impOSCar 2 and controller

The Gforce Software impOSCar software synthesizer has been updated to version 2. Some of the new stuff includes a Ring Modulator, New Filter Types with Drive, Chord Memory and more. Far more interesting (to me anyway) is the insane hardware controller for it from Touch Digital Controllers. Just look at that image above! It’s over 1k so you have to ask yourself if you would rather have a real analog synth.

“101 control inputs comprising; 83 knobs, 7 led lit buttons, 2 punch in/out switches and 9 momentary buttons with 9 linked led, midi in/out led, MIDI-in and 128 channel simultaneous USB and MIDI out processor. The 101 panel controls are all voltage controlled components so give the player the highest possible resolution into the digital domain. Beautiful custom made aluminium knobs – old school vibe!” – touchdigitalcontrollers.co.uk

For more info: gforcesoftware.com and touchdigitalcontrollers.co.uk

Lego Album Covers

I have a massive collection of LEGOs. I haven’t played with them in a few decades but they are stored safely in a huge box. I can’t help myself from walking into the LEGO stores in the various malls that have popped up in the NY area. I want a LEGO USB drive. Got the picture? So yeah LEGO album covers are awesome. Check out the Flickr Group: here

“The members of the LEGO Album Covers group have been recreating classic albums of Flickr for years. Today we bring you a selection but there are lots more wonderful interpretations in the group. Most of the photos include a link to an image of the album it pays tribute to so you can click through to compare.” – blog.flickr.net

photo credit: -lokosuperfluoLEGOman-

Happy 4th of July

It’s a holiday in the USA today. We gained our independence from the Brits at the cost of many lives. Therefore we get to sit at the beach, eat BBQ and light off insane fireworks like the ones in the video above.

“Fireworks were invented in China in the seventh century to scare away evil spirits, as a natural extension of one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China, gunpowder.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution

Amazing Bass

Living in NYC I hear my fair share of massive bass rumble from ghettoed out automobiles. I guess it’s fair considering I tortured the suburbs in the 80s blasting Nitzer Ebb on my hand me down Cadillac Sedan DeVille’s Alpine stereo. The young rule the earth.

“Bass describes tones of low frequency or range. Played in an ensemble/orchestra, such notes are frequently used to provide a counterpoint or counter-melody, in a harmonic context either to outline or juxtapose the progression of the chords, or with percussion to underline the rhythm. In popular music the bass part most often provides harmonic and rhythmic support, usually playing the root or fifth of the chord and stressing the strong beats.” – WIkipedia

via deadfix

Retromania

I often joke on this blog that the vintage and vintage sounding pro-audio equipment is actually helping me build a time machine to the 80s. While I’m in love with modern times (internet, iPads) I hold the 80s in high regard as the decade man decided to come to the future. The electronic music scene was full of originality. Most of the bands I listened to in 1987 sounded quite different from each other. Of course this must have to do with my age. Or is it something else? Simon Reynolds new book Retromania which will be released on July 19th holds a mirror up to society and asks if we have run out of ideas. Do you think we have?

“We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward a sort of culturalecological catastrophe where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted?

Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point, and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity—the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement’s invocations of medievalism—never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past. Retromania is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?”

For more info: Retromania at Amazon.com