Category Archives: Music

Zoom ARQ


The ZOOM ARQ Aero Rhythm­Trak is an all-in-one pro­duc­tion and live per­for­mance instru­ment which includes an inte­grat­ed drum machine, sequencer, syn­the­siz­er, loop­er, and MIDI con­troller with a built-in accelerom­e­ter.

One trend in music instru­ments devel­op­ment is get­ting away from lin­ear inter­faces based on knobs and keys, and instead cre­at­ing devices that allow phys­i­cal intu­itive inter­ac­tion and designed for live per­for­mances. That is where Zoom ARQ comes in, one of the most amaz­ing music instru­ments of the year. Zoom ARQ is a cir­cu­lar device with a light­ed ring that lets you visu­al­ize music as a true loop and it func­tions as a drum machine, sequencer, syn­the­siz­er, loop­er and MIDI con­troller at the same time. ARQ is com­plete­ly wire­less and can be used as a stand­alone instru­ment or con­nect­ed to a com­put­er. It is a show in itself and a one-of-a-kind live music expe­ri­ence.

Just wait until Kier­an Heb­den gets his hands on it!

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McTrax: A Paper Placemat Music Production Studio

McDonald’s McTrax: Play the Placemat

Cre­at­ing music can real­ly trig­ger cre­ativ­i­ty in (young) peo­ple. That’s why McDonald’s in the Nether­lands intro­duced McTrax: a paper place­mat turned into a full music pro­duc­tion sta­tion.

By the use of con­duc­tive ink on a piece of paper you can con­nect your smart­phone to the place­mat via Blue­tooth.


Bob Dylan — Like A Rolling Stone

This inter­ac­tive video (from 2013) is the song’s first offi­cial video. It allows view­ers to use their key­boards or cur­sors to flip through 16 chan­nels that mim­ic TV for­mats such as games shows, shop­ping net­works and real­i­ty series. Peo­ple on each chan­nel, no mat­ter what TV trope they rep­re­sent, are seen lip-sync­ing the lyrics.

“I’m using the medi­um of tele­vi­sion to look back right at us,” direc­tor Vania Hey­mann told Mash­able. “You’re flip­ping your­self to death with switch­ing chan­nels [in real life].” Adds Inter­lude CEO Yoni Bloch: “You’ll always miss some­thing because you can’t watch every­thing at the same time.”

The sta­tions you can flip through include a cook­ing show, The Price Is Right, Pawn Stars, local news, a ten­nis match, a children’s car­toon, BBC News and a live video of Dylan and the Hawks play­ing “Like a Rolling Stone” in 1966.

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Eric Prydz - Hologram

Eric Prydz — EPIC 4.0 Tour Visuals

Com­ing off the very suc­cess­ful cam­paign for Eric Prydz’s Gen­er­ate music video, our friend Michael Ser­shall hired the team back to design the visu­als for his EPIC 4.0 tour. The set­up for the live show was fair­ly insane, with con­tent screen form­ing a cube with a 28mm see-through LED in front, a Holo Gauze through the mid­dle for a mes­mer­iz­ing holo­gram pro­jec­tion, and final­ly a 12mm 4:1 wide-screen LED in the back enclos­ing the cube and play­ing back the key con­tent.

For the gig, Munkowitz tapped his favorite col­lab­o­ra­tors, the great Conor Grebel and Michael Rigley, both ridicu­lous­ly tal­ent­ed Cinema4D Artists and Ani­ma­tors, who brought their A-Game for this throw­down. All the con­tent was ren­dered with the amaz­ing Octane Ren­der­er which meant the team bought two super­Com­put­ers and a fuck­Load of graph­ics cards to ren­der all the wet­ness. In the end, the project was about mak­ing art for enter­tain­ment, and these kinds of pay­ing gigs are what we love.

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ACPAD — the wireless electronic orchestra for your guitar

ACPAD is the world’s first wire­less MIDI con­troller for acoustic gui­tar. Play thou­sands of instru­ments, trig­ger unlim­it­ed sound sam­ples and effects, live record loops… with­out tak­ing your hand off your gui­tar!

  • 8x Touch Pads: ACPAD has eight pres­sure sen­si­tive touch pads that can be assigned to any MIDI intru­ment, Sound effect or sam­ple that you can imag­ine
  • 10x Pre­set But­tons: You can also cus­tomize and save up to 25 pre­sets for quick access dur­ing and between songs
  • 2x Loop­er Chan­nels: There are two loop­er chan­nels that you can use to live record, trig­ger or stop loops from your gui­tar
  • 2x Slid­er Faders: ACPAD also has two slid­ers to mod­u­late the inten­si­ty of your sounds and effects while play­ing.


Amon Tobin: V Squared Labs and TouchDesigner

Giz­mo­do called it “The Con­cert of the Future, Today” and CHAR­Tat­tack said that “it was a live show one might have said could only be cre­at­ed and per­formed by a cyber­net­ic organ­ism.” where “ground­break­ing mod­el­ing and map­ping tech­niques were used to take the audi­ence at the Metrop­o­lis on a trip to dozens of worlds. … it felt like one was trans­port­ed into deep space or, alter­nate­ly, inside the Tron grid, a game of Tetris, an M.C. Esch­er paint­ing, the fiery pits of Mor­dor, an acid-coloured kalei­do­scope, a Splin­ter Cell video game…” Wired got straight to the point: “ISAM’s live show looks like a mind­fuck of the high­est order” with “lit­tle in the way of prece­dent.”


Tempo and typography

This is a short song by Moon­dog called “Fog On The Hud­son (425 West 57th Street)”. Moon­dog was a blind Amer­i­can com­pos­er, musi­cian, poet, and inven­tor of sev­er­al musi­cal instru­ments. He lived on the streets of New York for 20 years, and record­ed over 18 albums.
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The Creators Project — Intel & Vice at Coachella 2011

The Orchestri­on — UVA’s stand­alone light and sound sculp­ture with exper­i­men­tal music pro­vid­ed by fel­low Cre­ator Mira Cal­ix.


Sum­mer Into Dust by Arcade Fire (Dir. Chris Milk) — dur­ing Arcade Fires last song “Wake Up,” cas­cades of beach­balls were released into the crowd. With the help of ESKI and Moment Fac­to­ry, Milk was able to con­trol the LEDs and IR trans­mit­ters, embed­ded in each ball (pro­vid­ed by Tan­gi­ble Inter­ac­tion), to light paint kalei­do­scop­ic pat­terns all over the unsus­pect­ing audi­ence.



This project pro­vides a bi-direc­tion­al midib­ridge that enables Flash or Javascript apps to send midi events to, and to receive midi events from the midi sys­tem of your com­put­er. This means for instance that you can con­trol a Flash or Javascript app via your midi con­troller, and vice ver­sa that can con­trol a midi device from Flash. The term ‘midib­ridge’ includes all Java and Action­script code, and all Javascript, HTML and XML files that make this pos­si­ble.

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Daydreaming with… St Michael’s

Doug Fos­ters film instal­la­tion The Heretics Gate, with music by UNKLE
Day­dream­ing with… St Michaels is open to the pub­lic from Weds 27 April – Thurs 5 May, every day from 12–6pm. Entry is free. St Michaels Church, Cam­den Road, Lon­don NW1.


Emergency Broadcast Network (EBN)

Josh Pear­son, EBN’s charis­mat­ic front man and prin­ci­pal per­for­mance artist, was also EBN’s music com­pos­er and main video edi­tor. The music and video edit­ing tech­niques he per­son­al­ly devel­oped and refined have been huge­ly influ­en­tial on a gen­er­a­tion of adver­tis­ing and music video edi­tors.

The first EBN video project was a musi­cal remix of the Gulf War, cre­at­ed in 1991 as the war was still ongo­ing. The VHS tape of the remix project, which con­tained the George H.W. Bush “We Will Rock You” cov­er, became a viral under­ground hit, and was dis­trib­uted wide­ly by fans as boot­leg copies. In the sum­mer of 1991, EBN trav­eled with the first Lol­la­palooza tour, dis­trib­ut­ing tapes and show­ing their videos on a mod­i­fied sta­tion wag­on with TVs on the roof. The group also became well known for their media sculp­tures and stage props which were cre­at­ed by Gard­ner Post.

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Quayola — PTA 10

PTA is a live audio-visu­al per­for­mance focus­ing on pre­cise syn­chro­ni­sa­tions between sound and image. It is a result of mul­ti­ple col­lab­o­ra­tions with var­i­ous musi­cians world­wide.