I came across this great DIY midi controller by Flickr user Mikest
In addition to having a great aesthetic appeal the prototype for the LED ring digital encoders is bitchin’. Hats’s off to Mikest.
Just as an additional observation, usually when i find a flickr user with some cool audio/midi/synth stuff i like to look at all their images. More often than not you can get an idea what the person is into, their hobbies, personality. While browsing Mikest’s pictures this is what I cam across. So I get it, I can see what the flowers resemble, and it appeals to me. But what I think is really awesome is that one image wasn’t enough… another, zoomed in version was necessary.
This is a follow up to my previous post on manipulating file’s header information to make them waves. It occurred to me that now that I know how the waves are rendered I could create some custom wave shapes of my own. Of course, being that I have the mind of an adolescent boy, my next though was to spell out ‘dirty’ words with a wave shape and then listen to what they sound like. The image below is the first result on my mission to create a dirty word audio library. Please allow me to introduce “Titty”…
You can grab the Wave File Here
It’s so funny that this tape, like the last two I’ve posted about is also called ‘Trance’. I mean, based on the last two examples and this one, all dance music from the early to mid nineties was trance. Inacurate music classifications notwithstanding this is a tape made by DJ ‘Spree’. If memory serves his name was Anthony and he was from somewhere in Brooklyn.
The restored .mp3 mix:
One thing I received for Christmas this year was the Electro-harmonix Memory-Man and it is absolutely un-fucking-believable. I love it. I’m not even sure where to begin but I’ll start with saying one thing I look for in good effects, pedals, and gear in general is the fun-factor and this little monster definitely has it in spades.
Generally speaking this is simply an echo-delay pedal. But where it excels is with the addition of a looper with which you sample and loop the input, play over it, re-sample it, bend the crap out of the sound, re-sample it, ad-infinitum. I literally disappeared into outer space for four hours the first time I played with it.
I’ll spare details on its operation. You can find much more useful information on the Electro-harmonix website. Pay close attention to their tone-tips section which has a great trick on how to maximize the insanity with this delay/looper. Beautiful:
and some sounds samples of the pedal in action…
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 1
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 2
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 3
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 4
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 5
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 6
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 7
Another post for the Cassette Tape Series. Who knows where this one came from or how it ended up in a box in my basement. This one is funny because it might say ‘Frankie Bones’ on that tape but I’m pretty sure there’s no way that’s who’s DJing. I’m not sure what ‘Fantasy Trance’ is either. All in all though, it’s not terrible. The audio quality on this tape was terrible though. However after a couple hours of work it’s good enough for the next decade. So if poorly recorded mid-nineties-mystery-dance music mix-tapes are your thing you might enjoy this.
You can grab the restored .mp3 mix here
I decided to transfer a bunch of old cassettes to digital and I came across a handful of mix tapes from somewhere in the ballpark of 1994. The audio was in serious need of some TLC and the music… lets just say it reflects that period of time. I’m not even sure who DJ DB is or where this tape came from. It’s my handwriting on there so I definitely dubbed it from someone but other than that who knows. Even though the audio quality is terrible I encoded it at 256kbps so as to preserve history in all of its glory.
you can get the full mix right here
Somewhere around 2000, shortly after I broke the lease on the worst apartment ever at 148 Degraw Street in Brooklyn I moved in with my best childhood friend Jamie and his roommate Dan on 7th Ave. A railroad apartment, that was far too small for two people, let alone three, was my home for a couple months before I finally moved out into the amazing but nearly deadly ‘4th & Garfield’.
During that time I was working on a number of projects, drinking more beer than was healthy, and had set up shop in the dining room of their apartment. Jamie and his friend Steve were both DJing down-tempo music at the time and thought a collaboration on a mix blending exceptional vinyl selections with the advancements in software based synthesis and tracking was overdue. Tracks were selected, reselected, mixed, remixed and stitched into a seamless blend of great down-tempo of the time.
RLM was formed, and the Wildlife Mix was forged. Roberts, Langolf, and Marchese: an original formula for a name without doubt. This was a brief collaboration that resulted in the release of one full length mix on CD for circulation to whoever would have it. After all this time I still have a number of CDs in my studio that are collecting dust. Want one? Email me and it’s yours. Or, you can download the .mp3 below. I recently uncovered the track listing…. These are surely out of order but credit is necessary for the original artists.
- At Jazz
- Certain Peace
- Eric Kupper
- Ginger & Fred – Voom Voom
- Lagente Urbana
- London Elektricity
- Pepper Digs
- Chattanooga Nugget
- Que Domingo
- Restless Soul
- Root Down
- Slow Supreme
- T-Kolai – exodus, andulu vocal mix on ibadan
- When I Fall Weekender mix – A:Xus on Guidance.
- Welcome Home
- Two t’seven
You can find another copy on Steve’s critically reviewed music blog Scissorkick here. It’s important to add that through this project I was able to get to know Steve much better; a man with astounding knowledge of all walks of music and immense passion for his friends, family, wife, and son. All would be a better person by knowing him.
This is a square wave tone generator based around three 555 timers wired up as oscillators. I took some inspiration from the dub siren and figured if two were good then three would be better. This was mostly true. Several unlabeled pots control the oscillators impact on each other and then two signals are mixed at the final stage. Just as a note I get these pots by buying damaged internal boards of Mackie mixers. With a little time you can remove these great center detent pots for pennies. A schematic isn’t available right now but I will get something together and post soon.
There were a couple problems that I didn’t really notice until after the circuit was wired up. I used a pot to control the balance of the two signals going into and additive mixer at the output. This causes large swings in output volume depending on how far from center the pot is. When jamming it all in the box with a battery something happened and one pot has no impact on the sound. These problems aside, the tone generator makes some great chirps, bleeps, bloops, and squeals.
I’ve recorded a string of the sounds you can generate with this tone generator, chopped it up into a couple dozen samples and included them for your use. If you end up using them in something I’d love to hear what you do.
You can see the complete set of photos here on Flickr
This is a follow up to previous works of a similar grain by members of Master Mosquito, this track brings forward similar sounds of past tracks. Smooth and melodic synths backed with down tempo rhythms and crisp layered guitars which create an ethereal soundscape suitable for any listener. This is one of my favorites which compliments the similar track named ‘Tallboy’ nicely. Much thanks to Aaron Schultz (DJ DRM) founder of Bastard Jazz, and Jamie Roberts for making this complete.
Master Mosquito – Regalt
This work-in-progress is an unreleased (well, except for here) follow up of past works of a similar grain by members of Master Mosquito. Emotive guitar styling with warm and sunny synth melodies carry you through this eclectic, spacious, and resonant track. Much like a Tallboy it’s good anytime in any situation. Much thanks to Aaron and Jamie for their hard work on this one.
You will find that the stripes included in this zip are not one-to-one matches with the final mix. As edits, adjustments, and rearrangements made I opted not to export the stripes a second time. Nonetheless, all the elements are there and ready to go!
Master Mosquito – Tallboy