Even though nothing sounds like vinyl at all I am amazed people still bring records to clubs. They are so heavy and I cherish my own collection so much I don’t want them full of vodka. I’m also amazed at all the people who “controller shame” saying you need to use vinyl to be a real DJ. I have Traktor and an S4 and I also have it on my iPad. While Im not so sure I will use the new SuperSlicer in app purchase ($1.99) I do thing it’s pretty cool and futuristic as hell.
“Remix your tracks like never before with the new SuperSlicer for Traktor DJ. Slice-up your tracks and rearrange your loops using Scratch, Brake, Reverse, Slice or even Pitch-shift effects.” – Native Instruments
For more info: itunes.apple.com/us/app/traktor-dj
I’ve been told Einstürzende Neubauten means “New Buildings Falling Down”. If it does I think that’s one great band name. My favorite Neubauten album is Halber Mensch. The remix of Yu-Gung is one of the all time best Industrial songs ever recorded. Another wicked track from Halber Mensch is Z.N.S. Let’s dance the…
“Black before my eyes. Fingers wickedly cold. What am I supposed to do when I wake up shivering?” – Einstürzende Neubauten
For more info: discogs.com/Einst%C3%BCrzende-Neubauten-Halber-Mensch
A great eureka moment is when you get your modular system in sync with your computer and DAW. There a multiple ways to do this using various modules or by even simply sending a click track out of an output of an audio interface. In my studio I use a Innerclock Sync-Gen IIls. It works great but it’s not the most cost effective option. For my laptop set up I use a Mutable Instruments CVpal. The CVpal is a very inexpensive kit only that is actually very good. Without any software it gives you MIDI note control and gate outs. If I were to buy a solution today I think it would be another Mutable Instruments product called Yarns. It gives you MIDI and Gate outs. It also gives you a polyphony mode of 4 MIDI outs, a Roland SH-101 sequencer and other tricks. Watch the great Sonic State video review above to see all it can do. $360 USD.
“Yarns is a MIDI interface providing up to 4 channels of CV/Gate conversion, and providing some of the MIDI message processing features of Mutable Instruments’ MIDIpal, including arpeggiator, euclidean sequencer, and a SH-101 inspired step sequencer.” – mutable-instruments.net
For more info: mutable-instruments.net/modules/yarns
Last month I did a DJ set at Bossa Nova in Bushwick for Synthicide. The night ended up being really packed and went on in full until 4AM. If your driving, at work or just drunk in your house give it a listen and let me know if you liked it! It starts off with DJ Andi, then my set (The Horrorist) then Frankie Teardrop.
“For this special (birthday) edition of SYNTHICIDE, I’m bringing back some of my favorite DJs for an encore!” – Synthicide
For more info: facebook.com/events/482059555257808/
There is a new Aphex Twin album coming soon called Syro. I loved Come to Daddy and his Mescalinum United remix. Overall however I think a lot of his work fits into the “interesting because it was first” category. That said such a long time has past since his last album (2001) that it’s going to be really interesting to hear something new. I hope it blows us all away.
“It was Aphex Twin’s first tweet in over two years, but Richard D. James turned 140 characters into the news fans have been pining for since 2001’s Drukqs: A new Aphex Twin LP is on the way. Days after a strange Aphex-affiliated blimp hovered above London and James’ trademark logo was seen stenciled outside New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the long-dormant IDM wizard revealed that his new album will be dubbed SYRO. The always-technologically advanced James posted the album’s press release on the Deep Web, meaning only those with TOR proxy access can see the LP’s alleged cryptic track list. As Stereogum notes, Monday also marks James’ 43rd birthday.” – Rolling Stone
For more info: warp.net/records/aphex-twin
You can bet I am going to try and buy one of these new red 7-inch Front 242 records when they play live in NYC this September. What I want even more is for the band to go back to their old sound. They know people love the older material. They can pick up where they left off after Tyranny for you. Ok guys? Please?
“Pressed on red vinyl and limited to 500 copies, the 7-inch is the second release from the relaunched Wax Trax! and the first Front 242 release on the label in 25 years. It will be sold only at Front 242?s three U.S. dates — in Tampa, New York and Chicago — this September, according to the label. The single will include a remastered recording of “Take One” performed on Sept. 28, 1984, at Medusas’s in Chicago — the group’s debut American performance — and a version of “Im Rhythmus Bleiben” recorded at the Wax Trax! Retrospectacle concert in 2011.” – slicingupeyeballs.com
For more info: waxtraxchicago.bigcartel.com
Wire to the Ear may look funny for a few days. With help from Tadpole I finally have upgraded the backend so the site will now load super fast. Unfortunately the old Theme was too old to work with the new version of WordPress. I will be making things look more spiffy in the next few days! In the meantime enjoy the new speed! Oh and for now I have to keep comments off but that will also be fixed soon. Did you know I have been writing here since September 2007?
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For more info: tadpole.cc
LEGO, Robots and a Depeche Mode song. Obviously I love this. It amazes me all the work that went into recreating Everything Counts in such a way. I hope someone in NYC books the Toa Mata Band band because I would love to see it in person.
“Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video, the third episode, the robots are playing some unconventional drum-percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the D.A.W. Ableton Live. A brand new device appears for the first time, it’s a moving platform on x-axis, made of Lego bricks, gears and servo motors that permits to move with semitones-steps the tiny synth. The song is a cover of the famous synth-pop band Depeche Mode, it’s a personal tribute to the band who made my days in the 80’s. The performance was recorded live in July 2014.” – Opificio Sonico
For more info: facebook.com/ToaMataBand
At 39 seconds in the sound that comes in on the above track SM reminds me so much of the sound in the Front Line Assembly song Antisocial. I love when I discover these “sound alike” things.
“Produced by J.L Nowé & Ro Maron on Subway records Belgium 1988.” – yesterify
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Beat
While I am using a lot of hardware these days software is still very important in my workflow. I often want a simple software synth to get things going. Audio Damage’s new Basic will definitely be useful. It may seem like a strange reason but I bet I end up using Basic often for the simple fact that out of all my plug-in folders in my Ableton sidebar I already go to the AD folder more than any other.
“One day not long ago, we were speaking with the music department head of a local college; he lamented the fact that there really wasn’t a commercial-quality low-cost three oscillator subtractive mono-synth available for the educational market. This puzzled us, because there’s no shortage of synth plug-ins out there, and this seems like a fairly glaring oversight. So we did some market research, and discovered he was right. All the available options are either slavish recreations of classic synths, with all the foibles and strange UI decisions intact, or modern behemoths with every feature under the sun. We decided to tackle the challenge of an inexpensive, simple 3-osc mono-synth that followed the classic subtractive style, and Basic is the result. While it is designed with ease-of-use, low cost, and simplicity in mind, the panel sits in front of a powerful modern synthesizer engine with an aggressive tone and self-resonating filters that scream when pushed. We’re sure every electronic musician will find a place in the mix for Basic.” – Audio Damage
For more info: audiodamage.com/instruments/product.php?pid=AD033