BRAINVOYAGER

 

We meet up with

Jos Verboven Also known as Brainvoyager. Both DJ and musician. Its always a pleasure to hear the use of Arps and amazing percussions I wanted to catch and see what makes him tick.Brainvoyager-Sunglasses-600x400

 

  1. What is your process when creating music; or is life the process that creates the music?

 

Photo: Lucien Kroon Fotografie

 

I just sit and start to jam. Sometimes I have a preconceived idea of the direction I want to go. But other than that, I just see what emerges…

 

  1. Your favorite instrument?

 

My software synths and the VST’s I use.

  1. What do you have in your arsenal, and could you make the greatest album with toy instruments? 

I don’t know what you mean with “toy instruments”. But here is my complete set-up:

Hardware

  • Custom build desktop PC (CPU: Intel® “Skylake-S” Core i7-6700K 4,0 GHz)
  • Crucial 32 GB DDR4-2400 “Ballistix Sport LT” Quad-Kit RAM
  • 1 Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB internal SSD
  • 3 Toshiba DT01ACA300, 3 TB internal HDD
  • 1 Seagate Expansion Desktop 4 TB external HDD
  • KORG Microkey 37 – midi controller keyboard
  • Alesis VI61 – midi controller keyboard
  • AKAI APC40 surface – midi controller
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 external USB – audio controller
  • KRK Rokit 8 – studio monitors
  • MXL 770 – Condenser Microphone
  • Beyerdynamic DT770 – Pro headphones

 

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
  • DAW (digitial audio workstation): Ableton Live Suite 9.7 (64-bit)
  • Ableton 50 gb sample library
  • iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced Mastering Suite

 

VST’s

  • ReFX Nexus 2 & Expansions (64-bit)
  • Arturia V Collection 4 (64-bit)
  • Omnisphere 2 Power Synth (Spectrasonics) & 55 gb sample library (64-bit)
  • Trillian Bass Module (Spectrasonics) & 35 gb sample library (64-bit)
  • Stylus RMX Groove Module (Spectrasonics) & 8 gb sample library (64-bit)

 

With this set-up, I have been able to create all my releases so far.

 

  1. True or false: animals will naturally talk to a certain capacity. And discuss why?

 

True. Animals too are living creatures that, to a certain extent, can communicate. They act much more instinctively than humans of course. Before humans start their communication, they can decide what to communicate, with what intonation to communicate and with what means to communicate. As far as I know animals start communication right away before considering all what humans are used to do, purely instinctively, merely based upon the current situation they are in.

 

  1. How well do you work with others? Or is electronic a solo centric genre?

 

I prefer to work alone. But I know many examples of musicians who collaborate with others. All is fine of course. The result is what counts. Electronic music can be created in collaboration with others very well, just like any other kind of music. What counts too, is that musicians must have fun, be it as a solo artist or in a band.

 

  1. Who is your dream collaboration?

I do not have one…

  1. Does spirituality play a part in your life?

Not at all. If you mean spirituality as in religion: not at all. I hate all religions since I strongly believe they only have brought thousands and thousands of massacres in our world in the past, today and that they will continue to do so in the future.

 

Besides that, I do not want to abide with a set of –in my eyes– stupid rules and rituals of a certain religion. I also hate the concept of believing in a supreme being that only exists in the minds of religious people. This all absolutely does not mean I hate people who believe and who are part of a religion!! It’s the religion itself I loathe. Everyone can do as he or she likes, since I believe that this is a basic right of every human being. In return, I want religious people to respect my basic right of being able to hate religions. But we all know that the latter is something that from the beginning of our world many religious people have sufficiently proven not being very good at. This kind of religious people I do loathe from the bottom of my heart.

  1. This is a great time to discuss any bucket list item or accomplishments in your career if you care to share?

 

I cannot think of any item now. So, I guess I do not have one…

 

 

  1. Despite music what are your many talents? What is your favorite video game?

 

I am good as an accountant at work, a job I like very much. Music is not a source of income for me, it does not have to be that either. For me it means a very relaxed way of creating my music, knowing that I do not necessarily have to make a lot of money out of it. But I would not mind if a track of mine would become a monster hit that makes me rich either. Lol…

 

I do not like video games, I never have had any interest in them and I do not think that will ever chance given my age…

 

 

  1. What are you currently working on what should the world be expecting from Jos?

 

I just released a track on the compilation album “History of the Universe” of the Legacy of Thought record label. Together with 16 other musicians we have created this awesome album. My track is meant to visualize the forming of our Sun. Hence its title “The Sun Forms”, a track of 19:55 minutes.

 

As a radio host, I present the weekly radio show “Electronic Fusion”. In August 2015, West Star Radio from the UK asked me if I would like to become a member of the West Star team and if I would like to do a weekly radio show. I said “Yes” and we agreed upon me doing a weekly show dedicated solely to electronic music. That’s how radio show “Electronic Fusion” was born. West Star Radio is an “all round” radio station. It doesn’t focus on a music genre. The station’s broadcasts vary between rock, pop, oldies, electronic and dance. The very first episode was broadcast on Friday 18 September 2015, on West Star Radio.

 

In March 2016, the Venezuelan radio station Electronic Music Radio started to broadcast “Electronic Fusion”. Electronic Music Radio is a radio station that broadcasts electronic music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This station focuses mainly on the dance and trance genres in electronic music and aims mainly at the Latin American countries of South America.

 

In October 2016, the German radio station Modul303 started broadcasting “Electronic Fusion” too. Modul303 is a radio station that broadcasts electronic music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Modul303 focuses more on the genres in electronic music I appreciate most; genres that always have a dominant place in “Electronic Fusion” since I have my “electronic roots” there.

 

“Electronic Fusion” does not only feature the world’s best-known artists and bands. The show highly encourages music submissions from electronic (indie) artists coming from all over the world.

On Saturday 5 August 2017 episode #100 was broadcast.

  1. Favorite shows, snacks and wind down ritual?

 

I like watching Game of Thrones a lot, same with watching Suits. I like to watch a movie every now and then. And I like listening to music, mainly electronic music.

LATEST ALBUM OUT NOW ON LEGACY OF THOUGHT RECORDS

 

 

 

 

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ALL STAR MOTIVATOR

ALLSTAR

Q&A with All Star Motivator

It is a great honor to interview a fellow knob tweaker and music producer DJ and work with the BBC

1.What is your process when creating music or is life the procress that creates the music

Most of my music just appears in my head without warning. If I can remember the tune or lyrics or bassline a few hours later I will sing it into a voice recorder that I carry with me everywhere. Later, I craft the idea in my small home studio and can easily spend

years changing bits here and there. I do have long breaks from music inbetween though, but the ideas just appear in my head.

3, YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUMENT

  My favourite instrument is the guitar, particularly the electric guitar. I play badly but love the rock sound you can make with a distortion pedal. I also now love the ukulele and mandolin too.

2.  WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR ARSENAL, AND COULD YOU MAKE THE GREATEST ALBUM WITH TOY INSTRUMENTS?

In my arsenal I do have some toy instruments! I bought a child’s harmonica and that is great fun. I think anything can create music as people have shown with industrial noises and field recordings. I also love my Pocket Operator pocket synths. Very good for composing on the go or when away from home. An album purely made of toy instruments sounds a fantastic project!

4. TRUE OR FALSE : ANIMALS WILL NATURALLY TALK TO A CERTAIN CAPACITY. AND DISCUSS WHY?

I am a cat lover. I like most animals but adore cats. We have 3 currently aged 14 and 1 (x2). They do speak definitely. Claudia, one of the 1 year olds, is very vocal and often cries and calls for her sister Tess and stops when she appears.

5. HOW WELL DO YOU WORK WITH OTHERS IS ELECTRONIC A SOLO CENTRIC GENRE?

I have collaborated with others on projects and it is interesting as people can take your compositions into a completely different direction. I’m not a control freak so I like that aspect. A lot of electronic artists do work alone though. I think that is just easier for most people.

6. WHO IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

I would love to work with Nick Cave or, sadly no longer with us, David Bowie. Fantastic musicians and songwriters.

7.  DOES SPIRITUALITY PLAY A PART IN YOUR LIFE

I am quite a spiritual person, but I am private about it. I think it is a personal thing. I strongly believe in treating others the way you want to be treated and trying to be the best person you can be. That is the basis of all religions in my opinion.

8. THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO DISCUSS ANY BUCKET LIST ITEM OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN YOUR CAREER IF YOU CARE TO SHARE.

I was overjoyed in 2011 when 3 of my tracks were used on TV in the UK – 1 in a trailer, and 2 in dramas Hollyoaks and Skins. I still get a few royalties from those programmes and it made me very proud.

9. DESPITE MUSIC WHAT ARE YOUR MANY TALENTS? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO GAME

I would love to write a book one day or more poetry. Most of my poems end up as songs though. As for videogame, I used to love SSX Tricky on the PS2! Fantastic!

10. WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD BE EXPECTING FROM James?

I am currently finishing 3 electro tracks that I have been working on for 2 years (I’m a slow worker!). I hope to get them on vinyl this year. That is my wildest dream. Me on vinyl. I am also working on a more ambient/electronica kind of idea too.

11. Favorite shows, snacks and wind down ritual?

We love all crime dramas. Criminal Minds, Midsomer Murders, NCIS, everything! Favourite snack has to be a slice of extra mature cheddar cheese! My wind down ritual is music. I use music to help alter and brighten my mood when things get dark for me. Music is everything.

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NIKTO FOBIK MAKES HIS DEBUT

Southbound Review

Film Review: Southbound

February 20th, 2016 | by Craig Caudill

Horror anthology film Southbound is in theatres now, and Craig Caudill has ComiConverse’s review.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Southbound. I think some of the collaborators worked on the film V/H/S. I remember V/H/S had one story that left a deep impression on me. I felt was filmed very well; it had a strange girl who turned out to be some sort of harpy or siren. She obsessed over one of the party goers, kept repeating “I love you, I love you” over and over. Until she ran off with him and took off flying this was all shot on cameras on his body, befitting the “found footage” genre. I intend to talk about this at great length in another article, but I thought it was very well done and a good moment of suspension of disbelief — it looked real. I loved the abduction caught on tape; it almost felt like a viral video, leaving me to wonder how they filmed that without CGI magic, and still maintain the feel of raw video footage. This is one of my fantasies, being kidnapped by a babe — who would complain?

Now Southbound belongs in the realm of the horror anthology genre. One could argue it’s a vast improvement on the V/H/S concept; this was much better. Much like The Grudge was the best adaptation from a Japanese story to an American story. There hasn’t really been a good short film horror anthology since Creepshow — and yet I’ve seen them all, despite my better judgement. This movie expertly crafted a group of short stories that blended into each other so wonderfully you might possibly, if you weren’t paying attention, think it was all one story that didn’t make sense. This film uses a team of directors and different casts. It’s always good to see Dana Gould in anything; he is so funny. I don’t have the space to do him justice.

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Things I Liked:

What was undoubtedly refreshing in this movie was the casting. Especially the female roles — now, yes, they were pretty, but in a realistic way. I actually thought they were actresses, instead the same old scenario of producer goes to a strip club and promises girl he’ll make her a star. Which is something that been pissing me off these last fifteen years. I’ve seen a lot of B movies so bad no one takes it seriously and it’s like bad joke. You see it on the actor’s faces and how they act. Back in the day, no matter how bad the movie was, the passion and seriousness the actors put into the film is what gives B movies their charm and lets you enjoy them.

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I liked the music by the Gifted. Now I can’t find their albums anywhere but I’m going to look hard to track down the sound track.

The Stories:

We begin with two men on the road at night, covered in blood, trying to get home. On the radio is some cheeseball 80’s retro synth which is music I love. As the credits begin to roll,  the music brings me back to Claudio Simonetti and Argento and Giallo Cinema. It was really a great opening. Perhaps a subtle triumph for the jaded. And for those who do not, know Giallo Cinema is Italian for Yellow Cinema, so named because many Italian directors would shoot with a yellow filter because it made colors look more intense — especially blood.

We find our two bloody protagonists making a stop in a diner. There is a subtle pop cultural reference that wasn’t rubbed in your face: the movie Carnival of Souls was casually playing on a small TV-VCR combo. It was a nice little touch. And I loved theTwilight Zone feel to the whole production; I loved how when one story ended it segued into another. Usually stories are interrupted with introductions and credits but this film went for a more fluid approach, which I applaud very much.

One thing that comes to mind: who is writer/director Radio Silence?

Could someone be pulling an Allen Smithee?

I casually surfed the net and to find they are a team of filmmakers. I need to learn more about these guys and this screams to me, interview. If possible?

I’ll try to make it happen.

One story sticks out the most. The one about Lucas, played by Mather Zickel, who appears to traveling home talking to his girlfriend going on about which dress she looks good in judging by cell phone photos. Now he’s wearing headphones to free his hands, but he’s distracted. Suddenly he hits a girl with a car, but I can’t spoil the how and why because that would ruin the story for other viewers. And I don’t want to do that — I want you to watch this movie. He then calls 911 who encourages him to get her to the hospital and the rest of the segment plays like a WTF moment. A seemingly nice guy trying to do the right thing in a world where most people would have driven off. It’s almost like he’s punished for doing the right thing.

He winds up taking her what turns out to be a Chernobyl-like hospital which is creepy as hell. I don’t want to ruin anything, but I can say I love how it all came full circle. It’s open-ended enough to explore the story further. Although V/H/S was more of a found-footage anthology, I felt this was tight like a well-crafted Mötörhead song — when it’s good, it’sreally good. This plays closer to Creepshow.

Check out Southbound when it plays in your town.

 

Craig Caudill is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter @craigcaudill.