Chris Randall of Analog Industries (and, of course, Audio Damage) is on a roll in his latest around the Interwebs roundup. Not to steal your post here, Chris, but on the off chance someone missed this, he nets both:

1. A podcast episode with music made entirely on the Optigan, Mattel’s bizarre “optical organ” of the 70s. (See for more on that.)

2. Stefan Goodchild’s blog, aka “Stabilizer”, who’s on Peter Gabriel’s multimedia team (nice work if you can get it), and — in addition to having lots of wonderful goodies built in Mac/Windows music patching software Plogue Bidule, is hard at work with something featuring lots of light-up buttons, evidently Monome-inspired.

I should add something to this discussion, so I’ll add this: Optigan is how you spell it, not Optigon or anything sounding like octagon. That’s it. I’m turning into a copy editor.

  • Blimey, Link love from two of my daily reads!

    I guess the Max/WIndows is a typo.. I figure you mean Mac/Windows

    The MIDIBox I'm building will be an Ableton Live controller specifically and not laid out like a monome, though I really love the ideas behind their controller.

    I'll be adding more details in the next few days on the blog once I've cleaned up the layout diagrams and worked out how to explain what the sections will do.

  • would this be the same Chris Randall behind Sister Machine Gun?

  • @Stef: Whoops; yes, Mac, not Max. X and C are next to one another on the keyboard. Do keep us posted on progress on your new project!

    @tricil: Yep, same Chris Randall. He's one talented, prolific guy!

  • whoa… one of my biggest early influences makes some of my favorite plugins.

    tell him thank you next time you speak with him

  • I will keep the blog updated for sure.. I have the layout sketch and some PCB layouts to add this week. I figure that the Midibox project is open so why should my implementation not be..

    I think it's a project that could do with some more light shone on it actually as it's mature, supported and not that hard to pick up with a bit of patience and soldering practice now the kits are available for those of us who aren't electrical geniuses.

    And let's face it. The current crop of commercial controllers are far from perfect and will always fall short as everyone uses Live in a different way.