Sometimes you just need a PAL. Whether you’ve had a hard day at work, a recent breakup, or just got really bummed out from watching too much Mad Men, nothing feels better than taking time to just sit down, relax, and share some much-needed time with the crazy mini-synth created by Neon Indian in conjunction with Bleep Labs. Sure — human friends are nice and all, but will they help you create the sort of mindblowing drone/synth/bloop-blip-bloppy-soundin’ track that will win Alan Palomo’s heart and be forever preserved in the magical grooves of a limited 7-inch vinyl-only release on his own Static Tongues label? In short, no. Human friends cannot. Only PAL 198X can help you make this sort of musical magic; or at least, only proud owners of the PAL 198X are eligible.
Here’s the deal, see: Palomo, the man behind Neon Indian, wants you to show him whatcha workin’ with. Fire up your PAL 198Xs, ladies and gents, and create some “music (or non-music),” as Palomo puts it. And, like it did in kindergarten, creativity counts on this one. Make a video of you foolin’ around with your PAL, and submit that along with your track — PALOMO WANTS TO SEE IT ALL. Rules: there are no rules. Okay, okay, there is ONE. You gotta take a photo of your PAL with your production handle and the name of your track written next to it to prove ownership, then add the video and photo as the artwork for said track on the contest’s SoundCloud upload page.
If you’re kicking yourself for not already owning one of these hot little numbers, never fear, for Bleep Labs is releasing a limited run of these thangs for the low, low price of 15 American dollars. They’ve also got a new ribbon controller add-on for you. (You know what that means. I do not.) Your deadline, should you choose to accept it, is July 20. Mr. Neon Indian himself will pick the winner during the first week in August. The winner’s track will make up the B-side of the aforementioned Static Tongues 7-inch, where it will be intertwined with Palomo’s own contribution in “a series of drone and percussive lock grooves generated by the PAL as open source sample material for producers and enthusiasts alike.”
08.04.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
[Photo: Dr. Bleep]