Interview with Adrian Belew (King Crimson, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa)

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Adrian Belew is one of the most accomplished and ubiquitous players in the history of the electric guitar. With a career spanning decades and hundreds of album credits ranging from Frank Zappa and David Bowie to Talking Heads, King Crimson and Nine Inch Nails, Adrian has kept constant pace with both pop music and music technology. His… Read more »

Interview with Steve Harmon (Synthrotek, Harben Audio)

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Meet Steve Harmon, the founder and brains behind Synthrotek, co-founder of Harben Audio, and Captain of the World’s Largest Online Pirate Store, among other clever entrepreneurial adventures.  We caught up with Steve to talk about how he got his start making pedals and eurorack modules, his music, and what’s been inspiring him lately.

Controller Scripting in Bitwig Studio, Part 1

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When I first heard about Bitwig Studio years ago, there was one feature that really caught my eye. In promotions for the software they always mentioned that they would have an ‘Open Controller Scripting API’. Coming from an environment like Ableton Live, which has an undocumented and ‘closed’ API, this was hugely exciting. In this… Read more »

Sequencing the SEM: MIDI to CV Conversion

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The best way to unlock the hidden potential of any semi-modular synthesizer is by sequencing. This post will describe the necessary steps to use the QuNexus as a MIDI-to-CV converter along with Ableton Live to control the legendary Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module.

Interview with Daniel Rowland (Flux, Studio Belew)

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Working in music technology I get to interface with many brilliant and hard working minds behind the veil of music performance. Music directors and producers, techs and engineers. Some of them have been interviewed in past posts on this blog. Recently I caught up with Daniel Rowland, the engineer/producer/tech wizard behind Adrian Belew’s seriously futuristic guitar… Read more »

Interview with Tracy Silverman

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Tracy Silverman is an musician, composer, producer and champion of the electric violin. His unique instrument and innovative technique have led to collaborations with composers the likes of John Adams and Terry Riley, and performances ranging from the gala opening of the Walt Disney Music Hall to premieres at Carnegie Hall.  We caught up with Tracy to talk… Read more »