Moldover – Four Track

Moldover has kicked off a new project, Four Track – an album that he says is “waaaaay more than an album”:

This album is my life’s greatest work and I want it to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, but I can’t release my new music as just a simple download. I needed to create something really special. For my last album I pioneered the idea of “instrument as packaging” with my Light Theremin CDs. I had a ton of fun making them and I learned so much that I decided to re-invent the idea for Four Track. The result is a cassette-sized instrument I call The Voice Crusher.

Details on the album and The Voice Crusher are available at his project site.

ConCon, The Controller Convention, Coming To LA July 19-21

ConConCEPA (The Center for Electronic Performance and Art) and M.I.A. (Machine Inspired Art) are presenting ConCon – The Controller Convention, July 19-21 at M.I.A. Gallery, in downtown Los Angeles.

ConCon features workshops, demos and discussions during the day, and performances at night:

KMI Debuts Enhanced Note Mode for QuNeo

Keith McMillen Instruments announced today its Enhanced Note Mode for their QuNeo 3D Multi-touch Pad Controller.

The Enhanced Note Mode maps QuNeo’s pads to the notes of nine types of musical scales, while setting the tonic to any of 12 notes. The scales included in Enhanced Note Mode are Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian, as well as Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic.

(If you missed the discussion of different kinds of scales in Intro to Music Theory, you can find an explanation at this link. If you missed our earlier articles about the QuNeo, you can find those at this link.)

Enhanced Note Mode for QuNeo features a built-in harmonizer, pitch-adding capability, timed harmonic offset, independent vibrato and pitch-bending, octave-jumping, and colored LED light feedback. More detailed explanations below the fold: Continue reading

Nick Francis vs The Who – ‘Re: Generation’

Sunday Synth JamNick Francis stakes out new territory for controllerism, with his live remix/mashup of My Generation, by The Who.

Francis performs with his DIY MIDI controller, The Choppertone, mixing in iconic sounds of the 60s, including Allen Ginsberg, Mose Allison, Sonny Rollins and others.

via Nick Francis

Novation Debuts ‘Brighter, Faster, Universal’ Launchpad S, Now Compatible With The iPad

Novation-Launchpad-SToday Novation announced its new Launchpad S, an update to its popular grid controller for Ableton Live.

Simon Halstead, Novation’s Marcom Manager tells us, “The Launchpad S has “vastly brighter” LEDs, a significantly faster refresh rate and is now class compliant – meaning it will now work with other software (e.g FL Studio 11) and critically, with the iPad – so it integrates with our new Novation Launchpad app for iPad. It’s also powered by the iPad.”

Launchpad S Key Features:

  • 64-button music software controller: Launch loops/clips, trigger drums and samples, and control effects and volumes.
  • Brighter, faster and works with more software.
  • Comes with Ableton Live Launchpad Edition.
  • Plug and play with FL Studio and other software: Now including custom software control overlays.
  • Now supports iPad: Launchpad S connects to iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit – drivers no longer required.

Here are some video demos of the Novation Launchpad S in action: Continue reading