Art + Music + Technology Podcast Celebrates 200th Episode with an Interview with Morton Subotnick

Congrats to my good friend Darwin Grosse on the 200th episode for his fantastic Art + Music + Technology Podcast! This episode marks 4 years of sustained work to createe this amazing historical record. The 200th episode features a simply wonderful interview with Morton Subotnick. Listen to this Episode from Official Web Site  | Listen... Continue Reading →

Max 8 is Coming in 2018

Cycling '74 (now part of Ableton) has announced Max 8 is releasing in 2018. You can sign up for email updates on Max 8 here https://cycling74.com/products/new-max-version-8. We are planning to release a Max 8 upgrade in the second quarter of 2018 with many performance and workflow improvements that we will begin to detail in the... Continue Reading →

Ableton Live 10 Announced!

Ableton Live 10 has Been Announced! If you haven't heard, Ableton Live 10 was announced today. Woot! Create bolder sounds with Live’s new devices. Stay in the flow with a multitude of workflow improvements. Do even more away from the computer with Push. Build your sound with a curated library. And get the unlimited potential... Continue Reading →

Octatrack MKI & MKII New OS 1.30B is Here! Check out What’s New.

The wait is over! Elektron has released a new OS for the Octratrack MKI & MKII. Download the new Octatrack MKI OS 1.30b here https://www.elektron.se/support/?connection=octatrack#resources What's New Here are some highlights I grabbed from the release notes included in the download. Sequencer Trig Conditions & Fills A trig condition parameter has been added to the... Continue Reading →

#Halloween music on @Bandcamp: John Carpenter + Disturbing Mood pieces, Melodic Theremin, and Gothic horror by Victoria Lundy + 5 Original Horror Soundscapes

Passing along some Halloween Music you can pick up over on Bandcamp. John Carpenter on Bandcamp I've been enjoying John Carpenter's recent music releases and was happy to see he was also on Bandcamp at https://johncarpentermusic.bandcamp.com/. So much great music out here! My fav track lately is "A Windy Death" on Lost Themes II. His... Continue Reading →

Ableton Push Tip: How to Toggle Fixed Full Velocity for Pads

I switched to Ableton Push as my primary controller four years ago then upgraded to Push 2 in 2015. It’s become my primary "instrument". I love the pad sensitivity. However sometimes after a long day of typing at work, I want to play music without piling on repetitive strain. And sometimes I want to record... Continue Reading →

Photos from Textures Ambient Showcase October 29, 2017, Denver, CO

I attended the Textures Ambient Showcase in Denver tonight. This is a a long-running event occurring on the last Sunday of each month at the Mutiny Information Cafe. I'll be performing there next month on November 26th as part of the Denver Synth_Drone Collective. Textures Ambient Showcase features 3-4 live acts each LAST Sunday of... Continue Reading →

Elektron Octatrack MII vs Octatrack MKI – A Deeper Look Beyond the Bullet Points

[update 2017-11-01 The New OS is Here!!! Here is a new post on what's new with a link do the download.] This rather lengthy post offers a comparison of the original Octatrack vs the Octatrack MKII from my perspective as a long-time Octatrack user. [Update 2017-10-07] The MKII has release and the manual is online... Continue Reading →

Stream “We Don’t Care About Music Anyway” A Documentary on Japanese Noise Musicians

Last year bumped into the documentary We Don't Care About Music Anyway. I thought it was quite interesting to see what these artists were up to as well as to get a glimpse into another culture. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT MUSIC ANYWAY follows eight Japanese noise musicians as they perform against Tokyo's urban wasteland and expose... Continue Reading →

Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard Tip: Droning with the Free Button

This article describes the general function of the "Free" button as well as how to lock sustain for drone work. Extra Buttons on Keyboard Edition of Blofeld The keyboard version of the Waldorf Blofeld has 3 extra buttons on the front panel - 1) Octave Down 2) Octave Up 3) Free. P. 17 of the... Continue Reading →

Notes on Octatrack’s Role in Carbon Dioxide Ensemble’s Upcoming Set for Denver Noise Fest 2016

I'll be performing with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (Co2E) at Denver Noise Fest. The fest starts today on Dec 21st and our set is on the second night on the 22nd. See my recent article Spread the Word – Denver Noise Fest VII 2016 is On!!! December 21-22 Globe Hall. The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is a collaboration... Continue Reading →

CME Xkey Tip: Latching Sustain for Drones and Arps

I use my Xkey 25 Air pretty much every day in the studio. No matter what state my studio wiring is in, I can just turn this bad boy on and I've got velocity, pressure, mod wheel, pitch bend and octave shifts at my fingertips. Because it's so compact with no knobs to snap off... Continue Reading →

Announcing My New Soundscape Podcast – Sonic Encounters

It's been quite a while since I've posted on Modulate This! - but I've been working on a major project that I'm happy to announce today.  For years and years I've wanted to launch a podcast featuring my original works. I'm excited to announce the day has come and I've launched Sonic Encounters: Soundscapse from... Continue Reading →

Synth Artist Thought Experiment to Discover the Modular Already In Your Rig

Back on March 7th I presented a workshop in Boulder called "Intro to Patching Virtual Modular Synths". I thought I'd pass along a concept from this workshop that might save you money as well as inspire you to start down the path of modular and semi-modular sound design with your existing rig. Many of you... Continue Reading →

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