Felt Sound Circuits in Los Angeles: Openings Available

I still love the idea of soft circuits: electronics packaged in soft form factors instead of hard. It’s a big challenge — for one, you need some soft fabrication skills along with electronics skills, and then you have to contend with keeping your electronics happy in a soft (warm) place, which is the opposite of what they tend to like. But when you make a huggable calculator synth, it’s all worth it. Our friends Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain of Monome fame write to let us know they’ve got spots in their felt circuits class at the awesome Machine Project …

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NAMM: Unofficial CDM Afterparty, Live in LA, Friday Night

Friday we’re pleased to co-host a party with trash_audio and vjkungfu.tv in Mid-City Los Angeles. If you’re in LA or visiting NAMM in Anaheim, you won’t want to miss this – Richard Devine headlining, terrific music and live visuals, and workshops. If you don’t know the other two sites, by the way, trash_audio (featuring Richard, Justin, and Deep Element) is a fantastic blog that regularly profiles creative workspaces for music. vjkungfu.tv, helmed by VJ momo the monster, has in-depth video tutorials for live visualists; we hope to feature it more on createdigitalmotion.com in the near future. Here’s the lineup: 1. …

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CDM@NAMM: CDM Party Los Angeles, 1/18

There are giant donuts in LA? I’m so there. Photo: Rigmarole CDM is on the road to California! If you’re at NAMM, mark your calendars now. In addition to our full coverage of the NAMM trade show (covering new and odd music things with video, photos, and sound), we’ve got a party planned. (Whoo!) Attending / playing / organizing: myself, the wonderful audioist Liz McLean Knight, and the also wonderful visualist Surya aka momo the monster, to whom we owe the space and the LA magic. Full details soon, but here’s a teaser: Where: Basswerks, a hip but comfy gallery/studio …

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Share LA to Host Circuit Bending Challenge, Flickr Tag Ready

For a little inspiration, it’s Famea’s bent toy piano. Looks quite playable — nice. Los Angeles readers, Surya Buchwald aka Momo the Monster writes to let us know he’s taking on the Circuit Bending Challenge live and in person, with a workshop. So if you were feeling squeamish about the challenge and want some assistance, this good be a great opportunity. Please help spread the word, wonderful Californians! Join us for our Next Share.LA! October 28th is the Circuit Bending challenge, as posted on Create Digital Music. The challenge is to buy a lo-tech music toy, hack it and document …

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Circuit-Bent Events: Bent Fest NYC Now; Bent Notes from LA and MN

Bent gear aplenty in Minnesota, in this Flickr photo from circuitmaster (GetLoFi). The Bent Festival, a celebration of music electronic, circuit-bent, and otherwise technologically manipulated, reaches its final US city starting tonight (Thursday) through Saturday, with three days and nights of music and workshops. Check out the lineup on the Bent NYC site; I’ll be there Friday at least and possibly Saturday, as well. Reports are already coming in from Bent in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Our friend over at GetLoFi, the bending-dedicated blog, was able to go to the Minnesotan shindig and has photos and videos, plus a link …

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Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman, Live in L.A.

Two synth musician legends are hitting L.A. this week. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman start out their Los Angeles appearances with a free in-store “meet & greet and mini-concert” Wednesday at 5pm at our favorite vintage synth retailer, Analogue Haven. Then, at 7:30pm Thursday they’re playing Hollywood’s Knitting Factory; click through for tickets. If any CDM readers get a chance to talk to them or attend the concerts, we’d love a mini-review / mini-interview here; send photos, etc.! In the meantime, here’s a great review from Matrixsynth so we can all imagine we were there: Jean Jacques Perrey and Dana …

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Native Instruments: Hello, Los Angeles!!!

Native Instruments may be rocking out Germany at the Musikmesse conference, but that didn't stop them from throwing a huge invite-only bash in L.A. CDM's Pierce Case was there, and caught a live demo of a beta of Reaktor 5, plus a live demo of Guitar Combos by Guitarist Joel Whitley. California actually got a head start on Europe this time: the party had scoops on NI announcements 12 hours before the German show began. Rock in dem House, that's all I've got to say. (No, really: check the Guitar Combos preset screen shot.) In other news, Native Instruments' site …

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