Herbert Deutsch

The Mini Moog Synthesizer with Herb Deutsch from Michael Sterling on Vimeo.

Herbert Deutsch the co-inventor of the Minimoog talks about the invention and plays the instrument. Directed by Michael Sterling. For the record I really enjoy my Slim Phatty!

“Herbert A. Deutsch (born February, 1932) is an American composer, inventor, and educator. Currently professor emeritus of electronic music and composition at Hofstra University, he is best known for co-inventing the Moog Synthesizer with Bob Moog in 1964.” – Wikipedia.org

For more info: moogmusic.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 17, 2012 at 6:44 am, 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.



Depeche Mode Home Party NYC

A few months ago DJ Shred (Lisa) invited me to a Depeche Mode party called Home. It’s a regular thing they do at the Sullivan room in Manhattan. It’s been a while since I did a proper flashback night out so last night I was there. I invited Chris Hardwick who was also in the Depeche Mode 101 movie to join and he did. To my surprise the place was fairly packed. As programmed I danced to every song that came out before “Songs of Faith & Devotion” and shunned and complained whenever they played anything newer (which thankfully was not too often). It was nice to be around real DM fans as I still am a superfan myself. The photos above: The flyer for the event, DJ Shred, Miro & Chris Hardwick, DM fans at the Sullivan Room and my mohawked self (Oliver Chesler), Mia Demarco and Chris Hardwick hanging out with Andy Fletcher at the Rosebowl California 1988.

“We are happy to invite you to our next Depeche Mode party back home at Sullivan Room on Friday June 15th. Starting at 10pm with an hour long special video presentation by VJ Johnny_Blitz concentrating more on the ballads of Depeche Mode and featuring the rarely played, down tempo & classic DM music videos and live concert performances, aesthetically altered especially for this event. Following the presentation, DJ Shred and DJ Shunt spin Depeche Mode tracks spiced up with New Wave and Synthpop hits all through the night.” – Depeche Mode Fanclub New York

For more info: facebook.com/events/415358068497364/ and facebook.com/DepecheModeNY

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 16, 2012 at 6:40 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.



Jäger 90 Live

An Electronic Body Music band has to be good live. In my opinion the sing Thoralf and synth man Vigo ofJäger 90 have it going on. I would like to play an event where they are or work with them on something.

“Jäger 90 is a band from Germany, Rostock. Their musical influence lies in the 80s, first and foremost in the legendary pioneers of EBM: Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.” – Last.fm

For more info: jaeger90.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm, filed under live performance, music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Gaumont Chronophone

My cousin Steve is a director/filmaker. He came across what could very well be the first DJ Mixer. The Gaumont Chronophone was designed for theater sure but it really makes you wonder if there is a time machine somewhere!

“In 1903 French engineer Leon Gaumont was granted patents for loudspeaker systems to go with his sound on disc talking films, which used one of Berliner’s Gramophones. In 1910 Gaumont demonstrated his Chronophone system, which synchronised sound and film, at the Gaumont Palace in Paris. The compressed-air amplifier, whiuch he called the Eglephone, was just a part of the whole system. The volume was enough for an audience of 4000. Initially the longest moving picture that could be made with synchronised sound was only 200ft, due to the limited playing time of the Gramophone record. (Projection was at 16 frames per second) Gaumont surmounted this problem by having two gramophone platters; a deft operator could switch between them to give a more or less continuous soundtrack.” – aqpl43.dsl.pipex.com

For more info: aqpl43.dsl.pipex.com/museum…

via Steve Monosson

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The Skin I Live In

I knew my 10 days in Berlin would be incredible. What I didn’t expect was the movie I was going to watch on the flight home would be just as epic. At 42 I’ve seen a lot of films. When I was 13 my father showed me A Clockwork Orange. It takes a lot to impress me. Whenever I fly I download a few movies onto my iPad. I usually just look at see what’s rated highly on Rotten Tomatoes and is somewhat new. Within the first 10 minutes of Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In my eyes were glued wide opened on the screen. It’s a super stylish tragic drama with a heart wrenching and surprising twist. It’s too early to tell for sure but I believe it’s one of the top 10 movies I’ve ever seen. I’m so in love with what I saw I would dare say it could even be my favorite movie of all time. If you have seen it let me know your opinion (good or bad). If you haven’t seen it wow you are in for a real treat!

“it’s instantly clear that something is jumping beneath the surface here, threatening to burst forth.” – NYTimes

For more info: sonyclassics.com/theskinilivein and imdb.com/title/tt1189073

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 14, 2012 at 9:22 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.



David Dexter LAB

I performed with David Dexter Lab in Berlin last month. Above you see a few photos of his recent show in Zürich. I see some nice Horrorist stickers on his laptop! Be sure to check out his Facebook pages to hear more of his madness.

“David Dexter LAB electronic music performer,producer,founder of TEKKEN SOUND HEAD in 2004. He Grow up in punk & electronic punk free tekkno music parties and festival’s,in year 2004 start with independent label TEKKEN SOUND HEAD. From 2009 located in Berlin where released different kind of electronic music styles albums,EP and songs from his 2 music projects (Dexter LAB & PsychoBunny23) under his label. Now still workin for himself but also cooperate with vocalists (sound design) ,musicans.agencys,producers.”

For more info: facebook.com/devil.inside8 and facebook.com/DDLofficialpage

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 13, 2012 at 4:37 am, filed under music, promotion and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Cassette Doormat

A $50 cassette doormat. If it were a Maxell XLII 90 I may have considered it.

“If you have fond memories of avoiding The Electric Slide or making mix tapes of your favorite songs from the radio, you’re probably grinning like a fool at this Cassette Doormat. Designed to look like a K7 tape, this rubber doormat is ready to receive your dirty feet. Unlike a cassette tape, it will never require winding with a pencil and it will never wear down to the point of not working anymore. You can even wash it off with the hose when you don’t like the stuff that’s on it. Can’t say that about a real cassette!” – thinkgeek

For more info: thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/ecd4/

via laughingsquid

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Metal Scratch

A free sample library of Metal Scratches. I can’t see any reason not to have this on your hard drive. Say thanks to Martin Oskera for doing these: click here

“This fourth library of The Binaural Collection consists of metal scratches. The recipe for this pack was simple: a metal housing from a deceased tape deck and a few sharp and blunt objects to ruin the surface of the housing. I tried to capture all the nuances of the sounds and make the sounds as big as possible without any additional processing so I close mic’ed them with the front perspective of my dummy head. Metal Scratch contains 126 a variety of metal scratches.” ongelegen.com

For more info: ongelegen.com…metal_scratch

photo credit: Laurence Grayson

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm, filed under sounds and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Apple 2012

Yesterday, Apple showed off iOS 6, Mac OSX Mountain Lion and new Macbook Pro’s with Retina displays. None of the upgrades will mean much specifically for musicians. The new Macbook Pro is of course lust worthy but be carefully you loose the Firewire port. An adapter will keep your audio interface working but it’s worth mentioning. Mountain Lion continues to push the idea of files being stored with their own apps (now also in iCloud). I’m old school and like pushing my files all around between different Apps but Apple knows for beginners it makes more sense to do it the new way. Making the same file and changes to the file instantly available on iOS and Mac OSX also pushes developers to make compatible Apps that work on both platforms. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the great iOS music stuff on Mac OSX. Everything is getting a lot slicker. A native Notes app that syncs across iOS & Mac OS (goodbye Simplenote/Notational Velocity?), a night mode for the Phone that looks excellent, built-in turn by turn GPS with new Maps and Passbook. Passbook stores tickets to concerts, movies, flights and will be another good step in eliminating paper. Later in the year we are sure to see a new iPhone and maybe some TV product. Yes I am still a fanboy.

“iOS 6 gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better.” – Apple

For more info: apple.com

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Sonic Charge Permut8

Sonic Charge who make the excellent uToniq, Synplant and Bitspeek are gearing up to release something called Permut8. There’s a thread over at the KVR forums getting into what it could be (link). My guess it uses some Bitspeek tech and is sort of a bit-crusher, filter, fxstep sequencer with feedback? Someone there mentioned it could have software like Otto Biscuit. I think it will be a good one!

“NDA, I’m afraid. But it’s a doozy of a plugin. Definitely not a one-trick pony.” – ariston

For more info: soniccharge.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 10, 2012 at 8:46 am, filed under plug-ins 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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