November 16, 2006


by Chris Randall

Sometimes these things just write themselves, with no input whatsoever from me. Case in point. Jodi is the root of this particular evil.



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Nov.16.2006 @ 9:54 PM
Chris Randall
That gets a big fat "LMAO" from me.



Nov.16.2006 @ 10:17 PM
Adam Schabtach
I'm not going to dump on someone for building their own alt controller and putting up a vid of themselves on youTube. I mean, at least it shows some focus, some ingenuity, some commitment to ones own ideas, some willingness to let it all hang out for the world to see, whether it's pretty or not. That's a lot further than many people get.

However, as I've said to CR on at least one occasion, I find alt controllers fascinating from a theoretical standpoint, but in practical terms, how many people have done anything musically significant with one? I'm not talking about keytars which are basically devices that let keyboard players strut around like guitar players, sort of. I'm talking about genuinely different controllers. AFAICT the last person to do something of lasting significance with an alt contoller was Clara Rockmore. I'll also acknowledge that Allan Holdsworth got a pretty good handle on the SynthAxe, and I've seen Whatshisname Wooten lay down some mean drumming with his what-used-to-be-a-SynthAxe. But that's about it, to my (admittedly limited) knowledge.



Nov.16.2006 @ 10:33 PM
If I read the text at the beginning correctly, this guy didn't actually build this thing. He found a company in Bulgaria (?) to build it for him. What he did was design it and send them the buttons (they don't have buttons in Bulgaria?).

I think you only get DIY geek-cred if you actually, you know, do it yourself.


Nov.16.2006 @ 10:39 PM
It is interesting that this little demonstration stirs up so much ire-- it was just to give an idea of how the thing works.

I agree with most of what mitchell says: I have and play a guitar and I want it to sound that way, so I didn't go thehurting midi pickup route. BUt the intent of this controller is not to facilitate 'strutting around'-- just that I know where the notes are on a stringed instrument better than I know them on a keyboard, but a stringed instrument runs out of range quicker than a keyboard, and a keyboard is a lot to lug around.. I agree that anything that makes a sound like a synthesizer that makes you use two hands (fretting and plucking) to get a single notes note is silly: why pluck a damn fake string, but also why lug around a huge keyboard where I can't play the notes the way I am more accustomed to.


Nov.16.2006 @ 10:44 PM
right, re: geek-cred-- the only geek-cred is the scaring away vag type geek cred, it seems.

Nov.17.2006 @ 6:47 AM
whoa boobs. That ishkur link is hilarious. Reading it, I finally found out who wsa responsible for that abominable remix of the adagio for strings. About a year and a half ago, a friend got my occasional noize project, "turd canon" to play the chillout room at a party at 5 am after a whole night of trance djs and before "dead at dawn." The reasoning was that it would be totally hilarious to inflict a turd canon show on all the trippers.
Anyway, as I was finishing setting up and puffing a spliff before my set, the last trance dj put on that fucking godawful abomination, and I was sitting there thinking "omfg, what is this sorry fucker DOING to the Barber adagiio for strings?!?" Anyway, I was all set up, so as soon as he faded it out, I IMMEDIATELY opened my set by bowing a piece of styrofoam into a mic and a looper and cranking the volume on the PA. (In case anyone has never tried it, bowing styrofoam produces the absolute WORST sound in the entire world, bar none. If you don't believe me, try it. It's amazing what you can get out of a $50 bass bow with a whole lot of rosin and a piece of styrofoam.) The expression on the DJ's face was priceless.

Nov.17.2006 @ 6:50 AM
He had to listen to the looped bowed styrofoam the whole time he was packing up, too, which ALMOST qualifies as suitable revenge for making me listen to that awful shit.

Nov.17.2006 @ 12:02 PM
You sir, are my new hero for doing that.

The problem with Tiesto is much like the problem with keytars or midi guitars etc... The need for a visible display of grandstanding, rather than letting the music speak for itself.



Nov.17.2006 @ 5:44 PM
haha, I thought Utenzil sounded familiar. You're on the Ableton forum right?

Nov.20.2006 @ 5:15 AM
Hmmm..... The MIDI guitar thing is quite a good idea, but the music was quite... minimalistic.

Plucking variations with pick or fingers can add character to guitar music, but for the most part, having to fret then pluck is sorta inefficient (it'd be nice if the fretting hand did everything). Does this thing have velocity sensitive keys? This creation seems like it'd be a much cleaner alternative to touch guitar, which is easy to play messy.

I would like to try this "MIDI Guitron", even though it would sound like a keyboard.

Aww, screw it. I'll stick with guitar.


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