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  1. Crowminius Analog Music Synthesizer

    The Crowminius is a desktop analog monophonic music synthesizer built in the spirit of Dr. Moog's famous Model D! The Crowminius is a complete desktop monophonic analog music synthesizer inspired by Dr. Robert Moog's legendary Minimoog model D. The Crowminius is constructed from standard components with no esoteric parts and is fitted into a sleek aluminum attache case for easy portability. The Crowminius features three full-range 100% analog oscillators (tone generators) that each can be set via rotary switches from sub-sonic frequencies through a set of "organ stops" (octaves) from 32' (bass) to 2' (high soprano). Each oscillator has six waveforms also set by rotary switch to provide the harmonic spectra used to create various sounds. Oscillators 1 and 2 each feature individual pulse-width modulation generators--a feature not found on the vintage model D--and oscillator 3 can be set to act as a "control oscillator" to provide vibrato and filter modulation by use of the on-board modulation control or by MIDI modulation commands from a remote controller. The Crowminius has an on-board white/pink/red noise generator that can be used to create audio effects such as wind and surf sounds, but the noise source can also be used as a modulation source. Another feature included on Crowminius that makes use of the noise generator is a "sample/hold" circuit that uses oscillator 3 in control mode as a clock to trap the noise signal levels and provide a series of stepped random modulation voltages. These signals are all presented to the 4-pole ladder filter and control amplifer, an all-discrete transistor (no chips!) circuit combination that defined the sound of 1970s progressive rock. The filter has dedicated controls for tracking and modulation, and the filter and amplifier each have their own contour generators to control the dynamics of your sound. The Crowminius also features an Atmel MIDI control front-end based on the ATMEGA328P chip, the same as used in the popular Arduino Uno. The open-source firmware supports MIDI note, velocity and aftertouch as well as MIDI pitch and mod wheel support. An optional LCD can be installed to monitor system functions but it is not necessary. In the case of interfacing with vintage pre-MIDI gear such as the classic Minimoog, modular synthesizers and modern instruments that offer the necessary control signals, the unit can be operated from pitch control voltage and choice of voltage trigger or switch trigger jacks. Other features include an external audio input into the filter, a "locking" portamento/glide circuit for moving from note to note in solo style, and a "decay mute" feature which allows immediate muting of notes when keys are released. Both the glide and decay mute functions can be operated by external footswitches if needed. Finally, two essential performance features are provided. A reference tone at A-440 ("concert A") can be enabled for precise instrument tuning. This tone is created by the microcontroller using a direct-digital synthesis algorithm that outputs a very accurate PWM-modulated sine tone. Secondly, a dedicated headphone jack and headphone volume control allow the performer to mute the instrument, set up a new voice patch, tune up and and un-mute right back into a live session without disrupting the performance. The entire Crowminius system is powered from a single 12VAC, 500mA wall-pack power supply, with provision to allow the use of two supplies for improved supply operation.
  2. Superbooth 2018

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    SUPERBOOTH18 is the first and the largest European trade fair for electronic musical instruments, giving you the opportunity to experience the latest innovations and rare instruments. At SUPERBOOTH18 the visitors get the chance to meet a large number of exhibitors from all over the world in an incomparable atmosphere. In addition to the exhibition stands, there will be around 30 daily concerts and live performances, workshops and talks taking place again. Due to the strong demand for this years exhibition space it was not possible to fit all interested exhibitors to the floor plan. For next years edition there will be an extra area for those manufacturers who could not take part in 2017 and for new candidates. With this extra room it is possible to expand the range of product categories shown at SUPERBOOTH18 for an even more complete experience. Because of the great success in 2017 the organizers have decided to return to FEZ Berlin in 2018 and develop the event in the same venue. The unique design of the FEZ building, the outside-area, the exhibitor areas, studios, workshop rooms and food court provide an excellent basis for SUPERBOOTH18 and they are spread barrier-free over three floors. The very well received show program of this years SUPERBOOTH17 has been recorded and edited in the past weeks. Selected concerts and performances will be released online within the next months. This is a nice opportunity for everyone who hasn’t been able to see the show program of SUPERBOOTH17 to get an impression of the atmosphere of this incomparable event. Complete event details at https://www.superbooth.com/
  3. Drone Cinema Film Festival 2018

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    The Drone Cinema Film Festival, now in its fourth year, showcases cutting-edge, minimalist works of ethereal beauty that transmute sonic drones into the visual realm. This year's film festival, whose theme is LUNAR/SILVER, takes place on April 14th at the Qbus Club in Leiden, Netherlands, and on April 21st at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Seattle, WA. What is Drone Cinema? Drone Cinema draws its inspiration from a wide range of sources, from the mid-century experimental films of Stan Brakhage and Jordan Belson, the sound of the hurdy-gurdy in Early Music, the tambura of Indian music, the minimalist drones of La Monte Young and Terry Riley and the film genre called Slow Cinema. Drone Cinema filmmakers offer their vision of what sonic drones look like. Drone Cinema filmmakers translate sonic drones into moving images. Cascone refers to Drone Cinema as "transcendigital" media." Transcendigital media is conjured through active imagination instead of being driven by software," Cascone said. Live Music: This year's festival in the Netherlands features Silent Records recording artist and Dutch ambient master Lingua Lustra (aka Albert Borkent) and in Seattle Kim Cascone's new ensemble Khem One will be performing his new drone composition. Films at DCFF2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AUME - Transmission C130 & Scant Intone - Eye of the Storm Mike Rooke - Falling Memories Kat Cascone - LuxLuna Sequencial - The Foundation Kris Force - cloudwalker Albert Borkent - Moon TV Don Haugen - From the Dust Of… Seattle live music: Khem One Leiden live music: Lingua Lustra ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Seattle, Washington The Good Shepherd Center Chapel 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th floor in Wallingford Admission: $5 - $15 suggested donation at the door Start time: 8 PM Presented by: Nonsequitur as part of the Wayward Music Series ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contact: Kim Cascone curator/director Drone Cinema Film Festival 2018 kim@anechoicmedia.com
  4. Drone Cinema Film Festival 2018

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    The Drone Cinema Film Festival, now in its fourth year, showcases cutting-edge, minimalist works of ethereal beauty that transmute sonic drones into the visual realm. This year's film festival, whose theme is LUNAR/SILVER, takes place on April 14th at the Qbus Club in Leiden, Netherlands, and on April 21st at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Seattle, WA. What is Drone Cinema? Drone Cinema draws its inspiration from a wide range of sources, from the mid-century experimental films of Stan Brakhage and Jordan Belson, the sound of the hurdy-gurdy in Early Music, the tambura of Indian music, the minimalist drones of La Monte Young and Terry Riley and the film genre called Slow Cinema. Drone Cinema filmmakers offer their vision of what sonic drones look like. Drone Cinema filmmakers translate sonic drones into moving images. Cascone refers to Drone Cinema as "transcendigital" media." Transcendigital media is conjured through active imagination instead of being driven by software," Cascone said. Live Music: This year's festival in the Netherlands features Silent Records recording artist and Dutch ambient master Lingua Lustra (aka Albert Borkent) and in Seattle Kim Cascone's new ensemble Khem One will be performing his new drone composition. Films at DCFF2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AUME - Transmission C130 & Scant Intone - Eye of the Storm Mike Rooke - Falling Memories Kat Cascone - LuxLuna Sequencial - The Foundation Kris Force - cloudwalker Albert Borkent - Moon TV Don Haugen - From the Dust Of… Seattle live music: Khem One Leiden live music: Lingua Lustra ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Leiden, Netherlands Qbus Club Middelstegracht 123, 2312 TV Leiden, NL , Admission: €7,50 Start time: 8 PM Presented by: Hotel Suburbia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contact: Kim Cascone curator/director Drone Cinema Film Festival 2018 kim@anechoicmedia.com
  5. West Coast electronics performed by sonic shaman from the Dead City. Recorded live January 18th, 2018 at the Luggage Store gallery, San Francisco, California USA.
  6. Eliane Radigue has been composing electronic music since the 1960s . She is one of the most important and innovative composers of the 21st century. As the only French composer of her generation, Radigue can be described as both a pioneer of electronic music and minimal music. Her music resembles a slow current that moves through dense, barely perceptible sound changes. A timeless architectonics of deep sounds that appeal not only to the mind or to the hearing, but to the whole body. A music that carries you away as soon as you immerse yourself in it. A music that has the enormous subtlety of the sound of the sea. Emmanuel Holterbach (Translated from the English by Gina Mattiello) supported by lower austrian culture, bm: ukk, ars electronica, ORF upper austria and federal chancellery: austria Eliane Radigue was awarded a Golden Nica in the category Digital Musics of Prix Ars Electronica 2006, international competition for CyberArts. The ORF produced a documentary TV programm about Eliane Radigue (© 2006 Ars Electronica GmbH / Prix Ars Electronica & ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company) and friendly provided this material for the IMA fiction portrait #04. View full movie
  7. Eliane Radigue has been composing electronic music since the 1960s . She is one of the most important and innovative composers of the 21st century. As the only French composer of her generation, Radigue can be described as both a pioneer of electronic music and minimal music. Her music resembles a slow current that moves through dense, barely perceptible sound changes. A timeless architectonics of deep sounds that appeal not only to the mind or to the hearing, but to the whole body. A music that carries you away as soon as you immerse yourself in it. A music that has the enormous subtlety of the sound of the sea. Emmanuel Holterbach (Translated from the English by Gina Mattiello) supported by lower austrian culture, bm: ukk, ars electronica, ORF upper austria and federal chancellery: austria Eliane Radigue was awarded a Golden Nica in the category Digital Musics of Prix Ars Electronica 2006, international competition for CyberArts. The ORF produced a documentary TV programm about Eliane Radigue (© 2006 Ars Electronica GmbH / Prix Ars Electronica & ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company) and friendly provided this material for the IMA fiction portrait #04.
  8. Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 going on to be recognized as a psychedelic classic.Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse Des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies. Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is one of the most important proponents of electronic music. View full movie
  9. Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

    Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 going on to be recognized as a psychedelic classic.Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse Des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies. Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is one of the most important proponents of electronic music.
  10. This is a promotional film made in 1975 for the Moog Polymoog polyphonic synthesizer. It features artists such as Herbie Handcock, Mike Boddicker, and Chick Corea. “I’m a studio player and I like the poly because it’s fast to program and thus it saves me studio costs. But because it is easy to program it lends itself beautifully to live performance” “So with the polymoog I can see that it’s very easy to find just the settings I need for the compositions that I’m gonna do and have them there at a touch of a finger” “So here we have a dynamic keyboard and a polyphonic synthesizer that I can play with… BOTH HANDS“ View full movie
  11. POLYMOOG Promotional Film

    This is a promotional film made in 1975 for the Moog Polymoog polyphonic synthesizer. It features artists such as Herbie Handcock, Mike Boddicker, and Chick Corea. “I’m a studio player and I like the poly because it’s fast to program and thus it saves me studio costs. But because it is easy to program it lends itself beautifully to live performance” “So with the polymoog I can see that it’s very easy to find just the settings I need for the compositions that I’m gonna do and have them there at a touch of a finger” “So here we have a dynamic keyboard and a polyphonic synthesizer that I can play with… BOTH HANDS“
  12. This album was recorded in 2012 by the free improvising trio of Jonathan Chen (violin, viola), Jefferson Pitcher (guitars, clarinet, field recordings, playground – its metal structures being used as a percussion set-up) and Doug van Nort (electronics, GREIS = Granular-Feedback Expanded Instrument System, van Nort’s own ever-evolving performance system and digital music instrument). The title refers to the town of Troy, New York, home of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with which the three artists have been involved with during their career. Their shared memories of living and working in Troy shine through as a conceptual basis for the improvisations on this album. Titles like “The Hudson” and “Northern White Pine” situate the music in a geographical location – but the field recordings from different places, such as Chefchaouen Province in Morocco, open up this history to other sound-worlds. The album is dedicated to the late Pauline Oliveros, with whom all three musicians collaborated during her lifetime. It is a fitting tribute to an artist with such a wide range of interests, abilities and fields of influence. Certainly, Oliveros’ focus on deep listening as a key to creating one’s own sounds is present not only in the mindful way the musicians interact with each other, but also in the way they integrate non-musical sounds from field recordings into their instrumental interplay. Likewise, the interfacing of acoustic instruments and live electronics that Oliveros pioneered in her expanded accordion set-ups is used to great effect by Chen, Pitcher, and van Nort. Instrumental and electronic timbres blend seamlessly, with harmonic/melodic and noisy elements perfectly balanced. The album is dominated by calm, rather meditative pieces which exude a certain melancholy – quite apt for a tribute by three artists to a deceased colleague and friend. However, the final piece “Chefchaouen Province | American Town” develops into an exuberant powerplay that makes the sheer joy of sculpting and connecting sounds, be they notes or noises, almost tangible. And, now even more than at the time of recording, the peaceful coexistence of an Arabic chant with an American brass band within said piece can also be heard as a sonic utopia, an acoustic glimpse of an alternative, and better, reality. For Pauline Oliveros All Pieces composed and improvised by Jonathan Chen, Jefferson Pitcher, Doug Van Nort. Recorded in Jefferson's basement and stairwell, early summer 2012. Mixed by Jefferson Pitcher at Shumoto Sound Room. Final mixing, editing, and mastering by Ron Guensche at New Future Vintage in Okaland, CA.
  13. Brandulator Comb Filter Bank

    VST plug-in "Brandulator", creates a special audio effect with a peculiar sound, which is similar to a flanger, vocoder and harmonizer, but has a different operating principle, in which the input signal branches into three processing channels with adjustable comb filters, the tonality of their tuning can be changed up to 16 times per clock (Bar). The effect also performs the functions of a kind of arpeggiator that works in sync with DAW, so the working project should have the appropriate musical size, although this is not necessary *. The tuning of each channel can be set manually, with the help of controls, and accidentally in accordance with the specified harmonic law, selected from the list, which has about three hundred different harmonies. Randomization of keys can be done manually or automatically at the beginning of each 1,2,3..8 clock.
  14. Advanced field recorder combined with a sound warp engine and a collection of ready to use dynamic presets for iPad and iPhone. Discover new ways to create and construct unusual and exciting sounds from any environmental audio recordings or samples recorded from other apps through Inter-App audio or Audiobus. The main advantage is that you can record and modify samples along the way within the single app. You can record sounds and noises, delete unwanted parts and then use presets to give a whole new sounding or create spectacular soundscapes and textures to use them as loops in this app. And even use FieldScaper as effect in real time with other apps or external input. The FieldScaper consists of two main parts. The first part is the field recorder with special options for different ways of record environmental sound from microphone or record other sound sources. With the sample editor you can cut or split the source sample for more convenient use. The second part is the scaper sound engine that with using dynamic presets can easily transform the most ordinary sounds into something absolutely different. These parts connect with each other into one whole but you can use recorder or scaper independently. The FieldScaper supports complete MIDI control for all faders, knobs and many buttons. You can change the parameters of oscillators, filters, delays and mixer by using any external MIDI controller or MIDI apps like sequencers. With the MIDI controllers this app becomes very comfortable to use at live performance.
  15. Kauldron is our warmest sounding, punchiest synth yet! A completely new modeling technology, combined with carefully designed features help you create aggressive synth sounds full of rich analog textures with the fewest knob tweaks. The result is a pure, head-on tone that requires little or no FX or post-production to sound big. Kauldron pushes every available iOS technology to the max: it is not only fully universal (you can run it natively on your iPad and iPhone), but also an Audio Unit plugin. In fact, it is one of the first fullscreen AUv3 plugins for iOS: with iOS 11 and a compatible DAW, you can enjoy all the great Kauldron features on a nice, big spread. Kauldron debuts the next generation of our Artificial Intelligence preset creation system, SPAWN². Completely reimagining the groundbreaking SPAWN algorithms in our hugely popular Magellan, the new SPAWN² gives you unprecedented control over generating presets. In the expert mode, you can accomplish anything from subtle ‘variations on a theme’ to bold new sounds. In the basic mode, where Kauldron does all the thinking, you get preset after usable preset with just a touch. This is not simple randomization: it is the power of machine learning put to benevolent use! Kauldron is designed with modulation and fine dynamic control in mind. The two fully-featured LFOs and the mod envelope combine with a wide variety of MIDI learnable controls to manipulate multiple parameters. Everything is easily set up in a clearly laid out ‘mod matrix.’ The dual XY-pads can be used for controlling modulation or a wide range of synth parameters. MIDI aftertouch can be routed via the matrix for even greater control over expression and tonality. Powerful arp with both live & program modes; comprehensive MIDI features with effortless MIDI learn; over 900 presets; recording, sharing, IAA, Audiobus 3, Ableton Link — these are just some of the features brewing inside Yonac’s Kauldron.