Humorless

Audio/video and multimedia recording and post production

No Age ‘Fever Dreaming’ live in LA, 30 March 2014

Felt like doing another No Age video from KXLU Fest from late last month.

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WMX live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2014

WMX live at CELEBRATE EVERYTHING at Complex, Los Angeles, 29 March 2014.

WMX usually provides a nice blend of IDM, industrial, breakcore and hard techno, but this night he went all sledgehammer-heavy, 90s style, Ant-Zen / Hands Productions style rhythmic noise. All hardware set, not a laptop to be found.

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Joy Through Noise live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2014

Joy Through Noise live at CELEBRATE EVERYTHING, Complex, Los Angeles, 29 March 2014.

IDM industrial drum and bass noise hybrid.

Joy Through Noise live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2014 by Humorless Productions on Mixcloud

Audio recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Albers at Humorless Productions.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humorless-Productions/190626074303436?ref=hl

http://www.mixcloud.com/humorlessproductions/

http://humorlessproductions.wordpress.com/

Stereo board mix 

Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience 

Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface 

Presonus Studio One 2 for recording and mixing 

Soundtrack Pro for mastering 

Macbook Pro 

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finishing up my first batch of original songs

So I’m finally getting around to finishing up the tracks for my debut release. The stereo mixes of the six tracks are done, and now I’m starting on the surround mixes of those same tracks plus a bonus track for the dvd. Aiming for a summer release, pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp. Surround sound .ac3 files will be pay-what-you-want, and I figure the physical dvd with surround mixes will be 5 bucks or so.

In the meantime, I uploaded one of the tracks to my Soundcloud as a teaser. Complete song, and this one is a bit more uptempo than the others. Generally speaking you’d call it martial industrial, orchestral, soundtracky, electronic, gloomy, dark, uneasy listening.

Imagine if In The Nursery teamed up with (Pax Britannica / Goddodin era) Test Dept. with their entire batterie of junkyard percussionists, and they set out to put together an album of the most apocalyptic doom and gloom industrial songs in the vein of In Slaughter Natives, filtered through all the wonderfully noisy digital signal processors of today.

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2 weeks ago

Tagged: The Audacity KXLU indie rock

The Audacity live in Los Angeles, 30 March 2014

My recording (all audio and video) of The Audacity, live in Los Angeles, 30 March 2014.

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Tagged: No Age Sub Pop KXLU punk indie rock

No Age live in Los Angeles, 30 March 2014

I recorded Sub Pop duo and die hard KXLU enthusiasts (also where I worked and hosted my radio shows for 10 years) No Age at the first annual KXLU fest, 30 March 2014.

By the way, outdoor recordings with a strong wind are usually the kiss of death, but I managed to salvage this one and the end result turned out better than I expected.

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1 month ago

Tagged: violin viola bow bow sound orchestral

grabby bow sound for violin/viola

OK, I don’t know how many of you might be interested in this, but I figure there’s no harm in posting it.

I’m working on some original songs. Laptop-based, electronic songs, with many orchestral parts, including violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Presonus Studio One has some very nice VST string instruments, and I have some really great ones for Kontakt. But they all are missing one thing, and I couldn’t find the (admittedly esoteric) sound that I’m looking for anywhere on the internet. Being a viola player myself, I recorded myself playing these very particular incidental sounds. Let me explain-

There’s this ‘grabby’ sound that a well-rosined bow makes just is it is first being drawn across the string. Listen carefully to any of the pros and you’ll hear it. In your laptop sequences, if used subtly, right at the point where the first note of a phrase is initiated, this sound can give the string part a marked sense of realism*. This, combined with vibrato, reverb and a nice warm/tube/tape saturation setting, nobody will be able to tell the difference between your VST and the real thing.

About the audio-

I tried to keep them as pitchless as possible, thus not limiting their utility. I recorded two sets of all four open strings (C, G, D, A), first close mic’ed, and once from a few feet away, in stereo.

Or to say it another way, the sounds are as follows-

1. open C close

2. open G close

3. open D close

4. open A close

5. open C far

6. open G far

7. open D far

8. open A far

It’s totally overkill for me to record all the different versions, but I suppose somebody out there might find one more appropriate than another for their purposes. They work pretty effortlessly for violin and viola, but you might have to pitch them down for cello and string bass.

I added no processing whatsoever, apart from normalizing each individual sound. Aiff, recorded at 44/16. Nady SCM-2090 stereo condenser mic, Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 interface, recorded in Logic. Not the quietest room, but these sounds will be so far down in the mix that it won’t matter. Free for all to download, no attribution necessary.

As an example, here’s the part I’m working on that motivated me to record these sounds, with the grabby sound in place. See if you can spot the three times I used it.

*pro tip- much the same way I’ll insert an inhale breath right before horn or oboe phrases.

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1 month ago with 1 note

Tagged: Pussy Riot Sochi punk synthpunk

[audio] Pussy Riot’s new song with added synth bass

I added synth bass parts and other little electronic noises to Pussy Riot’s new song. Nothing too fancy, but a definite improvement over the original.

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Quartet Nouveau live in San Diego, 8 Feb 2014

I finally had a chance to record my viola instructor’s quartet. Quartet Nouveau plays the final movement of Mozart’s Quartet #14 in G, live at Christ Lutheran Church, Pacific Beach, San Diego, 8 February 2014.

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[video] Continues live in LA, March 2013 and Jan 2014, Babyland live in LA, Aug 2009

Hey, wait. Did I never post this Continues track that I recorded at The Smell in LA in March 2013? Gaaahhhh! Terrible oversight on my part. Sorry about that. Here it is-

I discovered that omission as I was just about to post this new recording of the same song from 30 January 2014 at Complex, also in LA-

And while I’m at it, here’s a full set that I never posted to my blogs of Dan’s old band, Babyland, live at The Smell from August of 2009. I don’t think I was able to get a board feed of the audio for this recording, but my room mics were up to the task. Single camera, on a tripod. Tracklist in the YouTube details-

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[video] Former Ghosts ‘An Intolerable Reign’ live in Los Angeles, 30 Jan 2014

All audio and video production and post-production by Brian Albers at Humorless Productions.

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[video] Former Ghosts with Nika Danilova, live in LA, 30 Jan 2014

Former Ghosts with Nika Danilova of Zola Jesus, live at Complex, Los Angeles, 30 Jan 2014.

Audio recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Albers at Humorless Productions, as well as all video capture and post-production.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humorless-Productions/190626074303436?ref=hl
http://www.mixcloud.com/humorlessproductions/
http://humorlessproductions.wordpress.com/

Stereo board mix
Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience
Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface
Presonus Studio One 2 for recording
Logic 8 for editing and mixing
Soundtrack Pro for mastering
Macbook Pro

Canon Vixia HF G10
Canon S100
Sony Action Cam
Final Cut Pro X

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2 months ago with 1 note

Tagged: Duran Duran Duran techno ComplexLA Cock Rock Dsco

[audio] Duran Duran Duran live in Los Angeles, 22 Nov 2013

Duran Duran Duran made a name for himself as one of the leading breakcore producers in the late 90s and into the new century. However, after his initial explosion of frenetic breaks and hyperspeed rhythms, he’s forged a more dancefloor-freindly style, albeit still packing plenty of pounding drums and thumping bass to turn your innards into mush by the end of the night.

Duran Duran Duran live in Los Angeles, 22 Nov 2013 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud

https://soundcloud.com/duranduranduran

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Duran-Duran-Duran/117669818281421

Audio recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Albers at Humorless Productions.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humorless-Productions/190626074303436?ref=hl

http://www.mixcloud.com/humorlessproductions/

Stereo board mix 

Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience 

Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface 

Presonus Studio One 2 for recording 

Logic 8 for editing and mixing 

Soundtrack Pro for mastering 

Macbook Pro 

Some of my video of his set here.

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3 months ago with 1 note

Tagged: ad.ver.sary adversary industrial Das Bunker Los Angeles

[audio] ad.ver.sary live in Los Angeles, 13 Aug 2010

In commemoration of Das Bunker’s glorious 17-year run as Los Angeles’ epicenter of all things industrial, I went through my archives and found that this recording I made of ad.ver.sary in 2010 was the only set that hadn’t been posted anywhere.

Ad.ver.sary live in Los Angeles, 13 August 2010 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud

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