Live video of an experimental interface from somewhere. Unfortunately all I have is the Youtube link so if anyone can provide some more info please let me know.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
.:JChot - Abysmal Failure Liveset:.
Well it has been a few weeks since I have posted up a link to a liveset. I really have no excuse for that other then the fact, that I didn't do it. Well I am back with a new liveset from JChot, which is a nice energetic dance set that is sure to get you pumped.
Find more of his music over at .:jchot.com:.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
.:PENNSound: Live Poetry Readings for Download:.
The University of Pennsylvania has opened up a new sound library/repository for spoken word and poetry recordings. The delivery here is to present these recordings as you would for podcasts or for audiobooks. However, since the market is so small for poetry recordings, and the culture different, there are not royalty fanatics crying bloody murder. Because of this all of the poems are available for free download to your computer or mp3 player.
PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives. We intend to provide as much documentation about individual recordings as possible; new bibliographic information will be added over time (please contact us if you can supplement the information already provided). As part of the PennSound project, the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image (SCETI) in collaboration with the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at the University of Pennsylvania is developing a sophisticated cataloguing tool for all our sound files; this should be available in about one year. Click on "search," in the header to any PennSound page, for a demonstration.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
.:Course on Live Programming:.
Hanging around Stanford this summer? Looking for a new course to add onto some of those Gen Eds? Well consider taking one of the classes being put on by Stanford University.
The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics offers intensive programs where top educators and researchers from the fields of music, engineering, and computer science will present a detailed study of specialized subjects. The workshops are one or two week programs and this year are offered in 6 different locations worldwide. The workshops are open to the public. Each day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm with an hour for lunch on your own.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Drum-n-bass witnesses the return of the old school "sound system"-- with a 21st century twist
Valve Sound System
According to their website, the Valve Sound System is comprised of six speaker stacks, each stack being 18 feet wide and nine feet high and housing six bass bins, two high bass amps and eight mid-range speakers. The system drains 96k of power and has to be transported by three trucks. All that firepower came to being at the hands of drum-n-bass producer Dillinja, who revived the idea of the traveling reggae sound system as a solution to he poor quality of most club p.a. systems, particularly in regards to terrible bass.
While somewhat dj-oriented, the video highlights what a determined group of audiophiles can do if given the right knolwedge and a few power tools. Plus, I think the rebirth of the sound system setup in the live p.a. scene would be a fantastic thing; up until a year ago I was associated with a sort of label/sound system thing, but it wasn't my own. Is anyone out there in reader land running a sound system of their own?
More people ought to be doing this.
.:Getting Started with DIY Synthesis:.
A new forum has opened up over at the LivePA.org Board that is going to cover topics related to DIY and self built gear. To kick things off selfdestroyer has posted a nice thread that outlines a bunch of great resources to get started with DIY. Topics range from where to find your first parts, to how to learn how to solder. For anyone looking to getting involved in some DIY or circuit-bending, this is a great first step to find out what is out there.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Laptop Lounge v2.0.0 on Virb.com
Are you an artist in the Portland area looking for a place to perform, or perhaps just a fan looking for something to do on a Thursday night?
Well there is a new weekly event called Laptop Lounge 2.0 which is designed to feature local acts on the upper West coast.
Laptop Lounge, the legendary night that introduced Portland to countless local acts, is back with an upgrade! Last Thursdays, starting in May, the lounge will showcase bleeding edge electronic musicians doing thing their thing live. The lounge has moved to Pi-REM, where you may hear the splendid geekery on an EAW audiophile-quality sound system, view some great art on the walls, and order one of many hundreds of unique beers and wines in the loungiest of lounge settings.
We're kicking things off with a few live performances from artists on Portland's latest and greatest gift to the world of electronic music, Buried in Time.
Last Thursdays at Pi-REM
433 NW 4th Ave (@ Glisan)
21+, free, 8pm
For more details and contact info hit up the Virb site liked above.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
LivePA through Gizoogle.com
Found this great site today which translates your site to Jive. This has nothing to do with LivePA, but when I ran the blog through it, it came out absolutely hilarious.
gizoogle.com: For all you beotches who wanna find schiznit
Monday, May 07, 2007
.:Transparent Sound live at Sonar festival (Barcelona):.
This week's liveset comes from electronic duo Transparent Sound, and is a nice eclectic IDM style set that has some classic glitchiness and even a little hip hop style beat. You can find more information about the duo, as well as a fantastic Bio, music and more over at their website:
Well the flash player for the podcast seemed to have stopped working and was no longer updating. Was anyone really using it anyways?
I decided to replace it and in its place put a blogroll of some of the music production related blogs that the staff here visits frequently. Hope everyone finds these as interesting as I do, and if you have some new ones, send them our way. I have to admit, I am quite the blog addict.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Great live video of Imogen Heap performing live with looping. It is also good to see a woman live artist to look up to for others.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Microbiologists from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have converted DNA sequences of human proteins into music. The Gene2Music project has been led by Rie Takahashi and Jeffrey Miller who work at the department of Microbiology, and have found a way to "cram the 20 standard amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) into just 13 notes. The duo focus on codons sets of three adjacent bases that code for particular amino acids.
Hrmmm.....yeah......Anyways this is all a very cool music project and is an interesting new twist on the generative music approach.
You can here some examples of the midi files .:Here:.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Create Digital Music: Getting Booked - 10 Basic Tips for Getting Live Electronic Music Gigs
So there is an interesting post over at Create Digital Music today by Quantazelle where she lists her ten tips for getting booked live. Now, I have known Quantazelle (not personally) for quite a few years now. She is from Chicago, and so am I. I was even a fairly active member on her former web magazine Modsquare.com.
In general I think she has some pretty good, if not obvious, advice for the live artist. As another artist though I think there are some thoughts that I would like to add to respond to this topic.
While most of her advice is pretty sound, I personally totally disagree with her third statement.
3. Make sure that you will avoid dead air.
Now, it is been my sort of personal crusade over the years to try to advocate to people that electronic is more then just dance music. The whole mix set only approach I think unfortunately perpetuates the idea that electronic music is only for dance, and cannot somehow compete on the same level of entertainment as other forms of music. Orbital is one immediately popular live act that succeeded in not performing mix sets.
Another point that I would like make is that the success of your music is largely dependent upon the scene that is in your particular area. Now Chicago IMO has a very strong underground IDM scene. Consequently, Quantazelle and her label is IDM based, and I think a large amount of the success one has is based upon the scene of your city.
As one might expect if your scene is strong in trance, and you are a trance artist, the promoters, the artists and contacts will naturally be more prevalent for you.
Overall however, the advice is a great starting point, but I think all the budding artists out there should keep in mind the fact that sometimes there is no scene, especially if your sound is off the beaten path such as ambient, noise or experimental, or if you live in "Bumble". I would also like to say however, that sometimes success comes not from working the traditional paths of promoters, and the dance music scene.
Sometimes the off beaten and ingenious artists are the ones who really strike it hot. For example, I have gotten at least three gigs through Myspace. I am sure there are artists who are more create then me out there as well.
For further reading be sure to check out the LivePA Blog's LivePA Getting Started Guide
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Christopher Raphael of Indiana University demonstrated computer software that has the ability to understand and playback music in realtime with other musicians. The software has the ability to transcribe and playback music in realtime, potentially making our new overloads not only efficient killers, but also great artisans as well. Who would have thought it.
Technology is changing our sense of what music can be," Raphael says. "The effect is profound." The new software was not easy to develop, however. Raphael compares it to the slow progress in effective speech recognition. "There's been a veritable army of people who've worked on speech recognition for several decades, and [the problem] still remains open," he says. "Any time you deal with real data, there is a huge amount of variation that you have to understand."