Thursday, February 25, 2010

God's Pizza Art II

II. god's pizza art: concierto de medicina

Date:Friday, February 26, 2010
Time:9:00pm - 10:30pm
Location:Convent de Sant Agustí, C/Comerç 36, Barcelona

god's pizza art is a periodic event organized by el club de los astronautas to discuss the advance of medicine as a basic premise to engineer the mare nostrum spaceship. it aims to do this by fusing bioart, electronic jazz and scientific conference into a new format. artists, musicians and medical researchers unite to provide a better insight into modern concepts of medicine, such as gene therapy, regenerative medicine, nanomedicine and tissue engineering. thereby it scrutinizes the ethical implications of life extension and human enhancement.

Monday, February 22, 2010

I bought a Yamaha DX7!

Say hello to the newest addition to my little Barcelona studio, the Yamaha DX7 digital programmable algorithm synthesizer. Thanks to a tip from fellow vintage synth enthusiast, Dmitry Ghost, I was able to pick it up at the local CashConverters for a reasonable price. All seems to be in good working order, so now I just have to figure out how to program the thing.

Vintage Synth Explorer describe it as,
One of the most popular digital synths ever was the DX7 from Yamaha, released in 1983. It featured a whole new type of synthesis called FM (Frequency Modulation). It certainly is not analog and it is difficult to program but can result in some excellent sounds! It is difficult because it is non-analog and thus, a whole new set of parameters are available for tweaking, many of which seemed counter-intuitive and unfamiliar. And programming had to be accomplished via membrane buttons, one data slider and a small LCD screen.

To get started, there is a wealth of DX7-related information at Dave Benson's DX7 Page and tons of preset voices at the DX7 Librarian Page. I bet if you check back here soon, you may just happen to find a couple of these oh-so-80's sounds in one of my tracks. Stay tuned!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Concert Nadal del Cor de Cambra Anton Bruckner

Concert realitzat el 21 de desembre del 2009 al Santuari de la Nostra Senyora del Sagrat Cor a Barcelona pel Cor de Cambra Anton Bruckner.

Directors: Júlia Sesé i Josep-Ramon Olivé

Parry - My soul there is a country

Parry - I know my soul hath power

Brahms - Das Mädchen

Brahms - Der bucklichte Fiedler

Lotti - Crucifixus

Immortal Bach

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Music Hack Day: Stockholm

This past weekend I participated in the Stockholm edition of Music Hack Day. The event was a grand success, organized with great precision and care by Mattias Arrelid, Henrik Berggren and Dave Haynes. Thanks guys! All of the action, including a live stream of the hack presentations, twitter feed (#musichackday), and flickr photos, is archived here:

My weekend of hacking resulted in the "Mashboard", for which I was fortunate enough to win both EchoNest and TuneRights prizes!

Mashboard is a simple dashboard for your SoundCloud tracks. You can analyze the tracks using the EchoNest analysis API, returning Key/Mode, BPM, and song section information that is written to the appropriate metadata fields in the SoundCloud track. What's more, you can scrobble your tracks to your profile while listening on your Mashboard profile page. Last, but certainly not least, you can trade your SoundCloud tracks on TuneRights by making and accepting offers from other users, managing the shareholders of your tracks, and bidding on other tracks in the TuneRights system. 

Music Hack Day on SVT: