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A Long Time

I know it has been a long time since my last update here. I’ve been doing a lot of different projects. Some are more musical than others. On valentine’s day we released an EP under the the name Ne Pas De Machine. I know the name doesn’t make sense to French people, but to Dutch people it does. It’s a joke.. as simple as that.. and has a nice ring to it 🙂 You can find the music here:

http://nepasdemachine.bandcamp.com/

I’m also moving next month. We’re moving to a bigger house which means theres more room to build my studio and create more music and other stuff. This will take a lot of time and involves a lot of DIY, but will hopefully turn into a new Left Handed Orchestra album in the fall. I’m excited about that part, obviously.

take care!

3voor12 Luisterpaal.

3voor12 is an an internet platform in The Netherlands that covers a lot of indie and alternative stuff. They also have a ‘Luisterpaal’ feature. There you can stream whole new albums for free. This is obviously a perfect way to find new music. And guess who’s playing? right!

http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums/That-Band-From-Holland.html

You Were Right EP Review

The Equal Ground indie blog wrote an amazing review about my album: You Were Right. You can find it here or read below:

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Christmas Album Release

Only one day to go before we release our latest Christmas Album. ‘ Mind your own Christmas’ is the fifth Christmas album in five years and this one is also available as an ‘ name your price’ album. 9 songs for you to enjoy and don’t forget to get the other albums as well if you do not already own them 😉

Go to : http://tbfhchristmas.bandcamp.com/

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Christmas Update

Just a quick post to let you all know I’m still alive and working very hard on many things.

The Christmas demos are almost done! All the material is there, but I still need to fine tune some parts. I’m focusing on 5 songs, but there’s a lot more material that will probably pop up on other recordings in the near future. So far I’m very pleased!

There’s also artwork, video, merchandise etc to think of. The good news is that I have made a to do list. The 16th / 17th and 18th of November we will travel to beautiful countryside of Zeeland to do most of the recording, but due to the amount of songs (5 Lefthanded Orchestra and 5 That Band From Holland). I’m starting a little bit sooner with some preparations.

In other news:

Eric (That Band From Holland) is keeping a Christmas album journal on thr local Dutch bandsite Popunie. You can read it here. Mind you, this is part one and he’ll be posting weekly.

Christmas video preparations: Part I

This year I’d like to make a video for one of the songs on the Christmas album. To be honest, this has been an idea every year, but I never got round to make one. Mostly due to the lack of time. I’m feeling very confident this year, because there’s still a lot of time till the deadline and there’s already a concept. The whole video is gonna be a secret, but I can already share some stuff with you.

A couple years ago I met Karl Klomp:

Karl Klomp (’79 – NL), media artist – vj – theater technician. His research focus on live audiovisual expressions and interfacing with a fascination for glitch-art, hyper kinetic audio visuals and glitch grabbing. Dealing with video circuit bending and hardware interfacing out of obsolete video devices.

He runs a website that archives a lot of his work. He is an inspiration to me and is part of my regular video art promotional speech ever since. If you’re into video art and experimental stuff you might need to check it out.

Personally, I’ve been experimenting with circuit bending on audio devices since I was a teenager, but for me there’s still a lot to discover video wise. When browsing through his website I found this. It’s called “the rupter” and is a design by Karl himself. It lets you kill/enhance your video signal realtime with an array of knobs and switches. I’d like to use it on parts of the christmas video material.

Fortunately, Karl posted a schematic for it. I had to order the AD8072 ic on Ebay, so it still takes some time to arrive, but in the meantime there’s plenty of other stuff to do.

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Tascam 488

About a month or two ago I found this Tascam 488 8 track tape recorder on Ebay. It was listed as ‘broken’ and was very cheap. I decided to go for it since I’ve repaired electronics before and normally have all the luck on my side. It turned out the recorder was fine, except for a broken controlplate for the control buttons. Although it functioned I still decided to find a new control plate. Tascam still has a lot of spare parts for their products even this one is more than 20 years old. I found a local company that ordered the item for me and after two weeks it arrived from Japan as promised.
You have to loosen a lot of screws before you get in but the total repair took about 30 minutes and the new controlplate works and looks great! The Tascam 488 is a professional machine that cost a lot of money back in the day and is still used by a lot of people worldwide. The internet is full with information and a lot of repair companies can still service this model. The only downsize compared to its brother, the Tascam 488 MKII, is the lack of separate outputs. You have to record al the outputs separately and sync them in your software later on or bounce them ‘old school style’. I did some testing and the results so far have been amazing and almost noise free! (hooray!, dbx noise reduction)

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My friend Maarten, who’s also a drummer, surprised me with a box full of unused cassette tapes that had been sitting on a shelf for a couple of years. They’re 30 minute tapes, but because the 488 runs twice as fast and can only record on one side of the tape it can only record up to 7 minutes per tape.

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