Summer is drawing to an end, and so it’s time to start producing some music again! Actually I am working on a brand new Spacesynth album which will be released maybe in the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018. In the past months I have been working on some tracks occasionally, and about 8 tracks are about 90% finished. These 8 tracks still need some attention and I need to make some more, which will happen as soon as I find some energy and inspiration again. On this album I try to produce a nice mix between old school Spacesynth and some more modern sounds. Although I like the 90’s sound very much we can’t keep living in the past, so let’s try to elevate this music into todays standards.
I want to expand my musical capabilities so now I am working on some other projects too. I have produced a more Italo kind of track, and I am thinking of asking a singer to sing on it. Actually I maybe could do it myself, but I am not that experienced with singing.. also I would have to practice my Italian accent to be convincing enough to be an Italo artist 😀
I am also working on some trance music, and because of that I ‘needed’ some other synthesizers to be able to produce the different sounds needed for that kind of music. So I bought a Roland JP8000 and and a nice Korg X5 which I stuffed with JayB’s soundsets. Together with my Yamaha AN1x and other vintage gear I can actually produce a very nice trance sound. As my studio grows I have been able to collect a nice versatile range of gear with which I can make a lot of different styles of music now. So it’s just a matter of learning ‘how it’s done’ and I am good to go.
Another project I got involved with was SynthOne. Rob van der Guy (Robert Gaj) asked me to join this project because Kenji Tanaka is still missing (since september 2016) and no one has heard of him ever since. As I have been working with Rob and the other members before, this should have worked well, but minor differences of opinion have resulted in a difficult cooperation. At the moment, I do not think the cooperation is viable at all, so I told them I will be working on my own music for the next few months instead.
Although I think collaborating in other projects can be fun, I need my energy and creativity for my own music. So that will always have my priority.
So, thats about it for now, I’ll keep you posted!
Hey guys, thanks for visiting my website again!
I will give you a quick update on stuff I am working on… or rather… stuff I am NOT working on 🙂
In the summertime I am not in my studio that much because I like to go outside in the summertime as well, to work in my garden, walk the dog or just be with friends and family. Also I like to go scuba-diving or mountain biking every now and then.
In the last couple of weeks I did some vocoder stuff for Areo51, Cyberspace and Oblivion. Also I did a track together with SynthOne under a new project-name called TryTone. We try to work together a bit a make some new music. There is a demo on Soundcloud if you want to hear it.
In my studio there have been some changes; I bought a Roland MKS-70 and managed to get some very interesting sounds on an M-64C cartridge delivered to me by Karel Post (Lone Starr) which contains sounds from MvdK, or so the myth goes… but I asked Michiel this and he can’t remember him selling his old MKS-70 to Karel.
Yes, you read that right, I finally got a chance to meet Michiel van der Kuy in person and had a nice conversation with him 🙂 I was in the Radio Stad Den Haag studio at the release party from Marco Di Luna’s album Shimmering Stars and so was Michiel. We had a nice chat about gear, music and live in general. It was nice to meet him at last.
So whats next? I don’t really know… I am also thinking about doing more in other music-genres. Don’t get me wrong I like Spacesynth a lot but I also like Synthpop, Italo and even Trancemusic. So maybe I will start some projects under different names.
So, there wont be much news this summer, but probably I will start producing another album in the autumn.
Hey guys! I thought I would share with you the projects I am working on.
In fact I am working on my new album which will be released in January or February 2017. It is for about 95% done and this album will contain more up-tempo tracks and mixes with other styles.
A few months ago I also started a new Dance project under the name FORMAX. Under this name I will produce some nice trance tracks in the near future, a first glance can be found on Soundcloud.
Last month I bought a Korg DVP-1 Vocoder and I already used it in a new project. German Shlandikov from OBLIVION asked me to make vocoders for one of the tracks on his new album, so I made him some vocoders. And of course the DVP will be used on my own new album as well.
Talking about the holidays: Space Holidays, the annual compilation by Space Sound Records, will contain two of my new tracks as a teaser for my new album. I am proud my music will be part of these compilations and people can obtain them for free from their websites.
Although I like helping people I don’t have enough time to answer every request I get. Sometimes young Spacesynth producers ask me all kind of questions or ask me to do a remix. On my desktop three folders are awaiting my attention:
– Mariusz Baranowski: A guy from Poland who made some Spacesynth music in the nineties asked me to do a remix for one of his tracks a long time ago. I simply didn’t find the time to work on it, but I will do so in the near future.
– Rebecca Ekman: Unfortenately I had to cancel this project. I had a perfectly good track ready, but miss Ekman was probably too busy making selfies, and didn’t answer anymore.
– Fernando Gomez: A starting Spacesynth producer from Spain which asked me to take a look at one of his tracks and maybe do a remix or some improvements.
So as you can see I am very busy at the moment, and I am also trying to find some time to repair old synthesizers and other audio equipment 🙂
See you later!
Hey, it has been a while since I posted here, so it’s about time to give you an update!
As you might know our friends from Laserdance: Michiel van ver Kuy and Erik van Vliet released a brand new album: Force of Order. Of course Michiel produced all music and former Hotsound boss Erik is in charge of the marketing of the album. I bought the album on CD and on vinyl, because I am not only making covers, but I am also a true fan who thinks they deserve some kind of reward for their work. By buying a CD I think you can give a compliment to the makers, and besides that I like vinyl 🙂
So whats next? I probably won’t make music in Laserdance style anymore, because when they start making music themselves again there’s really no point in trying to keep their music ‘alive’ is there? Also I’ve already done that, more or less, and am looking for new challenges. So I am working on some new music, and searching for new sounds and mixes of styles. After all, Laserdance is not the only music-style I like. I also like early Synthpop like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Yazoo, Eurythmics, Ultravox and so on. And also music from Koto, Divine, Bobby O., Georgio Moroder, Art of Noise as long as it has driving basslines and pumping beats!
I grew up in the eighties and nineties so no wonder I like these styles of music, and of course my music will be inspired by those artists. Also for another project I am working on mixed styles in Trance/Techno and Space synth and Italodance styles. When this will be released it will be most probably under a different name.
So I will not entirely give up on Spacesynth, I am just looking for new ways to integrate other styles into this music. I’ll keep you posted!
I proudly present my new album “Hope and Destiny” which has officially been released on CDBaby.com today!
All tracks on this album are somehow inspired by the exploration of planets with orbiters, landers and rovers. Hope and Destiny is a story about the exploration of space and the search for extraterrestrial life.
One of the quotes I used on this album is by former president Bush Senior: “History proves that we have never lost by pressing the limits of our frontier. We dream of distant shores we’ve not yet seen. Why the Moon? Why Mars? Because it’s humanity’s destiny to strive, to seek, to find”.
I decided to release my music as an independent artist with digital distribution on CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and lots of other digital music providers around the world.
For collectors there is a limited edition hardware copy available (e.g. physical CD) which is produced by CFM Media as a CDr in jewel case with printed label and booklet. There will be a maximum of 50 pieces produced and all CD’s are numbered and signed. Visit my shop for more info.
Physical CD’s are also available on Discogs.com.
Today I released my first track on CDBaby.com as an independent music artist. I have uploaded “Destination Mars” to their systems, so this will be available on iTunes and Spotify (and so on) in a few days, and of course also on CDBaby.com itself as a digital download.
I decided to stop thinking about cooperation with a music label and take matter in my own hands as an independent artist. Hard copy’s of Destination Mars are available aswel it’s on CD-R media, with printed label and sleeve, in a very limited edition, numbered and signed (only 30 available). Please send me an e-mail to obtain your copy.
As you might have noticed I am working on a new album right now. This will be finished this spring and will be available on iTunes and Spotify aswel. This album will also be available as hardcopy on CD-R media in a limited edition, but more on that later!
This album will contain ten brand new tracks and some very special remixes of Aim for the Moon and Destination Mars. I am sure you will like it!
Thanks for supporting me by buying a legal copy of my tracks!
I want to wish everyone a great 2016 to start with!
Yesterday I was at the Radio Stad Den Haag Italo Top 100 party, and I met the Dj’s and some nice and interesting people. Although I am not that good with busy party’s and crowds, I went there because Menno (one of the DJ’s) invited me and told me that Michiel van der Kuy would also be there and he wanted to meet me.
I was there at 15:30 and drank some beer and talked to some kind and interesting people. But of course I was there for Michiel I am not a fan like.. a fan, you know. I did not go there to ask him to sign a CD cover or something like that. I am however interested in who he is as a person and very interested in the technical side of things, like how he works or if he maybe had tips for me to make my music better.
My goal was to get some sort of direct contactadres with him, and ask him if maybe I once good visit his studio to look at his workflow and how he does things. Well, all that didn’t work out I am sorry to say…
I am a HSP (Google it) and also have some autistic character traits. So maybe you can imagine that it is not so easy for me to visit a busy party in the first place, and besides that, for me its very hard to make contact with other people. Mostly I look for a quiet place and choose one or two people to talk to.
After two and half hours of peaking at the door to see if MvdK had arrived I gave up. I was tired, stressed out and frustrated. So I greeted Menno, sneaked out the building en drove back home.
Later that evening Menno send me a message MvdK was there. So I said: send him my greetings, and better luck next time. Maybe I would have gone back there if I lived just around the corner, but from my house to Radio Stad Den Haag is a 1.5 hours drive, and at that time I was already laying on the couch drinking beer
So, no meet and greet with MvdK this time. But it was fun to meet the DJ’s in person and to see the RSDH studio.
So.. I was working on my website and cleaning up some double comments 🙂
Okay okay I screwed up, I accidentally deleted all of my blog posts, but I did manage to save some posts from Google cache. The rest is gone sorry.