Mr. Fastfinger anti-competition status

Thank you so much to all who sended material for the anti-competition! There’s seriously scary material there. And it’s very versatile. There’s definelty material I will be using.

I’m currently busy working on something complitely else (It’s something you will see if you go to see Dream Theater live on their world tour starting next week). Once I finish this other project, I will take command on this album project again. Also start going through the material you sent and put together the song. Also two other songs need some work.
I had to delay the album release to early next year. Due to the fact that I also need to make a living somehow. As much as I would love to dedicate my days complitely on the album creatition.
I’d see the album coming out january or february. I want to make sure everything is exactly like I want it, before I put it out.

Take care, rock on, stay tuned!
Mika


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Motion Beat premiere – Mr. Fastfinger do the rap!

Enter the beat! This is not for the faint at heart. It's a clip of Mr. Fastfinger Band premiering the song Motion Beat from the next album.
More of a light hearted song. Perhapas not really representing the new material of the following album in best way. But it's a fun number.
This is basically the beginning of the song with Thomas doing a cool drum number as extra live intro. The actual chorus is cut out totally. And so are many other parts as well. Don't want to put the full song out because
a) This was our first attempt to do this live and we still need to practice this track more to get it tighter
b) Don't want to reveal it complitely yet. Something to left to surpise you when the album comes out.

The guitar solo is the same as on another video on this channel. http://youtu.be/HbU1F8uMBC0
Some people won't believe the solo was played in real time on that video (the footage looks a bit fastforwarded because i was so much in motion with the playing) so here it is played live with the band in front of an audience. It's not perfectly exactly tight played but this is rock and roll. Or atleast rocking dance music.

Oh and that guitar tone comes from that new Hughes & Kettner baby Tubemeister. The head alone weights 5 kg, but it really, really burns!

Shake that booty!


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And now something complitely different

The encore from Mr. Fastfinger Band show at Runebar / Bar Soho 14/8/2011.After a complite hour set of Mr. Fastfinger music, we were totally out songs. So we cleverly returned as "Las KaKalMas" our other band that is specialized in improvised music. The only thing we knew before this song started was the title: "Coconut Oil".  Also we decided that the song goes in the key of G and in somepoint moves to the key of E. Aah the excitement, the excitement!
Once in a life time, we won't be doing this song again. Very happy how this came out and that we actually got it captured for you to enjoy it!

Las KaKalmas isn't about shredding, it's about creating music together and on the spot. Enjoying the creation aswell as entertaining the audience. Pure joy on stage and damn exciting.


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Aftershow thoughts

What a fine duo show we had yesterday. After a great and fun band gig on sunday, have to admit, it was little bit less inspiring to go to do a show as duo. I wasn’t really worried about anything. But this made me very relaxed and in general performed better (on individual level) than on sunday with the band. With out the band there’s a lot of things missing from my playing. All the interaction and imprivised goodies. But technically etc. I made less stupid mistakes etc.
In addition to the duo show we had two song jam with the guys from Lakewood Experiment. Peter Niemi, Rofl Pilve and Pauli Petas had done a great job mastering Both “Wax on – Wax off” and “Mountain Mover”. We had time to play waxing tune during the soundcheck but no way to Mountain Mover. So we listened it through in my car once and talked about all the spots and how to avoid problems. All went very smooth. Thanks guys!

This reminded me of the book “Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner. It’s not a guitar book, yet it’s possibly the best guitar book I’ve read. It’s all about that mental side and stuff. One of the teaching was something like: when you don’t care who’s in the audience or panic how important the gig is, you can relax and perform so much better. Better read the book again, I’ve forgotten most of it. You should check out the book as well!

http://www.amazon.com/Effortless-Mastery-Liberating-Master-Musician/dp/156224003X

Yesterday most of the time I actually felt like a effortless master on stage, and when I left the stage the audience had bought it. All starts inside of you. Believing yourself, finding the right state of mind and attitude.

My ritual before a gig has become a stare on a mirror before the show. Even just a moment helps. When I stare to my very own eyes through a mirror for a moment it helps me to connect with myself. And remember what’s it all about. To me doing gig’s is all about playing (like with toys), feelings, fun, emotions, rocking, going crazy, entertaining the audience, making new friends, making a fool out of yourself…

Preparing for a gig is another thing. On sunday that he had actually mastered one tight bass line and go it down. But then he realized he could only do it while sitting. This is a commong problem especially with more technical music. Guitar playing is usually much harder when standing. Or atleast different. And on stage (if you play rock or such) you should have some moves and all the stage action. So, it should be clear that when preparing and practicing for a gig. You should practice not only the parts but also the stage performance.

Practicing the performance and material helps a lot, but once you’re on stage you just have to do the thing… Let go! Let flow! Go crazy!

Will get back to the grrreat band show we had on sunday. Some footage will appear for sure!!!

soon,
Mika

Oh and my new baby Tubemeister is a such killer amp on stage!
Tubes are running hot: the roaring riffs, exploding solos and screaming harmonics!


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Preparing to for live gigs

Little quick update. Currently the album production is on a little hold. Two tracks have been making me scratch my head. But the other riddle is starting to reveal itself already.

Now there’s two live dates very soon. One with the full Mr. Fastfinger Band this sunday and one Mr. Fastfinger duo gig nexy thurday.
Wouldn’t feel right to base the setlist on old material. Too excited about the new stuff.
So, there’s so much practicing on mastering some new songs to live condition. Hey, it’s another thing to record and develop stuff in studio than to rock out on stage.
We have only two band rehearsals. Yaiks! Tomorrow and on friday.

Here’s the current setlist plan.

Epic
Exploding Solo
ThunderPantz
Mountain Mover
Action Beat
Big Trummors
Desert
Unravel
Tapping Boogie

in addition we might do some full improvised stuff. If it feels right and the audience want more than we rehearsed.
Need to go preparing all the files and myself for the rehearsals.

Oh and in the picture you see the new Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18. Little huge amp! Checked out this amp last week and I couldn’t let go of it. It’s an amazing amp. It’s very small sized but has a mountain like tone. You’ll be hearing a lot of this amp in the furure!


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Animal was harmed during the recording of this album

One day in the studio, we started smelling something bad and suspicious. The next day it smelled even worse. We soon started realizing there needs to be something evil in there. Mr. Fastfinger has a very good nose and we soon traced the direction. It was the left back corner of the studio where the real smell was coming from. Right behind the amplifier.

Many of our Facebook friends were afraid that it was real daemon hidden in there. Daemons are known for their ultra bad smell.
It was clear there was no option but to open the floor and wall, tosee what is hidden there. We first opened the floor to inspect if the evil was hiding there. Nothing. It only smelled healthy and good down there. Then we opened the wall. For our surprise there was quite a bit of mouse poop everywhere. Hmm. We took all the insulation out and just when we were giving up, we found a mouse corpse in the very corner.

We didn’t need C.S.I. to tell that us the mouse had died because of a heart attack, caused by a enormous and loud sound wave. Just look at the picture (we didn’t want to show the image of the dead animal corpse because we want to keep this family friendly website). We carefully drew the silhoutte down with a chalk. Just look at the hard waved tail and the horrified stiff body figure. A loud guitar amp can create such strong sound waves.

It’s getting normal in the studio again. The smell has dissapeared and we’re just closing the wall and floor. Soon we can continue our work with the album.


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Guests are always surprising – Jordan Rudess

About two months ago I was working on a song called Super Sinister. There was a solo spot I felt it had to be somebody else do it, it was not for Mr. Fastfinger! In my head I  actually heard lunatic avant garde grand piano playing on top of this Locrian – Super locrian.

So I asked my friend Jordan Rudess if he’d be willing to do a solo for the album. He replied me on skype “Of course I will play on your album. at the moment – I am starting keyboard tracks for this band called Dream Theater“.

Sent him and his assistant my short guiding notes:
1:15 – 2:01 The actual solo spot. Play something deranged, mad, lunatic and scary!
2:02 – 2:31 B minor part with “Soviet Red Army choir”.This part can be skipped it’s kind of filled already.
2:32 – 2:59 I’d love to hear  something here aswell. Bang the chords or do little arps or…

The entire song goes in the tempo of 129 and 7/8 time signature.
I’d be most happy receiving uncompressed 44,1 / 24 bit files, Aiff or wav.

Finally last weekend. After finishing the DT album (and while getting ready for the tour) he finally found a moment to do my requested solo. Had a Dropsend package awaiting for opening when I got home from a weekend trip. What a kick ass it was to hear the solo. It was something else what I had imagined but such a perfect and cool lead solo. This is what always happens with guests. You never know what comes.
In addition to the solo, for my surprise he also created a super cool melody for the “Soviet Red Army” part. You know what I mean when you hear it. And don’t blame me if Mr. Fastfinger album sounds a bit Dream Theaterish for a moment.
How ever he didn’t touch the 2:32 – 2:59 part. But after hearing the inspirational leads from Rudess. It wasn’t hard to come up with a new part to continue with the story.  Aaah, “Super Sinister” is pretty much a ready for mixing now.

I respect this moment,
Mika


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Fingernation Skinslide

Here’s a lick from a guitar part that I recorded yesterday. The track is called Fingernation. Nasty type of sliding. Atleas if your finger is not used to such amount of sliding. Don’t be as stupid as I am. Do not practice this too much at once. You saw the picture, you’ve been warned!

Fingernation Skinslide by Mr. Fastfinger


(click the image to zoom)
Do not worry too much about the transcription rhythmwise. I just played the part with the feel and didn’t want to go exact 16 notes or such. This type of timing is always interesting to transcribe. Just play the notes and feel the time!


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Mr. Fastfinger anti-competition

SCARE US WITH YER GUITAR
This is not a competition, we’re asking your help and participation! This is an open invitation to take part on Mr. Fastfinger’s song “Daemons & Ghouls” which will be part of the album “In Motion” released later 2011.

DEADLINE
for sending your recordings is 18 of July 2011. Aaah, let’s continue this deadline untill 1.8. 2011. I have no chance to get deep with this until it turns to august.

ABOUT
As the title suggests this song is about facing demons, ghosts and other spirits. The song is pretty much all together, but we now need volunteers to play the parts of these spiritual creatures. We want you to take your guitar and record us the scariest sound you can imagine. Consider this more like a sound design assignment than music assignment. All level of players are most welcome. Simply perform the most scariest sound on the guitar you can!

IDEAS AND RULES
There are no actual rules. But here’s some suggestions to give you ideas.
First think what kind of creature you want to bring alive. More of a friendly little Casper or like a ultra bad dark demon. Okay, then imagine how this creature should sound like. Then make it happen with the gear you got available.

All effects, tricks and methods are allowed and recommended!
For instance you could:
- Scream at the pickup
- Saw the strings with an electric toothbrush
- Add the craziest flanger fx to your super wide doublebended note
- Turn the amps spring reverb to 100 and play the devils interval reversed
- Turn the amp to max and make your guitar scream in feedback
- Do the deepest dive bomb you can imagine

Etc. Use your imagination, go wild, do what ever it takes. Do anything, but don’t hurt yourself or your guitar!

We are not really looking for actual guitar solos, melodies,licks or riffs. Altough your part can include some musical content as well, we are first of all looking for sound effects and craziness. Different types of approached to creating monsters are welcome and needed. It’s time to do something out of this world and dimension.

You can do what ever you feel like. Single guitar performances  and not fully composed orvedubbed pieces of ready music. We want parts that we can be mixed into this composition.

BACKING TRACK
Here’s the primary part of the song where we would want the creatures to appear. ( altough the performance could end up in some other part / song on the album aswell.nevermind). You can download this backing and do your thing along to it if you wish. Just make sure the backing is not audible on the final mp3 you’re sending us. We cannot use recordings where the backing track is heard in the background.

Daemon Ghouls backingloop
In case you’re wondering the tempo is 205 and the meter 7/8
Note: if you feel your part is more like an free flow effect you just ignore this backing and do your thing free. It’s an option to use the backing for the feel and timing.

RECORDING GEAR
Use any gear you’re able to reach. We don’t care if you use high end studio gear, modeling amps or just the microphone on you mobile phone. If it sounds scary and innovative
It is what we are looking for. Use any gear as long as you can send us the final clip in mp3 format.

High quality 320kb mp3 would be most excellent, lower resolutions are okay aswell. Note: We want the guitar part you play isolated: you guitar+effect only. Again: please do no mix it with the backing track and max 20 sec. Give the mp3 file your own name, so we can make sure you’ll will get credited on the CD and website if the sound gets used.

WILL MY SOUND BE HEARD IN THE ALBUM
We want to get various demons to appear on the song. One at the time or appearing together. It’s hard to say how many will end up on the album, from 3 to 300. Please, understand that your parts can and most likely will be edited in one way or another to fit the overall track. It can be mixedin the very front or buried as part of a huge backing monster ambience. Have open mind, just do your thing and submit it!
Your sounds can be any length between 1 to 20 seconds. Please, no longer than 20 second recordings.

WE PAY YOU NO MONEY – ONLY HONOUR!
You will not receive any prices, royalties or payments at any point. If your sound is being used on the final track you will be properly credited on CD version of the album as well as on Mr. Fastfinger’s website. All submitters will receive a free download of the final track in mp3 once it’s being published along the album.

Looking forward hearing your contributions. Don’t take this too seriously. Have fun. Scare us with your guitar. Thank you already for helping out!
If you got any questions please ask them here in the comments.

E-MAIL US
E-mail to fastfingerup(at)gmail.com

Copy the rest of this instruction to your e-mail and fill-in all the requested info. Please, copy also the legal agreement to the bottom of the the e-mail.

(Please, write your name as the topic of the e-mail)

1. You full name:
2. Give a name to your creature or a title to your work:
2. Short explanation how you created the sound on the guitar:
3. Guitar / recording Gear you used:
4. Attach the mp3 file (give the mp3 your name, otherwise we cannot give you credits for the use of it)
5. If you want you can attach a making of image of yourself performing the sound. Or just an image of the gear. Please, keep the image file size small.max. 1MB. Jpg format would be the best.

LEGAL AGREEMENT
By sending the files (music/sound effect mp3, images and all information) I’m giving Elektrik Pyjamas unlimited rights to use my submitted work in any commercial or non-commercial publication in any format. I agree that what I’m sending was created by me and I hold all the rights to it. By submitting my entry I agree and warrant that it is my own performance I’m uploading and it does not contain “samples” of any third party’s content.
I also give Elektrik Pyjamas all rights to edit and manipulate my submitted work. Deadline for sending your recording is 11th of july 2011.


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Daemons & Ghouls w/Bass&Drums

We got bass! We got drums!
Thought it would be time to update info about this song. Sharing some ideas on Bass and Drum recording with you.

Compare these two version of the song with the demo bass and drums and final versions. Oh and atleast some of the guitars seem to be re-recorded as well!

Daemons & Ghouls – February 2011 demobassdrums

Daemons & Ghouls – June 2011 Bass & Drums

This is still a rough mix from the recording phase. Drum mix is basically just triggered sample to the kick and perhaps slight high boost on snare EQ. then balancing all the drum and room mics. We’ll get most out of the tracks during the actual mix.

THE BASS
Last month we did several days of Bass session with Lasse. This was one of the songs we worked on. My original Bass synth lines dictated the lines quite a lot, but indeed Lasse came up with a good load of new ideas and definetly brought the song to the next level. When you compare the original demo synth and Lasse’s enormous bass it’s like comparing fart and thunder :)

In this song (and on many other ones aswell) I wanted some fuzzy tones with the bass. More edge and buzz to the tone. But using Fuzz or any such pedals they many times weaken the low end of bass. So when recording bass I always record two lines. One is direct from the bass unaltered and second one with the effects.
This way you can do freely crazy stuff with pedals with out worries, because you always have the clean version there anyways.
When starting to mix bass I usually have three bass tracks.
1. AMP. First track is clean bass line going into IK Multimedia’ss Ampeg plug-in. I’m using bass amp simulation here. I don’t like to use amp simulations with the guitar but with bass I’m not so picky. Ampeg plug is has many amps/cabinets to choose from and you can easily choose the one that suits the song best. With this amp tone track I cut low frequencies out (from around 100 Hz) because…
2. LOW END. Second track is (doublicated) clean bass line. But this time with only low end. All frequencies abobe 100 Hz is cut out. No amp simulations or whatsoever. You can get the most solid low end for bass when it doesn’t have any effects or amps involved. Also when you have the low end on a separate track it’s easier to adjust the low end volume of bass.
3. THE FX. Third track is the FX channel that was recorded during the sessions. Here I might have some serious Fuzz or chorus. When you have it on a separate track it’s easy to balance it with the overall bass tone.

THE DRUMS
The song was composed on top of Thomas’ demo drum tracks. The improvised drumparts were heavily edited. When the drums session was approaching I gave Thomas the demo of the song and he had time to checkit out and learn it in peace at home. Learn his own stuff that I had put together. So when we got to the studio he basically just banged the drums in.
The overall drums sessio was very quick to do this time. Previous time we did some time taking experiments with all the mics and everything. This time we just took the same mics and placed them there. Checked the mic levels and did few mic position tweaks and that was it. Thomas had different drum set this time so everything sounded a bit different. Actually much better than on the first session. I’ve finally realized the importance of room mics. Room mics are really the ones that can make the drums sound big and that’s where the power is.

This time we had to room mics for the stereo image. And also one Neumann in front of the Bass drum to capture whole kit in mono. This Neumann track is highly important and give’s a lot of power to the overall sound. Even if I use sample for the kick these room mics give the kick a little bit variation and makes it more alive.
FInally you can notice there’s a huge difference with drums that have been looped and edited together with the drums that have actually been played to the song.

WHAT THEN?

The thing that is still open is the middlepart. I’m sure there will be some soloing but something else aswell I’m hearing. I will need your help with this. Will get back to this in a couple of days and let you know more. Hatchaaa!


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