Of course. I had a lot of very tightly scheduled plans for the new year. The exact number of trips it takes to transfer the beating heart of my production system from my crowded bedroom to a slightly larger dedicated studio space. Then I get the flu. Isn't the flu shot supposed to prevent this? Spent NYE and the first week of the new year curled up in a ball. My right arm still aches. So the studio is only half done and I'm halfway through my second month. On a positive note, I've been meeting people and forging new alliances. Looking forward to creating some collaborative work again. Even though I am a multiinstrumentalist. I can only play at most, 2 things at once. Bringing one or more people into environment opens up many more possibilities. Now I just need to figure out exactly which iteration of Ritalin Lab this studio will fall under. I think it's Ritalin lab #7?
Two fucking thirds of the way through the month and Drywall McBoatface has not finished the soundproofing treatments in the new Answering Machine Records Global HQ. The gentlemen was even so trusting as to leave his tools, ladders and supplies in my studio with a cute little heap of garbage in the middle of the floor. With about 20 minutes more work to do. So I am going to sell his gear on the internet and keep one ladder so I can paint the ceiling. Looks like I'll be spending Christmas week painting walls and mounting cable channels. Hopefully I will be able to hire a mover to get my current studio relocated in one trip to the new space. I have already transported as much as I can via subway!
Very enthusiastic about our new production space within Rockwall Studios in Ridgewood. The first new piece of studio gear will be a coffee machine. Does anyone make such in Eurorack?
Working full steam ahead. May not make this years deadline, but we will have mass quantities of merch in the near future. First, we are getting vinyl and cassettes made for our analog purists. Second, and more immediate, we will be releasing some more recent work from NSV on limited digital media. T-Shirts, stickers and other surprises will be online, for sale in the next couple of months. Probably not in time for your Christian midwinter pagan ritual.
It's been two hectic weeks since the last update on this project. Pieces are in place. It just takes a while to physically edit literally hundreds of little blips and cuts. And then do all the fun post effects. We have to admit our attention has been divided with the music production efforts consuming a lot of spare time.
New music video about to be released for the new track 'Action' by Null Static Void from the forthcoming album. It's a shattering track combining elements of post-punk, metal and industrial. Just a few final touches and it shall be up on the YouTube in the next few days.
Several major obstacles have been overcome! We've recently fixed an issue preventing us from fully utilizing all the input channels on our studio mixing desk. Now that we can get all those noises out of the box and into the mixer (then back in to the box), we are powerless to lay blame elsehwere. Finished one mixdown for a track tentatively titled "Lettuce". Began work on the next. This allows us to get back on track with the release schedule we had initially set for this year. Also have resolved a problem with the video workflow. So expect updated video released, for the first time in over a year. A graphic redesign is under way to herald the releases we anticipate in what remains of this year.
Kind of let down that none of these rack effects boxes have midi clock sync? Suppose I jumped to the conclusion that tempo sync would be important to people in the 90's. Oh well, still doing tempo to Msec conversions like a caveman. That said, it's a different thing to use a rackmount reverb and aux sends, instead of a plugin. No longer have infinite options. Just the 3 reverbs and 3 returns. The Roland gets put down a lot for not being as good as it's older brother. But I particularly like it. Though that could just be that my ears are accustomed to the Quadraverb, so this sounds like a Rolls Royce in comparison.
Forgotten how hard working in the analog domain can be. Even when using a computer as you 'tape deck'. Wish that once the computer is doing whatever it is supposed to do, I could just freeze it in amber forever. Sadly this is not practical. And the cursed bitbox rarely gets me back to the same place I left it. I speak computer, and this is one capricious piece of shit. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We will make this work. Nothing is going to pass through until it passes through this desk, and back again. Get out your fucking sharpie and mark my words.
Have taken reciept of the digital media that will contain the first quarter 2019 release. Working on the packaging concept and execution. Long story short. I think we are going with some form of candle, with the media embedded within. Which will be a theme of the rest of our releases for 2019. This is going to be handmade. Limited batches due to the amount of work. We will attempt to keep the cost reasonable.
I've recently lost someone very close to me. The last 3 years were always going in this direction. But the last month it just came too fast. We are left trying to make sense of her life and find something positive in this mess. I'm having a hard time dealing with all of the external pressures and conflicts. As is my usual method. When I can't deal with externalities, I re-organize what I can of myself. Recently bought a quite large audio mixer. A 24 channel Soundtracs Solo. Also picked up a few rack reverbs and stuff. So be assured that pretty much everything Null Static Void in 2019 will be mixed analog even if recorded digital. I'm dialing this shit in right now in my little bedroom and it's pretty solid. Might be open to doing some other peoples stuff here. Colaborations? Oh yeah, and all my stuff this year is going to be personal therapy dealing with loss, pain and anger.
Equipment maintenance is one of those little tasks that we take pride in. However, we are neither professional or a highly experienced amateur. Rather we came up from poverty and by necessity learned how to fix cables, guitars and eventually more complex things. Soldr is solder and screws are screws. Well our overconfidence, as it so often does, came back at us fast. Looks like our Machinedrum is down for the count. May end up buying another, or going back in for a final thoracic procedure.
In the meantime we will have to just switch gears and finish a few things instead. Yes, it has been a little while since a video was dropped. So that is next up. Also, there are about a dozen half finshed tunes that already have drums. So there is that!
Working on prototypes of our packaging designs. Henceforth all our stuff is going to be packaging oriented. Guess that is how many mediocre brands have prevailed in the marketplace. And Mediocre is our specialty. We've deigned to present a few preliminary sketches for your enjoyment. Dharma willing, we'll see a few of these to fruition in 2019. Don't worry if you are not into the heavy thing-ness of these objects. We are also setting up digital content distribution as well. So our apathetic admirers can get a dose of gibberish in their digital memory hole. Substantial persons can purchase a less fungible item with which to support our endeavors
The approach that we have evolved is intentionally satirical and messy. At the same time we want the consumer to receive somthing of value. An object with inherent thing-ness. Batch produced, not mass produced. The information age, or should we say post-information age has rendered music publishing an ephemeral process. Leaving the consumer with only the ones and zeroes representing a facsimile of the product. There is no new vinyl smell, or the nostalgia and glee which the subtle off-gassing of freshly printed items invoke.
Okay enough whining. Time to get on this horse and ride. There are going to be a few changes around here. First off, we are going to start being more disciplined about the social media. NSV and ANSMACH accounts are going to be fairly silent except for explicit updates about work in progress, events and releases. Also. This is the year I just start putting shit out. Recently had a pretty fucking savage birthday. Along with the typical wrestling with mortality that seizes me this time of year, I managed to have a minor epiphany. We are going to start putting out some recorded products. The packaging is going to be off the fucking wall. I anticipate having some trouble getting this shit distributed. But at this point I do not give a fuck. I may stick to limited editions of 50 or 100 for the first couple of releases. Largely as I do not want to litter up my meager storage space with too many embarassing boxes. To be clear, I am not intent on releasing product in order to garner acclaim or income. I doubt either are forthcoming. Instead the primary goal is to preserve my various projects in a form which exists outside of my computer and web hosting. So that at some point in the future someone can find one of my recordings at a garage sale or in an abandoned warehouse, secure a suitable playback device as appropriate. And wonder who this troubled wierdo was. With that in mind, the packaging is being designed with intent of long term archival storage. If the end consumer opts to listen to the product instead, they may have to damage the packaging in a non-repariable way. Some of these concepts will result in a large mess. So warning labels may need to be printed. Wish us luck. Buy our merch.