Galapagoose plays a Brooklyn rooftop at the monome community tour in the fall. Now he’s back to celebrate the release of new software, and meets up with artists from across the digital music-making spectrum.

Handmade Music is back on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with an epic lineup spanning digital synths to monomes to interactive installations to chip music. It’s a bit like stepping into the music tech world described on the Web. (For the vast majority of you outside NYC, hoping to have good documentation of recent events edited and available shortly.)

We’re moving to Saturday night and doing a proper party. Hack, ask, meet, geek, eat, drink, listen, watch, dance…

Full event details for New York, and plenty to watch and hear online for those of you in NYC and everywhere in the world:

Melding art with music making, Aiwen and Michelle incorporate sculpture and movement in Diptych.

3p – 6p, FREE

Come early to get a close look at what people are making, and expect some surprises.

  • MeeBlip user gathering for new MeeBlip owners (or those curious) in the NYC area. Check out our open source, affordable, hackable synth, or get help and ask questions.
  • mlrv2: Meet the latest-and-greatest from the monome world, the free software that turns grids from MPCs to Launchpads to monomes into live performance sampling instruments. Get a look up close and ask questions before the performance later in the evening. (See our coverage of the news.)
  • Bring your project! Building a synth? Got a Max for Live / Pd / Csound creation of which you’re proud? Circuit-bent project? Handmade CD case, band t-shirt, percussion made out of shells and wood? Bring them by, show them off, and share ideas with fellow DIY music inventors!

7p – 2a; NO COVER!
Free entry for cash bar and brilliant food menu. Or a $20 ticket buys you two hours of open bar (7-9p) including beers brewed here in New York State and wine selections… and a full night of music either way.

Enjoy a wine and New York-brewed beer list celebrated by Frank Bruni with The New York Times, order from Culturefix’s excellent small plate menu, and stick around for a packed evening of music.

Culturefix Food + Drink menu

  • Diptych: Ben Black and Aiwen Wang-Huddleston’s elegant, sail-like sculptural live digital performance instrument.
  • Dissonics: Michael Cohen’s array of pylons form an alien, proximity-based performance.
  • monome music: Christopher Gilroy + Philippe ‘Flippy’ LeSaux, Galapagoose, and % tap out live grooves on the monome grid.
  • Chip music: Note! and Kris Keyser make infectious 8-bit music on Game Boys, some of the best virtuosos of the form.
  • Electronic music: Pulsing soundscapes by Ganucheau on laptop and myself on MeeBlip.

Hear and see the artists…

I’ve never been a fan of chip music for the sake of it; I really like to hear stuff that’s well-produced, compositionally interesting, and can stand alongside stuff that isn’t chip music. And I really like Note! (Christophe Richard) and Kris Keyser; there’s some great stuff, and it’s easy to point people who think they don’t like chip music or music made with Game Boys to this. Have a listen to Christophe’s most recent album, the free 12345:

And Kris’ music:

We also have videos to give you an idea of the installation/interactive performance creations and monome music. First, premiering at NYU’s NIME (new instruments in musical expression) course:

Galapagoose plays live:

Some terrific audio and (with dementoid) visuals) from “owner/operator” (%) — “album” art for these electronic releases below, as I’m really digging it:

mezos by owneroperator

cognitives by owneroperator

Music from actv / Christopher Gilroy (CC-licensed, too):

03 Watching Records Spin by actv

Check his free EP, too:

A collection of four songs of various types, most were performed in the fall/winter of 2010. Made using Ableton, Arduinome 64, NI Maschine, and various synths. Mixed in Harrison Mixbus. Ella made it look pretty.

And here’s the last time Ganucheau and I played together, with the Grant Sisters for Diana Eng’s fashion show.

Open Lab 3-6p
Party 7p-late with 7-9p open bar
Saturday, February 5, 2011

Presented by Culturefix NY
9 Clinton Street
New York, New York 10002

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  • luming

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  • ashjamben

    sounds absolutely awesome! wish the atlantic was literally a pond so i could hop over there from the uk

  • Woot, I'll be there!

  • Wish my EP was started/finished earlier so I had something to share too.

    Very excited for this!!!

  • tonsilsVindaloo

    I just vomited in my mouth.

    Does anyone write tracks anymore or are stuttering samples now considered songs ?

  • Peter Kirn

    @tonsilsVindaloo: Nope. Music is dead. I'm hoping to make it even deader. Always hated the stuff. Thanks for your well-reasoned input.

  • Adam Seeman

    What's the age limit?

  • Ball bag

    I'm with Tonsil's Vindaloo, glitch is getting old and create is full of hipster trash

  • Peter Kirn

    It's potentially a valid criticism, but only if you offer specific reasoning and an alternative. Otherwise, if you just criticize something because it's "out of style" and don't have anything more intelligent to say analytically, you're doing exactly the thing you're accusing others of doing – following fashion and failing to add anything to the debate.

  • anonymous coward

    I'll try to give my own reasoned and invective-free commentary. While this material can be interesting on a techie level, it is rarely, if ever, compelling on a musical level. And I can't help but feel that a big part of the appeal is knowing how much it annoys people who don't like it, kind of like Frank Zappa's music. (be honest, that is why some people like it) What I want out of music, and I appreciate that music is different things for different people, is some sort of emotional connection or interesting use blending of sounds with some sort of tension and release. Kind of like painting. This sound (it is hard to call it music, again, it's in the ear of the beholder) resembles a Jackson Pollock to me. Which is to say it looks like someone randomly threw paint on a canvas and said 'Ta Da!!!'. 

    I do wish that there was less emphasis on this type of music on the site, which btw, I love the redesign. 

  • Peter Kirn

    Which music? That's what I find puzzling. I'm sorry, there's no way you can look at Ganucheau and my music, two different Game Boy musicians, four different monome artists, and two different experimental musicians working as students with different physical computing ideas and refer to "this music." That's already, at minimum, four radically different musical styles. 

    I've always celebrated experimentation, which means being inclusive musical ideas that may or may not be fully formed yet.

    Just looking at the past couple of pages of posts, we have BT and Babbitt. 

    Videos and content demonstrating technique are not always the most compelling music examples; that's the cost of trying to cover process and technology. But people at this point seem to be generalizing based on music they simply don't like, which is another matter.

  • anonymous coward

    I'm sorry, I was too vague. I was referring to pieces like Dissonics, Dyptich and about 98% of everything I've ever heard done with Max/MSP or a monome. 8 bit is interesting for about two minutes but then to my ears becomes monotonous. Although heavyw8bit does a fun job of presenting what he does and has mastered the art of 8 bit. I can't see myself listening to it at home but it is a fun performance. 

    This is touchy subject for me because I'm always trying to get music made with electronics to be taken seriously and expand the spotlight beyond baseball bat techno and annoying glitch-distorted siren with a filter sweep music. 

  • Adam Seeman

    can anyone tell me the age limit?

  • @anonymous coward  Many thanks for your kind words!

    My debut release is getting mastered and will be out soon. Let me know if you want a copy. 

  • Esteban Silva

    This was on my birthday and i was really excited because i have always wanted to go to a CDM event and have been folowing this blog for years, i'm also a monome/ grid instrument fanatic. I finally get there and was able to enjoy some of the workshop but when i left and came back I was carded and since i just turned 20 i was not let in and this page did not say that it was 21+ 🙁

  • Grand ole time. Thanks peter and everyone else with their tangled masses of cables and love of tech. Sadly I had to leave early to work on drawings of disabled animals but I took a few snap shots with the pixel snatcher. Enjoy !

  • coool 🙂