Gaumont Chronophone

My cousin Steve is a director/filmaker. He came across what could very well be the first DJ Mixer. The Gaumont Chronophone was designed for theater sure but it really makes you wonder if there is a time machine somewhere!

“In 1903 French engineer Leon Gaumont was granted patents for loudspeaker systems to go with his sound on disc talking films, which used one of Berliner’s Gramophones. In 1910 Gaumont demonstrated his Chronophone system, which synchronised sound and film, at the Gaumont Palace in Paris. The compressed-air amplifier, whiuch he called the Eglephone, was just a part of the whole system. The volume was enough for an audience of 4000. Initially the longest moving picture that could be made with synchronised sound was only 200ft, due to the limited playing time of the Gramophone record. (Projection was at 16 frames per second) Gaumont surmounted this problem by having two gramophone platters; a deft operator could switch between them to give a more or less continuous soundtrack.” – aqpl43.dsl.pipex.com

For more info: aqpl43.dsl.pipex.com/museum…

via Steve Monosson

MIDI-Controlled Analog Feedback In Ableton Live

I use feedback often in my own productions. In fact the “bat” sounds you here on TTC-001′s track Dark Invader is me holding an SM58 microphone in front of a speaker, sampled and reversed (2.21 in the SoundCloud clip above). The DJ Techtools video shows a hot tip on how to get it all going in Ableton Live with a distortion pedal.

“When sitting in front of a DAW with limitless software possibilities, it can be easy to forget that some of the coolest sounds and effects you can make can come from external effects processors. In today’s video, Mad Zach takes us through one of his favorite hardware wirings, an external distortion pedal setup. ” – djtechtools.com

For more info: djtechtools.com/2012/05/27/create-rockstar-style…

David Guetta Dj Tribute Act

Here’s a funny story going around. Apparently there is a David Guetta “Dj tribute act”. Loudat severely hates the idea. I think we are in a free world and if someone has the balls to try this and people want to see it why not.

“Well this is new. A tribute DJ. I’ll say that again: A tribute DJ.As in: a nobody who is pretending to be a Famous Disc Jockey, advertising himself as such and actually getting booked.” Loudat

Read the full story: loudat.com/david-guetta-dj-tribute-act-i-shit-you-not

via Dave Lane

5 Crucial Traktor Settings

Some very good tips from Ean Golden concerning Traktor preferences. I didn’t even have “Loading only into stopped deck” checked! Now I do.

“From simple latency adjustments to unknown crucial details like preventing accidental deck stops, I’m busting out the iSight camera and walking you through what you need to know!” Ean Golden

For more info: djtechtools.com

Traktor Kontrol F1

Destroy and twist along with mix. I see nothing wrong with this trend ala Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1. I know there will always be vinyl guards but I always say keep to the future. As a musician I welcome tech that lets me vomit audio pixels at crowds. Don’t look back because I won’t be there.

“The F1 blurs the lines between DJing and live performance.” – Native Instruments

For more info: native-instruments.com/traktor/?content=1881&page=2040

The Horrorist DJ Set March 3, 2012

The weekend is over but not for everyone. Here’s another “The Horrorist” DJ Set for everyone still going on a Monday and for all worker drones in cubicles. This week’s mix is a bit more party than last weeks. How about I give you an offical party story to go with this mix? About 10 years ago I performed in Amsterdam for some giant hardcore event. I think it was the Thunderdome 10 year thing. I did my show and was almost burnt alive Michael Jackson style when I climbed around on the stage and giant flames appeared out of the Thunderdome Wizard guy’s eyes. That must have what triggered my need to take a estacy pill. After and “after” is the key word I remembered Marc Acardipane asked me to sing Metal Man on stage while he did his thing. So of course he goes on and I jump up and as soon as I start screaming the lyrics the pills goes into overdrive. By the time I was done doing my best to scare everyone my legs were saying “hey I feel nice and light”. Those who know know what I mean. Anyway I walk around a look at 70,000 bald kids hopping like lunatics and get to the hotel with Matt Satronica. I do my best to keep my now well known reputation in order and find Marc Acardipane and other sober fools eating breakfast, order a shit ton of vodka, Jäger and whatever else. Satronica is a trooper and joins in as I abuse the wait staff. To make me feel better Acardipane charges all the alcohol to Lenny Dee’s room and Matt and I head into Amerstand to find DJ Jeroen Flammen. We figure he lives here and and well knows everyone so therefore knows where to score some more pills or anything else. We have the wrong address but unbelievably the taxi driver knows Flammen and take us there. Flammens not there and so we walk a bit and go into some Budist Monestary. It was cool but I’m not Zen and think religion is a waste of time so we walk some more. The sun is up and I’m still in my black show gear so it seemed fitting to go into some kinda of Dungeons and Dragons figurine store. They have those in Amsterdam and inside kids or unfortunately grown men play with toys and stage fake battles. I get into some deep conversations with everyone inside interupting every other sentence explaining that I’m “The Horrorist”. Eventually someone recognizes me or takes pitty and pretends they know who I am. It doesn’t matter my ego was healed for a minute so we left. Back into a cab and we basically told the guy we need to party ASAP. By then it was Monday and he said there was only one place called “The Living Room”. It was about 40 minutes outside the city but we had no choice so off we went. We get there and indeed the sign on the front door says, “The Living Room. Your Home for the Weekend!”. If you went there sober you would say something like, “Oh god horrible.”. Trashed on a Monday you say, “HOME!”. We go in and it’s all neon and blacklights. It’s half empty with a small round table in the center of the dance floor. I remember wondering “why the table?”. We drink and start dancing to extremely fast high energy trance. I look at Matt and he starts to sit down but I notice there’s someone in the seat. He ends up sitting on a very transexual person. I remember it being funny. In fact that moment alone was worth the years I took off my life for those 3 (ok 4) days. The club fills up with mega tranny’s and I’m in the middle of the dance floor with a full drink. I look next to me and there’s that table. I put my drink down and say, “ah that’s why!”. Enjoy this DJ set. No regrets.

“Thunderdome is a famous concept in hardcore techno and gabber music, and is mainly used for an ongoing series of parties and CD-albums. It is organized by the Dutch entertainment company ID&T. In 2002 the concept for the party was the ten year anniversary of Thunderdome.” – Wikipedia

For more info: thehorrorist.com

Ean Golden on G4

Ean shows off his new MIDI Fighter 3D and talks about what DJs can expect as pay. Does the 3D Fighter work with a Traktor S4 set up? What do you think of his pay scale thoughts? I think he’s close.

“A few months ago, Attack of the Show producers got in touch with Ean to see if he’d be interested in appearing in a new segment on their show, “Rad Jobs”. – djtechtools.com

For more info: djtechtools.com

Bluekim Tanzdiktator

About a year ago I started being contacted by promoters in Bogota, Colombia for a possible booking. At first I thought jeez I’m going to end up kidnapped eating cocaine leaves in the jungle. Since then some of my good friends played down there and loved it. I also realized they are into a lot of the music I’m into and certainly the show would fit. So if all can be arranged I’ll head way south at some point this year. One of the promoters known as Bluekim Tanzdiktator has a nifty EBM DJ sets that I thought I would share.

“Today she is part of the Complejo Industrial Crew (Bogota) and she is the official Dj of the french label managed by Dj Stamba “Deviation Sociale” in which she will be releasing her tracks soon.”

For more info: facebook.com/bluekim