I was sending sysex data to my Machinedrum when suddenly it blurted out the most digitally obscene sounds I have ever heard from it! This is the stuff I love – when a piece of gear generates sounds that it could never create under its normal operating mode.
I took some time to program a drum kit and then some Live Racks that cycle through various samples repeatedly while simultaneously jumping between sample offsets every 10ms or so - creating interesting timbres. Enjoy!
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I was sending sysex data to my Machinedrum when suddenly it blurted out the most digitally obscene sounds I have ever heard from it! This is the stuff I love – when a piece of gear generates sounds that it could never create under its normal operating mode.

I took some time to program a drum kit and then some Live Racks that cycle through various samples repeatedly while simultaneously jumping between sample offsets every 10ms or so - creating interesting timbres. Enjoy!

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In the spirit of John Cage’s amplified cactus work, here’s a Puremagnetik version of an amplified Barrel Cactus.

It was set up with a short shotgun mic and a dual pickup system from Trance Audio with a customized preamp. The shotgun mic’s response was unenthusiastic. The contact mics however, revealed a series of richly detailed stereo sounds. They are separated here into two racks - plucked.adg and scraped.adg. Enjoy!

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Continuing with last week’s John Cage theme, here’s a free Ableton Live Pack - Hotel Prepared Piano.

Whilst abroad in Israel, I found my hotel room equipped with a vintage upright piano. After a few attempts to create a conventional upright piano recording, the plan was aborted due to outside noise. Instead, I jammed paperclips, seashells, leaves and pieces of plastic into the piano strings and recorded two octaves of prepared piano tones and noises.

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Synbotik

Synbotik brings the famous old-school, early digital flavor of the DK Synergy into this decade. With only an estimated 100 units still functioning in the world, this is a rarity that should not be missed.

Buy for $15

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