Enjoy this final video of 2013! Tom Oberheim talks about his amazing Two Voice Pro. He gets into his history in synthesizers, demos the sound and sequencing capabilities, and then goes into a discussion of synths in general.
Check out the screamin’ performance of Extent of the Jam. Later local rap artist Revolt takes the stage with him to bust out the Sonic the Hedgehog Rap:
or if you just want to jump directly to the rap bit:
I cannot recall the last time a device had been so highly anticipated as Ableton Push.
With good reason. Push is not only a sleek, beautiful control surface for Ableton’s newly released version 9 but it is also a highly intuitive and fresh new musical instrument. It’s touch sensitive multi-color grid is specifically designed to eliminate the barriers that get in the way of the flow of the initial creative process. Push not only facilitates the search for the right sounds (and with Live 9’s suite including 3000 + sounds there is plenty to choose from) it also features an amazing system for almost foolproof note entry and improvisation.
I have heard and at times agreed with folks that feel musicality in the past decade has somewhat suffered. They feel that the values of study and practice have been replaced by gimmicks. “Pro Tooling” and “Autotuning” have become synonymous with a manufactured sound recording that sometimes translates poorly onstage. With Push you can choose to play in a certain scale or mode eliminating the possibility of playing the wrong note. At first glance this too might seem like cheating but there is a difference. With Push the musician can also learn about scales and modes by being able to recognize and executing note combinations familiar to the ear but previously only reserved for expert musicians. With dedication and practice there is no limit to what can be played. This newfound freedom could encourage the kind of experimentation needed to create new musical territories.
Will there be haters that will regard Push as a crutch and criticize its ease of use as further disregard of the classic values? Yes, I think so. One thing that sparks my imagination about the future of music now are the compositions that will eventually materialize as a result of putting these tools at the fingertips of highly creative individuals. Now boring overused chord progressions will be substituted by interesting, exotic and perhaps never heard progressions. Let’s now imagine that kind of power in the hands of the next Mozart, Debussy, Beethoven, etc. Perhaps a bit like the first time they were given a piano.
As a certified Ableton instructor, I am proud to be at the starting line of this revolution. If music is indeed the universal language, perhaps we will all be able to communicate more effectively and maybe Ableton’s Push might just make this world a better place.
A little blast from the past (meetup): take a listen to a live performance and demonstration of Grant Marr’s beatboxing rig.
Thank you for coming! And if you couldn’t make it, check out these fantastic photos from Geoffrey Smith II and Terrence Taylor:
It’s just a couple of weeks away! You MUST come to this amazing presentation featuring Carson Day of Dave Smith Instruments who will be demoing LIVE the all-new Prophet 12 polyphonic synthesizer. He will also have DSI’s Mopho x4 and a Tetra.
Come hear the demo, participate in the Q&A, and stay for the awesome projects from your own SF-EMM members. SPACE IS LIMITED, so RSVP now via our Meetup.com group: http://www.meetup.com/sf-emm/events/103556072/.
Here it is! If you missed the presentation of the amazingly flexible modular synthesizers from Serge you can now watch it here, and see the photos below too.
Serge Modular Music Systems: (modular synthesizers)
SAE Institute SF:
San Francisco Electronic Music Meetup Group:
Simple trance with just 1 instrument and drum track. I want one of these! (Thanks, Mike Heymans, for letting us know about this!)
What’s interesting about this isn’t the over-played pop source material. Rather, this is powered by Echo Nest. They have an API that lets you upload and analyze songs. See the demo: http://static.echonest.com/InfiniteGangnamStyle/