mix and master


At the request of absolutely nobody, I have here complied all my Newsies character-mixes into a single master-post, for your hypothetical convenience & ease of reference.

Tracklisting and 8tracks links can be found on the original posts.

1. Geographical Form of Insanity (Spot Conlon)
2. Even a Dark Horse Wins (David Jacobs)
3. Cowboy Kid (Jack Kelly)
4. Bloody Shirt on Coney Island (Gritty Reboot!Spot Conlon)

shut up, I don’t have an obvious favourite

“Deeper than blood
Greater than love
Theirs is a union
The ‘Demon’
 and the Goddess” [LISTEN]

  1. Florence + The Machine - Cosmic Love
  2. Within Temptation - Lost
  3. Amanda Lee - Erased OP/ED
  4. Thousand Foot Krutch - Hurt
  5. Bastille - Skulls
  6. Nightwish - Forever Yours
  7. Radical Face - Welcome Home, Son
  8. The Unforgiven II - Metallica 
  9. Two Steps From Hell - His Brightest Star Was You
  10. Nightwish - Alpenglow
  11. Katie Herzig - Human Too
  12. Wolf Alice - Silk
  13. Lana Del Rey - Once Upon A Dream
  14. Future World Music - Eternal Love
  15. Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran Of The Psychic Wars
  16. Starset - Halo
  17. Red - Pieces

A revamped fanmix dedicated to my favorite space-faring pair, John and Cortana. 

(Special thanks to @decade-dance @cortnan and @aflamebeyondtheveil for their contributions!) 

I couldn’t pick one for you, so have them all!!

Originally posted by noctis-ouji

Just travelling with the FFXV boyz things:

  • Sitting/walking/running beside them wondering what the fuck you’re doing travelling with a prince and his entourage because lord almighty they are a mess sometimes.

  • Being in charge of the music in the car because they keep bickering and what album to play so they designate you as the mix-master-in-charge (well, really it’s Ignis that does it because there’s only so much of the JusMon OST he can listen to). Your taste in music is pretty good and you buy new albums for the car when you can so the driver doesn’t go insane.


  • Falling asleep in the back seat between Gladio and Noct and Gladio gently putting his arm around your shoulders to make you lean on him and get a good nap in because lord knows you didn’t sleep last night with Prompto constantly singing/humming ‘I want to ride my chocobo all daaay’ to the chocobo theme.

  • Punching Prompto because you can’t stop singing ‘I want to ride my chocobo all daaay’ and it’s all his fault GDI.

  • Cooking with Ignis sometimes and cleaning up because the boys are dumb and don’t do that a lot of the time. Ignis is very grateful. He always gives you a little smile and it’s wonderful. He also tends to cook your favourites the next day if you do! Prompto is onto your sly tactics. If you’re feeling really petty towards Noctis, you request meals with vegetables in them. The glower you get from the prince is always hilarious.

  • Trying to teach Noct how to cook and it is literally a disaster and you can’t scientifically figure out how or why because you watch Noct like a hawk through the whole process and it still tastes like shit in the end, like Noct what the fuck shitty sorcery is this don’t do it.

  • Being the subject of Prompto’s impromptu photoshoots because “This isn’t fair, you’re always so photogenic. I try to catch you off guard, but you look perfect in every photo!” You know he’s always trying to take a funny photo of you, that’s why you always keep an eye on the blonde and his camera as much as you possibly can. If you develop any kind of anxiety from photography it’s definitely because of Prompto.

  • Stealing the camera off Prompto so you can take photos of him because there’s loads of photos of everyone else and not him. Also, selfies with the spirited blondie.

  • At least attempting to get up and do a morning jog with Gladio, but boy he is fit and it is very difficult to get up at the ass crack of dawn and run on various terrain. You suppose there’s a reason he has a body like he does. There’s no way you can match up to him. Still, those early mornings aren’t quite so bad. When you’re too tired and give up, Gladio is always happy to give you a piggy-back ride back to camp. Can confirm, he gives the best piggy-back rides. Okay maybe you purposefully give up sometimes so you can get a piggy-back ride. Gladio doesn’t mind one bit.

  • Sometimes the boys playfully argue about who your favourite might be out of the group of them, but honestly, how can you pick? They’re all so wonderful in their own ways. Plus Noctis gets miffed when you don’t automatically pick him because he’s the prince. There, there, Noct! 

Read part 2 here!


… while an unhelpful boyfriend member offers no support…

And just when I think it’s OTP heaven…

OT3 makes its appearance!

What can Jun-kun and all the rest of us do but join in the merriment?

└ According to Sakurai Sho, the first thing Jun does upon waking is…

*cough* And how might you have known that Sho-kun? *cough* *cough*.

Cr: VS Arashi 17.11.2016 Opening Talk

Today’s Best Tips on Music Production

10 essential tips… 20 mistakes… 30 production secrets and so on, such lists seem to be really popular these days. Although many of them are just full of crap. Especially forget about the longer checklists – even if you could find some good advices there, most tips are just nonsense, like “don’t mix bass with headphones”.

Anyway, to you aspiring producer, here’s a few things I think you should care about:

  • Limiting yourself can help drive creativity. Don’t use all of your instrumental arsenal at once, don’t try to cover all music styles in one track.
  • Listen to different styles of music and try to identify what you like and what you dislike.
  • Analyze your favorite artists’ work in great detail. Theorize with both feet on the ground.
  • Go ahead and copy other artists, but don’t settle there – tweak and add your own style and flavor.
  • Cover, remix and remake your favorite tracks, it’s a good and fun way to learn about music.
  • Use reference tracks, compare your shit to others, but don’t get paralyzed when your track doesn’t bang as loud as them.
  • Learn about synthesis and learn how to sound design different kind of instruments, e.g. strings, plucks, percussion (make synthetic drums using waveforms, a noise generator, filters, envelopes and such).
  • Check your music productions on several systems; from high-end studio monitor speakers to iPhone earbuds.
  • Sleep on it. Let your track mature over night and return to it with fresh ears.
  • Go hardware, get tactile if you are growing tired of a software-based environment. To actually play an instrument or to turn a real knob is really something else.
  • Get inspiration from collaborations with other artists. Just reach out to people you admire – this is globalization, this is the time of teh internetz.
  • Try to keep passionate about creating music, but don’t be afraid to make some demands of yourself, just to push things forward.

This song will eventually be added to and mixed and mastered and on my next solo album.

I don’t know if I will leave this one up for long but you can give it a listen. This week/month/year has been super unreal. This is a song about mental illness and anxiety and how it manifests itself inside my body.

There is a nod to Leonard Cohen at the end. He said:

“There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”

I say something kinda like that.

Rest in peace Mr. Cohen.

The picture for this track is of me in the campus housing apartment that the party in the song was at. I was 19. That picture is from a couple months after neo-nazis threatened to rape and kill me but I got away and they killed someone I had been hanging out with instead. Asian kid. 17 years old. Crushed his skull.

The fact that Trump was elected and reading about all of the bold acts of hate that have happened in the past few days has me paralyzed. As if the systemic oppression and violence in this country, that has been a problem since this land was colonized, didn’t already have me fucked up enough.

Anxiety turned up to 11.


There’s a whole lot of mess up in these tangles.

And cracks.

And light.

(I get knocked down but I get up again)

I am here for all my marginalized peeps. Black, POC, Native, Muslim, Immigrant, Disabled, LGBTQI, etc.

It’s a long fight and I am in it with you.

But I gotta catch my breath.

Life is hard.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself.

And remember that I love you.

Kimya Dawson - Guitar, Vocals
David Yaya Herman Dune - Ukulele, Toy Piano, Slide Whistle
Recorded by Jason Carmer in San Pedro, CA

Made with SoundCloud
More symbol starters!

☠ : Our muses are at school when slowly classmates start getting murdered! Will they escape? Will they find the killer? Or will one of them die as well?

→: Our muses in the military are sent on a mission to sneak into enemy territory and save hostages! This is a sneaking mission… don’t be seen!

🍁: Our muses are now stranded in a dangerous forest after a tragic plane crash! What do they do to survive? And will they escape?

👫: Our muses are set up on a date… But they’re both blindfolded and cannot see each other! No judging on appearance - only personality. How does this go?

💏: One muse has lost their voice and the only way to get it back is to kiss the other… but the other muse thinks they’re just messing around. How do they get that kiss?

💤: One muse keeps reliving the same day over and over… but when telling the other muse, they think they’re crazy! How do they get them to believe? And does it ever end?

💞: One muse promised their parents they’d bring their partner over to meet them… only problem is - they’re single. So they convince your muse to act the part! How does this go down?

👹: Our muses fall down a rabbit hole! But instead of the happy little land like in the storybook… they end up somewhere much worse.

📺: Our muses figure out they can somehow transport themselves into anything on television! Is it as fun as they thought? Or do they get into a ton of trouble? If they lose the remote, they’re stuck forever.

🌅: One muse tries to hide the fact that every sunset, the turn into something else (whether its a werewolf, vampire, or just a beaver.) The other muse knows they’re hiding something and tries to figure this out.

🔪: Mysterious murders have been happening in town lately. But what happened when one muse finds out that the other muse is the killer? Do they have a reasoning? Or have they gone crazy?

😄: After watching too man superhero movies, one muse gets carried away and wants to be one himself. But what happens when they try saving people who don’t even need saving? Does the other muse try and knock some sense into him? Or do they just enjoy the show.

?: One muse completely forgets who the other is! Doesn’t matter if they’re a lover, a best friend, a family member, or just an acquaintance… they have no clue who you are anymore.

😷: Our muses mess around in the hospital by dressing up as fake-doctors. But what happened when their disguise works a little too well and they’re pulled off to handle a surgery?

👪: A homeless child finds both of your muses and now forcefully declares you as his/her parent. Do they play along? Do they adopt him together? Or do they take him to a shelter?

💕: One muse is blind, and the other is deaf. How do they interact with each other? Does a friendship or something stronger grow? Let your hearts guide you.

Perhaps love at first sight is real? Our muses meet at a masked ball and instantly click! Only problem is, they go home without getting their number or actually seeing their face… do they find each other?

✎ : Both muses are pen-pals. They’ve chatted over the years but never once met in person… but what happens when one muse surprises the other by showing up on their doorstep?

☣:: When the world starts to end, our muses must try and survive during the multiple disasters that begin to happen. Tornado’s, earthquakes, tsunamis, bombings… do they survive? does one die? and does the chaos ever end?

✈: Our muses take a vacation! But during the plane ride, strange paranormal activities begin to happen and people start dying. There’s 13 hours till the plane lands - will they make it?

✿: One muse tries really hard to woo the other! Fancy wine, a picnic under the stars, rose petals leading to the bedroom… does the other muse give in? Or are they not interested?

❥: Both muses are in love with each other… only problem is, one of them in trapped in an arranged married and will be killed if she doesn’t give in.

♚: One muse is royalty, the other is a commoner. Whither its love or simply friendship, they continue to secretly meet up with each other. Wither they get caught or not is up to you.

🎉: Our muses decide to throw a giant house party and invite all their old high-school friends! But people who weren’t invited start showing up, things are broken, drugs and alcohol are brought, and it starts getting way out of hand.

👰: Our muses are now married for a day! Doesn’t matter if they’re friends, enemies or dating… you may now kiss the bride/groom!

🏢: Our muses visit a hotel to stay the night. But they soon find out that everyone who is staying there is dead/spirits. What happens when they’re unable to leave? Will they find a way to escape? Or will they be killed by the other spirits and be forced to stay forever.

✘: Our muses are now put under a spell where they can’t tell a singular lie! Do I look good in this dress? No. No you don’t.


Mastering the Fornax Void Mix Tape Vol. 1 Prototype

During the last months I worked on a VHS mix tape. The goal is to fill 1.5 hours of video tape with self-made video material and music. The prototype still contains a lot of footage from my old TV-recorded VHS tapes, some of it copyrighted. As the tape is part of an art project and only reproduced in very low numbers this is probably a legal limbo. I like the tape the way it is now, but will have to think about extending the percentage of self-made material to 99% - 100%. The stills you see in this post, are all showing self-made material.

 The fact that Shaolin came from escorting and washing cars in the back of Les Inferno to being quite possibly the most well known runner on the streets and he still focused on his dream to become a mix master and didn’t get his head too caught up in the game amazes me. 

 His mother was a prostitute and his father some bum, so we can assume he raised himself.  And Shao got his walls put up for sure but we can still see that he’s strong and even though he might be damaged, he aint gonna let that shit from stopping him from being great. 

 Shao is fucking amazing man, I love him. 

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TOME: 5​-​Year Anniversary Special Album

A special mini-album dedicated to the 5-year Anniversary of TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise! Features two ALL-NEW Character Songs, performed by EileMonty and Kirbopher, as well as the musical score to the new animated short “AvZ” composed by Weston “Kajetokun” Durant!

Produced by Chris Niosi www.youtube.com/user/Kirbopher15
Original Compositions by Weston Durant www.youtube.com/user/Kajetokun
“100,000,001” Performed by Eileen Montgomery www.youtube.com/user/EileMontyVA
“100,000,001” Mixed and Mastered by SwiftSound Studios www.youtube.com/user/ShadyVoxYT
“Survive the Drama (Zetto’s Song) remixed by Yoav Landau www.youtube.com/user/TheLivingTombstone
Album Artwork by Y. Laird - ennuiendo.tumblr.com

About Drum EQ

Firstly everybody would tell you to have a minimalistic approach towards EQ-ing and to cut rather than to boost. They would say that subtractive EQ avoids adding unnecessary gain to the signal and such. But by doing so, you might need to increase the volume of the instrument you’re working on, because cuttings are essentially lowering the gain.

That was the first tip, and now there are a few frequency ranges that you should pay attention to.

Kick Drum

Usually you’d like the kick drum to have both a thick bass thump from the low-end and a driving click from the mids. So to add some extra weight (that is low-end punch or bottom depth), boost at 50-150 Hz. Don’t overdo it as it can clutter up the low-end. And don’t boost the extremely low frequencies as this will mostly cause a muddy sound. If possible, use bell mode on the EQ to better isolate the frequencies.

To reduce boom, or tighten and clean up the low-end in general, set a high-pass filter around 50-60 Hz. (20 Hz and below only adds unnecessary energy to the total sound.)

If the kick drum needs more body, boost some in the 90-120 Hz range.

Apply cut somewhere in the 150-600 Hz range to treat muddiness, while boxiness is most prominent near 400 Hz. Also apply a notch filter at 250 Hz, that can add thump or slap attack to the kick drum.

Push between 2-4 kHz to add attack, and also boost a bit between 4-7 kHz to make the kick drum snappy.

Remove extreme high (for a kick drum you shouldn’t need anything over 10 kHz) and low frequencies (at least kill everything below 20 Hz) with a high- and a low-pass filter.


You can, more or less, use the the same tips as for the kick drum above with a few changes and additions.

Cut at 80 Hz to remove rumble.

If the snare sounds thin, boost at 125-150Hz for a little weight and a full snare sound. And to give the snare some punch, boost around 250 Hz.

The body of the snare should be around 500 Hz, adding there will give a rounder sound.

Boost around 2 kHz for some crispy edge and add at 2.5 kHz for extra snap and attack. Also add clarity and even more punch by boosting around the 3 kHz area.

You might want to give the snare some air and presence by raising somewhere between 6-15 kHz, like at 10 kHz.

Hand claps and rim shots can mostly be treated as snares.


For the floor tom that needs low-end fulness, add some at 80-100 Hz, and for the smaller rack tom lift somewhere closer to 250 Hz.

Increase thump and add attack around 250 Hz.

Cut the mids around 400 Hz to reduce boxiness.

Add attack by boosting between 4-7 kHz (depending on the size of the tom).

Hihats and Cymbals

When you’re done mixing the volume level of the hihats, you usually don’t really have to boost or cut anything. Still, the clank or gong sound is around 200 Hz, but if you want definition, then roll off everything below 500-600 Hz using a high-pass filter. By doing so, you clear out low-end information that is nonessential for the hihat.

If the hihat is sounding thin, boost around 400-800 Hz.

Cut at 1 kHz to remove jangling, and treat clangy sounds by cutting between 1-4 kHz.

A small boost with a wide Q at the 3 kHz range will add presents to the hihat.

Add brightness and get sizzle by lifting at 10 kHz. And if the sound is too harsh, then make a high-shelf cut around 16 kHz.

That’s it. Next time I’ll guide you through the creation of synthesized drums.

Note: processing sampled sounds can turn hihats pretty harsh, therefore use a de-esser to affect the problem frequencies without messing with the overall volume or clarity.