Plath – I Am Strange Now

Plath “I am Strange Now” has all the elements I love in an early industrial/electronic musical piece. This is put your boots on and get into the world music. This great rare vinyl is from Italy, 1982.

“Industrial music is a style of experimental music that draws on transgressive and provocative themes. The term was coined in the mid-1970s with the founding of Industrial Records by the band Throbbing Gristle, and the creation of the slogan “industrial music for industrial people”. In general, the style is harsh and challenging.” – Wikipedia

For more info: discogs.com/Plath-Plath/release/405012

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 28, 2011 at 8:29 am, filed under music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Retronyms Tabletop

Retronyms are the makers of Re-Birth for iOS, Dopplerpad, FourTrack and other iOS music apps. Today they have released Tabletop. It’s a full on studio designed for the iPad. It comes with the RS3, Polyphonic Keyboard Gridlok, Touchpad Sampler M8RX, Tone Matrix Filtr LP, Low-Pass Filter Effect SpinBack, Turntable Player Mr. O, Master Output Goblin MX8, Eight-Channel Mixer T101-Triggerator, Sequencer / Master Controller Recorder M2 and an Input Recorder. Through in app purchases you can get the Ekko, Delay Effect Filtr BP, Band-Pass Filter Effect Verve, Reverb Effect Xpand, Chorus/Flanger Effect Goblin MX4-FX, Four-Channel Mixer with Sends XFade abd Crossfading Mixer.

So far I’ve really only liked single purpose iOS music apps that have basic large interfaces. Tabletop certainly is of the other cloth but you bet I’m going to try it out. I don’t think the App store rules allow for plug-ins but wouldn’t it be great if other manufacturers could sell additional in app effects for Tabletop such as we similarly do with VST/AUs on our desktops? Let me know if you try Tabletop out. I’m curious on everyone’s thoughts. $4.99 intro price.

“The heart of Tabletop is a modular environment where you can mix and match different devices. Select from more than a dozen devices including samplers, mixers, effects, sequencers and more. Buy only the gear you need from an expanding catalog.Tabletop is the first musical environment designed from the ground up exclusively for the iPad. Each device has its own uses, characteristics, personality—ranging from classics like drum pad samplers to touchscreen effects.” – retronyms.com

For more info: retronyms.com

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AirVox

AirVox is somewhat like a Thermin, Alesis AirSynth or Roland D-beam for iOS. There are 49 presets to play with that take you through the different scales and available hand motions. $2.99 in the App Store (link).

“AirVox is a unique and precise musical instrument controlled without touch — only using hand gestures and motions. Interact with AirVox via the front facing camera. Our real-time computer vision technology “sees” your hands’ movements and turns it into musical notes and tones. YOU are the instrument! No previous musical experience is required to control Airvox. Its ease-of-use and many built-in features make music creation instant, and more importantly, fun! But AirVox is also a precision instrument. You can perform with the expression and phrasing usually heard in traditional instruments.” – yonac.com

For more info: yonac.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 26, 2011 at 2:57 am, filed under iPad, iPhone and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Analogue Solutions Telemetry

Analogue Solutions makes very good synths. I think they are often overlooked. Their stuff also has a vintage detuned edge that other newbie synths miss. I love this killer promo video for their new Telemetry. Some great features of this synth include:

Pure analogue voice circuitry. Mini Pin Matrix patch panel to eliminate the use of some patch cables. MIDI In for software sequencer / keyboard control. White Noise. X/Y non-sprung Joystick.

For more info: analoguesolutions.org.uk

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm, 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.



SyncKontrol for Monotribe

You can sync a Korg Monotribe with another Monotribe. With the SyncKontrol iPhone app you can sync a Monotribe with an iPad and/or wirelessly with Ableton Live (or any DAW). I still can’t get over the fact you can get a fully analog groovebox for about $230. I hope these sell like crazy so Korg keeps on making analog synths and drum machines.

“SyncKontrol offers owners of Korg’s monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station precise tempo control, plus the ability to sync their monotribe to WIST (Wireless sync) enabled apps! SyncKontrol allows you to control the tempo and start/pause of the monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station via the audio output of your iPhone. The app also offers Tap Tempo, a Swing function, and WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology) to sync monotribe to WIST-enabled apps such as Korg’s iMS20, iElectribe and iElectribe Gorillaz(tm) Edition. In addition, this application receives sync from Mac based DAW software by receiving MIDI clock and play/stop commands via Wireless Network MIDI.”

For more info: korg.com/monotribe

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 20, 2011 at 4:38 am, filed under Ableton Live, drum machine, hardware, iPad, iPhone and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Wire to the Ear Interview with Fingerlab

I think the iPad makes a very good drum machine. The iElectribe, Funkbox and Tweakybeat have become essential tools in my arsenal. I have a new favorite called the DM-1 from Fingerlab. It has the two most important elements in music creation down pat. It sounds great and it’s very fun to use. I’ve been loving it so much I reached out to Fingerlab for the following interview…

1. Tell us a little about Fingerlab. Is it a one man show or a team? What city/country are you located in?

Based in Paris, France, co-founded by Aurélien Potier and Antoine Lepoutre during 2010, Fingerlab is a small group of independent workers, developers, designers and musicians. Fingerlab is born after the success of MultiPong our first App. For DM1,we have asked Jonas Eriksson (A designer from sweden) to do the graphics design, we discover him by his works on another projects as such as “76 Syntheseizer”

2. How long did it take you to create the DM1?

First Pascal Douillard work alone for half a year to create the prototype. After that, he contacted us in january 2011 in order to find some help to finish the App, the project was so exciting we couldn’t refuse !!. So it’s take approximatively 1 year to do the job.

3. Do you have a room full of vintage drum machines at the Fingerlab’s office? If yes please show us some photos!

[See above]

4. I would love to see a Random pattern generator (per drum sound). Any chance you will be adding that to the DM-1?

We have so many stuff to add in DM1, i can’t make any promises. But it’is a good idea ;)

5. I would love to see Panning (per drum channel) added to the DM1. What do you think? Can you add that for me?

Yes, we are working on it.

6. Are you working on more pro-audio music apps? If yes, can you give us a hint as to what to expect next?

Yes we do, i cant tell you more today, but stay tuned ;)

7. What are a few other iOS apps you use (from other developers)?

Game we love
-Osmos
-Spirit
-forget.me.not

Music

-Djay
-soundrop
-tweakybeat
-soundyeah
-soundythingie

0ther
-uzu

8. Where can Wire to the Ear readers connect with you on the net? Hit us with all the places to follow, spy and send you endless feature requests!

We are waiting for your request by email.

Thank you Antoine!

For more info on the DM1: fingerlab.net

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:00 am, filed under drum machine, interviews and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Hairy Man Promotion

A friend of mine Emrie Sherwood decided she needed to promote her album Richter Feat Eden. She didn’t think the label was doing enough so she hired her co-worker to do what you see above. Is the the best $5 or worst $5 ever spent? God help us she apparently has more on the way…

“I hired 5 more of these kinds of guys.” – Emrie Sherwood

UPDATE: Interesting (and kinda wow) this isn’t one of her co-workers! She used this website to hire the guy: fiverr.com. That actually is a pretty cool idea.

Hear the original song: iTunes or Beatport

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Beatport HTML5

I hated the old Beatport Flash site. It was slow, the tiny fonts got on my nerves and I couldn’t easily share URLs to releases. There’s an all new Beatport based on HTML5 and I’m really enjoying it. There really isn’t a better way for most DJs to music up before the weekend than this.

- Track pages with BPM, harmonic key & waveforms
- More personalized recommendations
- Improved search
- Even deeper list-digging capabilities
- HTML5 for access on multiple devices
- Individual track pages
- Top releases ranked separately” – gearjunkies.com

For more info: beatport.com

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Rhythm Studio

Rhythm Studio from Pulsecode Inc. is going to draw comparisons with Propellerhead’s Re-Birth. However, if you check out the video above I bet you may still be interested. It looks pretty nice to me. What do you think? This app is not available yet.

“Rhythm Studio balances advanced features by using an easy to understand interface resembling real instruments. This means that one button does one thing just like it would with real hardware. Knobs turn, switches slide, and buttons press. You won’t get lost in abstract interfaces or design. Rhythm Studio is the next best thing to having the real hardware. Rhythm Studio includes a full 808 drum machine, 303 synthesizer, sample based synthesizer, XY style control pad, and mixer with FX.” – pulsecodeinc.com/rhythm-studio/

For more info: pulsecodeinc.com/rhythm-studio/

via Palm Sounds

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 18, 2011 at 5:31 am, filed under drum machine, iPad, iPhone and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



MIDI Roland TR77

MIDI-fied Roland TR77 from Brandon Daniel on Vimeo.

I would certainly love to get some classic analog drum machines MIDIed like this. According to Wikipedia the TR77 was Roland’s very first product. Hey Brandon how about some individual outs and some tuning for the kick drum (always the one weak point in most early drum machines)?

“Just finished building trigger shaper/converter circuits x12 for this project, and it works! Still need to work something out for the Guiro, but all in all, I’m happy with it.Sounds triggered over MIDI from the Electribe.” – Brandon Daniel

For more info: wikipedia.org/Roland_Rhythm_77

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 17, 2011 at 6:52 am, filed under drum machine 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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