“CTRL+CMD.mp4”

Hey everyone! I hope you all are still hanging in there and still staying safe! I have been laying low for the past couple of weeks, but my family and I have been doing well. I’m so happy to be sharing some new content with you all! Let’s get to the post!

As always, I’m trying to listen to new music as much as I can. This helps me find sounds and genres that I like, that I might not have been exposed to otherwise. It helps keep things fresh and new, and plus who doesn’t like new music? So recently I found, Satoshi & Makoto from Japan. I was truly stunned because they use the same Synthesizer I had for years! We were both using the Casio CZ-5000, and their records sound amazing! They use the synthesizer to design all the sounds as well as the built in sequencer to make their tracks. I was totally inspired to do the same!

My 1985 Casio CZ-5000 Synthiziser

So after getting some cables together and cracking open the old owner’s manual I got started making my presets. I was able to run the output of the synth into a DI box I was using for my acoustic guitar, and before you knew it I was up and running. I quickly learned how to make my own sounds from the classic synth, and I began recording samples into Ableton live. From there,I continued making more and more custom presets from these recordings, and I started laying out a simple sequence. That’s how the foundation of “CTRL+CMD.mp4” was made! Everything in this track was made from my Casio CZ-5000!

Custom Sample in Ableton Live 10

Once the track was complete I held off on releasing it for a while until, to be honest, I had worked up enough guts to publish it. It had been some time since I had released any new music on any major platform, and I was a little worried about the cold release. But I eventually got over it, and decided to just share the track! But before I could do anything like that I needed to create some sort of visuals for the track.

In my past I had worked with 3D modeling programs like Maya and Zbrush, but I ended up focusing on graphic design and video editing. But I always had a passion for 3D animation and effects and I wanted to revisit that style for this song. I downloaded the update for Blender and I got started learning the software. It’s wasn’t too long before I was able to follow along some tutorials on the web and I was creating my first animations. Next thing you know I had created a cool retro video loop I could use for the song.

The song is currently out on all major platforms including my Spotify profile and my Youtube Channel. Please make sure to add the song to your playlists and like the video on YouTube! Stay safe and see you all next time!