Time to light up a joint. Good day to be a Canuck.
Posted by I0TA - November 3rd, 2018
So 8Dio had a sales on Insolidus Choir while back and I grabbed it for $299 instead of getting full price ($599) because I was intrigued by how it sound. Tad disappointment. It's like the softer Lacrimosa with a little more versatile articulation set like Requiem. I wasn't happy with how the samples sound. Almost as if they repacked the same shit and slap it together for quick sales.
Technically I also made the wrong choice with Lacrimosa. It doesn't sound better than the stuff I already had. In fact none of the 8Dio choir libraries sound better than Strezov Wotan and Freyja. Liberis is ok and versatile, especially the version 3 update. But Strezov Sampling Arva still beats it.
The general choir stuff I got so far. I used to have a lot more craps but I managed to narrow down to the good stuff:
Cinesamples Voxos - Was my fav lib until Requiem came
8Dio Requiem Pro
8Dio Lacrimosa - my default choir lib
8Dio Insolidus Choir
8Dio Studio Sopranos
8Dio Forgotten Voices Series and Studio Vocals
Strezov Sampling Tropar, Wotan, Frejya, Arva and Rhodope 2 - if I need something elegant
Best Service Mystica, Cantus, Altus, Shevannai, ERA II Vocal Codex - still the best
Heavyocity Vocalise 1 and 2 - overused by me
Impact Soundwork Vocalisa - was my budget go-to Slavic choir until Rhodope 2 came along
EWQL Symphonic Choir - barely touched this nowaday
I'm not gonna get anymore stuff for a long time...
Posted by I0TA - November 1st, 2018
A - How'd you welcome Steve Bannon?
Egg? Rotten tomatoes? Classic molotov? Or just good old brass knuckles on the face?
Fat Bannon gonna be in Toronto for a speech on Friday, which is tomorrow. There's gonna be massive rally. This is another WCAI chicken shit at Nathan Phillips Square, except this time I think they're gonna be there. I'm not sure my work schedules could allow me to welcome this chud so anyone who's out there to bash the fash, have fun. Punch them for me. I'll have a party with the bastard that knock Bannon out.
B - Back to Hybrid and Orchestra, Again
I got bored of the IDM stuff, thus I haven't been releasing stuff for a while. I'm still making music tho, in particularly hiphop type of cinematic. But I want to build something more solid. Especially back to the good old TSFH type of music.
But I want my TSFH trailer shit to have actual messages, as a weapon to empower and radicalize the working class, instead of all those bullshit fantasy, king and knight stuff that bored me out.
So yeah I am working on a massive album. A real album this time. TSFH style. But for the proles. It'll be completely free, as in freedom and free beer. If I'm the first cinematic to do these then let's be it.
Posted by I0TA - October 25th, 2018
This is somewhat my way to push tutorial, however I don't want to dictate how people should make music, and more of an explanation of how and why I make music certain ways.
A - I don't build stories, I build worlds
As must as we reject or water it down, as of today the recorded audio is still a linear experience. Stories are linear and predictable. So I would like my music to be non-linear by designing each song a unique experience, yet familiar. I employed various innovative techniques developed specifically for my production from structure, arrangement, sound design, to mixing and mastering. I will go in-depth in the stuff below.
I admit not many one-time listeners like my unorthodox production, however those who are long time followers of mine often enjoy analyzing the production, which is something that I always cherish and respect my fans for that.
Another thing is why I build worlds, I don't dictate my listener of how they are going to percept and interpret my tracks. My stuff might have my own personal messages, but they are often symbolic. I have read 10 reviews of the same track with slightly different interpretations of my song, and that's the freedom everyone should respect their listeners.
B - Sonic Illusions and Psychological Effects
If you have been an avid fan of my music, you might have noticed that I often employ shepard tones into my production, specifically percussion programming. It's just one of my many signature exploration of sonic illusions on the path to create more and more interesting sounds.
Another example, I often use pseudo-linear and repetitive patterns to fool listener into believing the arrangement was always the same, however I slowly sneak in minor instruments that are barely noticeable, yet your ears automatically registered that it's there so you hook onto the pace. I also introduce very twist and unannounced transitions as if they are completely separated parts. Thus makes the sounds work ironically yet seemingly, only because your brain was told that it should be like this.
C - Diversity, not harmony
Often cinematic composers include different instruments to create balance and harmony. I do the opposite. I create diversity and aim to tip the balance. There are parts in some of my production with over 50 instruments going on in a single bar. Yet they all work seemingly well. Over years, I have learned that diversity always trumps law-abided theory-following production.
It's not chaos. Chaos is random. Diversity is full and welcoming.
D - Non-conformity
I never went to any school or training for music composition. I'd probably fail first grade music theory than a 5 years old kid taking conservatory music class. But precisely that weakness makes it my greatest strength. It enables me to explore, experiment and expand my sounds as much as possible. I don't know the names of any chord, progression, tone or scale, but I know how and why they work. I know how to utilize them, bending and twisting them the way I wanted. I often employ unique yet familar motifs in all my melodical works.
E - Symbolism & Educational
I did mentioned that I don't dictate what people interpret my music, that is true, however for personal preference I often include certain topics about what and why I made the track. Those topics are meant to be educational and thought provoking. Sadly NG comment system is limited and listeners don't have further chance to discuss the topics right at the track.
I value symbols of the instruments, arragements, sound designs and aspects that utilized in my works. Every sound in my work always stands for something I want to speak about. The ways they interact with each other often the indication of the symbols I would like to discuss about. In a way, every work of mine are a mini chemist laboratory with a dip of political science. Thus, why I build worlds and not stories.
Posted by I0TA - October 1st, 2018
What's better? Liver cancer from excessive drinking, wait until leukemia come back and bite me, OD on DMT, jump off the bridge, or slit my own artery? Fam, all my bases are covered. I'm so depressed and drunk now, joking about death ain't doing shit, doing it might help.
I'mma complete failure in anything I do. Fail at music and fail at life. Ugh, shit I don't feel good. I have work in the morning... maybe i'll choose one of the option above and I don't ever have to go to work again.
i don't know, we'll see... good night
Posted by I0TA - September 29th, 2018
Have you ever thought about making music for the present instead of the past, future or some sort of stupid fantasy? Instead of writing music for the kings and queens that long dead, why not write music for the slaves? Or writing music about bullshit like fairies, knights, dragons or superheroes where your everyday's heroes are your own parents? Have you ever written your dearest music about your own loved ones?
Live for the reality, not the dream. Write music about what's real.
Posted by I0TA - September 26th, 2018
A) WEED LEGALIZATION
Canada is the 2nd country in the world (after Uruguay) to legalize weed and on October 17 it's officially live! As of now the best place in Canada for loosest weed law would be Alberta (@AceMantra you lucky bastard!) and BC. However the only place you can smoke in public is Quebec, yet for some reason it bans home grown. Ontario (where I'm from) unfortunately only available on online OCS until April 2019 for retail store. Fucking Doug Fat Ford gonna privatize this shit. For now you can possess or carry up to 30 g of weed aka 1 oz. Private posession up to 150 g or 5 oz. You can grow up to 4 plants at home, except in Quebec.
B) BUY ANY GUN PARTS WITHOUT LICENSE (except lower receiver)
Says you are a crazy motherfucker who's too high on legal weed and went to Al Flaherty's (yes there's a gun store in Toronto) to purchase a Magpul AR mag for $20 CAD just to troll dumb yuppies at Starbucks. It will ship to your home after few days. That's the fucking stupid thing about Canadian gun laws. When they says your AR rifle is restricted, what they mean by it is only your AR lower IS restricted and the rest of the rifle IS NOT. Same for any other firearms. See, they said that only the "action" parts (with serial number, aka lower) needed license, no one will give a fuck if you spent $1K on a .50 BMG barrel for no apparent reason.
As a gun owner, I enjoy this freedom. I don't want no stupid hassle to type out my fucking PAL numbers everytime I want order something. God I hope dumb liberals don't ban this shit. Fucking criminals are trying hard to bypass this laws by milling or 3D printing their own lowers. Goddamn fuckers.
C) TALLEST VERTICAL DROP
Says you want to off yourselves but with style, or just wanna wingsuit in the freeze, Go to Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut and do that at Mount Thor.
D) HIGHEST TIDES
Put a boat on the beach and wait for it to float in 6 hours. Then wait for it to stuck on the beach again. In 6 more hours.
E) LARGEST UNDERGROUND COMMERCIAL COMPLEX
If you've lived in Toronto longer than a year you know what I'm talking about. While generic tourists and newcomers love the CN tower because it sucks, or the overtly expensive St. Lawrence Market, there is one place that most Torontonian missed out. PATH.
PATH is the world's largest underground commercial complex with over 30 km long and over 50 buldings connected. It spans to the entire downtown (within the lower U of Line 1 and between St. George and Bloor stations of Line 2).
Says if you want to walk until your legs sore up. PATH is for you.
(Fun fact, when I was homeless PATH was the one of the few warming centres that were quite a paradise for a hobo like me. I mean it was the few ways that entertained my ass)
Posted by I0TA - September 24th, 2018
Alone, afraid yet amazed. There were no great tunes for the halls of monarchy. There were no tales for the knights, the polices and armies. The only sounds that rumbled and quake the palace that built of pain, were the sounds of angry peasants, farmers, maids, builders and assorted workers of the world. The musicians that weave the sounds of insurrection were the only those who came from this very class of workers. Music should empower the oppressed and not to embrace the oppressor.
It comes down to this. I made this account and deleted my old one for a sole reason. I would like to write music that represent people who align and identify with my, for the people that have more common with me than vast numbers of "self-made" musicians who proclaimed themselves as 'talented'.
What more disgusting is the cinematic and orchestra scene. The very definition of bourgeoisie in music industry.
This account was born as a project, to prove that you don't need to be a privileged and rich asshole to write catchy music, because if you need expensive gears to write catchy music, then it's you who cheat on the fake talents.
Side note, there are big projects coming up. This will be a game changer for me. Stay tuned.