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Top 5 Electropella Performers

March 17, 2009 // Posted in Audio Hardware, Audio Software, Culture  |  21 Comments

What is an Electropella performance? It’s a phrase I invented to describe the act of singing accapella while sampling one’s self and playing back recorded samples to synthesize a full orchestra of voices all singing simultaniously.

1. Reggie Watts – Live on POPTUB

This video was forwarded to me by Kris of tensionstudios.net. As it turns out, I saw Reggie playing an improvised performance on an art car with a number of musicians in 2007. It rocked my world. I love that he seems to be flowing in some weird alien skat language. Check out the way he swings the microphone in front of his mouth to change the volume envelope of his voice. He also has a few moments in here that sound a lot like Prince.


2. Imogen Heap – Just For Now

Imogen Heap uses the Electrix Repeater in this stunning performance.


3. Jamie Lidell – Live at the Royal Festival

A few years ago my roommate got me tickets to see Jamie Lidell perform live. He has some of the best stage presence I’ve ever seen.

4. Kid Beyond

Kid Beyond has done a great job of popularizing the usage of samplers in vocal performance. In this video he gives a great demonstration of his process.

5. Lasse Gjertsen – Hyperactive

This video was an internet phenomenon. It seems like Lasse Gjertsen recorded the individual samples and retriggered them using midi. Hand editing this entire piece would’ve been ridiculous. Want to build your own piece like this? Check out AudioVisualizers.com for a great list of VJ software products.

Honorable Mention

Bobby McFerrin – Drive

This absolutely blew my mind. Not only does he sound like eight people singing together on his own, but he incorporates the many sounds of a car as instruments in this performance. A truly stellar accomplishment.

Review: Looptastic Electro

February 17, 2009 // Posted in Audio Hardware, Audio Software, iPhone stuff (Tags: , , , , ) |  No Comments

Sound Trends is a new music software company from the founders of MixMeister Technology.  Sound Trends recently released an application called Looptastic Electro.  It’s an application designed for aspiring electronic music producers and performers and includes a great library of loops created by the award winning composer Midihead.

As an Lose Weight Exercise to familiarize myself with iMovie and the iSight camera, I created this review of Looptastic.

Buy Looptastic Electro from the iTunes Store.

– Adam Smith-Kipnis

Creating an AdamSonic iPhone App

February 14, 2009 // Posted in Audio Hardware, General, iPhone stuff, Software  |  12 Comments

So today I created an iPhone app for my blog in less than 5 minutes.  Here’s how I did it and how you can add AdamSonic to your iPhone too!

  1. I downloaded and installed the WPtouch iPhone Theme in WordPress.  WordPress has a one click installation process that makes adding a plug-in as easy as watching a YouTube video.  The WPtouch iPhone theme will automatically detect if visitors to the blog are viewing it through an iPhone.  If they are, it automatically reformats the blog to make it much more friendly to a mobile device with a touch screen.
  2. I opened the Safari browser in the iPhone and navigated to www.adamsonic.com/blog.  As you can see from the picture, the blog formatting worked!
    BlogSonic in Safari
  3. I clicked on the + and added the blog to my home screen using the built in “Add to home screen” function.Add to Home Screen
    This creates an icon for the website and adds it to the home screen.BlogSonic logo
  4. Enjoy!  If you would like to use the standard web view to on your iPhone, there is an option on my blog to use that view instead.

Special thanks to Brian Geoghagan and David Battino.

Hello world!

November 13, 2006 // Posted in Audio Hardware  |  No Comments

So I just got this website up and running, and I’m optomistic about the future. Last night I got a buddha box and it’s RAD! Check it out at www.fm3.com.cn.

FM3 Buddha Box

FM3 Buddha Box