Behind The Scenes With Queen Keyboardist Spike Edney

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This behind the scenes video, via KorgUSA, is an official Korg promo for the Kronos, but it does a good job of focusing on the keyboard’s real-world applications.

Queen’s Keyboard Player Spike Edney discusses his current stage setup, built around a Korg Kronos. Edney has been Queen’s musical director and keyboard player since 1984.

Dave Grohl Backpedals On His Grammy Speech, Calls Skrillex ‘Badass’

Rock god Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) got a lot of nods from the audience with his heartfelt acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards this year. In the speech, Grohl said:

“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do.

It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”

Nice sentiment – but the way he said it also managed to piss off everybody who makes music with computers. People like Deadmau5, who remixed the Foo Fighters last year, and Skrillex, who won three Grammy Awards this year.

Grohl realized this and has released an official statement that backpedals a bit on his Grammy speech and offers an olive branch out to the electronic musicians of the world…..

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Moon Modular 6005 Teaser – Can You Guess What This Is?

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We’re heading into the 2012 NAMM Show, and you know what that means……teaser videos.

Moon Modular has a teaser for the “#6005”. We’ve got no idea what they’re introducing. But we’re pretty sure we want it and it’s out of our price range.

Any guesses?

via moonmodular

Mark Smart’s Awesome + Insane ‘Island at the Center of the World’

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This is an excerpt of Mark Smart’s prog-rock Tesla Coil piece Island at the Center of the World, which is about the history of Easter Island.

Tesla coils were used to create musical pitches via a control system designed by university student Steve Ward. Two coils were used. The right coil is playing a prerecorded MIDI track, acting as the bass, and the left one is performed live as a lead sound via the Haken Continuum fingerboard.

In spite of the frigid temperatures (4 degrees Fahrenheit, 26 mph winds), the concert was well attended and was voted the most popular event of the open house.

For performing a prog-rock piece about Easter Island on Tesla Coils using an alternative music controller in frigid weather, Smart deserves a special insulated prog keyboard god cape. Continue reading

iRig Mic + VocaLive At Winter NAMM 2011

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IK Multimedia introduced iRig Mic, a condenser hand-held microphone designed for iOS devices and VocaLive, a vocal effects app, at the 2011 NAMM Show.

C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool and IK Multimedia’s Starr Ackerman show you what you can do with IK’s 2 new releases iRig and VocaLive and then proceed to simulate a bad drug tip with VocaLive’s voice effects.

VocaLive will have a suite of 5 dedicated real-time vocal effects (pitch correction, choir harmonizer, voice doubler, vocal morpher and de-esser) plus 7 effects tailored to vocal processing (reverb, EQ, compressor, delay, envelope filter, chorus, phazer) that can be combined on a 3-processor vocal rig chain.

Rytmik Rock Edition (Nintendo DSiWare) Video Preview

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This is a video preview of Rytmik Rock Edition – an virtual studio for creating rhythmical and melodic themes and for composing songs. Its user interface combines the speed of classic drum machines with the flexible pattern-making of popular trackers.

It also features more than 133 carefully selected sound samples of drum set, keyboards, bass, clean, lead and rhytm guitars instruments.

Fore more information, check the Rytmik site.

Moby Gives Up On Electronica, Goes AC/DC, Storms The Fucking Kastle, Impregnates The Wenches

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Off topic – This video is for Storm The Fucking Kastle by Diamondsnake, a Moby side project.

Now we know what happens when you make electronica for 20 years – you have to get some guitars and let your inner AC/DC out, singing about “Storming the Fucking Kastle and giving your women what they need”.

If you hated Moby before for taking himself too seriously – now you can hate him for kicking out the jams with songs like Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream with a bunch of vegan retro rockers.  Continue reading

New Epic Guitars Sound Library

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Tonehammer has introduced Epic Guitars – a new sound library featuring one of the best heavy session guitar players in the Scandinavia, Danne .

Forsblom used his custom 6, 7 and 8 string guitars in the sessions and played them through a variety of different amps and custom FX pedals. All riffs were recorded between X4 to X16 times. The core stacking technique is controlled by adjustment of modwheel on the keyboard controller.

The core library contains nearly 2000 riffs/phrases/licks, which are divided into 7 core tempos: 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 and 140 BPM. The style of the library is a mixture of nu metal with a a touch of hard rock/funk on top. Continue reading