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Imminent impact

New track is up.  This one was fun to do.  All the drum sounds at :48 were gathered running around my work’s basement garage with a ping pong ball, metal pipe, and a field recorder.  Only 1 person came down and gave me angry looks while I was recording!  You can hear the angry look at :52.

January 29, 2013 ,

Togetherfest performance w/ multitouch

I just got back from spending the weekend with my brother in NYC building this contraption:

Multitouch device

The multitouch table at home

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March 25, 2012

Saturday is ok mix

I put this mix together recently for a friend who doesn’t listen to any electronic music.  While each of the artists below have a lot of boundary-pushing avant garde material, I picked their “safe” tracks to provide an introduction to the genre(s).

Download the mix here.

Don’t forget to look these artists up if you like what you hear!

01 Teebs – Your Favorite Weekday
02 Four Tet – She Just Likes to Fight
03 Dntel – The Distance (Ft. Arthur & Yu)
04 Baths – Lovely Bloodflow
05 Javelin – play a slow jam
06 Prussia – Seeker
07 Hot Chip – so glad to see you
08 Bibio – haikuesque (when she laughs)
09 Asura – Timber (feat Ana Caravelle)
10 Underworld – Essgee
11 Apparat – Komponent (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
12 Animal Collective – I Think I Can
13 Daedelus – Nightcap
14 Jamie Lidell – All I Wanna Do

March 4, 2012

mtn live @ Middle East Upstairs 1/31

Last Tuesday I played in a fairly eclectic line up which included girl-punk band Whorepaint, noise rockers HexMap, and hip-hop group Immigrant.  I’d forgotten how great it is to play at a venue with a legit sound system and a keen sound engineer.

Check out the video below for some pretty sweet button mashing.  Mike G from HexMap took the video and asked me the name of the songs contained within.  Truth be told, my live set is a cannibalization of a ton of different parts to different tracks, most of which are unnamed.  After consulting with my friend and unpaid music agent Eric Mill, we settled on “3000………..0000000” as the most appropriate name.

February 4, 2012 ,

A treatise on MLRv & Workflow (Part 3)

In post 1 and post 2 of this series, I talked about why it’s worth trying MLRv as a production tool, as opposed to a live performance tool.  Let’s get to some examples of what this really means.

A couple months back, I was approached by Edison to do a remix of his track My Ex-Fan Gary off of his album People are Bad Animals.  Here’s the original track.  I’ll share my remix at the end of the post:

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January 3, 2012 , , ,

A treatise on MLRv & Workflow (Part 2)

In my last post, I suggested that MLRv could be used to enhance your production workflow, outside of its abilities as a live performance tool.  In this post I’ll cover the configuration necessary to get MLRv set up for automation with Ableton.  In the post following this, I’ll give an example of how this setup was used to create a remix of Edison’s “My ex fan Gary”.

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January 2, 2012 , ,

A treatise on MLRv & Workflow (Part 1)

MLRv

MLRv is a great tool for live performance, as proven by a number of talented button mashers such as Galapagoose and Daedelus. It creates an immediate feedback loop between button presses and sounds that audiences just “get”. But if you’re only using MLRv for button mashing, you’re missing out on a ton of potential it has as a production tool that can be readily tied into your workflow.

Let me first back up and explain what I mean by workflow. Workflow is your
generalized process for creating a song. A typical workflow might be:

A) Record MIDI tracks
B) Arrange tracks
C) Add effects
D) Master

So what makes the difference between an efficient workflow and an inefficient workflow? An efficient workflow allows you to go back to any earlier step in the process and make a change that flows down to future steps. In our example above, if I realize that a single instrument would sound better in a different register, I can update the appopriate MIDI track and, with minimal effort, I’m back at step D.

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December 31, 2011 , ,