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Sound Recording Revolution Around the Corner
Guest Post by Carti Venandi

Zylia, a young company from Poznan, Poland established in 2012, has been dedicated to one thing since starting up: developing “revolutionary tools and technologies for recording and post-processing of music, 3Daudio, and VR (Virtual Reality).

It appears they're accomplishing this mission with the emergence of their newest product, the Zylia ZM-1 microphone (or “microphones” if you’d rather considering it has a total of 19 omnidirectional condenser capsules in this one piece of equipment).

Not only that, they offer high quality 48 kHz/24 bit recording and their proprietary Zylia DAW software is included. Now, you may be wondering what sets this product apart. What's so revolutionary here? Why in the hell do we need 19 microphones in one?!

No need to hold you’re breath because I'm about to break it down to brass tacks.

Track Separation Software, BOOM. Now despite sounding not so exciting, this is some groundbreaking stuff. The ZM-1 lets you record multiple instruments simultaneously, then separating each individual instrument from the full mix, keeping the acoustics and quality intact for each track. Some could say it's the biggest revolution in music recording since multi-track recording technology came to light in the 1950s.

The ZM-1 and its accessories are still in the production process but they're promoting and funding through Indiegogo - offering you a chance to contribute or, even better:  pre-order the ZM-1 at an attractive price. Check it out.

EM International - Lord Apex

Lord Apex's Interplanetary Funk LP is one of the best sounds springing forth from London, UK, that we've heard yet. 

We of MB believe place is expressed most authentically by the art and music emerging from the microcosm. The life that can be observed, heard, and felt through these mediums is what constitutes the spirit of a place, or genius loci

We also believe in supporting great sounds and socially conscious artists from around the global. More than that, though, we're interested in cultivating the sounds, ideas, and creations emerging from our home in Knoxville, TN. 

Drop us a line and let's jam.

Doomed - A Perfect Circle
Guest Post by JCC

APC has come back to life after a 13-year hiatus. Their new single, The Doomed, was made available to the world yesterday, and it’s reminding music lovers everywhere why Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel are at the tip of the spear in the legacy of Alternative Rock

From the get-go, The Doomed paints an aural picture that illustrates 13 years of pent up passion and aggression. The single begins with a standard 4/4 time signature, with the bass guitar in concert with the toms and snare, accenting each other in measured consistency. It's an invitation to march unto the apocalypse. Once the vocals rise into the foreground, we hear Maynard come in with an unobstructed and throaty sermon. 

He sings: “behold the new Christ, behold the same old horde." In this deconstruction and inversion of biblical scripture, Maynard bares witness to the false flag of religiosity, as it compares to and drives the political process. In two lines of lyrical poetry, APC is back in the game with something relevant to say.

APC wasted no time in enlightening us to their intent here. Maynard feverishly pursues this critique of the modern era. He knife-hands the entire rotted religious-political complex in the very opening lines of The Doomed.

Altering flashes of honey and salt ensue. The honey—beautifully ethereal portions of contemplative offers of wonderment for innocence, wrapped in Howerdel’s EBow and the soft chimes of electronic bells. The salt—blistering 4/4 snare rolls that inspire a marching contortion, and a reverberated bassline that matches the anthemic intensity. 

The Doomed has a purpose. It’s not to announce to the world that APC is back. Rather, it is a vehicle for MJK to express his disapproval for how the world is in its current state. He does this without showing allegiance to any political or religious affiliation.

It’s a straightforward dressing down of everything that does not resonate with the sacred geometry by which he’s guided. 

Welcome back, APC.

Ramses The Evil Brother - The Holy

A satisfying ritual to the god of electricity. 

This one grows from deep within your inner head and begins to work in mysterious ways with unexpected and surprisingly appropriate additions and subtractions of sounds.

The pitter-patter of the rhythm is a furious drive for this Krautrock band called The Holy, hailing from Helsinki, Finland. From their label:

In the summer of 2014 two guys were watching the FIFA World Cup final drunk. During the match they came up with the idea to put together a band. Two hours later there were five members in the band, and the first demo was ready. That is how The Holy came to be.The band was founded on desire to make humongous, noisy songs and to create magnificently large soundscapes with the help of two drummers and a whole lot of roaring guitars.
— Soliti

Check them out and don't leave disappointed. Don't drive disappointed either; queue this one up during the commute.