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Halloween Music Mind Map

Mind Map Celebrating Horror & Sci-Fi Soundtracks with Synths + Halloween Albums by Myself and Another Colorado Artist

Thereminist Victoria Lundy, synthesist Chris Frain and I recently got together to do a presentation Celebrating Horror & Sci-Fi Soundtracks with Synths. Prior to the event we created a rather large interactive mind map from which we could present and play media. We only covered a subset of films on the map. Of course even […]

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New Music

New Song & Video “Happy” by Danny Efman

Danny Elfman has cooked up a new song during quarantine. Yay! One of his comments on Instagram said “You imagine I only came up with one song during quarantine?” So maybe more songs coming. Yay! Here is the this NSFW, explicit, creepy, and some might say downright gruesome video for the song. Happy Halloween! Music […]

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New DeLaurentis Single and Video “Life”

I’m spreading the word about a cool new DeLaurentis single called “Life” and the BIG budget official video for the song. Single “Life” The single is from an upcoming album called Unica. Unica is my digital sibling, my alter ego, my double and I can’t wait to introduce her to you ! Photo by Sacha […]

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Ableton as a Modular: Max for Live Envelope Follower Driving an Arp with Push 2

Here is a brief video illustrating how Max for Live transforms all of Live into a modular. Max for Live allows you to override the normal left-to-right signal flow and patch Max for Live Devices to any mappable param in any track. I’m using Max for Live Envelope Follower on a a track with a […]

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Walk-through of Playing Live Techno on Three Elektron Machines for My Song “Secret Drive to Baden-Baden”

I’ve released a new techno single called “Secret Drive to Baden-Baden”. In this post I’ll offer some links to the song which you can stream for free along with some behind-the-scenes notes on one way to perform a track like this live on three Elektron machines. Stream The Track A techno soundtrack for a secret […]

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Music Industry

Synth Designer Ess is Leaving Elektron to Release New Instrument with Felisha Ledesma Under the Name Fors

Elektron Synth Designer Ess announced on his Instagram feed that he’s leaving Elektron to release his own instrument along with Felisha Ledesma. “I’m leaving Elektron 🪂 From humble beginnings in customer support to designing the synthesizers of my dreams. Never could I have imagined that I would be a part of some of the most […]

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Ableton Live

Passing Along Tip from Sonic Bloom on Fine-Tuning Ableton Live Arpeggiator Groove

Just saw this over on Sonic Bloom… Did you know that you can tweak the groove of an Arpeggiator preset beyond the setting of the Groove parameter? No I sure didn’t. Even after years of using Live. So I’m passing along this super handy tip by Sonic Bloom. Here is a link to the video […]

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Film Music for Film & Television

Film “Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and then Legendary Tapes” Premiering at London Film Festival

Via Sonic State, I discovered a new film about Delia Derbyshire will be premiering at the London Film Festival and will be streamable in the UK. Here is the description on the film festival listing. ‘Radio was the most important thing in my life and music, music, music!’ A true pioneer in audio exploration and […]

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Virtual Trade Shows

Heads Up – Free Event SYNTHESTHESIA 2020 Expo

Heads up. Synth Expo is putting on their first online expo today (Sunday October 4th) from 2pm ET until 10pm ET. The event is called SYNTHESTHESIA 2020. Here’s a list of what visitors can expect…

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Video of 404.zero Presents: 3.1 – “Approaching light, sound and space with a singular vision” – Whoa!

I just discovered 404.zero via some videos on the Fact Magazine YouTube Channel. “404.zero was formed back in 2016 as an outlet for the ambitious audiovisual projects of Russian artists Kristina Karpysheva and Alexander Letsius. Approaching light, sound and space with a singular vision, understanding them as essential parts of a monolithic whole, the duo […]

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Soundscapes Video Video Artists

Check Out Video “Mount Olympus (San Francisco)” with Electronic Tonalities by CatySynth TV

I’ve been a subscriber to Amanda Chaudhary’s CatSynth TV’s YouTube channel for a long time. The channel has been branching out a bit going beyond pure synth topics. Case in point today’s video tour of Mount Olympus (San Francisco). As lockdown continues I’m really appreciating videos like this that transport me to to an artist’s […]

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Congrats to Brian Funk on his 200th Live Pack – Birds of Prey

My friend and Certified Ableton instructor Brian Funk has just released his 200th Live Pack. Whoa that’s a lot of packs. A huge congrats and thanks to Brian for years of creating so many packs filled with inspiring and expressive sounds! I also want to mention that if you “pop the hood” on these packs […]

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Members of DEVO Release New Videos of “Whip It” and “Jerkin Back and Forth” for Charity

Josh Freese & brother Jason w/ Jerry & Bob of DEVO to support the Epilepsy Foundation of OC. Josh’s son was diagnosed years ago; his wife is on the foundation board. To inspire support, they shot new videos. From DEVO’s Twitter feed Donate to The Epilepsy Foundation of Orange County https://one.bidpal.net/careandcureoc1 DEVO’s Jerry Casale & […]

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Using Ableton Push 2 to Live Sample and Slice Vinyl and Audio

Lately I’ve been getting back into live vinyl sampling & slicing sessions using Ableton Push 2. The Push 2 workflow lets you slice by beat division, region, transient, and has a rapid flow for manually slicing. I know quite a few people who own the Push but in past conversations I learned some of them […]

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In Use – The RØDE PodMic and PSA1 Professional Studio Boom Arm for Online Meetings, Podcasts, Online Streaming Concerts, & Voiceovers

In this post I’ll offer some info on my journey to finding a good, budget-friendly, broadcast-style mic and boom solution to up my game for online meetings, online streaming concerts, podcast interviews, and voiceovers. Note: I’m not an affiliate. Just passing on a solution that works well for me 😀 My Use Cases I needed […]

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I Mind Mapped My Fav Top Features of the Launchkey Mini MK3

I recently picked up a Launchkey Mini MK3. Wow – what an improvement over past generations. The short of it is: the keys are super playable with a light synth touch, the pads feel like smaller versions of the Launchpad Pro MK3 and Launchpad X, and the knobs are small but probably the best feeling […]