Turnado

First look at the Turnado by Sugar Bytes from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Sugar-Bytes has released Turnado. As someone who has been making music since the early 90s to be able to mangle stuff so easily always blows my mind. There’s a demo version so go crazy. $180 to own it.

“With its instantaneous, one-knob, multi-parameter modulation features, Turnado will lay waste to the audio landscape. Giving you the power to crunch, chop, twist, mash and elevate your music to new levels, Turnado will have you creating wicked new sounds that will blow any crowd away.” – sugar-bytes.de

For more info: sugar-bytes.de/content/products/Turnado

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm, filed under plug-ins and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Whenever I hear Gil Scott-Heron’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised it gets my blood boiling. In fact it gets me more crazy these days than ever. It seems there is no true dissent. The dissent is bottled and labeled. We need the anti. Without it we are drones, mules and followers. Thanks Gil for a great track and career.

“Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died Friday at age 62. A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke’s Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip.” – philly.com

For more info: gilscottheron.net

photo credit: David Blumenkrantz

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 28, 2011 at 5:08 am, filed under music, political and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Crazy Wisconsin

It took a little time to grab some photos from my recent live performance in Madison, Wisconsin but I’ve created a nice Flickr set. I wrote a comment under each photo. I also start from the night before the show testing my new Macbook Pro and wireless mic through to the end. So why not start at the beginning and click the Next arrow on the top right of each photo and get my perspective on a fun few days. Start by clicking: here

“One of the first Wisconsians I met was Amber Larsen. Amber is a porno name (sorry it just is), she stuck her tounge out at me, she owned a Chevy pickup and did some glow in the dark hula hooping later at the club…” – Oliver Chesler

For more info: flickr.com/72157626695720833

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm, filed under live performance and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Monotribe Review

Nick from Sonic State’s full review of the Korg Monotribe. I can’t believe these things are $229 (link)! I can’t believe people are complaining that’s too expensive. You have to make and enjoy music of a certain retro style to really get this box. If your looking for a sound source of that retro nature this is going to get you there better/easier than any plug-in. I can’t wait to see Korg’s next analog thing. Imagine what they can do at $999.

“c’mon korg, give us a? ms-20 mkII!” – nekrobot

For more info: korg.com/monotribe

via sonicstate.com

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TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch

As I am a person who thinks my most valuable instrument is my voice I’m always keen of vocal processors. One area where for the most part have left my voice dry is during a live performance. I plan on changing this at least for some songs. I may want to keep the processing and button pushing out of the laptop. This TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch box is in the running. Are there any others I should be looking at?

“I’ma let you finish watching this demo, but the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch is one of the greatest stand-mount vocal processors ever made. Yeah, I know, we’re not usually ones for hyperbole, but this harmony generator and vocal sweetened with built-in looper is really something else. And given the fact that it’s the only stand-mount vocal processor, it’s not such an outlandish statement.” – gearwire

For more info: tc-helicon.com/products/voicelive-touch

via gearwire.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 26, 2011 at 9:42 am, filed under hardware, live performance and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Moog Obsession

Happy Birthday by thingstocome

This week the newly redesigned Moog website is celebrating Bob Moog’s birthday. He left us a few years ago but his legacy lives strong. I remember reading somewhere about brand loyalty. People love and hate Apple, Nike, Coke, etc… However, who the hell hates Moog? It has to be one of the most positive labels known on earth. It surely stems from Bob’s incredibly kind nature. I always wanted a Minimoog. Growing up I ripped out magazine articles on Moog stuff and put them on my wall. I had a complete freak out when the Voyager was released. I recently sat for two hours at a Guitar Center in New Jersey playing with a Little Phatty. Yet there is no Moog in my personal arsenal. That’s going to have to change soon. Happy Birthday Bob!

“Dr. Robert Arthur Moog (pronounced /?mo??/ mohg), commonly called Bob Moog (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005) was an American pioneer of electronic music, best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. A native of New York City, Robert Moog attended the Bronx High School of Science in New York, graduating in 1952. Moog earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Queens College, New York in 1957, another in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in engineering physics from Cornell University. Moog’s awards include honorary doctorates from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (New York City) and Lycoming College (Williamsport, Pennsylvania).” – Wikipedia

For more info: moogmusic.com

photo credit: DJ Empirical

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 25, 2011 at 4:19 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Buchla Thunder and 2 PerFourMers

Buchla Thunder and 2 PerFourMers (upside up horizontal version) from Katavist

I love that on the Buchla site they say the following statement about their Thunder product, “Making no attempt to emulate the appearance or playing techniques of existing acoustic instruments…”. Hell yeah! The Thunder is straight out of the set of Star Trek the Next Generation. The underrated Vermona PerFourMers synths are a nice match. Shall we say PerEightMer?

“16 improvisations using the Buchla Thunder MIDI-Controller on two Vermona PerFourMers. In the sixth piece (from 7:01) the Thunder plays seven internal sequences (“riffs”) I had recorded beforehand. They can be scaled in real time, which I didn’t do here though.” – Katavist

For more info: buchla.com/historical/thunder/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 24, 2011 at 4:45 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Redesigned YouTube Channel

About a month ago I wrote a post titled Post All Your Music in Full on YouTube (link). Well, I practice what I preach and have uploaded my new album Joyless Pleasure in it’s entirety. I also took the oppurtunity to refresh the look of the page. I added a 1600 pixel wide “Horrorist” logo wallpaper that shades to beige when you scroll down a bit. I also spent time tweaking the colors of the Channel to match the album’s look. I have no doubt uploading the songs in full is a good decision and I already see the view counts rising quickly. I also made a the embedable Joyless Pleasure playlist you see above. Big thanks to my graphic designer Maurice Roy for creating stills for each of the songs.

“When it comes to theme and module editing, users with no CSS or design experience will find themselves completely at ease with beautifying their channel design. The themes and colors are pretty self-explanatory, so you can pick a preset theme, start toying with colors, and get an as-it-happens preview while you tweak. You can still upload a custom background image and adjust the coloring for every element of your channel. Once you’re done, just click save to publish the new design publicly.” – mashable.com

For more info: youtube.com/thingstocomerecords

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm, filed under promotion, video and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Chinese Animal Apple

I think a lot of this Circuit Bending business is just an excuse some adults are using to allow them to keep playing with kiddie toys. It’s a good excuse! This Chinese Animal Apple was bent by Freeform Delusion. You can buy some of their bent stuff on ebay: click here

“English & Chinese Speaking Animals Apple. Switched mono mini jack output. Rainbow LED. On/Off Toggle Switch. Pitch Up/Down Control.” – eecouk

via Matrixsynth

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Mykea

Every musician over the age of 35 has an Ikea Expedit bookcase full of records, wires and operation manuals. Mykea is a site that offers products to help you customize Ikea furniture. I think their Amplifiers collection will do the trick.

“We are a small creative company that one day came up with a Big Idea! To customize Ikea furniture with amazing designs. Hence, our slogan: say NO to NAKED Furniture.” – thisismykea.com

For more info: thisismykea.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 20, 2011 at 10:10 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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