How To Make A Sushi Sequencer

As part of the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, the Sushi Sequencer was created, ‘celebrating Japan’s many artistic practices’. The Sushi Sequencer brings together two of them: Sushi and music technology.

Here’s what they have to say about the Sushi Sequencer:

The idea was to make a sushi conveyor belt a playable sequencer. While the results in the video are tongue-in-cheek, the technology behind it is anything but:

Helped along by a team from Native Instruments, both Just Blaze and TOKiMONSTA synced music to colored plates on the conveyor belt, making for one of the world’s most delicious music-making machines ever created.

See the RBMA site for more info.

New Daniel Lanois Album, Flesh And Machine

daniel-lanois-flesh-and-machineProducer and performer Daniel Lanois has a new album out, Flesh And Machine.

According to label Anti-, Lanois has ‘truly deployed every sonic weapon in his arsenal’, creating the ‘headphone album of the year’ in the process.

Flesh And Machine was initially conceived as an ambient album, building on his work with Brian Eno on classics like Ambient 4: On Land (1982) and Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks (1983). But the album also explores Lanois’ idea of taking the ‘studio as an instrument’ concept to the world of live performance.

Here’s a live studio performance of Opera, from the new album: Continue reading

The Dystopian Project – Winter’s Hall

Sunday Synth Jam: Bruno Di Micco, composer and keyboard player for the Irish progressive rock/metal band The Dystopian Project, shared this video for the band’s Winter’s Hall.

On Winter’s Hall, Di Micco plays Korg and Roland keyboards and Apple iPad.

Members:
  • Darrin Bell – Drums
  • Antonia Close – Vocals
  • Bruno Di Micco – Keys
  • Phil Dolan – Guitars
  • Hytham Martin – Guitars & Vocals
  • Ivan O’Sullivan – Bass & Vocals

Orbital Calls It Quits, But The Music Goes On And On

orbitalBrothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announced today that they’re hanging up their iconic torch-glasses and parting ways, as Orbital, for the final time.

Having first broken up in 2004, the Hartnolls reunited to play the Big Chill, celebrating 20 years of their DIY techno track ‘Chime’ in 2009.This led to extended touring and a performance before millions at the opening of the Paralympics, with Professor Stephen Hawking on vocals.

Here’s their iconic track, Halcyon: Continue reading