicks off with a series of overdubbed choked guitar notes, reminiscent of Andy Summers’s work with the Police, before Mr. Clark joins in, playing in double time on the rims and high-hat cymbal while Mr. Chapman adds rubbery bass; soon, Mr. Lowe’s power chords are augmented by the squeal of feedback. “Fake Fealty” rises from a wash of strings and churning guitar; Mr. Clark holds back as a xylophone plays the melody, but is a big, aggressive presence as the song progresses. He zooms along with Mr. Muller’s piano and the string ensemble on the soaring “Dived.”
“Pyrakantha,” meanwhile, bridges the band’s past and present. A soft trance of pensive guitars fades into a bed of static synthesizers, which then settles into a guitar groove subtly propelled by the nuanced percussion of stellar new addition Kendall Clark.