Face to Face – Live / Trever Keith – Melancholics Anonymous vinyl reissues

Two long-anticipated vinyl reissues (of records I worked on!) are now available from Antagonist Records.

The classic Face to Face album Live, originally released in 1998, has been repressed in a deluxe 20th anniversary double-LP edition, in three colors.  Visit the Antagonist Records site for details and ordering.

The live album was the first Face to Face record I worked on (following our anomalous remix collaboration for the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation soundtrack album), beginning a series of creative adventures with the band and its individual members that continues today (see Viva Death – Illuminate).

I mixed the tracks for Live, with Trever and Scott producing, at The Complex studios in West L.A.

For its 10th anniversary, Trever Keith’s 2008 solo album Melancholics Anonymous has been pressed on vinyl for the first time ever, in a limited orange vinyl edition with redesigned artwork.  Visit the Antagonist Records site for details and ordering.

Sonically and emotionally unrestrained, Melancholics Anonymous is considered by many Face to Face fans the successor to the band’s 1999 art rock masterpiece Ignorance is Bliss.  Trever’s distinctive melodic style and voice are in top form here, wrapped in rich layers of heavily effected guitars and drums, electric piano, vintage synths and drumboxes, and copious magnetic echo machines.

Trever and I co-produced the album, I did some drum programming, recorded in various studios in and around Los Angeles, and mixed at The Eye Socket.  Listen here:

The Bellwether Syndicate – new single “Republik”

The Bellwether Syndicate (William Faith and “Scary Lady” Sarah Rose Faith) have released the new single “Republik” to kick off their North American tour supporting Clan of Xymox. I co-produced and mixed at The Eye Socket.

The track is a gothic glam banger, at turns brooding and explosive, a spirited call to action well timed for election season.  Listen through the player at left or visit their Bandcamp page.

Depeche Mode’s remarkable 1980s non-album singles and B-sides

My introduction to British electronic band Depeche Mode was through the video for the brilliant single Everything Counts, from their 1983 album Construction Time Again.  It was strikingly unlike anything I’d heard before and made me an instant fan.  To this day they’re one of my favorite bands.  Very few artists in popular music have created such a singularly distinctive sound, or sustained such a prolific and distinguished career.

In the 80s I devoted unreasonable proportions of my hard-won teenager’s income to obsessively collecting every release in Depeche Mode’s catalog (as best a suburban California kid could do, pre-internet) which led to uncovering quite a lot of lesser-known gems.  As the band are currently promoting a series of boxed sets of reissued singles from their early career, I’m struck by how much of their best work in the 80s could only be found on singles.

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Making the MC624 Remote (in Exhausting Detail)

I made something.

This thing is a hardwired desktop remote control unit made to interface with the Sound Skulptor MC624 stereo monitor controller.  The remote sends control commands via a serial interface to the MC624 (which performs all of the actual audio handling) and indicates the selected input, output, volume level, and other monitoring functions.

The Eye Socket MC624 Remote.

Designing and building this device was a quite complex and challenging process for me, with a number of peculiar problems to solve and new skills to learn.  The project developed sporadically over the course of seven months, from sketchy concept in February 2017 to finished piece in September.  Reflecting on this process I have decided to document it here.  My hope is that I have included enough detail to be useful to those who might be interested in building a similar device, but not to overwhelm those who are simply interested in the story.

This remote is not available as a product for sale, but all the technical details of my design, including the panel designs, part sources, wiring diagrams and open-source code, are shared freely on Github.  

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