Φ in the sky: how to interpret Golden Aspects

This is our second post about the astrologer Theodor Landscheidt, who proposes that the Golden Ratio (or Φ) plays an important role in the physical stabilization of our solar system. He also proposes that the Golden Ratio has an astrological meaning related to stability.


Mysteries of Dubb ~ Harmony of the Spheres

The Harmony of the Spheres is the classic musical metaphor for a meaningful universe. It's roots are ancient, going back to at least 3000 BC in Sumeria. The theory was updated by Pythagoras around 500 BC, and by Johannes Kepler around 1600 AD. But does it still make sense in the 21st century? Let's find out, shall we?


The Linux Experryment

For many years the Dubbhism studio-computer has been running versions of Cubase; first on the Atari ST and later on Windows. Now there's nothing wrong with Cubase, but Microsoft never felt right. The release of Windows 10 was the final insult. Running Reaper on Linux seems to be a realistic alternative.


Arjen Lubach, The Galaxy, The Astrology

Comedy show host Arjen Lubach (right) is the Dutch DJ of the future. He's good in front of cameras and just like Armin van Buuren, he thinks like a lawyer. Other keywords include perfectionism, viral videos and serious musical skills. The Galaxy sounds fairly generic but Lubach's instinct for virals will make it work.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, when Mandi Lockley noticed connections between whistleblowers and the Galactic Center.


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. Unfortunately, in the near future, electronic music will not be about authenticity or DIY anymore. Right now, fully automated AI-music is on the rise.


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.


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. 


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..


Star Wars ~ 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.


AI ~ Judgement day or eternal life?

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Billl Gates are a little worried about Artificial Intelligence. Meanwhile, in popular culture, the AI killer robot pictured above gets his kicks wiping out humanity. On the other hand, AI-believers like Ben Goertzel and Ray Kurzweil think AI is about living forever inside a computer. How strange. Here's our take: superintelligent robots will figure out telepathy and astrology.