Alan Tubbs publishes music technology reviews in Sound on Sound and Tape Op Magazines. His last published reviews were for Cakewalk/Roland's new hardware interface/controllers, the VS-700 and VS-100. He found both to be very nice pieces of gear for the price point. Even nicer was the Rupert Neve Designs Portico II channel strip. Even Mary, who worries more about pitch and timing, could hear the difference when recording with it. Alan liked it so much he bought one, and only wishes he had two for mixing through.
Alan also continues to do remixes for LC Messinger and "When Girls Collide," as well as other label artists:
When Girls Collide
Review links below (though you'll need a subscription to view articles at the SOS site):
Sound on Sound
Alan placed articles in almost every issue of SOS in 2005 while amassing a considerable number of new software programs. In order to control them all, he proposed a Universal Keyboard Controller in the July issue. To the right Professor Tubbs stands in front of an prototype, alongside his collaborator, H.E.N. Gest.
Alan is currently trying to put up a "new" ScotmanReview online. You can read one of the first reviews in the Scotman Review section. They call that a teaser, or at least would if he would get the damn site up.
In addition to Rm101, Mary is the lead singer for Merry and the Mood Swings. Their CD, "Attack of the Mood Swings," is out. Find it at:
Mood Swings Home
It was recently re-mastered by Phil York, Grammy-award winning engineer for Willie Nelson's “The Red-Headed Stranger” and others. “Attack” itself was nominated for a Grammy nomination, which is better than kissing your cousin, even if it didn’t make the final cut.
Mary Hestand produced a tribute for the late Spalding Gray which was shown at the Magnolia Lounge at Fair Park, Dallas, TX to commemorate the one year anniversary of his passing. Some of Dallas’ best actors read excerpts from Gray’s monologues at a table bare except for mics and water, using the style that Gray perfected.
We have arthouse videos and more at our youtube station: BNOIR-Film
The B-Noir Film music video for Rm101's song “Horrorshow” will premier at this year’s Dallas Video Festival www.videofest.org as part of The Texas Show, a juried collection of the best work from home-grown talent. The Dallas Video Festival is one of the world’s oldest and largest video festivals, having its genesis in the dark ages of the 1980s. The DVF shows 150 - 200 pieces every year, from music videos and shorts, animation and CGI, to features and documentaries.
The video of “Horrorshow” was produced by putting old 8 mm home movies through the psychic ringer of digital effects available in Vegas. Rm101's soundtrack sounds vaguely Hitchcockean, with vocals and voice overs liberated from phone machines. And no, that isn't a theremin, but a Mini-Moog with it's filter driven to self-oscillation.
Still Image from "Horrowshow," a music video for Rm101.
In 2005, another B-Noir music video will be shown. "Registered" is a Rm101 song.
In their spare time, B-Noir Film has also written, directed and produced a PSA for the Video Association of Dallas, the group that puts on the DVF, as well as many smaller showings. Shot and edited by John Preston, it features local luminary Jerry Haynes, who once starred in the much beloved and long running local children’s show “Mr. Peppermint,” and has since appeared in many feature films, plays and national commercials.
Some of Alan's other reveiws and the start of a "how to" for home recording resides at The Scotsman Review:
The Scotman Review