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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:41 pm

Loop | Motors, Magnets and Motion: Electronic Music Instruments from the Physical World

Just had to post this, as it's SO inspirational to anyone who fancies some new sounds of an electroacoustic nature.

Bravo to these three pioneering musicians and their instrumental creations :clap:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJHwhb9 ... e=youtu.be


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby blinddrew » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:57 pm

Very impressive. :)
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:41 am

blinddrew wrote:Guessing a few of you will have seen this already but here's a fascinating video about constructing the next generation of the marble machine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFuUSe44jtk

Bumping this as I've been following developments on this project since it started and it's superb watching. The whole series can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8qyVUR ... roHYFf4ukv

I for one am waiting with baited breath to see where this ends up - it's an inspiring project that takes marble machines to the next level, at least in terms of music. Very watchable too. I've enjoyed this series as much as anything I've ever seen on the likes of TV, Netflix or Amazon etc.
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:57 pm

Now here's a very impressive carillion-based instrument from 'Cast in Bronze':

"THE CARILLONS OF CAST IN BRONZE CONSISTS OF 35 BELLS EACH WITH A TOTAL WEIGHT OF FOUR TONS EACH. CAST IN BRONZE IS THE ONLY MUSICAL ACT OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD, AND FEATURES THE ONLY TWO CARILLONS IN HISTORY SOLELY SUPPORTED BY LISTENERS."

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Now hear it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IeIZHaz05I

More details here on their website: http://castinbronze.net/about-cast-in-bronze/


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:27 pm

Might need to reinforce your studio floor for that one... ;)
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:05 pm

Moritz Simon Geist - Making Techno with Music Robots

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"Classically trained media artist and robotic musician Moritz Simon Geist just premiered the video for “Entropy” the lead single from his upcoming debut EP “The Material Turn“, out October 12 on his newly formed label “Sonic Robots Records” with global distribution via Kompakt. The EP precedes the release of Geist’s full length album, “Robotic Electronic Music“, on November 16. The EP and LP, both co-produced with Mouse on Mars, will be the first techno records played entirely by self-made futuristic robots.

As the core piece to his 4 track-EP, the visual for “Entropy” chronicles the process of building a deep techno track from scratch with Geist’s motorized hand made instruments referred to as his ‘Sonic Robots’. Using 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, tonal glasses, drone guitar, recycled hard drives, and pneumatic hi-hats, Moritz gradually creates a bassy, staccato club track. As the rave-ready track becomes more layered, the room becomes increasingly filled with musical machines until the track peaks."


Now watch Simon and his 'robots' in action, and prepare to be impressed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHrCkyoe72U

You can also have a look behind the scenes in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL3wJpk0OVo

And if you love the music itself, Simon has released a short album entitled 'The Material Turn' via bandcamp: https://moritzsimongeist.bandcamp.com/a ... erial-turn


I love these creations! 8-) :clap:


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Folderol » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:20 pm

This is all absolutely nuts!
... delightfully so :bouncy:
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:58 pm

Very, very clever. I just wish I could appreciate that as music. Leaves me totally cold, I'm afraid.

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby blinddrew » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:41 am

For me the sound is more 'atmosphere' than music, but I love the mechanics! :)
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:35 pm

I love the shimmer and shake of those foam balls 8-)

Now that's what I call inventive (volume 3)


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:50 pm

JUSTICE YELDHAM

"What's been described as "a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe" is in fact the unique work of Lucas Abela aka Justice Yeldham, a maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass. In his now infamous show which has astonished and bemused countless people in over 45 countries, Abela ecstatically purses his lips against panes of amplified glass whilst deftly employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries, to turn the discarded shards into crude musical instruments. The results are a wild array of oddly controlled cacophonous noise teetering on the edge of music. This one of a kind act re-defines the expression 'don't try this at home' and quite simply needs to be witnessed to be fully appreciated, let alone understood."



Not to everyone's taste I'm sure, but a unique performance nevertheless.

More details here for the curious: http://dualplover.com/yeldham/

And many thanks to ManFromGlass for alerting me to this strangeness :thumbup:


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:11 pm

It's a fascinating performance, but I'm not sure I'd want to watch / listen to it again! :)
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:49 am

Likewise ;)
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:58 pm

Perhaps best seen live after a few drinks! I like it but this is one of those things that makes me believe that aliens live among us. :mrgreen:
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:41 pm

TAPE SAMPLER /// 2019

Now here's a novel approach to sampling and playback! Tape Sampler is a digitally controlled analog tape recorder, with the ability to sequence tape speed and direction of movement.



What it lacks in fidelity, it more than makes up for in quirkiness ;)


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby blinddrew » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:28 pm

Very good! :clap:
All it needs is a midi input... :)
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:35 pm

Chagall - rehearsing Bogota with mi.mu gloves & VoiceLive Touch 2 vocoder

Now I realise that Imogen Heap is the originator/developer of the amazing mi.mu gloves, but this rehearsal by Chagall using them along with Ableton's VoiceLive Touch 2 vocoder shows off their capabilities beautifully.

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Click here to watch the short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4XrBvJAHgk

Enjoy!


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Folderol » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:27 pm

Interesting. A bit of explanation (or link to such) would be nice, but I'm guessing her hand movements are performing switches of vocoder pitch shift. Would this be sort of on/of or graduated?
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby blinddrew » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:42 pm

She gives a bit of explanation between the songs in this video: https://youtu.be/2ahP8lPwIKs
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:08 pm

Well done Drew - here's some more relevant info for you Folderol.

"Chagall van den Berg is a musician who performs wearing motion-tracking gloves and a full-body suit covered in sensors, which, during this SXSW performance, not only control a projection of a digital avatar that appears behind her, but also control nearly every instrument and effect in the music and her voice. As she moves across the stage, her avatar, floating in space, moves in sync. When she stretches her arms above her head, grains of audio slow to a grind and stutter. Every hand and body movement has cause and effect, crafting a pop-infused dreamscape that’s mesmerizing to watch.

Wearing these sensors, van den Berg can bring in chords and melodies with a sweep of her hand, or distort video of herself in freakish ways by lifting an arm. Because every movement can create audio or visual changes, her performances are very physical, but in an elegant and deliberate way. “I can do all the movements and look like an air traffic controller,” van den Berg says. “That would work, but that’s not very performative. All the songs I perform have movements that are functional and also meaningful.”

This talk was given by Chagall van den Berg at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKPBALq99jU


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