Re: TECHNO MUSIC: Faithless

James Rogers (
Wed, 23 Jul 1997 20:06:16 -0700

At 09:50 AM 7/23/97 -0400, Hagbard Celine wrote:
>James Rogers wrote:
>> On a completely different music thread, I am once again in the business of
>> making music! After bowing out several years ago for a number of reasons,
>> I recently forked over $15k to start accruing a ton of gear so that I could
>> satiate my more artistic side (I am an admitted audio gearhead). With a
>> little patience and time I will soon be producing some decent cuts of my
>So you spin your own techno? If so, what software do you use? I ask only
>because the guitar-based ska band I've just recently split with
>(Miskatonic U.) was leery about venturing into electronica, and that's
>the direction I see myself heading musically.

Ska? Cool! I am fan of (old-school) ska. I do have to say that "ska" as
currently defined in popular media is significantly different than the CDs
I collected from the 80s (and before). It seems that the term "ska" has
been co-opted to create the latest "cool genre". Bands like No Doubt may
demonstrate some ska influences, but the music doesn't really resemble ska
as represented by The Specials, Madness, and even earlier groups like the

Yes, techno and electronica in general is a genre for which I have an
affinity. My personal influences tend to be in the techno/trance/ambient
area, but occasionally the influence of 80's darker synth pop (along the
lines of the New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Cure) sometimes appear to trickle
into my work, most likely because I have a fairly large collection of that
stuff as well. At one time or other I have been involved in nearly every
major music style I can think of. I like music for its own sake.

I currently use Performer, but have used a few other packages. The state
of sequencers is such that it doesn't really matter what you use as long as
you learn how to use it well. Having not previously used sequencers under
MacOS, the choice of Performer was completely random. I don't currently
have any audio recording capability, but I am looking into the various
digital 8-track hard-disk systems, both modular and computer-based.

-James Rogers