Posts Tagged ‘Nine Inch Nails’



April 29, 2009


Activision and Line 6, Inc. announced today that Guitar Hero World Tour will integrate Line 6’s guitar tone technology, enabling gamers to use amps, cabs and effects from the world-renown Line 6 POD in the game’s Music Studio.
For the first time ever, video game players will have access to the same guitar processing technology used by professional musicians

Activision, Inc.  and Line 6, Inc. have announced that Guitar Hero® World Tour for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will integrate Line 6’s guitar tone technology, enabling gamers to use amps, cabs and effects from the world-renown Line 6 POD® in the game’s Music Studio. The game’s innovative new Music Studio lets players express their musical creativity by giving them access to a full complement of tools to compose, record, edit and share their own rock ’n’ roll anthems.
The sound modeling technology of Line 6’s POD is integrated into Guitar Hero World Tour’s Music Studio so gamers can now join the ranks of elite POD using bands including, U2, Radiohead, Keane, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Story of the Year, Slipknot, Dashboard Confessional, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Garbage, Lenny Kravitz and countless others.

“With Guitar Hero World Tour’s new Music Studio functionality, we wanted to give gamers access to the most authentic music creation tools available, so we went to the pacesetters of professional guitar technology—Line 6,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane. “The integration of Line 6 technology in the game underscores our commitment to delivering unprecedented innovation to the Guitar Hero® franchise that has the potential to revolutionize consumer generated music.”

The signature sounds of legendary bands and top musicians today come from a combination of guitar amps, cabs and effects. Through digital signal processing, POD delivers accurate emulations of the most coveted amplifiers, effects and cabinets ever made. It is famous for revolutionizing the way guitarists record, perform, rehearse, and write songs. It eliminates the need for complicated setups with its proprietary technology for simulating the complex interaction of amplifiers, effects, microphones, speaker cabinets and room acoustics. Whether POD is used with headphones to practice, for direct recording or playing live, POD is what musicians turn to for the best guitar sound.


“Line 6 strives to push the boundaries, from revolutionizing the way guitarists record to how they perform live to helping enable the creative process for musicians,” said Marcus Ryle, Line 6 Founder and SVP of Research and Development. “Thanks to the incredible processing power of the of the next generation video game consoles, we placed the actual tone algorithms right into the game to give gamers the tools to choose their own sounds for the music they create. For the first time, gamers will have the ability to compose and record with the same technology used by professional musicians.”



Nine Inch Nails may have changed the Business Model for Music, It’s FREE

February 10, 2009


Since completing his earlier major record label contract, musician Trent Reznor has been experimenting with a variety of new and unique business models for his band, Nine Inch Nails, to reach and connect with fans. This case study explores Reznor’s experiments, examining what has worked and what has not – and why. Speaker: Michael Masnick (Editor/President & CEO, Techdirt Blog/Floor64)

Its basically means this:

Connect With Fans (CwF) + Reason To Buy (RtB)
= The Business Model ($$$$)

Entitled ‘The Slip’, the 36-track instrumental record, recorded in a ten-week period last year, is available in a variety of download options and as a physical copy.

The options are a free download featuring the collection’s first nine tracks, a $5 download featuring the whole album, a $10 two-CD set (either via the website or in shops from April 5) and a $75 deluxe edition, including a hardcover book and a data DVD and a Blu-ray disc featuring high definition recordings and a slide show.

There is also an “ultra deluxe” limited edition version for £300 which features the same items as the $75 version, but also signed and numbered by Trent Reznor.


Top tracks of 2008 according to Remix Magazine

January 21, 2009

Top tracks according to Remix Magazine.

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Top track of 2008 according to Remix Magazine

This list could also be known as “songs I never skip over when listening to my iPod.” These are the top 8 dopest of the dope, cream of the crop, top of the heap songs of the past year. And now, without further adieu, here they are, in no particular order:

1. Does It Offend You, Yeah?—“We Are Rockstars”
You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Yourself Into (Almost Gold)
I’ll admit that when I first received this disc, I was highly skeptical. DIOY,Y? took the “totally ridiculous band name” phenomenon 10 steps too far. But then I put this disc in and never looked back. I was instantly addicted to the distorted synth stabs and excessive cowbell in “We Are Rockstars.” When this song comes on, whatever I am doing ceases immediately and I can’t resist cuttin’ rugs.

We Are Rockstars – Does It Offend You, Yeah?

2. MSTRKRFT—“Bounce”
Fist of God (Dim Mak/Downtown) [forthcoming]

Jesse Keeler and Al-P have a stranglehold on the dance-punk-rock music scene, and this single from their forthcoming Fist of God album shows they have no intention of loosening their grip. This track is simply undeniable; you can’t help but feel every buzzy synth and thick beat as they rip through your ears. If anyone has mastered the Roland TR-707, it’s these two Canadian gents.


3. Nine Inch Nails—“1,000,000”
The Slip (The Null Corporation)

Trent Reznor is “all growed up” now. No longer the skinny, pained emo guy smashing instruments and bandmates onstage while privately destroying himself, The Rez got sober, hit the gym and GNC, started connecting with fans, and gave us a gift in the form of a free album—The Slip. The driving beat and fuzzed-out guitars of “1,000,000” will have you pumping your fists in the air from the first crash of the cymbals to the final swirling vortex of noise.

1,000,000 – Nine Inch Nails

4. Ssion—“Day Job”
Fool’s Gold (Sleazetone)

Okay, so it happened like this: I was driving in my car listening to my iPod set on Random mode. This song suddenly burst through speakers with the opening stuttering, buzzing synth, and I was immediately hooked. Very punk, very fun, very funny. If you’ve ever been disgruntled with your job, this is the song for you. You can almost feel bandleader Cody Critcheloe’s sneer as he delivers lines such as “I don’t wanna do this/I ain’t gonna do that” with campy delight. At a whopping one minute and 32 seconds long, there’s no doubt you’ll want to hit repeat over and over and start screaming along with the chorus.

Day Job – SSION

5. Midnight Juggernauts—“Road to Recovery”
Dystopia (Astralwerks)

These Aussies put the “au” in—um—Aussie, I guess. Maybe it should be “Awessies?” The point is this: If you love ELO and dreamy electronic music with a killer danceable beat, then you must check out M-Juggs. Seriously. Instrumentally, they sound HUGE. Melodic, ELO-sounding vocals soar atop a bevy of fuzzed-out synths and a foot-stomping beat. More, please.

Road To Recovery – Midnight Juggernauts

6. Fxxk Buttons—“Sweet Love for Planet Earth”
Street Horrrsing (ATP)

This experimental UK duo is definitely smoking something, and whatever it is, it’s really good stuff. This nearly 10-minute track fluctuates between dreamy and noisy; it’s almost like playing one track on top of the other and they somehow naturally blend together. Kind of like matching up the Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s The Wall, or whatever the hell that mythic hippy shit is. The song starts with a pretty, tinkly piano repetitively delivering sweet notes; then a gritty, menacing guitar chord begins slicing clean through the ambient bliss. About five minutes in, we’re treated to what sounds like a distorted Al Jourgensen quietly screaming unintelligibly over a static-y radio channel. It’s totally bizarre, but it totally works—and does so quite beautifully.

Sweet Love for Planet Earth – FXXk Buttons

7. Tobacco, “Dirt (feat. Aesop Rock)”
FuxXCd Up Friends (Anticon)

FuXCXd Up Friends is the solo debut from Tobacco, a member of the elusive-yet-stellar band Black Moth Super Rainbow. Yeah, it sounds a lot like a BMSR album, but who gives a shit because it’s fucking awesome. This song sounds like DJ Shadow going on a mad psychedelic trip, when suddenly Aesop Rock decides to drop by to deliver some aggressive rhymes. The song’s backdrop has BMSR’s trademark melodic synths riding atop a superfat beat.

Dirt (featuring Aesop Rock) – tobacco

8. The Cool Kids, “A Little Bit Cooler”
The Bake Sale (Chocolate Industries)

I can’t say enough about Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish, aka The Cool Kids. They’ve fully embraced the Golden Era of ’80s hip-hop and brought it to the aughts with ease. Start with tongue-in-cheek rhymes about Fruity Pebbles, Sega, girls, steez and bicycles; layer with an old-school drum machine that has a fat kick drum and carefully placed synth jabs; and top it all off with supertight production. There’s no way you’ll be able to resist the ensuing head nods.

Source: Remix Magazine

Lori Kennedy (Writer)