Category Archives: Demos

Ridiculously gigantic modular synth rig playing some wicked Arabic sounding jams

Youtuber Ebotronix called this piece Tango, which is strange since it doesn’t sound anything like a Tango. It is however awesome and sounds almost Arabic or Indian in parts. I’m not totally sure what the close up cam in the right corner is for either, but it sure does look scientific.

 

They list off the gear used in the vid, which is as follows:

4ms Peg, QCD /Expander² , RCD, VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS110²², RS 360²
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Doepfer R2m,A101-2, A114, A118,A134²²,A141, A143-2,
A152, A175²²,A185-2, A138abc, A192-1( 4Vox midi CC )
Flame 4 Vox ,Chord Machine², FX 16, Talking Synth Module²
flight of harmony choices
Make Noise Brains ,PP²,Maths²,Moddemix²²,QMMG,
Optomix, René, Wogglebug²
Malekko Anti²², Unkle²²,Jag
Moog Taurus 2, FreqBox²², MP201
Roland SVC-350 Vocoder, System 104 Sequencer
SSL Modulation Orgy
Tip Top Audio Z8000 manual voltage source
Toppobrillo Quantimator², Sportmodulator, TWF
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000
Rocktron Rack Interface²
FX :Alesis 3630, Lexicon MPX100, MX400, Line 6 Echopro ,
TC M one XL, M3000
mackie the mixer³

analog modular synthesizerI love analog modular stuff, but I don’t know how I could ever have that much space to house anything that large. I already have a drum set I barely ever see that is stored in a studio in Bushwick. Tiny midi devices seem to fit more into the NYC lifestyle. I do love seeing this stuff though.

 

Amiga Demoscene alive and well in 2015!

Where did all these awesome pixel art pictures come from? From Bitfellas.org, that’s where! I stumbled across this site and it’s one of those places on the internet that after you find it, you have to spend like an hour just clicking around and exploring all the insanely cool and eccentric content lying deep within it’s pages.

If you don’t know what Demoscene is, well you’re probably on the wrong website, but just in case, Wiki defines it as ” The demoscene is an international computer art subculture that specializes in producing demos: small, self-contained computer programs that produce audio-visual presentations. The main goal of a demo is to show off programming, artistic, and musical skills.”

The Demoscene was quite big especially in the early 90s in the Amiga Computer heyday. You can still find hundreds of thousands of demos online. It’s not just confined to Amiga either, Bit Fellas feature Demoscene data from all platforms. They also have a huge art library, online radio, and a podcast. This is just a really really cool place. Check it out and explore for a while. You can tune in to the radio with this link. You’ll have to right click and save as then open it in VLC or iTunes or whatever media player you have installed.

Korg nanoPAD2 Finger Drumming to Synthwave, Retrowave, Dreamwave!

80s VHS girls

Subscribe to my youtube channel and check out this performance with Ableton Live Intro with a nanoKONTROL and nanoPAD2 control surfaces.

I made a couple of melodic loops but am playing all the drum beats live on the nanoPAD2. I used mostly Simmons SDS7 and SDS5 drum samples and a couple others.

The bass tones are from the Jup-6 free VST plugin, which you can download here http://demonicsweaters.com/2015/02/add-this-to-your-vst-collection-free-roland-jupiter-4-inspired-vst-plugin-for-windows/

The lead and string sounds are the DSX from the UVI workstation soft-synth which you can get for free if you purchase a nanoPAD2.

You can purchase this song here https://demonicsweaters.bandcamp.com/track/nanopad-thai

Thanks for watching!

Casio SK-2100 Sampling Keyboard | 1987 incredibly rare | demo video

I consider myself a Casio keyboard aficionado, but I must say I somehow never knew about this one before I saw this video. Imagine the famed Casio SK-1 on steroids combined with the rhythm sequencer of the HT-700 and you’ll get an idea of what this synth is.

Released in 1987, a year after the SK-1, the SK-2100 has full sized keys, stereo speakers and 4 sample slots that will even save when the unit is powered off (as long as batteries are installed or it’s plugged in). The same is true of my HT-700, which is also why I know the rhythm section is the same as the HT. I have one and in fact was just playing with it right before seeing this vid, the sounds are identical.

This is definitely a cool and odd piece of history. Casio always made such fun stuff in the 80s.

 

The amazing 4D Sound System is a Nicola Tesla inspired fully immersive audio experience

This completely amazing place in Amsterdam is taking live audio into a whole new territory. What is it? well imagine electronic music performers being able to send any sound to any position of the room at any time they want. Imagine being able to make sounds fall from the ceiling or bounce off the walls at their command. Imagine sounds crawling around on the floor by your feet then zooming up to your head and spinning around in circles!

4D sound system

This is basically what can happen in the 4D sound system. This specially designed room features 16 columns of omni-directional sound drivers and 9 subs under the floor. There’s specially designed software that allows the performer to interact with the room in real-time and creates a unique space that is part club and part sound art installation. This is truly advanced thinking in terms of digital audio performance.

I need to go to this place!

4D sound system 2

 

Check out these videos for more details on this technology. Too bad there’s no way to really hear it on our computers. Looks like we’ll all need to go there.