Joe Gore, guitar wizard and former editor of Guitar Player magazine who has played with everyone from PJ Harvey to Tom Waits picks “Ten Albums That Made My Head Explode”.
Monthly Archives: August 2015
Looping in Live with SoftStep: Session Mode and Clips
Live Looping comes in many different flavors and can be approached from many different angles. Within the context of Ableton Live, the intrepid performer can explore a plethora of looping techniques to find the one that best suits their goals. You can use Session View to leverage the power of clips to capture ideas. You… Read more »
Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, EAR, Panda Bear) Picks 10 Favourite LP Gems
We’ve talked to Pete Kember, aka Sonic Boom, twice before on this blog: once in a interview about his music and adoration of vintage analog synthesizers and once again on the topic of Peter Zinovieff’s music. We caught up with him again as he was finishing up work on Panda Bear’s Crosswords EP for a list… Read more »
Navene K (Animals as Leaders) Picks 10 Albums
Navene Koperweis is perhaps best known for playing drums in the instrumental progressive metal outfit Animals as Leaders. He left the band in 2012 on amicable terms to strike out on his own in pursuit of experiments blending traditional drums with electronic music in a brand new way. He caught up with Navene to get… Read more »
Simple Synthesis: Part 13, Clock Division
How do you sync two sequencers to the same master clock while both run at different speeds? How do you generate a sub octave? In the this entry into the Simple Synthesis series you will learn about some of the various uses for gate and trigger signals, as well as a very important tool for manipulating… Read more »
Ramón Amezcua aka Bostich (Nortec Collective) Picks 10 Albums
Ramón Amezcua, aka Bostich, is a Tijuana based electronic music composer and producer. He is considered to be the Godfather of Nortec, a style of electronic music that combines elements of classic Tambora and Norteño music, instruments and rhythms with techno beats and production techniques. His project “Nortec Collective Presents Bostich+Fussible” has been nominated for several Grammy… Read more »
Alexey Protasov (Ambassador21) Picks 10 Albums
Alexey Protasov is one half of the Belarusian digital hardcore duo Ambassador21. We asked Alexey for a list of 10 albums that inspired him musically and he responded with this list of classic punk, gritty hardcore and subversive social commentary.
Simple Synthesis: Part 12, Crossfading
A crossfader is exactly what you expect to find on any DJ mixer. It has an input on the left, an input on the right, and a fader is used to mix between them. In the modular world it’s more likely to be a knob than a fader, but its function is still the same…. Read more »
Interview with James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, The Album Leaf)
James McAlister is a drummer, producer, multi-instrumentalist recently on tour with Sufjan Stevens. We caught up with James at the end of Sufjan Stevens’ tour in support of the new release, Carrie & Lowell, to talk about his musical projects and time on the road.
Krazy Baldhead Picks 10 Albums
Pierre-Antoine Grison, aka Krazy Baldhead, is a French electronic music artist on Ed Banger records. We asked Pierre for a list of 10 albums that really inspired him musically and he came back at us with this excellent- and diverse- list of jazz, hip-hop, electronic and classical music.
Interview with Trey Gunn (King Crimson)
A native Texan who now resides in Seattle, Trey Gunn is known mostly for the unusual touch guitar that he plays. With this instrument under his fingers he has participated in a constant stream of cutting edges projects from King Crimson to TOOL. We caught up with Trey to talk about his current musical projects, his… Read more »
Making Music in the Browser: Web Audio/MIDI – Envelope Generator
In our first Simple Synthesis Addendum we learned how to connect a VCO to a VCA and control their ‘frequency’ and ‘gain’ AudioParams using a MIDI controller via the Web MIDI API. Good stuff! We now have a simple synth we can play. In this post we’ll learn how to shape our notes by building… Read more »
Julian Velard Picks 10 Albums
Julian Velard is a pianist, singer-songwriter and native New Yorker. We asked him for a list of 10 of his favorite albums and he responded with this excellent list of clever, fun singer-songwriters and mellow 70s productions.