Sound on Sound iPad Edition

My favorite pro-audio magazine Sound on Sound is now available on the iPad. As a print subscriber I wish they would give me a discount (or free) subscription. It will be tough to choose which way I go once my dead tree subscription is over. So far I haven’t enjoyed magazines on my iPad. Maybe the retina display and speed of the new iPad will change that. It’s definitely is nice to have on page audio clips available for a magazine like this. The timing of this release is also good because the FAA is also reviewing it’s policy on e-Readers on airplanes and traveling with a print issue and an iPad starts to get hefty. $4.99 per issue. $39.99 for 12 months.

“The iPad edition contains all the editorial content of the print magazine, enhanced with audio and other interactive media. This is a fully bespoke App, specifically developed to optimise the reading and viewing experience within the e-reader medium — not just PDFs of the print pages, so no scrolling required just to read a column of text!” – soundonsound.com

For more info: soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14809

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 19, 2012 at 5:49 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Goodbye Zoe

Today my heart aches and breaks. My beloved cat Zoe passed away this morning. Since the internet is run by cats and Zoe was my best friend I thought it appropriate I honor his sweetness here. The dark blue photo was a regular occurrence when there was a full moon. Zoe would end up on my chest around 3:00AM looking out the window purring. Goodbye Z!

“The domestic cat (Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus) is a small, usually furry, domesticated, carnivorous mammal.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 16, 2012 at 10:19 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Gridrunner

Every time Jeff Minter of Llamasoft releases an iOS game I post about here. I follow what he does like I did a teenager following Front 242. Forget this weeks Midway Classics release. If you want a better than arcade experience buy an iCase and download all Minter’s games. Gridrunner is one of his classics now repurposed for the iPad. It’s a very loud arcade LSD trip. Must have for those who know!

“Here’s another slick shooter from the developer who is rapidly gaining a reputation as the king of retro on iOS. Gridrunner was a much-loved and popular game on the Commodore Vic-20 and Commodore 64 back in 1982. Here the game is reimagined by its original author in the style of an early 1980s coin-op arcade machine. Of course this is a Minotaur Project game, so we ignore the limitations of such old hardware, borrowing just the style but presenting a slick, modern shooter that is a joy to play on iOS.” – minotaurproject.co.uk

For more info: minotaurproject.co.uk

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 24, 2012 at 7:33 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Love Sick

It’s Valentine’s Day so how appropriate is it to explain the greatest love song I ever wrote? I wrote this song for the obsessed, wanting, yearning. I wrote it for those who found fire in another persons eyes. I wrote it for those trapped in one place dying to be in another. I wrote it for us.

“Love sick dangerous blood falling from the sky. I want you everyone must die. Love sick unhappiness I scream into the night. I want you wrong or right. Love sick evilness on my way I lie. I want you everyone will cry. Love sick sickness people can’t understand. I want you I am a sick sick man. Love sick tenderness alone we dance. I want eternal romance.” – The Horrorist

Available: iTunes, Amazon and Beatport

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 14, 2012 at 7:59 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Spam Storm

I apologize if you posted a comment and it didn’t go through recently. As Wire to the Ear continues to grow the site is getting hit quite hard by spam. It almost all gets caught by Akismet and some other plug-ins however some of your own comments end up in there too. I’ve noticed a lot of larger blogs either turned off comments or use a third party system like Facebook connect or Disqus. For now I’m going to keep things as they are. I like the idea of having control on my own server. I should point out that most of the comments on each of these posts mostly takes place on my Facebook page with Twitter and Google+ trailing. Anywhere you create the discussion I enjoy it.

“The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Spam’s gelatinous glaze, or aspic, forms from the cooling of meat stock.” – Wikipedia

Here I am: Facebook, Twitter and Google+

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



FastFingers

My friend Noah Benzing sent me the first video above of Dan Laskowski and his 1980s Commodore 64 audio software FastFingers. I think Dan himself is the interesting part of this video.

“How did I get into the future?” – Dan Laskowski

photo credit: Matrixsynth

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Moog MINITAUR

Minitaur Quick Demo from Moog Music on Vimeo.

Could it be a $600 100% analog Moog with MIDI based on the Taurus pedals will be announced at Namm? It seems so!

“The MINITAUR is a compact table-top monophonic MIDI-and-CV-controllable analog bass synthesizer module with a 100% analog audio signal path, based on the design of the Taurus 3 bass synthesizer.” – proaudiostar.com

For more info: moogmusic.com

via Matrixsynth

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Happy New Year!!!

2011 was electric. 2012 will be electrifying! Happy New Year!!!

“There are a variety of popular beliefs about the year 2012. These beliefs range from the spiritually transformative to the apocalyptic, and center upon various interpretations of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.” – Wikipedia

For more info: survivalguide2012.org

photo credit: Creativity103

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 31, 2011 at 11:32 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



8-Bit Fireplace

There are numerous Fireplace apps for iOS to keep you warm. However for the modern hipster Ted Martens has created an 8-bit Fireplace for Mac or PC. Commands include: log, match, marshmallow, smore, eat hotdog, fireworks, photo, paper and water

“Type words to interact with the Fireplace or just sit back and enjoy. The logs burn down to ashes in about 30 minutes each.” – tedmartens.com

For more info: tedmartens.com/fireplace

photo credit: ted_martens

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 24, 2011 at 9:06 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Fluid Piano

I took Piano lessons for about 5 years. Next to the human voice it’s the most expressive instrument I ever played. I wish I had one in my house. I would spend hours in the basement tossing around ideas which are now all long gone and lost. The Fluid Piano has been out for a few years. I think it’s interesting its creator thinks of his creation as a force against Western sound. I think it just sounds nice. I’d like to hear it along with some slide guitar.

“Mark Brown talks to Geoff Smith, whose reinvention of the piano allows players to alter the tuning of notes either before or during a performance.” – The Guardian

For more info: news.bbc.co.uk/world_news_today/859…

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 19, 2011 at 11:29 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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