“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again.His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”
“We are shocked and saddened by Bob Casale’s passing. He not only was integral in DEVO’s sound, he worked over twenty years at Mutato, collaborating with me on sixty or seventy films and television shows, not to mention countless commercials and many video games. Bob was instrumental in creating the sound of projects as varied as Rugrats and Wes Anderson’s films. He was a great friend. I will miss him greatly. “
Devo has been my favorite band since I heard the first note of there music. They influenced me in so many ways. It’s a sad day and my sincere condolences to Bob’s family and other members of Devo.
I had the good fortune of seeing Devo on multiple occasions, the last time being at the Warfield in San Francisco in March of 2011. I found a clip on YouTube from that show. It’s a video with of Bob 2 front and center playing the great opening lead guitar riff on "Freedom of Choice" (at 1:08) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EnrZUj9iPQ.
One of my favorite instruments Aalto has just been updated. Aalto is a “semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.” Here is the news from Madrona Labs…
Hi all! This winter has seen a flurry of programming here at the labs. Aside from finishing up our new synthesizer, Kaivo, I have done some work fine tuning Aalto and making sure it plays nicely with recent operating systems and hosts.
Aalto 1.5 is out now. As always, you can get the release version by logging in and clicking “My Downloads,” and the demo at the Aalto product page. Version 1.5 has some major compatibility improvements for both Windows and Mac users. Performance should be dramatically improved on some Windows systems. I’ve improved the usability of the Patcher and dial UIs.
On Mac OS, if you have a Retina display, you are in for a treat. As always, you can smoothly scale Aalto to a wide range of sizes, or even zoom it to full screen. This new version has a new OpenGL-assisted renderer so graphics are amazingly sharp, at full Retina resolution, in compatible hosts. It may be “only a graphic thing” but I find this change means that using a tiny little Aalto window is now possible, which can really improve workflow on a laptop screen. (note: unfortunately Ableton Live does not yet support full-resolution rendering.)
Here’s the list of major changes in Aalto 1.5:
Fixed an issue that was slowing down Aalto dramatically on some Windows systems.
Fixed an issue requiring a runtime support pack on some Windows systems.
Improved latency through the patcher when running at large host buffer sizes.
Aalto now draws at full resolution on Macintosh Retina Display, in compatible hosts.
Aalto is now compatible with Soundplane version 1.0 and higher.
Fix mousewheel direction on Mac OS 10.7 and higher.
Accelerated drawing to the screen on Mac OS with OpenGL.
Optimized drawing scheduling to avoid glitches, especially in Logic.
User and factory presets now share the same location.
Improved ergonomics of patcher with larger handles and smoother graphics.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Announces Mark Mothersbaugh Career Retrospective Six City Tour of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia Curated and Launched in Denver
DENVER, CO (February 6, 2014) – The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) is proud to announce the premiere of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia (October 31, 2014 to February 15, 2015). Organized by MCA Denver, this retrospective exhibition will bring together the first comprehensive presentation of Mothersbaugh’s art and music to date, from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. This nationally touring exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Though well known around the globe as a founding member of the popular band DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh has been a prolific artist since before the band’s inception, and continues to produce work that makes the case for his position as an important figure in contemporary culture. From his popular music to his personal artwork, Mothersbaugh’s unique artistic view constantly foregrounds the relationship between technology and individuality. A creative polymath moving seamlessly between art and music, he explores the interconnection between humans and machines both in his work with DEVO and throughout his career in a wide range of mediums.
Mark Mothersbaugh and Director & Chief Animator at MCA Denver Adam Lerner. Photograph by Richard Peterson.
“The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is once again breaking new ground with a retrospective exhibition of Mark Mothersbaugh, a truly unconventional artist,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Exhibitions like this one help showcase why Colorado is an innovative hub, especially on the cultural landscape.”
The exhibition includes documentation and music from his DEVO days; prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, rugs and video animations; performances; newly produced musical and sculptural installations; and most notably a life-long series of postcard-sized works, which will be exhibited in its entirety for the first time at MCA Denver.
Positioning Mothersbaugh as a pivotal figure in the history of both contemporary art and indie culture, this exhibition and accompanying book help us understand the artist’s individual work, the creative vision behind a popular yet largely misunderstood band, and Mothersbaugh’s role in the emergence of contemporary culture, including punk rock and even today’s street artists.
Mark Mothersbaugh. 1964 – Monument to the conquerors of space, 2012. Ink jet on paper, 43 x 65 in. Courtesy the artist.
“When I came to Denver while touring with DEVO a few years ago, I was struck by the vitality and positive energy in the city and experiencing the Museum of Contemporary Art was definitely a high point,” said Mark Mothersbaugh. “When MCA invited me to work with their team on an exhibition of this kind, I was happy to have the opportunity to show Denver, and ultimately the world, what I’m really about.”
Originated in Denver and curated by Adam Lerner, Director & Chief Animator at MCA Denver, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia will complete a six-city tour ending in 2017. The tour dates and venues follow:
Not sure if this is really a 7-Year old (I’ll let someone from Snopes vet this) but I like it :^) I will say It's really annoying how 7-Year old's have all this time on their hands to learn Elektron gear ;^) Just kidding, way to go kid!
A throbbing 32-piece band of masked chaos invites you to dissolve the performer/audience divide and melt into the bedlam, that is the disorienting power of itchy-O. The itchy-O Marching Band (IOMB) is a Denver-based percussion-centered electronic marching band and the mobile arm of the experimental film/music troupe itchy-O. itchy-O brings a sophisticatedly savage sound and the sheer ecstasy of electronic instruments untethered and running free.
With a driving drum corp complemented by an arsenal of special surround sound effects units including synthesizers, theremin, vocoders, and several other hand held electronic devices, the IOMB completely engulfs and immerses an audience from every angle in an electric bog of music, ephemera and spectacle.
The unidentifiable IOMB is waging war on predictable mediocrity with their guerrilla-style performances which feature an artfully hazardous Chinese lion, sensuous dancing twin apparitions, fog, strobes, sequins, sweat and fury.