Back in NYC

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.

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Medic Modules Defribillator

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!” –

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Music Chills

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”.

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Silence Hallucination

Imagine a room which is totally silent. Imagine you hear your own organs. Imagine it drives you insane. Apparently such a room exists at the SAE Institute Adelaide. Living in noisy as hell NYC I wouldn’t mind some silent room therapy.

“Scientists at Minneapolis’ Orfield Labs created their own soundless room, an anechoic chamber. Their studies have found that when putting subjects within the chamber, they begin to hallucinate within 30 minutes. With an average quiet room having a sound level of 30 decibels, the anechoic chamber’s sound level is -9 decibels. The ceiling, floor, and walls of the chamber absorb sound rather than have it bounce off as normal objects do. The chamber is so quiet that the subjects can even hear their own organs functioning. Although extremely interesting, the experience is rather unpleasant. Not one subject has spent more than 45 minutes in the chamber alone. Leaving a person to only their thoughts, the chamber could drive them insane.” –

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Ableton Live 9 Audio to MIDI vs. Melodyne

Here’s an interesting comparison to see which does a better job at Audio to MIDI. Ableton Live or Melodyne? Whatever you think of the results as much as I love Melodyne and use it it’s not a feature built into Live therefor one step away from instant. I also don’t think you can Audio to Drums like you can in Live. The real killer feature for Audio to Midi is my own whistling or humming to create parts and ideas. Then again if I were deconstructing a full track to redo and remix its part Melodyne woud be essential.

“Some tests to see how Live 9 and Melodyne do when converting various audio clips to MIDI. Conversion of drums was not tested since Melodyne does not support that feature (they have their “Percussive” algorithm but it doesn’t export as multiple notes like Live does).” – thetrappar

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Eurorack Attack

I’ve been working on a few secret projects. This video is the start of one of them. We have a Wiard Oscillator being sequenced by an Intellijel uStep, modified by a Synthesis Technology E355, filtered by a Toppobrillo Multifilter and delay added from a Make Noise Echophon. The drums are Tiptop Audio 808s with a little compression on the kick via Ableton Live and the snare is smashed by a Plague Bearer. The Hihat is also from Tiptop.. its the 909s with the “raw” switch on. I love these drums with a passion.

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Self Destruct

Alvin Lucier, I Am Sitting in a Room. I Am Sitting in a Room different than the one you are in now. I Am Sitting in a Room different than the one you are in now. I Am Sitting in a Room different than the one you are in now.

“In 1969, composer Alvin Lucier created a work that’s half science demo, half wonderfully creepy art: he recorded and then re-recorded, his own voice, over and over, until it turned into nothing but noise. It’s the coolest thing you’ll hear today. Lucier’s recording—”I Am Sitting in a Room”—banks on the fact that for any given room (the one you’re in now, your bedroom, the mayor’s office), there are certain frequencies of sound that’ll resonate above all others. Every time a recording is made inside this room, these frequencies slowly creep in over everything else—namely, Lucier’s voice. With each successive version, Lucier sounds more like a robot trapped in a tin box, until he sounds like nothing at all.” – Gizmodo

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Back Online!

I’ve spent a good part of my spare time this week trying to get Wire to the Ear back online. The trouble started when I tried the automatic upgrade to WordPress 3.5. I’ve never had any issue just clicking upgrade. However this time I ended up locked out of the backend admin panel where I create posts and moderate comments. The upgrade would just hang on a white screen with the WordPress logo on top. The site itself was still online and I had a full backup so I wasn’t too worried. I received some amazing help from esmi who is a moderator. We tried many things such as disabling the plug-ins using phpMyAdmin, disabling the Wire to the Ear custom theme, re-uploading the 3.5 core files, checked the site’s errors using a debug mode, removing cookies from my computer that could have choking the upgrade and repaired the database. When none of those things worked I then created a new database, used the backup file and a rolled back version of WordPress (3.4.2). Then I think we found the problem. During the upload of the backup file one part was generating an error. I had to remove 2 lines of code from over 5000 to get the upload to work. After pointing to the new database the backend came to life again. So here I am again happy to post music tech, synth and strangeness. The next step is fix all the site errors, update the old theme to be compliant, figure out what those two lines where exactly and try and upgrade again! You may think that all this would discourage me from WordPress but actually the opposite. I love the customization, control and the community was there to help me.

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