Elevator Death Trap has been posted to SoundCloud! Check it out here:
Sometimes innovation springs out of abusing and misusing existing genius. Musical instruments have been invented and honed throughout history. Below are some examples of people taking those instruments and coming up with new and creative ways to use and abuse them. The results are genius.
Who knew a Ukulele could do this?
If you’ve never seen Greg Pattillo, don’t stop with the video below – watch his others they’re all amazing
This song (and probably this video as well) has been played into the ground, but it is still amazing – Five people on one guitar
And similarly – Five people on one piano
From the first moment of this documentary, you are hooked. Like so many others – I LOVE synthesizers. And here is the father of the synthesizer. Robert Moog discusses the origins of the synthesizer, tells great stories along the way and uncovers the original reactions to such ‘unnatural’ instruments as synthesizers. It is amazingly fascinating to hear Moog talk about the origins of the standard envelope we all know and use, as well as watching the assembling of truly gorgeous analogue synthesizers.
A link to Shane’s official website just came through my feeds. Being a lover of The Pogues I had to check it out. When I landed on that page I got sucked into his Bio page. This fascinating read was written by his brother, offering not Shane’s take on himself – but his brother recollecting their youth and watching his brother rise into stardom. You won’t be able to ‘put this bio donw’.
I have recently finished a piece with my good friend Kevin Musto. It is a beast of an experimental/ambient song that combines melancholy guitar work and layered textures of vocal samples and horror clips. I posted it online considering it good for an initial pass.
I also wanted to post it as a soundtrack piece, so all the vocal clips and sound effects that are above and beyond the ‘musical’ elements had to be removed. I went in and took a hacksaw to the track, indiscriminately wiping out any sound effect, vocal piece or anything else that might be distracting in a sound score. After doing this I gave it a listen. To my surprise it sounded full and every bit as engaging as it did before.
It seems my assumption that the vocals and sounds were necessary to instill the idea of fear and darkness was wrong.
Have a listen to the two versions back to back and let me know what your thoughts are!
Full Song (with vocals and fx):
Mute Mix (no vocals etc):
I’m pretty sure this list will get me in trouble. The sounds and examples below aren’t necessarily bad – in fact, quite the opposite. These sounds and techniques are amazing, that’s why EVERYONE is ALWAYS using them. – But that’s the problem. These sounds get used SO much that they become tired and in some cases obnoxious when you hear them.
Created by Novation, the Launchpad is described as a ‘music controller’. It works with Ableton software to trigger sounds and loops and tweak the sounds or add effects to them. The goal is to allow the musician to create or customize music in real time. Instead of simply letting a sequence play, or mixing – an electronic musician or DJ can make music live. Below are some of the amazing things being done with the Launchpad:
M4sonic – Virus
Willy Saul – Mashup (Complextro)
Square Bizness Megamix (Complextro House Part 2)
3D is cool and all. I’ve seen some pretty cool 3D effects in movies – from environmentalist super smurfs to crazy snowflakes on the North Pole. And while I’m not terribly overwhelmed by the idea of 3D, a live show where objects are floating around in the concert hall, theater, stadium, etc could be kinda cool. Primus is toying with such an idea. It is a concept that was hatched by Michael Jackson… way back when, and now armed with improved technology Primus is having a go at it.
Check out the Fuse TV story on it:
This post is an ode to the STILL magical Theremin!
Radio Head – hummin’ the words:
Gnarls Barkley – like muted trumpet / vocals / kazoo – brilliant:
A cover of Ben:
…And some culture:
…And some more culture:
I woke up this morning and scanned through the FB feed and came across the link below shared by DJ Dab and the always amazing CEvin Key. It is a clip of a film about modular synthesis. While I personally am the polar opposite of the musicians in the video (my studio is 100% virtual) I’ve had a few synths in the past and definitely share their awe for the technology.
After watching this video I’ve decided I need to start filling my ‘studio’ with modular synths. The idea of being able to ‘build’ your own synth, not being frustrated that the amazing VST synth you are working with is lacking key components you need, rather constructing for yourself that amazing VST synth is really cool.
With that, my hunt begins…
Check out the video here.