DSX – Anonymous

Here’s a new piece of patent leather synth music to pre-order. My friend Daniel Myer of Haujobb let me know about DSX. This is a side project of Dejan Samardzic. My favorite on this is “Don’t Resist” which has a proper EBM feel to it. The pacing of the song’s arrangement is really good. The vocals come in and out in a nicely psychotic manner. I also really like “Information War” which reminds me a lot of David Carretta’s darker stuff. Expect to see that one many a future DJ mixes. It will also be available on Vinyl. Listen now and grab it December 14th.

“The first song ‘Demonic feat Emily Steigerwald’ reminds me of just enough Dive (Welcome to Hell) mixed with Gitane Demone’s (Incendiary Lover) eery singing style…. but better. ‘Don’t Resist’ is a relentless bass-driven track with a detuned synth-lead reminding me to The Normal’s (Warm Leatherette)… but harder.” – peek-a-boo-magazine.be

For more info: dsxmusic.bandcamp.com

Vectrex Regeneration

I always wanted a Vectrex. Vectrex Regeneration for iOS bring those games and all it’s vector graphics to the world today. It works with iCade. Time to take a break from work and music and get your zaps on.

“The Vectrex is a vector display-based video game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering. It was licensed and distributed first by General Consumer Electric, and then by Milton Bradley Company after their purchase of GCE. It was released in November 1982 at a retail price of $199 ($460 adjusted for inflation); as Milton Bradley took over international marketing the price dropped to $150 and then $100 shortly before the video game crash of 1983. The Vectrex exited the market in early 1984. Unlike other non-portable video game consoles, which connected to televisions and rendered raster graphics, the Vectrex has an integrated vector monitor which displays vector graphics. The monochrome Vectrex uses plastic screen overlays to simulate color and various static graphics and decorations. At the time, many of the most popular arcade games used vector displays, and through a licensing deal with Cinematronics, GCE was able to produce high-quality versions of arcade games such as Space Wars and Armor Attack.” – Wikipedia

For more info: vectrexregeneration.com

photo credits: Carlo Fumarola, RealRedRaider and toucharcade

MIDI 30 Years

MIDI is 30 years old today! The acronym stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and it was created by Dave Smith. You know his name because he’s the guy behind Sequential Circuits and Dave Smith Instruments. We are all very lucky that Dave decided to give MIDI away for free and convince other manufactures to use it. To celebrate the day the BBC interviewed Dave Smith about the birth of MIDI. Read the article here: How MIDI changed the world of music.

“What Smith did next would transform the way recording studios worked, and create a revolution in music and recording production. He persuaded manufacturers to adopt a common format which allowed their synthesisers to be controlled externally by another keyboard potentially made by a rival manufacturer, or even by a computer. It was called Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and would soon become the industry standard for connecting different makes of synthesisers, drum machines, samplers and computers.” – bbc.co.uk

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI

MacBeth Nexus 1

Ken Macbeth makes a third iteration of his new synth this time with a touchplate. This one is called the Nexus 1. Purely sexy no!?!

“This is the first demo of the complimentary synth to the micromac series. 4 Oscillators, Dual State Variable Filter and 4 Envelope generators should get you started, The touch keyboard rounds it up! See you at NAMM ’13!” – Ken Macbeth

For more info: facebook.com/ken.macbeth

Dieter’s Dance Party

Sprockets was a SNL skit. I admit my idea of a good club is basically Dieter’s Dance Party. Video link: youtube.com/watch?v=LxQ6olQjebg

“Sprockets was a recurring, fictional West German television talk show sketch created by actor, writer and comedian Mike Myers with Canadian actor Dana Andersen for Second City Theatre. The show parodied German stereotypes, especially those pertaining to German seriousness, efficiency, and precision.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprockets_(Saturday_Night_Live)

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Simon Cowell attacks ‘weirdo’ Martin Gore

Martin Gore decided to publicly state Simon Cowell should be shot. He’s right of course. Simon then retaliates and calls Gore a weirdo (quote below) but let’s face the truth here… Martin has the most obsessed fans in the world. Seriously if he says go shoot someone the chances of someone wearing a lot of black showing up at Simon’s house is pretty high. Be careful who you call a weirdo!

“I read Martin Gore wants to shoot me. He was in Depeche Mode. Do you realise how weird and stupid that makes you.” – Simon Cowell

For more info: nme.com/news/depeche-mode/67393

Korg iPolysix

Korg has released iPolysix an iPad version of it’s classic Polysix synthesizer. Unlike the original there is a step sequencer, drum machine, chordal mode, Soundcloud sharing and Kaoss type effects pads. About $15 USD.

“iPolysix is an analog polyphonic synthesizer that’s been carefully designed to take full advantage of the 7.9-inch display of the new iPad mini as well as the iPad. Bringing together a sequencer, drum machine, and even a mixer, it transforms your iPad or iPad mini into the ultimate analog synth studio. Pack an amazing set of early-’80s analog equipment into your iPad, and time-travel back to the dawn of polyphonic synthesizers!” – Korg

For more info: korg.com/iPad_Apps

Cyber Monday

Today is a good day to get some deals on pro-audio software. The best place to see a list of what’s going cheap is over at: rekkerd.org/deals-deals-deals. Native Intruments, Izotope, Waves, Slate Digital, Ableton, IK Multimedia, Cakewalk and many others are on the list. The only thing tempting me software wise this year is Izotope Trash 2.

“Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States, created by companies to persuade people to shop online.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Monday

Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser

Check out the above videos of the Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser. I’m not going to pretend that I understand how it works or even how to patch it. It sounds pretty sick though. $425 USD.

“Module A-101-3 is a 12 stage phase shifter with vactrols as phase shifting elements. Our design offers access to each of the 12 input and output stages leading to a lot of new filters that cannot be obtained in other ways. Especially the free patchable feedback loops.” – doepfer.de

For more info: doepfer.de/A1013

Thanksgiving 2012

Well it’s that time of year where Americans pig out and say thanks for all they have. I do have a lot to be thankful for. A good job, friends, family and health. So thanks for that and I mean it. More importantly thanks for inspiration. I’m making a lot of music and somehow I’m not repeating myself. Since this is an American holiday I posted two videos above that show some of America in action. Sure I could post our troops at war or something like that but honestly most of us are just working and playing.

“We will use this runway right here. Eyes outside”.

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving