Archive for December, 2007

DIY drum pad kick pedal

stevecooley | December 20, 2007 in tools | Comments (0)

Diy Drum Kick Pedal

here are two ideas I’m working on for a DIY electronic drum kit kick pedal. I just looked yesterday at how much a “real” one would cost, and it’s $345!! Ha, I laugh in the face of this craziness. Mine will require a laptop for sound, but will cost a fraction of what a “real” set costs, and will arguably sound pretty awesome because I can use all kinds of onboard effects through garageband and/or Main Stage/Logic Pro.

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DJ'ing triangle of skills

stevecooley | December 18, 2007 in tools | Comments (0)

This concept has been knocking around in my head for about 10 years. I don’t know why it took me so long to make a graphic for it.

Triangle Of Skills

Basically, the triangle of skills represents the three things you need to be doing if you want to be DJing properly.

* Beatmatching : if you’re not on beat, you’re going to drive everyone nuts with your trainwreck.
* Timing : If you come in at the wrong point of the outgoing song, even if on beat, it’s going to structurally sound weird.
* Selection : knowing what songs go together is definitely an equally important skill as the other two. Creating a flow of tracks that mesh together well is critical.

If you fall down on any one of these three skills, you fall down as a DJ.

This doesn’t even pertain to any particular style of music. Try it against your favorite style of music: Hip hop, drum and bass, house, techno, minimal, Reggae, dub, rocksteady, dancehall, or any of the other subgenres that have sprung from these main branches…
And I’m certainly no perfect DJ. I’m far from it. I just have an appreciation for people who rock all three skills at once. :)

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Share San Jose

stevecooley | December 5, 2007 in events | Comments (0)

Attention Peninsula, East, and South Bay electronic musicians!! Share San Jose has begun.

If you want to come join us to collaborate on improvisational electronic music and video, go join the mailing list and read up on what we’re all about.

First meetup is thursday, december 13th, 7pm-ish… so save the date and prepare to jam with us. :)

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New HUGE MP3 Release: Various Artists – 'Resurgence'

derek | December 4, 2007 in netlabels | Comments (0)

It may seem to have been a little quiet here at DoBox lately, but actually we’ve been busy building up a massive release to please your eardrums. ‘Resurgence’ is our largest compilation yet and contains sonic gems by some of our local Techno heroes as well as long-time veterans from Chicago and other parts of the country. Serving up a healthy cross-section of the genre, this compilation is sure to satisfy many a Tech-head out there. Download and enjoy!

Plural – Combative Mind
Kamil P. aka The Influence – Detown Afterhourz
Arturo Garces – Last Night
James Hammer – Gain An Hour
Popkan – Jack The Bass
Qorser – No Justification
Juan Segovia – The Pest (I’m Never Camping With You Again Mix)
Steve Cooley – Goeseast
AEOD-Darkhappy – Sadness
Deadly Venomz – Read A Book
Jerome Baker – Universoul Guitar
Soundthru – Quenchy
DJ Developer – Runner 50
Ellery Cowles – SoulFul
Lester Fitzpatrick – Erica The Beautiful
El Gato #9 – Mercury In Retrograde
Snackmaster – Take 3
Omar Cabaleiro – Delta
Lady Blacktronika – Techno Jihad
The Rhythmist – Deepened
Kit Clayton – Shallow Water
Corey Rogers – Here Voices
Bangers & Nash – The Monk Effect

http://doboxrecordings.com

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howto: guitar hero to guitar player

stevecooley | in tools | Comments (4)

One of the first things many people say about guitar hero is “this is cool, but it would be so much better if it actually taught you how to play guitar.” Well, I think it’s sort of like algebra. You need to prepare your brain for increasingly complex tasks, and I think guitar hero does that for guitar playing the way algebra does for advanced math.

I’m hoping to put this to the real test soon. After beating 40/40 songs on the hard setting in guitar hero 2, I’ll be making the jump to a real guitar with the help of http://www.guitarvision.com/

My interest in playing guitar have not too much to do with the genres they’re focused on, but I’m hoping to get my head around the guitar with their tools so I’ll have enough experience to explore the genres I *am* interested in.

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