Warpaint

bonus: greatest video splash screen in rock and roll

Posted in pop deviations, web of music | Tagged | Leave a comment

MIDI Mac 1988

Those were the days. I thought they would never end, and they haven’t ended. Nowadays, I use MIDI over wi-fi to enable me to control software synthesizers such as Absynth and Alchemy with touch-based controllers, such as the wonderful Gestrument and TC-Data.

30 Years of MIDI, A Brief History

Posted in video | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Analog Africa is Essential

Verckys et l´Orchestre Vévé: Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978
release date: December 2

Analog Africa puts out deluxe sets of curated African and other diasporatical music in old fashioned packages and as lossless downloads on Bandcamp.

Posted in Africa, art of rhythm, World of Music | Tagged | Leave a comment

Three and Out: Aktuala

Aktuala – syncretic acoustic world music ensemble from Italy, from the early seventies; . . .at times somewhat in the vein of Oregon, but much more trance focused

Wikipedia | Complete debut (youtube)

via Vers du Silence Blog (‘A’ list music exploratorium)

Posted in art of rhythm, Improv, musicians, sound & beyond, video, World of Music | Tagged | Leave a comment

Tony Allen On the Road, Drumming

tony-allen1

new track

The future? Well, as long as I’m around I’m going to keep doing what I do. I’ll be playing music until my last breath.

full album; “field recordings”

Tony_Allen_-_Film_Of_Lifec1
African rhythmic mastery evokes best world music recording of 2014.

*Red Bull Music Academy – Interview transcript – essential if you’re into the beat

Tony Allen on Twitter

Posted in Africa, art of rhythm, Beats & Breaks, web of music, World of Music | Tagged | Leave a comment

Robert Rich Interview at Red Bull Music Academy

In which I learn that Robert and I have a lot of roots in common. This isn’t surprising, yet it is a pleasing and resonant confirmation of a sonic ethos I apparently share to a degree with Mr. Rich. He’s been an inspirational force in my musical outlook for over twenty four years.

His new record is Perpetual.

Posted in inspiration, masters, sound & beyond, soundscapers, video, web of music | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Yaybahar

I want one. I’d settle for spending sometime in the room it’s in.

via VIMEO: Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound. What you hear in this performance is captured in realtime without any additional effects and with no post audio processing.

Credits
————-
Instrument: Yaybahar
Performence: Görkem Sen
Video: Levent Bozkurt
Video Editing: Olgu Demir
Sound Mix: Mert Aksuna
Place: Ali?ler Yurdu
2014

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/gorkemsen

Posted in field recordings, inspiration, music of the moment, sound & beyond, visionaries, World of Music | Tagged | Leave a comment

Shiloh

shilohchicago.bandcamp.com

Crunchy hard country rock akin to The Del-Lords or True Believers–two little known but stirring precedents for Shiloh’s updated nexus of Rolling Stones soul, Crazy Horse garage and Byrds‘ jangle.

Posted in Classic Rock, music of the moment | Tagged | Leave a comment

Gear Lust 2

roger-linn

Interview.

linnstrument

Roger Linn Design

Linnstrument

The promise of synthesis was to produce any instrument sound you can imagine. However, if you’ve ever tried to play a convincing guitar, sax, violin, clarinet or cello solo on a MIDI keyboard, you’ve found it to sound static and lifeless because keyboards can’t do much more than turn sounds on and off at different volumes. LinnStrument takes a new approach, capturing each finger’s subtle movements in three dimensions for simultaneous fine control of note expression, pitch and timbre. With this level of expressive control, the promise of synthesis is finally a reality.

Youtube Videos of Linnstrument – very high WOW! factor

Posted in innovative technology, masters, video, visionaries | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Gear Lust 1

prophet-12

The Prophet-12 used to be at the top of the list titled, wish-to-have.

Pro-2

The Prophet-12 has now been replaced by the Pro-2.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro-2 Monophonic/Paraphonic Synthesizer Keyboard
The Pro 2 was designed primarily as a super-powerful monosynth, but it’s also a true, four-voice paraphonic synth that allows you to control each of its four oscillators individually with their own envelope. This makes playing four-note chords not only possible, but very expressive. Package all of this power in a three-and-a-half octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add two backlit pitch and mod wheels and two location and pressure sensitive touch sliders, and you’ve got one of the most feature-rich, awe-inspiring synthesizers ever created.

Paraphonic mode is implemented by allowing each of the four oscillators to play a different note on the keyboard. So you can play four note chords going through one or both of the filters. That’s cool, but what’s really brilliant (and my favourite trick on the Pro 2) is that you can still independently set the oscillator’s waveform, pitch, modulation etc. So each note of your chord can be using a totally different waveform and pitch offset. Each “voice” also gets its own amp envelope, which helps to make it feel even more like a fully polyphonic synth. Throw the arpeggiator into the mix and you get these amazing, evolving, timbrally complex, melodically shifting sequences that sound like they’ve taken hours of painful editing to achieve. It’s a very cool thing and definitely not something you will find in many synths. Review at Rozzer

Terrific and wide-ranging interview with iconic Mr. Smith

Posted in innovative technology, masters, Music Web 3.0 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment