Archive for the 'Zzzzz' Category

Larry Levan – Live At The Paradise Garage 1979

September 30, 2017



October 14, 2016

Billy Cobham & George Duke giving it welly. Hell yeah!

See you in Ballyshannon?

May 15, 2016

Awesome performance from Rory. I remember this being beamed live across Europe on TV and Radio in 1977. I was five and my brothers moved the stereo (a precious and rare thing in the west of Ireland back then) into the living room.

I had a scratchy cassette tape of this show for years – wore it out. Happily it was made available on DVD a few years back.

Still hoping to make the Rory Festival in Ballyshannon – would love to see Wilko Jonson in action.



Using a Raspberry Pi as USB MIDI Host

February 8, 2016

Wheeeeeeeee! I have some money again, though not a lot of time, but I’m determined to finish and further expand the projects I started with such gusto last year.

Both the Tempest and FS1r are blurred memories, and I’ve been getting my kicks, whenever possible, with a Monomachine/Blofeld Combo.

The great thing about this pairing is that I can sequence 6 channels of Blofeld multimode goodness alongside 5 Monomachine tracks, with the 6th track acting as the FX machine for the Blofeld, which is routed back through the MnM inputs. A nice, self contained, and gloriously digital setup. Did I mention that MnM does killer drum synthesis?


On the the MnM it is possible to input chords using an external MIDI keyboard for the Arps and external sequencing.

I have an cheapo Akai LPK USB mid keyboard that would make a nice compliment to this mini setup. But MnM only accepts 5-pin DIN MIDI. One existing option is the Kenton USB MIDI Host, but that goes for over 100 euro.

I got to thinking that I could use my similarly-abandoned and superseded Raspberry Pi 1, and a MIDI 1×1 USB MIDI cable that never got used because it kept causing bluescreens on my Windows PC. What if I could use the Pi to route the output of the LPK through the 1×1?

Well yes, it’s possible, works perfectly, and is really easy to get running.

Any flavour of linux will do, in my case I’m using a Raspberry Pi v1 with an optimised Raspbian Wheezy image I downloaded from here. I’ve also got this to work on a Rpi2 using the official Ubuntu ARMv7 distro.
The instructions for both are the same.

EDIT: Georgios Says:

By the way, on the latest raspbian, it works out of the box. No need to install anything 🙂

Obviously, with only 2 USB ports on the Pi v1, there is no room for wireless, so I needed to login over ethernet.

Once a command prompt is available, it’s a matter of installing Alsa:

sudo apt-get install alsa alsa-utils

Now connect the *class compliant* MIDI devices, in my case the Akai LPK25 and E-mu USB MIDI 1×1.

To show all connected MIDI devices:

sudo amidi -l

Show connection status and port numbers of connected MIDI devices

sudo aconnect -i -o

Look for the device ID, which is in the format x:0. In my case, the LPK25 was 20:0 and the Emu 1×1 was 16:0. So to connect the output of the LPK to the output of the Emu, just go:

sudo aconnect 20:0 16:0

…and voila! Works a treat here, no latency and I’ve sent boatloads of MIDI through it.

To dump all midi message to the screen,
sudo amidi -d

Naturally, we will want this connection to happen automatically every time we start the Pi. Of the several ways to do this, I opted for the laziest, which was to make a root crontab.
If you’re not root already,

sudo su
crontab -e

at the end of the file, enter the aconnect command that works for you to run at reboot, e.g.

@reboot aconnect 20:0 16:0


Eric Burdon & War – Lost Broadcasts

March 15, 2015

Sunday morning Youtube trawls FTW!

Grace Jones – Nipple To The Bottle

April 25, 2014

Because we can…

April 6, 2014

Colours of noise

Twinky 2007-2013 RIP

May 28, 2013



She was a good friend.

Rory Gallagher – Want Ad Blues

March 30, 2013

Curtis Mayfield – Doo-Doo-Wop Is Strong in Here

March 6, 2013

I’m obsessed with this song at the moment:


Making a Latin feel tune on the YAMAHA MM6 synthesizer

January 21, 2013

Stumbled over this vid on Youtube. A seemingly awful bedroom demo turns into a stunning surprise. Superb playing starting at 9:30. Made my day.

Honey Claws – Digital Animal

December 21, 2012

I really like these guys – first heard them on the Breaking Bad soundtrack – listen to more..

Miles Davis – Grammy’s 1982

November 17, 2012

great how he fucks with the audience!


April 3, 2012

This can of Kontakt60 has just saved me a lot of bother, and probably money too. I couldn’t find the much-heralded Caig Deoxit, but I was willing to give this austere-looking German version a go.

A tiny amount has solved my encoder issues with the Blofeld, fixed my jumpy dial on the XL-7, and rejuvenated the rotaries on an old Zoom guitar pedal. Everything behaves as new. In the Blofeld’s case it’s never been better. Magic stuff!

In case you’re wondering…

March 30, 2012

My Dropbox public links have been suspended due to having exceeded my public bandwidth. Bah.

Piccies will be back soon-ish.


EDIT: Fixed now. Phew 😛

Interactive Frequency Chart

March 27, 2012

Interactive Frequency Chart – Independent Recording Network.

Very handy EQ reference.

Chord Formulas and ‘Feel’

February 23, 2012

Where R=root note and the ascending numbers are semitone intervals. 7th note extensions in parenthesis.

Chord Formula  ‘Feel’
Semitone Root+1 Suspenseful, threatening
5th R+7 Solid, ‘power chord’
Major R+4+3(+3) complacent, satisfied, optimistic
Minor R+3+4(+3) Sad (but not always)
7th  R+4+3+4 Tough, bluesey jazzy rocky
Major 7th  R+4+3+4 Happy, almost jazzy
Minor 7th R+3+4+3 Airy, melancholy, ‘Not quite’ sad
Min/Maj 7th R+3+4+4 Softer still
Augmented R+4+4*(+3) Blues, country, jazz
Diminished R+3+3*(+3) Classical, jazz, gospel
Sus2 R+2+5 ‘Open’ sound , hanging there
Sus4 R+5+2 As above
Major 9th R+3+3+3+4 Open, soaring, airy
9th (dom 9th) R+4+3+3+4 Open, soaring, airy
m9th R+3+7+10+14 Tragic, hopeless
6th R+4+3+2 Jazzy-bossa playfulness
m6 R+3+7+9 Suspenseful, mysterious

To find the desired chord on the keyboard: Place a finger on the root note, count-up the semitones to the next position, place your finger and count-up again for the next position, etc. Example: A Maj7th = R+4-3-4 = A – Csharp – E – Gsharp.

To find the first inversion of any chord, take your finger off the root and place it on the note one octave above (in our example, still an A, just an octave higher).

To find the second inversion, move your lowest finger up to the next available note in the chord.

This way you can cycle up and down the keyboard, in the process using the same notes – = A – Csharp – E – Gsharp in different order.

Note names, MIDI numbers and frequencies

February 2, 2012


via Note names, MIDI numbers and frequencies.

Deep House Mix Archive

January 25, 2012

Deep House Page Mix Archive.

Jeff Mills

January 24, 2012

A beast on the 909.

July 20, 2011


July 19, 2011

Using Multiband Compression to Bring your Bass Back to Life |

May 4, 2011

Using Multiband Compression to Bring your Bass Back to Life 

Frequency-selective Dynamics (Sidechaining)

April 29, 2011

Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio: Additional Resources Cambridge Music Technology

Yamaha DX7 Algorithms

April 18, 2011

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