QOTSA Frontman Josh Homme in the Studio and Live with Pearl Jam

Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age, QOTSA

News of the next Queens of the Stone Age album has been floating around lately – Dave Grohl is on it, as well as former bassist Nick Olivieri and Trent Reznor. Now we can catch a glimpse into the QOTSA studio via this mockumentary “Secrets of the Sound,” directed by Liam Lynch. Keep your eyes peeled for the custom microphone made from a human ear, “so it sounds like you’re hearing it.”

Josh Homme also appears on Pearl Jam’s Christmas gift to Ten Club fans. “In the Moonlight” was originally recorded during the sessions for Binaural, but was only released on the PJ rarities collection Lost Dogs. This live version features JHo harmonizing with EdVed:

Now continue waiting with baited breath for more QOTSA…

csGrain sounds for Xmas

Elvis, Xmas, Glitch, Monglot,

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all!

Through a series of coincidences I happened upon this app, csGrain for iPad, made by my old professor Dr. Boulanger and his team at Boulanger Labs.

csGrain, csound, Richard Boulanger, Boulanger Labs

From the iTunes store:

csGrain is a real-time audio processing and recording tool that lets you create new sounds and new musical textures by transforming your voice, your instrument, or your favorite songs from your iTunes library in subtle or dramatic ways – all with the power of CSOUND. Under the hood is a stereo granular sound processor and 10 additional professional audio effects – all realized through a single Csound orchestra that is simultaneously: rendering, processing, sampling, resampling, synthesizing, resynthesizing, playing, reversing, delaying, triggering, gating, compressing, limiting, chorusing, flanging, echoing, filtering, pitch-shifting, harmonizing, granulizing, and recording – in any combination – all in real-time, and all 100% being done with the power and exquisite sound quality of CSOUND – the world’s premier software synthesizer and signal processor.


A Live Audio Multi-Effects Processor
Import and Remix Songs from iTunes or “myTunes” (your Tunes!)
Audio Processing
Live Recording
Soundfile Editing
DropBox Integration
Email-based File Transfer
AudioCopy/AudioPaste to/from other iPad Apps
MIDI Trigger and Control of All Paramaters
Support for Professional External Audio and MIDI Interfaces
Sample Loops
Exquisite and Imaginative Presets
A Comprehensive User Manual

I gave it a quick whirl and whipped up this little remix of Elvis’ ‘Blue Christmas.’ Here is a video of me screwing around with csGrain for the first time out of the box:

Here is the track for download if you feel like annoying your friends and family:

Hope your holidays are full of glitchy merriment!

Buy csGrain


Dark Cloud Of Doom Mix

Sad the world didn’t end?

Here’s an apocalyptic mix you can listen to in the dark and pretend the end is nigh:

Soundcloud recently gave itself a makeover. Some folks weren’t too happy about it, and luckily to CAN revert to Classic Soundcloud if you like. One change they made, however, is that listeners can now repost and create sets of music uploaded by someone else. I quite like that, so I made this mix just to try it out.

Follow toneluster on Soundcloud and rejoice that there will be much more music to come…

Animoog V2

Moog, Animoog, iPad synth

So the world hasn’t ended…yet 🙂

If only the end of an age, and a new beginning, today also marks another important milestone – the launch of Moog’s Animoog V2 for iPad!

This massive update features accelerometer control, so you can literally wobble and modulate sound by physically tilting your device. They’ve also added note hold and scale lock,  Load/Save MIDI CC maps, Audiocopy/Audiopaste and…wait for it…Audiobus support!

Another major and very cool addition is an integrated 4-track recorder, so you can record from within Animoog itself. You can also import audio from your iTunes library, split, loop, copy, paste, and share individual clips, or mix down your tracks and upload directly to SoundCloud. As a holiday gift from Moog:

“This 4 Track Recorder will be free to existing users until Dec. 31, 2012 at which time it will revert to it’s regular price of $4.99 in the Animoog Store.

Furthermore, between Dec 20th and Dec 31st Animoog for iPad will be available at the promotional price of $14.99 (reg. price $29.99), Animoog for iPhone will be available at the promotional price of $4.99 (reg. price $9.99), and Moog’s first iOS app, Filtatron will be available at the promotional price of $4.99 (reg. price $7.99).”

Check out this video for a glimpse of new features:

Animoog V2: Expanded, Upgraded, Integrated

These are truly exciting times for iOS music, as more and more capabilities have recently appeared allowing totally autonomous mobile music making. Who knows what’s coming down the pipe next hmmm??? Onward towards the future, sailors!

Buy Animoog for iPad 

Buy Animoog for iPhone

Buy Filtatron for iPad

Buy Filtatron for iPhone

Depeche Mode New Album In Studio Montage Video

Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher)

Depeche Mode announced that they will release a new album in March 2013 on Columbia Records.

“I am very happy with how the album turned out,” multi-instrumentalist Martin Gore states. “The music has a similar vibe to ‘Violator’ and ‘Songs of Faith and Devotion,’ and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we’ve done.”

“The album has a very organic and direct feel to it,” says vocalist Dave Gahan. “It’s not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more.”

Check out the clip below for a taste of the new record and some SERIOUS GEAR PORN!!! Ladies and gents, I give you Depeche Mode in the studio…

Korg iOS Apps Add Audiobus Support

Korg, iOS, apps, iElectribe, iMS20, iPolysix, iElectribe Gorillaz Edition, iKaossilator, Audiobus

Korg updated it’s iOS apps – iMS20, iElectribe, iElectribe Gorillaz Edition, iKaossilator, and the recently released iPolysix – and is now part of the fast-growing Audiobus family!

This is great news for iPad musicians, as Korg apps have been heralded as THE reason to get into iOS music. That is, until Audiobus came along. Now, together at last, these apps can all be combined in an orgy of touchscreen musical bliss.

Although Korg pioneered WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology), which allows two iOS devices within close proximity to sync compatible apps via bluetooth, (already mindbending), the addition of Audiobus capability will truly enable musicians to take their iKorg music to the next level.

Other exciting stuff included in the update:

• Retina (& iPhone 5 for iKaossilator) Display support
• Background Audio support allows to play other music apps
• iCloud data backup
• “Audiobus” enables audio streaming between iOS Musical Instrument Apps
• Virtual MIDI enables MIDI communication between iOS Musical Instrument Apps
• A few bugs have also been addressed, improving operational operational stability

There is one slight hitch Audiobus would like everyone to be aware of. First go update (or buy) Korg apps, then delete and re-install the Audiobus app. Says Audiobus:

“This is a temporary workaround until they add their apps to the Audiobus web database (which they probably omitted to keep things a bit more secret)… This workaround will (most likely) become unnecessary in the next few days as we work together with KORG to add them to our database.”

AAAANNNDDD finally, you should probably know that Korg apps are 50% off until Dec.31st to celebrate the release of iPolysix!!! Go Korg!

Buy Korg iMS-20 for iPad

Buy Korg iPolysix for iPad

Buy Korg iElectribe for iPad

Buy Korg iElectribe Gorillaz Edition for iPad 

Buy Korg iKaosillator for iPad

Buy Korg iKaosillator for iPhone

Buy Audiobus for iPad

Buy Audiobus for iPhone 

Steinberg Cubasis For iPad

Steinberg, Cubasis, multitrack DAW for iPadSteinberg has just released Cubasis, the iPad companion to their classic DAW Cubase.

This streamlined sequencer takes its predecessor to a new dimension of multi-touch, making mixing a pleasure for anyone who hates mousing around. If you do start missing the old mousaroo, you can import your Cubasis sessions back into Cubase (Cubase versions required for project import: Cubase 7/6.5, Cubase Artist 7/6.5, Cubase LE/AI/Elements 6) and finish the job old school computer style. Not sure whether the opposite is true though…


  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (depending on the device used)
  • Over 70 virtual instrument sounds based on HALion Sonic
  • Mixer with over 10 effect processors (insert and send effects)
  • Over 300 MIDI and audio loops
  • Virtual keyboard and virtual drum pads
  • Sample Editor and Key Editor
  • Export to Cubase, Dropbox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy & email
  • Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported
  • Sequence other Core MIDI apps (MIDI recording only) and run Cubasis simultaneously via background audio
  • Import audio from your iTunes music library or using iTunes filesharing, use AudioPaste or set up a Wi-Fi server in Cubasis

Steinberg Cubasis is a major competitor for WaveMachine Labs’ Auria. They are the same price ($49.99). Cubasis comes with virtual instruments, audio and MIDI loops, and has the ability to use Virtual MIDI with other music apps, while Auria has add-on third party VST capability. Where Auria tops out at simultaneous playback of 48 tracks, Cubasis can go up to 64 on newer iPad models (Cubasis polyphony is 48 voices on the iPad 2 & iPad Mini, or 64 on the iPad 3 or 4.)

The real question is who will win the race of  adding Audiobus support?

Buy Cubasis for iPad

Buy Auria for iPad

Buy Audiobus for iPad

***UPDATE 2.4.13***
Although Auria beat Cubasis to the punch, they are both now compatible with Audiobus! For Auria, however, an iPad 3 or higher is recommended for use with Audiobus, while I was told by Audiobus’ creators that Cubasis runs very smoothly with it on an iPad 2.

Chris Carter Talks Modular Synth In ‘I Dream Of Wires’

Chris Carter, Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, X-TG, Desert Shore, Final Report

I Dream of Wires makes me moist for modular synthesizers.

I Dream Of Wires: A Modular Synthesizer Documentary, directed by Robert Fantinatto, chronicles the rise and fall of modular synthesizers and their recent resurgence in popularity. The film is currently in production, but they are sharing extended interviews with featured modular synth pioneers now on the IDOW Vimeo page.

I was excited to see posted the latest interview with Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti and X-TG. Lately, I’ve been basking in the glorious swaths of sound that form the latest release from X-TG: Desertshore/The Final Report, and was thinking how much I myself would like to have a chat with Carter. But it looks like IDOW has beaten me to the punch. Here, Chris describes his early DIY electronics building experiments that resulted in the famous Gristlizer, which was key to Throbbing Gristle’s sound. He goes on to tell of selling off all his modular gear, and gradually building his rig back up to the current modular digital/analog synth hybrid kit that was used on the aforementioned X-TG album.

Chris Carter: IDOW Extended Interview #9 from I Dream Of Wires on Vimeo.

Check out vimeo.com/idreamofwires for more extended interviews with synth noodlers like Richard Devine & Carl Craig.

Visit idreamofwires.org for more info about the film.

Buy XTG: Desertshore/The Final Report

RIP Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

I was deeply saddened to hear of Ravi Shankar’s passing. He died at age 92 from heart surgery complications on Tuesday in La Jolla, CA.

Ravindra Shankar Chowdhury was born April 7, 1920, in Varanasi, India. He was a world renowned sitar virtuoso who is credited with bringing traditional Indian music to the western world. Ravi fathered Anoushka Shankar, whom he toured with and trained as his heir on the sitar, with his wife Sukanya Rajan, and also Grammy winning singer Norah Jones with concert promoter Sue Jones.

Among the many who were moved by his intensely spiritual music, the Beatles, and George Harrison in particular, were famously influenced by Ravi, as well as John Coltrane, who named his son after him.

Ravi’s relationship with George Harrison in the 1960’s pushed him into the international spotlight. He became an icon of the hippie movement, playing at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, but rejected the rampant drug use and general rebellious behavior. With his Concert For Bangladesh at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1971, Shankar introduced the concept of the rock benefit show, a tradition continued to this very day.

Paul McCartney to Front Nirvana Reunion Tonight at Sandy Benefit

Paul McCartney

In a few short hours, Madison Square Garden NYC will host the massive 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert featuring an all star cast of musical legends. Bruce Springsteen will open the  show at 7:30pm, Eddie Vedder will duet with Roger Waters,  and Sir Paul McCartney will close it out with Dave Grohl & “Friends,” Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear of Nirvana!

It’s the first time the members of Nirvana will all be playing together again in this configuration (they did reunite for some shows on the last Foo Fighters tour, but I don’t think Dave was on drums.) It will be interesting to see Sir Paul fronting the group, although I wonder if Kurt Cobain is rolling in his grave. I’m hoping the performance won’t be cringe-worthy. Reportedly, they will be performing a brand new song to boot.

Also appearing will be Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, and The Who. The show will be broadcast on 34 tv stations and streaming online. Get all the details and find out how to donate here: http://www.121212concert.org/