Live Ambient Improvisation by Daniel Davis

September 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Live Ambient Improv – Angstrom’s Looper VST w/ Waldorf Blofeld, Roland XV-5050, Roland Alpha Juno 1, Roland HS-60, MicroKorg, and Arturia Minibrute.

“The audio and video isn’t totally in sync – my camera doesn’t have an audio in, and without a beat, it’s hard to sync up. It’s close enough for ambient though.”

Synthesist Martin Peters performs a hypnotic synth jam

September 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background info:

It has been a while since I uploaded my last video for obvious and sometimes not so obvious reasons. But last night this dreamy piece came up and I want to share it with you.

The music is dedicated to my beloved girlfriend Anne. On 9/11 we celebrated our second anniversary together. She means everything to me and I hope we can live together for a very long time.

The piece starts with two 8 step sequences from rows 1 and 2 of the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer. The 2 rows are manually alternated using the Q962 sequential switch. Row 3 of the Q960 sequencer modulates the Ian Fritz 5Pulser. After that the Nord Wave comes in and then an 8 step sequence from row 2 on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the self build Modular. The Pipe Organ preset from the Korg PE-1000 is used to play the chords. The solo is performed on the Nord Lead 1. Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video.

You can download/see/hear the video and music from my website.

Explore the Tripod Invasion

August 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Bluezone Corporation has announced Tripod Invasion, a sound library featuring 200+ unique stereo drones and Sci-Fi sound effects.

Bluezone Corporation releases Tripod Invasion, a newly designed sound library containing 200+ unique stereo drones and Sci-Fi sound effects, produced as 24 bit / 44.1 kHz wav files. These pro sound effects, drones and mechanical textures offer unlimited usability for numerous audio professional needs. Ideal for sound design for TV, Big Screen and Video Game audio projects.

In this new downloadable sound library you will find high quality underground atmospheres, crashes and impacts, noise FX, risers and downshifters, transition and a large choice of alien rumbles, synthetic roars and deep organic ambient soundscapes. All audio elements are perfect for the needs of scoring, temp tracks, trailers, songs and of course background music. Like all Bluezone Corporation sound libraries, this pack is royalty-free and does not require any additional costs or permissions – it’s 100% ready to be used in your commercial productions. This sample pack is also suitable for style such as: Breaks, Dubstep, Ambient, Psy Trance, Techno, Drum and Bass and much more.

Get it here >>

Tuesday morning synth music featuring Psy’Aviah and Petition for Mercy

August 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Belgian electronic act Psy’Aviah have released quite a cute animated video for the track “On My Own”.

http://www.psyaviah.com – Music Video for the track “On My Own” (taken from the 2011 album “Introspection ~ Extrospection”) directed and animated by Emily Weeks (http://emilyweeksart.blogspot.be/).

“On My Own” is nominated for an HMMA 2012 award in category POP. We asked Emily Weeks to make an animated music video for this track based on her earlier work (e.g. her animated short “Sweater Wolf” @ https://vimeo.com/23228829, made during her time with the California Institute of the Arts). We love the distinct drawing style and her ability to tell a story using her animation skills, we hope you’ll enjoy this music video for “On My Own”, which is tightly linked to the meaning of the song.

Swedish small town popgroup from mid eighties.

Members:
Stubb, Anders & Richy
80s synth pop band with influences of mainly German and English synth pop masters.
petitionformercy.com

Closer look at the Drone FX for the iPad

August 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Music iOS app demo of Drone FX. A great app for making ambient music and atmospheric sounds.

“This is my first go at it and still working out a few things, such as ending a sound. A few of the sliders don’t seem to do much but perhaps they do! I like though. You can get it through the app store, with a link below, for $2.99.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-fx/id499500746?mt=8

Drone FX has the following modes of operation:

- Auto (Generative music in all it’s glory)
- Manual (For the musician in you)
- Hybrid (Auto + Manual)

Users can play along with soundscapes generated in auto mode, or create ambient music without automation using the built-in keyboard(s).

WerkBench Ambient Experiment **First look at 1.1.0!**

August 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

WerkBench is available in the app store: http://bit.ly/L6jhd9
http://www.facebook.com/werkbench

Here is some ambient music generated from a single sample in real-time. The combination of pitch shifting and feedback makes for giant percolating pads. Enjoy!  All of the sounds are being sampled with the internal mic and speaker. I live in a noisy place so there is a lot of texture added with each level of feedback. This video features WerkBench 1.1.0 which should be out in the first few weeks of August. I am making use of panning, high-pass filters, and decay settings for each step. These will be available soon!

SoundBow for Android devices

July 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A visual instrument for meditation and musical observation. Available on Google Play.
Built with Processing (for Android), Pure Data (libPd). HTML 5 version coming soon.

Created by Agoston Nagy, SoundBow is a free sound instrument for Android devices which allows you to create melodies by drawing curves on the screen. Your curves are be remembered and played back continuously. Each time your ever-looping gesture hits a string, a sound is produced.

SoundBow is built with Processing (with native Android functions) and the sounds are handled by the free visual patching language Pure Data (using libPd for Android ).

Reusable source code & HTML 5 version (based on the mighty processingjs and the html5 audio tag) is coming soon.

More info here >>

Ellen Allien – Take Me Out

June 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nice quirky synth sounds from Ellen Alien, enjoy

Artist: Ellen Allien
Title: Take Me Out
Title Album: Galactic Horse
Release Date: 23.03.2012
Label: BPitch Control
Comp: Pfadfinderei
DOP: Lisa Wassmann
Cut: Annikki
Dancer: Elsa Loy

Year: 2012
Length: 03:35
LC: 11753
CAT NR.: BPC248
ISRC: DEAE6-12-10224
EAN VIDEO: 4050486076774
Genre: House, Electronic
Nationality: German
Music produced by: Ellen Allien, co-produced by Skinnerbox
Composer: Ellen Allien
Vocals written and performed by: Ellen Allien
published by BPitch Control Music Publishing
under courtesy of BPitch Control
Taken from the single “GALACTIC HORSE” (BPC248)
www.bpitchcontrol.de

BPC Webshop
https://www.bpitchcontrol.de/market/browse?search=galactic+horse

New material from synth legend Ryuichi Sakamoto, check it out

June 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sakamoto has always been a hero of ours and will always be up their amongst the other synth giants, although recent years (read 10+ minimum) his focus has been more to the classical side of things, apart from his worldwide reunion tour with YMO. This is a new collaboration with Willis, almost give me some Sylvian/Japan type flash backs, check it out

Find it in The Ghostly Store: http://www.theghostlystore.com/products/willits-sakamoto-ancient-future

Tracklist:
01. Reticent Reminiscence
02. Abandoned Silence
03. I Don’t Want To Understand
04. Levitation
05. Releasing
06. Completion

Ancient Future, available August 6th (EU/UK) and 7th (worldwide), is the second collaboration between composer and visionary pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto and electronic pioneer Christopher Willits. Built around a series of piano pieces that Sakamoto sent to Willits after the release of the duo’s first record together, 2008′s Ocean Fire, the six tracks that make up Ancient Future are entirely instrumental—and yet, they speak about the very essence of what it means to be human.

As a whole, Ancient Future functions as a piece about the creation, acceptance and completion of one’s fate and all of life’s experiences, following a trajectory through inner conflict, resolution and, ultimately, acceptance. The six-song cycle moves through a narrative of sorts, each piece with a story to tell and an aspect of life to explore.

The album opens with the restless energy of “Reticent Reminiscence”, an energy that subsides into the introversion of “Abandoned Silence” and “I Don’t Want to Understand” and, eventually, the cold disassociation of “Levitation”. A certain warmth returns with “Releasing”, its guitar arpeggios like washes of sunlight, and the album’s journey finally resolves into closing track “Completion”, a piece that’s full of quiescent tranquility, perhaps reflecting the experience of finally coming to know oneself.

Despite its conceptual coherency, contradictions lie at the heart of Ancient Future, as the album title might suggest. Even within the confines of each track, opposing forces are at play—loops of static and feedback provide the backing for delicate melodies that develop and evolve like ripples on a placid lake. And yet the contradictions never feel like conflicts—instead, the diverging elements come together to create something with its own internal logic, perhaps reflecting the way that we are all the sum of our experiences, both light and dark, positive and negative.

http://christopherwillits.com/
http://www.sitesakamoto.com/

The Azimuth Generator – soundtrack synth from Tronsonic

June 13, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

So far very little is mentioned on this, what we have is this:

“coming soon…”

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