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From Vanyland Premier!

It’s been about nine months since we last got a new single from Party Bois. We don’t need to tell you this, but that’s how long it takes to make a baby.

A baby.

Today, the Boston-based dance party machine return with twins — two new purely romantical jams, just in time for their show Friday night at Bearstronaut’s record release throwdown at the Sinclair in Cambridge.

The a-side, “True Confessional” is their very own “La Isla Bonita” — a tropical synth-pop shake and bake that tattoos its “Wha oh oh ohhh!” refrain on the inside of your lips. The flip, the more mechanical “Hit The Coast” is what happens when you make out too much in the back of your JEEP after a weekday at Revere Beach. If they ever made a sequel to Top Gun, this will soundtrack the long-anticipated beach volleyball rematch.

“It’s all about summer romance,” Party Bois frontman J-Boi tells us. “That was the theme. ‘True Confessional’ is the starry night song; ‘Coast’ is the sunny beach song.”

Lather up.





2016 is Fun!

We built floor to ceiling keyboard stands with ten foot steel pipe!

upgraded to 30 inputs for any DAW.

It’s time to JAM!

Kits: Oberheim DMX / DX, Linndrum LM2, Roland TR 808

Bass: SCI Pro One, Arp 2600

Pads: Roland Jupiter 6E, , Oberheim Xpander, Roland Jupiter 8E



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Sleepless weeks are often productive weeks!

I tried something different this time.  I only have 18 inputs on my DAW so i often have to overdub percussion and synths afterwards which can be good and bad.  So this time i used the first recording round of 18 inputs for only drums!




Kick, Snare, Toms,  Shaker, Hat, Congas, Crash, Tamb


Sub Kick 1-2-3, Splat Snare

TR 808:

Small Kick, Clap, Rim shot, Cowbell

Arp 2600 / Pro 1: Bass

DPX 1: Piano, Slap Bass

JP6 / JP8 SCI Maxx:  bleeps and Bloops



Here’s a rainy day 2 Live Crew remix i did for fun…



Dedicated to Erik S, Petey G, Meri D, and Jessie P.

Dance Like a Munchkin

Dance Like a Munchkin


Usual Suspects:  Linndrum, SDSV, Roland TR 808, Arp 2600, Roland Jupiter 6

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Well, their operators may!

Another Drum Machine induced article but from NPR:

gimme the beat box ( the-journey-of-the-drum-machine )


“About 10 years ago, a disgruntled pianist in Los Angeles named John Wood began a popular bumper sticker campaign with the slogan, “Drum Machines Have No Soul.” Not everyone was convinced, including producer Eric Sadler.

“Drum machines don’t run themselves,” Sadler says. “It’s the people who put into the drum machines that give the drum machines soul, to me. I’ve definitely given some drum machines some soul.”

Beat Box
Beat Box

A Drum Machine Obsession

by Joe Mansfield

Hardcover, 205 pages purchase

Sadler was part of The Bomb Squad, the production team behind Public Enemy, which used drum machines — among many other devices — to help shift the sound of pop music in the late ’80s.

Here’s the thing: The earliest drum machines were never intended to be studio recording devices. Take Wurlitzer’s 1959 Sideman, one of the first commercially available drum machines. It used vacuum tubes to create its percussive sound and was intended for organ players who perhaps didn’t want to pay a drummer to join their lounge act.

“It’s about 2 feet and some change tall,” says Joe Mansfield, author of the new book Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession. “It’s maybe a foot and a half wide, and it looks like something that would belong in an old, wood-paneled library to me. It’s a distinctive-looking thing; at first look, you wouldn’t think it would be a drum machine.”

Drum machines were still largely novelties throughout the ’60s and ’70s, but musicians slowly began to play around with them, says Dante Carfagna. He’s the producer behind the recent compilation album Personal Space, which examines early pop experiments with drum machines and other electronics.

“Perhaps the artist didn’t have a band, so they tried to re-create that band with the electronics around them: a drum machine, a synthesizer, maybe a guitar,” Carfagna says. “I think it might be a function of loneliness in a very strange way.”

Then, in 1971, Sly & the Family Stone recorded There’s a Riot Going On, one of the first hit albums to prominently feature a drum machine — a Maestro Rhythm King. Mansfield grew up marveling at how Stone deployed the machine’s tinny beats. “That record used the Maestro Rhythm King in a way, in a studio, that I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be used. It was amazing,” he says.

By the early ’80s, major pop acts had latched on to drum machines in a big way — but many just used the machines’ built-in rhythms, as in Hall and Oates’ 1981 hit “I Can’t Go for That.” Around the same time, such hip-hop pioneers as Grandmaster Flash began to make beat boxes a prominent part of rap music production.

A few years later, newer beat boxes were sampling actual drums, creating a harder, punchier sound that hip-hop producers grabbed onto, says the Bomb Squad’s Sadler. The Oberheim DMX was one of the most popular.

“All the rhythm machines before was kind of little tight sounds. It didn’t have that sound that sounded like a real kick drum, or a bass drum,” Sadler says. “With the DMX, it was like, wow, this sounds more like real drums to me.”

But when it comes to punch, no drum machine has been more popular than Roland’s TR-808, debuted in 1980. For Mansfield and other musicians, the 808 stands out for its signature kick drum, with a low-end boom you can feel in your bones. “It’s definitely something that would get people’s attention,” he says.

Today most producers simply re-create the sounds of an 808 using software rather than fussing with hardware that few thought would survive 30 years of use. But Carfagna suggests there’s still a market out there for the original machines and their unique sonic personalities.

“Those sounds do have a certain character now, which echo a different era. Like, the snare drum on the Rhythm King sounds nothing like the snare drum on the 808,” Carfagna says.

As for Mansfield, his Beat Box book includes only a fraction of his collection — a collection that keeps growing. “Today, I purchased a machine called Elgam Match-12 I’ve been looking for for a little bit,” he says. “I happened to find it on the German eBay site.”

And so, the beat box goes on.”

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