M-Audio Intros Expansion Packs For Trigger Finger Pro

TriggerFingerPro_Florian_Meindl_TechHouseBerlinToday M-Audio introduced its Expansions Collection, a family of software designed to expand the capabilities of their Trigger Finger Pro pad controller.

This initial release features five software collections with sound and style contributions from four artists:

  • Rui Da Silva—Deep House Collection
  • Florian Meindl— Berlin Deep House and Tech-House, Sounds of Berlin
  • Radio Slave—Sounds of Techno
  • Thomas Schumacher—Berlin Techno

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Holly Herndon Interview

Composer/sound artist Holly Herndon is featured in the latest interview via Red Bull Music Academy.

Her work is techno-infused music in the electroacoustic tradition. She uses her voice prominently as a sound source, but transforms it almost beyond recognition, using a laptop & Max/MSP.  Continue reading

Think There’s A Little Markup On This?

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eBay seller bollywoodshopp has a copy of Charanjit Singh’s Synthesizing Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat available – for just $3,999.

Charanjit Singh’s Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat is an Indian rarity from ’82 that used the classic acid house 303/808 combo – 5 years before acid house emerged.

If the markup on the vintage copy is a little too high for you – there’s always Amazon & iTunes…..

How Clubbing Changed The World

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Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed the World takes a look at how British underground music emerged from raves and clubs to take on the world.

The documentary is a bit hyperbolic, but features anecdotes from David Guetta, Armand van Helden, Paul Oakenfold, will.i.am, Nile Rodgers, Goldie, Pete Tong, Katy B, Skream, Moby and others.

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HEXTEP Analog Style Live MIDI Step Sequencer (First Look)

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Here’s a first look at the HEXTEP MIDI Step Sequencer, a analog style step sequencer.

t’s got some interesting tricks up its sleeve, including a built in voice & speaker for setting up sequencers, MIDI effects and a Euclidean Rhythm mode.

Pricing and availability are to be announced, but we’ve got a video sneak preview, plust details below.

Check it out and let us know what you think of the HEXTEP!

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Modulations Documentary Looks At The Evolution Of Electronic Music

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Modulations is a feature-length documentary that traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the 20th century.

By cutting back and forth between avant garde composers, Kraftwerk’s innovative synthesizer drones, Giorgio Moroder’s glacial Euro-disco, Afrika Bambaataa’s electro-funk and Prodigy’s current worldwide superstarstardom, Modulations ‘celebrates the nomadic drift of the post-human techno sound’.

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Free Max for Live Instrument – SampleRider

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Little Scale, aka Sebastian Tomczak, has released SampleRider – a Max for Live instrument that uses a user-defined sample as a table for an oscillator.

Basically, a sinewave that is modulated by another sinewave sets the sample index for reading back sample points from the loaded sample. Frequency is set by incoming MIDI notes. Velocity sets volume. The user can define other parameters (e.g. modulating oscillator amount and frequency).

There are two main oscillators and two modulating oscillators. All timbral changes are created simply by reading back from the loaded sample at different points/in a different way.

SampleRider is a free download from the Little Scale site.