About Bing Satellites
Bing Satellites is known in real life as Brin. That's me!
I make lots and lots of mostly ambient music under the name Bing Satellites,
most of which is available as free/name-your-price downloads.
I am currently working on various projects with Daniel Land - contributing to his next album, playing keyboards in his new band and making strange ambient sounds onbaritone guitar in the live version of riverrun.
I have been experimenting with music for as long as I can remember. I become a fan of Brian Eno as a teenager and that had a profound effect on me.
I had been in bands in my teens and early 20s but was never particularly happy.
In the early 2000s, computers had evolved enough to make it possible for one person to make music relatively easily.
With some software and the loan of a sequencer and synth from my brother, Bing Satellites began.
The name came from the start of a song of mine (entitled 'Bing Satellites') which started with bleepy noises which sounded to me like satellite signals. Not a ping, it was softer, more like a bing.
I thought the name was good - enough space and enough silliness to keep me happy.
Here's the thing though, if I had googled the two words first, I would have found that there were Chinese military satellites called Jian Bing already orbitting the Earth - Bing Satellites already existed!
Feel free to share my music with your family and friends, on your website or non-commercial radio station.
If you wish to use my music for commercial purposes, please contact me.
My studio - Mission Control or something
Recently, a number of people have asked about my studio set-up.
Personally, I don't feel this is giving any trade secrets away.
Plenty of musicians have similar set-ups but produce very different music.
The main emphasis on my set-up, and the reason I can produce a lot of music,
is ease of use -
having a wide range of instruments and sounds to hand
and being able to use them and manipulate them easily.
Most of my music is improvised and recorded live, so this is vital.
Although it is easy to use, it is complicated to describe.
So, if you're sitting comfortably...
First of all, the name.
Some of you may have noticed on the liner notes of a few releases that I my studio is called MCos. Well, if I'm going to go by a silly space related name, then surely my studio should too. MCos is short for Mission Control or something.
The centre of the studio is the laptop.
Many sounds come from within Propellerhead Reason.
It is fairly easy to use and has a wide range of sounds that can be played, programmed and edited in real time. There are add-on 'Refill' packs specifically for Reason but I have found almost all the sounds I need provided within Reason itself.
I play instruments in Reason with the M Audio Oxygen 61 midi keyboard.
I also use 'real' instruments.
I have a microphone ready for voice, flute, clarinet, acoustic guitar or anything else that comes to hand (anything that makes a noise).
There is a selection of guitars and basses in various tunings, with various numbers, some with and some without frets which can go through my ever-changing pedalboard or VST effects in Ableton.
I have various hardware synths and sound sources:
Novation Bass Station Rack, Novation KS Rack, Korg TR Rack, EMU Proteus 2000 (with 32 available channels!), Waldorf Blofeld, Korg Monotron Delay, Yamaha CS1x, Novation K Station (I do like Novation stuff for all the knobs and sliders which mean you can change sounds on the fly), Roland SH-32 (a wonderful, under-appreciated pseudo-analogue synth, Yamaha RM1x (mainly used as a sound source) and an Alesis DM10 Studio Kit (an electronic drum kit and a great drum sound source and MIDI interface).
Due to the number of synths, the hardware goes into a convoluted system of three mixers, which in turn, alonmg with all the sounds from Reason, go into Ableton Live.
I use various VST plugins but the main one is an old and free looping VST called Angstrolooper. It makes it possible for me to make some much live improvised music. If looping is your thing, and if you can still find it (the original website is long gone), you should try it.
The room that is my studio is small - cosy but nor cramped. It gets light all day, from sunrise to sunset. In fact, considering I live near the centre of Manchester, I get a fantastic view of the sunset almost all year (around midsummer the actual sunset is obscurred by nearby buildings). I live right next to a busy road and a motorway, but this room gets the least noise of any in my flat. And there are trees all around (less than there used to be but still nice). I'm very lucky to have such a nice space to create music.