21.9.17

Trifon Nikolov the astrological weatherman



SHOCKING ASTROLOGY PREDICTIONS!? Oh no... this smells like cheap sensationalism. But if you check it out, you'll see that this is a serious video. Master astrologer Trifon Nikolov uses the best of the ancient techniques from India, Sumeria, Babylon, Greece, Arabia and medieval Europe, and some of his predictions are spot on. The recent terrorist attack in Barcelona for example was definitely on his radar.

14.9.17

Workshop ~ Modular microtonal techniques


Noodlefest 2017 will be a great opportunity for modular enthousiasts to check out a large number of seasoned modular artists, all passing through Rotterdam (NL) during one long weekend from september 29th to october 1st. At the Noodlefest, Tony Dubshot will do a workshop about some of the new modular options and techniques that are available to make microtonal music. Breaking news: expect a demo of the brand new Tubbutec µTune microtonal quantizer.

11.9.17

OR Combiner play 432 Hz-set at Noodlefest


OR Combiner = Lama Waaien (Lamaha Metasynth, guitar & FX) + Tony Dubshot (Modular, singing bowl & tuning fork). This duo from Leiden (NL) play mostly improvised jams: a free jazz-inspired dive into the musical rabbit hole. On the 1st of october they play a set based on 432 Hz at the 5 Years of Noodlebar festival in Rotterdam.

29.7.17

Out now: Harmony Hacker by Sevish




Unsurprisingly, the new Sevish album is fantastic. So if you already know who Sevish is, run go check it out (and if you'd like something to read, check the excellent comments of Jacky Ligon). On the other hand, if you haven't had a chance yet to hear this 21st century xen music genius, you might want to do yourself a favor by checking out some of his finest compositions. We'll just let the music speak.

22.6.17

A wearable subwoofer? Meet the Basslet



Linus is kinda cool. He wears strictly sandals and white ankle sox, he's very DIY, he tells it like it is, and even his squeaky voice will grow on you. A bonus for musicians: he has good ears. A classic is his review of the Pono Player. That triangular audiophile mp3-player, sponsored by Neil Young. You don't remember? Never mind.

12.6.17

Edward Snowden ~ the astrological files


About four years ago, in june 2013, astrologers started looking at Edward Snowden’s natal chart. Some of them advised the NSA to hire more astrologers, to avoid certain things from happening again. A more original observation came in 2016, from Mandi Lockley, who noticed connections between whistleblowers and the Galactic Center.

2.6.17

Surviving the Modular Hype #4 ~ Autothenticity

DIY stands for Do It Yourself. In electronic music, this can be making your own instruments, making your own bleeps and noises or crafting your own unique overall sound. Just like modular synthesis, DIY smells of authenticity, which is something we all like. But in the near future, electronic music will not be about DIY or authenticity anymore because right now, fully automated AI-music is on the rise.

6.5.17

Philosophy for beginners


A bunch of nerds talking like they know everything about nothing. Smart left brainers, madd scientists or wacky skeptics? You decide.

28.3.17

The astrology of legendary jazz records


On December 9th 1964, John Coltrane recorded his masterpiece A Love Supreme in Rudy van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs. Astrologically speaking, that session took place in the eye of a musical storm. So let's take a closer look at the astrological 'weather' during legendary sessions led by Coltrane, Mingus and Miles Davis.

22.3.17

P-Funk dispatch


Shit.. i mean shoot...

21.2.17

Modular Microtones #1


Why would anybody want to make microtonal music with a modular synth? Somehow, using a computer seems more logical. Especially if you want perfection, which is a common syndrome among microtonalists. But if you’re ok with an oscillator drift of about +/- 1 cent, making microtonal music on a modular system can be big fun. 

9.2.17

Revenge of the Modular Monsters


Let's take it to the stage. Modular maddness with the mighty Mono-Poly featuring Aminah Raysor, and the funky beats of OSC 1899. The Vrijplaats Leiden is perfect for this, it was a great night..

1.2.17

Coming soon: a xen quantizer for eurorack


You are looking at a prototype of the first deadicated xenharmonic quantizer for eurorack. More info about the project is available on Muffwiggler. The µTune module is being developed by Tubbutec. It can do dual gated xenharmonic quantization, and reads Scala .scl-format from an SD-card. The accuracy is about 0.2 cents.

13.1.17

Star Wars #1 ~ Hannibal vs. Rome

Cicero, the Roman philosopher/politician, didn't believe in astrology. In his book De Divinatione he wrote "Did all the Romans who fell at Cannae have the same horoscope? Yet all had one and the same end." The Battle of Cannae was the bloodiest battle in the Second Punic War. It’s even one of the bloodiest battles in all the history of war. An estimated 70.000 Roman soldiers died in a matter of hours.