Zelda the Grey returns, with an Ableton Push controller and Arturia Keystep. From skaterdays on Instagram.
@zelda_the_grey is sleeping on the job again in the music studio.
This cat is quite proud of her classic MIDI desktop studio, with controllers and Ableton Live. From lautarogrr on Instagram.
From Chrissie Caulfield via Twitter:
I attached a Hot Hand USB accelerometer to a cat collar and let Sophie run around and chase a fish-on-a-stick toy for a little while. I captured the MIDI output from this and fed it into a synth on Ableton Live. This is the result!
By Max for Cats, via matrixynth:
“Available here: http://sonicbloom.net/en/packs/max-fo…
Noland is a unique Synthesizer with individually automatable XY-control.Noland lets you store custom XY automations and colour schemes as Presets.
NolandFX is a old-school harmoniser effect, also part of this pack.
Max for Cats crafts Software Instruments, Effects, MIDI devices, Sound Design and Samples for Ableton Live.”
I am Max user for some projects, but still haven’t taken the plunge into Max for Live. Time to do so? (and not just because of the cats)
From our friend Alex Ookpik (see what we did there?) via Instagram. Instagram is a great way to get your cat-and-gear pics onto the blog. Simply post to your feed and leave a comment on your post with “@catsynth”.
The Outsound new-music programs at the Luggage Store Gallery often try to pair groups that complement one another geographically and musically. This was the case in late March with a program featuring The Use and Mountain Vs. Building.
The performance opened with Mountain Vs Building, a group featuring Sheila Bosco on drums and keyboard, Michael Lowe-Grandi on guitar, Brian Lucas on bass, and Mark Pino on drums. Given the instrumental lineup, there were two drum sets going at the same time during many parts of the set, including at the start.
With so much opportunity for rhythmic foundation, it wasn’t surprising that their music included strong and sometimes funky riffs overlaid with guitar and keyboard effects. The two drum sets worked well without being overwhelming. There were more freeform pieces as well that focused and timbral and noise effects via synths and effects boxes; and the final piece featuring vocals was fun. Overall, it was a strong set technically and musically. The visual effect of the lighting was a nice touch as well.
The second set featured The Use, the latest solo project by Michael Durek who was visiting from the New York area as part of a west-coast tour. I have seen many of his performances before with PAS Musique and the SK Orchestra, but his new project takes things to another level musically and technically. The electronic elements, a combination of Ableton Live and theremin, were more idiomatic, combining dark melodies, harmonies and rhythms. And it was as much a visual performance, with dance movements in time to the music. You can get a good sense of the overall performance in this video.
As a bonus, I had the opportunity to perform a duet with The Use to close out the evening. You can see our impromptu jam in this video:
I am glad that The Use had the opportunity to perform at our Thursday-night Outsound music series. Indeed both bands performed well that evening to an appreciative audience. And I am happy to see more experimental music groups confidently incorporating popular idioms into their music.
“Here’s a free Ableton Live Instrument rack made from the sound of a rubber band plucked and recorded with a contact microphone. Special thanks to Theo, my cat, for helping out.
Full Post and Download: http://bit.ly/freesynth65
Homemade Contact Mic: http://getlofi.com/shop
Visit my site for more stuff like this, including Live Instrument downloads, tutorials and music! http://www.afrodjmac.com
Submitted by Julian on facebook:
“i can’t believe there’s a page dedicated to cats and synth. finally.”
Remember this picture submitted last week?
Even without being able to read Chinese, one can easily get the gist of the post, though I did run it through babelfish just to get a better idea. It seems like they got a kick of Doktor Future's ailurophobic comments over at matrixsynth.