Crystal Method Live Performance On KCRW

This video captures a live performance by The Crystal Method (Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland) in the studios of KCRW.

Formed in 1993, The Crystal Method started out in native Las Vegas (and some forgettable four-track stabs at vocal jazz music), but found their home in the early-’90s L.A. rave scene.

Brain Surgery Delays Next Crystal Method Album, Tour


The Crystal Method has announced that their next studio album will be indefinitely delayed because of Scott Kirkland‘s brain surgery.

Per doctor’s orders following recent brain surgery, Scott Kirkland will remain under home medical treatment. As a result, the release of the bands upcoming studio album has been delayed and their summer tour dates have been postponed or cancelled.

Scott Kirkland has prepared the following statement regarding his current medical situation and future plans: Continue reading

WTF Is This Thing And Why Is It So Awesome? (The Crystal Method DJ Keytar?!)

The Crystal Method Keytar

Looks like Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method have some new gear!

Part bass, part dj controller, part keyboard – and all WTF!

What is this thing and why is it so awesome?

Basement Jaxx Scoring ‘Attack The Block’ – Who Would You Pick To Score A Movie?

Here’s a preview of the work Basement Jaxx is doing for the score for the upcoming inner city vs outer space thriller, Attack The Block.

Steven Price is credited with the soundtrack and Basement Jaxx with ‘additional music’. It’s Basement Jaxx’s debut as film score writers.

They describe their track The Ends, above, a s a “big brooding slice of bagpipe dubstep.”

The soundtrack follow recents electronic scores by Daft Punk (Tron Legacy), The Chemical Brothers (Hanna) and The Crystal Method (London).

It’s been a long time, though, since there’s been an electronic soundtrack on a par with Wendy Carlos’s A Clockwork Orange, the Vangelis score for Blade Runner or Brian Eno’s Apollo.

Who would you like to hear score a new film? And are there some electronic scores for recent films that you think didn’t get enough attention?

M-Audio Venom Synthesizer (Video Intro)

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This is the official video introduction to the M-Audio Venom, introduced last week at the 2011 NAMM Show.

The video features testimonials from veteran synthheads The Crystal Method, Mark Mothersbaugh, and James Dewees – but the segments featuring the synths designer, Taiho Yamada, are probable the most interesting.

The M-Audio Venom synthesizer is designed to combine the character of analog synths with modern digital processing, to deliver an ‘aggressive’ sound. Venom offers 12-voice polyphony, three oscillators per voice, ring mod, tube-style saturation, six resonant filter types, on-board effects, and a built-in Pro Tools M-Powered compatible interface.

Venom Synthesizer Features:

  • the warmth of vintage keyboards combined with modern digital processing – aggressive new sound
  • 512 single-sound patches and 256 layered patches – start playing right out of the box
  • intuitive real-time performance controls plus software editor – endless sound design possibilities
  • 49-key, full-size, synth-action keyboard – great playability
  • Pro Tools compatible USB audio/MIDI interface – ready for the stage and studio

The M-Audio Venom is available now with a street price of $500. Details below. Continue reading

What Is The Crystal Method So Excited About? (2011 NAMM Show Teaser)

M-Audio (Avid) has released a teaser for something new that they plan to introduce at the 2011 NAMM Show.

All that they are saying at this point is “On January 13, 2011, we’ll unveil a wicked new sound to the world.” Continue reading