Getting in the zone is a beautiful thing – that feeling when music seems to almost play itself, when it really feels new.
Just like you do a lot of preparation and practice as a musician to get there, when you make instruments, you’re endlessly learning how to make help people find that zone. And that’s ultimately why I feel lucky to be involved in making instruments as well as making music – with CDM generally, and with our own toes in the water, MeeBlip.
Now, as it happens, people are making amazing things with the MeeBlip (alongside the other gear we talk about). Who says there’s too much music or too many musicians – or too many synths? Watching this, we want more of all of it.
And so here you go – out of all the many jams, here are a few favorites that surprised us and that might inspire you.
Don’t forget to join in. We ship MeeBlip worldwide direct from the workbench, where they’re tested and assembled by the person who designed them (James Grahame).
In addition to our just-announced free editor, we’re offering a deal on everything you need for triode – cables and USB MIDI interface (Mac/Windows/Linux) – in a bundle, now with $40 off.
Get this –
triode starter bundle
– then enter STARTER as the coupon code. (while supplies last)
Great recent jams
Some selections – and since the triode needs something to send it notes, some of the many sequencers you can use:
Olivier Ozoux reminds you (alongside Bjork) that you shouldn’t let poets lie to you, in this beautiful jam with MeeBlip triode alongside Squarp Pyramid, Waldorf Blofeld, and more:
This one has roller coasters in it. Sequenced with Arturia KeyStep:
Someone got into a trance state on, like, their porch — with just MeeBlip, transforming their backyard into a sort of alien ritual of sound:
Here’s MeeBlip anode being sequenced by Forever Beats – a MIDI sequencer I would otherwise not know about, honestly! (Looks great – buying!)
I hoped someone would use the Millennium Falcon-shaped Casio XW-PD1 as a sequencer, and here’s wonderful, melodic, trippy music doing just that —
Casio XW-PD1 sequencing the Twisted Electron AY3 and the Meeblip Anode. The AY3 gets a Behringer RV600 verb treatment, and the Anode gets a Moozikpro analog delay treatment. Drums coming from the XW-PD1. 8 patterns in all.
MegaMorph is a new prototype project with powerful, musical transformations between scenes. Here, MeeBlip is sounding plenty grimy atop a hypnotic, dreamy synth sea (subscribing and watching for more on this project):
Live demonstration of MegaMorph prototype for controlling and morphing complete setups via midi, here including
triode, volca and mfb sound parameters, XR-18 mixer levels and x0x bio-arpeggiator settings.
Sequencing: x0xb0x (own “bioarp” OS) + volca fm arpeggiator
Sound: meeblip triode, KORG volca fm, MFB tanzbaer lite, x0xb0x (x0xsh0p.de)
Control: MegaMorph (midi fighter twister + matlab scripts on minix mini pc + iConnect mio10), miditech keyboard
I’m going to close again with Olivier, whose inspired others to jam along by championing Jamuary. And I think that’s the whole point. While the rest of the industry worries how to produce stars, we can all learn from one another.
Get a MeeBlip now:
MeeBlip triode Starter Bundle + code STARTER for $40 off (like getting a USB MIDI interface, free)
And we’d love to hear from you – what music you’re making, and what the MeeBlip project could do for you, both as open source hardware and as a product line.