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Check out this video with Dr. Robert Schneider and Elijah Wood presenting a new kind of synth controller:

By the way, the new Apples in Stereo record is here

I really like the looks of the new Telemark synth from Analogue Solutions. After selling my small synthesizers.com modular I’m looking into buying a new modular, and maybe the Telemark could be the start of a new system?

Anyway, here’s a great demo of the new synth. Below is a demo of the original Oberheim SEM that Telemark is modelled after.

Music Radar has a review of the Telemark synth, read it here

The C++-based OSC-controler I’ve been working on for my master degree in music technology is nearly finished.
Here is a screenshot:

GranularScreenshot

As you can see it’s on Windows, but since I’ve been using the openFrameworks library, it should be possible to compile it for Mac and Linux as well.
The sound is generated in Max. The only thing you have to do in Max is load samples, everything else can be controlled from the application itself.

Here are some of the features:

  • 16 step drum sequencer with individual settings per step and the ability to store patches
  • 16 step synth sequencer (a little cheesy at the moment, but it might become cooler) based on a simple synth design with saw, recangle and noise oscillators + filters and envelope
  • For the step sequencer, you can adjust BPM and lenght (1 to 16 steps)
  • Sampler with 25 voices with looping. Each voice has it’s own filter, distortion and frequency reduction effect and it’s own send to grain
  • Pitch controller per sample voice
  • Samples can be sequenced, but for now it’s only note on and note off
  • 4 effects; reverb, delay, ring-mod and flipper (FM-style modulation) – for delay and reverb effects I use freware VST-effects (for best result)
  • Granular effect – audio output form every synthstep, drumstep and sample voice can be sent here
  • Circle-based effect parameter editing
  • Audio recorder – controls audio recording in max
  • Mixer with 7 channels: drum, synth, sampler, granular, fx, audio recorder, and main
  • Each channel has it’s own volume and pan controls, and sends to the four effects (excluding the effects, audio recorder and main channels)
  • It’s sadly not possible to save patch settings (exept for the drum sequencer)
  • Different screens is selected with tab-buttons on the left side
  • Signals are sent via Open Sound Control to Max

The program is made primaraly for use with a touch-screen monitor, but it’s of course possible to use a regular mouse. No support for multitouch.

Here’s a little example I made, please be aware of loud noisy sounds:

The file is about 20 minutes and 30MB so it might take some time to load it completely.
It’s improvised, and besides converting to MP3, I’ve done nothing with it after recording.
Here I use the sampler, loaded with single shot drum sounds. They are played back at different speeds and the sound is sent to the granulator and the other effects.

It’s also possible to make some less experimental music with the application. I will post more examples later..

I want to show you some of the cool things that can be done with OpenFrameworks. I start by showing the projects of someone who calles themselves Playmodes. They have made an audiovisual sampler, using Native Instruments Reaktor for the sounds (controlling it via OSC) and OF for recording, manipulating and playback of video. It looks like this:

Here’s another example:

Visit their website for more info: http://www.playmodes.com/

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I just fell in love with the music of Bat for Lashes (mypsace: http://www.myspace.com/batforlashes). Natasha Khan is so gifted and she also has an experimental edge to her music. Her new album is called Two Suns and is released april 6. Daniel is the latest single.

Read an interview with Natasha Khan here

And another one here

Lately I’ve mostly been listening to music while driving taxi (I work as a taxi driver). I just discovered a new favourite record; Big Star’s Third / Sister Lovers. I’ve had it for a while, but haven’t paid much attention to it before now. There’s so many really good songs on that record, my favourite is Blue Moon (not the same as the Elvis song). I had previously heard that song as a cover by 4ad band His name is alive, but didn’t know until now it was written by Alex Chilton.

I’ve been listening to a lot of new norwegian music the last few months. I think the last couple of record’s I’ve bought has been by norwegian bands. There are some good new records out there. The record by I Was a King (released jan/feb 09) got some great reviews, I’ve been listening to it but I’m not all that impressed.. some of the songs are very good but others are just mediocre. Their best song Norman Bleik is very good indiepop music. Anne Lise Frøkedal sings in I Was a King, but her main band is Harry’s Gym, their new record is well worth a listen, it’s more synth-oriented and atmospheric, but it’s got some good songs and ideas.

rocketothesky

Last year’s best norwegian record was IMHO Medea by Rockettothesky. The band is mostly Jenny Hval with some musicians helping her out. The record is experimental and atmospheric, and can sometimes sound a little bit like The Knife, but the sound is more organic and the compositions seems a little more developed than the swedes.

Interview with Jenny Hval on norwegian tv talking about her song Grizzly Man

This video is a live tv-performance with Neon Neon:

I’ve been listening to Neon Neons only record Stainless Style a lot lately. It’s a great sounding record with lots of synths, but some songs are guitarbased too, and there’s even some hip-hop there as well. It’s a side project by Super Furry Animals frontman Gruf Rhys and producer Boom Bip. The record is a concept album based on the life of “playboy” car designer John DeLorean. It’s a great record!

I also would like to recomend the norwegian hardcore band Rumble in Rhodos and their record Intentions from last year. Check it out on myspace.

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Electronic artist Richard Devine makes very interesting but intensive music in the Aphex Twin/Autchre domain.  He has a nice studio in Altlanta. There’s a feature on Richard Devine and his studio on the electron-users netsite, read it now as PDF.

Listen to his music at Myspace
Also check out http://www.richard-devine.com/