Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Vinyl manufacturing process

This video shows you the interesting manufacturing process of a vinyl record.

ALIVE INSIDE: a documentary about music and memory

Alive Inside is a documentary film featuring Oliver Sacks, produced by Ximotion Media, and funded by a grant from the Donald and Shelley Rubin Foundation.

Alzheimer’s disease is terrifying because one loses one’s memory. There is no cure and the numbers of people suffering is on the rise. In the middle of this sad story Alive Inside tells a story of hope and beauty.

It follows Dan Cohen as he discovers the power Personalized Music has to “awaken” minds closed by dementia and memory loss. What Dan Cohen discovers by accident, and scientists have been studying for years, is that a person suffering from memory loss can seem to “awaken” when given music they have an emotional attachment to.

Dr. Oliver Sacks explains, ‘Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience, Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring with it memory.

In our time filming with Dan and Dr. Sacks we have been privileged to experience this reawakening of “lost” patients many times. The effect on the patient, the family, the caregiver is both touching and inspiring. Each and every time it seems like magic.

This film is for the 5.6 million people in the U.S. struggling with with dementia and memory loss and the 10 million people connected to them. It is our hope that this film will inspire and educate the general public and create consumer demand for for this innovative approach.

The introduction of personalized music into patient’s lives can open new vistas of experience, especially those with the least ability to interact. It is our hope that this film will encourage widespread adoption of personalized music programs in nursing homes. The reward is enormous and the cost low.

DMT and Music: The Spirit Molecule

The Spirit Molecule explores the enigmatic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found throughout nature, and considered the most potent psychedelic.

In 1995, Dr. Strassman completed the first government-sanctioned, psychedelic research on DMT, with results that may answer humanity’s greatest questions.

Favela On Blast Documentary

For 20 years, a subculture has emerged under society's radar. Favela On Blast tells the stories of sex, love, poverty and pride for Rio's marginalized people.

DOCUMENTARY: Llach, La Revolta Permanent (fragment, 2008)

On 3 March 1976 in Vitoria, during the course of a workers’ meeting, police action caused five deaths and more than a hundred injured as a result of bullet wounds.
That same night, Llach composed what was to become one of the most symbolic songs of the Transition: "Campanades a morts", or “Toll for the dead”.

This is the story of a song, the portrait of the person who wrote it and the chronicle of the events that inspired it. A cry and a demand for permanent revolt against forgetting.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

R.I.P. Tonehammer

Sampling powerhouse Tonehammer has announced that they are shutting down, because of creative differences, and creating two new companies:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are here to make three announcements.

The passing away of Tonehammer. The birth of two separate companies and a final sale at 50% off some of our most popular libraries, which lasts until July 31st 2011.

Essentially we’ve decided to take sampling in different directions, which means you will have even more and diverse sample catalogs to choose from.

Tonehammer will cease to exist on August 1st 2011. All Tonehammer sample libraries however will be carried forward by two new separate companies:

8Dio (by Troels Folmann)
Soundiron (by Mike Peaslee)

The two companies will officially re-launch all Tonehammer products on August 1st 2011 – and don’t worry – you will continue to receive full and ongoing support for all libraries you’ve purchased from us.

To go out with a bang, Tonehammer has put some of its most popular libraries on sale for 50% off, from July 15th until July 31st 2011, at

SoniVox Twist a new Spectral Morphing Synthesizer

SoniVox has introduced Twist – Spectral Morphing Synthesizer, a new software synth, described as ‘a new approach to synthesis and sound design’.

Spectral Morphing Synthesis produces a striking, rich, controllable, and constantly evolving sound, perfect for use in pop, hip hop, and even avant-garde electronic music production.

Sound Design Made Easy - The innovation found in TWIST doesn’t stop with its sound. Users will delight at the speed and ease of sound sculpting and sonic personalization afforded by TWIST’s unique design. Rip, stretch, and contort with a simple TWIST of a knob. Making your own signature sounds have never been so easy!

Realtime Performance Features: - In addition to being completely unique sounding and easy to manipulate sonically, TWIST also includes a nifty pattern generator that transposes to your whim on the fly, as well as SONiVOX’s I.R.C. (Intelligent Rhythm Control), putting your performance in perfect time in realtime.

Factory Sound Bank: - SONiVOX’s world-class team of sound designers and synth tweakers have programmed up a bevy of over 200 mind-blowing patches that you can easily TWIST away into thousands and save as your very own.


* Spectral Morphing Synthesis engine
* Graphical user interface that makes sound creation
and personalization easy
* SONiVOX’s Intelligent Rhythm Control (I.R.C.) technology
* Over 200 factory presets that can be easily personalized into thousands
* Onboard tempo-synced variable resolution pattern generator
* MIDI Learn & Save Function – Lock TWIST’s controls up with any midi
* Onboard chorus, tempo sync delay, and reverb fx
* PC Standalone, VST and RTAS Compatibility.
* MAC Standalone, AU, VST, and RTAS Compatibility.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rock The Biz - The Movie

Trailer about the documentary ROCK THE BIZ, the documentary is about the new european music business.

Artists going new ways of marketing and working independent. It's about alternative licensing models, independent labels, the crisis of the traditional music industry, hints and tipps and many more.

Don’t Listen Alone: The LugRadio Documentary

Last year we wrapped up LugRadio after five seasons, over 2million downloads and six live events.

For over a year now Tony Whitmore from the excellent ubuntu-uk Podcast has been working on a documentary chronicling the history of the show, and packed with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage of how we planned a show, the studio, LugRadio Live USA and more.

He premiered the hour-long documentary at LugRadio Live 2009 to resounding applause and acclaim, and it is now available online, and freely available.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Trimpin: The Sound Of Invention

Trimpin: The Sound Of Invention is a gem that demonstrates re-connection with one’s inner child need not be an excuse for infantilism. Instead, said re-connection is a renewal of the awareness of unconventional possibility in supposed junk. The viewer can appreciate Trimpin’s genius even if they lack the man’s ear for finding potential music in the sound of glass breaking in the bottom of a dumpster.

The German subject of Esmonde’s documentary is what Charles Amirkhanian calls an intermedia artist. Trimpin’s projects may make music, but they’re also works of idiosyncratic art and unexpected invention. Raw materials for previous musical creations have included turkey basters, toy monkeys, and slide projectors. For the German, finding new ways to experiment with making sound is a lifetime endeavor.

Esmonde’s intimate film provides the closest approach many viewers will have to Trimpin’s life and work. The inventor/musician/artist has never allowed commercial recordings of his work, and he doesn’t maintain a Website of any sort. Prior film crews have used Trimpin and his amazing workshop as grist for mad scientist-style ridicule.

By contrast, Trimpin respects and is fascinated by its subject’s amazing creativity. What ordinary people call junk, the intermedia artist calls seeds for new inventions. The man turns a juice dispenser into a musical instrument because he’s willing to experiment with anything just to see what unexpected sounds he can generate from it. That approach is less deliberation and more a willingness to embrace accidental discovery. The idea for the 60-foot self-playing guitar sculpture came about from an offhanded suggestion.

Trimpin’s fascination with unusual ways of creating music came from a memorable Sunday morning childhood visit to a nearby forest. Listening closely to the sounds of wind and trees impressed on him the habit of listening carefully to the world’s sounds. (Perhaps that habit explains why the German dislikes loudspeakers.)

Over the two year period covered by the film, the viewer sees some of the projects growing out of Trimpin’s listening skills. These projects include a “tree” of musical clogs and a marimba which translates earthquake data into music.

But the most ambitious project involves Trimpin’s creating a concert in collaboration with famed avant garde group The Kronos Quartet. Esmonde doesn’t shy away from showing the personality clashes resulting from two very different creative styles. Trimpin’s proposed musical score, for example, is less ordered bars and notes and more hallucinogenic than anything else. While the collaborators’ creative differences are eventually overcome, appreciation of the resulting piece depends on the viewer’s ability to accept non-traditional classical music.

The German intermedia artist’s personality clashes should not come as a surprise. His life has been marked by an idiosyncratic individualism. Standardized education didn’t interest him, and he came off as unstudious. The “Fuck You” file that Trimpin uses for rejection letters makes one wonder about the addressee of the curse. Most significantly, despite his artistic achievements, Trimpin has never had gallery or agent representation.

What ultimately matters to Trimpin is the result of his newest sonic exploration. Whether or not said exploration meets with public appreciation, the man’s experimentation makes us all the artistically richer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Zebralette Synth now available for FREE

Zebralette has two LFOs (one per voice, one global), a multi-stage envelope and three on-board effects (chorus, EQ, delay).

Zebralette is just one of Zebra2's oscillators packed into a simple, easy-to-learn framework – but you have everything you need to make some pretty amazing sounds.

Its a very interesting synth for sound design.

Download for Free:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Copyright Criminals Documentary

A documentary that examines the creative and commercial value of sampling in music. Featuring Public Enemy, De La Soul, QBert and more.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Moog Experiment

Song Title: 
Sustain Me
Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler dynamically plays an original composition on her customized Moog Etherwave Pro, a theremin manufactured by Moog Music from 2004-2006, for an ethereal Moog Sound Lab.

To function as a one woman band, Dorit triggers a prerecorded backtrack on her laptop, adding vocals and Etherwave Pro theremin in real time. At her feet are a MF-104Z Analog Delay and an Akai Head Rush looper to add depth to her sound. Voila!

See other Moog Sound Lab performances:

Learn more about the Etherwave Theremin family:

Learn more about the MF-104Z:

Music Robot Plays The Theremin

Robot HRP-2 follows the guitar and plays the theremin.

Let’s hope that, by the time the robot overlords take over, they’ll have better ears for pitch…

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Sound and Music of “Cars 2″

The busiest man in Hollywood (North), John Lasseter returns to the Directors chair in Cars 2 as Lighting McQueen and tow truck Mater head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix.

Helping to bring to life the sound and music of this international espionage adventure include Composer Michael Giacchino, Re-recording Mixer and Sound Designer Tom Myers, and Sound Effects Editor Al Nelson. Git-R-Done!

Making of “Mangled Metal”, The New SFX Library of The Recordist

The Recordist has released Mangled Metal, a collection of 715 sound effects, including metal rips, tears, dents, scrapes, folds, slides, rubs, impacts, crashes, drops and more.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Engaging with Sound

‘Engaging with Sound’ is a documentary exploring pedagogy and sound practice through interviews with professional artists and workshop leaders. Learning and participation is taken as a model for creative practice, not simply as a challenge to traditional one-way presentation models (i.e. exhibitions and performances), but as a means to sustain their practice and to negotiate their role as artists.

‘Engaging with Sound’ explores how artistic production is experienced through a collaborative process. How can pedagogy be creative? How do artists and workshop leaders understand their careers and artistic practice between performing and workshop leading? What is the relationship between the participants and workshop leaders? What makes a good learning situation? How has new technology had an impact in this way of working?

‘Engaging with Sound’ explores practices of workshop leading where the sharing of ideas and knowledge is fostered in open platforms that bring diverse individuals together in a way that it facilitates participation and creativity.

'Engaging with Sound' will be featured on the Sound and Music's web platform for Learning and Creative Resources for creative professionals to reflect on their practice and careers as artists, practitioners and educators. The documentary also provides insight for arts managers and producers in considering their learning and creative programming.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Z3TA+ 2 - Second Generation Waveshaping Synth

Later in July, Z3TA+ customers will be in for a special treat as we release the long-awaited Z3TA+ 2.

With a redesigned user interface, deeper editing controls, new effects, and superior sound quality, Z3TA+ 2 builds on the legendary reputation of its predecessor.

Of course Z3TA+ 2 would not be complete without a new collection of sounds so we retained many of the same sound designers of the original Z3TA+ to create exciting new programs that are sure to spark your creativity. If you already own Z3TA+, then the upgrade to Z3TA+ 2 is a must-have and will be available for a special price.

Z3TA+ 1.5 is included with SONAR X1 Studio and Producer and those customers will also be eligible for this special upgrade pricing.

RIP: A Remix Manifesto

Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.

Biomedical engineer turned live-performance sensation Girl Talk, has received immense commercial and critical success for his mind-blowing sample-based music. Utilizing technical expertise and a ferocious creative streak, Girl Talk repositions popular music to create a wild and edgy dialogue between artists from all genres and eras. But are his practices legal? Do his methods of frenetic appropriation embrace collaboration in its purest sense? Or are they infractions of creative integrity and violations of copyright?

This documentary is released under Creative Commons Attribution — Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license.

Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story Documentary

Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story examines the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of Boston “low rock” band Morphine. From his Newton, Mass., roots to his travels across America and around the globe, Sandman left an indelible imprint as one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation. Along with revisiting the “unique and sultry sound” of his music, the film explores the meaning of family through this critically praised and personally conflicted singer, songwriter and innovative instrumentalist.

The pursuit of Sandman’s turbulent story has led filmmakers Robert G. Bralver, Jeff Broadway and David Ferino to New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Rome. Among those appearing in the film are members of the Sandman family, Seth Mnookin (Vanity Fair), Nic Harcourt (Los Angeles Times, KCRW), Steve LaBate (Paste), Ben Harper, John Medeski, Les Claypool (Primus), Mike Watt (The Stooges), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and members of Morphine: Dana Colley, Billy Conway and Jerome Deupree.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Temple De Hirsch Sinai Shabbat Music Documentary

A short documentary about Temple De Hirsch Sinai's Musical Services.

High On Hope Documentary

Starting out with original footage of the warehouse parties and mixed with interviews, news archive and animation this film is a testament to what happened when ‘acid house music’ arrived from Chicago to northern England in recession hit 1980’s Thatcher’s Britain.

In 1989 Britain was a bland, depressed country. However the nation’s youth, facing a future with no jobs or sense of community, used the derelict warehouses of Britain’s old industrial past in a new togetherness, one based around music and danced all night in these un-policed environments, free from the constraints of the corporate owned night clubs of the time.

By 1991 acid house became the latest underground youth cult to threaten the moral majority. Reacting to the right wing press inspired public outrage, the police, in full body armour, with battons, shields and dogs, put an end to the the warehouse parties using tactics recently perfected on striking miners and previously during the race riots that defined the Thatcher era. The story ends with the largest post war mass arrest in British history.

When Piers Sanderson started making this film he did not know how to make a documentary he just wanted to tell the story of a time and a movement that had changed him irrevocably. He started by tracking down the original organisers of the parties and they told him their incredible stories – how they broke in to the warehouses, organised thousands of people to get past the authorities and in to the parties, the methods they used to get the sound equipment in and out of the heavily policed industrial estates of Lancashire and how ultimately they all ended up giving their liberty for something they believed so strongly in.

He also found ‘Preston Bob’ whose parents in the 1980′s had the local corner shop. The shop had a video camera that they would rent out for weddings and Christenings and when this was not used Bob would borrow it to film the parties. He gave an old box of VHS tapes to Piers and this incredible footage brings these legendary parties back to life!

A 10-year labour of love, this film has been made in the same way as the parties themselves were put together – with passion, enthusiasm and innovation, using collaborations and a collective approach, to tell as story that hopes inspire us to come together more positively in the 21st Century, as this might just be what we all need most.

Against All Odds Documentary

Doug Moore a.k.a. Diadem and Gary Monteleone a.k.a. Status are on a bit of a mission. Their goal, to return the hip-hop genre to its roots. To be positive and relatable, and take hip-hop from its present day manifestation of negativity, an echo chamber of guns-loot-cars and bitches to something more substantive.

Quite a task for two unknown caucasians from New England trying to confront the demons of their past. For Doug it was losing a birth mother to adoption most likely because he was born without limbs. For Gary it's trying to cope with the fact that his mother was savagely murderd when he was just a teen.

They call their group H.u.s.h.h. or Help Us Save Hip-Hop. This film will capture their personal and professinal struggles while they strive to succeed in an industry that's increacingly soulless and over-commercialized.

Graffiti Fine Art Documentary

A Documentary by Jared Levy.

65 Graffiti artists from 13 countries descend upon São Paulo, Brazil for the 1st Biennial International "Graffiti Fine Art" Exhibition at the MuBE Museum.

In an art world where semantics matter, graffiti artists from around the world wonder what exactly is 'Graffiti Fine Art'. After all, once graffiti leaves the street... is it even graffiti at all?

Barraca Music Documentary feat. Ricardo Villalobos, AFFKT & Danny Fiddo

AFFKT, Danny Fiddo, Ricardo Villalobos and Laurent Garnier all appear on this two-part video chronicling the rise of the Valencia's Barraca Music label and club.

Underground TV travels to Valencia to bring you an exclusive insight into Barraca club and music label. Operating for more than 43 years the clubs has had it's fair share of ups and down..

Kill The Record Labels Documentary

For decades hip hop has been controlled by the record companies. They invest millions and profit billions from global cassette, cd, and now ringtone sales. Music moguls afford a lifestyle comparable to what we see on mtv cribs.

Eventually hip hop artist would adapt the record company formula, and start to strategically promote and market there own music. This has created a conflict inside the industry.

The Record companies, in conjunction with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), have declared war. Offices have been raided, Mom and Pop stores have been closed, and many have been arrested.

Hip Hop Artists, Djs, and producers have decided that the only way to survive in the music business is to “Kill The Record Labels”.

Stussy - J Dilla Documentary

Part one of a three part documentary focusing on J Dilla's life in Los Angeles.

On Saturday Febuary 13th, 2010 Stussy celebrated the life of brilliant hip hop producer and rapper James "J Dilla" Yancey, by releasing a limited edition tee shirt produced in conjunction with Stones Throw and the Dilla Estate.

Indie Game: The Movie

The Movie is a feature documentary about video games, their creators and the craft. The film follows the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create their games, and as they release those works, and themselves, to the world.

The Movie is about making video games, but at its core, it’s about the creative process and exposing yourself through your work.

Indie Game: The Movie
A film by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot
A Blinkworks Production

Influencers Documentary: How Trends & creativity become contagious

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.

Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today's pop culture.

"Influencers" belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.​influencersfilm

David Byrne: How Architecture Helped Music Evolve

“As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.”

Monday, July 4, 2011

Amazing! 24 Piece iPad Performance In School


Synth Britannia Documentary

Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.

In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.

The crossover moment came in 1979 when Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops with Tubeway Army's Are Friends Electric heralded the arrival of synthpop. Four lads from Basildon known as Depeche Mode would come to own the new sound whilst post-punk bands like Ultravox, Soft Cell, OMD and Yazoo took the synth out of the pages of the NME and onto the front page of Smash Hits.

By 1983, acts like Pet Shop Boys and New Order were showing that the future of electronic music would lie in dance music.

Contributors include Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant.

Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

Plug-in developers Sonnox and German research organisation Fraunhofer IIS (pioneers of the MP3 format) have teamed up to create a unique and extremely useful-looking plug-in, called Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec.

Intended for use on your DAW’s master bus, Pro-Codec allows you to audition different audio codecs (MP3, MP3 Surround, AAC-LC, HE-AAC, MP3 HD and HD-AAC) in real time, so you can chose the one that best suits the music you’re working on. What’s more, you can set different bit rates for each codec, to help you achieve the best compromise between fidelity and data reduction.Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec
Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

A high-resolution FFT (fast Fourier transform) graph in the middle of the UI displays the plug-in’s input signal, the output difference (the distortion added by the MP3 codec), and a “unique graphical indication of the audibility of codec-induced noise”. And because the plug-in works in real time, it is also capable of providing peak levels for the decoded audio. Should you find your programme material clipping, you can lower its level via a Trim control.

Next to each codec slot (of which there are five) is a record arm button. Pressing the large record button to the right of the UI will write the outputs of all record-enabled codecs to files on your computer (the names and locations of which can be set by the user). The plug-in also allows you to edit the metadata for recorded files, including ISRC number, track name, artist, and so on.

With its real-time encoding and decoding, the ability to audition codecs, and the option to input metadata, Pro-Codec looks set to become an invaluable tool for mastering engineers, or anyone preparing audio for online distribution. The plug-in is available in AU, VST and RTAS formats.

MashTactic, a new tool for creating mashups

QuikQuak has released MashTactic, a new tool for creating mashups, for Mac & Windows.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

MashTactic was initially designed as a mashup tool. It can separate different parts of a full mix, manipulating different frequencies and stereo location. Up to eight zones can be created that can then be panned, emphasised or cut out completely. It can be viewed as an eight band filter that exists in stereo ranges as well as frequency.

Transients of varying length can be separated from constant sounds, which allows the user to manipulate the initial punch of percussion, either by emphasising or softening the attack, this can be done separately in any of the eight zones.


* 8 stereo areas of sharp cut-off filtering.
* Adjust levels separately in all selected zones.
* A great tool for mashup music makers, as vocals and other sounds can be
identified and manipulated within a full mix.
* Allows the user to emphasise or cut percussive transients giving control over
punch or softness in any zone.
* Each zone can pan separately.
* Great for analysing balance and frequency mix of a track you’re composing.

When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors

A weirdly gripping documentary about the Doors, composed entirely of archival footage of the band in the studio, on stage, and most rivetingly of all backstage, overlaid with a narrative voiceover by Johnny Depp.

Director Tom DiCillo is relatively incurious about the bands' mundane professional and romantic lives, perhaps for fear of importing an injurious Spinal Tap irony. But his film material of Jim Morrison is sensational – particularly a quite extraordinary sequence in which Morrison is mingling with fans out front, at an open-air concert in which the Doors are opening for the Who.

Deadpan, Morrison coolly flicks through a souvenir programme packed with photos of those less pulchritudinous rock gods Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, repeatedly asking its awestruck salesperson how much the programme costs – all the while an infatuated admirer paws at his hair.

It is gobsmacking to watch Morrison on stage, surrounded by redneck cops, there theoretically to keep order, but openly hostile to this beautiful freak.