Beatport iPhone App

Sometimes I like to sit back on the couch with my iPhone and troll through SoundCloud or Last.fm tracks. Happily now I can add Beatport to the list. The new Beatport iPhone App is free. You can find my own music on Beatport: click here

“The Beatport iPhone App lets you access Beatport’s music catalog on your iPhone. Browse, listen, and add music to your cart all while on the move. Filter through Beatport’s extensive library using: 1. Expertly selected featured releases updated weekly 2. Artist charts from the most relevant DJs and producers in the world 3. Overall and genre-specific Top 100 sales charts 4. Powerful search function. The Beatport iPhone app’s persistent preview player allows you to dive deeper into Beatport’s vast electronic music catalog without missing a beat. Simultaneously browse the app while listening to high quality audio previews.” – Beatport.com

Grab the new Beatport App: click here

Bent Festival 2010

I went to the Bent Festival a few years ago. I remember walking into The Tank and immediately playing with a typewriter that was hacked/tuned to play music. This year’s Bent Festival continues to bring New York’s live Circuit Bending concerts, installations, workshops and lectures. The festival is this weekend April 22-24, 2010 at 81 Front Street in Dumbo (Brooklyn).

“The Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending. Each year we invite artists from across the country and around the globe to perform music with their home-made or circuit bent instruments, teach workshops to adults and children alike, create beautiful art installations and to generally come together, face to face, and showcase the state of the art in DIY electronics and circuit bending culture.” – bentfestival.org

For a lineup of artists and things to do: bentfestival.org

Release your anger

“Venezuelan world lightweight boxing champion Edwin Valero committed suicide in his prison cell after being arrested for the murder of his wife” – CNN.com. He was 28 and in his 27 professional fights he knocked all his opponents out. So yes Edwin was full of rage. I think back to my late teens and early 20s and how very pissed off I was. I had my reasons for clenching my teeth most days. People that know me always comment how much I have changed as I got older. Basically I am a happy person today. I often think how close I came to knocking someone out myself. How much I really did want to let loose on people. What saved me from a meeting with the Police? Music making, songwriting, screaming my head off in the studio and sweating like a lunatic on stage. So today’s post is a thank you to music for how much it has helped me avoid a life like Edwin Valero’s. Keep music in schools people… it could save us all!

Is music making your therapy too?

Glee

Glee is a musical television show here in the USA. There is an iPhone/iPad app also called Glee (iTunes link) that allows you to sing along with the songs heard on the show. It uses pitch detection, correction and some auto chording ala Songsmith or LaDiDa. Maybe someday every song we buy will come with a remix kit and an interactive sing along Karaoke kit? Because the App is designed by Smule it’s fairly slick and like other Smule apps there is an online community aspect to sharing, etc…

“Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that airs on Fox in the United States. It focuses on a high school glee club called “New Directions”, at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. The pilot episode of the show was broadcast after American Idol on May 19, 2009, and the first season began airing on September 9, 2009. On September 21, 2009, Fox officially gave the series a full-season pick-up. Glee aired its mid-season finale on December 9, 2009 and returned from a four-month hiatus on April 13, 2010, picking up the remaining nine episodes of the season. The spring premiere had an estimated 13.7 million viewers, nearly doubling in followers on its return.” – Wikipedia.org

Do you want this or does it make you vomit a little?

Download the Glee app: click here

Secession “Touch” and Rebel Rebel 1985

I have this record on pink marbled 12″ vinyl. I remember my friend Joe Forbes bought it first and it took me a while to find my own copy. Eventually I found it at Rebel Rebel on Bleeker Street. Amazingly Rebel Rebel still exists and the owner still stands in behind the front counter exactly as he did 20+ years ago. Recently I went in there with my brother and saw him only now with gray hair. We spent countless weekends, hours and money buying hundreds of records from Rebel Rebel. Secession had a few good songs. I love the melancholy melodies in Touch. Melodies like this were in so much of 80s New Wave and for me the memories are melancholy too. Forget Virgin Galatic I want a proper time machine.

“Rebel Rebel is one of the old school NYC record shops— they’ve seemingly been around since the dawn of time. The walls are lined with posters and records from bands that haven’t seen a recording studio in years. Vinyl is everywhere, promo posters are sold out of a box for $2 a piece. It’s one of those places where a record buyer just feels at home.” – nycgoth.com

Bring back any memories?

via Matrixsynth

Bleep Labs Nebulophone

$80 built, $55 for the kit. Pre-order: click here. This is the Stylophone Twenty Ten style. At 1:20 minute in one the video above is where you realize you want this over a software plug-in!

“The Nebulophone is an Arduino based synth with a stylus keyboard. It has adjustable waveforms, a light controlled analog filter, LFO, and arpeggiator that can be clocked over IR. This is a beginner kit and does not require an Arduino programmer board.” – bleeplabs.com

For more info: bleeplabs.com

Photoshop CS5

Every musician is going to need to make his own album covers. If you can afford it Photoshop is the best tool for the job. There are some inexpensive alternatives such as Pixelmator but when it comes to pixel pushing Adobe’s code is king. Some of the new features in CS5 are like magic. Just take a look at “Content Aware Fill” in the video above. How the hell do they do that?

For more info: adobe.com

Russian Cannibal Goths Eat 16 Year Old Girl

When I was a teenager I lived in an alternate world obsessed with music. The clothes I wore and the music was a large part of who I was. Sometimes youth and music can take humans beyond what is normally accepted as rational behavior. Apparently two Russian goths named Maxim Golovatskikh and Yury Mozhnov killed a 16 year old girl and fed her to a lodger. Here’s the story…

“Two Russian men, goths as you can see above, are accused of chopping up a 16-year-old girl and serving her with potatoes to a lodger. The trial has now been postponed after the juror had to be excused while examining photographs of student Karina Barduchian after her death. Maxim Golovatskikh and his friend florist Yury Mozhnov, both 20, drowned 16-year-old Karina Barduchian in a bath, then carved up her body and served her meat with potatoes to a lodger. The lodger, Ekaterina Zinovyeva, told the court in St Petersburg they had a party with their Goth friends on the night of the murder in January, 2009. Karina, who was in love with Golovatskikh, stayed the night, she said. ” – side-line.com

Has music ever made you do something you regretted later?

For more of the story and a Chinese reenactment head to: side-line.com

Electro-Harmonix V256 Vocoder

Sweetwater has the Electro-Harmonix V256 Vocoder for about $215. Sometimes having hardware is better than software and lately there are a lot of products priced so you can go either way. A like having my Digitech Talker as a separate hardware box because it’s easy to plug a real analog synth and mic into it. I know you could stay soft (vocoder wise) and route audio out of you computer and back in again but are you really going to take the time to do it?

“Bend your gender, drone your tone and invite aliens into your work of art. You want flexibility? The V 256 lets you adjust the vocoder from 8 to 256 bands taking you back to the 80’s and propelling you into the future at the same time. Bring your vocals up to snuff with advanced processing “Reflex Tune”… today’s most popular pitch correction effect.” – ehx.com/products/v256

For more info: ehx.com/products/v256