Sunday, July 24

The Blackout Experiments

So here's the first release of some of my recent film score work.  The Blackout Experiments is out now at selected theatres across the US and also available on several on-demand sites, including iTunes and Google Play.  More info here:

Tuesday, July 19

Wednesday, July 13

Auxcast:Phase Three - Episode Five

Click the Auxcast link in the 'pages' tab to download.

Friday, June 10

Monday, June 6

Comit 7"

So a few years back, I wrote this bunch of tunes with the idea of releasing them under my ASC guise, but I ran into the problem that my releases under that name are always slightly behind what I'm currently working on.  This means by the time you've bought the latest 12", I'm already working on the next evolution of the ASC sound.  It hasn't always been this way, but since late 2013, I seem to be breaking new ground and not really hanging about in one spot too much.  This obviously leaves the problem of having a whole bunch of tunes that no longer fit in with the direction of where I see the ASC sound going.

I'd said a while back in a feature for Resident Advisor that I was done with aliases and that I didn't see the point in them anymore.  While that's true for the most part, I felt it necessary to create one for to release a different vibe to the current ASC stuff.  Why not just release it all under one name, you ask?  I could very well do that, but I think that sends the wrong message.  I don't really want people to think, 'He's gone back to this sound' or whatever, when in reality, it might well be a one-off release in a certain vibe.  So that's where Comit comes in.  A new project that I'll use to release a more musical/synth oriented/IDM/whatever.. type of music.  Where it will lead, I'm not sure, so just enjoy the ride for now.

Oh yeah, finally I should just say that Comit should be pronounced (or thought of) like comet, not like commit, if that actually matters at all.

Audio preview:

Thursday, May 26

New studio PC build

I finally decided to take the plunge and build a new PC for my studio. My now previous machine is about five years old now, and it's specs, while not terrible, could be a lot better by todays standards.  I found that running resource-heavy plugins in Renoise, was maxing out CPU usage within no time at all. Aside from that, I was running an old Biostar motherboard that had no USB 3.0 on it.  I was getting all kinds of electro-magnetic interference from this machine and it was driving me mad.  All kinds of things were causing issues, such as moving the mouse, opening a program, accessing the hard drive etc. Doing any of these would cause EMI over audio from the machine and could be heard on my monitors.  I'd tried a bunch of things to combat this issue, such as different plugs, grounding, running as many of the main things in the studio from the same wall socket junction.  The only thing that helped, albeit very slightly, was buying a bunch of clip on ferrite core rings for the USB cables.  I'd read that poor quality USB cables caused issues too and replaced all those with 22AWG shielded, but that didn't fully solve this issue.  Certain units such as the MOTU Midi Express 128, MOTU Micro Lite and the Korg SQ-1, all added even more EMI when plugged in, no matter what type of cable.  Seriously frustrating. Anyway, back to this new computer build...

Wednesday, May 18

Grey Area, Volume Four

Grey Area, Volume Four now in stock (early) and shipping.

Sunday, May 8

isolatedmix 45 Track Listing

Track list for the mix I did for ASIP's isolatedmix series back in May 2014. Many of these tracks never came out and a few people wanted to know what got played, so here you go.

01 - ASC - Sign Of The Times [Unreleased]
02 - Sam KDC - Untitled #5 (Late Night Innominate, Volume One) [Auxiliary]
03 - Nopast - Unknown Space Blues [Unreleased]
04 - Imagination Network - File #2 (Excerpt) [Unreleased]
05 - ASC - The Widening Mire (Truth Be Told) [Silent Season]
06 - Synth Sense - Lone Figure In The Distance (Perfect Symmetry) [Auxiliary]
07 - Synth Sense - Test Pattern [Unreleased]
08 - Synth Sense - Absorb The Trauma (Perfect Symmetry) [Auxiliary]
09 - ASC - I Share My Secrets With You (Time Heals All) [Silent Season]
10 - ASC - Carrier Signal [Unreleased]
11 - ASC - Scattered Mind [Unreleased]
12 - ASC - Oversight [Unreleased]
13 - ASC - Soft Light [Unreleased]
14 - ASC - Monsoon (Binary System) [Veil]
15 - Sam KDC - Vessel (The Order & The Entity) [Auxiliary]
16 - ASC - Sphaera (Binary System) [Veil]

If you missed the mix first time around, then it's still available here

Saturday, April 30

Unreleased Mindspan album

While digging through the studio archives late last night, I came upon a concept for a third Mindspan album that I'd put together back in 2012. Due to other projects and time constraints, it kinda got forgotten about and never came out. I decided that I'd set up a new Bandcamp page especially for things like this - i.e self-released stuff not tied to Auxiliary in any way. I plan to use it to release film scores and video game soundtracks that I've done recently too. More news upon release of those specific things, though.

Anyway, if you'd like to support me and buy a copy of this album, it'll be exclusively available at my new Bandcamp page here:

Bookmark the page and/or follow it on Bandcamp, if you do the whole fan page thing to track your music on there.

Tuesday, March 1


Experimental ambient soundscapes from Sam, this time around in the form of a cassette and digital release.  We're a big fan of cassettes and decided to make a few projects especially for the format, with Sam's album here being the first.  It features 11 abstract ambient tracks that are more in line with Sam's work on AUX011 & 012, than his lighter sounding Late Night Innominate release.  Something a little bit sinister, mystic, yet atmospheric and inviting on this tape.  Explore KVLTVR.

Give it a listen here:
Pre-order here:

Saturday, February 27

An advocation for alternative synthesis

Over the last 10 years or so, the revival in hardware synthesizers has been somewhat meteoric. As a lover of all thing synthesis and hardware, this has been incredible.  The choices a musician has now are verging on overwhelming, especially when you factor in the second hand market for vintage gear too.  There's one thing that's kinda irking me though... and that's the fact that every new synth that comes out these days is usually a subtractive analog.  Don't get me wrong, I love analog just as much as the next guy, but when every company is getting on the monophonic analog synth game, I can't help but feel a little disappointed.

I refuse to be brainwashed by common opinion that 'you must buy analog', or that  'analog is the best' etc. Quite simply, that is bullshit. Analog definitely serves it's purpose, but the amount of times I wind up shaking my head reading things from people saying that they would only buy analog gear and not use anything else, is just mind blowing. Digital synths seem to have this stigma surrounding them, like you are just as bad as those filthy peasants using VST's!  Heathens!  Of course, you should all know that I'm a big supporter of ANYTHING that sounds good and serves a purpose... but yeah, on with this rant, since I'm building a head of steam here :)

I've got a good number of analog gear in my studio that I love and swear by, but as you're probably aware by now, I write music with deep atmospherics.  The kind that FM synths like the DX series are capable of, or weird alien landscapes that the JD-800 can only do. I can't help but feel that people are missing out on a whole new world of possibilities by limiting themselves to strictly analog hardware. But the other side of the coin is companies not producing digital synths due to the overwhelming seeming demand for analog gear, caused by these very people that shun the beautiful pristine sounds of the DX7 or the D-50. Another point to consider is there's software like FM8 that can do super complex FM, sounds somewhat decent, and would always be a damn sight cheaper than a hardware version! But I digress...

So while everyone pines over the new Moog Mother 32, or the new DSI OB-6 (both of which are fantastic synths, don't get me wrong!), I'll be sat here praying to Yamaha for a new 6 or 8-op FM-X synth, that doesn't have all the Montage bells and whistles that I don't particularly need. You know what would be even better?  Dave Smith resurrecting the old Prophet VS technology, or Korg doing a new Wavestation.  Bring back vector synthesis!  Hell, someone make a new shit hot granular synth or a new wavetable unit!  Until then, keep your mind open people, and buy hardware based on how it sounds and what it can do for you, rather than if it's signal path is 100% analog.