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Today we look at a recent concert at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) featuring two very different solo performances. Both explored subtle details in sound, but in very different ways. The first performance featured Lucie Vítková, a visiting artist from the Czech Republic. She primarily played accordion, but also included harmonica […]
It’s been a while since I have reported on one of those evenings with multiple cultural events that enrich life here. One recent rainy evening involved a visual art opening and a salon with a variety of performances. I started at 17th Street Studios in the Mission for MAS Attack: LAxSF, a one-night show that […]
Well, our CD release show for Reconnaissance Fly has come and gone, and it was quite a successful evening. We were joined in celebrating the release of our album Flower Futures by Emily Hay, half of a new project with Polly Moller called Plurality of Worlds. Our preparation for the day started quite early, with […]
Analog-module makers WMD had a strong presence at this year’s NAMM show. In addition to their existing offerings, which include both utility and more esoteric modules, they presented a set of devices that were jointly made with Steady State Fate (SSF). You can see a demo in this video. It was fun how they made […]
Waldorf introduced a new analog filter, the 2-pole at this year’s NAMM show. Those of us who spend time with analog synthesis are quite used to all sorts of complex filter topologies, most of which have at least four poles. So a two-pole filter seems a bit simple by comparison. But Waldorf is known for […]
The most notable new offering this year from Moog Music, Inc. was the Theremini, a very accessible incarnation of the classic theremin. The design of the instrument evokes classic science fiction of the 1950s and 1960s (in which the theremin was a mainstay), and it features modern enhancements including a variety of tones and effects, […]
Make Noise has introduced several new modules this year. You can see Tony Rolando of Make Noise demonstrating them in this video. There is much delightful noisy crunchiness. The most notable new addition is the Teleplexer, which has a series of metal plates that can be tapped with leads from other modules, creating quite a […]
Our friends at Teenage Engineering were back at NAMM, with the latest iterations of the OP-1 and OpLab. The little screen on the OP-1 continues to delight, with one of the most unique interfaces from a non touch screen. They added a new module that allows one to use the device as an Etch-A-Sketch and […]
I have long been impressed with the offerings from Dave Smith Instruments, such as the Tempest pictured above. They’re easy to play and offer rich sound possibilities that one can either keep tame or push towards more extreme. Last year I was quite taken with the Prophet 12, and still coveting one of those. This […]
One of our perennial stops at NAMM is to the Big City Music booth to see what’s new and play with old favorites. There is always an impressive display of analog modules, including the “wall of synth” from Analog Solutions. Of course, Big City Music also prominently displayed a full complement Metasonix modules. This included […]