As Seen on TV: Hercules DJ Controller on 24

Music tech gear rarely surfaces in the mainstream. I never saw a Roland Juno and Cubase on Seinfeld. The Hercules DJ Controller did make it onto a recent episode of “24”, however, says CDM reader DJ Klachik: I was just watching the 5th season of “24” on DVD, and in chapter 21, I saw this Hercules! It it’s the “DJ Control MP3” version, so it has no audio exits, so agent O’Brien is using it as a controller (God knows why). I was a long time Hercules DJ Console user myself (I switched to BCD2000 few months ago), so it …

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Happy Thanksgiving, With All the Stuffing

Man cannot live by synthesizers alone. No, really; even I’m not that dedicated. I keep something to nosh on while I work; don’t you? So, while this time last year I was celebrating the keytar (thanks for the reminder, matrixsynth), here we’ll go off-topic and say that good food and time with family and friends goes perfectly with good music and good technology. I’m sure you’ll agree even if you’re not the part of our readership here in America. On that note, I’m pleased to be able to share Egg and Soldier, a project I’ve been working on with my …

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Iggy Pop’s Tongue-in-Cheek Tour Rider

The good folks at The Smoking Gun are infamous for breaking confidentiality rules and leaking the surreal world of major artist tour rider documents to the world. Hilarity ensues, such as when Christina Aguilera demands “Soy cheese and Oreos. Flintstones chewables and votive candles. Nesquick and dried cranberries.” and rival Britney Spears chows on Doritos and International Foods coffees (hopefully not at the same time). The world laughed. The world vomited. Iggy Pop is different, taking each legal item as an opportunity to add jokes — all while subtly threatening all on the tour who would deny them a properly-working …

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Synthesis + Booze: Moog Bubbly, Moog Beer, Toasting Little Phatty Serial One

Lift your glasses and toast your synthesizer, because evidently drinking and synthesis just go together. First up, the folks at Moog Music have put out a limited edition bubbly with their new Little Phatty synth on the label, as pictured here from the Moog Music newsletter. They have reason to celebrate: the Little Phatty synths are on their way out of Moog headquarters. Keyboard Magazine evidently got serial number 1; I don’t know who nabbed it (Steve?), but I look forward to the review. I don’t know what was in that bottle, but I learned last week from a friend …

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Beethoven’s Violin Played in New Recording

Let’s talk truly retro instruments for a moment: a violin owned and played by Beethoven himself is featured in a new recording by violinist Daniel Sepec. (The pianoforte is vintage, too; an 1824 model played by Andreas Staier.) Beethoven’s violin used for first time in recording [CBC Arts, Canada] Beethoven, Sonaten für Klavier und Violine op. 23 und op. 30 Nr. 2 [CD page, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn] At the turn of the 19th century, Prince Lichnowski made Beethoven a handsome gift: a set of four string quartet instruments, which the 30-year old composer marked with a seal and large carved ‘B’. …

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Adorable Animals with Synthesizers

I love controversy. But after a week in which US politicians were talking about World War III (or was that IV) and somehow CDM’s great comment threads wound up on the topics of whether hardware or software was better (discussion = not allowed on this site), and whether starving children would be able to eat affordably-priced laptops, I decided it was time for an experiment. Could I write an entry with total appeal and zero controversy? I present, as mind candy for the weekend: adorable animals with synthesizers.

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YouTube/Gvideo Fun: Learn to Rap, Breakdance, Pick Up Women, with Mr. T, David Hasselhoff

To get your weekend started off right, our friend Chris O’Shea of Pixelsumo fame has been rounding up the best YouTube and Google Video gems from his mates. (Chris isn’t a curator for nothing.) Best of all, Mr. T teaches us how to rap: After the jump, breakdancing with Mr. T, and, believe it or not, a new music video starring David Hasselhoff and Knight Rider.

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Leave No Child Behind in Theremin Education

Poor Tia Thomas! Here’s a whiz kid who can spell ortstein, velocious, marmoreal, and totipalmate, and she has the misfortune to be eliminated from the National Spelling Bee on the word Theremin: Theremin ends spelling bee contestant’s hopes [Theremin World] (She guessed “Theramin”, which Theremin World’s Jason notes is a misspelling widely spread on eBay.) Heck, I don’t even know what those words mean, though I’ll be the World Wide Web knows, as it’s smarter than I am . . . Let’s see, totipalmate has to do with webbed feet, marmoreal means marble-like, as in, “that’s a very marmoreal Theremin …

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CDM, Headquartered in Silicon Alley (South)

Well, I was joking the other day that it’s too bad Silicon Alley, the popular name for New York as tech center, isn’t still thriving. Apparently, I’m wrong. The New York Times today reports Silicon Alley is again on the rise, fueled partly by the Web and blog publishing. So, clearly, that means upstart music technology blogs that obsess about robotic drummers and soft synths. To help out the NYT, I’ve generously located CDM’s beautiful Water Street headquarters on the map. Apparently I’m around the corner from an incubator that houses the former founder of SonicNet. Now that you know …

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Stevie Wonderboy Disqualified from Derby (OT)

If you’re a fan both of skilled keyboardists AND horse racing, you were sad this month to learn that Kentucky Derby fave Stevie Wonderboy dropped out of the Derby field after an injury. I’m hoping for a late entry by Keith Emersontrot as a longshot. (Hey, this wouldn’t be a blog if I didn’t occasionally dart abruptly into left field. Anyone up for a CDM meetup in Louisville in May? Any readers from my hometown?)

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