Good Reading: Matmos, In the Studio, In and Out of Boxes, with XLR8R and Ableton

Now with the release of The Marriage of True Minds, the duo’s album based on parapsychological telepathy experiments, it’s worth visiting again with Matmos. The Baltimore-based duo offer dueling interviews. One, with XLR8R, ventures into their basement full of sonic wonders, full of handmade instruments and electronics and oddities, like wooden creations built around contact […]

Flying Lotus Reveals New Release, Erykah Badu Track, Collaborations, Tour [+ 2010 Video Interview]

Announced by tuneful toms and then a flurry of dense percussion recalling his jazz lineage, Flying Lotus is back with new music, accompanied by the soaring soulful vocals of Neo-Soul and R&B grand diva Erykah Badu. It’s likely to be a major landmark of this year’s record releases when it arrives at the beginning of […]

Weekend Pick: Invisible Instructions in NYC Matches Art, Tech, Teaching with Music; Free Listening

I’m fortunate this weekend to be able to be part of Invisible Instructions, a combination art exhibit and music lineup at Culturefix, the same LES venue where we host Handmade Music. “High Priest” HPrizm of Antipop Consortium is playing and (see Soundcloud) this evening is teaching a “signal to rhythm” digital audio workshop with Spacecraft […]

Free Weekend: Creative Commons Workout, Moby, Samples, Inspiration, More

Yeah, for a lot of the northern hemisphere, one of these kinds of weekends. Photo (CC-BY) Frenchman Julien Haler. (Oh yeah, we really don’t say it enough – thanks, France! In fact, jeez, double thanks!) Summer days and evenings for a lot of us are a perfect time for buying new records, listening to new […]

NYC in December: RjDj, Pd, in/out Fest Workshops + Performances, Blip Festival

monome creator Brian Crabtree at an early Handmade Music at Etsy Labs. Brian will perform under his name tehn, joining other artists with grids and patches and felt to talk about and play with alternative controllers at the in/out Fest. Photo (CC). It’s the most wonderful time of the year in New York. Mark your […]

Handmade Music NYC, Tomorrow Night in Brooklyn

If you’re in the New York area, tomorrow night we have another noise-making get-together at the lovely 3rd Ward. The event is free, and we have free Colt 45. Amanda Ervin is the featured guest this month; see one of her circuits above. Her designs are intended to be something that other folks can make, […]

All About Montreal: XLR8R Talks to Ghislain Poirier

There really is something special about Montreal, Quebec’s metropolis just beyond the New York Adirondacks. Having shared our own conversation with Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke with video from their stunning ATOM, here’s what our friends at XLR8R Magazine were up to in May: they were on a tour of Montreal with local Ghislain Poirier. […]

Handmade Music + Bent Fest + Chippy DIY Electrosonics: This Week in NYC, in Videos

Above: our friends at 2playerproductions shot this beautiful video that gets at the heart of what circuit bending and DIY electronics are about. It’s a look at some of the work of casperelectronics / Peter Edwards. And yes, Barbie is involved. Who are the people in your DIY music neighborhood? Well, quite a few of […]

Christopher Willits on XLR8R with Live Jitter, Ableton Live Visual Setup

Musician Christopher Willits has an ongoing series for XLR8R Magazine in which he talks his own technical workflow. In the latest episode, he adds live visuals to his Ableton Live set using Max/MSP/Jitter. What’s nice about this is you see how some clever mapping can make visuals integrate neatly with music. I’m somewhat insane, so […]