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 →


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 →


Last night I was doing some late night patching with Absynth and I came up with an original patch called “endless chime grains”. I then did an improv using only this patch and built-in Absynth FX and posted it to soundcloud here “Endless Chime Improv (Absynth)". The spectrum view overlaid... Read more →


Here is a fantastic video from the late Richard Lainhart recorded in 2009. Thanks to my synth friend Tony Gerber for posting this on Facebook yesterday as I always loved this performance so it was nice to be reminded of it. And so I pass it on to you –... Read more →


I did a talk on Ableton Sampler at the Boulder Synthesizer Metup last month to help spread the word about some Sampler’s great features. One topic I covered was modulating parameters such as “Sample Offset” and “Loop Start” using LFOs, Envelopes, and MIDI. I was poking around YouTube and bumped... Read more →