Summer 2019 Update

What’s being going on?

I haven’t been active as much lately and for that, I’m sorry.

I work with Amon Tobin at Nomark Records and we’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming out this year. No, Tricil will not as of this time release on that label. Church/State.

I did remix the boss man, again just for fun, not official release:

In other news, I’ve released Arbe from the Telekompilation on streaming.

No other new tracks have been finished just yet but I do think I’ve got my toolkit pretty much set:

  • Ableton Live Suite 10

  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin Mk II

  • Schecter C-1 Classic

  • Ableton Push 2

  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol MK1

  • Native Instruments Komplete 12

  • Arturia V-Collection 6

  • Korg Gadget 2 Collection

New song on I Die: You Die / Talking to Ghosts compilation

The sites (and podcasts!) I Die: You Die and Talking to Ghosts both have a joint Slack channel called Telekon. Myself and many other talented musicians are members and we have assembled a free / donate-what-you-want compilation called Telekompilation, Vol. 1 with a bunch of great other artists, including Seeming, FIRES, Null Device, ∆AIMON, and even an appearance by Patrick Codenys of Front 242

Check it out here: https://idieyoudie.bandcamp.com/album/telekompilation-vol-1

Here’s my contribution to the kompilation, called Arbe:

Why I chose Spotify over Apple Music three years later

I’ve been an avid Apple Music supporter since the launch of the service. I liked the idea of combining my personal music library with the on-demand firehose of a streaming service.

Apple acquired Beats Music in 2014, just a few short months after Beats Music launched. I was a strong Beats Music supporter and follower not just because the whole Topspin Media crew was involved (oh, and Trent Reznor) but because its recommendation engine was great. There was this really cool feature called The Sentence that was like musical madlibs, if you will. Fill in the variables of your situation (time/place/mood/suggested genre) and it made a soundtrack. This actually worked quite well. Unfortunately, that feature didn’t make it into Apple Music.

The cool thing about Apple Music was iCloud Music Library. Essentially a rebranding of iTunes Match, iCloud music library combined your local library with your selections from the Apple Music catalogue. My problem with this feature was often a lot of mismatching . I never had any studio versions replaced with live tracks, mind you, but some albums should have a 100% “Matched” state or vice versa. A commonly released album, would have some tracks Matched from iTunes and some tracks Uploaded, despite the track being available on the service. Conversely, some albums could be special editions from the artists' Bandcamps, such as newly remastered editions, would be partially matched with the older, often inferior master instead of completely Uploaded.

Now, in my Spotify journey I don’t use the local syncing of Spotify at all. I sync lossless files to my phone the “old school” way using iTunes. This gives me the best of both worlds as well as the chance to enjoy my rarities in full fidelity. If Spotify offered a lossless tier, I’d pay for it.  

Apple Music’s “For You” feed, a tailored mix of playlists and albums is a direct descendant of Beats Music. I preferred the Beat Music iteration of this than its evolved version in Apple Music. Essentially, it would be six thematic playlists based on an artist or genre, and then four full albums, at least one you were guaranteed to have in your library already. Shooting fish in a barrel. Apple Music's version follows the same format but it only generated once a day. And after a while, it would just serve you the same playlists over and over.

Beats 1 Radio was a promising start, but it plays 95% mumble rap, Drake, Ed fucking Sheeran, and Urban Outfitters chillcore.

I don’t know. I could go on but Spotify is  just a better experience as much as I didn’t want to admit it for my loyalty to both Apple, Topspin, and Trent Reznor. 

My Discover Weekly playlist has been very helpful in discovering new music (imagine that) and I’ve been fine tuning it using the built in ❤️/🚫 feature which also works on my Apple Watch and via Apple CarPlay, two interfaces that I interact with music as much as my vinyl collection so that’s a plus. 

As of this writing I have 6 “daily mix” playlists loosely based around genres and moods I’m in: Prog Rock, Industrial, IDM, Metal, New Wave/Post Punk, and Techno. These mixes have already evolved since the draft of this article.

My only complaint about Spotify is that the 10,000 song limit is far too low. I get around this by curating my collections and maybe *not* choosing the Super Deluxe version of the album with 30 demos and live tracks. 

#EsotericDrift10 7/7

On July 24th, 2010 - I booked a Nophest appearance under the name “Esoteric Drift.” As The Emancipation video and release was secret until the day it came out (literally the day before). I wanted to do something different while Tricil made it’s big debut. I performed the entire Esoteric Drift EP live in order with an “encore” of How Hard We Fall, a track I wrote for Nerd Parade.

iOS Mail tips

There are thousands of third-party email solutions on the App Store. 

I leverage the built-in app to fit my needs:

1. Set up accounts as normal
2. In notifications turn ON banners, show in Notification Center, and show on lock screen. 
2a. Notification settings mirrored on watch. 
3. Set fetch to 15 minutes if IMAP gmail account, for example. 

When a new mail comes, I can swipe down for a preview or see it on my watch and flag or archive it right away. No third-party app needed.

Circle of Dust

Circle of Dust has returned!

Both the classic albums Brainchild and Circle of Dust have been reissued and remastered with new 2016 recordings, demoes, and alternate versions as bonuses!

Since Circle of Dust will likely never play live, I decided to have some fun and make a playlist of all the remastered tracks and new tracks arranged by key and BPM. I used Traktor for this and my raw table is included below.

Num.TitleArtistTimeBPMReleaseKey

1Course of RuinCircle of Dust05:02141.632Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]2m

2DemoralizeCircle of Dust04:10142.008Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]3m

3Nothing SacredCircle of Dust06:1092.003Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]4m

4Rational LiesCircle of Dust04:3796.002Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]5m

5Telltale CrimeCircle of Dust04:19110.036Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]5d

6Bed of NailsCircle of Dust03:35110.998Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]7m

7ParasiteCircle of Dust03:41117.999Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]7m

8Exploration (Redux)Circle of Dust03:51130.001Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]9m

9Am I In Sync?Circle of Dust05:50132.038Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]9m

10OnenemyCircle of Dust04:51134.002Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]10m

11Self InflictCircle of Dust05:28126.044Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]10m

12DeviateCircle of Dust05:07102.035Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]10m

13Pale ReflectionCircle of Dust05:0899.677Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]10m

14DescendCircle of Dust05:30115.660Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]11m

15Twisted RealityCircle of Dust05:10135.003Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]11d

16EnshrinedCircle of Dust04:04139.625Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]11m

17Cranial TyrantCircle of Dust04:12149.613Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]11d

18Prayers of a Dead ManCircle of Dust06:1787.029Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]12m

19ConsequenceCircle of Dust04:4094.006Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]12m

20ContagionCircle of Dust05:25100.000Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]12m

21DissolvedCircle of Dust05:23116.002Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]12m

22Regressor (Aggressive Mix)Circle of Dust06:12129.657Brainchild (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]12m

23NightfallCircle of Dust05:50130.008Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]12m

24NeophyteCircle of Dust06:01130.000Circle of Dust (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition]12m

The ultimate Nirvana playlist

In 1994, Nirvana set out on what would be their last tour in support of In Utero. Their setlists were fairly static at the time, drawing heavily from both In Utero and Nevermind. But some shows were significant. “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” was rarely played in Europe, switched out with the nearly Europe-only “Very Ape.” “Sappy” was played for the first time since 1990 on this leg too, but only at a handful of shows. The leg itself was cut off after March 1st, the final Nirvana show.

The February 16th show at Rennes, France is significant as it has both of the aforementioned rare tracks appearing in the Encore:

In 2011, Nevermind was reissued in a “Super Deluxe” fashion containing “Devonshire” mixes of all songs except for “Polly” (which wasn’t tracked at Sound City – it came from the Smart Sessions). This mix was done by Butch Vig and significantly more raw than it’s multiplatinum counterpart.

The same could be said for Steve Albini’s “2013 Mix” of In Utero, which is on both the Deluxe and Super Deluxe reissues of the album.

A great playlist is three things:
1. Song Selection
2. Song order
3. Track Version Control1

The first two were provided by Nirvana in France. The second was brought to you by the producers of their classic records. Turn it up and enjoy. Use just once and destroy.

  1. (which version of the track you choose)