Björk Bastards Remix Album & Mutual Core Vid

Bjork, Bastards, remix, Biophilia

Although Björk’s album Biophilia came out a little over a year ago, she has been keeping busy as of late. Last week saw the release of remix album Bastards, featuring awesome new renditions of Biophilia songs by heavyweights like Omar Souleyman, Matthew Herbert and Death Grips, with trippy cover art courtesy of her recent new video for ‘Mutual Core.’

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, who caught Björk’s eye with his award winning short film Solipsist, and shot in her native Iceland, the video has a volcanic theme that mixes organic with high tech animation. Watch it below, along with a ‘making of’ video and interview with the director.

OFFICIAL Bjӧrk – Mutual Core – Art + Music – MOCAtv

The Making of Björk – “Mutual Core” – Art + Music – MOCAtv

Andrew Thomas Huang Answers Your Questions – Art + Music – MOCAtv

Buy Björk: Bastards

Looper Film & Soundtrack – A Futuristic Feast For The Senses

Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, time travel, sci-fi, noir
If you haven’t seen Looper yet, I STRONGLY urge you to do so before it’s gone from theaters and you’re left wishing time travel would get invented already. Joseph Gordon-Levitt kills it as a young version of Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt plays a perfect bad-ass beauty with a shotgun. And if time travel wasn’t already enough to whet your future-lust, director Rian Johnson threw in a little telekinesis and a mysterious villain known only as “Rainmaker” for good measure. Maybe you’ve seen it already? Go see it. Again. NAO.

This noir sci-fi thriller was my favorite flic of the year, and the soundtrack was a real treat as well. For anyone interested in field recording or sound-design, check out these videos from composer Nathan Johnson.

LOOPER Nathan Johnson Score Preview 1 – Field Recordings from Nathan Johnson on Vimeo.

LOOPER Nathan Johnson Score Preview 2 – Percussion from Nathan Johnson on Vimeo.

LOOPER Nathan Johnson Score Preview 3 – Melodic Instruments from Nathan Johnson on Vimeo.

Buy the Looper Soundtrack

Looper has been out for a while now…I’ve been meaning to post this for a LOOONG time, after seeing the videos on disquiet.com, but wanted to wait til I saw the movie and listened to the soundtrack, cuz I’m kooky like that… Only thought of it again recently, after seeing Brick, another film from the Rian & Nathan Johnson + Joseph Gordon-Levitt team, but that is another story. Enjoy!


Mouse On Mars Wretchup, Wretch Dubbed, WOW

Mouse on Mars is on fire with three bits of exciting news.

First of all, congrats to them on achieving the crowd-funding goal on their iPhone app Wretchup. Created in collaboration with createdigitalmusic.com‘s Peter Kirn, Wretchup lets you instantaneously warp live audio input with the flick of your finger. Watch this video to get a better idea of what Wretchup can do:

While MoM has already used this custom app extensively in their work, both in the studio and onstage, Wretchup “relies on a now-defunct player app called RjDj, and lacks some features that make it something anyone can use.” The purpose of the campaign is “to build a standalone app with a richer set of functionality, and make it easy-to-use for novice and advanced users alike.”

In addition, since “Wretchup is built with libpd, a powerful open source library based on Pure Data,” they plan on making the source code available for programmers to learn from and incorporate into their own creations.

Although they’ve reached $5,000, if they manage to double that figure, they have promised to make an Android version as well. There are still 9 days left to support the project at http://www.indiegogo.com/appwow

Second news bite is that if you decide to contribute,  Mouse on Mars has made a special “Wretchup-remixed’ album exclusively for backers called “Wretch Dubbed.” Here is a taste:

Physical handmade copies are already sold out, but downloads are available for $15, which includes the app.

Lastly, Mouse on Mars very recently released a new LP entitled WOW, which has Wretchup all over it. Stream here:

This Just In: Fiona Soe Paing “Daymoon Sun”

We’ve received our first reader submission!

Here is a video from Scottish artist Fiona Soe Paing:

“Daymoon Sun,” from Fiona’s new EP “Tower of Babel,” is available for free download at www.blacklanternmusic.com

Some technical info and insight into the creative process:

“I am in Scotland, making  the music in Logic Pro using a Macbook Pro, then Zennor Alexander in New Zealand makes the animation for the music.   For the music, all  the sounds except the main vocals are from the internal  sounds within Logic.  I recorded the vocals for Daymoon Sun using a Rode K2 mic, along with the  Apogee One audio interface.  

For the animation, Zennor uses a Mac Pro, and made Daymoon Sun in about 3 months.  Land, clouds, and sky created in Vue. Buildings and objects created in Cinema 4D.  Toy Train, Sun Sculpture, and Moon Face created from photos of physical objects. Rendered in Cinema 4D and composited in Apple Motion.

The creative process went something like this – After finishing the music track,  there was  a chance comment by someone that the music sounded like ancient civilisations being overrun by modern culture… at the same we had seen pictures of the new city of Naypyidaw, the new capital of Burma which was specially built by the military regime, but remains largely desolate, needlessly destroying an ancient teak forest… we used the ideas to develop images around both those themes…Natural environment overrun by big city…Ancient civilisation and trees relegated to museum attractions…Childhood memories of better times, but memories have grown old and moved on…Memories drift back even further to where it all began, or possibly where it will all end up…”

 

Brian Eno Day Of Light Today

Lots of Brian Eno happenings here lately!

Today Eno is hosting Day of Light, an online interactive audiovisual experience with his new album LUX.

“LUX will be broadcast at four specific times to capture the different lighting of the day. During each play – listeners are invited to take photos wherever they are, and upload onto the site or send in, as part of an evolving public audio-visual project.”

If you, like myself, slept through the first three broadcasts, your last chance to catch it is in less than 1 hour, at 4pm!

Check the live-stream right here:

***UPDATE*** this is the stream of ‘playback’, presumably what Brian is watching? Go to http://lux.brian-eno.net/dayoflight/ for a fullscreen version or to submit photos

Read a recent interview Eno did with the Guardian:

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/nov/11/brian-eno-ha-joon-chang

MR-808 Reproduces 808 Sounds With Robots

Often, digital emulations of analog instruments are just horrid. It’s far more interesting when someone attempts to reproduce sounds of digital origin with analog instruments. This is exactly what Moritz Simon Geist pulls off with the MR-808, the first drum robot that recreates the classic sounds of the 808 drum machine in the physical realm.

Electronic music is usually repetitive by nature. Our brains get bored very quickly of hearing the same exact sounds over and over, and tend to tune them out. To create something interesting, composers are thus compelled to introduce variation and randomness, so called “human” qualities, into their music.

By turning what was once just a computer generated sound into a mechanical process, Geist has managed to inject a bit of unpredictability into what has by now become a recognizable artifact of eighties music.  And he does it with style, building it all into a large scale model of the well-known little drum box. The MR-808 uses an Arduino Microcontroller and MIDI to trigger motors and solenoids which hit drums and percussion instruments. MAX/MSP was employed to deal with latency and a lighting control system.

MR-808 – mechanic drum robot Filmography: David Campesino on Vimeo.

Read part of Geist’s Sonic Robots manifesto “Robot Vision”

What would Asimov say? The vision is to have a decent electronic pop-band where no sound is generated inside a computer, but where robots play the structures humans are not able to. We want the haptics, the error and the visual behavior of machines playing the beats and notes! We want a crowded and dirty stage with cables, machinery and lights all over, pulsating like a single heart. Drums are the base of music, with the “MR-808″ we created an awesome drum machine to start with.

I think the key phrase here is “robots play the structures humans are not able to,” for what would be the point other than to relieve humans of the job of keeping the beat? It’s interesting and a little bit scary to think of what the next steps for computers and robotics will be once artificial intelligence is fully realized. There are already computer programs that can analyze music and write new pieces based on learned qualities and patterns. What happens when a computer is so powerful it can analyze all music in existence and spit out something no human would be capable of producing? And what happens if it’s actually good?

Learn more about Sonic Robots at http://sonicrobots.com/mr808-eng/

Brian Eno Scape

Perhaps by now you’ve heard his new album Lux, but have you heard about the new Brian Eno app Scape?

Scape, designed by Eno and Peter Chilvers, is an ambient generative music app for iPad. In contrast to his albums, which are static, in that they will always sound the same every time you play them, this app lets the user create an endless series of self evolving sonic and visual “scapes” based on aleatoric or chance processes. One builds a scape by combining different backgrounds, moods, and shape elements, which then interact with each other following a set of (unstated) rules. Rules could be “wait for 2 seconds before playing,” or “play only when there is silence,” for example.

To keep us drawn in, Scape unlocks new elements the more you play with it, so your compositions can become more varied the further along you go. Playlists can be created so that your saved scapes will play back seamlessly as you drift off to blissful sleep. You can also listen to an entire album worth of scapes created by Eno and Chilvers. The duo has previously worked together on other apps Bloom & Trope for iPhone & iPod Touch.

Here are some demos I made for your listening and viewing pleasure:

Scape

Trope

Bloom

In other news, Eno has announced “Day of Light,” an online, audiovisual, interactive experience with the new album LUX, on Saturday 17th November, 2012. Check http://brian-eno.net/lux/day-of-light/ for details.

Buy Scape for iPad

Buy Bloom HD for iPad

Buy Bloom for iPhone

Buy Trope for iPhone

Buy Brian Eno: LUX

 

 

Elektron Analog Four Details Released

The Elektron Analog Four synthesizer has an analog heart and a digital mind.

We showed you the crazy dark Elektron Analog Four teaser vid the other day, and now we have some cold hard facts about the machine itself.

Analog Four is, true to its name,  a 4 Voice Synthesizer. Each voice has 2 analog oscillators, an overdrive circuit, and multiple LFO’s and envelopes. To give this warm analog synth a modern twist, it is augmented by a precise digital step sequencer and controls like parameter lock, kit and sound storage, and effects. The Analog Four also offers powerful connectivity options via MIDI (with DIN sync out) and CV/Gate outputs with dedicated CV/Gate and FX sequencer tracks, allowing control of other analog synths and outboard gear.

The Analog Four list price will be $1149/£899. A limited amount of units will be available for pre-order starting today, November 14th 2012. Shipping starts December 3rd.

Visit http://www.elektron.se/products/analog for the full Analog Four specifications.

And if you haven’t seen the promo video “The Demon Who Wears Me,” watch it here: http://youtu.be/4X7MlbfQJK8

Albums Dropping Today

It’s not often that this many records I have been lusting for all come out on the same day.

Check out these streams and then GO BUY SOME MUSIC!

Soundgarden – King Animal

Brian Eno – Lux

Deftones – Koi No Yokan

How To Destroy Angels – An Omen EP

Trent Reznor also wrote the theme to the videogame Black Ops, released today

Anything I’m missing?