The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report: If your life depends on technology, you better read this cover to cover.
A must see presentation from Scott Galloway of NYU Stern, on the Four Horsemen of the internet (Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook), who is winning and who is losing, and why Apple may very well be the first trillion dollar company.
Fasten your seatbelt, it's an action packed few minutes.
Another cold weekend by the fire, and another 2 hour project in the morning while the family sleeps; this time, starting with the excellent NEON Maschine Expansion Pack from Native Instruments, and selected components from the demo track "Fever Line". A wonderful way to explore what is possible with Maschine and the Komplete Library.
On a snowy, cold day in Toronto, what better way to pass the time than working on a new track. This time, a down tempo, chill-out vibe ... perhaps inspired by the dreary conditions outside, and the dream of warm outdoor evenings that surely must only be months away.
Sat down on a dreary Toronto morning and gave myself a 2 hour window to deliver something end-end. This track leverages the excellent Drop Squad Expansion Pack for Maschine.
I gave myself a bit of a head start with the "Back To Dub Roots" sample project. The rest was played in on Maschine Studio, and my tiny CME xKey travelling keyboard. Track was mastered on-line with LANDR.
Despite having used Bigwig for a number of months now, getting back to Maschine was a breeze thanks to the workflow of Machine Studio.
One of the frustrations with using keyboards as the predominant way in which to encode digital music is that they are a poor input device for capturing the nuances of wind and bowed instruments. Well, that's all about to change, as Hagai Davidoff illustrates in this video.
By using a Leap Motion controller, and the Reaktor "Ensemble Serenade III", he is able to mimic the motion of a bow on strings, and generate a richly textured set of outputs.
If you are interested in experimenting with the Leap Motion controller for making music, you need to check out the Geco Midi Controller (http://uwyn.com/geco/) as can be seen in the video below:
Benedict Evans, who is now a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, is a must watch.
For more insights, you should check out his blog at http://ben-evans.com.
More flights, more remix projects. This one, a late night, somewhat moody remix of Wellenrausch's Hypnotize. Pulled together from a Traktor Remix Deck, with Strings and Voices (courtesy of Native Instruments Komplete Library) played in on the keyboard.
Spent some more time crossing back and forth across the Atlantic last week, took some much needed downtime to work on a new remix. This one a is a bit more moody ... that's what staring out into a dark sky at 35,000 feet in the middle of nowhere will do to you ... call this a "late night feel".
Had the pleasure of seeing Erasure in concert in Toronto a few weeks ago, and was inspired to remix Elevation on one of my many recent international flights. Pulled apart the track using Traktor, then re-assembled using Bigwig Studio, augmented with some third party loops.