Insecta - Where Have all the Insects Gone ?

DASK Insecta

For electronica based music many albums have a theme or concept running through them. I find it hard to compose without a solid concept or idea that fits and pulls all the tracks in an album together into a complete story. This is quite different from most mainstream music for example where it is more times than not a bunch of unrelated tracks with a hit single among them. I prefer an album to convey a larger purpose or message and this was the idea of Insecta. I have been reading articles for a few years now about the sharp decline of insect populations around the world and the effects this is having on the food chain for other animals. From a Guardian article : Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished.

Thaneco & DASK - Elemental (Syngate Records)

DASK Thaneco Elemental (Tangerine Dream Virgin Years)

It is only thanks to the internet and the current ways of making music using software such as a DAW can some collaborations between artists happen without great difficulty. That is how this album came about since myself and Thaneco are not in the same country. It was possible for either of us to start a track or idea and send the part finished work using a transfer service such as wetransfer. A track can be bounced back and forward between artists as long as you use the same DAW or they are compatible in some way. This allows it to be 'composed' and built up over time between artists.

Class A Power Amplifier to Headphones

Power Amplifier to Headphones

At the time of wrting this I was no longer use Hi-Fi speakers on my main system and had not done for sometime, switching to headphone use from the CDP. I use budget stand mounts for movies on the TV and a 2-way on my DAW but the Nelson Pass Labs Class A pre-amplifier and a Nelson Pass Class A Power Amplifier I put together in a past life had not seen use for some years. Before I switched to headphones I had built a simple power amplifier to headphone adaptor but never got to test or use it since I ended up with a good deal on an Headphone amplifier at the time. Fast forward and after a few headphone amplifier box swaps I was in a situation with no way to drive headphones from my CDP so moved the headphone listening to a 2nd system I use on my audio workstation setup.

Audjoo Helix Synthesizer Free Patches

Audjoo Helix VSTi Synth

Audjoo Helix is a wave-table shaping, virtual analogue, hybrid soft synthesizer with a deep rich high sound quality that makes it suited to pads and textures with motion and depth, although it is quite capable of bass and leads etc. Some of the pads and textures possible in this synth remind me a little of other older synth engines such as Native Instruments Absynth for example but this is not a typical thin sounding old school VSTi.


DASK - Sol (Syngate Records)

DASK - Sol (Cinematic Berlin Style Berlin School Electronic Music)

Coming from an audio background and having had a very keen interest in Hi-Fi then moving into composing my own music has given me a different perspective on the 24 bit vs 16 bit debate. It is possible to export a track from any DAW into both 16 bit and 24 bit formats with dither but without any extra tweaks to the mastering stage for the 24 bit version. I think many commercial 24 bit recordings are just re-mastered with less compression and more care so this makes the 24 bit version sound better which confuses the debate.

Syngate Records on Spotify

Syngate Records on Spotify

Here is a spotify playlist link of all the artists currently released on Syngate Records in Germany. Styles range from electronica, ambient, Berlin school, cinematic, synthwave and sometimes newage but most have roots in the Berlin school style both classic and modern. I will add new releases to the list as they appear.

Syngate Records (Spotify)

DASK - Liquid Decimation

DASK - Liquid Decimation (Berlin School, Ambient, Downtempo, Cinematic)

Most of these tracks were made shortly after releasing 'Messages' on Syngate Records. Sometimes tracks just happen and flow even though I am just experimenting with new sounds and synth patches without any intention of making a complete track or any music, usually due to lack of anything else better to do. I have now learned to just run with it when this happens and a track can emerge out of the experimentation.

DASK - Messages (Syngate Records)

DASK - Messages (Berlin School, Cosmic Ground, Redshift)

A second release on Syngate Records in Korbach Germany. Inspiration for this album came from watching various documentaries about the WOW signal, Frank Drake, the Drake equation, Tabby's Star and the Arecibo Message. It is very heavily sequenced Berlin School inspired by groups such as Cosmic Ground that tend to the dark and heavy long running sequences. It has a few ambient sections as break pieces. Tracks can be previewed on the Bandcamp release. This album for me was also an exercise in multiple sequencing and composing tracks with layers of 3 or more sequences with effects. It is mostly a sequencer driven album and a little wild in places.

Very Easy DIY Audio Mains Filter

Easy DIY Audio Mains Filter Parts

This is no doubt the easiest method of making a good quality mains filter suitable for any audio or visual use be it a HiFi, home studio or TV system. These also make great mains filters for computer based audio systems. I have made and used these on all my computer and audio based setups since they are better than the basic ones you buy for a computer and compare quite well to the cheaper dedicated HiFi ones.


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DASK - Insecta Extended

DASK - Inseca (Progressive Ambient Berlin School Tangerine Dream)

What is the ideal length of an album ? Is 50 minutes too short ? Having done some research on various music based forums, the answer by many seems to be 45 minutes for pop and rock albums. Michael Jackson's Thriller was 42 minutes long and many albums still considered the best today originally needed to fit on a LP which only holds 45 minutes of audio.


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