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The Black Queen


A longtime secret that is slowly seeping out. The Black Queen is:

Steven Alexander
Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, NIN)
Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan)

Best of NAMM 2015!

We came! We saw! We Tweeted about a bunch of new gear we liked and didn’t like… Keyboards on synths keep getting smaller and smaller. Next year we anticipate having to use guitar picks to play them. Huge thanks to our photographer Brandon Daniel for his help this time around! Visual tour time!

Many more in the full slideshow…

NAMM 2015

Bode / Moog Vocoder

Evgeny Kissin La Campanella – A Mental Reset

…Something to clear our brains.

First look at the Malekko/Richter Megawave Voltage Controlled Wave Table Device

First look at the Malekko/Richter Megawave Voltage Controlled Wave Table Device from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

First patch using the Malekko/Richter Megawave. Using multiple synced Intellijel Dixie LFO’s CV modulating the wave, bank, and Rom inputs. Cycling glitching through banks (MiniWave, Socket Rocket, PPPGVS, Darwin’s House, and Monowave). CV control zigzag LFO patterns from the E355 Morphing Dual LFO set to control the Rom select. The output was then ran into the Synthesis Technology e560 Deflector Shield in phase mode. Drums courtesy of the Mungo g0 with rippling sound effects recorded from the Cwejman S1. Everything clocked and mangled from one single MakeNoise Woggle bug.

Malekko Megawave

Morton Subotnick And Joan La Barbara On Q2 Music’s ‘Spaces’

This is fun, TWEAKERS / DPO meets Octatrack

“In this video, we introduce how to work with eurorack modular synthesizer, particularly DPO from Make Noise, combine with Elektron Octatrack. Octatrack’s MIDI track is sequencing modular then modular’s final output is connected to Octatrack’s audio input for realtime sampling. Sampled sounds are looped and processed to create few different layers then mixed with modular’s direct sound.”

VCO : Make Noise DPO, Tiptop Z3000 x 2
VCA : Intellijel uVCA, Doepfer A-131
VCF : Malekko Borg Filter, Intellijel uVCF
Envelope Generator : Make Noise Maths, Doepfer A-140
Mixer : Pittsburgh Mixer
Etc : Doepfer A-147 (LFO), Doepfer A185-2 (Adder), Doepfer A-190-2 (MIDI to CV)
(Other gears)
Elektron Octatrack
Eventide Timefactor
Mackie 1202VLZ Pro
Demonstrator : Koichi Shimizu


An Overview Of The Dial Up Sound

dialup-final copy

“If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it remained a mystery for most of us. What do these sounds mean?”

Click on the graphic above for a full page illustration walking you through each step of the old school dial up modem handshaking process. Finally, I have figured out what all the beeps mean. I wish it explained why my dial-up game of Command And Conquer would stop working when someone picked up a phone in the house. Want to get real nerdy with your interior decor? The image above is now for sale in poster form.

The Sound Of Dial Up via Absorptions

How To Play The Keyboard

How To Basics “Teaching You The Basics”

UM Project: Amazing Furniture Design

Mixing console for analog equipment including late 1960’s WSW (Wiener Schwachstromwerke) and modern-day Tonelux, developed for Brian Bender’s The Motherbrain recording studio

Photography: Francis Dzikowksi/ Esto


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