Podcast: Sonic TALK148- The Lost Consonant

More DNA, V-Piano, Eigenharp, Dale Davis and Miloco Studios      01/10/09

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Got to get a couple of things straight right of the bat - firstly, I screwed up the recording this week and so lost some of the initial introductions, including some fun chat with Amy Winehouse's bass player Dale Davis. Second, as a result, I've had to make some extreme edits to salvage the show - most of which is intact, but I thought I'd better say up front.

That out of the way let me introduce our panel, firstly Mr Dale Davis - world class bass player with a large list of credits, perhaps the most impressive is being part of the Amy Winehouse touring and studio band and musical director, sharing the mic with Dale is Dave Speirs from GFORCE Software - makers of fine software instruments. Up early from California it's sound designer extraordinaire Diego Stocco - fresh from creating another monster instrument. PJ Tracy  - the EMMY winning composer is back after a hectic couple of weeks work, as is Grammy winning, multi-platinum disc'ed engineer, producer and player Rich Hilton. Finally, Mark Tinley - sound artist and creative thinker,  screeches dramatically in on his massive motorcycle.

First up, we check out Rich, PJ and Diego's thoughts on Melodyne DNA as the enormity of this software's potential sinks in, then we're off to the world of the Eigenharp - a strange new musical instrument, Rich Hilton tells us about his impressions of the Roland V-Piano and then we're on to the recent studio opening of Miloco studios and the plight of studios worldwide.

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8 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Trus1te    Said...

The mosquito noise is back again...

01-Oct-09 11:00 AM

NIck B    Said...

Hey sorry about the bogus edit, I finished it really lae last night and didnt check, its fixed now if you were experiencing trouble, try again

01-Oct-09 01:59 PM

DBM    Said...

On anouther note NIck ... Can we expect to see a review on the Novation Launch Pad ? looks great especially as a step sequencer through Max for Live or 3rd party apps through Automap .

01-Oct-09 04:50 PM

Dave    Said...

Diego Stocco : A Foetus fan ? Nail is one of my peronal faves . Also Sleepytime Guerilla Museum sounds like some sound mangling kindreds .

01-Oct-09 05:56 PM

Nick B    Said...

DBM - request sent, I am waiting to hear about it. Hopefully soon

02-Oct-09 06:14 AM

Bernard    Said...



02-Oct-09 11:17 AM

Karplus    Said...

I have a problem with the comments made by reviewers which say "this may just be a gimmicky controller" or "I don't want to learn to play a new instrument."

Have we been so indoctrinated by the keyboard controller and the lack of a decent guitar controller to beleive they are the best choice?

I would gladly learn to use a new controller if it had more subtle and powerful to control the sound of synthesizer.

Imagine a finger sized velocity sensitive, pressure and after-touch sensitive button that had freely assignable x-y movement parameters. If it also had a freely assignable breath controller. I would work to become a virtuoso on such a controller. You could spend a 3 minute single on one note. Add to that metalic contact points around all the buttons and you would have to learn a lot. But all that control would be worth it.

This is the very best that the eigen harp could be. A violin of electronic music. We could have a new outbreak of avantgarde musician the quality of the one or two theramin virtuosos.

If it has onoard sound generating divices that would hold it back. It would be like allowing a Stradivarius to become dated by putting a built in Bossanova rhythm generator. Synthesis technologies will improve but a powerful controller can stand the test of time.

02-Oct-09 07:05 PM

Marc JX8P    Said...

In spite of the technical issues (which were really not that much a deal) I really enjoyed this week. All participants clearly had a load of fun and that always makes for an interesting listen. What I really appreciate is that you all give your honest opinions about new products. Since the panel is so eclectic this is as informative as a so-called 'objective' review.

07-Oct-09 03:03 AM

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