Unmute us 11 september 2021

Tomorow the second Unmute us demonstration will take place across the whole country. In many big cities in the Netherlands are event organizers and workers in the industry standing up for their rights after they seem totally forgotten by the gouvernment following the releases of the Covid restrictions. This harms the industry unnecesairy.  We go off from the riverside and ride with a couple of trucks through the centre of the city to end finally at the infamous Vasim (especially for industrial, gneh). It feels as a honor to be part of this. Together with Dave Dope I’m doing the closing set on the truck with the harder styles. Hope to see you there!

   Unmute us 11 september

Remix of Pulsar for Jan Liefhebber

A while ago I got asked to do a remix of a new track of Jan Liefhebber. Ofcourse I wanted to do that. Jan is known for his acid style. For me it was the first time to handle the freaky TB 303 sounds, because by some reason I avoided the bassline synthesizer in my productions. I think that is because I am more of a Moog guy. Matter of taste. It was a great honor to do a remix for Jan and a big pleasure to work with this style. I put the well known RAM IO ingredients in it, blended it all together and delivered a 7 minute hard industrial version of the track. Dave DB, another artist from the hardcore scene and doing more and more on techno was also invited to do a remix. That was cool. Dave and I get more and more involved in projects together. Thats because we have bothe the same hardcore background beside our love for techno I gues.

The release is on the 24th of september and is brought to you by Prescribed Trax from Los Angeles!

808 day! Free 808 Kicks sample pack

Happy 808 day!
To celebrate this memorable drum machine day I’ve put a free samplepack online with over 120 different 808 kicks original recorded from hardware. And both original and processed through SSL hardware in combination with software clipping and distortions.
Download the package on the link below:
RAM IO Music 808 Kicks 1 Free sample pack

Article about AI and music production

I have been following developments of AI since the arrival decades ago. Since it also finds applicability in music production, I investigate the possibilities, pros and cons with a very skeptical view.

At this moment I am working for Sony Music Entertainment on a research program and I am even more involved in this area in the background.

Now there has an article been published on the Bax Music website in which I introduce the possibilities and why, despite great enthusiasm, I remain very skeptical about the application of this technology in music production. The article is in dutch only, but it can be translated well to any language.


Live studio recordings for songwriting

This is a very fine workflow I like to take for writing songs.
I record a live performance on a combination of mostly hardware and some software synths controlled by separated outboard controllers. Then clean up the recording as can be seen now in the picture below. From there one taking it to a next stage in the writing proces by writing some extra here and there.
After that I’m going on with the audio, pure sound design. And in the final stage mixing it all from the bottom up. With this approach I can manage to keep emotional expression of human performance in music, combined with modern day digital tools which give an extra creative opportunity to add flavor and expression to a track.



The recording as shown above can be listened here: