If he could be bothered enough (and one day he will)
Jerem will become a respected member of the new music culture. You know,
the one that revolves around computer equipment, subsequently bringing
freedom and liberation to artists that don't want to play the game.
I asked Jerem a couple of questions about his music,
where he fits into the larger picture and the eternal debate of who's
cooler: Olli or Lemmy.
His latest CD, Gone Fission, can be ordered through
Jerem directly: email@example.com
AUD$15 plus post.
were your beginnings in computer generated sounds?
When I first got my mac back in '96 I instantly
started playing around with sound stuff, thanks to the help of friend
and New Error co-producer Joe Bird(he alredy had hardware). Then, when
Re-Birth came out, we instantly bought it and with the help of the Vibra
software synth, things were happening.
What hardware were you doing
your development on?
PowerComputing PowerBase200. Mackie1202vlz mixer. Yamaha FX100. Roland
D110. tto tell you the truth, only the mac and half the mixer were mine.
What are you using now?
Apple B+W G3/300. AudioMedia3 Audio card. Roland VS840EX Hard disk recorder.
RolandEd UM-4 MIDI interface.Software(ProTools 5,Re-Birth2.5,Tokyo(Vibra9000)2.5,
SonicWorx Artist, BIAS Peak and others.)
I hate breaking things down
into categorise, but if there were a couple of words the describe your
sound, what would they be?
Well, I listen to a lot of psy-trance but also go to a lot af acid-techno
parties. Maybe psychedelic acid? sounds silly,pointless actually(you'd
hope the acid was psychedelic!)
was Gone Fission constructed?
Lots of playing with the (virtual) knobs on the vibra synth. Getting a
line or a sound that worked with the rhythm (usually a bassline) and put
it into protools. then i start adding other sounds such as leadline, extraneous
sounds and other "kookie" stuff. Then though comes the grind, where you
make sure it sounds right, then add compression and effects. ProTools
is the easiest program to use. I've tried the others and it is faster,
clearer, more enjoyable and better quality than any. (sounds like an ad.
Send it to Digidesign and get me a cheque)
Working on the follow-up?
sure am. Have already got two more tracks completed, and getting towards
the third. I am excited about these tracks. They seem to have a little
"more" than those on Gone Fission.
You're building an MP3 player
for the mac. Why so?
Oh, well MacAddict had a how to for the basic player. I did it and decided
that this wasn't very hard. After another few months I had made my player
more expansive, it supported playlists and played AIFF, SDII and WAV files
as well. It also had a few extras.
What influences you?
Psy-Harmonics. This record label has alone put this country on the international
Because they are different, committed, and fucking excellent.
the internet in its infancy or going through the teenage years?
That's rather relative, but I would say infancy, once proper high-speed
access is available to everyone with a computer(or other internet appliance)
then we are really able to go nowhere.
What was the last book you didn't finish and why?
Can't remember. If I pick up a book, I will usually finish it.
Finally, who's cooler: Lemmy
Ollie. He came from pure pop dag (days with Michael Hutchence), who still
had cool music(listen to MAxQ without the lyrics) to a GURU of music and
the electronic scene. Lemmy is cool though.
I'd love an edited down MP3 of
one of the tracks too!
We'll have a track from Gone Fission soon, but in the
meantime you can have a listen to these for some idea of what Jerem's