Here is a very pretty and nice sounding video demo of the Mutable Instruments Grids, Hexinverter Jupiter Storm, Tiptop Audio CP909 Clap, Cwejman BLD, Innerclock Sync-Gen IIls and more. Chris Whitten has a nice selection of modules don’t you think?
“Video demonstrating several instances of Grids and Jupiter Storm. Kick:TipTop BD909 Cwejman BLD Open Hat:Jupiter Storm Noise>WMD Synchrodyne BPF Noise Percussion:Jupiter Storm Noise>Synchrodyne BPF>WMD MMVCA (stereo panning) Bass:Grids>Cwejman BLD Clap:Grids>Tip Top 909CP>Make Noise Echophon Chords:Grids>Cwejman ADSR-VC2. Bubblesound VCO>Erthenvar Patch Chord>SynchrodyneLPF>Make Noise Echophon Snare:Grids>Jupiter Storm>Echophon No Midi No EQ Sync to Pro Tools>Innerclock IILS” – Chris Whitten
For more info: hexinverter.net and mutable-instruments.net
I can’t imagine a cooler clock for a synthesizer recording studio. You can special order this Heathkit OR-1 oscilloclock and a very cool looking Model 1 version at oscilloclock.com.
“From 1947 to 1992, the U.S. based Heath Company produced electronic kits for everything you can imagine: radios, TVs, computers, robots, ham gear, and electronic test equipment. Yes, you guessed it – they also produced kits for oscilloscopes! My Grandpa purchased one such scope, the Heathkit OR-1, around 1960. …The problem is, I have too many oscilloscopes. But I don’t have enough Oscilloclocks. What more fitting way to keep Grandpa’s legacy alive, than to retrofit his Heathkit?” – oscilloclock.com
For more info: oscilloclock.com
How about some Russian synthpop from 1984? This is the band Forum and their song Let’s Call Each Other. It’s good to know while our governments each had hundreds of nukes aimed at each other most of us were doing far more important things such as synthing out.
“USSR: utterly sick synthesizer rhythms” – Jack Saba (Youtube)
For more info: http://www.discogs.com/forum/12
Every major tech company seems to be making a watch. I’ve never worn a watch and since I have a smart phone don’t need one to tell time. Initially when I heard Apple maybe making one I thought it was a really stupid idea. I rarely use notification center and the last thing I want is little updates on my wrist. From a music tech blog angle I guess it would be cool to have an audio recorder on my wrist but I wouldn’t buy an iWatch just for that. Then I got thinking and I’m going to speculate what this watch actually will be. We know Apple bought a fingerprint authorization company. You put your finger on a device and it becomes unlocked. My guess is the iWatch will be a digital wallet. A payment device. Pulling a smart phone or leather wallet out of your back pocket could be considered a pain. With the iWatch you touch it with your finger and you pay. It will also be linked to tickets and such via the Passbook app. There you have my guess. Tell me in the fall if I am correct.
“Apple has been on something of a world tour securing trademarks for its anticipated “iWatch.” After first seeking trademarks in Russia and Jamaica back in June, and more recently filing for the “iWatch” name in Japan, Apple has applied for the same trademark in Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey.” – mashable.com
For more info: apple.com
Philippe Laurent is from France and Distorsion was recorded sometime in the early 80s. It was re-released in 2011 on Minimal Wave Records. Be sure to head to Philippe’s Facebook page to see some of his great live show photos as they have a super 80s aesthetic: click here
“Philippe Laurent is a plastic artist, musician and designer. Whether working with graphic codes or digital codes, plastic arts or music, Laurent’s approach is one of research, specifically having to do with people’s perception of signs and symbols. As a multi-media artist, he has always been open to new technologies, whether he is composing musical works or creating graphic works. During the 90s, he reached a landmark with his inter-disciplinary work via shows in France and Germany, by designing complex pieces that mixed various advanced techniques. His paintings, the illusion of calligraphies on monochromic funds, pose a question about the relationship between signs and meanings.” – minimalwave.com
For more info: minimalwave.com/artists/artist/philippe-laurent
There are lots of T-shirts in this world. This is one of them.
“A meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” – Wikipedia
For more info: knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-d
On Saturday night I went to the second annual Control Voltage Fair at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. It was at last year’s event where I first got the modular bug. Since that show I learned all I could about the Eurorack modular format and have purchased 31 modules and 4 racks to hold them. The modular “scene” is small and everyone I’ve met online, at Control or at these events has been friendly, helpful and really into it. It was extremely hot and humid on Saturday evening and this year the booths and live shows were outdoors. After a quick walkthrough I first stopped at the Tiptop Audio booth to play with the Trigger Riot and see the new Mix Z prototype. The TR lives up to it’s name as within a 30 seconds you can have a mass of drums making noise. The Mix Z is a mixer with a bus on it’s backside so you don’t have to patch the audio in from Tiptop drum modules. I met Richard Devine at the Make Noise booth. We discussed how he soundproofed his new studio. We also talked about how it’s important for children to hear a lot of music as they develop and how his own kid may end up a little different because of the modular sounds she’s hearing vs Row Row Row Your Boat. Ben Casey from Bangbang was there. He’s the de-facto Elektron dealer in NYC. Musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Knas the maker of the Polygamist synth were seen hanging out. Before the actual performances startetd Jeremiah Johnson had a small crowd gather around him while he improvised on the massive Control setup. They had the new Mutable Instruments modules in their giant Goikes racks and Jeremiah was making good noise with them. I talked to him after his was done about European gigs. I enjoyed Keith Fullerton Whitman’s performance. Modular sounds good live and outdoors. I like my music more structured and evil but it had moments where I wondered how he was doing it. Richard Devine’s performance had a certain sound to it. Plucky, vactrolish and for most of it happily quite dark. Due to the Tequila icey drinks they were serving right outside the festival I tired out and missed Lori Napoleon. Be sure to see my entire set of photos on flickr: click here
“People walking by outside audibly confused by the noise pouring out on to the street from RichardDevine ‘s set.” – Anthony Saunders
For more info: rivertorivernyc.com/artists/control-voltage