File this one under utterly uniquely sounding analog synthesizer.
The Onde Magnétique OM-1 is a device with which you control a modified cassette-player. Into the player you put various pre-recorded cassettes (flute, vox etc) and by playing the buttons on the controller you set the speed of the cassette motor. Which in turn produces notes in different pitches. Really cool concept. Like the bastard child of a Mellotron. Check it out!
The OM-1 costs $285 and can be ordered from their web site.
I just finished watching all the eight episodes of the new Netflix series Stranger Things. I won’t write a lengthy review but I will say this. I loved it!
Not only is the story set in 1983 but the whole production, with just a few exceptions felt very 80s. And I say that in a good way. They somehow managed to stay clear of almost all of the usual 80s clichés. It’s like Steven Spielberg made a six and a half hour feature film based on a book by Stephen King and released it in the mid 80s.
Think movies like The Goonies, Stand by me and a bit of E.T.
Casting was good for the most part, with some surprisingly good acting here and there. I expect we will see more great things from Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) in the future. Oh and i just loooove the music in the opening credits – with those warm, fat analog Moog sounds, going straight into my soul. Just wonderful.
My next little project this summer will be putting together this little CV trigger i/o solution and adding it to my Sonic Potions LXR drum machine. Then I will be able to use it with my modular and other analog equipment, like the Roland System-100 and Roland SH-09.
Something called the Unepic Stoned High SID Collection has been recording over 50000 tunes made on the Commodore 64. Since I was very much a part of that scene from the mid 80s to early 90s, naturally all my tunes are included. I made a playlist with all of them for your chiptune enjoyment. I put what I consider to be my best tunes from back then at the top of the list.
Over 10 years ago I got this idea that I would make some new chip tunes, so I bought an old Nintendo Gameboy and a cartridge with an early version of Nanoloop.
(Had to look, it’s version 1.2.)
No new chip tunes were actually made but I did manage to use some of its crunchy sounds in a couple of my early dance music releases, like A brand new world. The noisy crunchy loop you hear in the intro was done on a Gameboy with Nanoloop 1.2, with some sampled congas put on top of it.
Anyhow, the latest version of that awesome little sequencer is now 2.7 and apparently there is another type of cartridge on the way called Nanoloop Mono.
It’s a three channel analog synthesizer cart for the original monochrome Gameboy models, and judging by the video it sounds pretty damn good. I might just get one of these and fire up the old beige boy one more time.
Hmm.. I should make a youtube video playing Nanoloop 1.2. There doesn’t seem to be many on the tube.
A short demo of Nanoloop Mono for Gameboy Classic.
Macbook with Windows 10 and new top case
I had an old Intel Macbook from 2006 stashed away in my closet. Apple had more or less dropped all support for it a long time ago, so now it was pretty much useless.
I couldn’t even run the latest version of Chrome on it anymore.
A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a video on Youtube with a step by step guide on how to install Windows 10 on these old laptops. It looked pretty easy but I didn’t have the original disks for Snow Leopard and had to buy new ones from Apple. I also got a new 500 GB hard drive as the original was only 60, too small for both Windows and OS X.
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Recently I was attending Web Visions in Barcelona – for some inspiration and a heads up with what is happening in web design, UX, tech etc. One of the speakers was Matt Haughey (Slack) who gave some good advice on how to keep up with your side projects. His tip was to keep a regimen and do something once a day. It doesn’t have to take that long and it doesn’t have to be great. So here is my version of that. I will try to breathe some life into my blog again by posting stuff at least once a day, starting today. I will write about my music process, design, tech and other things I think is fun and important. Just short posts and not too advanced. If somebody is interested I might even fire up the comments field again. Had to close it down a while ago since it was only accumulating spam.
The pic was made using Prisma, a fun new app that uses Google DeepDream technology. It’s free (for now) and super easy to use. Check it out!