Sonification of Everday Things

Dennis P. Paul lives in Bremen, Germany. He’s a professor and self proclaimed “interaction designer”. He’s created a pseudo Theremin, Roland D-Beam lazer device to show how every day physical objects can be used as sequence generators. Who needs a MIDI file when you just just pick a plastic clown head?

“A translator and controller module transforms the measured distance values into audible frequencies, notes, and scales. It also controlls the stepper-motor’s speed.” – dennisppaul.de

For more info: dennisppaul.de/an-instrument…

iOS6 and AudioBus

iOS6 will be released today. While I still do the bulk of my pro-audio work on my iMac or Macbook Pro I am using my iPhone and iPads more and more. Yes the previous sentence shows my fruit company addiction. Nevertheless just recently I was recording some female vocals and to lead the chorus in I grabbed a sound from the iPad app Samplewiz. I did it without thinking much… it’s just part of my workflow now. iOS6 brings some nice new features as far as audio is concerned. Sonicstate has a good write up (here) on what’s coming but here’s three things: Audio and Video Sampling During Playback, Inter-app audio and Multi-route audio. These additions plus the recently approved AudioBus spec along with more powerful iOS devices mean you will soon be working with multiple audio apps at the same time in a big way. It’s going to be great to see what innovative apps are going to take advantage of all this.

“Live, app-to-app audio streaming for iOS. No hardware required.” – audiob.us

For more info: iOS6, AudioBus and Sonicstate

The Man Master Ltd Edition 7″

I just wanted to share the new a very limited edition 7″ vinyl of my last release’s original song The Man Master and a never heard before B-side Drink with Me is now available on Sweden’s Flexiwave records.

“FlexiWave is very proud to present the next 7-inch with no -less than the legendary producer Oliver Chesler aka The Horrorist. Here he presents 2-tracks of rough Body-Wave music. Not to be missed out on.” – flexiwaves.com

For more info: skerriethings.com/Flexi006/TheHorrorist-TheManMaster

UVI The Beast

If your a fan of 80s music you’ve heard the Synclavier. Some notable users of the Synclavier include Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Trevor Horn (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Grace Jones), and Michael Jackson. I’ve posted news of other French company UVI’s sample libraries because I think they really get it right. I recently used their Emulation II sample library on a new secret side project I’ve been working on (something with some powerful female vocals!). The Beast is UVI’s take on the Synclavier. The videos above really show off what it sounds like.

“The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer, polyphonic digital sampling system, and music workstation, manufactured by New England Digital Corporation, Norwich, VT. The original design and development of the Synclavier prototype occurred at Dartmouth College with the collaboration of Professor Jon Appleton, Professor of Digital Electronics, Sydney A. Alonso, and Dartmouth, Thayer School of Engineering student software programmer, Cameron Jones.” – Wikipedia

For more info: uvisoundsource.com

photo credit: tomita

MFB Urzwerg Pro MKii

Once I got my Doepfer Dark Time analog sequencer it was clear I need more analog sequencers. The Analog Solutions Telemark is a nice choice and there are numerous modular sequencer and crazy sequence generators. However, I really have my eye on one of these MFB Urzwergs. The Pro version adds lights that follow the sequencer and MIDI out. I like this box because its small and I find I’m bring my Dark Time out with me to everyone’s studios because well analog sequencing is fun. The Urzwerg also has 4 rows of 8 step sequences which is just awesome. I’m actually not sure what the different is between the Pro and new Pro MKII. Is it just the wooden sides? If the wooden sides are wide enough like the ones on the Dark Time there is a big advantage to them in that you can stand the unit up. The price of the Pro at Schneiders Beuro can’t be beat at 361 Euro!

“MFB’s step-sequencer URZWERG PRO is the extended version of our URZWERG. This advanced version has been inspired by feature requests and suggestions of many users to ensure better flexibility than ever. Most prominently, URZWERG PRO now offers output of MIDI-notes and -controllers as well as 32 individual step LEDs to keep track of the sequences’ status.” – mfberlin.de

For more info: mfberlin.de

New York Techno in the Early 90s

I was recently contacted by Michaelangelo Matos for Red Bull Music Academy. He wanted to interview me about the start of the NY techno scene in the early 90s. Sometimes in life you are at the right place at the right time and you get to take part in something new. Be sure to click the link below to read the full article.

“That was the mindset Chesler played to under his alias the Horrorist. “Somewhere around ’96, I started to really get an itch to return to new wave and industrial,” he says. “There are really good techno producers with a lot of skill. The only way for me to stand out was to use my own voice and tell my own story. I did my first drugs around that time, so I [wrote] stories about drugs.” Tales such as “Mission Ecstasy” – with its unforgettably blunt tag line, “Because I like fucking drugs” – and “One Night In NYC,” about an NYU student’s trip to the Limelight to pick up a guy who “fucks her all night” in her dorm room, were unsettling. Chesler shopped them to a number of labels. “Nobody wanted them,” he says with a laugh, “so I started my own label.” He called it, hopefully, Things To Come.” – redbullmusicacademy.com

Read the full article: redbullmusicacademy.com/new-york-techno

Portishead Synth Tour

Portishead is one of the bands I really love because they sound like Portishead. Nothing else really sounds like they do and to top it off they sound great. Dark, romantic and painful. Right up my alley. The cherry on top is they use a lot of real analog synths. Band member Adrian Utley shows us some of what they have in the video above.

“Portishead are a band formed in 1991 in Bristol, England. The band is named after the nearby town of the same name, 13 km (8 mi) west of Bristol. Portishead consists of Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, and Adrian Utley, while sometimes citing a fourth member, Dave McDonald, an engineer on Dummy and Portishead.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Utley

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Tyme Sefari 2

I’ve fallen in love with my little Eurorack modular system. I’ve also become quickly obsessed with finding out what all the different available modules can do. One module high on my list is the Make Noise Photogene. It’s like a sampler, looper, slicers yet with CV control. Scott Jaeger the crazy man behind the Harvestman modules also has a similar type of module and he’s about to release a new version of it called the Tyme Sefari 2. I’m not sure the exact differences between the Photogene and Tyme Sefari 2 but one or the other is coming my way this year. If you a fan of the movie THX-1138’s constant futuristic gibberish you owe it to yourself to check these modules out.

“Scott Jaeger of Harvestman posted a revised version of the sampling/destruction Tyme Sefari on his social media outlets.” – trashaudio.com

For more info: theharvestman.org and makenoisemusic.com

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1979 EMS Synthi E

Here is a very rare 1979 EMS Synthi E that is for sale on eBay. There are a few very beautifully designed synths in this world. In my mind this one takes the number 3 most pretty synth right behind the Minimoog Voyager and Waldorf Wave. What a stunner! If I had $10,000 in disposable income I would quickly click the Buy Now button. So pretty! The videos are not the particular Synthi E on sale.

“For your consideration is this vintage 1979 Electronic Music Studios (EMS) Synthi-E analog synthesizer. Experts have estimated that this incredibly rare synth was produced in limited numbers, in fact, most approximate that less than 200 were manufactured. Of those that have been documented, it is difficult to find a better example, especially such a fine specimen with the original matching DKE keyboard (serial number 7137) and original patch cables. While highly collectible Synthi-A versions are somewhat accessible, the Synthi-E is virtually E-xtinct. Do not miss this opportunity own one of the coolest and rarest synths ever made, because it is possible another will not appear available on eBay for years to come.” – los.angeles.guitar.shop

For the eBay listing: ebay.com/itm/1979-EMS-SYNTHI-E…

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