This video of "Bring Me the Disco King" by David Bowie popped on my Facebook wall the other day. This is one of those amazing videos that makes you stop your day, run up and watch it on the home theater system over and over. It's from his Reality tour... Read more →


I'm digging deeper into BEAP. Note - I've created a category for BEAP posts - http://www.modulatethis.com/beap/. Today I worked out how to use a BEAP patch with Max for Live. The trick is to MIDI from Live's "midin" object to BEAP's MIDI to Signal then map the audio to BEAP's... Read more →


Meetup Turns 4 4 years and 50 events ago I founded the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup which has since morphed into the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup with over 490 members! Over food and drink we - share our passion for synths, build our network, get inspired, get hands-on with gear, tell... Read more →


I've decided to study and learn Cycling '74s BEAP Modular (comes with Max/Max for Live) and VIZZE the video modular system. I'm starting off with BEAP. "BEAP provides a robust library of high-level modules that you’ll know and love from the analog synth world. Patch them up and interface them... Read more →


For the past week I've been working with Tone2's new virtual wavetable synth Icarus. They just released public beta 2 and if you have any interest in wavetable synthesis or resynthesis you owe it yourself to give it a try. Download Icarus Beta 2 here - http://www.tone2.org/forum/index.php?topic=2402.0 Real-Time 3d Wavetable... Read more →


I've been using Absynth since version 1. It IS my desert island synth. This being the case I was super excited that Darwin Grosse interviewed Absynth's creator Brian Clevinger for this week's podcast Art + Music + Technology Podcast! Listen to episode #131 here - http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-131-brian-clevinger-absynth or on iTunes (where... Read more →


My Octatrack turns three this week. In taking a moment to look back over these years I'm blown away at how transformative this instrument has been for me. It has become THE most used instrument and workflow in my rig second to Ableton Live. The Octatrack was also the catalyst... Read more →


My friends over at the Bob Moog Foundation could use your help funding a new documentary on Bob Moog called Electronic Voyager. The film is being produced created in collaboration with Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm (the Director/Producer team behind the acclaimed modular synthesizer documentary, I Dream Of Wires). ELECTRONIC... Read more →


Since I last posted about Sonic Encounters in September I released episodes 008-013 so I thought I'd catch you up on past episodes. I skipped episode 008 in this summary because it was a special Halloween edition that doesn't really fit the vibe of Spring. You can listen/subscribe to the... Read more →


Electronica 2 - The Heart of Noise is a tribute to Luigi Russolo who proposed in 1913 in his futurist manifesto the Art of Noises a number of conclusions about how electronics and other technology will allow futurist musicians to "substitute for the limited variety of timbres that the orchestra... Read more →


In a world flooded with instant-on, presets, and apps that make complex extremely simple - I've been thinking more about the value of the artistic journey and mastery. To this end I've been reading books on the matter and thought I'd pass on some good reads in this and future... Read more →


If you are out Asheville, NC way this weekend head over to the Asheville electro-music festival to see some great artists perform and give seminars. The Asheville electro-music festival brings some of the world's finest electronic and experimental musicians to the mountains of Western North Carolina. They will be joined... Read more →