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Analog Black is the brainchild of SpiralBlue in 2005 to bring the idea of a "Live Rave" where the music is actually being created during the performance (not just a DJ). Along with their originals they also incorporate covers from the Underground Industrial genre. SpiralBlue's views of the world today leaves his music in the dark realm of insanity.

SpiralBlue

 

History

AB 0.1 – (Feb 2005) SpiralBlue buys a Steinberg MI4 unit for his birthday figuring he’d check out all the hype with sequencing. Up until this time, he had been a strict live playing synthesist not utilizing computer technology in his synth rig.

AB 0.8 – (Aug 2005) A now unamed musician joins in for a short time, a setlist is developed focusing on being able to play downtown Chicago instead of just the local NWI bars. A few songs were programmed, but the guitarist leaves after a short time to play in 4 other working bands in the NWI area.

AB 1.0 – (Jan 2006) SpiralBlue’s solo “instrumental” work. The instrumental songs were concepts with the idea that guitars and vocals would be added later. These were recorded 'live' and not tracked out proving that sequencing is a live possiblity. This became Analog Black for over 3 years. SpiralBlue dabbled in a few local bands during this time also.

AB 2.0 – (February 2009) The earlier unnamed musician and another join SpiralBlue. Eventual disagreements on what genre Analog Black should focus on developed. Also disagreements included use of the computer to record tracks down to Karaoke style tracks so it looks like "computer" music to the audience, but really is just Milli Vanilli Karaoke. The two leave and form another band taking many hours of Spiral's programming and mastering work that had been copied to one of their computers as a backup for the June 20, 2009 Growlers gig.

AB 3.0 – (August 2009) SpiralBlue goes back to work on real Underground Industrial music work. Currently in reformat mode, SpiralBlue has upgraded the system to include multiple sequencer PCs in a MIDI LAN environment, created file synchonization between the sequencers and upgraded the studio to 16 track digital. What you hear in Analog Black is true "live" performance computer music through the use of hardware and software synths. Spiral intends to keep it that way.

Stay tuned, the fun is just begining.

 

SpiralBlue
SpiralBlue

SpiralBlue's identity remains vague and is a bit of a sound design mad scientist.

He started learning organ at the age of 5. By 3rd grade he had developed an interest in electronics and computers. By 5th grade he had found a teacher that was playing synths in the local band scene and taught him the ins and outs of playing live.

Being trained in music theory and pitch recoginition allowed him to develop his craft utilizing melodic basslines and synth harmonies.

In the '90s SpiralBlue started exploring the Underground and the Rave phenonomon. Moving from Chicago area to Des Moines, IA, then Buffalo, NY allowed him to hear many different influences and play many different venues. Trips included visiting places in San Francisco, CA, Washington DC, Cleveland, OH, and Toronto, Ontario.

Professionally he's worked in the Electronics, Computers, Music and Networking fields. His ability to repair synths and amplifiers down to the component level, programming and maintaining computers, and intuitive curiosity to hook things together made it a perfect match for true live computer based music.

In 2005, as his sanity eroded during a total meltdown in his life, he connected his laptop into his keyboards to see how far he could push the envelope using the new technologies and Analog Black was born.

Any given night now you can find SpiralBlue connecting and configuring equipment, writing the next sequencer bass line, finding that perfect sample, or remastering the best mix for the sequence. Music is an enjoyment and release from society's woes for him.

SpiralBlue's extensive knowledge in synthesis, computers, recording and electronics makes him the ring leader during the performances utilizing triggers, samplers, and other controllers to keep the show rolling.

 

Equipment
M-Audio Axiom61
Steinberg MI4
Edirol M16-DX
Kawaii K4
MOTU Midi Express XT
RedSound DarkStar
Ensoniq Fizmo
Peavy Line-Mix 8
Korg M3r
Arp Axxe
Alesis Quadraverb
Ensoniq ASRxPro
Moog Satelite
Alesis MEQ-230
a few laptops
Fender Rhodes
Peavy CS800
Ableton Live
ART X-15
Yamaha Monitors
assorted soft-synths