GlitchDS on Nintendo DSlite

GlitchDS is an homebrew application  for composing/performing glitch music on the Nintendo DS.
It’s based on samples , that are played by masks and that can be altered with modulations and distortion.
The result is really interesting and is like having a micro laptop for your glitch needs that can travel in your pocket!

I made this video demo during a composing session, so it can sound not so  “groovy” or complitely logic in some parts, but can be interesting to show some of the power of this software and how it works.

I forgot to say that it’s sample based, but you can load your own samples with one shot sounds but even loops and then experimentation starts!

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Yamaha VSS30 Glitch Percussions

I’ve done this video to show the Yamaha VSS30 in the sample editing territory…
A simple plick made beating two pens together near the onboard mic can be transformed in a rhythm…

Something like the bouncing ball by Aphex Twin…

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Famous electronic producers studio shots (Part 3)

Let’s take a look at a new gallery of  Studio and “Liveset rig” shots of some famous electronic artists and bands around the world.
Chemical Brothers Liveset Rig1

Chemical Brothers Liveset Rig1

Chemical Brothers Livest rig:

  • Doepfer MAQ 16/3
  • Clavia Nordmodular keyboard
  • Roland Jupiter6
  • Roland Octapad
  • Octave Cat
  • Roland SH101
  • 2 x Akai MPC3000
  • Korg MS10
  • Korg Mono/Poly
  • Akai S6000
  • Futuretro 777
  • Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard
Chemical Brothers Liveset rig

Chemical Brothers Liveset rig (2)

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel with his Clavia Nordlead

Underworld

Underworld

UNDERWORLD :

  • Yamaha DX7
  • Clavia Nordlead2
  • Access Virus B
  • Waldorf  MicroWave XT (yellow!!!)
  • Akai MPC 2000
  • Akai S3000 i
  • Roland TR909
  • Korg Electribe ER-1
Bill Leeb (Skinny Puppy & Frontline Assembly)

Bill Leeb (Skinny Puppy & Frontline Assembly)

BILL LEEB (Skinny Puppy) :

  • Clavia Nordlead
  • Arp 2600
  • Arp Odyssey MK1
  • Moog Micromoog

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Yamaha VSS30 preset sounds editing

I’ve made this video to demostrate how the the yamaha  VSS30 can mangle  the internal waves.
Everything is done only with the VSS , no external efx and NO samples.

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Casio SK-5 review

Casio SK5

Casio SK5

The Casio SK serie started with the SK-1 (one of the best selling toy keyboard of the period) and the target was a the consumer market.
The little sampler was technically far from the professional counterpart like Emu or Akai, it was just a toy with a tiny memory of few seconds and no memory retain.
Soon after the SK1 the SK5 followed.
The sK5 was an upgraded version of the SK1 with more sampling time, the capability to sample 4 sounds and to retain the sound in memory even with the power swithed off (if the keyboard run on batteries).
The sampling specifics were the same as the SK1 (8bit- 9,38KHz) quite low even for the time, and apart from didattic use by children, the sk seemed at that time just a toy.

The cheap prices of second hads SK and the “Anti Theory” of Reed Ghazala made the fame of the little sk grow.
The interesting circuit bending capabilities of this instruments made them popular between the circuit bending community as a “must have” together with the  “Speak & Spell”.

The Antitheory statement , by Reed Ghazala, is that you don’t have to know anything about electronics to do circuitbending.
A circuitbend is like an energy flow thru shortcircuits…
A circuit is not designed to have shortcircuits , so you have to “think different” !

The SK5 is now a well known and is now considered  a “real instrument” , not just a toy, after many more or less inportant, famous or trendy artists used it.
Just to name a few…Autechre, Bjork, Portished, Nine Inch Nails , Blur, Aphex Twin, but the list is long…

The heart of the instrument is a 8 bit sampler with a very lo-fi sound and 4 voice poly.
It can samples 4 sounds and play them together with the rubber pads or with the keyboard.
The performance can be registered with the onboard sequencer, with no quantization (you cannot correct the timing).
Every sample can be edited with the “envelope shapes” that adds crescendo, sustain, vibratos etc., can be looped or reversed .
The sample memory can retain the samples if the keyboard has batteries.
There is also the possibility to choose a “long sample” time (it occupies 2 samples slots) to sample a loop for example.

The strenght of this keyboard is without any doubt the sound, because the samples are totally mangled and they sound really different , like pixelated…
This is really great for lo-fi sounds.
The second point is that the SK 5 is an easy instrument to circuit bend and the mods add a great variety of  “tools” to shape new sounds with the twist of a knob or a simple switch, a variation not known, an aleatoric change, that’s why Ghazala called his mods projects “aleatrons”.

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Famous electronic producers studio shots…Part 2

Here are some other studio shots from the electronic music producers crowd…

Bookashade

Booka shade

BOOKA SHADE :

  • Sequential Circuits Pro One
  • Yamaha DX7
  • Moog Source
  • Clavia Nordlead
  • Arp Avatar
Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney

NITIN SAWHNEY :

  • Yamaha AN1x
  • Yamaha CS6x
  • Quasimidi Sirius
  • Akai MPC4000
Stuart Price (Les rhythm digitales)

Stuart Price (Les rhythm digitales)

STUART PRICE :

  • Arp 2600
  • Korg MS20
  • Korg SQ10
  • Roland TR909
  • Access Virus TI

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Famous producers studio shots…

Here are some famous electronic producers studio shots…

I listed the synths I identified.

Alan Wilder (Recoil)

Alan Wilder (Recoil)

RECOIL :

  • Akai S3000xl
  • Emu E4
  • Novation Supernova
  • MidiMoog
  • 2x Oberheim SEM modules
  • EMS VCS3
Apparat

Apparat

APPARAT:

  • Korg MONO/POLY
  • Clavia Nordlead
  • Crumar Stratus
  • Clavia Nordmodular G2
  • Syntechno TeeBee
Kid 606

Kid 606

KID606 :

  • Clavia Nordmodular
  • Clavia Micromodular
  • Clavia Nordlead2
  • Clavia Nordlrack3
  • Sequential Circuits PRO ONE
  • Yamaha DX200
  • Roland MC-202
  • Roland TR-606
  • Korg MS20
  • Access Virus KB
  • Yamaha CS15
Jamiroquay

Jamiroquay

JAMIROQUAY :

  • Elka Synthex
  • Roland System100m (3 cabinets)
  • Moog Source
  • Fender Rhodes
Eno

Eno

ENO : just a kaosspad on the right, but this is just an angle of the studio…

Orbital

Orbital

ORBITAL :

  • 2x Alesis Andromeda
  • Roland Jupiter 6
  • Roland SH101
  • Roland TB303
  • Macbeth M5
  • Elektron Machinedrum
Ritchie Hawtin (Plastikman)

Ritchie Hawtin (Plastikman)

PLASTIKMAN :

  • Akai S3200
  • 2 x Doepfer MAQ 16/3
  • Serge modular
  • EMS Synthi A
  • Roland TB303
  • Roland TR808 (on the oscilloscope)
  • Roland Juno106
    This shot was taken at the end of the ’90s…
Rude 66

Rude 66

RUDE66 :

  • Korg MONO/POLY
  • Roland SH101
  • Roland SH09
  • Roland TR909
  • Roland TR606
  • Roland TR808
  • Roland CR8000
  • Sequential Circuits Drumtrak
  • Syntechno TeeBee
  • Emu Esi32
  • Waldorf Pulse
  • Kawai XD5
  • Clavia Micromodular
Matmos

Matmos

MATMOS :

  • ARP 2600
  • Roland SH101
  • 2 x Emu E4

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