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

Kebu – Just Another Space Odyssey

Sunday Synth Jam: Synthesist Kebu performs Just Another Space Odyssey, live at the Assembly Computer Festival at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, 2.8.2013.

The song was performed using only analog synthesizers, either played live or sequenced. The performance was recorded directly from the mixer to a stereo track and later mixed together with the ambience from the arena. A few mistakes have been cut out and replaced with the audio from a rehearsal take. Continue reading

New 4DSOUND System Inspired By Nikola Tesla

4DSOUND is a new immersive audio system that allows for evolving changes in three-dimensional positioning of sound.

Despite the emergence of professional and consumer surround-sound systems, most live performances still rely on stereo (or even summed mono) sound, with an audience hearing most of the music from one direction.

4DSOUND is built from expansive array of speakers, a Max-based core, and custom Max for Live devices that allow for sound to be positioned anywhere within the system’s space.

In the video above, 4DSOUND founder Paul Oomen talks about its conception, and Martin Stimming discusses performing with the system. Continue reading