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Monome Versatility

by on Jan.22, 2011, under Music, Tech

monome is brian crabtree and kelli cain.

we aim to refine the way people consider interface.

we seek less complex, more versatile tools: accessible, yet fundamentally adaptable. we believe these parameters are most directly achieved through minimalistic design, enabling users to more quickly discover new ways to work, play, and connect. we see flexibility not as a feature, but as a foundation.

we strive for economic and ecological sustainability. careful design practice allows us to contribute to culture and preserve the environment by choosing domestic, high-quality, and responsible providers and production facilities. we acknowledge that our future will depend on our ability to support and maintain a local, regenerative economy.
via monome.org

a micro-looper.

eight samplers, corresponding to columns of the grid.

record by holding second-from-bottom key.

focus arc to column by pushing bottom key.

left knob is loop selection. turn to move selection, push-turn to resize selection.

right knob is volume. turning changes velocity, not position, so a tremelo effect is easily achieved. pushing down stops the spin, like a turntable.

third key up is mute/unmute. top rows transpose up/down by octaves. top rows meter sound levels.

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One Rat Short

by on Jan.22, 2011, under Film and Animation, Wicket TV

I suggest watching in full-screen mode. The High-Def resolution looks good on any sized monitor.

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Fantomas – Mike Patton

by on Jan.21, 2011, under Bands, Music

It’s impossible for me to listen to this music without simply shaking my head in utter amazement.
To even be able to imagine, let alone effectively conjure, such a dementedly beautiful soundscape is beyond comprehension.

Obviously, it builds on past forays into–what? I don’t know, not being entirely familiar with the previous efforts of this remarkable construct emanating from the mind of Mike Patton. But there are snippets of metal, jazz, electronica, horror movie soundtrack–all welded together in a unique sonic signature: Dark, noxious, strangely beautiful, mesmeric, and ghostly.

I think I catch the vibe of surgery as somehow alchemic, violative, invasive, yet essentially humane.

As is this music.

Dangerous, vital, indespensible, oddly compelling.

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The OMG-1 Synthesizer

by on Jan.19, 2011, under Music, Tech

The OMG-1 Synthesizer

The OMG-1 was designed by Persing as a live performance instrument and is not a commercial product — it’s truly one-of-a-kind

The state of the art dual-manual OMG-1 combines:

  • Moog Little Phatty analog synthesizer
  • Spectrasonics’ flagship Omnisphere software synthesizer
  • An internal Apple Mac Mini computer
  • Dual Apple iPads
  • Dual iPods
  • Spectrasonics’ new Omni TR iPad app

All this electronic music technology is integrated into a beautiful, hand-crafted curly maple cabinet, created by American artisan Daniel Auon.

During the special presentation, Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, and Persing talked about their collaboration and Eric gave a progtacular demo with the OMG-1. Using the OMG-1, Persing demonstrated that he could play complex OmniSphere virtual instruments and manipulate them using the multi-touch controllers, play iPad synth applications and add true analog leads with the Little Phatty.

“I’ll never forget the first time I played a Minimoog when I was a little kid…it truly changed my life!” said Persing. “So, it’s a privilege after all these years to give back to the foundation honoring my hero Bob Moog and keeping the spirit and history of his inventions alive for the next generation. I had a blast designing the OMG-1 with Dan and I can’t wait to see who wins it!”

Michelle Moog-Koussa added, “Eric’s OMG-1….represents the contemporary convergence of analog and digital, hardware and software. I think Bob would applaud Eric’s efforts to transcend boundaries in order to create an instrument with new and unique capabilities.”

Details on the Moog Foundation will be announced when the contest begins on March 15th, 2011.

Note: We talked with Moog-Koussa today about their plans for the contest and, while we can’t reveal them yet, we can say that the contest will be as unique as the controller. She also noted that the OMG-1 isn’t really a product of either Moog Music or Spectrasonics, but was created by Persing specifically for the contest.

via Synthtopia

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LBJ Buys Pants

by on Jan.17, 2011, under Film and Animation

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson needed pants, so he called the Haggar clothing company and asked for some. The call was recorded (like all White House calls at the time), and has since become the stuff of legend. Johnson’s anatomically specific directions to Mr. Haggar are some of the most intimate words we’ve ever heard from the mouth of a President.

We at Put This On took the historic original audio and gave it to animator Tawd Dorenfeld, who created this majestic fantasia of bungholiana.



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New Kids Turbo?

by on Jan.17, 2011, under Film and Animation, Humorous, Music

Don’t ask me…i thought you’d know. What the hell is going on here?

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by on Jan.16, 2011, under Games

The sequel to Sony’s fully customizable platformer is back with even more customization!

Check out the official website here
A full review of the game can be found at VGrevolution

Little Big Planet 2 Trailer

Here’s some actual game-play footage:

footage via gametrailers.com

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Moog Lap Steel

by on Jan.16, 2011, under Music, Tech


The Moog Lap Steel combines award-winning Moog Guitar technology with the unique expressive capabilities of the Lap Steel guitar. All the innovations of The Moog Guitar; Full Sustain, Controlled Sustain and Mute modes, Harmonic Blends and the onboard Moog Ladder Filter are seamlessly integrated to enhance new and traditional playing techniques.

Since its introduction at the Summer NAMM tradeshow in 2008, the Moog Guitar has received numerous industry honors including Guitar Player Magazine’s 2009 Reader’s Choice Award, Electronic Musician Magazine’s 2009 Editor’s Choice Award, 2008 Summer NAMM “Best In Show” honors, a 2008 “Best of What’s New Award” from Popular Science magazine and a 2009 Mix Foundation TEC Award nomination.

The Moog Lap Steel continues this voyage of inspiration and innovation. via Moogmusic

via Engadget.

This is a private invitation only first look at the Moog Lap Steel. This footage is from the Projek Moog live performance at Moogfest 2010. It features the amazing Billy Cardine on the Moog Lap Steel.

The Moog Lap Steel combines award-winning Moog Guitar technology with the unique expressive capabilities of the Lap Steel guitar. Full Sustain, Controlled Sustain and Mute modes, Harmonic Blends and the onboard Moog Ladder Filter are seamlessly integrated to enhance new and traditional playing techniques.

The Moog Lap Steel seen in the video is Ash with a Natural finish and it will also be available in Bass with a Black Sparkle finish.
via youtube

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“Women Are Heroes” Street Artist Wins $100,000 TED Prize

by on Jan.15, 2011, under Art/Design, Graphics

As his website explains: “JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.”

27-year-old Parisian street artist JR just won the $100,000 TED prize for 2011. “JR’s mind-blowing creations have inspired people to see art where they wouldn’t expect it and create it when they didn’t know they could”, said TED Prize Director Amy Novogratz. via buzzfeed

JR / Exposition Paris 2009 – Ile Saint Louis
Uploaded by JR. – Independent web videos.
Video via dailymotion

Trailer for film:

Trailer – Women Are Heroes – English Version
Uploaded by JR. – Watch feature films and entire TV shows.
Video via boingboing

photos via buzzfeed

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Sarah Palin Breathing Backwards…

by on Jan.14, 2011, under Humorous, Shocking

Doesn’t matter if you love her or hate her; this video is still creepy as hell.

Wreck and Salvage produced (http://www.youtube.com/user/wreckandsal­vage) an incredibly bizarre and unsettling compilation of Sarah Palin’s breaths in her recent “Blood Libel” speech. Intrigued, I played the breaths in reverse to see if any secret messages to her supporters were revealed.

I caught a “hhhuuuuthp huue hhhhiii” and also an “ia ia!” but did you catch the bit at the beginning where she actually speaks? Yes. She really did say, “McCartney, very much sad. F*** GIBBS, AIGHT?”

via boing boing

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