Good Morning Mix: The ‘Story of Rinzen’ continues with chapter two

Good Morning Mix: The ‘Story of Rinzen’ continues with chapter twoRinzen Credit Alive Coverage

“I didn’t strive for success, I strive to do something artistically important,” opens Rinzen‘s latest mix. To say the least, it’s a relevant sample for such an ambitious act. In February, the Los Angeles-based producer introduced his new mix series, Story of Rinzen. The opening episode marked Rinzen’s proficiency at world-building through his mixes, a skill he continues to display on the follow-up.

The second chapter of Story of Rinzen once again features nearly two-hours of meticulously curated deep house and techno cuts. Colyn, Tim Engelhardt, and other artists of this fabric feature among Rinzen’s own works, including a few IDs, one of which is due out in September, Rinzen teased in the comments. Stream the mix below, or catch up on the first installment here.

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Modular Synth Supergroup Node Releases Live Concert Video

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Modular synth supergroup Node – made up producer Flood, producer and composer Ed Buller, Doctor of Music Dave Bessell, and Hollywood film composer Mel Wesson – has released Live at the Royal College of Music, a Blu-ray concert video of one of their rare live performances.

Node performs and records with large-format modular synthesizers. The performance features each of the musicians performing with a collection of classic modern and vintage gear.

Node’s performance was released on CD and digital formats in 2018 as the album Node Live and features new music in the tradition of 70’s electronic music pioneers like Tangerine Dream.

Now the Blu-ray release promises a behind-the-synths view of the performance.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Appearances of Node live are incredibly rare, but when they happen they unleash their full ‘shock and awe’ arsenal of vintage analogue synths in a stage performance that is played entirely in real time.

Featuring probably the largest collection of such synthesizers ever gathered on a single stage, this is a rare opportunity to hear these vintage machines in full flight handled by masters of the art.

Released as a limited edition of 500 – when they are gone they are gone.”

Node are:

  • Dave Bessell: guitar and modulars
  • Ed Buller: sequencing and modulars
  • Flood: Basso Profundo and modulars
  • Mel Wesson: VCS3, PPG and modulars

You can find out more about the concert and the effort behind it in our 2018 interview with Node.

Pricing and Availability

Live at the Royal College of Music is available now on Blu-ray for $24.99.

The music is also available on CD and in digital formats. You can preview the album below:

Is Surge The Ultimate Microtonal Synthesizer?

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Synthesist and microtonal composer John Moriarty share this intro to Surge, an open source synthesizer that he describes as the ‘Gold Standard’ for microtuning support.

A Youtube commenter notes that the video “Felt like an early 90’s job training vid, but more entertaining.” Moriarty attributes that to the ‘the terrible green screen key and crap lighting’.

Get beyond the terrible green screen key and crap lighting, though, and the video quickly transitions from being an upbeat retro intro to Surge to digging into Scala files, alternate tunings and non-monotonic controller mapping.

Surge is available as a free download for Linux, macOS & Windows.

Mort Garson, From Doris Day To Disco

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This profile of Mort Garson, a featurette from the Doris Day movie Do Not Disturb, offers a rare interview with the late electronic music pioneer.

Garson (1924 – 2008) was a multi-talented Julliard-trained musician who found success as arranger, songwriter, composer and electronic musician.

His resume is far beyond eclectic, ranging from 60’s lounge music (Our Day Will Come, The Love Strings Of Mort Garson) to early electronica (Electronic Hair Pieces, Signs Of The Zodiac, Mother Earth’s Plantasia) to sexploitation (Z – Theme From Sensuous Lovers) and disco.

iConnectivity Intros First USB-C MIDI Interface For Android, iOS, MacOS & Windows

iConnectivity has introduced the mioXC, a 1×1, 16 channel USB-C MIDI interface you can use to connect your MIDI compatible gear to your Mac, PC, iOS, or Android computing device.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“mioXC is a fuss-free and simple 1 in 1 out, 16 channel USB-MIDI interface you can use to connect your MIDI compatible gear.

Whether you have a controller keyboard, synthesizer, drum machine or whatever; mioXC lets you connect them to your Mac, PC, iOS, or Android computing device.”

Features:

  • USB Type-C and USB Type-A connectivity: connect seamlessly with most types of modern computers/computing devices
  • 1×1 DIN-MIDI connectivity
  • Supports 16 channels of MIDI I/O
  • USB bus powered
  • Plug and play – no drivers needed
  • USB-MIDI Class-Compliant
  • Android compatible: connect easily to most modern Android devices directly via USB-C
  • iOS compatible: works with USB Type-C iOS devices or with Lightning equipped devices using Apple Lightning to USB Camera adapter (adapter not included)
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex Processor

Pricing and Availability

mioXC is available now with a street price of about $50 USD.

Sequential Pro 3 Updated With User Wavetable Import

Sequential has announced a major enhancement to the Pro 3 monophonic synthesizer, adding support for user-created wavetables.

“How do you make an awesome-sounding hybrid synth even better?” asks Sequential founder Dave Smith. “By letting users import their own wavetables. We hope users get crazy with it.”

Sequential’s web-based utility Wavetable Generator lets you convert up to 16 single-cycle waves into a Pro 3 compatible wavetable and then load it into to any of the 32 user wavetable slots on the synth. This significantly expands the sound palette of the instrument.

Custom wavetables are generated as SysEx files that can be archived and shared with other Pro 3 owners. To use the feature, users will need to upgrade to version 1.1 of the Pro 3 operating system, available on the Support page of Sequential’s website. Both the Wavetable Generator utility and OS upgrade are provided free of charge to Pro 3 owners.