VJing with a Hardware-Centered Rig: Go, Go, Holly Daggers

“For me, it’s like a music video,” says Holly. “What I do has more to do with go-go dancing than a DJ. I am the video equivalent of a go-go dancer.” My story on NYC VJ Holly Daggers (of Eyewash fame) is now available online from Keyboard Magazine: VJ Holly Daggers: Go-Go Music Videos Go Live [Keyboard music/picture] Links and story background [CDM] The key to Holly’s go-go effect is a hardware rig with a camera, Korg Entrancer sampler, and multiple Edirol mixers — no computer. (Check out the rig diagram.) So when the folks at Livid talk about expensive …

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XLR8R Gets Into DJs’ Bedrooms!

Some magazines have no standards, I guess. Nice work if you can get it, though. Seriously, though, the folks at XLR8R Magazine have a book out called Bedroom Rockers: Where DJs Call Home; check out a PDF sample plus parties for the book in NY (tonight), Miami, Chicago, Boston, and Berkeley, with DJs (of course) and hopefully free drinks (at least looks that way here in NYC). Now we just need a hardcover book on Laptop Musicians. (Sounds like a job for EM411; see: Your Studios)

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VJ Coverage in Keyboard; Holly Daggers' Killer Live VJ Setup

First off, welcome readers of Keyboard Magazine, which has bravely taken on a new regular feature on VJing for musicians. Don’t read Keyboard? Check out online stories or subscribe at Keyboard’s site. In the September issue of Keyboard, there’s not only a great cover story on Trent Reznor, but I did a two-page feature on VJ Holly Daggers. There were a lot more links that I wanted to talk about than I could fit into the article, so here goes: Holly Daggers, Reflective Chroma-keying, and the Korg Entrancer [CDM] Holly’s rig: Reflecmedia’s miracle surface, perfect for chroma-keying, Edirol V4, the …

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VJ Coverage in Keyboard; Holly Daggers’ Killer Live VJ Setup

First off, welcome readers of Keyboard Magazine, which has bravely taken on a new regular feature on VJing for musicians. Don’t read Keyboard? Check out online stories or subscribe at Keyboard’s site. In the September issue of Keyboard, there’s not only a great cover story on Trent Reznor, but I did a two-page feature on VJ Holly Daggers. There were a lot more links that I wanted to talk about than I could fit into the article, so here goes: Holly Daggers, Reflective Chroma-keying, and the Korg Entrancer [CDM] Holly’s rig: Reflecmedia’s miracle surface, perfect for chroma-keying, Edirol V4, the …

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Improve Band Relations: Have a 5-way

Jordan sends us this tidbit from CDM’s major rival, The New York Post. From the ‘New York Minute” gossip section: The band that plays together stays together: Two male members of Hinder, a new act just signed by Universal, ended up in bed this week in their Vancouver hotel suite, along with “their female stylist, her female assistant, and the photographer’s female assistant.” After the 10- legged tangle, the photographer’s assistant apparently didn’t make her flight back to Los Angeles and was fired for missing a job. Hey, to quote Brave New World, “Everyone belongs to everyone else,” right? But …

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Good Reading: Choosing and Using MIDI Controllers

Jim Aikin, one of the all time great wizards of synth and electronic music tech writing, has a terrific two-part series on O’Reilly Digital Media on choosing and using MIDI controllers: (1) Look Ma—Hands! Choosing and Using MIDI Controllers (2) Bring Your MIDI Music to Life This is a must-read story for beginners, but it covers both nuts-and-bolts basics and power tips from this synth master. Heck, it even gets to mention the Morrison Digital Trumpet. And while we’re at it, since Digital Media is an O’Reilly site they’re busy hawking some less-than-relevant books in the margins of that story …

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USA Today’s Wrong Guide to Home Recording

Music Thing points out that USA Today has discovered home recording. If that doesn’t scare you, read on. Writing about technology is challenging, especially for laypeople. That’s why there’s so much mainstream information that’s largely to completely inaccurate. Watch what happens to hapless USA Today writer Byron Acohido when he tries to tackle the topic of home recording. This is in the “Money” section, so I’ll admit, something similar would probably happened if I tried to do financial reporting. USA Today helpfully defines terms: “A DAW converts analog audio — vocals and sounds from a musical instrument — into a …

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Moog, Vogel (Fairlight), Smith in New Scientist

Lyndsay Williams (an electronic pioneer herself, with early PC audio and gigs with Pioneer and the company that became Evolution) writes us to point out that New Scientist has a three-way interview with Bob Moog, Peter Vogel (of Fairlight fame) and Dave Smith. Much of this you've heard before, though you may not know: Bob Moog is Chief Technical Kahuna at Moog Music — "magician." Peter Vogel wants to liberate you from TV ads: The creator of the Fairlight CMI has just launched an Intelligent Content Engine to automatically remove ads from your PVR. Peter, don't try this here in …

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Home Studio Revolution in the Paper of Record

Manhattan apartments may not have enough room to cook anything more sophisticated than instant mac & cheese, but who says you can't roll your bed into a closet and make a hit album? Even the New York Times is noticing the home studio trend in a story Sunday. (Check that link quick; after a few days it will be fee-based!) While I wouldn't call this a "quiet revolution" as the Times does, the home studio phenomenon has arrived: everything from punk rock to Moby's top 40 hits is using basements and studio apartments as studios. So, is this really news? …

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How to Add a Virtual Orchestra to your Score

Want your notation software's orchestral playback to sound more realistic? The February Keyboard Magazine (US) includes a tutorial (available online) on how to make use of Garritan Personal Orchestra with Sibelius and Finale. The process is a little involved, partly because of the limitations of MIDI itself and the MIDI support built into the notation software and the OS, but I did my best to boil it down to some simple steps. I have to share this link partly because I'm so excited Keyboard has fixed the problems with their old site, which rarely included online content as it should …

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