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 They feel that the values of study and practice have been replaced by gimmicks.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.
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:
Chek out this handy guide of EQ tips for various frequency ranges. It gives examples of when to boost or duck frequency ranges to create more room in your mixes.
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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/
Coming up on Monday October 29 is the San Francisco Roots Music Association (SFMRA) performance of Portishead’s amazing “Dummy” album. They’ll giving the Great American Music Hall (GMAH) a trip-hop bath. Better yet, SF-EMM member Antonio Sage is laying down the bass in the band!
Go check it out and get tickets before they sell out:
Yep! We have a couple of SF-EMM members playing: Extent of the Jam, and ANI. Come on down Saturday October 27. Get tickets + artist info at: http://codame.com!
Thank you to McKay Garner (of doppio), CleverCQ/CCQ, Bitwise (Christopher Arnold), Extent of the Jam (Louis Gorenfeld). And also thanks to SAE Institute San Francisco for hosting us!