Archive for the ‘Music/DJ’ Category

Mixed Up Performance – Jyväskylä Art Museum

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I did a small performance last night at The Jyväskylä Art Museum as a part of the Live Herring ’11 events.

Live Herring ’11 in Jyväskylä

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

This week in Jyväskylä:

Thu 10/03/2011, 4:30 PM – Artist Talk

I will do a small artist talk/Q&A session at The Jyväskylä Art Museum. I will also do a small performance using The Beat Blender and Made In Iron controllers.

Fri 11/3/2011, 6 PM – The Future Roots & VJ Månsteri

I will be VJing to the sounds of The Future Roots in The Jyväkylä Art Museum. The visuals will be based on the cover art made by Minja Revonkorpi & Rita Vargas.

Sat 12/3 & Sun 13/3 – Arduino Workshop

On saturday and sunday I will do an Introduction to Arduino workshop. I’ll try to post some pictures about that during the weekend All the places for the workshop are reserved already.

More info about the whole Live Herring ’11 event. Lots of exhibitions, gigs, artist talks etc. Check it out.

Made in Iron 2

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Update on the Iron project. Not perfect but it’s starting to sound pretty decent. Listen through proper speakers or headphones to hear the full effect of the bass.

Made in Iron

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Testing my new instrument and ironing my wrinkly papers at the same time. This is the beat slicing mode. Still needs a lot of work but I wanted to shoot some documentation anyway.

It’s a wireless controller for making music.

Features include:
– 6 different modes
– A mega wobble bass generator
– Beat slicer
– Sampler
– ???

Tech specs:
– Senses the grayscale values of the surface
– Accelerometer
– Tactile feedback (vibration)
– RGB LED
– Completely wireless

Stay tuned for more.

Music Video Set @ Kauppayhtiö, Fri 20/11/2009

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Playing tonight at Cafe Kauppayhtiö. Music video set. Lots of 80’s and 90’s hip hop.

Also some new stuff like this excellent video from Boys Noize:

Tonight: Månsteri Live AV Set @ Kauppayhtiö

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Music videos, found footage, generative visuals… all mixed live with two turntables.

Picture 3

Kahvila Kauppayhtiö, Rovaniemi
Sat 8/8/2009
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Serato Video-SL + Quartz Composer

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I bought the Rane TTM 57SL mixer and Serato Video-SL a couple of weeks ago, because I wanted a good setup for AV mixing and scratching. I’ve had the Ms. Pinky vinyls for a long time. They are very nice, but the software just doesn’t cut it for my purposes.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my pink vinyls and the fact that I can do whatever I want with them using the Max/MSP patches. And the newest version of Maxi-Patch even has OSC output so it works very nicely together with VDMX. But I need something more advanced for the audio side and a rock solid system for doing AV.

I have to tell you, the 57 has now become my favourite mixer. The faders are perfect for turntablism, it feels very solid just like the 56 and the software integration works well. The only gripe I have with it, is that it uses some proprietary HID protocol to communicate with Serato Live. So I can’t use the hardware control with any other software. Hoping for a MIDI firmware update. Oh, and the other thing is that it’s only USB1.1. Haven’t had much problems with it, but I would feel more comfortable if it would be USB 2.0.

I have the M-Audio Torq and for DJ-stuff it would have been enough for me, but there was just no way to easily incorporate video for AV-sets. I was surprised how well the Serato Video-SL works. Just throw your video on the deck like you would do with an .mp3 file and you are good to go. Together with 57SL, it’s a system that “just works.” Very important for me since I’m always busy doing stuff on the turntables and want to keep my hands off the laptop as much as possible.

Now mixing videos with audio is cool by itself, but the biggest selling point for me was the Quartz Composer integration. This feature was just added in the latest Video-SL release so hopefully there will be improvements, but what they got going is pretty cool already.

You can load a .qtz file on a deck that is playing audio by dragging it on the corresponding video channel. Your basic QC files work just like that. The only special thing about it is that the patch time of your composition is being controlled by the the song position of the deck where you .qtz file is loaded. So if your composition has any some sort of animation on it (Interpolation, LFOs etc.) you can just start scratching and the animation will follow. If you don’t want this behavior (I usually don’t), just feed system time into any patch that depends on the patch time.

That’s fine for some basic stuff. But I want more control! Fortunately, Serato has included the ability to control .qtz files with all kinds of data from the Scratch Live software – needle velocity, song info etc. – and you also get some data from the hardware controls of the TTM 57SL mixer. However, this stuff is not really documented anywhere (except for a .pdf I found on the Video-SL Beta forum). So I’m gathering all the info that I know over here.

The way this works is the same way you always interact with Quartz Composer files in an external program. You publish inputs with certain names.

This image is from the .pdf I mentioned earlier. I don’t want to post it here since Serato hasn’t released it publicly and they might have a reason for that. You can find it on the forum if you are registered. http://serato.com/forum/discussion/141782 The .zip also includes a bunch of sample compositions that show how the communication works.

There are 27 parameters that you can use to drive your compositions. And the input name always starts with kSSV_SeratoData. Now I could list all of theme here, but it would just make this already too long post even longer. So I’m doing something better.

I created these clips for myself to be able to easily add the Serato input splitters to my compositions without trying to remember the syntax exactly. And since I’m such a nice guy, I’m sharing them with you.

Download the clips.

Once downloaded, copy the .qtz files to this location:
~/Library/Application Support/Apple/Developer Tools/Quartz Composer/Clips (where /~ is your Home Folder).

The next time you launch Quartz Composer, search for Serato in the Patch Creator and double-click the clip that you want to use.

Connect the output to whatever you want to control. Remember to also publish the input of the Serato clip you have chosen by right clicking and choosing Published Inputs and the input name. Make sure you don’t change the name.

I think I haven’t tested all of them, but I know that there is at least one problem. The Serato Needle Position is not working at all. I’ve reported this to Serato, but haven’t received an answer yet. This has been fixed in Scratch Live 1.9.1. which is in public beta. You can use the song position also if you need position data. The Needle Position is the position from the beginning of your control vinyl.

Here is an example that I made pretty much the first day I got Video-SL running. It was inspired by the Visual Scratch project. The Needle Velocity controls the Y position and the fader controls the visibility of the line. It’s not perfect, but fun to mess with anyway. Sorry about the crappy scratching. I’m a bit rusty, because I didn’t have turntables in Montreal so I couldn’t practice for 9 months.

Music by the Finnish dubstep-superheroes Demonic 1 & Dr. Coil. The song is called Bottomless Pit and it’s from their Treblescience EP.

Download the .qtz file.

If you’ve been reading this blog for the past few days, you might have guessed that I’m working on some Serato + Animata stuff. I should have a video to show later this week. Stay tuned.

Mixmaster 1200

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The second installment of my Mixed Up series has now seen the light. Let me introduce you to the Mixmaster 1200.

mixed up

The Mixmaster 1200 is a wireless scratching device for the turntablist who prefers to deliver his/her scratches like a 5 star chef. As you can see, the Mixmaster does not have any beaters attached to it. This is because it has small laser powered plasma emitter beaters that actually heat up the airwaves around the device itself producing the unique sounding aural explosions.

More information: http://originalhamsters.com/motion/mixedup.php

Beat Blender Preview

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Have you ever wondered what a banana mixed with a strawberry sounds like? Or how about kiwi-watermelon puree? Watch this video and you will find out.

I found this old blender from a flea market and noticed that the names of the different blending modes are very similar to the terminology used in DJing. So I decided to turn this kitchen appliance into a DJ mixer.

The audio tracks are triggered by inserting different fruits into the blender. The buttons on the front panel control the mixing modes and you also have two different types of transformer switches for cutting the sound in and out.

The options are:

  • Stir
  • Puree
  • Whip
  • Grate
  • Mix
  • Chop
  • Grind
  • Blend
  • Liquefy
  • Frappé

How does it work?

  • Arduino for brains
  • RFID reader
  • Different kinds of fruits made out of felt
  • RFID tags inside the fruits
  • Max/MSP for converting the serial data to MIDI
  • Ableton Live for playback
  • Mad skills to pay the bills

Stay tuned for more information, pictures and and better quality videos. This is just a preview, I´m hoping to improve it in the following weeks.

I also need to come up with a better name for this thing. Please leave your suggestions in the comments.

Beat Blender documentation page.

Vimeo link for the video.

Youtube link for the video.

Kutiman´s ThruYou

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Kutiman just became my new hero. Finally someone makes YouTube mashups that don´t sound like shit. Check them out at http://thru-you.com/. Having a hard time deciding my favorite.

thruyou

http://thru-you.com/