Here’s another wonderful time machine find. Disco Volante is music project based in London from songwriter Terry Tanx. The single No Motion was released in 1984.
“In 1984 Disco Volante released a single “No Motion” C/W “Click” and “Punishment Tank”. The single did not do well commercially and due to a strike in the music press didn’t receive any publicity at all. The whole Electronic Music landscape has changed since the early 1980s. When Disco Volante recorded No Motion, the studio engineer was shocked, when arriving at the studio all of the equipment used on the single could be put into a couple of hold alls. For those interested in the technology the equipment used on the single was: Roland TB 303 Bassline, Roland TR 606 Drum-matix, Roland MC-202 Sequencer, Roland SH-09 Mono synth.” – discovolanteonline.com
Fingerlab the makers of one of the best iOS drum machines the DM-1 has released Musyc. I love pretty object and physics based touch sequencers. Others include synthPond, Soundrop, Aura Flux, Reactable and SoundyThingie to name a few. Musyc is really slick and if you’re into music at all a real joy! It’s free with in app purchases.
“Musyc is a fun and innovative music application where touch turns into music. No use of piano keyboard or partitions, draw shapes and listen to your piece of music while viewing sounds bouncing on the screen.” – fingerlab.net
“Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is performed in many cultures as a form of emotional expression, social interaction, or exercise, in a spiritual or performance setting, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans or other animals, as in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as a mating dances.” – Wikipedia
Friday night I did a DJ set at the Wreck Room in Bushwick. Bushwick has been transforming from a war zone to partly artist area for a while. Arriving on the block of the venue it reminded me of going out in the East Village in the late 80s. The Wreck Room is awash in red lights and graffiti with a long bar as soon as you enter. The sound system is wack as in not much bass but it’s loud enough and distorts in a way that feels more punk than just plain cheap. While I have been making DJing mixes for a long time I rarely play as a DJ out. I’ve been solely focused on my live act but this event signals a push to add DJ gigs to my overall repertoire. In fact I purposely didn’t promote Friday night because I wanted a warm up gig. I plan on playing a few different styles depending on where I can play. Im working on an old school EBM set and an cold wave obscur synthpop set. The first style I have ready is purely techno. You can hear about 30 minutes of what I did on Friday on Mixcloud (link). Track selection is really important to me and I’m spending a huge amount of time finding not only what I like but tracks that fit a certain danceable mindset. DJing and playing live feel and are very different to me. However, I do have an F1 Controller (like a little Monome) and I plan on deconstructing some of my own songs and playing them “live” in my DJ sets too. Thanks for Josh, Bill Kraemer and the others who played with me (Shawn O’ Sullivan & SSPS). To see more photos from the event on flickr: click here
“Outside, the streets bump and buckle like 1980s Beirut but inside, thanks to car part light fixtures, a pressed-tin ceiling and the rose brocade wallpaper, this cavernous, bare-brick space conjures up an atmosphere of languid libertinism that’s more like 1890s New Orleans. As the name suggests, Wreck Room is something akin to a punk-rock community center: A pool table offers stimulation on those rare nights when DJs aren’t spinning slinky industrial jams or when bands aren’t playing gritty trash rock. During the latter nights (mostly weekends), a double-doored buffer confines the din to the back room with its delightfully over-the-top tropical mural and thereby leaves the eerily indistinguishable boys and girls in black T-shirts to their earnest, tallboy-fueled conversations about the art of making ‘zines.” – nymag.com
Last weekend I hooked up my bike rack an went to my mothers house to ride through Tallman Park. In typical New York fashion the weather recently went from winter to almost summer instantly. Trees that were brown skeletons rapidly turned into bright beautiful green forests. Most people that don’t live in the area have no idea that surrounding Manhattan are some amazing beaches and parklands. It was just slightly raining and as you can hear in the soundcloud clips above Robins, Sparrows and other birds were really enjoying themselves. Rain usually brings a snake or two out onto the paths. I was not disappointed when I came across a giant 4 foot black rat snake. I also saw a few Turkey Vultures and there were Chipmunks all over the place.
“Tallman Mountain State Park comprises wooded country on the easterly slope of the Palisades uplands overlooking the Hudson and Piermont Marsh, which lies between the river and the slope. The marsh is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.” – nysparks.com
The Ataraxic Translatron is one of twelve new Eurorack modules about to be released from Noise Engineering. The Ataraxic is an oscillator like one from an 8bit video game console. I played with one at Control last week and it’s really fun. The purple module with little green display also looks cool as hell. About $150 USD.
“The Ataraxic Translatron is a linear feedback shift register oscillator similar to those used in the first generation of home video game consoles such as the Atari VCS as well as many other classic arcade games. Linear feedback shift registers are an ingenious way to produce a variety of sounds with an extremely small amount of hardware. The Atari VCS used only around 35 logic gates to produce all of its sounds. The complexity of tone for relatively minimal hardware made this synthesis technique common for sound in the first generation of video games where hardware costs were the primary development constraint. As video games entered popular culture these sounds became iconic but have seldom made it out of the video game world except when sampled from the games themselves or as their own genre of music “chiptunes”. The Ataraxic Translatron gives you classic arcade sounds in Eurorack format to be used just like any other VCO. 12 patches vary from a simple square wave to white noise with your favorite arcade sounds in between. All tones are available in 6 octaves range. A standard 1 volt per octave pitch control and CV control of the current patch are squeezed into a compact 4HP. An external clock mode that allows an external clock to drive the shift register allows for additional tone generation and modulation.” – noiseengineering.us
I have fond memories of watching Star Trek as a child. My father loved the show and we watched it together when he was home from work early enough. I went to see Star Trek Into Darkness on Saturday night. The movie is not one of the all time greats and it often parodies the original television show. That said it’s beautiful and extremely fun to watch. The entire film shines with pink and blue hues. The sound effects are also very good. In one scene two ships chase each other in Warp drive and the sound blew me away. It’s rare a movie does that. Take a look at the video above to see how sound designer Ben Burt created some of the effects in the movie. I was happy to hear he went the extra mile using things like styrofoam through a vacum cleaner. Everyone already knows Ben’s work as he created Dark Vader’s heavy breathing and the lightsaber hum.
“Much to the delight of Trekkies and science fiction fans everywhere, “Star Trek Into Darkness” zooms into theaters this weekend. Moviegoers will see big names such as Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana in the credits, but may miss another key role: that of sound designer. CNET’s Kara Tsuboi brings us this behind-the-scenes listen of how the sound effects were created in a studio far from Hollywood.” – cnet
Skinny Puppy’s new album is about to be released. Like a lot of old Industrial or EBM bands I lost faith that I would hear much new stuff that I would be interested in. However, when I heard the song 101 (2011) by the SP related Ohgr project I knew somewhere the old fire existed. Well here we have the new album Weapon and Skinny Puppy bought some of their old equipment back, dusted off other toys left in closets and return to their roots. You can hear a full preview of the new album at Revolver Mag (link). Listen to the songs Wornin’, saLvo and the new version of Solvent and you are transported.
It’s Thursday so basically the weekend starts now right? To get us into the mood check out this Matt Minimal set. There are parts of this say at 6:34, 26:12, 33:14, 40:08, 43:50, 50:13 that will make you put your makeup on, grab a drink and get the party started. Purely deep bass and techno fun.
“Matt Minimal @ Tapedeck Special Electrosound.tv 10.02.2011 with Miro Pajic & Jens Schröder in Berlin!”