Wow! What a super cool video and song by thereminist May Roosevelt - "Ode to Joy, 2013-14" - http://vimeo.com/85024587. More on May's work here http://www.mayroosevelt.com/. Ode to Joy from May Roosevelt on Vimeo. Ωδή στη Χαρά | Ode to Joy, 2013-14 Βίντεο, ήχος | Video, sound, 4’ 40” The artwork... Read more →


One of my daily reads is the Messy Ness Chick blog. She doesn't write about music typically, but it is quite wonderful and I highly recommend it. On type of article she posts is called "13 Things I Found on the Internet Today". In today's finds, she included The Museum... Read more →


Darwin Grosse's latest podcat is up - this time with my Brian Funk (aka AfroDJMac). Listen here http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-056-brian-funk-afrodjmac. Brian is known for his prolific work to create amazing racks for Ableton Live. I collaborated with Brian on the Ableton Rack #40: Zebra Attack and Ableton Rack #40: Zebra Attack II... Read more →


My friend Chris Stack over at ExperimentalSynth.com just posted a cool video on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/experimentalsynth. Watch Koushion 4.0 MIDI CC Sequencing with Moog Slim Phatty & Little Phatty. Some first experiments with sequencing MIDI CC values with the Koushion iPad app. New features in ver 4.0 allowed me... Read more →


My First Synth My very first synth was the Poly-800 which I bought the year it was introduced in 1984. It was the first programmable polyphonic synth for under a thousand bucks (I bought mine for $795 new). It was an incredible value at the time with these features: MIDI... Read more →


Here is a fascinating documentary released in 2006.The entire 27 minute video is available on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/70164353 or you can watch it in the embedded player below. It's defintely worth your time if you've never seen it - so bookmark for later if you don't have time to watch it... Read more →


Behind-The-Scenes Video: NIN "Echoplex" Live at Rehearsals, July 2008

Here is a little inspiraiton to start your weekend. I've always loved this song and it's pretty great to see it performed in the rehearsal context. Recorded live at rehearsals in Los Angeles. From a series of performances directed by Rob Sheridan, available on The Slip Limited Edition CD/DVD: http://theslip.nin.com/physical/... Read more →


I recently did a post where I manipulated the sample of the sound of a pen striking a half-full can of soda with Ableton Push and pad pressure. In this post I used the same sample, but this time with Absynth. You can listen to the experiment on Soundcloud here... Read more →


I stumbled on this bizarre and cool video of an MTV Cribs episode of Cribs featuring the Gorillaz. Yes it's animatied. The video is loaded with tons of funny and snarky comments about rock n' roll and celbrity :^) It's definitly worth watching all the way through. Favorite quote at... Read more →


Working with the Elektron Octatrack has gotten back into sampling big time. Some of the things you can do with an Octatrack - like per step automation - can also be done with Ableton Push when working in "Note" mode in drum racks. One you turn on a note in... Read more →


I recorded the sound of a pen striking a half-full soda can. I loaded this into Sampler and went to the MIDI panel and mapped "Aftertouch" (pad pressure) to "Loop Length" with a value of -100. Now pad pressure modulate the loop length. Here is a video of this sound... Read more →


Link: Baauer Interview + SamplePack + 26-minute documentary from Red Bull Media House about Baauer’s sound travels | Ableton

https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/baauer-searching-for-sound-samples/ Music has existed for thousands of years. The variety of sounds, instruments and music cultures around the world is staggering in it’s diversity, yet often, we tend to stick to what we know. There’s something to be said for shaking off your habits and looking beyond the familiar; the... Read more →


'Interstellar' doesn't have sound problems — Christopher Nolan wanted it that way | The Verge

'Interstellar' doesn't have sound problems — Christopher Nolan wanted it that way | The Verge "SOME OF THE WORDS ARE INTENTIONALLY DOWNPLAYED IN FAVOR OF THE EMOTION OF THAT MOMENT." Interstellar sound designer Richard King tells The Verge that you aren't always supposed to understand the dialogue because the movie... Read more →


I've been getting back into Oingo Boingo again lately. I was a huge fan back in the day and actually was fortunate to have gone to quite a few concerts. One of the strangest was at the Air Force Academy - but that's a whole other story :^) Here is... Read more →