For some reason I had never seen this short film about electronic music before. I had heard of it but I think it had been deleted from YT or something. Anyway, its so good I decided to save it to my HD and put it on my YT channel too. There are a few moments in this film that almost made me cry out with joy
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Heres a little sketch I made on the Serge Modular. This is completely self generating with no manipulation by me. However I got the MPU-101 interface patched up and sent one of the oscillators semi-randomly generated note events from a scripting program called AC Toolbox. I was getting really frustrated trying to find some algorithmic software that I could use on OSX 10.5 and get working with my USB midi interface to send out to the Serge. I tried MAX MSP but that wouldn't recognise the interface, another program called Elysium kind of half worked, and Reaktor doesn't do scripting and I couldn't set up any decent generative sequences with it that would send out midi events to the interface. Then I remembered AC Toolbox and although its not real-time [you have to set up the various rules using lisp] it did send out the midi data properly and I quite like the way you give it some rules and then set it off to see where it goes. There are 2 audio oscillators and 2 analog sequencers as well, and tons of modulation LFOs as well. The panning and reverb is all automated via LFOs and the sequencers
Sunday, 22 August 2010
I just saw an EMT 250 digital reverberation unit on the bay. This model is affectionately known as "R2-D2". I am fairly fanatical about reverb units and have a few favorites of my own [EMT 140 valve plate, Lexicon 224 Mk1, Roland R880, Eventide H3000, AKG BX15 spring, Ursa Major Space Station Mk1] but I would very much like the EMT 250 to be on that list. I am always interested in pioneering first generation digital equipment, they tend to have a massive but edgy character, for example Fairlight CMI, Linn LM1, Lexicon 224, Synclavier etc.
Click on the link at the bottom of this post to read a cool article about the EMT 250 by Will Shanks
eBay details: seller: reedosi, location: NY, NY, starting bid $3000, pickup only
"This is the EMT 250 Digital Reverb, Delay, Chorus, "Phaser," Echo. It sounds as big as it is and as heavy as it weighs. It's a digital reverb with its own wheels, for crying out loud! You can even run it in quad. Like other top-shelf reverbs (Lexicon 224, 480, AMS RMX) it never gets lost in the mix. Ever. The multi-tap chorus is amazing as well. If you only use this thing as a delay you will prove that the gap between rich and poor has grown way too big.
I had it completely refurbished by David Kulka a couple years ago after buying it from a fellow who claimed to have gotten it from Jeff Porcaro. Since then it has sat in our air-conditioned, smoke-free studio and made our snare drums sound way too big for their own good. We have had zero maintenance issues with it.
I really don't want to see this thing go, but we're re-organizing our space. In a half-hearted effort to sell it, I am offering it in a pick-up-only capacity"