Electronic Music

While I occasionally bang on an electric guitar, last year I decided to experiment with making some electronic music. I’ve been a fan of Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, etc, for along time.

I have a lot of friends who are excellent musicians. Sometimes we get together and play, so I decided to get a stand to put my stuff on.  I’m working on it. This is Phase 1 — a sheet of plywood on an inexpensive keyboard stand.

The instruments are, from left to right…

  • Korg Kaossilator Pro – a synth and looper controlled by touchpad.
  • Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 – effects processor, looper, and sampler, also controlled by touch pad.
  • Akai MPD26 midi-based pad controller, running samples from my MacBook’s Ableton appliction.
  • Trusty MacBook 13″ – 6 years old. Yikes!
  • Korg Monotron Delay – sitting in front of my laptop.

I really haven’t figured out how to use the Akai too well yet, but a friend is coming over this weekend to give me a kickstart on it. After that I’ll be good to go.

I’ll be cutting some of the depth off the plywood, but keep it this wide. Paint it, apply dozens of skate stickers, and it’ll be good to go.

synth stand
My electronics rig and under-development stand.

U2 3D

u23dintropage.jpgu23dintropage.jpgLast night I went to see the new U2 3D movie. If you like the band U2, you need to see this film. I was lucky enough to see it in IMAX Digital, which along with the very cool 3D was just incredible.

I imagine it would be hard to NOT shoot a great U2 concert film. That band is bigger than life, and after — errr — 30 years or thereabouts — they just keep getting better at what they do. When I think to back to seeing them on opening night of the Unforgettable Fire tour, it is hard to believe that was 24 years ago and they continue to perform with the same kind of passion they did then.

See the movie.