deadmau5 Masterclass Sucks!

omg u guise this isn’t even a masterclass.

That’s the kind of thing I’m hearing on Facebook groups regarding deadmau5′ new Masterclass.  Whether it’s expectations or attitude that’s driving that negativity, I’m not sure.  Regardless, I empathize with those sentiments a bit.

I’ve been granted early access to the class which I received for my birthday.  I’m a fan of mau5′ music and was stoked to hear he did one of these masterclass things.  There was no way I was missing out.  But, after watching a few videos I was feeling let down.

Maybe it’s because it seems geared toward noobs.  Maybe it’s the way he seems to withhold info.  Maybe it’s his lack of clear English or using improper terminology for musical and technical things.  There’s definitely a lot that could’ve been done better.

However, the reason I’m not getting a refund is because not only do I enjoy the lessons but I think I can learn things with multiple viewings.

Like I mention in my video, though he’s not revealing any brand new techniques that anyone who’s been producing for more than a year doesn’t know, it’s kind of cool to realize he’s doing the same thing we are but on a completely different level.

It’s like, we all know about using outboard, saving our unfinished projects and arranging loops but the fact he’s doing all that and making a living says a lot.

I figure there are 21 lessons.  If I can take one thing from each video – and apply it – then in six months time I’ll be glad that I (my gf actually) spent the $90.

-m

Superstar Unlimited

Hey.  This track was made using deadmau5′ “Superliminal” as a reference.

I’m currently taking his Masterclass.  It’s cool.  I haven’t gotten to the mixing section yet.  I could use it though since I’m currently mixing the Uncomfortable EP Pt. 2.

Just wanted to give you guys some insight into how I made this.

-m

One True Path Acoustics

Hey guys.  Just wanted to let you know about my acoustics brand.

Hexspa is for music primarily.  I had done some acoustics and vape stuff just to test the waters.  People were getting confused though.

So One True Path Acoustics will be handling everything related to home acoustics.  If you have a home theater, studio or rehearsal place I’ll help you out there.

Our target market are people who enjoy fun, effective and affordable solutions.  If you look at the panels I currently use, you’ll see the design we’ll be offering – industrial, raw and easily customizable and repairable.

Here’s the related video I put out awhile ago:

Let me know if you have any questions,

-m

Chasing the Dragons

No one wins the game.  With high divorce rates, rampant cheating, lying and deception it’s easy to see why.  Even within so-called happy marriages there is bound to be discontent.  Why is that?  It’s because it’s something of human nature to be discontented.  People say, “Either game or be gamed.” Well, I propose an alternative – witnessing.

I think a game is a game until you’ve become emotionally invested.  I can’t speak for all games but, for instance, becoming emotional in poker is the first step toward going on tilt.  The same thing goes for jiu jitsu – you get emotional, you tense up and become more easily defeated.  There are arguments in favor of “beast mode” but for the most part good game is played cool-headed.  I’ve found the sociosexual game to be quite pulling on the heart strings.  It’s a very difficult game to play and remain calm.  Unfortunately for men, we never get over a breakup 100%.  I could say the same for even minor trauma.  It’s a very risky endeavour and I advise against it.

The man is generally always a loser when it comes to sex.  He has to initiate, risks rejection and ultimately is rewarded only with an energy-draining experience which is quite short.  I won’t even elaborate on disease or any other sex-related disorders such as marriage or kids.  I can’t speak on behalf of women but I’m sure many guys are either triggered by this or nodding their heads.  Probably depends on how many women they’ve slept with.

Anyway, I want to suggest witnessing as an alternative.  Instead of “gaming” and getting wrapped up in whether you’re winning or losing, just observe your reactions to being up and down – because you certainly will be both.

It’s better to master yourself than sleep with every woman on the planet.

The True Israel

If you are dominated by the sun you will be aggressive, madly aggressive, ambitious, political, hot, burning will, desire and passion.  If you are dominated by the moon you will be cool, non-ambitious, non-aggressive, receptive, peaceful, silent.  But both have to be transcended because both are lop-sided.  One has to come to a moment where one can say, “I am neither man nor woman.”  That’s when a man becomes a Buddha or a man becomes a Christ or a man becomes a Krishna when he is neither man nor woman, neither moon nor sun, neither “is” nor “ra,” neither yin nor yang.  He simple is, purely is.  All formulations have disappeared.

But this happening happens only by and by.  First you have to drop the principle of “ra” – the principle of the sun, the male energy – and you have to move into the feminine, into the female.  And from there you have to move into the beyond.

-Osho, Tao: The Pathless Path, Vol 2, 1977

Political America

Can everyone shut the fuck up for one damn second?

People protesting in the streets, burning flags and waving them like ninja swords.  People in glass houses throwing stones while planning their exodus north.  It’s ridiculous.  They act like they’re saints and everyone who disagrees is a sinner.  Do they always get their way by yelling and screaming like wet infants?  It’s funny to me that all these college-educated people are in the streets shouting, “Fuck Donald Trump.”  It’s great those high-level English classes helped them so much.

Listen, the cliche is that no one is perfect.  I’ll add to that and say no one’s perfect except an immature person that doesn’t get their way.  Or even worse – a mob of immature people throwing responsibility on another’s shoulders like the way a person’s personality changes when they get behind a wheel.  Everyone has flaws – once that fundamental is grasped we can move forward to point two – empathetic cooperation.

For each person missing work to burn shit out on the boulevard there is another person that is silently being alienated.  It could be your neighbor or friend.  When I was in the Army I learned that so much more can be done as a team than alone.  If all these smart people could remember that basic truth then we could all start trying to put it into practice.

As a side note, I find it ironic that some minorities can act patently racist against whites – even less-educated people, and get away with it.  Strange to call your enemy a racist while being one yourself, isnt it?

I understand it feels good to belong.  However, a lot of inclusivity includes exclusivity.  In other words, the more you hate the other side the more resistance you’ll beget.  So, please be quiet.  Try listening.  If you are superior then act that way.

And for god sakes stop burning shit.

What is Hexspa? Part 5

Parts one, two, three and four.

So it’s come to this.

It was the EDM revolution.  America remembered it could dance.  How fitting that Dubstep had no identifiable dance.  Good time to shake off the rust I suppose.

Working in the Pro Audio department of the Stupidly American music store, I was surrounded by a DJ and a grad of Pyramind.  Between these two “colleagues” and being lambasted while jamming Bossa Nova with some old guys I heeded the Electronic call.  I knew I wanted to release an album but that was too much work.  Work sucks.

I took a Coursera course on The Beatles and discovered their strategic use of the EP format.  When I realized I could get music out faster, but still not release random singles, I tacked on and finally released the first half of the Uncomfortable EP this year in spring.  The second half should go out in December or January ’17.  Being a one man band isn’t fun or easy though.  Plus there’s all those synths to learn..

In the meantime I’ve been synthing it up with the 8 Bar Embryo series, going pro with my One True Path Acoustics brand and all the while trying not to go bankrupt.

26 years goes fast.  (So does 5 parts of autobiography).  I’m currently struggling to not compare myself to younger, more successful artists.  The truth is, and it’s not an excuse, but I’m on a religious path.  Long days of grinding it out are not appealing to me.

Music, for me, is a great way of expression, a brain workout, very rewarding and even a bit fun.  I’ll be offering some things for sale soon and anything I can earn would be great.  For now, the best thing is being able to do what I enjoy, sharing it with others and, hopefully, one day being able to make something that the world can appreciate as much as I do.

Ok?  Ok.

 

What is Hexspa? Part 4

Parts one, two, and three.

So there I was.  2008.  A MySpace girlfriend and a new name.  Service weapon of choice: guitar and voice.  MOS: Songwriter.

In 2009 I went to school for music.  For three weeks.  It was a tad shameful of an experience and I’ll leave it at that.  Basically I didn’t want to be “just” a guitar player.  I wanted moar.

Moar I got.  Back in El Paso, and after I’d picked up my first audio interface, I started exploring the world of DAWs and Plug-ins.  It was during these next two years I also studied up on small room acoustics, improved my singing and songwriting and released my first tracks (and picked up a little bjj).  Kinda hated the El Paso though.  I hadn’t lived two straight years anywhere since being kicked out of my house at 18.  I was restless and wanted new opportunities.  Hmm..  Where’s a wandering troubadour to go?

California.  Again.  More songs.  More performances but this time it was different.  I didn’t want to pay anyone to record me.  I always loved production and dreamed of just releasing everything on my own.  After debiting two more years from the Bank of Life I had a certificate from Berklee  and a whole crapload of anxiety about what to do with it.

At this point it’s around 2013.  For the past 12 years I’d been bouncing around trying to find due North.  It wasn’t until working at a Sucky Ass music store and hearing some brostep that I knew where I was headed.  Ah yes, those lovely wubs – as sweet as the violin’s siren so many years before.  A sound, a signpost and the gateway to the future.

Continued in Part 5.

What is Hexspa? Part 3

Part one and part two.

It started with MySpace.  It always used to start with MySpace.

In the Army I met a girl.  Late 2007 we moved into a roommate situation.  I was preparing for a music school in Hollywood (deliberately not naming it).  I’d pushed back my entrance for whatever reason (slacker).  So, early 2008 I was considering what I’d publish my music as.  The motto for the battalion I was in was “per ardua ad astra” which means something like “you’ll get to the stars if you suffer enough”.  I’m also prone to random reads on Wikipedia so I took inspiration from the Sigma Six protocol.  I don’t know what Sigma Six is all about but I think it’s something to do with managing improvement.  It all sounded pretty Latin so I smooshed it together to get Hex Sigma Per Ardua which essentially meant “struggle to improve”.  It was then shortened to Hex S.P.A. before just becoming what it is now.  I’m afraid to know if it actually means something in Latin.  Actually, it probably means swiss cheese fetishist.  I could live with that.

At that time I was learning covers and writing originals on the good ole’ acoustic geetar.  I was also in the very early stages of my learning to sing.  I emphasize very early, as in, don’t you dare look for evidence.  You’ve been warned.

Ugh, I’m trying to keep these posts under 250 words so in Part 4 I’ll ‘splain you from 2008 till now and how the EDM revolution ruined my life.