Japanese fusion “underground music unit” Human Boot Project have a clever take on the music video, one that – well, let’s face it, probably appeals only to music production nerds like us.

Using the free/open source software Gawker (Mac-only screen capture, not to be confused with thegossip blog), they take an extended timelapse of their production session in Apple Logic, as arrangements and various plug-ins flash by. You get to see the track, “Xen,” assembled before your eyes.

I’ll let you play “spot the plug-in” first, then have a look after the jump for what they used.

Artist Masashi tells CDM the toolkit:

Native Instruments Battery 3
RNDigital Inspector XL
Audio Damage DubStation
Smart Electronix LiveCut
Logic Plugin (Amp Designer, Space Designer, EXS24, ES2, etc.)

Human Boot Project have a new album “Don’t Forget the Sheep”.
The album will be available at most major online stores.
here is link of album sample.


Human Boot Project New Album “Don’t Forget the Sheep”
1. Super Bathroom (4:17)
2. Yuri (3:36)
3. Dying Forest (4:09)
4. Xan (3:18)
5. Ember (4:03)
6. Sneaking Sheep (3:52)
7. Dawn (3:01)
8. Decoy (3:31)
9. Flatline (3:25)
10. U (2:42)

Human Boot Project
Red Robot Records

?Human Boot Project?
HumanBootProject are a Japanese underground music unit.This is a genre breaker fusing Jazz with Rock and Drum and Bass and one to get the synapses twinging. (Red Robot Records)

Fun fact: this is what Richard Devine looks like in real time. Honest. Or me, if I get enough coffee.

  • We have some time-lapse screencasts posted for the ironchefofmusic competition. The videos are usually pre-pended with the source sample, then the submission is played after. Most sumbissions are using renoise, ableton, or fruityloops. There is even some max/msp, and plenty of vsts popping in and out of existence. ~ http://vimeo.com/tag:ironchefofmusic

  • @protman: Wow, fantastic.

    Okay, obviously time for a round-up, so anyone else who's done this, chime in…

  • Jeff kausler

    I wonder how many hours were put into the whole time lapse.

    was his visit to youtube and itunes part of the production process of just a break for him ?

  • Programming good jazz/dnb drum tracks is just for some. Maybe they should record a live drummer, it would sound a lot better. And the drum sounds sound too “sampler”. Maybe editing real drum loops throws better results. It’s a good track nontheless, nice atmo. I would elimintate the guitar, and just keep it synth and drums. This is all just my opinion and sorry if it sounds rude or anything, I just felt the need to comment about the music itself.

  • Nice to see Livecut being used. In internet terms it is an almost ancient plugin. Still great fun though.

  • tyler

    i agree about livecut… makes me want to start using it more…

  • Livecut's pretty rad, I do agree. That Effectrix thing seems pretty slick too. Definitely gonna look into picking that one up. Reminds me of dBlue's utterly amazing glitch vst

  • humble humboldt

    @protman: that seems like a fantastic competition (or much rather exhibition, because one thing I like is the rather not so competitive nature of the whole spiel).
    I like it how it encourages people to communicate and learn/teach.

  • @Jeff: Yeah, I was waiting to see the X-Games/Visualizer/Fetus Cam video mix at the end. Maybe there's a sequel.

  • I especially like the unedited realism of the goof off stuff in the middle. Yeah that's pretty much exactly how it goes down.

  • I really enjoyed how they have the habit of moving the plugin windows after clicking them open, it makes it look like they are animating around the screen after appearing. Great Video!

  • zyn

    i like that he takes a little break and watches a massive attack vid, always time for that when producing

  • zyn

    it may very well have been part of the process, that teardrop song does have some great and somewhat similar piano work, he could have been referencing (a crucial step!)

  • spooky

    Cool idea for a video. Too bad the music is so monotonous… had to turn it off half way through cause it just sounds like a record skipping

  • Wow, cool video. Not a bad track either!
    I've never heard of the Gawker plugin. I always thought that Mac people use ScreenFlow for any screen capture duty!


    I agree with spooky… the track needs some edits and a switch.

    nice one for posting it.


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