The Horrorist 2012 Preview

I’m off the Berlin today. I’ll let the video above speak for itself. I’ve been working hard on music for you. I hope you like it. More to come before the November release!

June – NEW Single “Take this Step” with remixes by Pet Duo, Lenny Dee, Mark Hawkins and Brian Burger
August – NEW Single and VIDEO “The Man Master” with remix by David Carretta
October – NEW Single TBA
November – NEW ALBUM “Fire Funmania”

Come see The Horrorist Live: May 25 – Berlin, May 26 – Edinburg, June 1 – Magdeburg, June 2 – Leipzig, July 21 – Rotterdam…

Side projects with Tom Carpenter, Richter, Alex Kvitta, Pet Duo and more.

For more info: thehorrorist.com

Happy Birthday Bob Moog

I wish you a special Wire to the Ear Happy Birthday Bob where ever you are. I love my Slim Phatty!

“Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005), founder of Moog Music, was an American pioneer of electronic music, best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Bob Moog’s innovative electronic design is employed in numerous synthesizers including the Minimoog Model D, Minimoog Voyager, Little Phatty, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, Moog Minitaur, and the Moogerfooger line of effects pedals.” – Wikipedia

For more info: moogmusic.com

MTribe

So let’s say you modified your Korg Monotribe to use MIDI. You can see the post I did about the Amazing Machines Miditribe I/O: here. Unbelievably there is now a software editor that lets you control your MIDIed Monotribe called Mtribe. You can now save presets, record automation, etc… There’s even a random patch generator (yay). It’s stand alone or a Max4Live device. The software is $5. I love my Monotribe and think it has a great sound. Very much worth the price.

“MIDI IN/OUT for all MIDI supported features in a practical GUI. Presets (load/save for storing and recalling presets!). Key Tracking. In real time pitch modulates LFO intensity / VCF cutoff. LFO as second oscillator, auto tuned based on harmonics schemes. Glide emulation and finer pitch bending (more precisely than raw MIDI). XY Pad for two parameters at once (with reset and spring mode). (optional) note off removal (to remove gate clicks) and velocity off/on. preset randomizer for each section (VCA, LFO, modulation, glide). MIDI learn for the GUI through extra MIDI input.”

For more info: fabriziopoce.com/mtribe

198X on eBay

Here are two nicely collectible pieces on eBay right now. A Front 242 flag used on stage during the Official Version tour and a Depeche Mode Music for the Masses T-Shirt (I own that shirt and wore it to death). I don’t have a wall for the flag and I won’t wear white and bright orange so unless I win the lottery and build a new wave/EBM museum collecting the photos of this stuff will be enough for today. Still… I almost clicked bid on both! Official Version and Music for the Masses are both in my top 10 albums of all time.

“Rare and hard to find backdrop / flag used on stage during the Official Version tour 1987. Size 138 x 94 cm (55″ x 37,5″ inches) These flags was sold through Front 242′s fanclub after the tour. Only a few copies made. Comes in a black Official Version plastic sleeve. (The live pictures are taken from the Gothenburg / Sweden concert in 1987.)”

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988

Ableton Key Mapping to Compare Settings

Key Mapping in Ableton Live is very easy. However did you know you could use it to compare plug-in settings? Watch the video above and Berklee’s Loudon Stearns shows you how to do it at 3:30 in.

“This video includes step-by-step instruction on the keymapping process, setting up a default template with important key mappings, using keymappings to compare plug-in settings, working with keyboard MIDI input, the basics of MIDI mapping, and using MIDI mapping to record and perform single handedly.” – berkleemusic

For more info: youtube.com/berkleemusic

via ableton.com/blog

Stan Stencil

If you are able to come to my live show in Berlin on Friday you will see a special one minute intro. To “clear the air” between the band before me and my own music I have created audio and video from my HSS3i. The HSS3i creates analog audio and video. The kicker here is the video part. Just as pure analog give a certain untouchable sound analog video is also quite special. Stan Stencil from is an artist touring around using modular analog audio and video. Besides the HSS3i also look at LZX Industries. Check out Stan’s work and if you know more about analog video synthesis send me link as I’m getting more and more interested in the subject!

“The backbone of Stencil’s Eurorack system are modular analogue video synthesisers combined with audio waveform generators. The result is a mesmerising visualisation of sound synthesised entirely from audio signals and creating an incomplete visual artefact of the original audio.” – stanstencil

For more info: stanstencil.tumblr.com

via navsmodularlab

Goodbye Robin Gibb

Another great contributor to the awesome music cannon we humans have has died. The Bee Gees were great. I adore the two songs above.

“Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the disco group the Bee Gees behind “Saturday Night Fever” and other now-iconic sounds from the 1970s, died on Sunday, according to a statement on his website.” – CNN

For more info: cnn.com/2012/05/20/showbiz/robin-gibb-dies

David Guetta Dj Tribute Act

Here’s a funny story going around. Apparently there is a David Guetta “Dj tribute act”. Loudat severely hates the idea. I think we are in a free world and if someone has the balls to try this and people want to see it why not.

“Well this is new. A tribute DJ. I’ll say that again: A tribute DJ.As in: a nobody who is pretending to be a Famous Disc Jockey, advertising himself as such and actually getting booked.” Loudat

Read the full story: loudat.com/david-guetta-dj-tribute-act-i-shit-you-not

via Dave Lane

X Ray Pop

The Dream Machine by X-Ray Pop will soon be re-released by Dark Entries Records.

“La Machine á Rêver is the B-side to the L’Eurasienne 7″ single by X Ray Pop released in May 1984. It will be re-issued on Dark Entries Records in July 2012 on a compilation of early material by this influential French band. This video first appeared on a collection of scopitones by X Ray Pop recorded at Elysee Sound March 1984. X Ray Pop are Doc Pilot: Casio PT20, MR10, Vocals + Zouka Dzaza: Lead vocals.” – darkentriesrecords.com

For more info: darkentriesrecords.com

Hot Stuff

Bye Donna!! You were one bad girl!

“Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco” whose hits included “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “She Works Hard for the Money,” has died, a representative said Thursday. She was 63. Her publicist, Brian Edwards, said Summer was suffering from cancer.” – CNN

For more info: donnasummer.com