Archive for December, 2008

15
Dec
08

Oasis gets ohmified by Chemical Brothers

Chemical Brothers

We’ve just received a nice mail from Tom Rowlands of Chemical Brothers (the guy at the right side of the picture). We’re glad to see our Ohmicide:Melohman between one of the biggest electronic acts of the world and a brit pop legend from last decades. The track he’s talking about is here.

On Dec 15, 2008, at 8:41 AM, Chemical Brothers wrote:

oh btw 

we used the ohmicide:melohman on a recent remix for oasis a track called “falling down,-the kind of distorted lead synth (an EMS VCS3 though it sounds like a sax!)was processed with  the plug in and sounded great

cheers
tom

15
Dec
08

Cohmpetition Winners Announcement

Cohmpetition's prizes!

It was REALLY hard to choose. When you have a contest where more than a half of the submissions are fairly well produced and nicely inspired, it becomes about listening to the tracks several and several times, to find the little details that push or pull each one up or down at the ranking. So don’t be depressed if you’re not at the top10, it doesn’t mean at all that your track is bad, but it will show you, instead, that musical production/composition won’t always be  “painting from scratch with total creative freedom during the whole process”. We have given you some guidelines and directions to be followed, and it’s commonly known that very often some ‘limitations’ help us to stimulate/boost creativity. Winners have followed the guidelines, but with inspired and creative solutions to create good music within the boundaries. So we have ranked the submissions based in, in order of importance: “followed the guidelines + fits well in the novel”, “originality + creativity”, “overal production quality” and “how many positive comments in the blog”. Each ohmforcian has his own creepy musical tastes, so the aspect “music style” was completely ignored. We like music, good music.

1- Kylo

2- Stephan Roemer

3- Steve T

4- Veit Winkler

5- Paul Raisbeck

6- Alexandre Borcic

7- Apeskinny

8- Hunger Ghost

9- Stuart Fox

10- Boblefrançaismoyen

It was really great to have 35 (!!!) submissions, and we’d want to celebrate it in a generous way, so we have decided to expand the prizes up to the top5. It means that Veit and Paul will get a free  Minmonsta:Melohman, and since Veit wasn’t able to control his addiction and bought the monsta even before the final result announcement, we’ll offer him an Oddity instead. We couldn’t know if it would please you, but if you guys want us to publish the list up to the top20, just drop a comment and if we see that there’s quorum, we post it. Congratulations to all participants, and thanks for helping save the world! Music could be a powerful weapon, indeed.

12
Dec
08

We’ve already voted the cohmpetition winners

(read the following phrase imagining Dr. Evil’s voice)

But we wont tell you. Have a nice weekend… mouhaahahhaahahahahhahahahaha 

11
Dec
08

Ohm Force METAL

russ-russelWe’ve just received a nice mail from Russ Russel from the Parlour Studio team (UK): ” – Just wanted to say how much i’m diggin ohmicide – its like you’ve been listening in to the noizes i’ve been having in my head for years.  I’ve been using it extensively on the new Napalm Death album and it’ll be my default weapon of attack from now on.” In additional of Napalm Death, Russ have already produced albums for Dimmu Borgir, The Berzerker, The Wildhearts, among other top bands from the dark and shady metal world. After the “Smear Campaign” album in 2006, Napalm has been just touring and recording – next album will be released very soon, stay tuned…

09
Dec
08

Cohmpetition officially closed

WOW…. this cohmpetition really surprised us, it’s being the most crowded cohmpetition of the Ohm Force history, and we’re really happy about that. Not only because of the submissions amount – as quantity has never been a synonym of quality – but specially due the fact that the overall quality level is…. we could say… OUTSTANDING. You guys really rocks. So we apologise ourselves again for being late when put the last ones online, and benefit from the moment to ask a picture to those who haven’t sent one yet (and would want to do it). Ideally on 450×250, but it could be bigger, and than we crop it. Now it will be time to listen again, and again, to each submission, in order to pull the best from the good. Stay tuned…

09
Dec
08

Last submission comes from Sweden

The last submission of this cohmpetition comes from Sweden and it’s called “Ohm Tag”. Slaslars made an intro that with a high-pitched background sound that makes us think on the noise that mice do, we mean, a massive mice population; maybe all the rats that have been slowly biting the financial system during last decades. Then there’s a warm bass and a distorted filtered lead sound that is powerful enough to kill the rats noise, click here to listen and trip on it you too..

09
Dec
08

Pakic from Serbia is in the house again

One of the “last last minute” submissions we received during the weekend comes from an already ‘old time friend’, since Branislav Pakic from Serbia has already participated in the last cohmpetition – the video tutorial one – for which he made a nice tutorial for the Ohm Boyz delay. Now Pakic is completely confortable with the media – since it’s music we’re talking about, and presents us a track in which we notice, in addition of the Minimonsta:Melohman flavors, several OhmBoyz, Ohmicide:Melohman and OhMyGod! spices… click here to listen…

09
Dec
08

The addiction was so Monsta that he’s purchased the prize…

Veit from Germany explains how he figured his soundtrack out (read while listening): “The track is called “Minimonsta Saves The World” and consists of several parts named: 1) Intro: 2008, 2) Part1: Synthopia, 3) Interlude. Research, 4) Part2: Flash Mobs, 5) Part3: Minimonsta Plays The World, 6) Part4: Salvation.  So I wanted to really use the Minimonsta as the main device on the track. It should be as it’s the protagonist of the story and the way I made the track I would say I kinda produced a demo track for myself. So I took your advice and used the opportunity to try out the Minimonsta. Unfortunately the demo time ran out long before I got even closed to finishing the track so I had to buy the PlugIn. Totally worth the prize. Since Emagic introduced sculpture, no software instrument fascinated me like this one. As I think 42 is a great number, I used exactly 42 instances of the Minimonsta in the track. It’s the only PlugIn I used for tonal sounds. Apart from drums and sound effects, I used only Minimonsta. I tried to use as few as possible modulating effects to stay pure Minimonsta so on the Minimonsta’s tracks there’s only four processing PlugIns: One Instance of each: Ohmicide, OhmBoyz, U-He Filterscape and Logics internal Rotor Cabinet. Apart from that I just used some equalizers and compressors (both metric halo channel strip), one instance of space designer on a bus, another one on the industrial beat and a biiiiig master limiter on the sum (you can hear that). Ah yes and the filter on the sum in last part is frOHMage of course. The overall sound quality is not really great, my mixmaster didn’t have time, or, better said, I didn’t get finished soon enough so I did some rough adjustments and that’s it. I’m thinking about making a “Minimonsta Saves The World EP” from it with more musically arranged parts and a proper mixdown but who knows if that will ever happen…”

09
Dec
08

Electro/industrial vibes from Bremen

Somehow Anton‘s track makes us think on Depeche Mode’s “Rush” bass sound, maybe because of the industrial/synthpop side of this soundtrack, which stats pure digital and ends with some wark distorted guitars. “Here are some electro vibes from Bremen, Germany. My cohmpetition song is called “Krise” (crisis in German). Greetz, and keep it up!”

09
Dec
08

A pro submission from Germany

Pros are in the house, indeed. Stephen Römer is a sound designer and media engineer from Germany and explains his submission by himself, read while listening: “I tried to compose very close to the comic/guideline. The initial mood is introduced by an cold, empty and desperate sounding soundscape. It symbolizes the hopeless future of mankind. Next, the melody parts come in. A sad pad underlines the mood of the soundscape in a harmonic way  and some robotic arpeggio is added. The whole first part is very mechanical and industrial (hence the robot picture with the people listening to cold synthetic music).  It grows from sadness and despair to robotic and quantized movements (drumloop and bass). The drumbeat I use, was mangled though different plugins to sound very broken, bit reduced and industrial (I think the intention is clear). At first I wanted to put the bass in the background, because I wanted the first part being clearly distinguished from the second part (hero bass part as described  in the swissguy picture of the comic). But I solved it in a different way. Whereas the bass from the first part is very bright an “sawy” the bass of the second part consists of 2 warm and resonant  basses with a bunch of chorus make it even bigger. When I read “…very loud and groovy basslines..” I immediately thought of some funky 70’s stuff. Pictures of “Captain Future” and the Daft Punk Anime Videos came into my mind. For me, this seemed to work perfectly as a hero theme, since the comic had some similar impression on me. The hero theme is divided in 2 subparts. Immediately after the “desperate and robotic feeling” there is a break which leads to the beginning of the groovy and loud basslines. The first subpart develops towards the “busy and action feeling”, meaning there is a change happening in the world. Then the whole theme raises up to a positive climax and ends up with a harmonic “happy end pad” to make  clear that the world got saved! I hope the explaination is somehow understandable 🙂 “