Critter & Guitari is going Eurorack with the Melody Mill. Besides looking really cool (who doesn’t like those buttons!) it is a very useful 39HP. Read the quote below for a taste of what this can do. I am considering this one for sure. $360 USD.
“The Critter & Guitari Melody Mill is a note generation control module for Eurorack modular synthesizers. It contains a keyboard, CV outputs, CV clock input, built-in arpeggiators, a sequencer, and MIDI capabilities. Use the CV output to control oscillators. Connect your MIDI controller or computer into your modular setup using the MIDI input. Play notes, record and playback sequences and arpeggios on your favorite modules. Convert MIDI clock into CV pulses. Clock the arpeggiator with an LFO for strange melodies. ‘Hold’ notes for drones. Connect the built-in square wave oscillator directly to a filter or an amp.” – critterandguitari.com
For more info: critterandguitari.com/melody-mill
Here is what I consider a secret gem called Love Me by the German Shepherds. This is from 1985.
“Formed in San Francisco in 1981 by Stephen Scheatzle and Mark Hutchinson (aka Sandy Stark), the German Shepherds released two singles, one LP, and a slew of songs on comp’s. They were not a studio project, although they played live only occasionally in the early to mid-80′s. Their first single is “I Adore You,” a forgotten minimal synth nugget with an unforgettable rhythm box pattern. Fittingly, this confessional dirge is backed with “Booty Jones,” a tribute to convicted child molester Kenneth Parnell, which features Hutchinson’s menacing and child-like vocal affectations that later appear on other great tunes, “THC,” “First Man To Give Birth,” etc. Scant information exists on the whereabouts of the band. Misleading biographies and omissions are a part of their legend. For instance, they once announced the arrest of a band member on “trumped up child molestation charges” and suicide in order to promote the forthcoming LP, “Music For Sick Queers” (ARM vol.3 #8, 1985). There is no evidence that any arrest or suicide ever happened, yet the LP did come out. What else would one expect from a band who took audio samples from Jonestown to mock-torture Steve from Subterranean Rec’s?” – Discogs
I grew up loving Lego. Now I’m really into modular synthesizers. Now Korg has released Little Bits. A little random module? A small speaker? The modules are held together by magnets? So fun.
“The new Synth Kit includes an assortment of 12 electronic Bits modules that instantly snap together with magnets to create circuits like those used in KORG’s famous analog synthesizers. Modules included in the Synth Kit are power, oscillator (x2), filter, envelope, delay, keyboard, micro sequencer, mix, split, random, and synth speaker.” – Korg
For more info: korgusa.com
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Like many other electronic musicians lately I have been obsessed with my Eurorack modular. A few modules I own really stand out. Three of my favorites are from a company called Synthesis Technology. Synth-tech as people call them is Paul T. Schreiber. If you look at his resume you will see he is an experienced audio engineer. You can hear his expertise in his modules. Enjoy a one hour Wire to the Ear interview with Paul as we discuss Chris Randall, MOTM, an $18,000 home stereo, the end of Blackberry, Tandy Radio Shack, the power of digital, patents and stealing designs, Eurorack power issues, the upcoming E370 Quad Morphing VCO/E371, E102 Digital CV Processor/Quad Temporal Shifter and what would Paul eat as his death row meal.
“So a lot of people grew up drooling in music stores. I drooled in the stereo store and I wanted to have this stereo system that cost $18,000. So I told my wife…” – Paul T Schreiber
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I am very happy today because Wire to the Ear has turned 6 years old! Over 1,145,010 unique visitors have come by and have had a read over the years. These days that’s about 40,000 per month. If you look back through the archives you can watch music technology shift hype from VST/AU plug-ins to iOS and now to Eurorack modular. I’ve used the blog to share music with you and from time to time told you personal stories. Most of the comments now take place on social networks but that’s fine by me (follow me other places with the links below). A lot of you send me music or links to your products to post here. If I didn’t do so just know it either didn’t fit with the blog or I was just too busy to get to everything (I apologize). Last week I went to a WordPress user group in NYC to find some people to hire to help speed the blog up and get it refreshed. The archive is quite huge so backing up, upgrading WP and changing the theme takes some effort. Thank you very much to everyone who stops by and reads whatever I happen to find interesting!
“wire to the skin wire to the eyes wire to the nose wire to the skull wire to the ear”
As strange as it may seem I do most of my music discovery these days on YouTube. There’s no easier way or better place to find 80s synthpop demo cassettes. Google’s recommended videos on the right side of the page and people’s Playlists are very smart, accurate and change often. I also believe if you do not put your own music on Youtube someone else will. I would rather have the image I want as the still, control the links under the song and maybe allow monetization so I decided to start posting my full songs there. I came across a very useful website to help me do this called TunesToTube. It’s a very simple helper site that you upload a still image and an MP3 and then it combines them and posts them to Youtube in HD. It does this very quickly. It will store your still image making it easy to upload an album’s worth of tracks. If you donate a few dollars it will remove the tunestotube.com watermark. Last night I uploaded my latest album Fire Funmania effortlessly.
“What does TunesToTube do? It lets you upload an MP3 to YouTube. You upload an MP3 and an image to the TunesToTube server, it will combine them and create an HD video. Once the video is created, the YouTube API is used to upload it to your YouTube channel – this all takes around 20 seconds! Who is the site for? This site should be ideal for producers or musicians looking to promote their new music, or recording studios who need to upload samples of their artists’ new material to YouTube.” – tunestotube.com
For more info: tunestotube.com
My European tour was so much fun I decided to give the blog an unplanned break. But I have returned to NYC and am properly rested. Later today I will start posting again. There’s been some nice new toys released such as the new V2 Make Noise Maths. I also have a mountain of photos, videos and stories from my shows I can’t wait to share with you.
“A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities or locations.” – Wikipedia
For more info: thehorrorist.com
An interesting look at having in-ears created. Living in NYC I want anything that shuts out the outside world.
“Jude from Head-Fi and Mike from Ultimate Ears have stepped in to outfit her with a pair of custom earbuds! Of course, there’s a whole process involved with having these made… starting with custom ear molds.” – Tekzilla
For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/In-ear_monitor
The Medic Modules are from Tom Carpenter who also does the Analogue Solutions hardware. I’ve become friends with Tom and also own his Telemark. I’ve only been playing with the Medic Module Defibrillator for a few days but it’s really nice. It’s a dual VCF and VCA based on the Korg MS-20. As you can hear in the video above the VCA adds some sick power to my Wiard Oscillator. The Q or resonance is really sweet and musical sounding. Besides the sound source (the Wiard) sometimes I send an LFO in the CV to create the pulses and use a Pressure Points as a little keyboard. Consider this just a part one video. I am looking for suggestions on some possible crazy patches. There’s definetly going to be some nice stereo stuff to discover. Tom is an artists and like most of his stuff this is a very pretty module. The sliders with LEDs are oh so nice and well just look at the back of the unit! You can also order a version of the module covered in blood.
“LED sliders. Sliders have dust covers. Forensic UV Ink. Total analogue audio and modulation circuits (discrete). High quality solid construction. Unique art on front and rear of each module. Each module signed by Tom Carpenter. Super durable front panel print. Wipe clean medical surface!” – medicmodules.com
For more info: medicmodules.com
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I can give myself the chills or goose bumps on command by listening to some of my favorite music. It usually happens when there is a complex amazing sounding part I just love but can’t fathom how the artist did it. Other times it’s just such a strong music piece it blows my mind. Two very songs that give me chills are Double FM “Illusion” (link) and the intro to Depeche Mode “Black Celebration”.
“The medical term cutis anserina, are the bumps on a person’s skin at the base of body hairs which may involuntarily develop when a person is cold or experiences strong emotions such as fear, nostalgia, pleasure, euphoria, awe, admiration and sexual arousal.” – Wikipedia
For more info: mnn.com/why-does-music-give…