Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuba and more:
Piano, Keyboards, Theremin:
Electric Contrabass Guitar;
Jim Connolly (also: musical saw)
Percussion and so much more:
Friday, October 07, 2011
This will be an all acoustic session. We have two “areas” set up, one for micro-sounds and one for full-on playing. The microphones are wonderful, for the micro-sound area we have a Schoeps CMC 5 mic amp with a sub-cardioid capsule and a B&K 4006 (omni), both running into an Avalon M2.
For the full-on area we have a Coles 4038 ribbon mic, a Royer SF-12 stereo ribbon mic, and two Sennheiser MKH 40's, all running into a Millennia HV-3R.
The session will be recording into Pro Tools at 96/24.
This should be a fun weekend.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I'm absolutely loving my Softstep...a very versatile footcontroller...smaller, lighter and does way more than any other foot controller out there at this time that I am aware of. However, in the past it required all users to use a standalone piece of software. Being a Max/MSP user, I like to do everything natively within Max itself...I think this is common with many of us Max users... Thankfully, Keith McMillen Instruments has recently come out with a Max/MSP developers kit that pointed me and several other users in a direction that allowed us to create software that runs on standard objects within Max.
In short, you drop the jk.softstep abstraction in your max patch and give it a number that corresponds to the button you want it to be associated with. Then choose the outlet you want: bangs, toggles, lists, xy data, pressure data, pressure with latching, dials, and with more options on the way. That's it, really *very* simple...even though the example patch has everything going at once...
As a warning, though, it uses common sysex that was sniffed out with a midi monitor. If used incorrectly, sysex can really scramble things. I've even heard stories of sysex permanently "bricking" hardware, although I've never personally experienced it. I've used this software daily since Thursday without any problems, but there are no guarantees.
Please, until KMI releases this information officially and with more specifics,
***No guarantees, use at your own risk***
Also: I've chosen functionality that pertains to my own use, so, not a lot of LED action. There is information inside of the jk.stepcore abstraction if you want to add this functionality.
A big thanks to my friend Chris Lavender for helping with the output stage.
[EDIT: July 20, 2014. This software is now available at http://jeffkaiser.com/max/ AND the LEDs work fine now.]
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Upon arriving, I received some good news: the score for my Alchemical Mass was accepted into an art show on experimental music notation at the Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland, CA and I received the newest addition to my electro-acoustic rig: the Softstep, from Keth McMillan Instruments. More on both of these in posts to come.
After a few days here, I was treated to a lovely show at the Jazz Station in Eugene, featuring the duos of Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, and Lucio Menegon and Sabrina Siegel. Ted Killian then joined me here for a few days and while discussing Max/Msp and Jitter we feasted on many of the vegan offerings in Eugene at Morning Glory Cafe, Pizza Research Institute, the Cornbread Cafe, while remaining caffeinated by The Wandering Goat, and also attended a noise concert at the New Zone Art Gallery featuring many of my friends here in town....
Michael Vlatkovich and Wayne
Andrew, Wayne, Steuart Liebib, Alex Cline
My favorite tea drinking spot.
Wild animals abound...
Ted Killian and I at the Pizza Research Institute before the show
Seriously amazing pizza.
Paul and Jeff Young
Paul and Jeff
Lucio Menegon and Sabrina Siegel
I Died (Chris Gierig)
Che F. Kirk (Roger Smith)
Chris and Roger
INRI and Radiant Thaw
Curtis Rochambeau with John 7 in the background
View of Curtis from the audience
Marlo Eggplant and Hobby Knife (Marilyn Kent)
Cornbread Cafe, vegan "comfort food:
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Michael Moore, clarinets
Michael Vatcher, percussion
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I'm very excited about this project. My friend John Hirschmann has been talking about it for awhile, and it is now ready to go...Will keep you posted. Meanwhile, CLICK HERE, to listen to a sample. Click on the image to see a large version.