it’s a fine day

I was very much into the first wave of rave as a young producer and a budding dj in the late 80s but it was always a complimentary side piece to my love of the industrial electro, and freestyle, and house, and your mum. I never bothered with the synthetic drugs. As such I am gleefully unashamed of the time period and a festive mix like this makes me happy thinking of long drives with my lady person rocking sweet mix tapes. Multiple decades on, I’m greatful we can still do that. Time is a relentless bastard, stay vertical out there.

end of an era and the world’s worst garage sale

death of the C2 live rig
death of the C2 live rig

rest in pieces old “friend”. I actually really hated this rig, but it allowed for 10 distinct triggers and the pvc tubes worked great for loop trigger while the pd-8’s handled more drum like duties. It survive the belly of planes in nothing more than a duffle bag and over almost 4 years of sporadic gigs, installations and other abuse. It only needed one small wire resoldered in one of the tube triggers. It was treated with utter disdain. Switched from an old Alesis DM and Akai Mpx to just an Alesis sample rack, which is built a little wimpy, but really works great for me. Anywho, my point is, in general no one cares about shows, but I got some killer workouts.

hate you stupid drum rig
hate you stupid drum rig

The new trigger rig build is almost completely flat and will actually need a bit of a weighted plate to affix it to an xstand or something. working on the wiring harnesses here and there, no rush, like I said, no big demand for live dance industrial just douchebags with weak “drops” and shitty horn loops from a $20,000, $50,000, ???,000 table of gear they can ghost knob.

the roland pads were from a trade, the wood, pc, foam were all scavenged and customised, and a few dollars in piezo discs, 2 dollar shop bungees? fuck you steve aoki, fuck you. -xxxooo C2

#garage-sale #back-stories #drums #gear

something is wrong…

I legit have not played a guitar in at least 28 years. Until, the other day I picked up the acoustic that has sat in the lounge for a few years for decoration? and just started clunkily chunking out 80s alt jams. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate strings, and all this acoustic stringed noise is making me a might uncomfy. Stock up on ass wipe and tinned beans, the end is in fact nigh!

To counter these horrible string sounds, C2 PENTALOGY is mapping out quite awsome but I cannot share yet and I’ll post seperate about my semi-annual musical identity crisis. (too many “synths” for C2, too much violence for org, what’s a brother to do?)

the bell tolls for thee

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m a Mandy Moore fan and I ain’t even mad she wasted 7 years with some hipster, but that is over and hopefully I got a shot, if not, when I grow up I’m definitely marrying one of the Minogue sisters. My point is, Signals – Grace Under Pressure – Power Windows – Hold Your Fire have always been my holy quartet and I’ve never cared what anyone says. I was brought up in the 70s drumming to Rush and I still love it to this day, and still drum along like a kid. But that specific chunk in the 80s especially lit me up as an artist and an activist. I didn’t give a second thought in swapping Hold Your Fire and Nitzer Ebb That Total Age cassettes in and out of my deck cause fuck yeah! I ain’t even mad they waited 30 years to perform “Losing It” live cause damn check out the violin solos on some of the 2015 footage! There are a few songs in my library I often skip else I end up a sobbing mess and that was one, but recently I’ve been owning it. I get it, also your violin must kick this much ass to proceed. I miss my dad something fierce, he always supported any strange and wonderful genre I wanted to dip my toe in. He’d always find a way to not minimise me if I heard something interesting even in the most mundane or even some of the most challenging listens. He hustled to get the inquistive kid still in intermediate school a pro synth and never ever yelled at me for rewiring shit or drumming at the dinner table. Hell if I could get him on the phone he’d prolly say that Mandy is looking damn fine and not give me any shit at all for blasting her masterpiece So Real in the car in 2016.

Stay vertical out there…

#feels #Rush #MandyMoore #wtf