It’s only short, but I hope you like it.
So you probably know that I really love my Olegtron 4060. It is such an interesting and really different device, at least I don’t own or particularly know of anything similar.
To an extent I love the seeming randomness of it. That is, random from my own perspective anyway. Having said that, I’m starting to get the hang of it and understanding what changes the patterns and sounds.
So I thought I’d add the Olegtron samples I’ve made available to this post. You can download them and do whatever you want with them, and if you do make something, please let me know. I’d love to hear it.
“Hello, my name is Artur Danielian, I live in Kyiv, Ukraine. I always liked Italodisco. That is actually my favourite dance style. But it is rather hard to play it on 16-step machines so I basically focus on house and techno music. This is my first humble try to use techno means of music production for making some dreamy italian style track.
About my kit: I always take it with me when I’m out of my town. 4 extremely compact Volcas fit in the soft mike case: Volca Sample, Volca Bass and 2 Volca keys. I mix them with Belkin Rockstar headphone splitter-combiner. Lot of people use it now for compact setups. I bought mine 6 years ago having no idea it would be so helpful for me)))). I also use iPad with Korg nanopad 2 connected through Camera Connection Kit. Nanopad2 has cool built-in Kaossilator style key/scale feature and sends “right” MIDI notes to any synth. I use lots of them: TF7 Synth, iProphet, both free and paid apps such as iMPC app which I control using nanopad’s finger drum pads. They are velocity-sensitive and have less latency than iPad’s touch-screen. My setup is much wider when I play live – there are two musicians, me and my mate Maxim Sabodash, there are 2 DJ-mixers, keyboards, kaosses and so on. But recording of both live on-stage sets and my trip sets is made on TASCAM DR-01 recorder in 24/96 format, no laptops (we’re dreaming of vinyl releases because we are true analogue, lol). The band started as a volunteer musicians duo which just came to different food festivals and exhibitions seeing a DJ-place and asking: “Can we just play some dance music for you? If you don’t like it, just stop us.” No one did stop us, though. And then they started to invite us to play our music at their events. So we played about 50 sets during this summer on different cultural and commercial events. One of the main goals of our project is to make electronic music playing popular among the youngsters in Ukraine using different cheap instruments like volcas, monotrons, PO’s etc. – it is good alternative to alcohol and drugs)) Our band sticks to the principle “only live recordings” so because of this there are only two places where you can hear and see us: either live performance, or our recorded bites on my Youtube channel:
We also have FB page for communication and music sharing: https://www.facebook.com/nervegangstas/
Our personal FB pages, feel free to contact us for any questions concerning the music:
During this month we also plan to finally make bandcamp and soundcloud pages – almost a year of recordings will be ordered and the best bites will be published as audio-only tracks. Then we gonna come to you, Europe!)”
Video published by Human Interface.
Ok, it is fair to say that this stuff was made by Alex who is the developer behind both of these amazing apps, so he probably has a head start on the rest of us, but even so, it is pretty impressive stuff isn’t it.
Sadly at this time PixiLang isn’t available on iOS, but maybe one day right Alex?
Yesterday I spent two hours on the train between Croydon and Brighton. I like long train rides, and although this was only an hour each way it is long enough to get something done.
I spent the time working on some tracks that have been hanging around for a while. Mainly stuff that I’ve done from field recordings.
The other thing I did was tested the final beta of NotePad 1.4. The new features make it much more usable than before. However, my favourite new feature is the keyboard control from the Treo 650 keyboard. When I first looked at it I thought it was going to be difficult to use. But, after only a few minutes it all made perfect sense.
NotePad 1.4 will probably be around in a few days. It is really worth a look.