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Saturday, April 19, 2014

"I Dream Of Wires" Moogfest Theatrical Premiere Promo Video

Published on Apr 18, 2014 I Dream of Wires·13 videos

"I Dream Of Wires' premiere screening is at Moogfest on April 26, with a 2nd Moogfest screening April 27!

I Dream Of Wires is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, featuring interviews with over 100 modular musicians, inventors and enthusiasts, including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Vince Clarke (Erasure), Morton Subotnick, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Daniel Miller, Carl Craig, Flood, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), James Holden, Factory Floor, Legowelt, Clark, John Foxx and Bernie Krause, as well as manufacturers and modular industry leaders Doepfer, Modcan, and Make Noise.

Although April 26 will be the world premiere of I Dream Of Wires' 96 minute theatrical cut (at Moogfest), a 4-hour Special Edition cut of the film, I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition, was released on DVD and BluRay in late-2013, and has already become an underground, grassroots sensation amongst electronic musicians and fans, with high profile reviews and coverage from the likes of NPR, Arte/Tracks, Pitchfork, The Wire, and FACTmag. Despite it's imposing 4-hour length and ultra-niche target market, the Hardcore Edition ("for the hardcore modular synth and electronic music fanatics") has proven an independent hit. Now, stripped of the Hardcore Edition's techy excesses, I Dream Of Wires' theatrical cut is set to bring the fascinating story of the modular synthesizer, a story driven by passionate and innovative people, to the masses. Additional screenings are being confirmed, with Chicago's CIMMfest and Boston's Together Festival on deck for theatrical stops for the film.

I Dream of Wires begins with an historical primer, exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla and Associates, right through to the near-extinction of these instruments, brought on by the introduction of portable, digital synthesizers in the '80s. From there, the rebirth of the modular synthesizer is retraced, leading into the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Along the way is some in-depth exploration of the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. What started out as a "vintage-revival scene" in the '90s has grown into an underground phenomena with a growing market of modular obsessives craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces. Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument — it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bona fide subculture.

I Dream Of Wires

Music "King Vincent (Extended)" by Solvent.
Solvent's I Dream Of Wires soundtrack is released on Suction Records
"New Ways: music from the documentary I Dream Of Wires"
is avail on vinyl (2x12" + 7"), CD, and digitally via:

Sector iPad & Bass Station II demo

Published on Apr 19, 2014 Alba Ecstasy·119 videos

"Using SECTOR & Bass Station II
Bass Station & other synth presets on: http://www.albaecstasy.ro/
Sector is an amazing sample slice sequencer for iPad. You can see Sector here: http://goo.gl/A39RcU

Alba Ecstasy"

SECTOR - Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl)

Percuss New Wireless AudioCubes firmware and MIDIBridge in the Works

via the Percussa newsletter:

"First of all, thanks being on this list and for supporting Percussa and my work with AudioCubes and for reading the newsletter!

I've been silent for quite a while, posting a bit less than usually, both on the newsletter and the blog. This is because I've been working hard on a new update to the AudioCubes firmware, as well as a new version of MIDIBridge :-)

Why a new version of the firmware and MIDIBridge?
If you've used MIDIBridge, the main application to generate MIDI information using AudioCubes, or if you've read the manuals, you already know that there are three modes you can put the cubes in: SENDER, RECEIVER (used for sending MIDI note on/off triggers when cubes detect each other), and SENSOR (used for sending MIDI continuous controllers based on distance between cubes or hands and cubes).

With the current version of MIDIBridge and the firmware, you don't have this cube detection + distance information at the same time. I'm working on a new update to change all that, and to make distance information and cube detection available simultaneously, in the form of a new cube mode in MIDIBridge, called TOPOLOGY.

This will bring what you can do with the AudioCubes to a whole new level! Imagine the AudioCubes as a synthesizer where signals can be patched and modulation depth changed simply by creating a network of cubes and changing their relative distances, or imagine sending MIDI triggers and controllers at the same time, the possibilities are enndless. These new capabilities will give rise to new, improved and updated AudioCubes software :-)"

Modular Synthesizer for AudioCubes: Synthor

Published on Oct 20, 2012 Percussa·89 videos

"Synthor is a new app made in Max/Max for 8 AudioCubes. Buy the Modular Synth package for AudioCubes including the free Synthor app directly at the Percussa website. More info at www.percussa.com"

Delay pedal fun with Volca beats, Aqua-puss, and more

Published on Apr 19, 2014 Flux302 of Fluxwithit.com·173 videos

"This video is really just about having fun with some delay pedals, the Volca beats and some distortion."

Gieskes VCO Fan - Eurorack Oscillator

via this auction

FutureRetro XS semi-modular monosynth demo

Published on Apr 19, 2014 alternatingbitmusic·71 videos

"I think its cool how a monosynth can spit out such an array of sounds at once. I started a sound that had a percussive element to it and I thought I'd share with you all. Everything you hear is live from the FutureRetro XS, with CV in from a sequencer for voltage & gate only. The final output has a touch of delay for flavor. Enjoy."

Elektron Grooves Part I - Octatrack & Analog Four

Published on Apr 19, 2014 Electronic Music by Vanderson·111 videos

"this short video show my new series of grooves created on Elektron machines :) next videos soon... and of course Happy Easter for all fans and music lovers :)"

"lousy housy" live with TR-8, TB-3, VT-3, Leipzig-S, BassStation 2, XoxboX

Published on Apr 19, 2014 Trooper Starship·21 videos

"a saturday evening live jam house session

the PC is only running in a 4 part loop, just to record and to play 2 samples, everything recorded live, no afterworks.
used gear:
TR-8, TB-3, VT-3, Leipzig-S, BassStation 2, XoxboX, Beatstep, RMX500, BigSky, Echolution 2, Phonic IS16"

The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun - Strings and Synth

Uploaded on Jul 31, 2011 BeatlesMixes·87 videos

"Isolated Track containing a Moog Synthesizer and Strings from Here Comes The Sun on Abbey Road (1969)

---This is copyright to EMI Music---"

via David Wilson-Okamura on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge

"Moog modular (and strings) from the Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' (1969); the synth gets more interesting after 1:33. I found this via Michael McRoberts' 1972 composition, posted below."

Imaginary Landscape

Published on Apr 19, 2014 mcmike100·25 videos

"This is one of the first pieces of electronic music I composed and recorded in 1972 utilizing a modular Moog synthesizer. The recording was primitive, bouncing tracks back and forth on a stereo tape recorder. The video graphics are just for fun."

via Michael McRoberts on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge:

"This was probably my first real serious piece with the Moog. It was recorded on my stereo reel-to-reel tape recorder, bouncing back and forth between the left and right channels. That's a very primitive way to make a multitrack recording."