Funkahdafi

Front 242 dreams in the future. Here is their 1985 song Funkahdafi.

“We who are oppressed Love those who fight against oppression And the oppressors. Brothers and sisters, it is with great honor and privilege That I present to you the leader of the El Fatah revolution… From Libya, our brother Muhammar El Kahdafi” – louis fahrakan

For more info: nytimes.com//libyan-fighters-say-qaddafi…

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 20, 2011 at 5:51 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.



Music is Technology

The New York Times has posted an article titled Prophecy of Machines worth checking out. I agree with Max and Mr. Rzewski.

“Is music technology? Max Weber, in his last book, “The Rational and Social Foundations of Music, ” published in 1921, a year after his death, says, basically, yes.” – NYTimes.com

Read the article: blogs.nytimes.com//prophecy-of-machines

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm, 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.



iPhone 4S vs Canon 5d MKII

iPhone 4S / Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison on Vimeo.

In my quest to finally release some proper music videos I’ve been shooting a lot of small test shots. Being addicted to pro-audio gear bleeds over to video things so of course I’ve been eyeing the wonderful mighty Canon 5d MKII. I won’t justify such an expensive purchase until I least do 3 full videos with my iPhone 4S. I picked up a Glif iPhone tripod mount (image above) and Final Cut X which I think is amazing. Some lighting is on the way and storyboarding has commenced. This morning I found a video comparing the 5d to the 4s and found it interesting. I like the 5d footage better and with different lenses the 5d would kill the iPhone. Yet with proper lighting and skill the 4s will do just fine I think for now!

“Here’s a “fair” test between the iPhone 4S and the Canon 5D MK II. I made a little rig that allowed me to shoot both cameras at the same time side by side. All scenes are perfectly synced together so you can pause and scrutinize the frames! See photo of the makeshift rig in the photo area.Exposure, shutter speed, frame rate and picture style were matched as close as possible between the two cameras. This test shows that the tiny F2.4 lens and sensor on the iPhone are pretty nice. It even got a little depth of field! I did not overlay the exact ISO and Stops 5D settings per shot. It was too much to keep track for this simple test. To be fair I matched 5D exposure to the iPhone so no “Cinestyle” / 24p here.” – Robino Films

For more info: studioneat.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 18, 2011 at 5:03 am, filed under video and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Animoog

A new Moog synthesizer is here. The Animoog for iPad looks nice, has an X/Y Pad, a “Notes Follow on Screen” function (see video above), Rates & Orbits LFOs, touch keyboard with individual and polyphonic articulation, custom key scales, envelopes you can touch to adjust and more. In my fantasy brain I would have liked a true polyphonic hardware Moog with no controls on it; just a dock for an iPad and some Moog control software. That said, Moog is going what makes sense I think. You have to be in it to win it as they say and touch interface is something they need to cut there teeth on. At a .99 intro rate it also let’s everyone into the Moog world. The bottom line is it’s one of the better pro-audio apps for iOS and a creative tool in the hands of an artist. Download it now: click here

“Animoog is the first professional synthesizer designed for the iPad. Powered by Moog’s new Anisotropic Synthesis Engine, Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the moderntouch surface paradigm, enabling any user to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.” – moogmusic.com

For more info: moogmusic.com/products/apps/animoog

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 17, 2011 at 4:03 am, filed under iPad, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Limelight Movie

The nightclub that made me “famous” gets a movie. Besides the song I created I performed there over 20 times. Sometimes I performed on Friday for Future Shock other times on a Wednesday for Disco 2000. I was friends with Ernie Glam who was roomates with Keoki and Michael Alig. Thier apartment was as crazy as people say it was. Everytime I met Peter Gatien he was very friendly. I was even once in the money room. It’s was a room with a lot of cash in it and a guy with a gun at the door. A lot of cash. While NYC is a nice place to live now it’s soul moved to Brooklyn.

“As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien’s rise and fall against the transformation of New York City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of “Cocaine Cowboys.”" – magpictures.com

For more info: magpictures.com/limelight

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 14, 2011 at 4:27 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.



Herb Deutsch

Sit back and listen to the birth of the synthesizer.

“We were fortunate to have Herb Deutsch join us for Moog Fest 2010 in Asheville, North Carolina. In this video, Herb shares his thoughts on the events that led to the birth of the Minimoog.” – moogfoundation

via synthtopia.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm, filed under synthesizer and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Horrorist Live – Halloween Fetish Ball NYC

I will be performing on October 29, 2011 in Manhattan at Bardot Heights for SMack!’s annual Halloween Fetish Ball. I like to pick my NY events carefully and I didn’t hesitate to say yes to this one. Things are sure to get very freaky at this notorious party. I have a few new songs I can’t wait to perform. Also on the menue is The Xxxorcist w/Joanna Angel, The Ludovico Technique and more. Come and get scary with us!

“SMack! is New York City’s Premier Multimedia Fetish Play Party. NYC’s Longest running Fetish Event, we’ve been setting the trends since 1996, and after 15 years worth of events, we’re still pushing the envelope with new Performers/Models/Fashion Shows, cutting edge music/DJ’s, VJ’s /video artists/projections, play equiptment/machines, Dungeon Play Space/Dominatrix Hosts…” – smack-fetish.com

For more info: smack-fetish.com

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Henry Rollins on Rave

I’m all for people bashing electronic music if they are funny while they do it. He’s not funny. My advise to him would be to stick to music… if I liked any of his music.

“As a child and teenager, Rollins suffered from depression and low self-esteem.[1] In the fourth grade, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and took Ritalin for several years so that he could focus during school.” – Wikipedia.org

For more info: henryrollins.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm, filed under political and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Eventide Stompboxes

Everyone raves about the Eventide Stompboxes so here’s some videos to show you why. Basically they sound good, crazy and are dead simple to use. What more do you want? Yes I’m on a hardware kick lately! So if you had to get just one “E box” which one would it be? Space, TimeFactor, ModFactor or PitchFactor?

“Founded in 1971, Eventide is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital audio processing products for recording, broadcast, and live performance, as well as, digital communications products for public safety institutions. Headquartered in Little Ferry, NJ, Eventide invented the first digital logging recorder in 1989, and introduced the H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer effects processor in 1987.” – eventide.com

For more info: eventide.com/AudioDivision/StompBoxes

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on at 5:58 am, filed under effects, hardware and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



AfroDJMac Ableton Live Racks

AfroDJMac is a songwriter and guitarist/electronic musician from New York. Besides his interesting name he creates free and very inexpensive Ableton Live Racks. Some Racks include “Brostep” inspired by the Jersey Shore, RapMan (Casio VL-1, Teenage Engineering OP-1), Gameboy Glitches and Synth, Ensoniq SQ-80, Glitched Piano, Glitch Machine, Nu Wave Synth (sounds from his oven!) and about 20 more so far. Any Live user should give his website a good look over!

“Futuristic, yet nostalgic. New York’s AfroDJMac is a live electronic musician, drawing influence from the genres of indie garage rock, classic rock, video game music, and modern electronica.” – afrodjmac.com

For more info: afrodjmac.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 10, 2011 at 8:19 am, filed under Ableton Live, plug-ins, sounds 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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