On my own music

Although I’ve always loved making electronic dance music, it’s far from the only type of music I like making. My first ever album is more a work of ambient and/or drone for example. Going forward, I will continue doing that and many other types of music as well (including ambient/drone) and I will be posting about it here.

In the future there will be a lot more music that I will be making and posting about that is and is not trance. I hope that’s OK and that you will still want to follow my musical excursions.

Personally, I listen to a bit of everything. Following my MONTHLY-playlist here is a good way to find out what I like at the moment. You can also check the posts in this journal to find out what’s been on rotation.

On live music

When I was a kid, I always knew I wanted to do creative things. It started with me drawing, I wasn’t great by any measure but I did end up getting 3rd prize in a small competition as an 8-year-old.

Later, of course, music got the better of me and I was soon found in my parents basement hammering on an old keyboard. Ever since, I’ve loved making music in one way or another but I’ve always had a soft side for live music. There is something slightly magical about creating music on the spot with your friends and making it work together. I did get to enjoy being in a band with some friends in high school many years ago, it never went beyond rehearsing after class but it was still amazing.

The climatic ending of this performance is the very reason I always loved live music. Getting lost in music like this to me is magical.

Right now I’m very comfortable making music on my computer (I’m still in quarantine, 3 months and counting), but hopefully one day I can incorporate that magic of live music in my own music as well. I’m also looking forward to being able to see live performances again, hopefully sooner than later.

Stay safe,
Joni

Rönninge, Sweden 2019.

A little over a year ago (April, 2019), in Rönninge, Sweden. I took one last photo before almost all of my equipment was sold (other than the Yamaha TX81Z and the monitors) and I headed for Bogotá, Colombia in the name of love and adventure. It was the second time in my life I packed everything up and headed west, though Colombia is a little farther than Dublin, Ireland.

The world has changed since then, as has my tool set, but I’m happy to be able to make music in the middle of it all. I’m hoping for the return of good things for everyone soon.

Tools for boredom

If you’re into making music and find yourself with a lot of time on your hands now in these rather strange times, I recommend Surge which is free these days. I’ve used it on many of my tracks in the past, and you can get it here: https://surge-synthesizer.github.io/

Regardless of whether you make music or not you can also get VCV Rack, I can lose hours by twiddling around in it. It doesn’t require a DAW and is much cheapher (FREE) than hardware modular. Get it here: https://vcvrack.com/

Stay safe people!

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