this week on Best in Show- Abelcain (world...
Tune in this Sunday afternoon on mixlr.com for Abelcain and Fanny recorded live in Los Angeles as they both played a Darkmatter Soundsystems party on 19 May 2006. I’ve seen the Fanny recording pop up on a couple different places on the internet over the years, but I’ve since remastered this one, so it’ll sound far better than any version that’s already out there. The...
this week on Best in Show- The Flashbulb live in...
The Flashbulb live at The Vanguard, Hollywood, CA, 15 November 2006. This one falls into the same category as my recordings of Venetian Snares and Richard Devine in that at the time, I recorded only my own audience bootleg, only to find out later that somebody in a position of authority had recorded and subsequently uploaded/released a board tape. I have combined the two, and the resulting...
SkinCage and Not Breathing live in Tucson, 17...
Full sets from both. All audio recorded, mixed and mastered by me. Video capture and editing by me as well. All-star night in Arizona as these two legends opened up for Negativland mainstay Mark Hosler (who I recorded as well, but hasn’t (yet?) given me the go-ahead to post his recording anywhere, so that one will remain buried in the archives for now). Audio here (which is the same...
a few live Bestial Mouths videos from Das Bunker,...
Audio recorded, mixed and mastered by me. Video by me, too (although for this one I had only my little Canon S100 point and shoot, so the video isn’t super spectacular, but for a pocket camera, it’s pretty damn good).
this week on Best in Show- Raxyor and Techdiff,...
Combo show again this week with a couple recordings from the same night in Vienna, June 2010- first the pummeling fury of Raxyor followed by the surgically precise but no less abusive mayhem from Techdiff, as it happened that night at an event called Panzer Schokolade #3 at EKH. Listen in at mixlr.com/humorlessproductions, Sunday at 4pm west coast time.
this week on Best in Show- Mochipet
Mochipet has just wrapped up a victorious nationwide tour, which had him on the road since the end of last year. I’ll be broadcasting the recording I made of his set at The Ruby Room in San Diego on the night of the 3rd of April on this week’s Best in Show. Over the years, Mochipet has proven to be an artist that’s been difficult to pin down. Starting out in the mid-90s as a...
This week on Best in Show- Autechre x2
This’ll be different than my usual broadcasts, because neither of these Autechre sets did I record myself. What I did was take a couple board tapes, did some extensive remastering and added a bunch of crowd sounds (subtly, artfully) to make them sound like an actual concert. One from way back in 1993 (Incunabula, Amber, Anti EP era) and one from New York 2001 (LP5, EP7, Chiastic Slide...
YouTube vs Mixcloud
Audio/music basics- People don’t care about music any more. Although they will watch/listen to just about any thing on YouTube, regardless of video or audio quality. Case in point- my live recordings of Daedelus from March 2012 and March 2013. The 2012 (audio only) recording has been available as an audio stream on my Mixcloud page for about three months. It’s high quality,...
This week on Best in Show- WMX
Yes, I know my Mixcloud is flooded with live WMX recordings (here and here and here and here), but this one will be newer than all those with new tunes. Recorded at the Darkmatter Soundsystem party from the 2nd of March 2013 in Los Angeles. As always, listen in Sunday at 4pm PST on http://mixlr.com/humorless-productions/
This week on Best in Show- This Song Is a Mess but...
This week on Best in Show- This Song Is a Mess But So Am I (x2!) This week on Humorless Productions presents Best in Show I’ll be playing two recordings if This Song Is a Mess But So Am I, both recorded at The Smell in Los Angeles and only a few months apart in early 2007. This Song Is a Mess was Freddy Ruppert’s first musical project, and quickly gained legendary status after having...
this week on Best in Show- Daedelus
In anticipation of his upcoming swing through Southern California next week, I’ll be playing Daedelus’ live set that I recorded last year (almost to the day) in Los Angeles. Tune in Sunday at 4pm PST here.
this week on Best in Show- Enduser live at...
This week on Humorless Productions presents Best in Show- Enduser live at Berghain, Berlin, 14 May 2010. Exclusive live recording, not available anywhere else on the internet, to be broadcast once and once only. Marathon set- one hour and thirty five minutes, every minute of which will be aired. Tune in Sunday at 4pm (California time). Listen here- http://mixlr.com/humorless-productions/
internet broadcast of my live recording of Bestial...
Ok, I’m very excited about this. I recorded Bestial Mouths last weekend in Los Angeles, and I’m super stoked that they’ve given me permission to broadcast/shoutcast it on my mixlr.com channel this coming Sunday. http://mixlr.com/humorless-productions/ is my Mixlr page, and the time will be Sunday, 10 March at 4pm west coast time, which is 7pm east coast time, and I think...
Ssleeperhold live in Los Angeles, 1 March 2013
My (audio and video) recording of Ssleeperhold’s final two songs of his performance at Das Bunker, Los Angeles, 1 March 2013. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Albers at Humorless Productions. Ssleeperhold on FB Mono 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 ...
Fanny live at Darkmatter Soundsystem, 19 May 2006
Fanny live in Los Angeles, 19 May 2006 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
Why I do it
People sometimes ask me why I do it. Why I keep making these recordings. Every performance requires hours of post-production audio work, which is over and above the initial recording. Often times I’ll need to drive to some far off city, multiple hours each way, and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how expensive gas is these days. Food money is out of pocket. I’m lucky...
Not Breathing live in Tucson, 29 Jan 2013 (full...
Music by Not Breathing. Audio and video recorded/edited by me.
Mike Dobler live in Los Angeles, 18 Jan 2013
Acid! Mike Dobler live in Los Angeles, 18 Jan 2013 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
Merzbow live in Vienna, 18 May 2010
Merzbow with superstar Hungarian drummer Balázs Pándi live at FLUC, Vienna, 18 May 2010. Merzbow live in Vienna, 18 May 2010 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud This same concert was recorded by the good people at Dry Lungs Records and subsequently released on vinyl. Their recording, however, was multi-tracked, so there’s a chance that the record sounds even better than my recording....
Babyland live at The Smell, Los Angeles, 31 Jan...
Full set, audio only. Babyland live in Los Angeles, 31 Jan 2009 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
Zola Jesus live in LA Halloween 2011 and SD 2012
Zola Jesus live at The Casbah, San Diego, 3 March 2012. Full set, audio only. Zola Jesus live in San Diego, 3 March 2012 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud Zola Jesus live at Echoplex, 31 October 2011. Full set, audio only. Zola Jesus live in Los Angeles, 31 Oct 2011 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
Tearist live in Los Angeles, 4 Aug 2012
Full set, audio only. Tearist live in San Diego, 4 August 2012 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
FFF, 24 March 2012, live in Santa Barbara
Full set, audio only. FFF live in Santa Barbara, 24 March 2012 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
Venetian Snares live in Austria 2005
Full set, audio only. Venetian Snares live in Korneuburg, 7 May 2005 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
The Red Elvises live in San Francisco, 30 Nov...
The Red Elvises live at Café du Nord in San Francisco, CA, 30 Nov 2012. http://www.redelvises.com/ Stereo board mix Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface Logic 8 for recording, editing, mixing Soundtrack Pro for mastering Canon S100 Final Cut Pro X Macbook Pro
Bombardier live at So Simple Soundsystem, LA, 1...
Bombardier live in LA, 1 Dec 2012. Thanks to all the hard-working people at So Simple Records (and associated freaks at Darkmatter Soundsystem) for organizing this show and for allowing me to record them. Sorry I had to crank up the exposure in this video. If I hadn’t, the entire thing would pretty much be a black screen outside of the faint glow from the laptop monitor. ...
WMX live at So Simple Soundsystem, LA, 1 Dec 2012
WMX live in LA, 1 Dec 2012. This was early in the set when he was just getting warmed up. A little bit later he unleashed about an hours worth of apocalyptic industrial on us. It’s not the most spectacular video, but it’s worth a listen/watch. Plus, it has Whoman’s lasers. Thanks to all the hard-working people at So Simple Records (and associated freaks at Darkmatter...
Xanopticon live at So Simple Soundsystem, LA, 1...
6 minutes Xanopticon’s face-melting beats, live in LA, 1 Dec 2012. Thanks to all the hard-working people at So Simple Records (and associated freaks at Darkmatter Soundsystem) for organizing this show and for allowing me to record them. Sorry I had to crank up the exposure in this video. If I hadn’t, the entire thing would pretty much be a black screen outside of the faint glow...
Monster X live at So Simple Soundsystem, LA, 1 Dec...
5 minutes of Monster X’s monstrous industrial techno, live in LA, 1 Dec 2012. Thanks to all the hard-working people at So Simple Records (and associated freaks at Darkmatter Soundsystem) for organizing this show and for allowing me to record them. Sorry I had to crank up the exposure in this video. If I hadn’t, the entire thing would pretty much be a black screen outside of the...
Baseck live at Ceres, LA, 1 Dec 2012
Here’s a bit of video of Baseck tearin’ it up at Ceres, LA, 1 Dec 2012. http://baseck.net/ https://www.facebook.com/SoSimpleSound?fref=ts http://www.darkmattersoundsystem.com/Contacts.html (This event wasn’t officially called Ceres, but it was held at a nondescript loft/warehouse on Ceres Street in Los Angeles. But calling it ‘Live at Ceres’ sounds a whole lot better than ‘Live at a...
a few words about a couple DAWs
(Not so) quick update- I’ve been recording some stuff, but nothing I wanted to post here on the blog. For just about all the recordings I make these days, I shoot video as well as record the audio, so I’ll post stuff to my YouTube channel if nowhere else, so if you really want to check out everything I record, head over there and subscribe. My user name is BruceBurbank8. You can check...
Buzz Campbell & Hot Rod Lincoln, live in San...
Here’s a taste of the two-hour performance by Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln at a free concert series called Concerts on the Promenade organized by the city of El Cajon. All audio and video by me. mono board mix Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface Logic 8 for recording, editing, mixing Soundtrack Pro for mastering Macbook Pro ...
Tearist live in San Diego, 4 Aug 2012
Sounds like- techno, generally speaking, with a bit of a lo-fi, garage-y edge to it. Songs with a driving beat to them and some occasional squelching synths, but not all aggro. Songs that are not too long and not too short. Woman vocalist, adhering most of the time to a specific melody, but sometimes wandering off into a wailing yelp. She’s definitely a high energy presence who knows how to...
Folk, Roots and Americana live in San Diego, 8...
Well, how’s this for a little variety? Earlier this year, my girlfriend introduced me (musically and personally) to venerable San Diego songwriter and jazz bandleader Gregory Page. One thing lead to another, and now I’ve recorded a couple of his gigs. His albums range from folk-inspired singer/songwriter compositions to super swingin’ big band jazz barnstormers. On the...
Daedelus live in LA, 29 March 2012, complete set,...
Full set, audio only- Daedelus live in Los Angeles, 29 March 2012 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud
The Mattson 2, live in San Diego, 24 Ap 2012
The Mattson 2, 24 April 2012, live at The Casbah, San Diego The San Diego instrumental surf/jazz scene might not begin and end with the Mattson 2, but theirs will be the first name that comes to mind when speaking of this hybrid genre. And deservedly so, as the brothers, Jared on guitar and bass (often times at the same time, with a little help from some sample/looping effects) and Jonathan on...
coupla Baseck-related recordings, March 2012, LA
First is a bit of audio from the collab tag-team set between Baseck and Darkmatter luminary Diskore. They were part of the festivities in North Hollywood, Ca at an event which included the return of Low Res mainstay Bombardier and dubstep heavyweight Broken Note. As you might expect in their set, Diskore provided the monstrous beats while Baseck contributed a heavy dose of scratching, various...
Bombardier, 16 March 2012, live in LA
Low Res warhorse and industrial techno pioneer Bombardier made his long awaited return to California with a set of burning beats and scorching synths that had everybody in the club dancing. Bombardier, 16 March 2012, live at Blue Moon Nights, North Hollywood, Ca. &amp;lt;a href=”http://humorlessproductions.bandcamp.com/track/bombardier”...
FFF, 24 March 2012, live in Santa Barbara
Rotterdam junglist FFF ended his first venture along the west coast of the US with a completely nuts house party in Santa Barbara at the end of March. Full set. FFF live in Santa Barbara, 24 March 2012 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud stereo board mix Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface Logic 8 for recording, editing, mixing ...
new live Not Breathing released
http://notbreathing.bandcamp.com/album/a-c-i-d-tour-live New live album(s) by Not Breathing just released, including the recording I made from the El Rey in LA with cEvin Key. Name your price on Bandcamp, so go get it.
Zola Jesus live in San Diego, 3 March 2012
It was quite an auspicious occasion as Zola Jesus wrapped up their month-long US tour with a show at San Diego’s legendary Casbah. I wrote an exhaustive post the first time I’d recorded ZJ up in LA this past Halloween, so see that entry if you need any background. But I will say this about this show- It was downright industrial. I suppose that’s more a reflection of the...
Enduser vs Bonk, 25 Feb 2012, Hollywood, Ca
Enduser vs Bonk, 25 Feb 2012, live at Circus Disco, Hollywood, Ca I think this might be the 100th time I’ve recorded Enduser. And as long as he keeps on putting out brilliant albums like his latest, Even Weight, I’ll never get bored of doing it. For this tour, he joined forces with Bonk who seamlessly mixed in his own sounds and tracks in the set. This is the live recording of...
Parenthetical Girls, 12 Feb 2012
The way PGirls’ vocalist Zac Pennington struts around the stage (and often times into the crowd, on top of the bar, out on the sidewalk, whatever) reminds me of Mick Jagger. It didn’t even matter that they were playing a small-ish club. With his undeniable charisma and enthusiasm, you’d think they were playing to a full stadium. While their studio recordings might be...
Venetian Snares, live in Austria 2005 remaster
Edit: Full Korneuburg set, streamable, audio only- Venetian Snares live in Korneuburg, 7 May 2005 by Humorlessproductions on Mixcloud OK, here goes. Here’s my remaster of my original mix of Venetian Snares live at Die Werft at Donaufest in Korneuburg, Austria, 7 May 2005. Although nobody asked, I’m gonna give you the entire story of how this came about. I’m from...
S.E.M;I live in San Diego, 21 Jan 2012
As my musical tastes evolved as I grew older, I was a big fan of the emerging industrial acts in the 90s. Not so much the originators in the 70s and 80s like Throbbing Gristle or Einsturzende Neubauten, as those were a bit before my time. I was born too late. I was introduced to the sound by way of bands like Test Dept. (Gododdin is still one of my favorites), Skinny Puppy (Last Rights from...
video of Somatic Responses, July 2011, Los Angeles
video of Somatic Responses live in LA from July 2011. Video recorded and edited by Árbolacoùstics Live Stream. Audio recorded and mixed by Brian Albers of Humorless Productions.
I went out to the lake to record some ducks. This day they weren’t squawking as much as I’d hoped, but the wind was calmer than it normally is, and the wind really is your biggest enemy when making outdoor recordings like these. But overall, the recording isn’t bad. The ducks are smallish black ones with white beaks called the American Coot. Lots of tweeting birds in there too,...
Zola Jesus live in Los Angeles, 31 Oct 2011
In reading about Zola Jesus most often I’ll come across comparisons to Björk or Siouxsie (and Kate Bush, and Elisabeth Fraser, and Tori Amos…). And I think those are appropriate because not only is Nika a remarkably gifted singer, but she also covers the bulk (or all?) of the songwriting and electronics programming (as does Björk, not sure about any others). But one name that I don’t...