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Trash_Universe: Live Webcast NOW

*Update* I am sure, for whoever tuned in, saw just a bunch of chaos. That’s cause we were busy trying to have a life outside of the computer, which is rare. Anyway, we had some excellent guests at the Trash residence. Tomorrow we are all headed to lollapalooza, even though it’s a three day event, I am just going tomorrow. Surachai has been there all weekend. Click here if you want to us ignore you.

Native Instruments + Beatport was going to have a party tonight but it got canceled cause of some unforeseeable situations. Anyways, some of the guys are coming here including Alessandro Cortini of NIN, Richard Devine, Moe Espinoza of Droid Behavior, Daniel Haver and Jeff Horton of Native Instruments. Come party with us!!! Click here if you want to chat too.

Access: Interview with Hans Zimmer

Access posted a nice interview with film composer Hans Zimmer recently, I found a few excellent quotes. Among them was this:

On Da Vinci Code, I said, “other than the orchestral stuff, I am only going to use one thing”, which of course was the new Virus Polar because it had just shown up. Then it was sort of fun to go “ok, now what am I going to get out of this one machine” and it was a fun way to sort of figure out hot to push it all the way to the wall. But then I could ruin your day and mention that I did end-up putting another synth into it, because the Virus could not do one thing. Do you know what that synth was?

The Minimoog.

Fair enough.

Right! I had to do that bass thing. At the premier, at the Cannes Film Festival, when that little Minimoog came in, and it was not even vary loud, all the ceiling tiles began rattling and I was very happy!

Check out the extensive interview here.

Live Setup and Stalking

A quick picture of my setup from this weekend. It’s nothing extravagant just two pedals (Deluxe Memory Man and ThingmamaKIT) larger than my European setup. I should draw in heat wave squiggles to emphasize how hot that room was but you’d probably mistake them for stink squiggles. Though I have to admit that screaming is a bit easier with sweat in my eye.

More importantly (as you can tell by the size [it matters]), there always is Shannyn Sossamon. You know something is wrong when you’re looking at the picture to the left longer than below. Get your priorities straight!

Jonathan Snipes Custom Eurorack Case

I received an e-mail from Jonathan Snipes of Captain Ahab and after I asked if I could share this with the world, he agreed. I’m sending out a word of caution before you read this: Understand that you’re potentially blowing out your power supply and all of your modules. If you try modding your power supply, we will not be held accountable for you being an idiot. But we will give you a high five (and miss) if you succeed. Enjoy your week! We’ll be broadcasting a live show with Richard Devine on Sunday. We’ll announce the time later.

Here are some pictures of the Eurorack modular case I built into a Pelican 1520 suitcase with the help of their panel mount insert. Everything is gorilla glued in place – mounted everything to sheets of plexiglass glued into the bottom. Rather ugly I know, but functional. I think eventually I’ll add a panel along the bottom (under the modules) for multiples & attenuators. I’d feel a lot better if the IEC input & power switch were secured by more than just gorilla glue too :-) Worked out pretty well, I think. The coolest part of course being the switch I added to the power supply to switch between 115/230v (sort of visible in the second picture) … very cool, and pretty easy – just used a DPDT switch (already labeled properly!) and followed this diagram on the Doepfer website: Here

So, yeah – cheaper than a Doepfer portable case, switchable voltage, more durable, AND if I get another panel mount insert, I bet I can mount thinner modules (Cwejman, Harvestman) in the lid, doubling the amount of modules I can cram in here. HOORAY. The last photo is of my mobile studio set up in my hotel room in Bulgaria. Shockingly, I received little to no hassle trying to get this through airport security. Only had to open it once. Weird. – Jonathan

The switch for the voltage switching was super easy … all you need is a DPDT switch, preferably one that’s labeled 115/230 and that’s difficult to switch (’cause you can really blow up everything if it switches accidentally, or you plug a 115 power supply into 230, etc etc). The picture below is of the power supply defaulted by Doepfer.

This last picture below is of Jonathan’s modification.

Livewire: AFG Shipping Now

I talked to Steve Rightnour this morning who is finishing up the AFG for Mike and informed me that he’s pumping out the pre-orders. Expect yours soon!
Here is the previous post about the AFG’s with proper links to some handy info: Here!
*more details in a bit, I gotta pretend I’m working…..

Africa Loves T_A

Well well well, look who finally came crawling to our website proclaiming their love? That would be you Africa! Johannesburg, South Africa to be exact. Even though you stayed for exactly 0 seconds and probably came here by accident I know you still love us. Nothing you can say will change my mind. NOTHING!

Next on the list: Siberia. Only cause your dogs are the coolest.

Create Digital Trash: Real Knobs on an LCD screen, what?

Ok, so I think this is something that Create Digital Music would normally cover, but I thought it was weird/interesting enough for us to bring up. So what we have here is something called Sense Surface, which basically allows you to place REAL knobs right on top of a virtual interface on an LCD screen. So essentially, this would allow you to place a real control knob on the virtual cutoff knob of that one Minimoog plug-in that you have that sounds amazing. Let’s check out this video:

It actually seems pretty cool to be able to just throw a real physical knob anywhere you’d like on a screen. Although I think this would become a little bit sloppy when switching plug-in windows or switching to other apps in the background. It WOULD be excellent for alternative controllers like the Lemur, where you could completely remake your Minimoog front panel and then add real knobs on top of it. Just like a real Minimoog….

Check out more info from Gizmodo and Girton Labs

I would love to see this for the iPhone and iPod Touch too.

Trash_ Universe: Live Webcast – Beta

We ran a beta test of our upcoming streaming web show and strangely around 50 people stopped by. Familiar faces like Axiom, James Cigler, Richard Devine, Machinedrum, Trifonic some other friends from our Workspace Series somehow got a hold of our spam and joined in! For those who came, thanks and you can look forward to more. Those who didn’t come, we’ll announce a date and time for our next broadcast. Until then….

Live audio_Output: The Great Mundane and POLYFUSE

An interesting Wednesday night show is happening this week, Surachai and I (as POLYFUSE) are playing at The Butterfly Social in Chicago. The show is free, if you can make it out there, come give us a high five or a punch in the gut, whichever you feel is most appropriate. The show is being put on by a local group known as Psymbolic who brings out an interesting mix of not only musicians and DJs but video, visual and spoken word artists. It should be an interesting mix.

All details here.

Flight Of Harmony: Parasite (Limited Edition VCRBPF)

The Parasite is a brand new limited edition (only 10!!!) Single Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filter (VCRBPF) with dual Low-Frequency Oscillators (LFOs) and is being made and sold by a new company called Flight Of Harmony. They also just recently released The Plague Bearer, which was only limited to FOUR units, they sold out fast. The Parasite is for sale now, and at the time of this post, there are only EIGHT left for $230. Get your hands on one before this is posted to matrixsynth! Because when that happens, they’ll be gone!

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