Multicast’s Multicaster OBQ-16 debut in Japan!

Well, it is official, our new album is released!  July 18th, 2016!  The initial release is limited to Japan as an insert to the Iron Feather Journal magazine for the opening of the Sapporo Zine Festival in Hokkaido.  We will be receiving a limited amount of magazines and will have a USA/World release in early September, the exact date is still to be determined.

As you wait for the next 6 weeks, you can preview the entire album here…

IFJ stenciled artwork

Front covers, both multi-color stenciled artwork!

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IFJ Multicaster back covers

IFJ / Multicaster back covers!

As the typical Multicast / Obliq Recordings way, we created each of the covers by hand.  They are hand stenciled with recycled spray paint in multicolor!  The Iron Feather Journal inserts are limited edition to 200, all hand-numbered.  100 will be released in Japan, 100 outside of Japan.

Multicaster sleeves

Multicaster album sleeves drying on the manufacturing line, by the river!

Here is what a spindle of 170 looks like!

Multicaster CDs

Stack of Multicaster CDs.

Luckily my partner in crime, Cryptographics, is well versed at silk-screening and has the mass production process down!  He first created a registration piece that was offset for the thickness of the cover.  Then he created multiple stencils out of plastic to handle the ink.  This project requires many stencils, one for each image on the cover that will have its own separate color.  Thus, multiple iterations of paint and wait are required for the final cover to be complete!

Stencil Registered

Stencil registered with the first cover ready to go, as you can see all we do is move the left registration to the right side and we’re ready for the next image and colors.

The final product revealed

Tasty ultra limited black cover gettings its second image sprayed

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages, or stay tuned to this site or Obliq Recordings for release date information. Don’t sit on getting the limited IFJ magazine or it will be gone!

Booked to DJ the 2015 Full Moon Festival

 

Been pulling records for this year’s Mother Earth Sound System Full Moon Festival, a 48-hours 2-stage music festival.  It looks like I’ll have an extended set DJ/performing as Multicast (up to 6 hours!!) on the Earth stage Saturday afternoon/evening.  The line-up looks incredible, and the venue is a rural outdoor ranch in the mountains near Silverthorne.  I will bring many styles and change the music up playing dub, reggae, electro, acid, ambient and some 140-dubstep; mainly a more chill out stage providing balance to the main pounding techno Moon stage.

I will also bring some gear and add in some original stuff here and there.  I’m opening up for the Normal Ones so very excited about that; and perhaps we’ll do some experimentation for a while between sets!

Don’t miss it!

Mess Full Moon lineup

Amazing international lineup!

Multicast album pre-release available

Carpe Sonum Records out of Colorado is digitally releasing for the first time our album Bahian Coastal Hwy. by Multicast.  It will contain two bonus tracks that didn’t make it on the vinyl release and will be remastered by my favorite engineer Lupo @ Calyx (ex Dubplates & Mastering).

Been waiting for this day for a while.

I remember the day our original master came back from D+M, we were just floored on how wonderful these world-class mastering engineers could make us sound!  Now, 10 years later, the technology has folded many times and I anxiously await the magic that Andreas will do.

Check out the preview, and enjoy!  Thanks for your support!

Obliq Museum: genoQs machines Octopus MIDI Sequencer

The genoQs machines Octopus MIDI sequencer is the all-time KING of step sequencers IMHO.  This hardware-only interface will boggle the mind of any laptop-jock, but for those like me that are into hardware this is probably one of the best sequencers that will ever be made.  This German engineered musical instrument controller is actually quite simple, ergonomic and elegant and packs a ton of power into your studio!  Any feature is less than two clicks away!

My only gripe is I’m not in my studio often enough and I tend to forget some of the steps for functionality; for example I always seem to hit the manual to remember how to put it in MIDI slave mode.  That is what cheat sheets are for.  If you have any handy cheat sheet references, leave a comment as I’d love to include them here.  I’ll upload mine soon.

Black Sea Octopus

The rare, limited edition genoQs machines Octopus Black Sea edition (#8 of 20) – King of MIDI Sequencers

I was so excited when I read about the release of this MIDI controller I contacted the manufacturer in Germany and put one on order.  Contractually I had to purchase through their US distributor but mine was the first one shipped to the USA.  A while later I had the chance to acquire the ultra cool and very limited Black Sea edition.  Although this is a beautiful edition, I ended up trading it and continued to use the original “Classic Legacy” edition in my studio.

Early in 2011 genoqs machines posted to the internet they were going to be going out of business; although they said they’d keep up their website and offer limited support.  Fast forward three years and their website is down and manuals and OS versions are hard to come by.  Often is the case with boutique equipment; I have no clue how many they sold, but with the several limited edition runs I suspect there are 200+ that made it to studios around the world!

UPDATE:  On 2/13/15 on the genoQs_users Yahoo Groups list it was announced that genoQs Mahines have put back up their website at http://www.genoqs.com.  This contains all the latest and greatest information that was there before.  I’ll continue to keep these things up on my site, but great news!

genoQs machines octopus

genoQs machines Octopus (now called Classic Legacy edition) – First one imported into the USA – the brains in my studio (even when I’m there!)

I decided I would post what documentation and operating systems I had to the internet as these are scattered around the web (at best), and may become hard to find in the future.  If you have other documentation that I don’t or OS versions and would like to add to this archive, I’d be glad to include it here, please contact me if that is the case.

Here are a couple of pretty useless videos i shot when I had both the Original and Black Sea versions; more eye candy than anything useful.

Here are some of the files, again if you have files that I don’t, I’d love to improve this archive so please let me know what you have!

Operating Systems

Manuals

  • Legacy v1.62
  • Black Sea v1.62 (NOTE:  The Black Sea and other editions have exactly the same functionality, just different colored LEDs that are described accurately in this version.)

Other

Tutorials

Links

  • Yahoo Groups (lots of documentation and updated OS for Octopus and Nemo)

Freqmodif compilation release date announced!

My band project Freqmodif with Nathan Jantz are honored to have a track being released on the upcoming House of Mutes Vol.1 compilation on Obsolete Future Recordings!  Here is the press release!  Check it out, and don’t be slow or you’ll miss the limited cassette release; and buy the digital content for cheap at bandcamp!

Obsolete Future Presents…

House of Mutes Vol. 1 [OF007]

House of Mutes Vol.1 Compilation - We're the opening track!

House of Mutes Vol.1 Compilation – We’re the opening track!

We’re back after a short stretch of seasonal inertia with our first cassette compilation: House of Mutes Vol. 1 collects new material from Obsolete Future doyens WWC, Paradise, Dyad & Formant, in addition to a plethora of unearthed tracks from the likes of Denver’s Thug Entrancer, Rocky Mountain dub traffickers Freqmodif, Austin frequency-hackers Bodytronix, the Dallas/Ft. Worth electro crew of MKG Systems, Cygnus & Mannequinz, analog-acid from the Bay Area’s Headgear and a Dutch ambient oddity from BuzzzuwfarfewwW.

The tape is packaged in a putridly gorgeous neon-yellow case & specially designed by Kristen Koenig of Pull Trigger. The 15-track collection was compiled in Austin, TX by Conor Walker and mastered as a C44.5 by Jeremy Averitt in Denver, CO.

The cassette is limited to 150 // Preorder ships Friday June 20th
Track List:
a1. Freqmodif – Mesocyclone
a2. Mannequinz – Shiyan36
a3. The Argus Effect – Anklebiter
a4. MKG Systems – SCR
a5. Thug Entrancer – Resolve
a6. Cygnus – Varaxis Networks
a7. Bodytronix – Live at Switched On (Guy Taylor Edit)

b1. Formant – Fault Creep
b2. Paradise – Doom Rollster
b3. Dyad – Vertical Hold
b4. Hellhole – Shadow Projector
b5. Brown/Ballas – Furious
b6. Headgear – Edit 4
b7. WWC – This Ain’t a Hate Thing
b8. BuzzzuwfarfewwW – Morninghaze
Don’t be stuck in Purgatorial queue // Preorder your copy!

Obliq aritsts on Pete Namlook tribute album.

Four (4) *NEW* Multicast tracks (under Obliq Recordings side projects guises Replicast, Ted Sturgeon and Freq Modif) are featured on the late Pete Namlook tribute Die Welt ist Klang on Carpe Sonum Records!  We are honored to be a part of this tribute to one of the pioneers of electronic music along with 30+ other great artists!

Here are the individual tracks:

Ted Sturgeon – Sea Foam Green

Freq Modif – Spy Hunter

Replicast (Multicast) – Gurrr

Multicast – Lowrider in Cairo

New Multicast / Obliq music on Pete Namlook tribute album!

*NEW* Multicast tracks (under the Mothership and Obliq Recordings side projects guises Replicast, Ted Sturgeon and Freq Modif) are featured on the late Pete Namlook tribute Die Welt ist Klang on Carpe Sonum Records!  We are honored to be a part of this tribute to one of the pioneers of electronic music along with 30+ other great artists!

Here are the individual tracks:

Ted Sturgeon – Sea Foam Green

Freq Modif – Spy Hunter

Replicast (Multicast) – Gurrr

Multicast – Lowrider in Cairo

Multicast on Sleeping Pills OST

Back over 10 years ago a local movie company Kinotonik produced this awesome 35mm underground film Sleeping Pills.  Featured in the soundtrack are several Obliq Recordings tunes.  The movie’s Director Michael Lauter has decided to put a REDUX version out on HD Bluray format!

This is an Indiegogo funding project, so jump out there and support it! One neat thing about this movie is it was filmed in many unique Colorado architectural facilities that have since been destroyed! This film is preserving these interesting Colorado relics!

Looking forward to finally having a copy of this great movie to watch again and hearing our music on a Bluray HD movie!

Multicast to be featured on Blu-ray

Back over 10 years ago a local movie company Kinotonik produced this awesome 35mm underground film Sleeping Pills.  Featured in the soundtrack are several Obliq Recordings (i.e. my record label) tunes.  The movie’s Director Michael Lauter has decided to put a REDUX version out on HD Blu-ray format!

This is an Indiegogo funding project, so jump out there and support it! One neat thing about this movie is it was filmed in many unique Colorado architectural facilities that have since been destroyed! This film is preserving these interesting Colorado relics!

Looking forward to finally having a copy of this great movie to watch again and hearing our music on a Blu-ray HD movie!

Obliq New and Re-releases with bonus tracks

Howdy.

Happy New Year!

In celebration I recently posted about 100 free tunes on Bandcamp.com. A great site; these are free so preview them and download anything that you like! And tell your friends! Many of our older albums have been stacked with rare and unreleased material. The newest album is a collaboration with the great Denver band Equulei. Multicast and Freq Modif are represented here.  Look forward to more releases in 2014!