Pre-show Backup

Here’s a quick tip or really more a reminder. I’m heading to Amsterdam later today to play a live show. I have a long list of things to do before I head out the door. Here’s two of them. They may seem obvious but either can fix a disaster. First, I back up my computer using SuperDuper!. I plug-in an external hard drive and make a clone of my laptop drive. My laptop is about to fly around the world. It can be stolen, dropped, confiscated, doused in beer and a lot of other things. If anything does happen I can get back to work day one when I return with the clone drive. The other possible life saver is making a backup live show. I record a run through of my live show and make an MP3 of the just the music. I throw that on a USB stick. If my laptop dies or doesn’t make it to the show at the very least I can stand on stage and give the fans “something”. I use a USB stick and MP3 because a lot of new CD and DJ mixers will read those formats. It’s better than not performing at all. In 23 years I’ve never had to use these emegency measures but that won’t stop me from preparing them every time.

“SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and SuperDuper’s built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically.” –

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Ground Zero – The Netherlands

This Saturday night I will be performing at a large techno festival in The Netherlands called Ground Zero. The event takes place in Bussloo which is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Amsterdam. There are 6 stages and about 50 DJs or live acts. It’s all “hardcore techno” of some type. There’s going to a large number of people there. To get an idea of what this will be like take a look at some of the photos of my live at Ground Zero 2008: If you do make it out to see my show try and say hello!

“Ground Zero 2012 is now more than ever before going to be a festival for the real hard-dance junkies, with a massive underground line-up, representing known and unknown artists from Holland and way abroad like no other festival does! Deep in the dark and mysterious woods of Bussloo, with all of its legends, Ground Zero 2012 is going to be a unique festival that will squeeze the living hell out of the night, all the way until a breathtaking morning sun merges above the lake to announce a brand new day!” –

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Quick Octave Changing

I was amazed this week to discover there is a useful keyboard shortcut that I didn’t already know about in Ableton Live. Check the video above on how to quickly jump octaves in Ableton Live.

“Thavius shows how to quickly transpose and shift octaves by simply holding Shift + Arrow Up (to go up an octave) or Shift + Arrow Down (to go down an octave).” –

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Feed – Official Release Promo Video from djgunn on Vimeo.

Here’s another new iPad music app with a wicked interface. This one is called FEED (iTunes link). It’s a sampler/looper. The waveform is circular. You can loop any parts of it. The circle size controls volume. You can scrub and more. $1.99 USD.

“Feed enables complex, rich manipulation of a “live feed” of sound. Record, playback, loop, pitchshift and modulate the live feed in a variety of ways to spontaneously create compositions from musical sources, spoken word or ambient sound.” –

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LinPlug CrX4

Peter and Pavol from LinPlug have released a new version of their Cronox sampler/synth plug-in called CrX4. It really is an all new plug-in adding a lot of new features but also dropping a few Cronox items. I love samplers and Linplug’s mod matrix has always been awesome. One feature I like is the Wavetable Generator that can be modulated. There is a demo so try it for yourself. $149 USD.

“CrX4 mixes up your samples in realtime like no other instrument. If you start with a kick sample you may end up with getting a fascinating pad from it, and you should not be astonished to get some punchy drums just from your vocal samples. Its CrX4, samples are only food for its versatile and unique engines, featuring 3 different specialized sample processing generators, an oscillator, a sophisticated noise generator and all the filters and modulations you expect from a fully fledged synthesizer.” – Linplug

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Intro to Modular

As I focus more on my new Eurorack Modular some people have been asking me what do the modules do and how to they work together. Conviently Zoë Blade created the video above. Start here to get a basic system going.

“A brief guide to sound synthesis / how synthesisers (synthesizers) work. Using a Doepfer A-100 modular synthesiser, I demonstrate CV pitch and gate signals, oscillators, attenuators, mixers, ADSR envelope generators and filters.” – Zoë Blade

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Beach Haven

This past weekend I went to Long Beach Island, NJ. The section I went to was called Beach Haven and the beach was Brant Beach. While it’s on the Jersey Shore it’s nothing like television show. It’s mostly quiet and very beautiful. I spoke with the lifeguard and the water was 78F-80F which is very warm for the Atlantic. I’m not sure if it was hurricane Isaac brewing in the south or it was normal but the waves were about 10 feet high. I was on my high school swim team and still swim often and these waves knocked me out of breath. I didn’t listen to any music on the way there or back. I didn’t listen to any music on the beach. No podcasts or news. Sometimes its important to clear your head. I can recommend Beach Haven as a good place to do it. To see the full set of photos: click here

“Beach Haven, known on LBI as the “Queen City,” is a late 19th century beach-front resort originally established in 1873 to house wealthy summer residents from Philadelphia. Although some of the major structures, including several hotels and a boardwalk, were lost to storms in the 1940s, a large portion of the town retains its Victorian and Edwardian character. The Beach Haven Historic District listed in the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s, encompasses the most intact buildings at the core of the resort.” – Wikipedia

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Angels In Jar – Wolfsheim

Put this song Angels in Jar on your cassette deck and drive somewhere fun tonight. Wolfsheim’s Markus Reinhardt and Peter Heppner were from Hamburg, Germany. This cassette was recorded in 1988.

“In January 2009 Heppner and Reinhardt splitted up due to personal differences caused by the solo activities of Heppner. Currently Reinhardt is fighting in court to get the right to continue the project Wolfsheim with a different singer.” – discogs

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Robotspeak from Oliver Chesler on Vimeo.

San Francisco Studio from Oliver Chesler on Vimeo.

On my recent trip to San Francisco I went by the synth shop Robotspeak. They have some cool stuff inside. New synths like the Minitaur and old cool items like Opcode Studio Vision Pro on display. They also have a modular workshop where you learn how to build your own modular. Tom Oberheim lives nearby and as you can see by the photo Bob Moog visited the store. The only thing in the store I wanted to buy wasn’t for sale. It was a circuit Vtech Tiny Tot Driver. Just see the video above to know what I am talking about. When he hit the horn I started offering money. Before I returned to NY I went by my brother’s studio space and showed him (he’s in the video above) and his friend Chris how cool the Doepfer Dark time is. You can see all the photos from my trip on flickr: click here.

“Once a Month, learn how to build Modules for you Modular synth setup. This is an ongoing workshop series that will feature different synth designers and focus on different components each month.” –

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