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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Music In The Age of Democratization, With Ableton’s Gerhard Behles & Coldcut’s Matt Black

As part of Berlin’s recent Social Media Week, Peter Kirn, editor of createdigitalmusic.com hosted this conversation with Matt Black (Ninjatune founder and member of A/V group Coldcut), and Gerhard Behles, (CEO of Ableton and former member of Monolake).

Behles and Black are both technologists and musicans, and the hour+ discussion delves into the intended and unintended consequences of today’s music technologies.  Continue reading

Brian Crabtree (monome) On The Past, Present & Future Of Grid Controllers

brian-crabtree-monomeIf you’ve ever wondered why grid controllers have become one of the most popular tools for making electronic music, you’ll want to listen to the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Host Darwin Grosse talks with monome’s Brian Crabtree about the past, present and future of monome.org, the grid controller and more.

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An Interview With Tim Caswell Of Studio Electronic (With Scoops!)

studio-electronics-logoTim Caswell Of synth manufacturer Studio Electronics is featured on the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Host Darwin Grosse talks with Caswell about instrument design, the current Studio Electronic line, new modular versions of their filters and more!

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