Xfer Nerve


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxbx-fvvsGI

There are similar products to Xfer’s Nerve yet I am still interested. Mac/PC VST/AU. $199. What do you think? Is there something unique to Nerve that should be mentioned?

“Nerve is a software drum machine which brings powerful beat creation and manipulation to your Host Sequencer. Nerve runs as a VSTi or AudioUnit plugin. Nerve was designed and coded by veteran dance music producers, with a diverse sample library included from many of todays top sound designers. Create your own beats entirely from scratch using sounds you already have (AIF/WAV/REX/RX2/AKAI .SND), or utilize the factory-included Drum Kits, Presets, Patterns, and Sounds.” – xferrecords.com

For more info: xferrecords.com

The RPM Challenge

For years I’ve been thinking how great it would be to write a song a day or something along those lines. I write a lot of music but it’s in bursts and most of it I would never release. The RPM Challenge is an online get together where you basically record an album in a month. I just came across this and the 2010 challenge is almost over so why blog it? I really enjoyed checking out the site. Somehow it feels like a small music town get together. I also like listening to songs recorded quickly. The less contrived the music is usually the better.

“This is The Challenge – Record an album in 28 days, just because you can. That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. Go ahead… put it to tape. Don’t wait for inspiration – taking action puts you in a position to get inspired. You’ll stumble across ideas you would have never come up with otherwise, and maybe only because you were trying to meet a day’s quota of (song)writing. Show up and get something done, and invest in yourself and each other. Anyone can come up with an excuse to say “no,” so don’t!” – rpmchallenge.com

For more info: rpmchallenge.com

inkQuencer

inkQuencer from Sebastian Thielke on Vimeo.

Geeky and cool.

“InkQuencer is a step-sequencer that plays music based on camera input. People can draw patterns on paper and then play back the pattern by holding the drawing in front of the camera. The program receives the images from the camera and draws a saled down, 32 by 30 pixel isometric version. On each beat from the metronome, the scrubber runs through a new column of pixels and plays a sound if the pixel is black.” – Sebastian Thielke

For more info: Sebastian Thielke

How to set up a SoundCloud remix contest

Why pay some smug superstar DJ 5k to remix your track when you can crowd source something better for free? SoundCloud posted a super detailed explaination on how to do it using their pretty service. Sometimes I post things on Wire to the Ear solely so I can remember, find and use the info later… this is one of those posts.

“Your remix group will be where people submit their finished remixes. It’s quick, free and easy to create a group: add a logo, background info and let people know if you want the submissions to be downloadable or not.” – SoundCloud.com

To check out the full instructions click here: 5+1 Easy Steps To Set Up Your Remix Competition With SoundCloud

I’m on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/thingstocome

Front 242 at the RedBull Music Academy

I once also owned every single Front 242 record. I wish they still made song structured songs with Jean Luc DeMeyer on lead vocals. Even still, I am glad for the amazing albums they gave us such as Official Version and Front by Front. I saw them perform at the Palidium in the late 80s. It was awesome.

“Belgian industrial group Front 242 were at the crest of the Electronic Body Music wave, carrying the baton from groups like Throbbing Gristle and Caberet Voltaire, combining their post-punk aesthetic with strong backbeats, slices, samples, and ominous vocals. Their raw sound is married with strong militaristic imagery, chopped-up scenes from television, and even evangelical leanings.” – redbullmusicacademy.com

For more info: front242.com

Kohler VibrAcoustic

Want a crazy underwater vibrating musical experience in your home? My mother works at Best Plumbing as a mega sales person for Kohler and showed me the new VibrAcoustic. I don’t have to tell you it’s over 10k right? Personally as a musician I like my baths totally silent.

“Four original compositions blend sound vibrations and music to encourage your breath and heart rate to synchronize with a slower rhythm. Your body and mind are led to an oasis of calm repose.” – www.us.kohler.com

For more info: www.us.kohler.com

Alan Wilder joins Depeche Mode on Stage!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miFFZe0X7_w

Depeche Mode has long been one of my most loved bands. If you didn’t already know I won a contest and went on tour with DM which ended up as the movie Depeche Mode 101. You can see me in it as a young mohawked 17 year old. I personally feel there best work was when Alan Wilder was in the band so it was so very nice to see he took the stage this yesterday with his old mates.

Former Depeche Mode keyboardist Alan Wilder appeared on stage with the British synth pop band for the first time in 16 years…. Wilder appeared with the band during the encore to help perform “Somebody,” which appears on 1984’s Some Great Reward. “Dave contacted me a few weeks back and asked if I’d be willing to join them on-stage,” Wilder wrote on his website on Thursday (Feb. 18). “He assured me that everyone in the band was into the idea. I was very happy to accept, especially as it was all in a good cause and we were long overdue some kind of reunion of this sort. “It was great to see everyone again and catch up a bit, and it was also the first time I have actually ‘seen’ Depeche Mode perform!” – chartattack.com

via Maurice Roy

Electric Independence: Gavin Russom

Like myself Gavin returned from Berlin back to the states. Hip Hop, psychedelic music to homebrew analog synths it’s always good to peak into other’s likes and studios!

“Gavin Russom is a wizard, and not just because his long red flowing mane is reminiscent of a medieval alchemist or because he was once a stage magician. The composer and former engineer for dance label DFA (where he earned the “Wizard” moniker) has been making and unmaking synths since a young age. Gavin thinks of the analog machines as works of art in their own right, blending the aural, visual, and the sculptural.” – motherboard.tv

For more info: myspace.com/gavinrussom

Thereminator

If you can’t afford a pretty Moog Etherwave Plus ($519) and you still want to sound like Portishead (I know it wasn’t a real Theramin) maybe Thereminator (iTunes link) for the iPhone will do the trick for you. It’s $3 and has over 200 five star ratings.

“The theremin, originally known as the aetherphone / etherophone or termenvox / thereminvox is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.” – Wikipedia.org

For more info: yonac.com

Buy Vince Clarke’s House

Well here’s your chance to own the old house of legendary synthesizer man Vince Clarke. Live in the house that housed the man behind early Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure. It’s yours for 1,995,000 GBP.

“Clarke decided he couldn’t walk away from love, so he moved to Maine, got married and started a new life.” – Synthtopia

See the official real estate listing: bartonwyatt.com

via Synthtopia