Aye, Yu and I spent this nice Saturday kickin’ it at Different Fur studios in San Francisco for a synthesis demonstration by Dave Smith and Carson Day. Even though we’ve graduated from audio school, we’re still constantly seeking relevant knowledge to further our talents.
San Francisco is such a beautiful city, I don’t spend nearly as much time out there as I should. I never did get my obligatory new Bay Bridge shots in until now… I hung out the sunroof for some of these!
Dave Smith is a hardcore synth designer, he went to UC Berkeley for electrical engineering. He created the first digital synthesizer and says he’s the first to go back to his analog roots. He demo’d the latest creations from his electronic instrument manufacturing company, Dave Smith Instruments: The Prophet 12 which is a wonderful sounding 12-voice synthesizer and a drum machine he made in collaboration with Roger Linn, the Tempest. Both of these devices had a ton of crazy features that I wont even begin to try to explain here. So awesome being able to hear directly from the pioneers of the subject.
Different Fur studios is a really chill recording space. Upstairs there’s a nice lounge area where we got free pints and t-shirts. It’s always a pleasant surprise to find that albums you listen to were worked on at the studio you’re visiting!
Our homie Dr. Elliot Gann invited us over to dig through his personal record collection. He’s the founder of Today’s Future Sound, a non-profit we volunteer for that uses music production as a means to empower youth as artists and individuals. He’s dropped crates off at local Oakland middle schools for the students to use and just recently got back from spreading the good word in Canada. We’re looking forward to applying our skills for a good cause, it feels good!
When it comes to looking for samples, we love getting our hands dirty. We left with a folder full of gems, great B-roll, and a lingering feeling of satisfaction.
The Soul Dojo presents the new release from LAKIM. In this fresh track we get an interesting, upbeat take on the original song “My Heart Can’t Take” by Ohbliv, originally released online 2 years ago. The remix begins with an uneasy vocal sample trying to get comfortable and find its place within an offbeat pattern, eventually sliding into what becomes a steady, comfortable beat. The intro includes a really well automated filter that helps move you into the main “head-nodding” mentality of this track. It all eventually begins to piece together with the initial beat landing and claps being layered and timed perfectly within these softer, stick-like tapping rhythms. The main vocal samples are organized in a manner that adds a calming emotional connection to the song. This remix not only draws you in with the beat alone, but with the additional tonal quality of the original vocals as well, making this release an immediate classic.
We bring you Kenja’s The Soul Dojo debut, Be. The SoCal producer put his all into this album that is perfect for those late night chill sessions. Download the project for free or support Kenja and The Soul Dojo by making a donation.