Concert Review: Turntable Music Night 5

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

This night brings back the immortal technique, references to the ghettos that spawned it obliterated.  Experimentalism in its place, we were prepped for a night of decks and scratch, microphones exchanged for styluses.

Stigingeoy w/ PussyKrew
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Armed with 3 turntables and an assortment of guitar effect pedals, Stigingeoy with PussyKrew on visuals commence the night with their brand of entertainment consisting of dark drones coupled with a deep bass driven sojourn accompanied by aspect ratio warped visuals of a random shushi bar distorted by Stigingeoy’s noise beyond recognition.  The bleek soundscapes accentuated by digitally decomposing visuals, this duo bring us through the aurora of digital clipping mixed in with synthetic soundscapes accentuated by choir samples leading audiences to the climax of bit crushed static drones over big wave frequency sweeps going hand in hand with PussyKrew’s extreme close-ups of a brewing tsunami.

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Photo: Turntablism music night 5

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Photos by Frank Baldé




Micro Jamboree 2006

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

This year’s Jamboree is the second one. You can read all about the first installment on the 2006 Micro Jamboree Blog.




Video: dj sniff set up and demo

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008


Takuro Mizuta Lippit (STEIM) - dj sniff setup and demo from STEIM Amsterdam.




dj sniff on Turntablism

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Definition of turntable music:

  1. instrumental use of turntable and mixer
  2. rotating device to playback prerecorded sounds

History of the turntable:

  • Phonoautograph 1857 ment for recording- mimiking the human ear
  • Edison 1877 phonograph still on wax cilinder - recording & playback
  • Berliner Gramophone 1892 no wax, just playback
  • Califone Portable Record Player 1950 build-in amp
  • Technics Direct Drive Turntables 1970

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Alex Nowitz

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Alex Nowitz http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/10_4/nowitz_voicelive.html

Alex works with junXion, LiSa and two wii controllers. He got into this wanting to make something that made musical sense to him. But first he had to go the ordinary way of assigning functions to buttons. He explained how each button on the wii is mapped and configured.

After some trouble with the demo-gods, he showed his setup. He is using the setup to record his voice, extending it and working with it. He also works with prerecorded sound files. From the little snippets of performance he showed us I saw reminders to MIchel’s performances too. I am hoping to see more on Thursday.




WiiJ Timsky

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

WiiJ Timsky http://www.wiijtimski.com

Timsky is a WiiJ and a former intern with Frank at STEIM. He wanted a physical interface that would allow him physical freedom on stage as well as reliability and accessibility.

He uses the wii remote which has two sensors: the IR sensor which is not useful for this and the 3d axis accelerometer.

He then demo’ed his setup and admitted that he had made his own version of junXion.

He would have liked to be able to adjust the bpm by smashing, but he is using a circular turn-up-the-volume motion instead.
He can move freely but he needs visual feedback on the screen to know what he is doing
The margin of error is small but it is still there.

Timsky then did a short demo of the wii guitar setup and he almost had the room dancing by the end… or at least bobbing their heads.




Photos: Session 1

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Frank demos junXion 4 on an iphone

Frank demos junXion 4

session 1 audience

David Zicarelli on Max 5

David Zicarelli on Max 5




Jamboree Opening Event - Monday

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Anticipation leading up to the gathering

A real sense of anticipation for this Jamboree. I had had a very apprehensive feeling walking from the Metro to STEIM on my last visit back in November, my first time back since Michel’s passing. It was enormously reassuring to see the place well, and just keepin’ on going. Then the news that financial support had been reinstated was a joy of relief. The Jamboree affirms this continued livelihood and liveliness of the place, and the community.

I rushed up on an early train Monday to be able to work w/ Jorgen to finish my instrument, and as I worked away in the workshop, the afternoon leading up to the first session was a wonderful reunion. David Z walked in, first visit to STEIM, went out for lunch w/ Frank and Taku. Then there was Dan Overholt in the software room, tinkering around w/ his new touch-joystick instrument. As if he had never gone away. Then I turhed around and Sukandar had walked in -

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Frank Baldé - junXion v4 kickoff

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Taku, STEIM’s artistic director and curator for most of the Jamboree events, welcomes the audience and guests, mentions the rough year STEIM has gone through, and the fact that STEIM will continue. He presents Dick Rijken as the new director, who talks a bit about Michel’s passing and his new role.

Then it’s Frank’s turn. He starts with an introduction on the hardware development at STEIM, from the Sensorlab to the junXionboard. Dan Overholt helped developing this sensorinterface. The idea arised that the software to support the HID USB interface should be more powerful than the small little utility we had then. Also, the Sensorlab code was very much a programming language, while most musicians don’t want to become a programmer, and Frank ended up writing all the setups, making the musician dependent on STEIM for their setup updates. So junXion should be userfriendly, no scripting language. But powerful.

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