Day 5, 6 and 7 in Japan

The past few days have been spent celebrating the New Year. Relatives and friends have been stopping by and lot’s of good times have passed. Naturally there hasn’t been much music made, but I have managed to do some sampling. Mostly different types of weather so far.

I have also spent a lot of time reading up on the Doepfer modular synth system.

I’ve been longing for a big, fat modular for so long. Right now I’m going back and forth between expanding my Moog setup by polychaining the Little Phatty with a set of Slim Phatties and add a set of MoogerFoogers for good measure, or investing in a Doepfer system.

Pricewise it’s about the same amount of money, but they are going in very different directions.

Regardless, I think my first step will be the Doepfer MAQ16/3 Analog sequencer, since I can use it to drive both either a true modular, or the Moog poly setup…

Any thoughts? Check out the sequencer on the link below:

New Song (With Your Eyes)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This will be the last track for 2012!

There’s been a lot of things going on lately, so this track took a while to complete, but here’s my first attempt at something akin to Psytrance. Big shout out to Dave Brown who got me started!

Some interesting things about the track.

1. It was built entirely in Live 8. All leads, pads and basses, except for the sub bass that kicks in from time to time, are made with Massive. No presets, all custom made from scratch.

2. The sub bass that you hear a few times is played lived (overdubbed) on a Moog Little Phatty (custom patch).

3. The percussion is actually composed of 14 different samples and patches stacked and mixed. Building the kick was one of the most rewarding parts of this track :).

4. Don’t ask me why it ended up so long. I was originally planning a 5-6 min track but somewhere along the way it ended up being almost 10… It’s a bit repetitive but I wanted it to have passages long enough to give the listener a chance to get lost in some of the lead riffs :). Let me know if it works…

Hope you like it!

Thank you

Looking serious since 2012 :)

Looking serious since 2012 :)

As 2012 draws to an end I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who have support this site, me and my music throughout the year.

To think that its only been 9 months since Glitzerstrahl was created fills me with excitement for what the next year will bring.

For starters I will spend all of January in Japan, working on a mini-album I’ve been planning for some time. Expect lots of posts during this period.

I bought my very first Moog (a Little Phatty) recently, and one of my main goals for next year is to expand upon it and turn it into a semi-modular setup using Slim Phatties and Moogerfoogers. But the tools are not the goal, I want to move further into the Space Music genre using this setup.

I have also had a recent revival in Maschine. I bought the latest MK2 revision and that re-ignited my lust for creating more dance oriented EDM. That is, EDM with an actual D in it.

If all goes well, my final big plan for 2013 is to enroll in an actual school for music production and composing. Its not a full time thing of course, but rather something that I hope to be able to do in parallell with my job. I know it sounds unrealistically ambitious and optimistic, but its worth a try! :)

All in all, there are lots of exciting plans lined up for next year, and I hope you’ll all find it in your hearts and minds to continue to support Glitzerstrahl on this next leg of the journey. I will do my very best to deserve that support!

Thank you! Seriously, Thank you!