A completely different approach on creating overdriven effects using electronics was invented at the University of Alberta, Canada. This state-of-the-art technology is the first practical use ever (!) of a new generation of electronics: molecular electronics. We guitar players are the first who can use this new technology because the first practical use is a […]
Archive | October, 2014
Trevor Horn has influenced me a lot when it comes to sound and arrangements. The guy is a legend. And he’s also a great storyteller.
The manual made no secret of the fact that the RV7000 is based on hardware reverbs like the Lexicon 480L, TC Electronic Reverb 6000 and AMS RMX-16.
This assignment for the Disquiet Junto Project was created in Propellerhead Reason 8. I used the Thor synth device to generate the white noise which I send through a Comb Filter and a Formant Filter in series. I automated the sweep of the Frequency and Resonance of the Comb Filter and the X and Y parameters […]
Some sounds we hear have a certain pitch while others seem to be unpitched. Broadly speaking we can use pitched sounds for playing melodies and chords. Unpitched sounds are often used for making rhythm and sound effects. Question: how can we detect the pitch? Answer: by using a spectrum analyser A spectrum analyzer measures the […]
From October 2014 through February 2015 the San Jose Museum of Art hosts the Momentum exhibit. My musical score is one of the scores that accompanies the silent video by artist Josh Azzarella that is in the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art. The finished work in Momentum consists of three small […]
The Roland TR-808 has a legendary status. Roland released the TR-808 as a good and cheap drummachine for making demos. It is not at all sounding as realistic and fat as the LinnDrum, it sounds rather thin and synthetic. But because it was cheap it got used a lot, in early hiphop, soul and disco […]
Yesterday the upcoming 808 documentary was announced. Produced by Arthur Baker featuring contributions by Afrika Bambaataa, Pharell, Questlove, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, New Order, Fatboy Slim and many more. Because I’ve made a documentary about Marvin Gaye and Sexual Healing in which the TR-808 plays an important role, I was interviewed on Radio 6 about […]
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When Propellerhead announced Amp in Reason 8, manufactured by Softube, I was afraid that they would use the same models as those included with Ableton Live. These models are the worst sounding guitar amps in my opinion. When I was invited to beta test the new Amp as well as the Bass Amp, a few months ago, my doubt was confirmed: […]