FM radio and electronic music making: they just go together. Sure, to Moog Music such combinations are the stuff of April Fool’s pranks. Yes, I’m late with this one, but that’s just what Moog came up with last week — and promptly leaked onto the Web before April Fool’s Day even hit.

The MF/FM has an on-board analog radio tuner, capable of locking into frequencies across the FM radio band. Mix any instrument with live radio signals, and tweak the voltage controlled oscillator for modulated madness and creativity.

The MF/FM accepts instrument to line-level input and the signal is passed through drive and mix circuits (for dry/wet balance). The VCO section features frequency and waveform knobs, all controllable with an expression pedal.

Check out the product page. I think the sound sample sound superb. Of course, why buy a specialized (erm, imaginary) device for this, when your guitar amp will happily pick up radio signals for you?

Or, you can go to the other extreme, and build a high-tech Max/MSP software setup for sampling FM radio and integrating it into a performance, as Joshua Fried does with his Radio Wonderland project. Somehow, this concept got melded with the idea of controlling Max using a drum built out of shoes (you know, the ones you wear on your feet), and a giant steering wheel controller constructed by robotic MIDI mastermind Eric Singer (whoops, not that Eric Singer, the other, MIDI-savvy Eric Singer). Skip the ad for Sondheim and it gets better as it goes on. Enjoy:

As it happens, while the Moogerfooger MF/FM will be coming to stores absolutely never ever, Joshua will be playing the Warper Party tomorrow night. I, on the other hand, will be performing with a keyboard, not shoes, and won’t be sampling anything. Unless everything I’m saying is a lie and this is a day-late April Fool’s joke.

  • did I notice an ear monitor?

    is that hooked up to the radio?

    that video was pretty cool; but i'm curious how he can stop on a dime on a perfect quote like "lets get it started"…


  • The short answer is, there's a *lot* going on in that Max patch for him to manipulate. I think most of the stuff he does just involves landing right and working it out as he goes … performances tend to run at least 30 minutes.

  • Michael Una

    I saw him play at the Spark Festival in Minneapolis about a month ago, and it's an interesting show.

    @Metro- he seems to be able to audition and reject imperfect samples as he goes, based on what I saw. He'll grab some pieces that don't quote fit but immediately resample until he gets one that sounds good.

    The main vocal samples I heard during the show were a perfectly timed "Will Smith" and "dot com."

  • Of course, why buy a specialized (erm, imaginary) device for this, when your guitar amp will happily pick up radio signals for you?

    So you can modulate and even sequence the tuner between your mates' pirate radio stations. Sheesh, man, what kind of dorkbot are you?

    {I presume you'll be at tomorrow's meeting. Herself gets to go, but not me, boo.}

  • ODD

    What happened to Moby? Did I miss something?