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Brain is the nom de guerre of Bryan Mantia, a drummer, composer and producer known for playing drums in Primus and with Tom Waits, Guns N Roses, Buckethead, as well as scoring and recording music for movies and video games. We caught up with Brain to talk about his life behind the kit, the world… Read more »
A few months ago we had the opportunity to team up with Dan the Automator to realize a project that he had been thinking about for a while; a realtime multitrack playback system, a way to play and mix the stems of the many many records he has produced over the course of his career…. Read more »
One of the most often requested features for the BopPad is the ability to send out multiple notes per quadrant. In a previous article we discussed setting this up in Ableton Live, but what if you don’t have Ableton Live? I’ve coded up a Max application (mac only for the time being) that can act… Read more »
The BopPad is a highly flexible MIDI device that can spit out a variety of data to control MIDI capable software and hardware. One thing that users have been wondering about is how to play different sounds based on the location in a particular quadrant. This is usually done with notes, and while the BopPad… Read more »
I had the opportunity to interview Jeff Kaiser, the trumpet playing experimental electronics wizard, pfMentum label head, and professor of Composition and Music Technology at the University of Central Missouri about his musical practice, the relationships in which he finds inspiration, and the questions that drive his unique and towering musical accomplishments.
Scott Amendola is a drummer and central figure in the SF Bay Area music scene. As a founding member of the Nels Cline Singers and through his work both leading his own bands and with other legends the likes of Charlie Hunter, he has expanded the field at the intersection of jazz, experimental funk and… Read more »
K-Mix is a very flexible device covering audio input and output over USB, standalone mixing, and MIDI control. Having control over the audio going in and out of the K-Mix, as well as control over software all from the same box, can be extremely handy. Some software allows for third party integration through their own… Read more »
Chagall is a London-based electronic composer and performer, an early adopter of the mi.mu glove gestural controller system and a budding digital artist with performances and showcases in venues ranging from the TED stage to the Ableton Loop Festival. We caught up with Chagall to ask her about the genesis, process and execution of her… Read more »
Have you ever wondered why you need to plug your turntable into a special input on your receiver? Or why K-Mix has “phono” and “line” options for inputs 3-8? Or why you can’t just plug it into a pair of powered speakers, start enjoying your old records and call it a day? Maybe you’ve recently finished… Read more »
We met up with Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson from the experimental hip-hop band clipping after their sold out show at Starline Social Club in Oakland, Ca. They were cool enough to tell us about their process and philosophy, interesting media they’ve consumed recently, and a bit about how they get the most out of the routing capabilities… Read more »
At this year’s NAMM show I had the opportunity to try my hand at the CRAFTsynth digital mono synth from the fine folks at Modal Electronics. You’ve probably seen it, it’s the $99 synth kit that can be assembled in under 10 minutes IKEA-style. But until I got my hands on one at the show I hadn’t really… Read more »
Marc Urselli is a 5-time nominated 3-time Grammy Award winning engineer, producer, mixer, and sound designer based out of New York City. He has recorded the likes of Mike Patton, Laurie Anderson, and has recorded all of John Zorn’s albums since 2007 (as well as some on Zorn’s label Tzadik). We asked of him the ridiculously unfair task… Read more »
Sylvia Massy is a master recording engineer known for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as her innovative and unorthodox recording methods. Her book, Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques came out last year and is an amazingly fun and enjoyable guide to… Read more »
The K-Mix has a lot of places to plug cables into and out of, and the type of cable you use can make some practical differences. I’d like to spend a little time talking about balanced, unbalanced, and differential signals, and share a few good resources with you. A good place to start this discussion… Read more »