Halloween: Amateur Moog Theremin Videos Are Cute, Silly, Trippy

The rest of the year, we work hard to convince people that the Theremin is a beautiful, lyrical instrument, able to play Classical music and with a quality not unlike a crystal-clear human soprano, and not in any way necessarily connected with aliens or b-grade sci-fi movies or, most of all, Halloween. Yet, oddly, those traits that scared people away from the Theremin (boo!) are these days allowing them to approach it – Classical-level mastery to come later. So, perhaps it makes sense that Moog Music this year made glow-in-the-dark instruments and a video contest for Halloween. And, anyway — …

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Ableton Live 9 Device Functionality Leaks, Via Ableton YouTube Channel

As various readers have pointed out to CDM, a video entitled “Live 9 Device Master” has leaked online. (One user posted screen grabs while it was up, embedded above.) It seems fairly obvious what this video implies. Ahem. Oddly, whereas these kind of leaks often come from distributors or other third parties, it appears in this case Ableton accidentally made the video public themselves on their own official channel. (Whoops.) I think you can do the math here. Ableton has said officially for some time that, following an effort to focus on stability in Live 8, they were working on …

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All-Foley Music Video with No Music, Kind of an Improvement [Watch, Freesound]

Think we live in a “visual” culture? Maybe not so much – watch what happens, or, rather, listen to what happens if you remove the music from a music video. Foley, that ingredient in filmmaking that winds up being as important as light, is essential. And the results are oddly compelling, perhaps more so without the music video. YouTuber Moto2h promises more of these, but the first iteration takes on South Korean wrapper PSY and his “Gangnam Style” single. (Full disclosure: I somehow missed that this was one of the most popular music videos of all time, inspiring even a …

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Minimoog Voyager. Photo courtesy Moog Music.

Moogist’s Tips For Making Insane, Atonal Voyager Music In a Kitchen Pantry [Video]

Why is The Moogist playing in a pantry? It’s … unclear. (mmmm… Vanilla Almond Clusters.) But this performer, aka Tim Tsang, demonstrates that with some modulation, you can turn you keyboard shredding into something much wilder. Expect explosive flurries of atonal melodic flourishes and timbral mayhem. Using a Moog Voyager, he modulates those pitches into some musical insanity. In short: Shred. Add pitch randomization with sample and hold (a lot of it). Filter the result. Hold that key trigger so you can use your fingers for something else. (Here, the Voyager’s X/Y pad. Route mod wheel to LFO. Route LFO …

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Interlude: Press This Button, Make it the 90s [Amiga]

Worsened by the iPhone 5 launch, I realize we’ve had an enormous run of all-Apple stories on the site recently. So, in the interest of keeping platform fights to a minimum, I think it’s only fair to give some space to the other creative platform, beginning with the letter A. Amiga. What else? (Oh, and Atari, I’ll get to you soon.) One floppy disk. One incredibly efficiently-coded demo. Result: it’s the 90s all over again. Thanks, Rutger. (Muller, not Hauer; the Dutch artist makes some great retro-tilted music of his own.) Back to our regularly-scheduled programming.

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See Like a Bug on Acid: Visual Smash Ups, From Cameras, Simpsons + Family Guy, YouTube

Visual Smash Up from Parag K Mital on Vimeo. What happens when you distort a video with a video? It’s what artist and coder Parag K Mital calls a “visual smash up,” which he says “takes existing content and mashes it up to create new content.” Huh? Well, have a look above for an example with a live video feed – or below, combining Simpsons and Family Guy in unholy animated sitcom matrimony. But here, Parag explains what he’s doing to CDM:

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NI Combines 2-Channel Mixer, Control Surface; Pondering a Category of Tools

Well, you have to give some credit to NI – they’re teasing a new product on a day when people’s attentions may be turned elsewhere, electronics gadget speaking. The “sneak preview,” in the fashion of some previous previews, actually reveals a whole lot about what they’re doing. It’s a 2-channel mixer that can evidently operate as a standalone mixer, but also doubles as a control surface. That puts NI in competition with the likes of Pioneer, Denon, and Allen & Heath, moving the software company more squarely in a horse race with manufacturers associated with the physical stuff you see …

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iOS Streaming Tutorial: Wireless Video, Meet Google Hangouts [iOS, Mac, Windows]

Wirelessly streaming video has been a hot topic for readers here who own iOS gadgets, starting with connecting Apple computers and mobiles: AirBeam: Wireless Camera Streams from an iPhone, iPad to Mac, Syphon Now, here’s another fun streaming tricks from our friend Paolo Tosolini. Using either a Mac or a Windows-based PC, you can now connect an iPad or iPhone to an online audience, as explained in this video tutorial. Yes, you’ll also need a Google+ account – otherwise known as the “cool version of Facebook no one seems to use” – but Hangouts can be useful even if your friends …

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What you need to know: Ceephax Acid Crew is one of the few people who can carry the burden of an all-hardware live performance - literally.

Ceephax Acid Crew, Like Taking a Fun Pill Made Out of Synthesizer

It’s summer. Are you on vacation? You’re reading CDM, so my guess is, either, a) yes, and you’ve snuck your iPad into the resort hotel bathroom, or b) no. No, you’re not. Let’s go on vacation, the kind of vacation that only Ceephax Acid Crew, aka Andy Jenkinson, can piece together from tourist videos and lots and lots of synthesizers. Now, that last name “Jenkinson” may ring a bell. Jenkinson … Jenkinson … P.G. Wodehouse character, no, that’s not it … ah, yes, this is the point at which we are obligated to mention Andy’s brother is Squarepusher. (Note to …

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120 MB Picks Up Where MTV Experimental Vids Left Off [Berlin Launch Party + CDM, Videos]

It may be hard to recall, but back in its heyday, MTV was a champion of experimental audiovisuals, one that pushed the artwork further and spread new ideas, virally, to hungry creative masses. But no need to be nostalgic. We have seen the new MTV, and it’s the Internet. Pulling from YouTube, Network Awesome’s latest show explores that audiovisual goodness. And unsatisfied to leave this to a virtual-only experience, those videos will be live and in person in Berlin Thursday, June 28. Create Digital Motion is co-sponsoring the event, and we’ll be bringing you some of this energy to your …

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