abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz is another must have iOS music app. It’s universal and is currently priced at $1.99. It was created by Jörg Piringer and it’s hard to describe what it does. In fact in this case I’m not going to attempt a description. Just watch the video above. Awesome.
“Create and control tiny sound-creatures in the shape of letters that react to gravity or each other and generate rhythms and soundscapes. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz blends biology, physics, chemistry and art to create a unique and dynamic sound ecology.” – joerg.piringer.net
Stuck at your desk today at lunch? Need to get your Electrohouse on for a few minutes? I’m not sure if director Ron Winter created this “bangin” browser sample player or it’s from someone else. Nevertheless it’s a good five minute time waster. To try it out: click here
“In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song. The wide spread use of sampling in popular music originated with the birth of hip hop music in New York in the 1970s. This is typically done with a sampler, which can be a piece of hardware or a computer program. Sampling is also possible with tape loops or with vinyl records on a phonograph. Often “samples” consist of one part of a song, such as a break, used in another, for instance the use of the drum introduction from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” in songs by the Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mike Oldfield, Rob Dougan, Coldcut, Depeche Mode and Erasure, and the guitar riffs from Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” in Tone L?c’s “Funky Cold Medina”. – wikipedia.org/Sample
Christmas is around the bend and a theme this year is pro-audio software bundles. Linplug and Sugar Bytes are two companies that make goodies worth making noise with so they get some space here. The LinPlug offer gives you CronoX 3 Sample Synthesizer, MorphoX Synthesizer, Rob Papen Albino 3, Octopus FM Synth, Alpha Classic Synth, ElementP Percussion Synth, Ian Boddy Soundset for the Alpha, Summa Soundset for the Octopus (altogether more than 5500 preset sounds) for $399 which is less than half of what you would buy them for seperately. Sugar-Bytes is selling their Sugar Bundle which consists of Guitarist, Thesys, Consequence, Effectrix, Artillery2, Unique, WOW, Vogue and Robotronic for $499.
“This year we celebrate the most insane christmas deal we ever had!” – Sugar Bytes
The official Reactable Vimeo channel pushed out a tutorial on it’s iPad app. This is one of the music apps I use when showing off the iPad. Check out my previous post on Reactable mobile: wiretotheear.com/reactable-mobile
A first tutorial to show how to interact with the dock, the table, and the objects. – Reactable
The nhow is a hotel in the center of Berlin on the Spree river. Why would I be posting information about a hotel on Wire to the Ear? Well this hotel has two recording studios in it available to guests. Not only that Gibson guitars are available to use through room service. Most musicians need really cheap rooms and Berlin is one of the cities where you can find nice hotel rooms for less than a hundred euros. The nhow hotel is going for 174 euro per night so if you stay get your studio time in to make it worth it. I like this idea and there should be hotels for any type of person no? Video game hotels, cat people hotels, etc… Let’s hope this nhow hotel has sound proof rooms, locks on the minibars and paid their insurance bills if they are inviting rock stars to stay with them.
“Located directly on the banks of the river Spree, the Nhow Berlin bills itself as the only hotel in Europe offering two professional music studios. A dedicated music manager is on staff, as is a team drawing heavily from local music colleges. Regular live events and concerts take place in the hotel’s event spaces and terraces, while first-rate DJs are on hand in the bar. The music studios are operated in collaboration with Lautstark Music GmbH/René Rennefeld, which also manage the legendary Berlin Hansa recording studios. The Nhow’s 304 rooms, meanwhile, are kitted out with iPod connections and more than 30 TV and 100 music radio stations integrated in a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Wireless Internet and more than 5,000 videos-on-demand are available in every room; Gibson guitars are even available through room service.” – springwise.com
In high school I had a massive Conion boombox. To see a photo of it: click here. It had dual cassette decks, phono inputs and an alarm. I miss people brazenly blasting their sound out to the world. We really don’t scare old people as much as we should these days. This is why I welcome with two wide arms open the smashing new TDK Three Speaker Boombox. It’s very large, has an OLED display, woven carbon fiber speakers (no need for protective grills), USB, 1/4 inch, RCA and minijack inputs. I want one to plug my iPad into and annoy everyone with my music apps. I wouldn’t mind walking through my local mall blasting Nitzer Ebb’s Let Beauty Loose through it. I guess I’d be arrested. How times change.
“But the real show-stopper of TDK’s boombox is the design, which strikes a balance between retro hi-fi, ’80s nostalgia, and a Syd Mead-like futuristic look. We’ve seen the retro, machined knob hi-fi look done before on systems like the Soundfreaq Sound Platform, but the materials were all plastic. We’ve seen ’80’s boombox nostalgia nailed with the Lasonic i931, but again, the materials were plastic and the sonics were awful. Even the whole daring futuristic speaker design has been trudged out before by companies like Altec Lansing and Harman Kardon–but I’m telling you, the TDK box has them beat.” – cnet.com
To coordinate with my New Year’s Eve performance at the Landespavillon in Stuttgart, Partysan Magazine has interviewed me. You click the image above for a readable size or head over to my record label’s website for an English translation: click here
” I played one year for my Birthday. After the show I walked outside of Club Prag and some young German people were leaving and asked me to come with them. I got in their car leaving all my stuff at Prag. A few hours later I was in some other club so trashed I was asking people what they thought of my live show! Everyone in the new club was like, “Who the hell are you?”!” – Oliver Chesler (The Horrorist)
I’ve been playing with the newly released djay for iPad app from algoriddim. It’s quite fun and you can make competant mixes with it. It’s getting rave reviews on the app store for good reason. As you can see in the screenshot above I was able to grab Absolute Body Control and Alien Sex Fiend directly from the iPads library. It’s nice that the artwork populates the virtual platters. I did have a few crashes which makes the app a no go for anything in front of an audience. However, if they can get the stability up they have a home run.
My biggest issue was not knowing the BPM of many of my songs. Instead of tapping my finger on a BPM iPhone app I found a great Mac application called Tangerine from Potion Factory that did the work for me. It took about 15 minutes to analyze my entire iTunes library which is about 90 gigabytes. It automatically put the BPM info into the iTunes BPM field.
The only thing I need now if for the djay app to display the BPM field when searching for songs in it’s browser. Pretty please?
“Plus, I’m writing this review with automix on and it’s still playing! A new song just came on and the transition was flawless! It crashed once at the beginning, but after a hard reset it was fine. Hey, another song is playing now!” – YourRadioFriend (iTunes review)
SoundCloud has updated it’s iPhone app to include one very important feature: recording. After you hit the new orange button your track is pushed to the SoundCloud site and you get options to share the track on Facebook and Twitter. Will this replace the very sleek FiRe app for you? If the Berliners are reading this I’m ready for an iPad SoundCloud app too please.
“Record: capture your sounds on-the-go and share them directly to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Browse and search user profiles. Share any public track to Facebook & Twitter Background playback (on iOS4)” – soundcloud.com
By the way, I have been featured on the SoundCloud sign up tour pages: click here
There are few people I blindly trust my vocals with. Miro Pajic is one of them. When I was in Berlin and just last month I recording some lyrics for MIro to use. His label Lazerslut in well known in the Minimal scene and he has been very successful with Beatport. Not only has he produced another two great tracks Das Seltsame Grau and Your Lips he has gathered remixes from Ol’ Dirty Beaner (Bar 25) and PCP legend The Mover.
“The title track Das Seltsame Grau , a modern zombie-dance tale performed by Oliver, showing of his german language-skills and his usual hypnotic power. Together with Miros programming passion, this obscure piece of modern dance music puts a spell on you and the person next to you. The Horrorist wouldn’t be the Horrorist, if the music wouldn’t speak words of horror, like in Your Lips . Spooky voice effects jacketed in assertive sound structures and bulldozer bass-ground guarantee a cold shower experience and pleasing nightmares.” – miropajic.com
Das Seltsame Grau (Original Mix) – MP3
Your Lips (Original Mix) – MP3
Das Seltsame Grau (Ol Dirty Beaner Version) – MP3
Das Seltsame Grau (Ol Dirty Skirtchaser Version) – MP3
Das Seltsame Grau (The Mover Remix) – MP3