Goodbye Zoe

Today my heart aches and breaks. My beloved cat Zoe passed away this morning. Since the internet is run by cats and Zoe was my best friend I thought it appropriate I honor his sweetness here. The dark blue photo was a regular occurrence when there was a full moon. Zoe would end up on my chest around 3:00AM looking out the window purring. Goodbye Z!

“The domestic cat (Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus) is a small, usually furry, domesticated, carnivorous mammal.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat

Traktor Kontrol F1

Destroy and twist along with mix. I see nothing wrong with this trend ala Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1. I know there will always be vinyl guards but I always say keep to the future. As a musician I welcome tech that lets me vomit audio pixels at crowds. Don’t look back because I won’t be there.

“The F1 blurs the lines between DJing and live performance.” – Native Instruments

For more info: native-instruments.com/traktor/?content=1881&page=2040

Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons

I really wanted to post the track “Pajazzo: by Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons but I couldn’t find an embed anywhere. This Swedish band was only together for about two years (1980-1981). It’s a shame they didn’t record more back then because I love there Devo meets goth synthpunk style.

“Since disbanding, their songs have become well sought-after by collectors of punk, gothic rock, deathrock and art punk music.” – Wikipedia

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchen_and_the_Plastic_Spoons

Record music P2P with Google+ Hangouts and Ableton Live

There have been so many attempts at putting musicians in separate locations together. For various reason so far none has really taken hold. The video above shows that it does seem we are getting closer to that reality though.

“Here’s a quick demo of a how to record peer to peer using albeton as our software. We then use google+ and other google products to communicate, organize and essentially recreate the studio environment but from anywhere in the world. Welcome to the future friends, this is just the beginning.” – lucai

For more info: youtube.com/user/lucai

Household Motors

Binaural 03 | Household Motors by ONGELEGEN

Here is a free download of Household Motors from Ongelegen. I really find these type of sounds useful in a lot of different types of music. Don’t forget you can pitch, stretch, reverse and effect these into transitions, explosions and more.

“This third installment of The Binaural Collection contains recordings of small motors of common household devices such as blenders, juicers, drills etc. During this recording session I’ve tried to capture the sounds from three listening perspectives: stationary front, stationary rear and a moving perspective where the sound moves around the stereo field/listeners head. The front and rear perspectives sound very similar as the sounds were recorded close to the microphones.” – ongelegen.com

Free download: ongelegen.com/soundpacks/binaural_collection/household_motors

via rekkerd.org

Nothing But Noise

Imagine waking up, looking in your email box and finding an email from a member of Front 242. That happened to me today. DanielB reached out to me to let me know about his project Nothing But Noise. His email comes at an interesting time. Last weekend I ended up on Youtube watching November Növelet’s Misanthropy video. I realized for the first time that like any genre there is great and average. Misanthropy just blows me away so I started looking for more in the genre. I found more I liked and this morning after reading the email clicked to the Nothing But Noise website. I have to admit I was a little worried. I knew I had to honor one of my musical teachers by posting about his music on the blog. But what if I didn’t like it? I did a quick scan of the page. Images of silhouetted men coordinated in front of machines. They got this part correct. Image does matter and usually it’s a tip off if the music is going to be anything special. Before I hit play on the videos I noticed at the bottom of the page some gear. I found Livewire, Moog, MakeNoise and analog sequencers. I started to get excited. You see in the hands of these Belgians 80s Emulators or real analog works. Its the VSTs and such I’m not so sure they know what to do with. So I hit play and with great relief I am very pleased. It’s a serious effort. Yes I am starstruck but I never lie about music. This is good and as you can see by another recent 242 related post (link) I’m glad to be hearing from my old friends again.

“Nothing But Noise is the new musical project from Front 242′s mastermind Daniel Bressanutti, Dirk Bergen (ex Front 242) and Erwin Jadot. Upcoming is the project’s first album “Not Bleeding Red” (expected to be released… April 12, 2012).” – side-line.com

For more info: nothingbutnoise.be

Club Kids Bus Trip

For a few years I was friends with Ernie Glam. I had some interesting times hanging out with him in the late 80s. The video above is quite the mind trip. How Christina is discussed is facinating.

“The Club Kids were a group of young New York City club personalities mostly led by Michael Alig and James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/The_limelight

Nightclub Research

You have to hear what he says about the “rockstar effect”.

“Yale researches social nightclub behaviour with a particular emphasis on music and how it affects people at an implicit level. With a background in biology, psychology, and sociology, Yale investigates such topics as how music can affect bar sales and people’s ability to multitask, how it determines listening patterns, and how the stock market can affect mood, which in turn predicts the characteristics of popular music.” – TEDxTalks

For more info: darwinvsthemachine.com