there are so many choices… and even more mistakes…
actions will always speak louder than words… this is long overdue…
Yesterday, Carly and I wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and go on a little adventure. So I grabbed my camera and we headed north to Stouffville to visit Horton Tree Farms for their annual Maple Syrup Festival. Having grown up in the country, Carly was no stranger to the wonders of freshly tapped sweet sap. But I had never been to a sugar bush before and it was quite amazing. The grounds were breathtakingly beautiful, the staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable, and the pancakes were absolutely delicious (smothered in maple syrup, of course!). It was an afternoon filled with log cabins, wagon rides, trees, sunshine, and fresh air. What a lovely way to spend a lovely day. I made this video to capture the experience. Also, the music featured here is a demo track I’m currently playing around with. I hope you enjoy them both!
After months of researching and pining, I finally picked up a portable midi controller – the Akai MPK Mini. It has a surprising amount of features given the size (i.e. MPC-style pads, rotary knobs, built-in arpeggiator, sustain button) and there is a good weight and sturdy feel to the unit overall. Also, I have an odd affinity for mini-keys.
So in my usual impromptu fashion, I decided to put it through a test run last night. And 4 hours later, I finally finished a track I had first started 4 years ago. I’m really good at getting lost in space. In time, I find my way back. At any rate, I’m happy to be able to share it now. Sit back, relax… it’s that kind of tune.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, my friends Joan (fashion blogger, KlickClash) and Paulo (documentary-style videographer, Rubio Films) attended the Canada Goose launch party at The Spoke Club in Toronto. This video features the company’s 2011 Fall / Winter Collection, including a collaborative line with Drake. It also happens to feature the track Baby House by Fake Date (my electronic side project with CarlyRhiannon). The coverage looks and sounds amazing – super funny and informative! And I’m so pleased to be in the company of such talented people. Feel free to check out the full track below.
Over the past month or so, the rad ass members of The Royal Canadian Chiptunes Orchestra have been rehearsing for their performance at the Tiff Bell Lightbox as part of Toronto’s annual Nuit Blanche all-night art event. I am honoured to say that I’ve been playing with this amazing group of talented people and we’re all very excited to share our music. Our set consists mostly of awesome cancon covers which have been given the 8-bit treatment. I assure you fun will be had by all and noise will be made by as many as possible as we will be highly encouraging audience participation. To entice you further, here’s a teaser of what you might expect to hear from the night.
Aside from The Royal Canadian Chiptunes Orchestra, there will also be a ton of fantastic 8-bit musicians slotted throughout the entire evening right up until the early morning. Performers include Battle Lava, Deadbeatblast, .exe, Radius and Helena, Oxvylu, Cybernetic Orchestra, Freque, Awesome Force, Jeff the World, Starpilot, Tetris Hold’em, bossFYTE, DJ Finish Him, Press Start 2 Play, and Spell ‘n Math. Now, that’s a LOT of chiptunes!
The Music of the Video Game! is on from 7pm to 7am on Saturday, October 1, 2011. So if you plan on heading out for Nuit Blanche tomorrow night, why not find a way to squeeze in a stopover at the Tiff Bell Lightbox [Cinema 1] onto your art-roaming schedules. You won’t regret it!
My basement home studio has been under renovation for the past 2 months due to water leakage. During that time, a section of the room had to be cleared. So, instruments were stored in the bedroom and computers sat on the living room coffee table for most of the summer. The house isn’t very big to begin with and the reduced space made it feel even smaller. Needless to say, making music was nearly impossible. But today, my partner-in-crime and I were able to start moving equipment back into the space. Afterwards, one of the first things we did was finish mixing a little house song we’ve been sitting on since the beginning of the summer. I’m glad to finally be able to share it now. The title is an ode to the place we call home and to a genre of music we both love. Enjoy!
I love the video game, Animal Crossing: Wild World. When I first started playing it, I created a “Feng Shui” video that was part tutorial + part item bragging. Now years later, the obsession continues with this quick impromptu remix I made using a short sample from my favourite K.K. Slider tune. The song is called K.K, Cruisin’ and the bootleg version (used here) is heavily west coast influenced. Though, his live coffee house version is also pretty chill. I might do a full length remix at some point. Until then, enjoy this tasty sample!
As you know, I like to make music on all of my fun toys. But sometimes, I’ll collaborate and play with my partner in crime, Carly Rhiannon (who also composes some pretty rad tunes of her own, by the way). Here’s a thin slice of what we sound like collectively under the moniker, Fake Date.
If you dig what you hear, then send us a reply over on twitter and insist that we post some more songs. Please and thanks!