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Posted October 16, 2008 By Chvad SB

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In the making: t.o.t.s. “TROTW”. Post 9:

Posted December 19, 2007 By Chvad SB

Got a little side-tracked from the new t.o.t.s. disc for a bit with Blight’s “A Clown Carol”. I *just* finished the original score for this short… I think I started it just a day or so after the shoot. The entire score was composed using RGC Audio’s SFZ+ VST in SONAR 4 using only free soundfonts from various sources on the net.You can see the first trailer for the short here:
[FLASH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMypvi5_a54 w=180 h=220]
Unfortunately there is no music in the trailer but eventually after the film screens it’ll be online shortly afterwards.

Screening dates in NYC:
December 21-22 at 7:30 PM
December 23 at 5 PM
December 27-29 at 7:30 PM

The Gene Frankel Theater
24 Bond St
NYC , New York|33 10011
Cost: 15.00

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In the making: t.o.t.s. “TROTW”. Post 8

Posted December 3, 2007 By Chvad SB

So a lot’s been going on this past week…

Big Apple Underground – Winter Wasteland Compilation:
Martin Atkins is back in NYC next week doing a lecture for Tour Smart and I was asked to help promote the event and possibly help out with the night. I offered to run the merch table in exchange for the ability to hand out t.o.t.s. promo stuff along with all merch sold. So, I needed something last minute to give away so I decided to create a last minute promo compilation. The compilation is a quick assembly of acts I’m directly involved with to some degree or another… t.o.t.s., The Qualia, Hate in the Box and Mr. 1234. Two tracks were supplied by each act. Got the news about the lecture at 10:00 PM Sunday, by 2:00 AM Monday morning the comp was ready for production and a website supporting the compilation was thrown together. There will only be 100 copies of the compilation made and they will be free to anyone at Martin’s Seminar on Monday, December 10th @ 5:00PM. The seminar will be held at Lit Lounge @ 93 2nd Avenue, NYC. For more info on the “Big Apple Underground: Winter Wasteland Compilation” check out:
www.bigappleunderground.darksonus.com.

The Ghost of Adrenalinn Past:
After seeing the Adrenalinn pedal in action during our many Qualia practices in the past few weeks I decided I needed one for t.o.t.s. and so I wrote to a random post on the San Francisco Craigslist. When I got a reply from the seller it turns out we knew each other from 11 some years ago. His band Family Auto Group had opened for the pre-t.o.t.s. band “Blood in Vain” at a show I produced back in 1996 and we had performed together again later for an experimental one-off called “Elohim” in ’97. After chatting a bit we’ve decided to start shooting some material back and forth. I have no idea what the end results are going to sound like but aside from playing in 3 bands right now, working on the new CD and a new soundtrack… why wouldn’t I start up a new project? This is precisely why we need a good manager… I apparently have massive ADD or something. Oh and the pedal is on the way :).
Clowns of Xmas Future:
Just finished production on Blights new film this weekend, a bizarre rendition of A Christmas Carol… with a cast of clowns! The shoot ran about 16 hours this past Saturday and will probably occupy a good deal of time in post. Blight directed the film and will be handling all of the CGI, compositing and editing for the project. I did all the live sound and will be composing the score this week. Other past t.o.t.s. contributors were in on the fun… Elias (BiFF JUGGERNAUT films) was on the set cast as one of the clowns, Rainbow Blight (Hate in the Box) handled all the make-up chores and also appeared briefly on screen, Jerrod (director of the recent film Marathon that featured t.o.t.s. music) handled all the AD work and turned in a great performance and Kalin was behind the camera once again… you’ve seen Kalin’s handy work on the recent t.o.t.s. photos. The guy is awesome. Anyway… you’ll be hearing a lot about this film as post-production continues.

That’s about it for now… that and I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out an excellent way to restructure the entire recording industry. I’m writing notes on that as we speak. It’ll probably end up as an article on DarkSonus sooner or later. I’ve already got some programming pals o’ mine working on a potential interface to test out the idea.

rock!
-chvad

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Lots of new stuff going on in t.o.t.s.land!
The “Return of the Wetlands” blog:
OK. So we’ve been working on the new THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN “The Return of the Wetlands” CD for about a year now and today it occurred to me to keep a running journal documenting the remaining parts of the process as there is still a long way to go. I’m going to include EVERYTHING. Days we’ve recorded, what we’ve recorded, equipment we’ve bought, promo decisions, etc etc etc. For all the bands on our list, I thought that since this is our 3rd full length CD people might be interested in comparing their own experiences against ours… good and bad. We’ll also get a chance to look back and see how amazingly inefficient we’ve been at some things. This is a not a “bragging” blog or a “what we do is correct” deal. I am going to post all of my decisions bad and good. I’ll keep this going through the first tour promoting the release. We’ll be updating things as often as possible and to give some perspective we’ll probably throw in occasional normal work day shit and outside projects we’re involved in. The blog has been active for a week so check it out!

The blog is available in three locations:
On our website: www.outside-the-skin.com
On MySpace: www.myspace.com/tots
and on the music community website DarkSonus: http://www.darksonus.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1539
You don’t need to be a member on either Myspace or DarkSonus to read the blog!

“t.o.t.s. go Clone Crazy” or “How I Stopped Living and Became THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN”:

We’ve designed and released our evil virtual doppelgangers into “Second Life”. The doors to “t.o.t.s.land” in the virtual community “Second Life” (www.secondlife.com) are officially open!

Buy new t.o.t.s. shirts for your virtual characters, watch videos, listen to music, join the official Second Life t.o.t.s. fan club… you can EVEN BECOME you’re favorite t.o.t.s. member! Not sure what the hell “Second LIfe” is? Check it out here: www.secondlife.com. Escape from your crappy normal existence in exchange for polygons and t.o.t.s.! Second Life is a FREE application.

Second Life links:
t.o.t.s.land:
secondlife://Krasnoyarsk/249/116/71

Also in Second Life:
The Dark Art Swamp! A virtual art gallery in Second Life showcasing photos, drawings and video art created by t.o.t.s. bass player, Blight Productions!
The Link:
secondlife://Krasnoyarsk/250/136/73

New article by Chvad SB and Martin Atkins up on Suicide Girls!


So Martin Atkins approached me a while back asking me if I’d be interested in writing an article for his weekly Suicide Girls column about what bands can expect when playing shows in NYC. Being the ever opinionated jerk that I am and always looking new and effective ways to insert my foot into my mouth, I of course jumped at the opportunity! Well… here are the results! LINK: http://suicidegirls.com/news/music/22540 .

New t.o.t.s. merch available in the t.o.t.s.SHOP!

A brand new and remarkably swanky “Cow Tippin’ sticker SET is now available at the t.o.t.s. online store! You get the epic question to life the universe and everything… AND THE ANSWER! Featuring awesome new drawings from Blight! There is NO better way to blow five bucks people! NONE! Did I mention they’re big? Oh yeah, big stickers rule.
The link:
www.outside-the-skin.com/tots/totsSHOP

On a final note, we’d like to welcome Lars Casteen into the t.o.t.s. tribe! Lars, the brainchild madman behind the amazing WTII band “The Qualia”, will be creating massive amounts of guitar noise for t.o.t.s.’ live shows in ’08! You’ll also being hearing him on the new CD as well so show some love for Lars and check out “The Qualia”! If you don’t love it you’re just stupid. www.thequalia.com

Rock on!
Chvad SB

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