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for my music production i normally work in cubase sx which looks like this:


this is pretty traditional for music software, relatively nice and neat, tracks layed out pretty straightforward,….. for those that arent familiar with audio work, think of it like this,…..

imagine you have a band,…. guitarist, vocalist, bassist and drummer. in that case each person will be on one track, and you layer the whole thing like photoshops layering tool which some people might be more familiar with.

so when you play it back, it all comes together as one track or composition.

pretty straight forward.

last night i started reading about old old old school programs….. the kind that ran on amiga computers back in the day. and yes if you dont know what an amiga computer is,…. thats how old i’m talking.

a couple of companies have started making next generation music programs based on those old school principles, and this is what i’m working with now:


its called Renoise.

i shat my pants when i first saw the screenshot.

it scared the hell out of me coming from traditional cubase.

but from past experience when things have scared the hell out of me, i’ve found that those things are often the most rewarding if you get to know and understand them. same goes for scarey looking people,…. so far anyway,… if i disappear you can bet its cos i thought some serial axe murderer was “just lonely” 😛

i ran it anyway,…. and OMG its fucking awesome!

i dont know shit about it yet but inside of 10 minutes i was nodding my head to some impromptu hardcore jungle beat that would have taken me an hour to do inside cubase!

and i made CP’s vocals do some weird weirdy things in 10 secs,…. something that would take ages in cubase or anything else i’ve tried before.

oh and the coolest thing is,… it scares you, so noobie kid producers will stick with their fruity loops 😛

while cubase scrolls horizontally,….

renoise scrolls vertically,….

kinda like the green texty thingy you saw on the matrix.

yes i am geeky like that 😛

for a piece of software desgined on old school principles, its surprising how alot of avant-guarde music is being made by people that know how to use this.

i’m gonna run it on my lappy on my next flight,….

just to see if anyone arrests me cos it looks like i’m hacking into the pentagon or something 😛