The Early Years of Disco

    As regular readers know, we’ve been fooling around in the Midnight Oil Studios labs, late at night, creating new songs with a number of leading digital instruments outside the software world of DAW. The hardware that might be used to program music today. There’s the new member to the Midnight Oil Band (MOB) […]

Woods

  A composition with a modified sample pattern from our Korg Electribe Sampler is played against the real time programming from the Korg MiniLogue playing high bass notes. The arpeggio notes come from our Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus. The brass sounds are put on top of all of these sounds via our Korg Kross 88 […]

Trane’s Greensleeves Sampled

Maybe some of the problems I’m having with my current band are related to the problems of our times. The band is a weird group of characters that I’m not sure if they would even think of being together if it weren’t for me in some way. I don’t take credit for getting this band […]

Night Trips

David Berry  My perpetual worry is not that we won’t have great artists anymore in the world. But rather, that we will have them but no one will notice their presence. My cousin David Berry is one of the people that worries me. One of George Lucas’ original people David became a master of movie special effects […]

Meet the Band

I’ve been in a few bands over the years. My recent band is a lot different from the others. Meet the members of my new band. Korg Minilogue Korg Electribe Sampler Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus Korg Kross Keyboard iPhone 6 (iWavestation, Korg Gaget,Electribe,Voice Jam Studio,Auxy,Lorentz Polyphonic Synthesizer,iKaossilator) MacBook Pro (Ableton Live, Reason)

Jackie

Jackie Starring Natalie Portman How do you tell the story of a legendary figure? Do you try to encompass the life of the figure or a piece of time in this life? The screenwriter Noah Oppenheim was faced with this question in creating the screenplay Jackie about Jackie Kennedy. See the perspective he chose in the […]

McCoy & Trane

McCoy & Trane  (Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer, Korg Kassilator Pro Plus & Korg Kross Keyboard)   After completing law school in 1975, I moved to the Bay Area and worked for one of the largest corporations in the world. After a few years I realized that the big corporation was not for me and […]

Story Premise in a Commercial

A great little story here … a surfer is distracted by a baby surfing near him and from this distraction falls off his board when he is catching a wave and briefly loses consciousness and wakes up being pulled from the water on a beach … rescued by babies in a special land where babies […]

Intersection Of Music

Silver N’ Percussion and The Guess Who “Raindance” – The Who – 1971 “The Aztec Sun God” – Horace Silver – 1977 A few weeks ago I heard an amazing piece of music from 45 years ago by one of my favorite groups. It was bumper music for around 3:00 am for the Coast-to-Coast radio show […]

A New Type of Music?

  Music equipment is slowly overtaking my home office as my writing efforts give way to the music muse. Writing a few short works as well as a screenplay. Madly trying to finish this final screenplay. I had lost count but probably completed about ten screenplays. But the music muse was coming back into my […]