Andrew Kilpatrick Interview (Kilpatrick Audio)

andrew-kilpatrick-audio-eurorack-modular-synthesizerThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with Andrew Kilpatrick, right, of electronics manufacturer Kilpatrick Audio.

Kilpatrick Audio is known for making modules in the Eurorack format and also in their own 4U Kilpatrick Format.

“One of the most important things to me is making real things,” notes Kilpatrick at his site. “I like things I can hold in my hand. I like things that feel well-made. I like to dream up an idea for a device and then just build it and try it.”  Continue reading

Andreas Schneider Interview – A Visit To SchneidersLaden In Berlin

Sonic State’s roving reporter Edd Butterworth visited SchneidersLaden in Berlin – one of the world’s great synth stores – and met owner Andreas Schneider.

In this video interview, Schneider shares his thoughts on synthesizers and gives a tour of some of the great gear available at SchneidersLaden.  Continue reading

What’s The Point Of Imitating Traditional Hardware? Conductr’s Oriol Rosell On Live Controller Design

oriol-rosell-conductrPatchworks today released Conductr 1.3, the latest version of their iPad Ableton Live controller app.

With the new version, Patchworks is trying to develop Conductr into tool not just for Live performance, but also music production.

In this interview, we talk with Patchworks co-founder Oriol Rosell, right, about what’s new in the latest version of Conductr, their vision for the role of MIDI control apps and more: Continue reading

An Interview With KMI’s Keith McMillen

keith-mcmillenThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with electronic instrument designer Keith McMillen of Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI).

McMillen has been active as an instrument designer for nearly thirty years. In that time, he has managed music technology departments at Gibson, Harmon Kardon and other companies and created a variety of new instruments, ranging from advanced stringed instruments at Zeta Music to new types of music controllers at KMI.  Continue reading

Roger Troutman (Zapp) On The Talk Box

This video captures a 1987 Video Soul interview with Roger Troutman of the Zapp Band.

The discussion focuses on Troutman’s use of synthesizers with a ‘talk box’ or ‘voice box’.

The talk box is an effects pedal that basically plays whatever sound you feed into it through a plastic tube that you put into your mouth. This directs the sound of your instrument into your mouth, so that you can ‘speak’ using the sound of any instrument.

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