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…
Sweetwater sells gear so their top list for 2011 maybe be slanted because they want to sell more of something to you. However, I do agree with some of their choices and it got me thinking I should ask you the question: What do you think were the best few pro-audio products that came out this past year?
“Ten is a composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 5. Ten is the smallest noncototient, a number that cannot be expressed as the difference between any integer and the total number of coprimes below it.” – Wikipedia
For more info: sweetwater.com
photo credit: Andrew Stawarz
Chris aka Pym who works for Dave Smith Instruments posted the above set of samples from the Tempest. These are no substitute for the owning the real thing but it helps you get an understanding of it’s sound.
“Have you heard the samples I put up on soundcloud? Analog only, no external FX. I played some of those back to back with an 808, double blind, and they SLAM on a big sound system. Granted the snares still need some work, but I think some small envelope tweaks will help them hit a bit harder/cleaner. Played them on a very nice Function One system up here a couple weeks ago and was very happy with the bass. The really low kick (one of the last samples) was really deep, very powerful on a well tuned system, and that isn’t even as low as the Tempest can go.” – Pym
For more info: gearslutz.com/dave-smith-instruments-tempest…
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My last full length album was released in May (The Horrorist, Joyless Pleasure). Before this year is up I will release a remixed version. All the remixes are in and I hope to finalize the artwork this weekend and get it off to download stores and the CD duplicator. I put together a quick sampler of some of the mixes above. Everyone did a great job including some readers of this blog.
1. I Stand with You – Haujobb remix
2. Modern – Steinkind remix
3. Love Sick – Tomas Tulpe remix
4. We Will Get Wicked – Miss Duckin’ remix
5. I Stand with You – Raytrace remix
6. Hostage – Miro Pajic remix
7. I Stand with You – Millimetric Remix
There’s more… more remixes on the download album/CD when it is released later this year!
“joyless pleasure is like a jewelry piece but in electronic music.” – morganistik.com
photo credit: Daniel Fogg
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What a wonderful video this is. It shows the incredible power of modern science. It shows the deep value of sound. Take care of your ears and listen to amazing things.
“I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :) Edit: For those of you who have asked the implant I received was Esteem offered by Envoy Medical.” – sloanchurman
For more info: envoymedical.com
via Monika MHz
It’s hard for me to believe that I have been writing to you for 4 years. In that time there were 1,235 posts, 622,235 Unique Visitors and a whole lot of conversation. The two most popular posts so far haven been “Is learning at the SAE Institute Worthwhile?” (link) and “Keep your channel faders low and the master at 0db!” (link). What’s a birthday without gifts? So I bought myself a Jomox Mbrane from Novamusik. Prepare for snare! I also loaded up the Songify app and did a disservice to the world with the diddy above. Thank you for reading and commenting. Stay on the rhythm!
“Happy Birthday to You”, also known more simply as “Happy Birthday”, is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” The song’s base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.” – Wikipedia
photo credit: Edg2s
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I had a great time at IMSTA 2011 and speaking on one of the panels. I saw old friends such as James Bernard of Propellerheads and made plenty of new ones. I was able to really talk in length with representatives from Native Instruments, Waves, SSL and meet indie iOS developers such as Samplelab. One thing was for certain: Everyone who was there loves music, technology and the process of getting into listeners ears.
“IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology, features exhibits from the major music technology companies on the market today as well as the highly educating Shocklee Innertainment Panel series about music, creativity and business.” – imsta.org
For more info: imsta.org/imsta_festa
We often take for granted the technology that helps us interact with computer databases, cash machines and thousands of other electronic systems. You have to remember that each system we use was designed. The screen graphics, buttons we touch and audio we hear is all planned out by designers. The Talk to Me exhibit at MoMA is showing 194 installations (see them now: click here). Some pieces stand as they were created and used in our current world. Other works are mashups or futuristic dream devices. Coinciding with the exhibit are scheduled talks, tours and family workshops. I know I am definitely going to check it out.
“Talk to Me explores the communication between people and things. All objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. In some cases, objects like cell phones and computers exist to provide us with access to complex systems and networks, behaving as gateways and interpreters. The exhibition focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users. Examples range from a few iconic products of the late 1960s to several projects currently in development—including computer and machine interfaces, websites, video games, devices and tools, furniture and physical products, and extending to installations and whole environments.” – moma.org
For more info: moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1080
photo credit: mattrichardson
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Regular readers of Wire to the Ear know I have a “day job” in the energy business. I am a partner at ENVEN Energy Services. ENVEN is what NY calls an ESCO (Energy Services Company). We have a contract with a California based company Willdan and Con Edison (the main utility company in New York) to help them reduce the energy usage of their small commercial customers. We have an exclusive territory containing about 50 zip codes and stringent monthly goals. It’s a great program for customers because ConEd helps pay for the cost to go green. As Director of Operations I am involved in every aspect of the company from billing all the way down to training the salespersons.
Today you will see a new banner on the right side of this blog. In some US States energy has been “deregulated”. In the simplest terms it means there is competition. You can choose who you buy your energy from. I don’t ask much from Wire to the Ear readers. Have I ever asked you for anything? Here is my request: Buy green energy. Buy energy from a local wind farm. You will save money off your electric bill and help the environment. If you live in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania or Maryland please follow the link and switch your energy supplier to Viridian: viridian.com/cleanfuture
The utility still provides delivery and service, and still sends the bill like they always have. Same reliability, better rates and better for the environment. No long term contract so there is no real risk. If you want to let me know you switched I will personally thank you. If you have any questions let me know.
“Viridian Energy provides greener electricity at an affordable price, allowing our customers and independent Associates to make a difference in the environment and their personal lives simply by switching energy providers. We are proud to stand out among competitors who charge a significant premium for green electricity. We understand that you may not be able to pay more but still want to do your part. We take a lower profit in order to deliver a higher quality product, offering the best of both worlds – greener electricity and affordable prices.” – Viridian
For more info: viridian.com/cleanfuture