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Swedish Tech, Berlin School

Swedish Tech, Berlin School was uploaded by: Daniel Davis
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60′s Style Retro Virtual Instrument Jam – Al Hirt’s ‘Java’

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a swingin’ 60′s style virtual instrument jam – a cover of Al Hirt’s Java by Yannick Zenhäusern. Zenhäusern uses a Tecontrol MIDI breath controller, along with virtual instruments from Sample Modeling. He also has started a series of … Continue reading

Live Synth Jam With Daxl

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live performance by Daxl, Live In My Room #03. Daxyl is Jean Redondo and Sebastien Michel. va Willis Anne, LAN

Pseudo Turntable ‘Expressive Abstract Paintings Convertor’

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures the latest audio installation by vtol, dervish. pseudo turntable is a manual or autonomous glitch controller, built around a turntable and vinyl LP. vtol describes it as  an ‘expressive abstract paintings convertor’. Technical details: black/white line … Continue reading

Mopho Multitrack Synth Jam – ‘I Dreamt Of Being A Polyphonic Synth’

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Val Solo, is a video song, featuring the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho, I dreamt of being a polyphonic synth. Here’s what Val Solo has to say about the song: A song I did by Multitracking … Continue reading

Video: A Heart-Breaking Solo with Autoharp and iPad, by Jekka

I always think of the Autoharp when pondering the iPad. The classic folk instrument proves that a simple, ready-to-play interface can be expressive. Many beautiful instruments are hard to learn; this is a genuine folk instrument in that it can make lovely sounds right away. And that leaves space for letting your heart out singing.

Our friend Jekka, producer and soloist (aka Jenny Nedosekina, of Moscow), was recently invited to recreate her electronically-produced music in an acoustic rendition. She answered with something of a hybrid: it’s unprocessed voice and autoharp, but with the addition of the wonderful iPad app Samplr. That portable interface becomes a perfect one-person-band accompanist, transforming the spare sound of the autoharp into a lush bed beneath her voice.

The song “Break my Heart” is fitting, as this is to me achingly, heart-breakingly beautiful – a reminder of how personal and intimate performances can be, even with a tablet alongside. Computers and tablets are rapidly becoming folk instruments of their own.

The song is part of a project called Fairline (link below, though all in Russian), which invites artists to film acoustic performances in unusual locations. Perennial science fan and fellow nerd Jekka opted for the courtyard of the Russian Science Academy.

“Because of the range of chords on my autoharp,” Jekka tells CDM, “the only song I could play was break my heart – heh. But it’s quite cool, to make such different versions of songs. And it’s not so common for people to play the autoharp in such a way.”

She also tells us that, like the rest of us, she’s become a huge fan of Samplr as an app. The tool is about the best looper around, full of options for playing those loops with your fingers.

And any excuse to mention Jekka’s music is a nice one; hoping for more on her productions soon (partly because I can’t wait to see what she does next with this incredible light-up interactive bubble dress she and her team have devised).


Blog post [Russian]
Fairlane Blog on (Russia’s biggest social network – also in Russian, but plenty of additional videos here to peruse)
Fairlane on Facebook (since, if you’re not Russian, you probably don’t use vk!)
Fairlane Studio

More music from Jekka:

Jekka Facebook
Jekka Bandcamp
Jekka Tumblr

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A Dreamy Video, Remix with Loscil, and Other Christina Vantzou Gems

Christina Vantzou. Photo: Renaud Monfourny.

Christina Vantzou. Photo: Renaud Monfourny.

You know that feeling, on a hot day, of someone running an ice cube down the back of your neck? Or perhaps, going deeper, the dream of plunging into a frozen lake?

That visceral, primeval emotion, that chill that prickles the hairs on your head – that might start to describe the eerily-lovely wonderlands of Christina Vantzou. Brussels-base artist Vantzou was the visual imagination behind The Dead Texan (with Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie), releasing an epic audiovisual masterpiece that paired cinematic ambience with video realizations.

Vantzou has continued as a composer, with two records on Kranky Records (easy to remember – titled No. 1 and No. 2) engineered by Wiltzie. In swells of impossibly-slow, post-minimal string, electronic, and vocal textures, she makes elegant scenes of sound. It’s not wallpaper to me, as those materials could easily become; there’s some emotional sensitivity that makes these frozen tone poems heart-wrenching.

But because Vantzou works so much with colors, with static images, the palette of these two records is also perfectly-suited to remixing – at least in the hands of experimental artists. And Vantzou proves she’s as sharp a curator as composer, she’s released remix albums of each that can stand alone as much as the original. No. 1, in 2012, featured the likes of ISAN, Robert Lippok, Ben Vida, and many others, plus a bonus Dead Texan cut. Tracing the same adventurous, experimental collaborations, No. 2 – released last month – turns to Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Ken Camden, John Also Bennett (aka Seabat), and Loscil (Vancouver’s Scott Morgan).

The Loscil track is beautiful enough to put a pit in your stomach. But it’s Vantzou’s video that crystallises this whole aesthetic path. It’s a simple conceit: a young woman half-dances in slow-motion, her hair flowing before the camera in a way you might dance to the track in your mind. But her ghostly figure and costume, all in rich colors against a dark background, recall a Caravaggio painting, transposed to more modern, non-descript settings. The effect is eerie, unsettling – as if she has been caught sleep walking.

VHS (Loscil Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

Loscil’s understated production pulses gently as if it’s an extension of your own body.

The remixes are available on Bandcamp. And I hope against all odds that some model like this can work. I don’t necessarily want a limited-edition vinyl record of this music to show off to my friends – this is digitally-produced music, meant to be distributed in an appropriate digital format. I want to, in this instant, spend a few dollars and support something I really love, because I simply care more about some music than others.

But wait – there’s more perfection to accompany the EP – slow-motion liquids, figures, just as much classical-surrealist masterworks. I can’t think of another composer who is also as accomplished as a film director, working in cinema for the eyes and cinema for the ears with the same eloquence.

Sister (Motion Sickness of Time Travel Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

Brain fog (John Also Bennett AKA SEABAT Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

The Magic of the Autodidact (Ken Camden Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

There’s even a video for the original ‘VHS’ well worth watching:

Don’t miss the first remix record, too:

– and, of course, the originals on Kranky.

And her Vimeo feed, for lovers of ambient music and image, is better than owning a TV:

Christina Vantzou on Vimeo

Do send money via Bandcamp and let’s hope more is on its way.

The post A Dreamy Video, Remix with Loscil, and Other Christina Vantzou Gems appeared first on Create Digital Music.

Blood and Electronics: Don’t Miss the Stunning New Lusine Arterial Video


The new music video for Lusine, like the track itself, is almost sickeningly stomach-turning, it’s so beautiful.

Director Christophe Thockler has made an epic opus. The last time we caught up with Thockler, he had set 36,000 photos of melting ice to the chilling music of Ben Neill and Mimi Goese.

This time around, we’ve gone from ice to the titular blood. And that’s lots of blood – enough to attract vampires from a couple of cities away. 5 litters of blood rush through some 15 kg of components salvaged from TVs, phones, and computers, waste turned into what the director dubs “electrorganic” material.

He isn’t just shooting stills this time – but 30 minutes of video and 7,000 photos combine to the result you see here.

Lusine – Arterial from DaBrainkilla on Vimeo.

For his part, Lusine (Jeff McIlwain) is in his usual top form, meticulous and painstaking with his attention to sound. Ghostly’s press release talks about spanning styles, but to me, Lusine’s voice overshadows any particular genre fascination. “Arterial” is pure headphone music, more introspective than the recent The Waiting Room but with the same patiently-humming grooves and Lusine fingerprints. What’s new is an especially exquisite obsessiveness about each sound, synths treated delicately with acoustic noises tucked together. It merits repeated listening, as there are so many harmonious layers of sound design. But the overall texture is McIlwain, a cover of some interior song he keeps reworking.


Really looking forward to this EP.

Lusine’s tour appearances are rare these days, so look to Missoula Montana and The Badlander on August 1 or Le Salon Daome in Montreal September 4.

Here, Thockler’s process in the video I think fits perfectly with Lusine’s approach – not just the aesthetic match, but a conceptual parallel to what the musical artist is doing. Thockler writes:

The complexity of this electronic track, mixing both cold and warm sounds, inspired me to create something I call “electrorganic” : a mix of blood and human tissues with electronic components like LEDs, screens and boards. The result is an intriguing video, where you don’t really know what’s happening, but you can imagine that some sort of electronic machine is powered by, or producing blood.
Movies and music videos from the 80s and 90s were also a source of inspiration for this video, there are some sequences that are very small tributes to audiovisual works I love like Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo, Coppola’s Dracula, Cameron’s Terminator, Carpenter’s The Thing, Cronenberg’s Videodrome, the music video Digging in the Dirt by Peter Gabriel…

And that synergy is another reason why this summer’s main project for CDM is joining the needless divide between Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion, in a way that you can still focus on what you care about. More on that very soon – first an editorial explaining where we’re coming from, and then how we’ll get to where we’re going.

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The Stanford Laptop Orchestra – Twilight

This video captures a performance of Ge Wang’s Twilight by the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). The piece is inspired by the science-fiction short story Twilight, by John W. Campbell. The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) is an ensemble that explores the use … Continue reading

Two Decades Of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II

CCRMA Colloquium: Marc Weidenbaum: Cultural Afterlife Is a Form of Change was uploaded by: ccrmalite1
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