Archive for April, 2009

Today I saw the movie Flight 666, a documentary about Iron Maidens Somewhere Back In Time Tour that took place last year. This movie is a tour documentary, telling the story of the band as they set out to play their biggest tour ever, flying from city to city in their own Boing 757 (called Ed Force One) with singer Bruce Dickinson as the pilot. It’s a big project that requiers a lot of planning; even the aircraft needs to be changed to take both the gear and the people.

The documentary only shows the first part of the tour; covering Asia, Australia and North & South America. The movie is full of energy from start to end, and it’s also a very funny movie to watch. Drummer Nicko McBrain is specially worth a mention as he talks continuously all through the movie, and does so in a funny way. There’s a lot of sports here as well; to stay healthy and keep up with the high tempo of the tour, Dave and Nico plays golf, Steve plays football, and Janick mostly hang in the bar. In the movie we meet a lot of Maidens crazy fans, they seem to go nuts in every visited city. There’s even some short interviews with people like Lars Ulrich and Tom Morello telling how much they love Iron Maiden.

My one critic of this movie is the sound quality, which in my opinion is too bad all the way. The sound is too cranked up in the mix, making the whole experience too tiring for most ears. Present nearly all the way is a low frequency hum from the surroundings caused by cheap microphones, making the speach unclear and sometimes impossible to understand. Even the concert footage sounds horrible, with vocals and guitar solos disappearing in the mess of the other instruments. The sounds in the rear surround speakers are often far too loud, manking it hard to hear the speach coming out of the center loudspeaker. By the way, mixing was done by Kevin Shirley, the music producer who has been working with the band since Brave New World (2000).

This movie captures the band at their most energic moments. It’s full of energy all the way, and it’s a good document of yet another successful tour where the band played for over 2 million people. It’s a must see for all maiden fans, and if you miss the screening it will be available on DVD soon. I hope they will fix the sound quality for the DVD version. Up the irons!

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I found this video through Synthopia. I just had to put it here. I wonder who has made this.. it’s real computer music!

The sound computing language Max/MSP is a type of visual programming language. This means that instead of writing code, you use some sort of graphic representation of the language’s functions to create your program. Subtext is another graphic programming language. It uses blocks as prototypes for the structure of the program you create. The visual side of Subtext makes it easier for the programmer to see what’s going on. In this video, Jonathan Edwards shows some of the logic behind the language:

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Ever wondered what neurofunk sounds like? Do you like terrorcore or noisecore? Got a large collection of illbient but havent heard of ghetto house? Or just wondering what genre of music you make yourself?

Find the answers on the list of electronic music genres:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_electronic_music_genres

Through Pitchfork i found a video withe Doves doing the Black Cab Sessions. The concept is: find an artist, invite the artist with instruments into a cab, record a song. I’m a part time taxi driver, so for me this is a fun concept! No embedding of videos allowed, so to see the videos (about 80 until now) go here:

http://www.blackcabsessions.com/

Artists include lambchop, Lykke Li, The Walkmen, Ane Brun, Our Broken Garden, Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, The Raveonettes and even Brian Wilson!

Through wire to the ear I discovered a new modular synth for the Iphone. I usually don’t bother to mention that particular phone too often, but this time I’ll do it, and just because the program I’m talking about is so bloody cool. The program in question is called Jasuto. It’s a soft synth that wire to the ear compare with the Reactable, but imo it’s a lot cooler than that (and a lot more portable as well). Besides, its available, and it don’t cost much; price is 1$ from the Apple shop. Here’s a demo:

There’s a VST available as well, it can be downloaded here (for free). I haven’t had time to test it yet..
VST version is written in C++ using OpenGL and the multiplatform Juce library.

Go to website: http://www.jasuto.com/

Eowave Persephone MK2

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Eowave Persephone 2 features:

  • 2 analogue oscillators with tune, fine tune, space, 12dB LP filter, LFO
  • duophonic pressure and position sensitive ribbon, ribbon scale from 1 to 10 octave
  • 16 routing presets (8 fixed, 8 assignable),  modulation key, 2 pedal inputs, pressure on the ribbon
  • 4 CV outputs, MIDI in/out, audio out, USB
  • price: about 1000EUR ex VAT
  • available this summer

For those of you who don’t know it; this instrument is a modern day version of the famous Ondes Martenot invented 1928.

Eowave link: http://www.eowave.com/

Stanton SCS.3m touch mixer

stanton_scs3m

Following the rather cool DJ gizmo SCS.3d comes another one in similar style, the SCS.3m MIDI controller / mixer. It can be used standalone as a MIDI mixer for software or together with the SCS.3d for DJ style mixing. It’s got 17 buttons, 11 sliders and 2 level meters with multicolored leds and a USB connection. It can even be magnetically connected to the SCS.3d. Cool stuff, I really like this kind of touch technology!

Stanton: http://www.stantondj.com/

SM Pro Audio VRack

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SM Pro is making a lot of smart products. Their VST instrument player box, V-Machine is already released, now a larger rack version is on the way, it’s called the V-Rack and has an online computer with intel core duo processor, ram and S-ATA connectors for harddrives. Here’s some of the other features:

  • 4 unbalanced inputs
  • 2 balanced inputs
  • 2 instrument inputs
  • Digital I/O (S/PDIF)
  • 2 balanced outputs
  • 2 unbalanced outputs
  • adjustable headphone amplifier
  • LAN connector
  • 4 USB Ports
  • USB to Host connector
  • MIDI In port

Look out for other products in the series; they are going to be making a a XL version (with hard disc) and a V-Pedal as well.
Here’s their site: http://www.smproaudio.com/

Jomox Mbase 11

mbase11

German synth manufacturers Jomox has made a new version of their bass drum synthesizer, the MBase. It’s only capable of generating a kick drum, but it does so rather well. Actually I’ve been thinking about buying one for a while..

Modularsynths

klangwabe

The Musikmesse always has a lot of goodies for modular lovers. Pictured here is the Klangwabe from a new german company. It’s got some smart solutions and innovations, and it looks good as well.. Klangwabes netsite is here, but it doesn’t say much at the moment.

If you’re very interested in modulars; check this video from Sonicstate where the cool Andreas Schneider from Schneiders Buero takes you on a guided tour throug some of their products:

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Now, that’s about all I have time for..

The first part of the Musikmesse post is here