Yes, You Can Build a Performance Around an Old Casio (or Yamaha) Keyboard

We love you, old Casio (and Yamaha, and other) keyboards, hard-edged lo-fi synth patches, and strangely alluring stiff automatic drum parts. We love you in original form, circuit-bent mods, and free VST plug-ins. And, via Jaymis, we love people who build “very low-energy musical whimsy” performances on their keyboard, like David O’Doherty: Anyone have a better performance video of David? (More soon if we can find them.) Boy, I wish I kept my own first Casio. Ed.: My first synth was a Casio, but astute reader Grondo notes this keyboard is a Yamaha Portasound — equally full of vintage goodness. …

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Emmy-Award Winning Flash

Adobe’s Flash Video has won an Emmy Award for technical acheivement. Via Macworld: Flash Video Gets an Emmy Previous winners of the same award have included Apple’s Final Cut Pro. (But not Adobe Premiere, as far as I know — maybe next year.) 2006 is certainly Flash Video’s year, thanks to the phenomenal success of services like YouTube. Displayed in Flash Video glory, one way to respond if you happen to fail to win an award. Imagine, I don’t know, Microsoft here?

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Phat 101: Ohmforce’s Forces Explain Plug-in Effects Tricks in Free Videos

Music tech videos have begun to infect YouTube (you know, between footage of bunny rabbits opening letters). As the opening moments of wackiness commence, you might think the following videos from cult-success French plug-in developers Ohmforce has plenty in common with the cracked-out Museum of Techno videos we’ve been watching. What these videos have in common: British accents, antics/hijinks, apparent how-tos, thinly-disguised product plugs, YouTube distribution. Important differences: the Ohmforce tutorials are made by music software developers (with a little French-English cooperation from fxpansion, and they’ll actually teach you something. Yes, I have to say, these videos not only make …

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Dynamic Visual Synthesis: Quartz Composer Meets KAOSS Pad, Game Controller, Music Video

Here’s a video roundup for you fans of Quartz Composer, the powerful, free live motion graphics synthesizer and developer tool on Mac OS X 10.4 and later. Korg KAOSS Pad 3s and game controllers prove again to be very cool controllers for visual performance. If you’re not a QC user, these will work well with other custom visual apps, too (Jitter, Pd/GEM, vvvv, Processing, etc.). Korg KAOSS Pad as Live Visual Controller Via Matrixsynth, the new Korg KAOSS Pad 3 proves to be a truly powerful tool for manipulating live visuals. As opposed to previous KAOSS Pads, which had only …

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Museum of Techno Halloween Special: You Try to Explain MIDI Drunk

In a release that is sure to be as treasured a part of the computer musician’s Halloween as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” is to normal people, the electronic music world’s most insane “instructors” are at it again. Hilarity results: Museum of Techno Halloween Special: MIDI Control [Novation Xiosynth ad site] Be careful, as I think they’re trying to sell you a ReMOTE SL keyboard, and only I should be allowed to do that. (The apparent message of this video: “MIDI is too hard to understand! You’re drunk and on drugs! You’d better buy a Novation keyboard!”) Then again, …

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FX Video of the Day: Travelers “Snowball” Apes Katamari Damacy

There’s nothing like the occasional reminder that commercial effects pros get to do stuff we can’t. Today’s example: a real-life Katamari Damacy, starting with a single person (ouch) and rolling through a city, courtesy the Travelers Insurance group. The results are stunningly realistic, particularly at the beginning: there’s a sense of real physicality to it, which is hard to do with things that are physically impossible. Why so well done? Read the list of credits: none other than Kiwi Lord of the Rings vet Weta Digital (motto: “Industrial Light and what?”) did the effects. No Fat Clips has full details, …

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FX Video of the Day: Travelers "Snowball" Apes Katamari Damacy

There’s nothing like the occasional reminder that commercial effects pros get to do stuff we can’t. Today’s example: a real-life Katamari Damacy, starting with a single person (ouch) and rolling through a city, courtesy the Travelers Insurance group. The results are stunningly realistic, particularly at the beginning: there’s a sense of real physicality to it, which is hard to do with things that are physically impossible. Why so well done? Read the list of credits: none other than Kiwi Lord of the Rings vet Weta Digital (motto: “Industrial Light and what?”) did the effects. No Fat Clips has full details, …

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FX Video of the Day: Travelers "Snowball" Apes Katamari Damacy

There’s nothing like the occasional reminder that commercial effects pros get to do stuff we can’t. Today’s example: a real-life Katamari Damacy, starting with a single person (ouch) and rolling through a city, courtesy the Travelers Insurance group. The results are stunningly realistic, particularly at the beginning: there’s a sense of real physicality to it, which is hard to do with things that are physically impossible. Why so well done? Read the list of credits: none other than Kiwi Lord of the Rings vet Weta Digital (motto: “Industrial Light and what?”) did the effects. No Fat Clips has full details, …

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Product Demos: RET NS2 Electronic Drum Kits, Universal Audio DCS and Upcoming Monitor Master

Two readers have sent follow-up videos (well, one a sort of slide show with audio) regarding tools previously mentioned on CDM, so it’s time to check in and see if we can learn more about these products. Electronic Kits Get your kit on. Some readers lamented that the Zendrum MIDI controller was a compact unit with pads rather than arrayed like a traditional drum kit. True, that’s part of the point — supreme portability — but if you like your MIDI triggers in a conventional configuration and still want something expressive and unique, you should have a look at the …

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Live 6 Video Features May Inspire Bizarre New Ableton YouTube Culture

Live 6 now lets you work in arrangement view with video as easily as with audio. That could mean you’ll be seeing lots of homebrewed Ableton Live music videos online very soon. Live 6 isn’t any VJ app, in that you can’t use the video clips in Session View — a feature I’ve heard users long for since Live 1, though since this is a music app and it’s easy enough to wire Live up to a real VJ app, I think they can wait. But because the arrangement view is fairly flexible in its own rite, made more so …

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