woensdag 23 februari 2011


As I type this right now I have 300 followers!!

Seriously guys, what the fudge?
I dearly love every single one of you!! The second part of the tutorial is coming up, still working on that!!
You should check out part 1 here! 

In the meantime, have a cookie!!

Hmmh, that was good, right?

Many many love to all of you, I will keep the good stuff comin!

vrijdag 18 februari 2011

Making of the Background, Part I

Al lot of you guys have reacted on my request for feedback on my new design. First, thank you so much!!! Really appreciate it, even the negative feedback. It's still usefull.

PART   I - In the beginning.
PART  II - Masks!
PART III - Stripe on strip action.
PART IV - Putting it to work.

I decided te make a tutorial about how to make a background. It will be based on the current one, but feel free to modify it how you see fit.
Also please note that this tutorial will be catered to beginners. Advanced Photoshop users will still be able to learn something from this however!

First, we need a general idea of what to do. I wanted a stripy background that fades to black with a possible cross hatch like pattern on it.

First thing I did was google some reference.

I Googled colorfull.

The second image suited my needs perfectly

I did not make this image!!!

Now we got some reference, lets op up Phtotoshop!!!

First of, lets make a new document!

Got to: File - new (ctrl-O), and make it 3000 pixels long, and around 200 wide. 

This will be the background. The idea is to have it tiles across the entire width of the screen, and have it fade to back, or the colour that you want.

Now import the colorfull picture to your canvas.
You can just drag it on Photoshop, and then drag the picture's layer onto your background canvas, or you can copy it from your browser, and then simply paste it onto your canvas in photoshop.
Now that we have that setup, lets get going with the cool stuff!

 Select the Rectengular Marquee Tool (M) and drag a narrow strip over an area you like. Then hit Layer - New - Layer via Copy (Ctrl-J) in order to copy your selection to a new layer.

 If you dragged it horizontal, just use Free Transform (Ctrl-T) to rotate it vertically. If you hold  shift while you rotate it will snap at 45 degree angles, making sure you dont skew it. (Or just go Edit - Transform - Rotate 90°.)

Now use the Free Transform (Ctrl-t) to stretch the new layer waaaaaaay out. Make sure you at least cover the entire width of you canvas. 
 This will give you a lot of stripes!! repeat the proces a couple of times to get more variety. Import some more pictures and get samples from them.

Fill the entire height of the canvas with stripes. When satisfied, select all the layers that make up the stripes and click Layer - Merge Down (Ctrl-E).

This will merge all the loose layers to one. Now we will change the colours up a bit.

Copy (Ctrl-J) the stripes layer, and flip it. Either with the Free Transform tool, or by going to Edit - Transform - Flip Vertical. Now set the layer blending options to Multiply.

Feel free to change it up here. If you want to modify some stuff or don't be afraid to experiment around!!

That was all for now, join me again next time for Part 2 of this tutorial where we will make the background fade and add a nifty pattern to it!!

See you next time, and as always, leave your comment, feedback and critics in the comments.

Love you guys!!!!!

maandag 14 februari 2011


This song I heard what seems like a long time ago. It haunted me untill I had all the music that this duo had ever made. And still it left me wanting.
Here`s hoping it'll do the same to you! ;)

woensdag 9 februari 2011


I changed the design!!!

The standard template was getting really irritating and jarring on my eyes, so I sat down with photoshop in order to make it pretty!!!!!

I made the background myself, and used 2 shades of blue also apparent in the background in the rest of the design.

Short post, but a feedback driven one, let me know what you think!!!

Like it? Don't like it? Love the font? Hate the blue lines? Let me know and how to change it.


- Weirdwhirl -

maandag 7 februari 2011


Last week I posted a song I made.
No I'm posting a making off-ish kind of thing, yay!!

I used Abletone Live 8.1.1.

Mainly because I had to, but also because it is awesome, looks neat and works pretty darn good once you get how it works. I still donnt really get how it works, but I understand the basics.

The funny thing is, it is a mixture between a live dj program and, a midi-style sampler, a recording program and a mixdown mastering program.

I had mingled with some other music making programs (FL Studio, Nanostudio, etc)  and some concepts where the same.

Fun to see how some programs say fuck you to conventions and do their own thing, not allways with succes, but ableton did it really good.

So, this is ableton:

For the bass of the song I used an Operator, with 2 harmonic channels.

Funny thing, when I let a friend listen to the song, her crappy laptop speakers didn't produce a trace of the bass, thats how low it is ;) I keep forgetting that a big ass sub woofer at your feet isn't that common.

The lead was fun. I used a simple chord scheme,  and just threw notes octaves around. I was honestly surprised at how well it sounded!

So, do you guys wanna hear more about the song or should I move on to other things?

donderdag 3 februari 2011



I followed an optional course called Sounddesign. It was not what I was expecting to be honest. I thought it would be about sound design in general, as in gamesounds, menu sounds, overall ambiance. Sounds boring in hindsight, so I'm glad it was about making sick beat in Ableton Live instead!!

Here it is:

Live 8.1.1, the Ableton live version i used has some really nice features. I used if before, but never really got into it and couldn't put myself to make a complete song. Having to for credits is a great motivator aparently ;)

I used samples I scoured from various places in the web. I also used various tutorials from here and there, youtube is a great source!

The synth you hear is called Sylenth1. Its a great synthesizer with some really neat options. The lead and the base use it. As for the melody, its a rather simple chord scheme arpeggiated. YOUTUBE LINK
I did the lead by hand but used Ableton's native arpeggiator plugin for the bass.

I might do more with Ableton, let me know what you think of the song and whether you's like to hear more from it!!