Push Stand

Finding stands and supports for some music gear can be a challenge, especially if it is an object that you don’t use constantly (eg a drum machine, mono synth or controller) and may want out of the way, but still accessible… Despite there being no Ikea shops in New Zealand I discovered a company in Auckland who import some of their stuff, and who happened to have this laptop stand/small side table, which is nicely minimal – just black steel & glass, but is robust & stable enough to handle controller pounding, and fits an ableton Push perfectly!


This laptop stand: IKEA – VITTSJÖ Glass Side Table/Laptop stand and at US$25 is cheaper than many keyboard stands!

Music Friday 08

▶ So much great music being released lately! Here’s what been warming my subwoofer lately,
how about you?

▶ from great new album by Caribou


▶ great EP by Shapeshifter with The Upbeats nz drum&bass/breakbeat


▶ Have you checked out Thom Yorkes new album Tomorrows Modern Boxes, distributed via torrent?
100k downloads in first 24 hours! Took me a few listens to get into the album….


▶ great new album by SBTRKT: Wonder where we land, interview here


▶ great new album by Metamatics: Instamatic


▶ great new album by Martin Nonstatic: Inner Landscapes


▶ Stream the seventh release on Raster-Noton’s nine-part Unun series: Vortices by Japanese sound artist Ueno Masaaki #not_easy_listening



▶ Digital Mystics tribute to John Peel


My newest old camera


Thanks to eBay I have my first 35mm film camera on its way to me, and not coincidentally it shares the same m42 lens format that I have become obsessed with for my Canon 5DmkIII. If you are interested in analogue photography it is incredible what a small amount of $$ can get you – it feels a bit like buying a mint Nagra 4.2 for $200 or something…


What a beautiful object! A manual for the Fujica ST801 is here (I plan to invest in a medium format camera sooner or later, but feel I need to get confident shooting film before making that investment)


I also backed this Kickstarter project:
Help FILM Ferrania build the factory of the future and the first batch of film is your reward!


update: this is a nice philosophical rant: why shoot film

Detritus 319


▶ great read on Kronos Quartet


▶ A sound so LOUD that it circled the earth four times


These Hopeful Machines is a great six part radio documentary on the evolution of electronic music by James Gardner at RadioNZ via patch pierre



▶ Helmholtz synth up for auction – more info on the actual machine here“Helmholtz’s apparatus uses tuning forks, renowned for their very pure tone, to generate a fundamental frequency G and the first six overtones which may then be combined in varying proportions. The tuning forks are made to vibrate using electromagnets and the sound of each fork may be amplified by means of a Helmholtz resonator with adjustable shutter operated mechanically by a keyboard.”
via Synthtopia


▶ “I’ve been playing with the traffic again….” – I could watch this gif all day! via b3ta user orbojunglist


▶ 50 weirdest Movies ever made, maybe?


▶ The long slow ascent of Tycho



dont land
(not sure I’d want to be the field recordist on that job!)



▶ send this link to anyone who goes on about their stand up desk a little bit too much


▶ interesting timeslice photos


▶ love these tiny optical illusions




▶ Gustav Almestål dunks famous composers’ busts in vats of beer – one has to wonder at how this concept was arrived at… coincidental beer?


▶ I laughed out loud at this


BIRDSONG, with found feather from John Coombes on Vimeo.




▶ if you are a Max for LIVE user this MW thread is a useful list of favorite patches… I’ll link to a few below, for non-LIVE users, back to work!

▶ Isotonik just released a great free patch LaunchSync which allows you to sync multiple controllers eg say you have a fader controller & a grid controller, you can set them to stay in sync when moving around in session… I’ve had a couple of LaunchPads for a while, so I tried syncing them up with two LaunchPad Control XL and got 3/4 of it working perfectly – seems I need the pro version (in development) to lock in the 4th controller…




▶ great to see IRCAM releasing a set of MaxforLive plugs – available via ableton
UPDATE: there is a playlist of demo videos here


▶ Arp One and Chord Memorizer by Sonic Bloom


▶ Grids is a MaxforLive patch by Motscousus based on the eurorack topographic drum sequencer by Mutable Instruments – download the patch here and feel free to RTFM


▶ ML-185 is a ‘Stage Controlled Sequencer’ with a total of 8 configurable stages and 3 layers for pitch, velocity and “aux” (= Pitch Bend or CC). Each stage provides 4 different play modes and can have a variable length from 1 – 8 clock pulses. Download here


▶ Another interesting sequencer is the Rozzer Advanced Step Sequencer – download here – “this step sequencer is quite unlike the Step Sequencer bundled with M4L. On the surface it’s reasonably standard. It’s a live.grid based sequencer – notes, gate, tie, velocity and two control changes. What’s unique about it is that you can set different loop points for each of those elements, which allows for anything from simple 303-style basslines to endlessly evolving, rotating, mutating melody lines.
The other unique thing about this is that it’s designed to work solely within musical scales. The sequencer grid adapts itself to whatever scale you choose. Choose a chromatic scale, and you get a full 12 steps to play with, but choose a pentatonic scale and the grid automatically adapts itself to show only 5 rows (notes). You don’t need to know any music theory to get great results. Add to all that a bunch of useful randomization options and it becomes a really useful tool.


▶ Beat Fader – download here – lets you play a full drum set moving only one midi cursor: you can set the number of control points distributed along the fader between 2 and 16. Everytime the fader’s cursor passes over one of these control points, a corresponding note is trigged. For each control point the midi note number sent out is different when descending than ascending. Therefore in four control points, eight different note numbers will be sent, triggering eigth ‘events’ that could be samples or whatever you want.


▶ Density and Pulsaret are two granular tools by Amazing Noises


▶ Autobeat (patterns generation based on probabilities) by K Devices


▶ Note Density Repeat 0.1 – download here – lets you choose probability of first density then repeat, or first repeat and then density – “try a drum sequence but its good for melodies too”