Behind The Scenes With Squarepusher’s Music Robots

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This video, embedded below, takes a behind the scenes look at Squarepusher’s music robots, the Z-Machines, which are featured on his latest EP. 

For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar”, notes Squarepusher. “I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting.” Continue reading

Squarepusher Releasing Music For Robots EP

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Warp Records has announced a new EP, composed by Squarepusher and performed by three music robots (the Z-Machines) will be released on 7th April (8th in North America).

Here’s what Squarepusher has to say about the project:

The main question I’ve tried to answer is ‘can these robots play music that is emotionally engaging?’

I have long admired the player piano works of Conlon Nancarrow and Gyorgy Ligeti. Part of the appeal of that music has to do with hearing a familiar instrument being ‘played’ in an unfamiliar fashion. For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar. I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting.

Each of the robotic devices involved in the performance of this music has its own specification which permits certain possibilities and excludes others – the robot guitar player for example can play much faster than a human ever could, but there is no amplitude control. In the same way that you do when you write music for a human performer, these attributes have to be borne in mind – and a particular range of musical possibilities corresponds to those attributes. Consequently, in this project familiar instruments are used in ways which till now have been impossible.

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Moogfest 2012 Lineup Features Orbital, Squarepusher, Thomas Dolby & Others

MoogfestOrganizers have announced the line up Moogfest 2012, a festival of ‘electronic and visionary music’ that celebrates the spirit of Bob Moog.

Moogfest 2012 is scheduled for Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Asheville, NC.

The 2012 Moogfest lineup includes Primus 3D, a stop on the 3D-enhanced live musical tour, Swedish electro-pop artists Miike Snow,Santigold, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Squarepusher, Carl Craig and Pantha du Prince.

Other performers confirmed include Thomas Dolby, Explosions In The Sky, Divine Fits, Four Tet, the Magnetic Fields, Prefuse 73 with Teebs, Actress, Disclosure, Juila Holter and Blondes.

Artists will perform at venues throughout downtown Asheville.

Weekend passes, daily GA tickets and VIP packages for Moogfest 2012 will go on sale Friday, August 10 AT Noon EST at the Moogfest site.

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New Squarepusher – Dark Steering

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This is the official music video for Squarepusher‘s Dark Steering, taken from forthcoming album Ufabulum, which is due out May 14th.

Here’s what Squarepusher has to say about Dark Steering:

“For a while I had apocalyptic nightmares about trails of nuclear missiles in the night sky. So I aimed to recreate that strange combination of exhilaration, terror and sadness both visually and emotionally through this piece. It lead to the idea of a spacecraft leaving earth at vast speed to escape, but oddly the music also made me think of it flying through a library. So I generated the visual aspect such that, as the piece progresses, it seems as if the viewer is ever accelerating through massive corridors of books.”

Squarepusher Announces New Album, Ufabulum, And Tour

Warp Records has announced that a new Squarepusher album, Ufabulum, will be released 14th/15th May 2012.

Squarepusher, aka Tom Jenkinson, will perform Ufabulum live in New York, Tokyo, Sao Paolo, Barcelona, London and more cities around the world – full information at the Warp site.

About the new material, Squarepusher says “I’ve started thinking about pure electronic music again. Something very melodic, very aggressive.”

You can learn more about Squarepusher in the video profile above.

Ableton Live Tips – Creating A Unique Live Setup

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This Ableton Live tutorial video, via DubSpot, takes a look at creating a unique setup for performing live with Live.

Even if this approach is nothing like yours, it can be useful to see how others approach working with Live, to get new ideas.  Continue reading

iPhone App Creates Minimal Music Based On Schenkerian Analysis

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Akihiko Matsumoto‘s Minimalist Style for iPhone RjDj generates minimal music algorithmically:

Minimalist Style algorithmically generates music based on the analysis of composers such as Bach, Stravinsky, Squarepusher, and many more. Choose your favourite composer by touching one of the squares. Shake the device to move forward in the musical progression. Touch the screen and tilt the device to change the timbre of the synth.

This music is generated by a realtime prolongiation algorithm base on Schenkerian analysis

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