Make no mistake: when it becomes part of the soul of music making, software gets under your skin and into your blood. So while Josh Mobley has his Reason tattoo, Jo writes us to let us know she’s got Reaktor permanently embedded on her wrist.
Lest you think Jo’s some random fan, she’s not: she’s a veteran of Reaktor’s creator, Native Instruments, and Waxploitation, an experienced sound designer/editor/engineer, and founded the software developer – A&R – business development/consulting – community FixedNoise.com. In other words, a Reaktor tattoo really does mean to Jo what a Harley-Davidson logo or “Mom” might mean to someone else. Check out her MySpace page for more. (I actually was already familiar with some of Jo’s terrific sound designs for software; she’s done some great work.)
And as you can see in the photo below, she really does sport the Reaktor love while playing — and she’s also an Ableton user, presumably making another power user of the Live/Reaktor combo. (Hmm — meaning there’s also a candidate for her right wrist?)
Jo’s not alone in wrist-branding land. In case you haven’t been watching the CDM Flickr Pool, happiness is the Monome, Korg kontrolPAD, and Atari:
So, we’ve got Reason and Reaktor. And Atari. (Technically, they’re a music maker — think Atari ST. Or chiptune, for that matter.) Any suggestions on the ultimate Ableton or Max/MSP tattoo, which would seem to follow next? (Let’s see, Max/MSP — loadbang? Or actually a whole patch? Ouch.)