Wednesday, October 31, 2007
To carry on with the Halloween theme... you can find a lot of craptastic spoooooky samples HERE. There's the typcial creaky door, evil laugh, moans, groans and female screeeeaaaams!!!
If you're not into Halloween cheese you can find much better horror and scary/eerie themed free samples over at the Freesound Project. Thunderstorms, ambiences, soundscapes with name like tension and taut. Very good stuff.
Ok one last Halloween theme and that's it for this year. Screaming Lord Sutch singing Jack the Ripper recorded by Joe Meek one of the first sound engineers to use the studio as a musical instrument.
Screaming Lord Sutch - Jack the Ripper
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
sent my way thanks to 'Noise Hacker'
Scanner UK artist Robin Rimbaud has been making experimental electronic music for the last 15 years. The name Scanner comes from his use of a radio wave scanner as one of his main instruments. The scanner picks-up mobile phone conversations, police/airport/hospital communications which which manipulates and mixes with his music live. He also uses recordings of electronic sounds particular to an area, such as the walk now signal/police siren, to make a sonic map of specific locations.
I remember an article in The Wire where Stockhausen was given music from a few contemporary electronic producers and asked what he thought of them. If I remember rightly he was fairly disparaging of Aphex Twins and Autcheres music saying it was repetitive music to be played in discotechques. He was more positive about Scanners music saying it was very experimental and used sounds that were not typical to music.
sent to me by 'Noise Hacker'
you can watch a short film HERE.
sent to my by 'Noise Hacker'
Ray Sweeten uses oscilloscopes in a real-time performance setting to maximum effect. Pulsating figure-of-eight glyphs freak-out to the harsh drone of a scuzzy saw tooth wave in the intense 'Altercations'. Just turn off the lights, go full screen and enjoy the weirdness :)
http://www.raysweeten.com - thanks to jk-20 on the analogue heaven forum
All I can say is WOW it's like 2001 in monochrome :)
Partch studied tuning in London, where he found that he was able to magically split the octave into 43 parts whereas composers of lesser stature could only muster 12. Using these powers, his baton, and instruments he himself created, Partch works tirelessly to defeat the evil Lord Equaltemperamort, when he's not getting into mischief with his pals and sneaking out to satisfy his Jelly Belly cravings." - uncyclopedia.org
Seraph over on the electro-musician forum found this little treat. For those that might not know Harry Partch is an experimental American composer and instrument designer. You can watch a BBC documentary on him HERE.
Monday, October 29, 2007
It's a haunting mix of ambience, electro-acoustic, experimental music and in some tracks spoken word. Stefan calls it "Dramatically structured digital-acoustics" . As far as I can make out Stefan made some or most of this music for various theater pieces.
" Currently, you can catch me live with the THE DANCE INC. at these places:
07.Nov.2007 Knust + CLIENT Hamburg
08.Nov.2007 Columbia Club + CLIENT Berlin
09.Nov.2007 Römer Bremen
10.Nov.2007 Centrum + CLIENT Erfurt
11.Nov.2007 Yard Club / Kantine + CLIENT Köln
12.Nov.2007 Ampere + CLIENT München
13.Nov.2007 Chelsea Wien
15.Nov.2007 Conne Island + SAALSCHUTZ Leipzig
16.Nov.2007 Zum TeufelHeidelberg
17.Nov.2007 Mariaberg Rorschach (CH)"
Sent my way thanks to Stefan Paul Goetsch.
Part 2 (Resonance and Noise games)
The Steelphon is an Italian analogue synth made around 1973. You can find out more about all the Itialian synths at Vintage Synths Made In Italy.
thanks to aemmezero
I must admit this looks very simple and easy to achieve. 1 laptop, 1 multi-out soundcard, 1 multi-in MIDI card, 8 small MIDI controllers, 8 speakers, lots of cables... I think I have most of that... hmmmm :)
BBC Report of the actual raid.
Oink Hostingprovider loses 30,000 euro's
My own personal view is that this is a pointless battle between these collection agencies and the public. I and many like me refuse to pay for music on a per unit basis. It is just not going to happen ever again. I will always have a choice not to pay per unit and I will always take that option. There needs to be a "Feels Like Free" option whether it based on subscription, advertising, promotion.... I don't care but I will not pay per unit.
To qualify my refusal to pay for mp3's let me first explain my experience of downloading mp3's. A couple of years ago I used Napster, Edonkey, AudioGalaxy and all the other mp3 downloading services. During that time I also amassed a pretty large collection of vynil and CD's. I used the Internet services almost like a library to shift through thousands of mp3's to find out what I liked in music and then I ordered it online. Then I got broadband and it started to become a little ridiculous.
I downloaded thousands of albums. I shared hardrives with friends and got thousands more. Unlike when I used the mp3 downloading sites as a library I now just had thousands of mp3 albums and almost no personal involvement with them. I'd say I listened to maybe less than 1% of what I collected. I eventually got to the point where I just stopped downloading. I didn't want all of these mp3's taking up room on my harddrive. Instead now I use either Last.FM a free internet radio service or I download mixes from the producers of these tracks from places like Rinse.FM. I also started going to artists myspace profiles to listen to mp3's. I never download music now and neither do I break any laws ( that I know of). This method ensures I actually listen to the music I download and also that I have to actively participate in music rather than just download what ever takes my fancy.
The market has changed radically. There is now a global shop in everyones laptop but the music industry is trying desperately to hold onto a means of distribution more than 80 years old. Other industries have died out, weakened or adapted in the face of technological advance but when it comes to the music industry they hire teams of lawyers to try and retard the progress of technology. I went onto Mininova this morning and had a look at their statistics:
|Total torrents in database||533,637|
|Total torrent downloads:||2,978,477,867|
|Total number of trackers:||5,677|
|Total searches today||807,083|
Is the music industry going to take 2,978,477,867 downloaders to court. I don't think so. Oink is closed down for one week and already Pirate Bay is talking about resurrecting it with a different IP address BOiNK. It's a losing battle for the music industry and the people that are losing are musicians and music fans. A new way based on modern cultural practices needs to be invested in. Artists like Radiohead, Prince and smaller artists who use mp3's as a means of promotion understand that it is time for a change. However these are individual acts by individual musicians trying to make sense of a very confused situation.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
"In the quiet town of Nashua, New Hampshire lies the New England Synthesizer Museum. Curator Dave Wilson collects and repairs sythesizers and has worked various duties including proofreading and development for some of the world's most renowned synth makers. The museum is open to the public, contact him at www.synthmuseum.com/nesm for appointments. Synth donations are accepted."
It's a great interview with someone who has been around synths for a long time. At the end he talks about the Buchla synths and mentions my favourite of the Suzanne Ciani Logos made on the Buchla - Coca-Cola Pop and Pour... just gives me a chance to link to it.. it's very cool.
thanks to brainwashed.com
Friday, October 26, 2007
thanks to Robi over on electro-music - you can read more about the new CD/DVD package if you follow the link.
"I discovered that I had a really cute little 7cm CRT in the loft, together with several other valves of different types, and it seemed a good idea to make something decorative with them. For me, a lot of the charm of this piece resides in the unconventional layout and design, using a polished wooden box instead of the more usual metal chassis."
Not really an exciting musical video but just showing how accurate the Polyfusion's VCO's are. They have a 10 octave range and track incredibly well. At some point I patch one VCO to another to do some FM and even then, they remain totally in tune (except for when I put one VCO too low by mistake)
Try this on most analogues and it just doesn't work!
Also, they sound massive. Probably not via YouTube, but standing in front of it is quite an experience. - thanks to buchla300
That's 3 killer vintage modular video from buchla300 in one week... Make sure and check out his account for the Buchla 200 and the Arp 2500 clips - drool :)
You might remember I posted a clip about the new Korg Kaossilator... well it was put on YouTube before the official release so it was taken down pretty quickly. Here another one... It looks pretty cool more detailed than the last clip. Great live tool.
Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer.
The next innovation in the highly acclaimed line of Korg DJ tools has arrived!
The KAOSSILATOR is a new pocket sized instrument that packs Korg's world renowned synth sound along with innovative performance features into an ultra-compact unit. Anyone can instantly play musical phrases by simply tapping or sliding their finger across the KAOSSILATOR's touch pad -- no previous skills required! The KAOSSILATOR is a portable, travel friendly device that runs on batteries, so you can have fun creating music anywhere your life takes you, with seemingly endless possibilities.
thanks to rc10t3
Thursday, October 25, 2007
He lays out many of the problems associated with live laptop performance. The associated disconnection from the audience. The fact that live no longer really means live. The complexity of the music versus the ability of a single performer. The inability of the audience to really tell exactly what the performer is doing... if anything at all. The seeming inactivity of the performer. Anybody who has used a laptop live is aware of the problems.
He looks at the development of electronic performance to see exactly how we got to this situation. He also looks at some of the attempts over the year to inject live back into the performance. Worth a look HERE.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
If you like your basslines big and aggressive (which I do :)) then this tutorial should be right up your street. A tutorial on how to create 2 of the most popular bass sounds in Drum N'Bass... The Neurofunk Bass and the Reece Bass. If you don't have the Roland SH-201 pretty much any synth, hard or soft, with a bandpass filter can get these bass sounds.
Thanks very much to OldSchoolJungle for posting this tutorial.
Another one from Buchla 300 David Morley this time with the Arp 2500. As you probably know the Arp 2500 is the synth that communicated with the aliens in Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind... I've tried to communicate with the aliens on my little Doepfer but so far... squat :)
The clips kind of kicks off around the 3 minute mark.
"I was checking the ARP 2500, so decided to video whilst noodling.
Will make something better later...
AMAZING synth. Funky, fat, flexible." - buchla300
Buchla 200 analogue modular in action
The touch keyboard is working as one 16 note sequencer while the smaller 5 x 4 sequencer makes the other sequence. - thanks to buchla300 for this very sweet sequence.
You can find out a little more at David Morley.com... have a look at his studio which is very nice indeed with its VCS3 and Macbeth M5 to name a few. Also you can listen to a few clips from his albums Ghosts on his Myspace account.
Monday, October 22, 2007
The monome 256 in action. Somehow the 256 slipped by me. I knew about the 64 and 128 but not the 256. If you don't know what the Monome is maybe THIS clip will help. Basically it's a multi-purpose controller primarily used for controlling audio applications. It is more often used with specialised Max/Msp patches but you can use a program called MAPD to use it to control most sequencers like Ableton, Logic etc.
The reason you have to use a special program to control regular sequencers is because the Monome doesn't use MIDI. Instead it uses a protocol called OSC or Open Sound Control. OSC is hoped by many in academia to succeed MIDI. It's advantages are it's faster 10+mb/sec as opposed to MIDI's 31.25kb/sec (so that's about 300 times faster), it's more stable with better syncing, and most importantly it was specifically designed to communicate between between computers and synthesizers/controllers over a network. MIDI was designed for keyboard to keyboard communication - OSC is designed for networked synth, computer, controller communication. Whereas the message types in MIDI are things like note on/off, pitchbend etc... OSC has a much wider palette of possible message types.
conway's life from tehn on Vimeo.
In this clip they show conway’s game of life running in chuck (it took minutes to adapt the old 40h code, and we’re working on adapting multi-dimensional versions of our other patches). Conways game of life is an example of Cellular Automata or programs that can evolve from generation to generation. Some people are trying to use Cellular Automata to make music that evolves naturally. You can see in the clip he sets up an initial state by pressing the buttons then after about 30 seconds it's off on it own doing it's own thing. I suppose it's just an example the type of thing the Monome is able to do.
At $1'400 the Monome 256 isn't an impulse buy still some people seem very happy... like spmaspma showing off her new powered 256. Compared to the unpowered 64 it does look very sweet.
A CNET report from the Arse Elektronika sex and technology conference held in San Francisco this weekend. One of the attractions is the Moaning Lisa a pleasure mannequin wired for sound. She's packed full touch sensors, potentiometers, and light sensors that work together to detect the manual stimulation of love. Most interesting for us is that the whole thing is controlled by a Max/Msp patch. Very nice.
Also on show is an ipod vibrator. It analyses the music coming out of the ipod and vibrates in response. Apparently it "loves Gabba and hates Breakcore." :) - via cnet.
A few youtube clips of the Teisco 6F but the video quality is a bit poor so I thought I'd post a picture as well so as you could have a proper look.
"First I'd Just like to say thank you to Hugh, the guy who sold me this fantastic synth! I've been playing it scince it arrived almost non-stop!
And I'd also like to say this is the first Video of a Teisco 60f synthesizer on youtube! Horay!
Also I filmed it as the sun was setting so that in the begining you can see the synth better but by the end you can see the awesome little lights better!"
- thanks to JingleJoe
you can find out a little more about Teisco synthesizers HERE. Thats where I got the pic.
A guy controlling a piano with his brain. It looks a bit like science fiction but it's not as fancy as it looks. The EEG (sci-fi helmet) scans the brain for brainwave frequencies. The result is then feed into a computer with a generative music program or a program that makes music with rules. The user determines some of the rules.
For example there are two basic music types. One based on Eric Satie and one based on Beethoven. If the user calms down and produces brainwaves with a frequency lower than 12Hz then it's Eric Satie. Brainwave frequencies above 13Hz generate Beethoven type music. Also the user can change the tempo making the sequence play slower or faster.
originally found in: http://cmr.soc.plymouth.ac.uk/index.html
get a PDF explaining it HERE.
thanks to glermsoares
To get a taste of what the DEAF festival is about they have kindly hosted selections of audio from the last 5 years. Live shows, DJ mixes, special one-offs... worth a LISTEN.
The article is worth reading. They wined and dined him, promised him riches if he "...saved Hollywood". Then they got what they wanted and ignored him like the drunken uncle at a party. Since then he has moved on and although proud of his hack suggests he feels a little guilty about the tactics.
The picture above is the MPAA Pyramid of Internet Piracy... to me it looks like a very efficient system.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Graphite conducts electricity. Two wires brush against the surface of a paper disk as it spins. The wires are connected to a simple electronic tone generator. When a line of graphite is drawn across the disk, connecting two wires, a tone is heard. The quality of the line affects the sound. For example, if the line is thick, allowing more current to pass over it, the pitch changes to a lower tone.
You can watch a video HERE.
From a Van Halen concert in Greensboro, North Carolina. The main synth riff is coming from a digital playback device that has been set to play back at a 48K sample rate instead of the normal 44.1K. That means the main synth riff is playing back a little faster and at a key that is somewhere in between 2 semi-tones. The resulting musical chaos is the guitar player desperately and unsuccesfully trying to find the non existant fret. Haha... it sounds like a cat getting strangled.
Remember kids always ask a grown-up before changing sample rates :)
First impressions of my new SCI Pro-One
Yazoo (Upstairs At Eric's album), New Order, Soft Cell, Howard Jones, Marillion and many more
more info: www.retrosound.de
Friday, October 19, 2007
Another one from ashfordaisyak. You might remember his last one Noise-Ode to the Neptune Audio Mixer one of my favourite youtube vids.
"A late night mini-spazz on the spasmoharmodium around the harmonic series.
It is beneficial to one's harmonic awareness to observe the harmonic series at least once a week, but problematically, this magic series of notes is rarely seen or paid any heed.
The device is a homemade MIDI cracklebox which interfaces with a MaxMSP patch which creates FM tones in harmonicity's thrall. Well... I hope the colours improve things. (more) "
Thursday, October 18, 2007
For those that might not know this is a short clip from Karlheinz Stockhausens 1995 Helicopter String Quartet. I reckon this is about as techno as it gets. The instrumentation in the piece calls for:
4 helicopters with pilots
4 sound technicians
4 television transmitters,
4 x 3 sound transmitters
auditorium with 4 columns of televisions and
4 columns of loudspeakers
sound projectionist with mixing console/ moderator (ad lib.)
The duration is circa 32 minutes.
Stockhausen said the idea came to him in a dream (where else). He had been commissioned to compose a string quartet but considering he is an electronic composer and has not composed string quartets, symphonies, sonatas, piano concertos, violin concertos etc for 50 years he thought he'd do something different.
Both the violins and the helicopters are miked for sound and the result is mixed on the ground. The audience listen to the mix through the speaker stacks whilst watching on TV stacks.
Funniest for me is that the pilots had their own score and were directed to follow various patterns. I can imagine there baffled faces as violins and cello's bashed out in the back of the helicopter while they desperately tried to follow the patterns of squiggly lines on a page.
It is astounding enough that he ever got the piece performed and on January 19, 2001 Stockhausen was awarded the German Music Edition Prize in the category of "Scores of Works of the 20th century" for the score of the HELICOPTER STRING QUARTET.
Impressively techno - next gig I do I'm going try and bring 4 helicopters as well - decks, ableton, 4 helicopters and a kaoss pad :)
The clip is downloadable HERE thanks to grrgamel for posting it.
The Wilhelm Scream is probably the most famous sound effect of all time. A single scream, recorded for the 1951 film "Distant Drums," has been used in everything from The Wild Bunch (1969) to Transformer (2007). You can read more about the Wilhelm Scream including a huge list of it's various uses HERE.
If you don't like reading you can check out this short documentary on the history of the Wilhelm Scream.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
No it's an SSL studio in a shed!
"Previously limited to individuals with multi-million dollar budgets, the recording studio existed only in the dreams of many people. Now, the SSL Shed of your Dreams can be in your backyard for under $250,000. The Shed is a private place where you can realise your creative ambitions - accessible 24/7." - LINK
It does look very tasty. I recommend one if these if you are either a) loaded, b) have recently come through an acrimonous divorce or c) are having a midlife crisis and wondering whats it all about... then why not get an SSL Studio In Shed :)
sent my way via Stefan.
When Leon Theremin, the inventor of the theremin, came to America in 1927, he brought with him his assistant and business partner, Julius Goldberg. The RCA theremin you see in this video belonged to Mr. Goldberg, and he made several modifications to it over the years. He had custom "lightning bolt" antennas made for it but as you will see at the beginning of the video, I do not like using the jagged pitch antenna, and replace it with a standard RCA antenna before beginning to play. Goldberg also preferred a tone color that is closer to brass and reed instruments and altered the voltages that feed the vacuum tubes so his theremin would sound more trumpet-like than the standard RCA's. I believe he made these changes because he performed regularly in New York City in the early 30's and he may have thought the instrument had more audio/visual impact with his modifications. Up until the early 1980's this theremin remained the property of Julius Goldberg's widow who lived near Poughkeepsie, New York.
The song I am playing is HYMNE A L'AMOUR (one of French singer Edith Piaf's biggest hits) written by composer Marguerite Monnot.
thanks to copperleaves
Brush kit is available in Kontakt 2 + 3, Battery 2 + 3 format, and is taken from the larger VA Drums drum library.Sonic Couture have released a 150mb .
Get the free brush kit HERE. They also have a few other free bits that might be worth a look at.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
A tangible interface for music composition and performance.Designed and implemented in 2002/2003 while in the Media Engineering group at the University of York.
See also http://web.media.mit.edu/~enrico/research/research.php?projectTitle=Audio%20d-touch
You might remember some of the posts I've had on Musical Paper if not follow THIS link to see a few more. Although this isn't exactly musical paper I think it qualifies. It uses simple everyday objects like paper and wooden blocks and the technology isn't forced upon the user.
Manic is an 8 slot random sample player where you decide the samples, but manic decides when to play them. Samples are triggered according to their probability, on a tempo sync pattern. Also allows for randomising of volume, pitch, pan, delay, reverse and swing. You decide how much, but not when. You can loop the sequence, change sequence seed with midi keys and quantise the pitch randomising for a more melodic sequence. Works well for random glitchy percussion, instant melodic sequences of multisamples or total chaos.
There are 3 different versions of Manic to choose from:
Download full version (12.5 MB) this contains the plugin, 25 presets and 246 samples
Download lite version (1.1 MB) this contains the same plugin, but only 1 preset and 8 samples
Download mult-out version (1.3 MB) this contains a multi-out version* with all 25 presets, but no samples. You will need to download the full version if you want to hear the preset samples
You can listen to a demo HERE.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
TR-606 drum machine.
i took video + closeup pictures and did a straigth audio recording from tr-606 main out to the computer sound card with no effects + i also added the furureretro revolution(with delay);)
tr-606 and revolution sequences by
more info about tr-606 at vintagesynth.com
A cool little box! So primitive and cute! The 606 was the percussion side-kick to the TB-303. It even looks like the 303. It stores up to 32 patterns and 8 songs. The 606 allows switching between Pattern Play and Write mode while running - making the 606 the only drumcomputer in the X0X series that can be edited while performing and switching patterns. It is also possible to link up to 4 consecutive patterns in Pattern Play mode. There is only a mono audio output, however there are mods from Kenton Electronics and Analog Solutions that will add individual outputs for each drum tone.
The 606 has seven analog drum sounds which are simple, yet great! Kick, Snare, 2 toms, open hat, closed hat, cymbal, accent. The hi-hats are a very tinny electronic sound and its toms are great for soft tribal patterns. These seven sounds alone are still quite popular today, and the 606 has been used by Uberzone, Cirrus, Sneaker Pimps, Download, Aphex Twin, Astral Projection, Nine Inch Nails, Mr. Oizo, Jimi Tenor, Kid 606, OMD, Moby, Freddy Fresh, Autechre, Luke Vibert, and Union Jack.
(info extracted from vintagesynth.com)
This is a short demo of Ensoniqs Fizmo. For those that might not know the Fizmo is a bit of an odd one. It uses 2nd generation Transwave synthesis. This basically mean it has a load of wavetables and you can use a controller to move between them to gnerate your final sound. It has a definete digital sound and can generate some very complex sounds. As a synth it is very well kitted out with a plenty of oscillators, a vocoder and an arpegiattor. HERE is a little more info on the Fizmo.
Demo is thanks to RanKirlian
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Read the interview HERE.
Check out Naptha's myspace HERE.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Get more details on the improvements over on synthtopia
Have a look to see if you can become a Beta Tester for Live 7 HERE
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
"Here you can hear my Minimoog and my Moog Prodigy, which both are controlled from the little nice softwaresequencer Seq-303. The Minimoog plays an 8-note-sequence and the Prodigy an 16-note-sequence, which both are repeating at the end. The MIDI-signal comes from my windows-computer into a Doepfer MSY-1 MIDI-to-Sync-Interface, which triggers my modified Roland TR606. From the MIDI-thru of the MSY-1 the MIDI-signal runs to another Doepfer-box, the MCV4 - a MIDI-to-CV/Gate-Interface, which controlls the Moog Prodigy. From this Interface the MIDI-signal went finally into the Lintronics-MIDI-Interface, which is build inside of the Minimoog. The soundeffects you can hear are a reverb-program from my Zoom RFX1000 and a delay-program from my Alesis Quadraverb." - thanks to moogfreak
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
details on the nord wave PDF