Category: Culture

Here is a little interview I did a few weeks ago on the excellent Percussion Lab Radio show up here in New York. Conducted by none other than the main man Praveen, with the indoobidable (sp?) Travis Stewart present as well.

Check it out here.


Can someone explain the math behind this?

2000 edition CD, of which there are about 100 left
less than 500 digital album sales… (though it is #2 best selling digital album for Merck)
50,000+ unique listeners??


Sorry for the lack of posts… here’s a clip in the meantime:

Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. on Vimeo.

My interview over at Headphone Commute has been posted. Check it out here

(side note: playing this week on shuffle: video game rock from the likes of The Advantage/Generic, Minibosses, Alias Jack, and Cursor)

Just had to share vocally that this is my favorite art/music magazine, by far. It makes Beautiful Decay look like a community college zine. Usually in any magazine or art show that I see around, there is like 1-2 artists work that I enjoy, and the rest are kinda interchangeable. BUT each Multilink issue is constantly good art/music. I always finish reading it and have about a dozen names I need to check out more. Admittedly I’m a bit biased towards them due to some connections, but seriously, I can’t get over the quality of the artists/photographers/illustrators/designers that they feature in there (that’s why I’m involved!). Usually people I’ve never heard of, and always amazing work.

Their site/blog has just been reinvigorated, and they got a webstore and book in the works too. As a side note for the Merck fans reading this, they did the most involved and detailed article on Merck ever. You can find it in issue #6. Also they have this badass flash based online pdf viewer for those of you who don’t want to leave your browser.

I highly recommend you check out the magazine if you have eyes, here.

I’ve been pirating software since about 1993. Probably when I still had my first Hayes 2400 modem. I mostly went for games back then to give them a good preview before buying (well before the days when a “game demo” was common, or even pc gaming was common). Did a lot of BBSing, and saw the piracy revolution developing well before it hit the mainstream. Hell, I even made the welcome ANSI for the biggest Razor USHQ. Of course later into the 1990’s I got into downloading MP3’s of the obscure music I was hearing coming from far corners of the globe that I couldn’t get in our limited record store markets in Miami (bleep bloop anyone?).

So of course a couple years into Merck we started to get annoyed by the weak ass Scene releases of our CDs. Barely even listing the name ‘merck’ on the release, but smearing their crappy half-assed group name all across every damn file in the release. We decided to do our own scene release of the Lackluster, Adam Johnson, and Mix 2 cds, complete with a wickedly done .nfo file, and all the proper scene crap. Was entertaining for the few releases (gave up on it after that), I even remember some kind of ‘backlash’ from the scene about it, like we were somehow hurting them. Quite funny. Nonetheless, I spent several hours the other day trying to track down that original .nfo file on my hard drive, but unfortunately I think it may have gotten the chop some years back by accident. Fortunately my friend Shawn had one laying around, and Esa had a version of an Ascii done for us by reanimator from iCE for potential use as well. Here they are.


merck nfo by reanimator-iCE

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve had a busy last few months. I hope to be doing 1 post a week for the spring, and hopefully endeavoring into more personal territory as well. So here goes….

I think everyone (including me) nowadays kind of always assumes that things that are put on the net, will always be around. There are 2 such things that I have always regretted not ‘grabbing’ for myself off the net. As they have since disappeared from the time I first discovered them.

First off was the original website and designs of Vir2l. Some of you may remember them as THE ILLEST web design company in the late 1990’s. They did some simply AMAZING graphics. Very inspirational to visual styles I would later strive for on Merck releases. The company of course split up over differences amongst the various cocky designers (is what I’ve been told), and now the name seems to be somehow involved in cell phone games. Nonetheless, its nearly impossible to find ANY pics of any of the amazing stuff they did back in the day (even on pages and pages of google image searches).

The second thing is this website i found many years back that was someones detailed personal exploits, stories, and adventures in the world of Ultima Online. For the most part they were all griefing stories, and boy were they awesomely hilarious. He had dozens and dozens of well written out tales of various exploits he’d been involved in of torturing, stealing, and causing general strife in the world of Ultima Online (the first major MMORPG, and wild west of sorts as far as those kind of games go), most of them with great screenshots to illustrate. I can’t express how entertaining it was to read these things (and I never even got to play Ultima Online directly either!). Once again the sites content has seemingly disappeared from the internet (I don’t even know what the URL was). I spent 4 hours one day scouring Google, but was left with nothing.

The lesson, if you find a site with content you really love. Your best friend may be a wget or a lot of right click and saving.


Sad to say the IDM scene has had another more permanent loss this month. Charlie Cooper, 1/2 of Telefon Tel Aviv was found dead yesterday… apparently of suicide. News story here.

Rest In Peace…. you will be missed.

TDR, the wonderful people who graced us with so many completely ridiculously great album covers (mostly through Warp), has officially closed their doors. Apparently they got a bit too big and corporate. Here is an interview with the bloke who runs it explaining more. You guys will be missed, but of course you’ll live on in all our record collections.

PS. If anyone has an original TDR book (the spiral bound one I think) they want to get rid of, I’ve always been looking to get one.

This DVD of motion graphics (plus soundscapes) looks pretty dope. Its curated by Matt Pyke (formerly of The Designers Republic) with music by his brother Freeform (who i’m not really a fan of at all, but I got my fingers crossed). One of the videos is by Alex of Team Doyobi, so this thing is just wreaking of Skam/Warp. Its apparently not available yet, but should be soon.

Their blog.

Pingmag article about it.