Juha Keranen 12


Finland   Feb 2011


Artist Bio

Influences:   Absinth3, Algorithm, Arcade High, Bourgeoisie, Bruan El, Carpenter Brut, Compilerbau, D/A/D, Dance With the Dead, Danger, Daniel Deluxe, Dynatron, Freeweights, Gost, Gunship, Isidor, Jan Hammer, John Carpenter, Jordan F, Kavinsky, Lazerhawk, Le Matos, Lost Years, Magic Sword, Maxthor, Megadrive, Meteor, Miami Nights 1984, Mitch Murder, Muscle, Nightcrawler, Nightstop, OGRE Sound, Perturbator, Power Glove, Red Marker, Remi Gallego, Scandroid, Silent Gloves, Sinoia Caves, Tesla Boy, Tokyo Rose, Vangelis, VHS Glitch, Volkor X, Waveshaper

Cover picture:

Contrary to my usual workflow, I'm working on all my songs simultaenously this year. That means I won't be uploading anything until... 15th of February. Then it's one song per day. πŸ˜€ In the meanwhile, here a picture of my "studio":

I watched a bunch of videos about how to get that 80s Carpenter/Vangelis sound and make Synthwave in general. I'm starting to get hyped. I think I'm going to compose the music in the first day or two and then just spend the rest of the time mixing and tweaking the sounds. It's going to be great!

I don't know what's going on. Every other day I'm thinking I shouldn't do FAWM and then I feel like I should. I've got a game project, but I guess I could put it on hiatus for February. But then the music must be super awesome. Can I do it?

One month before the 2018 extravaganza starts. I'm going to try and spend my time to improve my synthwave skills. Should be good.

You can still find all my songs on my YouTube channel:

Here's a list of the gear I'll be using:
PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar, Yamaha RBX-170 Electric Bass, Nektar Impact GX61 USB Keyboard, PRS SE Angelus Acoustic Guitar, and T.Bone SCT700 Studio Tube Microphone.

The most important software and VST:
Reaper 4, Mono/Fury, SQ8L, Dexed, Synth1, TAL U-NO 62, IK AmpliTube 4, XLN Addictive Drums, XLN Addictive Keys, Garritan Personal Orchestra 4, VoS epicVerb, Synapse Dune, vladg/sound Limiter β„–6.


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  • @rustyp 10 hours

    Hi, I've checked out a couple of your tunes and I like the vibe with a strong electronic dance beat in a few of them.
    I'm writing a song, lyric and melody, that could use a strong dance track.
    Would you be interested in collaborating on it? I don't know enough about how to create a good electronic dance track. πŸ˜€
    If not, no big deal, just thought I'd ask. πŸ˜€

  • @riverbear14 11 hours

    Thank you!!

  • @mmmmarcus  13 hours

    Thank you so much for the warm words on "Devil Take That Woman"! I'm glad you enjoyed the hybrid genre approach (yes, I do love power metal too!). And thanks again for posting about it in the recommended thread!

  • @kaylagonzalez120 15 hours

    Thank you for your comment on Tainted! I was so nervous about posting only lyrics, but I’ve been stumped on writing music. Especially those lyrics.

  • @ihelen 15 hours

    Flutes! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for listening and commenting on "Love Your Pet." Yes, doggies are very cute and make everything better!

  • @aneil 1 day

    Thx for comment on First Try. Will muddle through the structure as I find a tune. Wow only 4 more for a 14 score

  • @cnidaria  1 day

    Thanks for commenting on Avalon's Hinkypunk. I'm glad you listened, since it was your encouragement on my D20 song that made me want to do another solo!

  • @blackrose1313 1 day

    Thanks for the feedback!

  • @benjo  1 day

    hey thank you

    for your thoughts on my lyric, the dark burns
    it is so sad that these things happen
    take care


  • @mojosarmy 1 day

    Envious of your little studio! Mine is not near as practical...

  • @zecoop  1 day

    I definitely want to go back and bring my wife. I'll let you know if I do. πŸ˜€
    (and July sounds like my kind of weather)

  • @sbs2018 1 day

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment on β€œPalm Fever.” You made my day!

  • @zecoop  1 day

    It was October when I came, but it was pretty nice. I'm not at all a fan of the cold (he says, as he lives in a state where snow piles up from off Lake Michigan). I would have LOVED to get up North, but darn work kept us really busy. Luckily I convinced everyone to go a day early, which was how we got to take the Estonia trip. Other than that it was just walking to dinner and minor exploration. I also got to see The Cure open up their European tour at Hartwell Arena, the last night I was there, which was awesome. πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  1 day

    Thank you for the super nice comment on the funk we made. My work firewall won't let me play your songs here, but I need to check out more at home. Liked what I heard so far. I also forgot you were in Finland - I loved visiting (for work) in 2016. Helsinki for a week and a day trip to Estonia - loved everything about that trip. πŸ˜€

  • @oblivionratula  1 week

    I got pulled in by a demo of Serum, then it came up on sale at some point so even though still a little spendy, I had to jump on it. Very versatile - my go-to VST synth. And thanks for the comments on the Train Station Soundscape. I very much appreciate that it's a difficult style to comment on.

  • @ayehahmur  1 week

    Hey, sir, thanks for commenting on that bit of silliness. It really is pretty Adamsy, isn't it? Must be subliminal.

    As for moar... we'll see how the rest of FAWM goes but I might well come back to the D20...

  • @cnidaria  1 week

    Listening to Lover's End right now. It's both poppy and proggy as hell, both high compliments in my book. Particularly enjoying all the synth patches that sound like they are straight off a Yes album.

  • @mikeskliar  2 weeks

    no worries, I'll have to listen on my phone or something-- and yeah, its been pointed out about the firefox not playing from the embedded player, but apparently there's nothing the powers that be can do about it, so I'm told...

  • @alyxanderjames  2 weeks

    Hey, thanks for adding Stories in Sap to the Recommended Songs thread! Glad you enjoyed it. πŸ˜€

  • @nuj4x 2 weeks

    Thanks for adding Dab to the recommended thread man! That was super cool of you and I really appreciate it 😁

  • @mikegtz  3 weeks

    Juha, welcome back. Did you see where Dire Straits is being inducted this year into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I'll be checking in regularly.

  • @klaus 3 weeks


  • @tcelliott  3 weeks

    No new guitar yet, but I'll be looking in the future.

    No big plans for FAWM other than to write some songs. It'll be as much a surprise to me as the rest of everybody.

  • @tcelliott  3 weeks

    Heya, Ianuarius. Good to see you about.

  • @arthurrossi 3 weeks

    Hey! Welcome back to another magic February! Have a great time!

  • @headfirstonly  4 weeks

    My pleasure, sir. And I am very much looking forwards to hearing what you come up with this year!

  • @candle 5 weeks

    Happy FAWM Juha! I'm diving into your Guitar Techniques doc. I'm looking forward to your music this year.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @writeandwrong  5 weeks

    Hey, Juha! Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Always a treat to listen to your work, very creative!

  • @headfirstonly  6 weeks

    Hi Juha! As promised, there's a commented version of your techniques doc here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tgx3cf2pucy...