Franz Keller’s Radarhead

Multimedia designer Franz Keller has created an iPad app called Radarhead. It’s a rotary sequencer in which you can control the speed, direction and center point. The sounds are represented by colorful 8-bit alien images. It’s fun and well worth the .99 price: click here The video of the band using it below inspires me. This app reminds me of those 80’s puffy stickers mixed with a bit of synthpunk attitude.

“Kinduv a rotary beat sequencer. Looks weird (but cool) at first, but not hard to make interesting stuff if you play around with it for a bit. My fav thing to do is make several constellations of aliens and move the radar guy between them. You can also reverse or speed up the beams by dragging the arrows–don’t just tap on it!” – Milo Cantos (iTunes Review)

What do you think?

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Robert Songsmith

Robert Songsmith

Microsoft Songsmith is a PC only application that you sing into and then the software creates a full song behind your voice. It uses some neat algorthms, technology from PGMusic’s Band in a Box and sounds from Garritan. You most likely already know about Songsmith but I found a really interesting website/mashup you may find new. It’s call Robert Songmith and basically it’s a good looking website that is Songsmith + The Cure + You. I spend a nice while listen to other people’s creations last night. You can also follow Robert Songsmith on Twitter:

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Enjoy your life

Here’s a great video from the Sasquatch Music Festival 2009 (watch until the end for the good stuff). James over at Synthtopia titled this video, “If You’re Doing A Live Show, Make Sure You Invite This Guy.”. I agree 100%. This reminds me of the movie Defending Your Life. The basic moral of the movie is that you only live once so stop worrying what other people think of you. I’m such a tightly wound person I think of think of this stuff a lot. I’m always trying to remember that most people are just concerned with their own lives, no one really cares what the hell you are doing so enjoy your time without shame.

“Yuppie Daniel Miller is killed in a car accident and goes to Judgment City, a waiting room for the afterlife. During the day, he must prove in a courtroom-style process that he successfully overcame his fears (a hard task, given the pitiful life we are shown)” – Defending Your Life,

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Supermarket Songs

In order to stay skinny and save money my wife and I go to Trader Joe’s every weekend and get a full weeks worth of food. If good stuff is in the house I loose the urge to eat out. Sometimes I love to go food shopping other times it’s pure routine. It’s no wonder under the bright fluorescent light people’s minds start humming tunes. Here’s two good ones!

“For our latest mission, six undercover actors burst into song in a grocery store in Queens. Three minutes and lots of silly choreography later, they returned to their roles as shoppers and stock boys. The mission was filmed with hidden robotic, lipstick, and wearable cameras. The song was played over the store’s PA system live.” – ImprovEverywhere

Ever since I heard this Trader Joe’s song it’s been stuck in my head, “It’s the manager who asks you to go. It’s our favorite place it’s that store Trader Joe’s”. Terrific!


And the absolute greatest Supermarket Song of all time is: Persuasion by Soft Cell. This is one of my all time favorite songs period:

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Music for profit and fame?

Bathroom Wall

True and totally applies to making music these days. What do you think? Do you make music for profit and fame or just “because”? I guess getting girls is far more important than cash and crowds. Ah never mind it’s all the same thing.

“i am 97.2% certain this is written on a bathroom wall somewhere in every single city in the world. …and i kinda love that, in the lamest of ways.” – Fernando

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