are you familiar with TONTO? pretty amazing piece of work.
Finally, Thanksgiving is over and it's officially Christmas Season!!!! To celebrate this joyous occasion Ohmtron Seedling created an Ohmtron Seedling Christmas.
This family heirloom keepsake treasury of Christmas music is will be cherished for generations to come and is yours free for download! Perfect for that special Christmas mix.
you can buy it on cassette!
For only three euros you can own an original, hand made, 20 of-a-kind cassette tape!
This shameless gimmick is also designed to launch the new Smilin' Asterisk Limited Edition Cassettes (SALECa) label. SALECa will be promoting independent artists with limited edition cassettes and free downloads from the Ohmtron Seedling site.
Why cassettes? They are simply cooler than CD-R's. There's plenty of machines out there. Go get one.
In the meantime, scroll your mouse over to the button that says SALECa Home Page. There you can read more about SALECa, future releases, and download your free copy of an Ohmtron Seedling Christmas.
as of right now, i think the new CD is finished. i think... i've made a CD with a sequence of 7 songs that should be the album. there are small edits that need to be done, and i'd like to get a copy off to the gentleman that can master this to CD for me to make sure the mix is adequate, and then we'll work from there.
the album will likely be called "the positive side effects of ADHD" and the artwork will be appearing shortly. that's still a mystery to me as well.
there are six new numbers here on the site!
these numbers are not for the new album but extra numbers that have been lying around.
hope you like them. go to "listen", open in new browser and enjoy. "she was a friend of Judy's", "the escalator that spins horizontally", fraternizing with sharks", "disco nights", "the squares didn't see it coming" and "groovin' and spacin' to the thing".
although i'm certain i've created a bit of trouble for myself in the mixing i've also been able to organize a large amount of music files. the good thing is, in the next few days i will be releasing some of these files for your enjoyment.
a while back i decided to clean up the ol' computer. you know, get all organized for the big mixdown frenzy which, generally untill now was going very well.
it seems as though when i started moving files around some disappeared, some seem to now be out of synch. this is not a terrible problem with a song with only four tracks. but with 14 i fear the worst.
this is what happens when you try to organize.
look at this photo above. it's a dismal mess, right? this is a portion of the basement of Ted's Music in Baltimore. my keen eye tells me that there are a whole bunch of middle pieces to cymbal stands, a few bases, and if you dig around probably a few tops that will fit something. all of the pieces are there. to the right of this pile is probably a stack of old, broken cymbals, a stack of 1000 used or broken drum heads. in the hall leading towards the back is a stack of 300 violin bodies. on the right a pile of vintage electric guitar cases, all too small for any modern electric guitar. upstairs, above the store is an enormous collection of drums. all sizes and colors. high quality vintage, super low quality junkers. piled in no particular order, just piled.
but really, the people at Ted's know where everything is. it's perfectly laid out. a pile here, a pile there. but all together, somehow. you know where everything is.
then, you hire Gilligan to come in and tidy up the shop. get rid of some of the "junk" and take what's there and make it usable. make it user-friendly and accessable. make it so it can be presentable for the big sale..
then some 13 year old kid comes into the shop with a 1963 Tesico Del Ray guitar and needs a case for it. oops! Gilligan just threw those out last week...
it seemed like a good idea at the time to take all of these folders that were all over my computer and try and organize them in a way where things weren't all spread out, but in one place, removing the guesswork. right?
maybe it's best to wait until after the big sale. when you are sure that 90% of what is left over is indeed junk before moving it, or worse- throwing it away.
i got a blog. might as well use it!
So, what's going on with Ohmtron Seedling these days?
a: at the moment, there are 20 new numbers mixed and at least ten remain unmixed. that's 30 numbers since i've moved into this apartment/studio in December alone! the new album is made, but what's going to be on it is still even a mystery to me. there's weird sound, there's sequencers, there's guitars, drums, bass, keyboards... what does it all mean? what have i done? your guess at this moment is a sgood as mine. i'm really not sure what this album will sound like yet. even though much of it is finished. crazy...
b: the studio. well, it looks like i'm moving in September so this room/apartment is soon to be a thing of the past. i'm just moving to the apartment upstairs so it's not a huge change, but it will be much more cramped then this current studio room, that's for sure.
c: cassette tapes???? in July, i bought 5 new (NOS) unused, still in the box from year 2000 Sony cassette decks (as seen in the pic above). then, i was able to score 320 (yes, 320) very lightly used Maxell 46 minute normal bias cassettes. i haven't actually counted how many Maxell UD1 46 minute tapes were there but it's surely at least 300, with a few others mixed in. they were used, with only one piece of music per tape for funeral services! thus, Smilin' Asterisk Limited Edition Cassette Series will shortly be beginning, and including other artists for very limited edition runs.
so, in a nutshell there's a lot that has happenned and a lot to come.
here's a few pictures of this short-lived studio:
oh, there's so much excitement brewing at Ohmtron Seedling Studios that i can hardly contain myself. but i will, for now since i'm leaving for work and was only here making sure i had the right password... but believe me, my-oh-my, lots and lots of stuff!
taking a well-deserved break from the non-stop touring in Almelo, Ohmtron Seedling (collectively) took a vacation to Amsterdam in October. during a fateful ride on the number 14 tram towards (i think) the Slotersvaart- but i could be wrong, i encountered Dijkman's Music and bought some new equipment.
conveniently, the Ohmtron Seedling Zoom Handy Recorder came along for the ride. thus, the existence of the long-fabled "LEGENDARY OHMTRON SEEDLING AMSTERDAM SESSIONS" there are roughly 5 hours of synthesizer recordings that were made live, in the headphones over two nights at Coffeeshop Bushdoctor on the Rembrandtplein. also, roughly two hours of general atmosphere recordings. the stealth atmosphere recordings on this piece were recorded outside at a restaraunt just below the Ohmtron Seedling deluxe suite. while eating breakfast. under an umbrella.
if you would like to download this free, very limited time only release, go to the Buy link and click on Free Downloads.
a strange but nice venue to perform- the top level of the library in Almelo. i only had two weeks to prepare this set but was able to create something that provided atmosphere for celebrating electronic music in a lounge environment. thanks to Klass-Jan, Peter, and Menno for all of their hard work!
below is the complete performance. one camera shot but full, high quality sound.
photo courtesy menno d. ouderkerk