really like my drumbox however it does not have the
greatest percussion, as I sold my USB Midi keyboard
I bought a cheap but sweet 90’s drum machine (Yamaha
Ry-10) so I can use it for some extra percussion and
for intro’s or breaks. I would like to make some
Electro or Ghetto HipHop tunes and this has just the
nice sounds for it. It has a good woodblock and
funny conga’s. I have found many old but good
reviews with people telling how much they regret
selling or breaking their machine. So I hope it
works right, I already checked to what might be
wrong seeing the age of the machine. The battery is
easy to replace, found some info online about that
little task which comforts me.
many lines of
me and here’s
a little about
I grew up in the 70/80’s which I consider the golden age for synths as at that time it was really something new and starting to become part of mainstream music. From I very young age I started to listen to what was named hiphop at that time, songs like The Double Dutch Bus and the Empire Strikes back came just before Hip Hop really taking off. I have an older nephew who at that time went breakdancing on Saturdays and I was allowed to go with him and breakdance with the other guys.
Movies like Wild Style, Breakdance and Beat Street came and a whole culture with it. Now we all wanted a boombox and with some carton board we went to the railway station to breakdance, because we saw that in the movies plus we could steal the power from the photoboot in the hall.
(Small anecdote, my name comes from the streetaddress I grew up on, nr. 303).
Ofcourse I also wanted to make music but equipment was far out or reach as the only way to get it was through the wallet of my parents. So i was making mixtapes and loops using a double cassette deck or two players with in and outs. Actual music was hard to get, just one store with some and but the best releases. Basically every tape in town got copied and handed down from my nephew or his friends to me. I still have one or two, the rest was played until they broke.
During the 80’s I continued to listen to HipHop until House music came along. Newcleus, Afrika Bambaata, Mantronix. Later Bomb the Bass, into Beastie Boys, some early ragamuffin. Ofcourse I also listened to the radio that featured a lot of 80’s synthpop at that time but I started to reward that much later. I did like bands like Duran Duran, OMD and what else over the radio. We also had local pirate radio which had some hours with HipHop and Electro.
I can easily say that ‘Computer Age (Push the button)’ by Newcleus has been the most influential old school record to me ever, I wanted a computer so bad after that..it was also our track to breakdance on at school perfomances.
Meanwhile also Reggae was big and I sneaked into some concerts or had friends buying tickets as I was still underage. I’m happy to have seen most of the big names of that time playing live. Music was the only thing going in my hometown, at that time small concert halls got big names and because we never had MTV on cable, just a few years early 80’s and then replaced for a Dutch version called TMF.. they only way to enjoy was radio or liveplay. My town had some punk bands as well so often there was quite some variety and people would crossover. Not surprising to see the punkers of the 21.00 concert at the rave on midnight.
Around 1988 house started to come up and I started to listen that more and more, I really liked the Acid House which was the first other thing i listened to than HipHop. The summer of love did not really happen here but the underground was having their parties and around 1990 this started to evolve into a bigger scene and also commercial parties started to take off. I was lucky to have a very progressive youthcenter ‘Doornroosje’ with a line-up of a major city. Carl Cox, Dave Clark and many others performing at your homespot! It was my homespot since young age as we also went there to skateboard and buy weed.
House went into techno, techno into gabber and at first I mostly went to the hardest parties to dance all night, space out and have fun. But I also continued to go to what was called Mellow parties and often venues and big parties had separate rooms of halls so you could hop over. People never much understood that but I needed some change from both the people and type of music. I even would go to HipHop concerts and at that time both scenes were quite conflicting with each other, I just did not care.
Later on, as House music became more diverse and Breakbeat/Jungle coming up I moved into that as that seemed a better mix between people and music and the vibe was more underground. Less hooligans and more ravers, smaller venues. Also Gabber turned into Happy Hardcore which just sucks, parties way too big and also more expensive. My homespot also started a Jungle night on Friday so often we would party 3 days of a weekend and all crash at my home after.
At some point in 1997 I moved to Amsterdam and stopped to party every weekend, basically I choose a new career by turning my computerhobby into work and moving out of town as it had nothing to offer on any subject I’m interested in except for partying. I was up for some adventure and my town was limiting me for years already. At that time the underground Tekno scene was having a lot of parties at the most random squatted places and a lot of people performing live instead of just dj-ing.
At some point, I could not continue to go to these parties. Also the scene started to fall apart but also many parties were raided by the police. When the benefit party for a raided party gets raided it’s time to reconsider..so the whole scene went towards Eastern Europe and out of reach.
Because IDM was growing in size and becoming more available it was the perfect cutover, also living in Amsterdam offered a lot to enjoy. It also felt great that music I knew for years finally was breaking through. My best concert at that time ever must been at The Warp Lighthouse Party for which I went to London hoping Aphex Twin would really show up! Next to Boards of Canada, Autechre, Plaid, Bodgan Raczynski and many others Aphex Twin was hiding under tables and playing his set. Seeing his fame for not showing up I took a picture of him to tease all the disbelievers back home.
In Amsterdam, the experimental and avant garde scene was emerging and I went to many concerts in Overtoom 301 and nearby locations. The now closed Staalplaat recordshop was filled with weird and obscure music and I often went there to buy but mostly listen to their tunes.
A local pirate station Radio100 was broadcasting everything between Tekno and soundscapes and I would lock my self up listening to radio and playing with the internet. Some local guy was also broadcasting a tv show on the cable with all kind of weirdness and often also having online interaction.
Just before I moved out I started to create music on my pc, I bought some extra memory, a Soundblaster 64 Soundboard and full size midi keyboard. I started to work with Fast Tracker and some other software making drum and bass. After a while I had to format my pc to force myself learning Linux and could not make much music as tools were rare on linux at that time and I could not get them to work because my linux machine had issues supporting midi.
Around 2006 I felt like making music again and bought a MicroKorg and made some tunes for fun until I went into a series of relationships and sold the MicroKorg meanwhile. I also bought and sold a guitar as string instruments are clearly not my thing. My hand kept on cramping and variety of sound is limited although I liked my spring reverb a lot.
Nowadays I listen to a diversity of music, I follow what people like Legowelt, Ceephax Acid and Aphex Twin are doing, their music and the way they work is inspiring. I like Run The Jewels a lot but also Die Antwoord.
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next to people
their gear. I
comes up on Soundcloud
start to look
End of 2017 I came across a webpage where you can play around with a 303 and a 808 and I decided to buy a USB Midi keyboard so I could jam a little on my computer. I posted a track or talked to my friend about it, maybe both, and he offered me his machines as he has no room to put them at the moment. I added a reel-to-reel, tapedeck, monitors.
came across a
which I used
to create some
even a EP with
it and from
there I got
coming. Got a
now finding my
way and making
some tunes. I
tape on my
work without a
enough time at
I did setup
LMMS on my
Linux box but
that was more
because of the
used it once
or twice and
just sold my
buy a sweet
I don’t have
to do anything
some of it.
to improve on
I know but the
destiny. I can
space out on a
for an our and
acid the next
The sound of synth to me is something like pure, honest. It can be sweet, gentle and tearjerking loud overloading all your senses. Acid music has always been a sort of cleanup for my mind, it can be puzzling complex and comforting beautiful. So that’s what i’m at right now, more to come and I will surely not lock myself in one genre.
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