Future Music on Modular

This month’s Future Music magazine has a video interview with musician Benge about his modulars. There’s also text interviews with Carl Craig, Clark, Jimmy Edgar, Zombie Nation and Simian Mobile Disco on their favorite modules.

“We’ve gone back a step and realized with everything being done inside the computer may have been a bit of a kind of a wrong direction.” – Benge

For more info: musicradar.com/top-djs-and-producers-modular-synths

Kline Coma Xero

Here is some new cold wave, synthpop created in California with Eurorack modules and analog drum machines. Kline Coma Xero is Tony Williams. I think the song Fanatic is my favorite so far. I’m definitely looking forward to more.

“Kline Coma Xero is a minimal wave/synth project produced by Tony Williams from California. The distinctive sound of Kline Coma Xero is produced solely from analogue instruments, producing a cold yet beautifully crafted melodies and rhythms. Such inspiration could only be found in the early European minimal wave/synth groups from the 1980′s. The project gained inception in June of 2012 and offer…s an alternative to the arbitrary use of the laptop as an instrument which has become indicative of modern electronic music. The minimal melodies are layered with melancholy vocals with lyrical content and philosophical outlook inspired from the authors like JG Ballard and Thomas Pynchon.” – SoundIndieMusic

For more info: facebook.com/klinecomaxero and soundcloud.com/kline…

Traktor DJ for iPad

It really doesn’t matter to me what method you use to play me music when I’m out at a club. All I want is a party with great music. I still press vinyl when I can but I also love all this touch stuff. Traktor DJ from Native Instruments was inevitable and it’s pretty fun to touch waveforms. I think the Freeze mode shows off a cool feature you can’t do with desktop Traktor. Available now for $20.

“TRAKTOR DJ brings the leading pro DJ software to iOS with an intuitive app for instant, high-impact DJ sets. Create mixes in seconds – put your hands directly on beautiful waveforms and manipulate them using gestures you already know. Auto tempo detection makes track syncing effortless while iTunes integration turns your library into a virtual crate to dig through – TRAKTOR PRO’s acclaimed sync engine keeps tracks locked together so mixes hit hard. TRAKTOR DJ also syncs effortlessly toTRAKTOR PRO 2, allowing you to share essential track data – beat grids, BPM counts, and cue points.” – native-instruments.com

For more info: native-instruments.com/en/products/dj/traktor-dj

The Badgers

The Badgers are a duo from Strasbourg, France. I really liked the mix above which includes my (The Horrorist) track Incredible.

“We’re both huge fans of fantasy and horror cinema and this is our biggest influence. Our heroes are John Carpenter, Danny Elfman , Jerry Goldsmith , Fabio Frizzi , Christopher Young , … We always made music with lots of images in my head, as if we could not help but imagine a scene from a movie.” – disordance.net

For more info: disordance.net

PixiVisor

I love 80s analog video, VHS glitch effects. I use my Bleep Labs HSS3i for my live show video and have my eye on the LZX Analog Video modular modules. PixiVisor is a new app for iOS that allows you to transmit video from an iPhone to a reciever iPad app. The video is transmitted via audio through the air. The results are very cool and the Receiver app allows you to further customize the image. You can also use a cable to connect the transmitter and receiver and then use a filter to modify the image. In the last video above you see an analog mixer sending different signals to the transmitter therefore becoming a video mixer. This is wonderful.

“PixiVisor is a revolutionary tool for audio-visual experiments. Simple and fun, cross-platform application with unlimited potential for creativity! It consists of two parts: Transmitter and Receiver. Transmitter converts the video (static 64×64 image or 10FPS animation) to sound, pixel by pixel (progressive scan). This lets you listen to the sound of your image. But the main function of the Transmitter is to transmit the signal to the receiving devices. Receiver converts the sound (from microphone or Line-in input) back to video. You can set the color palette for this video, and record it to animated GIF file.” – warmplace.ru

For more info: warmplace.ru/soft/pixivisor

Control I’m Here

Last night I went to Control in Williamsburg to see Richard Nicol from Pittsburgh Modular. There was a decent turnout including a few girls, a dog, beer, whiskey and Vince Clarke. There was a Q&A and then people took turns on the new Pitsburgh Modular Cell systems. I asked a few questions. I have some space about the size of a 8″ monitor speaker on my desk and I wanted to know if Richard was planning on making a 3 tier high Cell [48] case. The answer is yes and he plans to go to 4 high or maybe even higher. I also asked if he was planning any drum modules but he thinks that’s been covered by Tiptop so he’s not going to try at this time. Later in a one on one discussion I learned his main focus is keeping prices low. There’s really nothing wrong with that as his modules do sound great. After playing with the Cell systems myself I made myself over to Vince Clarke and had a nice 20 minute conversation with him. He’s a nice guy and like really into synths so I could talk for hours with him. I admit driving home I put on Yaz and then I realized I’ve now met every person who was ever in Depeche Mode (epic!). Thanks to Daren and Jonas (the store owners) for a fun evening. To see a full set of photos: click here

“All of the Pittsburgh modules are handmade with the look of 1950?s science fiction laboratory equipment using bold components and unique layouts to promote interaction and experimentation.” – Pittsburgh Modular

For more info: pittsburghmodular.com, ctrl-mod.com and vinceclarkemusic.com

Delptronics Trigger Sequencer

Trigger sequencer are the rage right now in Eurorack. We recently saw Pamela’s Workout, the upcoming Tiptop Audio Trigger Riot and now the Delptronics Trigger Sequencer. They all have interesting ways to get your drums and bleeps going. The Delptronics will be $190 USD and available soon.

“This is a preview of the new trigger sequencer eurorack module from Delptronics which debuted at NAMM 2013.” – delptronics.com

For more info: delptronics.com

Evil Fingers

I stopped by Control in Williamsburg yesterday. Jonas put together a patch consisting of a Synth Tech E560 Deflector Shield, Make Noise Optomix, Function, Pressure Points and Brains. We were discussing how great the Synth Tech modules were and how the Vactrols in the Make Noise stuff makes things sound rubbery in a good way. Vactrols use LEDs inside the modules to control parameters.

“A Vactrol is an optoelectronic device consisting of a source and detector of light, which are optically coupled and electrically isolated from each other. The light source is usually a light-emitting diode (LED), a miniature incandescent lamp, or sometimes a neon lamp, whereas the detector is a semiconductor-based photoresistor made of cadmium selenide (CdSe) or cadmium sulfide (CdS). The source and detector are coupled through a transparent glue or through the air.” – Wikipedia

For more info: ctrl-mod.com