Start the week off with this awesome mashup by Salinas, CA based metalhead sssShawnnnn, playing around on a MIDI Fighter 3D a friend of his left at his house. Also, if you check the comments on the video, you’ll see the legions of dedicated fans he’s amassing with it. Damn, why aren’t the comments on my videos as eloquent?
We’ve already seen a good number of videos by Ableton wizards centering on launching samples or clips on button grids like the Novation Launchpad or the Ableton Push, but how do they fare in terms of capturing the sound and feel of an instrument? Can you play piano on a button grid like the Launchpad or the Push like a true virtuoso? With no velocity sensitivity on the launchpad and no acoustic sound-producing mechanism, purists can make the case that controllers can’t be instruments, and a virtuoso pianist will always trump the button-pusher.
That’s what the following videos are here for. Behold, The Flight of the Bumblebee played on the Ableton Push:
It’s rare to see computers playing along to musicians on stage. In this brilliant demonstration at TEDxUmassAmherst, Owen Biddle and Zach Danziger of Mister Barrington mix audio and MIDI together so that you can’t tell where analog ends and digital begins. As a plus, the Max4Live apreggiator being used on the drums had some contributions from Moldover.
Finally! I managed to put together the third Controllerism.com podcast. This one’s a bit of a departure from the exclusively electronic music thing, mostly because I really thought the tracks fit together in an interesting way.
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