Former Yellow Swans member Pete Swanson will continue to merge noise and techno with ear splitting results on a forthcoming release for Software Recording Co.
Oneohtrix Point Never completists rejoice – Software will release a bumper sounding boxset of early and rare material next month.
One thing that unites an otherwise disparate range of musicians – from guitarists and techno heads to drummers and vocalists – is the fact that, at some stage during the creative process, recording software will doubtless be called upon. For the uninitiated, DAW stands for Desktop Audio Workstation, which, as the name suggests, deals with a lot more than the once standardized job of sequencing audio and MIDI. In this feature we take a look at our five favourite DAWs – in no particular order – and outline the key features that will determine which of these heavy hitters becomes your weapon of choice.
Is Channel Pressure a smart approximation of existing styles and trends or just a clever post-modern giggle? No matter what way one looks at the US duo’s album, there is no doubt that it deftly and skilfully regurgitates and repackages familiar sounds with a tongue planted firmly in its cheek. On “Emergency Room”, this comes in the form of an electro bass similar to the one in Gary Numan’s “Cars” combined with a camp vocal. “New Planet” meanwhile, brings together abstract techno rhythms and prog rock guitar solo self-indulgence to the backdrop of a space rocket setting off for Mars.
Of course Channel Pressure would be far less entertaining than it actually is if Ford & Lopatin merely repeated this formula. One of its other strengths is to make incisive commentaries on popular culture. The best example is “Rock Star Paranoia”. Beginning with a dreamy ambient reverie that could easily be a recreation of the substance-addled detachment that the subject matter may experience, it then launches into an epic synth and guitar-squealing workout that lands it in the middle of poodle mullet land. Yet despite all the subtle post-modern insights clever cultural references, what really impresses on this album is the duo’s ear for killer hooks and melodies, like the wide-eyed Italo of “The Voices” and the fist-pumping air guitar of FM anthem in waiting, “Joey Rogers”.