December 27, 2012
In this part of our Moog Factory Tour series, Jim Debardi explores the history of the theremin and its relation to Moog Music Inc. The theremin is not only the oldest electronic instrument, but it’s also the instrument that laid the groundwork for Bob Moog’s legacy with electronic instruments and synthesizers. Be sure to check out our Moog Factory Tour Introduction and be on the lookout for the remaining parts of this series.
Just like in our last post, we will use this post to give you the latest news from Moog Music Inc. On the heels of the release of the Animoog V2 iPad App comes the incorporation of the Grateful Dead Expansion Pack. This pack takes the sounds from the Grateful Dead’s Feb. 14th 1968 performance at the Carousel Ballroom and turns it into a pack that features 82 presets and 45 timbres for use within the …
December 16, 2012
When one man performs on stage with an array of digital DJing gear, the performance itself may very well be the icing on the cake. The real issues at hand are, “How am I going to get this software together with all of this hardware?” Much like setting up a computer for the first time, there are compatibility concerns as well as issues of what program will control what piece of hardware. A third aspect that has to be looked at is master and slave set-ups. If you use beatgridding or tempo locking in Ableton, will Traktor be able to follow it’s every command?
Arkaei stunned audiences at this year’s IDA competition by forgoing the traditional turntablist techniques for something more confusing and modern. His gear alone might have left people scratching their heads. Aside from the obligatory scratch mixer (in this case a Kontrol Z2), he use two …
November 21, 2012
With advancements in midi and touch technology, we are beginning to see engineers bring some musical inventions to live without having to reinvent the clarinet or guitar. The QuNeo is a small example of one man’s idea coming to fruition, and it is the implications more than the product itself that help us see where it’s all headed.
We already have ways to control sound using computers – this we know. The most obvious way to achieve this is using a regular layout midi keyboard to trigger samples on a computer. This is effective, but at the same time it’s boring and lacks showmanship, especially if you’re trying to emulate a guitar on a keyboard. The guys and gals who are out there creating midi controller that are shaped like guitars are the ones who are really bringing showmanship and form back into their performances.
The theremin, by contrast, is …
September 17, 2012
Musical equipment companies have been doing right by their patrons, by offering contests and chances to show off creative talent in exchange for awards and respect. Long time contender, Moog, has recently announced that it will be hold a competition for this Halloween holiday – hoping to see who can embody the spirit of the season the best.
The rules are that a Theremin must be used to create a ghastly and ghoulish performance, while recording on camera. Contestants are encouraged to dress up and do their best to show off their love of the season. The winner will receive a Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer.…