Nine Inch Nails Returns To Tour Your Face Off Again

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Trent Reznor has announced that he will hit the road with Nine Inch Nails after a four year hiatus. Beginning this summer and continuing into next year, the tour features a new lineup: Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), Alessandro Cortini (SONOIO) and Ilan Rubin (Lostprophets).

Here is the word from Reznor himself:


Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.


Trent is also going on a short jaunt with his other band, How to destroy angels. Their debut LP, Welcome Oblivion, is scheduled to drop March 5th and is streaming now at Pitchfork.

Pre-order How to destroy angels : Welcome Oblivion

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Arturia iMini: Migrating the MiniMoog to iPad

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With iMini, Arturia joins the mobile revolution. It was the only thing to do, having all its other bases covered.

iMini is a faithful reproduction of the iconic Minimoog synthesizer, for iPad. It is based on Arturia’s TAE® technology which first brought the Minimoog to desktops with its Mini V software. iMini can share presets with its predecessor Mini V, and includes over 500 sounds created by “the top sound designers in the world.” Not sure if he was involved, but iMini already has the support of well respected sound artist Richard Devine.

On top of being compatible with Mini V, iMini supports CORE MIDI, allowing MIDI controller mapping, and WIST sync with compatible apps running on other iDevices. It is also part of Retronym’s Tabletop app environment. Through Tabletop, you can share sounds via Soundcloud, render to .wav, or Audiocopy/paste into another iApp. At this time, iMini doesn’t support Audiobus yet.

Not only does iMini pay homage to the great Bob Moog, but Arturia literally pays back to the Foundation:

To support Bob Moog’s legacy, we are donating a portion of each sale to the Bob Moog Foundation to support their work in science and music education via Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, their work to preserve, protect and share Bob Moog’s archives, and their vision to build a Moogseum in the coming years (

Check out the awesome promo vid and tutorial:

Arturia iMini requires at least iPad 2 and iOS 6.0 or later, and costs just $9.99


If that’s not enough info to get you moist and/or downloading the app already, head over to  for the full nitty gritty (they always have tons of in depth product info).

Native Instruments Revolution Teaser [Video]

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Hot on the heels of wowing us with the Traktor DJ app for iPad, Native Instruments shows it isn’t satisfied to rest on its laurels.

Rather, they’re promising a revolution: “One synth to rule them all. Years of meticulous research and the latest in cutting-edge DSP technology combine to deliver a synth with teeth.”

Check out the mysterious, sexy 3D lightshow they’ve cooked up to tease:

Audio samples courtesy of their soundcloud page:

Ready To Go Pro Superstar iPad DJ? Traktor DJ Is Here!

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I remember when it all first hit me… I had in my hands the first generation iPod and I could suddenly see a future of scrubbing audio with the flick of a finger on a small white wheel… I dreamt of hacking the simple software on that pocket-sized music player. I wanted to create the future.

Of course I didn’t though. Steve Jobs did. And the whole world shifted.

Now Native Instruments has taken their beloved Traktor DJ software to the mobile level, and my dreams are fully crystallized. DJ apps have been around for a while, as well as the ability to touch waveforms and effect them in all the glorious ways the mighty iDevices afford. Traktor DJ incorporates all the standard pinch/swipe gestures, bringing NI’s solid reputation, and renown for creating truly awesome sound tools, to the tablet. In other words, it’s a pro move for the aspiring iPad jockey.

Traktor DJ gives you two channels, with 3-band EQ, filters, eight effects, looping and scratching functions. You can freeze a track and slice it into playable sections, for an easy, touchable remix. Most remarkably, Traktor DJ delves into your library and suggests tracks based on key and tempo information of the current track playing. Your tastes are secondary to Traktor’s vast algorithmic know-how! Submit!

NI suggests that you can cue tracks using “a simple headphone splitter,” though this would presumably mean you are working in mono. Better to hook up an audio interface with an Apple Camera Connection Kit and use separate headphone outs for cueing, while your Main L+R handles the mix.

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Traktor DJ is also fully sync-able with the desktop version of TRAKTOR PRO 2 (via Dropbox), so you can set up a mix in one then rock that party with the other.

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Or just do it up iStyle, like superstar DJ Richie Hawtin:

Traktor DJ works on iPad 2 and up and costs $19.99

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Acoustic Synthesis: Moog Guitar Technology Enters The Acoustic Realm

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From the inventor of the Moog Guitar comes an entirely new sound technology: Acoustic Synthesis.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Moog Guitar? If you haven’t, you may have already heard it without knowing if you’ve listened to Brian Eno’s latest album LUX.

The Moog Guitar was the newest innovation in acoustic technology to appear in recent years. It uses what Moog calls a Harmonic Control System to actuate the strings (or mute them), offering infinite sustain, at all points on every string, at any volume. This results in synth-like string tones that sound completely unique.

Now, Paul Vo has taken this idea one step further. Acoustic Synthesis occurs in the physical realm, creating an otherworldly sound which emanates from the strings themselves. His system is add-on hardware that can potentially be fitted to any string instrument. The possibilities are truly mind-bending.

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Check out this demo of the Vo-96 on an acoustic guitar:

Will Rayan and Vincent Crow of The Electric Jazz Project demonstrate the Vo-96 Acoustic Synth

And while we’re at it, why not take a look at the Moog Guitar and an early FRETLESS prototype, courtesy of experimentalsynth‘s Chris Stack (via createdigitalmusic). Gahhhhhhhh:

What stringed instrument would you hook the Vo-96 up to?


Kaki King, an old friend of mine and a true guitar virtuoso, has been beta testing the Vo-96 at live shows:

Kaki trying out the Moog guitar for the first time at the Moog Factory:


I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition Trailer

I Dream Of Wires, modular synth documentary

I Dream Of Wires, a forthcoming documentary about modular synthesizers, featuring interviews with luminaries such as Chris Carter and Trent Reznor, has released an official trailer for its extended cut, ‘Hardcore Edition.’

This juicy 12-minute hardcore synth porn clip is but a sliver of the full 4-hour version of the film, which is available for pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD at

Also for sale on their site is the exclusive IDOW edition batteryACID, a voltage controlled analog distortion module by

batteryACID,, I Dream Of Wires

batteryACID is “loosely based” on the classic MXR Distortion Plus guitar pedal circuit. What makes this unit special for modular enthusiasts is that it comes in eurorack format, so it can be integrated right into a modular rig, and distortion can be modulated using a control voltage from another module. It also has a built-in compressor to keep those clipped peaks in check, which can be disabled if desired, or used on its own with distortion bypassed.

And now without further ado, here comes the trailer. Keep your pants on y’all.

“I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition)” – 2013 official trailer.

“I Dream of Wires” (IDOW) is an upcoming, independent documentary film about the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer – exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. Written and directed by Robert Fantinatto, with Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent) serving as producer and co-writer, IDOW is set to receive it’s festival premiere, May 2013.

Preceding IDOW’s official theatrical release, we will be releasing this special, extended cut: “I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition)” (IDOW-HE) will be released independently on BluRay / 2xDVD, and shipped to all IndieGoGo and pre-order customers, June 2013. IDOW-HE is for the hardcore modular synthesizer and electronic music fanatics, and will run approximately 4 hours long (!).

IDOW-HE is a strictly limited-edition item, available to order exclusively through from 2/11 – 5/31, 2013. It’s bound to sell out in pre-orders, so don’t sleep…
IDOW-HE BluRay / 2xDVD is available to pre-order now:

“Themogene (I Dream Of Wires theme)”, from the forthcoming IDOW original soundtrack album by Solvent, is available to listen/download in its entirety via Ghostly International on Soundcloud:

Additional music/sounds featured in this trailer: Container, Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Richard Devine, John Elliott (Spectrum Spools/ex-Emeralds), Gert Jalass (Moon Modular), Richard Lainhart, Solvent, Jon Sonnenberg (Travelogue), Keith Fullerton Whitman.

“Who said that?” (in order of appearance): Brad Garton, Dean Batute, Maggie Payne, Bernie Krause, William Maginnis, Terry Pender, Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Benge (John Foxx and the Maths), Vince Clarke (Erasure), Daniel Miller (Mute Records), David Kronemeyer, Jon Sonnenberg (Travelogue), Carl Craig, James Holden, Richard Devine, Luke Abbott, Tony Rolando (Make Noise), Flood, Trent Reznor (NiN/How To Destroy Angels), Dieter Doepfer, Dominic Butler (Factory Floor), Paul Schreiber (Synthesis Technology/MOTM), David Kronemeyer, Eric Barbour (Metasonix), George Mattson, William Mathewson (WMD), Tony Rolando, Eric Barbour, Daniel Miller, Drew Neumann, John Elliott (Spectrum Spools/ex-Emeralds), Andreas Schneider (SchneidersBuero), Eric Barbour, Scott Jaeger (The Harvestman), Andreas Schneider, Dieter Doepfer, Chris Carter (X-TG/Chris & Cosey), Charlie Clouser, Danjel Van Tijn (Intellijel), John Tejada, Drumcell, Legowelt, Alessandro Cortini (SONOIO/ex-NiN), John Foxx, Deadmau5, James Husted (Synthwerks), Paul Barker (Malekko/ex-Ministry), Container, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), Robert A.A. Lowe, Trent Reznor, Gur Milstein (TipTop Audio), Gary Numan.

Empty Mansions: Sam Fogarino of Interpol [Interview]

Sam Fogarino, Empty Mansions, Interpol, Drummer

Looks like Paul Banks isn’t the only Interpol member with new tricks up his sleeve.

Ladies and gents, please welcome Sam Fogarino, as he steps out from behind the drums with his new band. Empty Mansions features Fogarino on lead vocals, guitar, keys, and, well, *cough* drums… The sonic stew is spiced up by Duane Denison (one of my all time fave, guitarist extraordinaire of The Jesus LizardTomahawk) and Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines) on bass and keyboards.

Empty Mansions was conceived on the road during an Interpol tour. Brandon was playing live keys for the band, while Sam was writing his own songs on the sly. After a show one night, the two ended up getting to talking, one thing led to another, yada yada, and nine months or so later, a record popped out!

Polished by Denison’s wiry licks and coddled by Curtis’ production chops, Empty Mansions is certainly a wild child. The man behind the mic is usually the one held accountable for such things, and Sam was gracious enough to answer some questions. Listen to ‘Lyra’ off snakes/vultures/sulfate while you read his musings:

Maybe an obvious question but: How does it feel to go from behind the drums to being a frontman?

Well, I don’t really feel all that much of a difference. For me, there’s no line of separation between the instruments I play when I’m chasing down an idea–be it of a melodic or rhythmic nature. With EmptyMansions (Interpol as well) some songs start from behind the drum kit. Not always with a defined beat, but rather a feel. That said, with the drum kit not being my sole priority, oddly, I feel a sense of freedom not having to anchor the band. I now get to steer the shipinto stormy seas, with someone else in charge of the life line!

Your drumming in Interpol was probably the most exciting and creative element of the band to me. How does your rhythmic sensibility inform the way you write songs for Empty Mansions?

Thank you. The biggest difference is that, the songs from one band to the other are worlds apart, stylistically. The drum patterns will change, but the sensibilities remain. In other words: same approach to coming up with totally different parts/beats/fills/et al.

What was it like to work with Duane Denison on guitar? Did it change the way you thought about playing or songwriting?

Getting to work with and befriend Duane, has been a highlight of the past few years. Only topped by the birth of my Daughter during the summer of ’09. An important thing that Duane gave me was a true boost of confidence in my songwriting– Simply by contributing his time and massive, unique talent to the record. He’s not one to blow smoke and waste his time. Plus, when on a few of the songs, he refused to re-record my original guitar parts, saying they were right on, and sounded great, I was blown away. Can’t argue with Duane about anything relating to the six-string.

What was the process like working with Brandon Curtis?

I don’t think there would be a record to release without him. The fact that we’ve played and spent a lot of time together on the most recent Interpol tour, I believe really aided in the process of making an album together. But, also, he understood, without question, just what I was aiming to do via EmptyMansions. After a short time tracking, we didn’t even need to speak to each other before trying out random ideas. Overall, it was a seamless process–Brandon’s abilities stretch far and wide as a songwriter, musician, engineer, producer. I’m lucky and better, having worked with him on-stage, and in the studio, and to have him as a friend.

Are you a gearhead? Does any specific gear inspire you? What piece of gear is absolutely essential to your music?

I’m a big gearhead (I ride a 1976 Honda MR175 Elsinore, which I tweak constantly. I’m a freak on both sides of the term!) Compression. I love compressors. In my rack I have about 16 channels of compression. Tube and transistor, from a Valley People Dynamite, to the recent re-issue of the Compex, the “Levee” compressor, famous for the drum sound on Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks”…. There’s just something special about the way you can shape an envelope with them. Even when used conservatively; either as sonic glue, or to keep the peaks at bay, they’re the things that make good sounding records sound good.

The Empty Mansions bio lists some of your lyrical and musical influences [“Lyrically, the songs are the result of, Sam, reading much postmodern fiction by writers such as Hubert Selby Jr (‘Sulfate’); discovering an appreciation for aerial dance and a fascination with outer-space (‘Lyra’); the TV-drama Justified (‘Up In The Holler’), and Black Francis of Pixies fame (‘That Man’). Musically, Sam drew upon classic heavyweights; Neil Young (The closing track on snakes is a cover of ‘Down By The River’), The Stones, Zeppelin—filtered through his affinity with the likes of Sonic Youth and Pixies.”] Are there any other less obvious influences you’d like to share (experiences or music that maybe doesn’t immediately come through in these songs)?

Along with the points of reference I site, there’s quite a big auto-biographical component to the record. Life lived has a lot to say.

What are you listening to these days?

I haven’t been listening to much lately. I’m in the studio just about everyday. If it’s not for creative purposes, it’s maintenance, or wiring, re-wiring, etc… When I’m not in the studio, I’m either riding, or working on my dirt bike. Then there’s Fatherhood. I’m not left with much mental room (or time) to just sit and listen to music….


Empty Mansions – snakes/vultures/sulfate is available now on Riot House Records and

Flaming Lips Riff On Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody [VIDEO]

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After announcing a new record, The Terror, and appearing in a Superbowl commercial last week, the Flaming Lips continue their decades-long ascent into the public sphere with another eye & ear popping video. This one shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as they’ve been known to tackle major cover projects in the past, such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and King Crimson’s In The Court Of The Crimson King. The Lips are also rumored to be working on a cover of the Stone Roses’ debut LP.

Here’s their premium psyched-out take on Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ featuring an obligatory nude girl sunbathing [NSFW]:

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The Melvins To Release Covers Album

Melvins, Everybody Loves Sausages

Everyone’s favorite sludge rockers The Melvins have a new record on the way, and this time it’s all covers!

Everybody Loves Sausages will be released April 30th on Ipecac Records and includes some predictably unpredictable cuts: David Bowie, Queen, Divine, and Throbbing Gristle all get the Melvins treatment on this one! The album will also feature lots of great guests like Mark Arm, JG Thirwell, and Scott Kelly of Neurosis, to name a few.

Here’s the full tracklist in all its glory:

01. Venom – Warhead (feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
02. Queen – Best Friend (feat. Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
03. Black Betty (original artist unknown)
04. The Scientists – Set It On Fire (feat. Mark Arm)
05. David Bowie – Station To Station (feat. JG Thirlwell)
06. The Kinks – Attitude (feat. Clem Burke of Blondie)
07. Divine – Female Trouble
08. The Fugs – Carpe Diem
09. Pop-O-Pies – Timothy Leary Lives
10. Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home A Heartache (feat. Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Tales of Terror – Romance
12. The Jam – Art School (feat. Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Throbbing Gristle – Heathen Earth

Bleep Drum Makes Bleep Better!

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Remember the Dam [Funk] Drum from Bleep Labs? Probably not, since it was so limited and sold out immediately. Well you’re in luck, my little sickies, because now Dr. Bleep has a new little bleeping machine to cure the common tone lust: The Bleep Drum.

I’ll take two and call you in the morning, Doc.

Be sure to read the prescription from Bleep Labs:

The Bleep Drum is an Arduino based lo-fi rad-fi drum machine designed by Dr. Bleep.

– Four sounds, two with pitch control
– Four selectable sequences
– Record patterns just by playing them
– Tap tempo
– Reverse mode
– Hyper Noise 30XX mode
– Stereo 1/8″ output

Is it available as a fully built device?
It will be starting early April. You can order it now and we’ll ship it as soon as it’s ready.
The kit currently ships in 1-3 days.

Can I add my own sounds?
Yes but you have to mess with the code a bit. We’ll be releasing a tool to convert .wav into text that can be copied into the Bleep Drum code.

Where is MIDI it should have MIDI and CV and GPS.
It can take trigger pulses for the pads and tempo. MIDI is just a hack away. See the hacking guide for more on the expansion port on the left side.

How is this different than the Dam Drum 2.0?
The Dam Drum 2.0 was a limited edition device for Dam Funk that is all sold out. The Bleep Drum is the same hardware but has different sounds as well as HYPERNOISE 30XX mode.

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