Getting Good Digital Gigs: Discussion, Debates, and a Place to Chat More

Laptop performance gigs: MOMUS displays one (atypical) way to present your live performance persona. We forgot the “Find a way to keep your face warm” tip. Photo by Tamara Weikel, taken in a Chelsea (NY?) gallery. Getting good gigs is a challenge for all genres, and it touches even more issues when computers are involved. So, as we’d hoped, Liz’s tips for getting booked has generated a lot of discussion. In addition to comments here on CDM: The wonderful community at EM411 has some discussion, including a great tip: bring VHS tapes or books to prop your computer atop the …

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Do You Etsy? Join Our Music + Motion Group for Creative DIYers

Okay, makers of good stuff: we’re looking for you to join in. I first heard about the fantastic sell-stuff-you-make community, Etsy, from a reader here on CDM, shortly after the service launched. Now, Etsy has become a real phenomenon for people who make stuff, giving them a high-quality venue in which to network with other makers and start real businesses out of what they produce. Etsy is best known for, well, fuzzy things, from shirts to knitting to plushies — that is, craft-y work more than the harder, electronics-based music and motion technology that’s our bread and butter here. Some …

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DIY Faux-Woodgrain M-Audio Axiom USB MIDI Keyboard; Viva K-mart

Bless K-mart and their $2.50 contact sheets of faux woodgrain. They can turn your average, ordinary plastic M-Audio USB MIDI keyboard into a retro-styled custom job that just screams, erm, class. Melbourne-and-London-based CDM forum reader soloandata did just that. (Talk about bi-coastal — they have K-marts there?) Kudos: it takes a steady hand to line up those contact sheets. The woodgrain looks great on the curved design of the new Axiom keyboards — tres 70s. Just finished Pimping my axiom-25. check that woodgrain! [Create Digital Noise] solo andata [Artist Page] solo andata [@Myspace] Thanks, Kane. Now the gauntlet has been …

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Reader Reviews Roland Handsonic HPD-10 Hand Percussion Controller; Tokyo Festival Report

Velocipede, our friend and inside man in Takarazuka, Japan, has been writing up a storm on the CDM forums, from providing hands-on impressions of Roland’s hand percussion pad to reporting back from Tokyo’s Music Instrument Festival. Not just for digital bongos: Roland’s hand controller could be just what you need for expressively playing software instruments. The HPD-10 hand percussion controller by Roland could be a terrific controller for synths and clips, from its traditional purpose (drums) to lots of other applications: My main interest in getting the unit, though, is as a midi control over softsynths. Its 10 pads can …

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M-Audio Torq/Conectiv DJ Early Adopters Share Tips and Reviews

DJ Monday continues … CDM reader Corporation shares a number of tips, resources, and reviews of the new M-Audio DJ solution, involving the Conectiv hardware and Torq software. The basic downsides: bad documentation, and hardware that may not work for everyone. But on the upside, M-Audio has a solution that, at a fraction of the price of some of its competitors, will let you do some serious digital warping of vinyl both in terms of processing timecode off records and adding VST effects. If you are thinking of early-adopting Torq and Conectiv, you’ve got some good resources and tips from …

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Forums: Jitter Recipes for Video Mayhem

It doesn’t surprise me that so many discussions of technology have to do with tools rather than “art.” Odds are, you know what art you want to make — it’s the tools that may or may not help you get there. On that note, I want to point to an interesting chat I’ve been having with subbasshead on the forums: Best tool for QT random frame playback/output? Jitter is an excellent tool for doing what he wants to do here; it’s perfect for creating custom video patches that do what you like. My focus lately has been on building all …

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Say Anything … On Our Forums

Perfectionism is the enemy of productivity, in music making, in blog posts, and in forum messages: Less activity in the forums … because there’s no “off-topic” forum We know you’re out surfing in this beautiful summer weather, or, erm, trying to prevent death by heat exhaustion here in the newly globally-warmed United States (101 in NYC?), or enjoying the Aussie winter if you’re Jaymis and Nat. So, here’s a suggestion for getting your chat on via the CDM Forums: Don’t forget there is a General / Chat forum Do feel free to post any “off-topic” messages there you like, such …

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When Laptops Go Bad: HP Does Right by Laptop Lemon

When the magic works, it’s wonderful. And when it doesn’t … Jim Aikin, whose writing you know from Electronic Musician, Keyboard, his books, and many other places he pops up, has been having a pretty bad time with a brand new HP laptop and his shared his misery on the forums. The computer in question is a Hewlett Packrat Pavilion dv8000 dual-core machine. (Here’s confusing model numbering for you: the dv8000 series includes both Intel Core Duo and AMD Turion models; Jim has the Intel version.) It’s the latest-and-greatest on the inside, but it sounds as though Jim either got …

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New Forums Address: Create Digital Noise

If any of you have been having trouble with the forums today (lock icons, inability to post, etc.), you may have missed that we just moved servers. Instead of hosting the forums on createdigitalmusic.com/forums/, they’ll now be at createdigitalnoise.com. The forum RSS feed stays the same, provided you’re subscribed to the correct RSS feed. This should better distribute the load over our servers and help us provide reliable access to Create Digital Music. Sorry for the inconvenience, but everything should now be redirected. I’ll see you on the forums!

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Now on CDM Forums: YouTube Videos

We’ve added the ability to insert YouTube videos directly into forum posts. This will have all sorts of useful applications, but right now we’re having fun: Posting YouTube Videos Full instructions at the link above, but you’ll see a tag in the posting interface. As with all YouTube videos, you need Flash Player installed for the magic to work. Aside from lots of applications for Create Digital Motion (which is launching sooner than you think), we’ll be looking forward to what you post on the music side, too. I want to see those Monome-in-action videos real soon.

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