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Amazing iOS live remix app Ninja Jamm launches

Posted in Practice with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2013 by fgitler
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The main interface of Ninja Jamm (shown on iphone 5 here), using both clip and drill modes. Coldcut’s Beats & Pieces, shown here, comes with the free app when you download it.

I love working on various sound and music projects, but can’t find the time to lose myself in music production as often as I’d like. Then I started using the new Ninja Jamm app, developed by Ninja Tune & Seeper, and solved all that. Since downloading the free app, I’ve done remixes on the subway, waiting to get my hair cut, sitting in a café, a taxi, waiting for carrots to cook or laundry to finish the dryer cycle.

It has the thrill of an intense but simple arcade game (Pac-Mantronik?) and the temporal/tactile magic of MPC beat-making. Even as I compare it’s interface to a video game, do not mistake NJ for a toy. It’s running full 16bit 44khz sound, versatile and powerful. Each Tune Pack, (all songs by Ninja artists at the moment, with more possibilities expected soon) gives you many sounds to manipulate (41 sounds per tune pack) at a wide array of tempos (from sludge/drone slowness, to fast-forward chipmunk music) with an of different effects, and many different ways to completely remake the songs using the provided ingredients. And this is a live mixing process, there’s no editing or sequencing capability. Rather the focus is on live performance–the result of decisions made in the moment. This makes it a bit closer to djing than the more painstaking process of studio production work.

I’ve uploaded over 40 songs in the last month, and each one took less than 5 minutes to make (4:57 is the recording limit of the app, though you may jamm without recording as long as you like). You can then upload your live recording to a Soundcloud account. These files are uncompressed WAV files, and can get up to 50MB in size, so keep that in mind when uploading. Tune Packs also tend to be between 30 and 50MB. You’ll likely want access to either a fast data network or wi-fi when uploading your mixes or downloading the packs.

Here’s my latest, a slowed-down version of the Coldcut classic Beats & Pieces:

In addition to the free Tune Pack included from Coldcut, there are packs available for purchase ($0.99 each, with two EPS discounted) from Dj Food, Mr Scruff, Two Fingers, Bonobo, Emika, and many more, including a pack from Luke Vibert that is an exclusive song available in no other form.

I’ve used other iOS music apps in the past, including Propellerhead’s Rebirth and Figure, but nothing else has been so easy to actully make complete compositions with. Even if you have little or no background in music production, the app comes with an excellent interactive tutorial, and trial and error teaches an inquisitive user all kinds of cool techniques. For more info: updates are posted on the Ninja Jamm website, and the the Ninja Jamm Facebook page. Also I’ve compiled a bunch of links, videos, and reviews over at Stumbleupon. And yes the app is currently iOS only, but and Android version is in the works as are other exciting features. Hard to believe this is only version 1.

Sound Production Links

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2013 by fgitler

I haven’t updated this blog in quite some time. There is not too much to report on the Sound Design front, but there probably have a few things I should get around to sharing. In the meantime, I’ve created a list of Music Production links at Stumbleupon:
Stumbleupon Production Links

There’s also a list of places to find new music, mixes, free music, etc: Music Sources

Enjoy!

Drifting on the Ocean with the 64 Bar Orchestra

Posted in Practice with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by fgitler

My remix from the forthcoming Ninja Remix Chain, (where each producer remixes the remix of the previous remix, without have heard the original, and so on,) has been included in a new 64 bar orchestra mix, along with the original version of Ocean Drift by Kelp, which I hadn’t heard when I remixed the remix of the remix of the remix of that track. Also, some other amazing material collected by Kovas is included in this mix. Feast your ears:
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track listing:
64 Bar Orchestra – episode 3

Beat 19 By Jose B
Radioattractive By Ponymama
Comanche By Co Pilot
Ocean Drift By Kelp
Ocean Drint (Remix) By Techniken Defunkus
Forever Sound By Escape Velocity
2064 By Kultran
Yesterday’s GamesBuy By Ave Blast & Lopez
Conversations By Echo Park Feat Light Poetic
Keep It Quiet By Dj Kovas
Fire Feathers By Co Pilot

Mix of original electronic music

Posted in Practice with tags , , , , on September 21, 2010 by fgitler

I’ve participated (for the third time) in something called the “Sixty-four bar challenge”, a music compilation produced by people who frequent the internet forum of Ninja Tune records. Every participant submits a song 64 bars in length (often with intro and outro material added) at a pre-agreed upon tempo. Then the songs are mixed into a continuous format. The latest edition is all set at 128bpm.
More info is below, and an interview with myself and other participants has been posted on the Interesting Blends blog.

My contributions are listed under the name “Techniken Defunkus” and can be downloaded in full from Soundcloud


64 Bar Challenge Volume 4
: 128 BPM mixed by Kovas and Twit.

download at Postbocks

Tracklisting/Details:
00:00 DR RUBBERFUNK � LIFT OFF
02:14 MEEZOID � 64BADCHEESES
04:02 THE DWARVES � FREE COCAINE
06:03 MELONHANDS – FATFATBOOMBOOM
08:04 KAL � MOTHBREATH
09:04 REMDOG � MINOTAUR
11:30 PROOF OF CONCEPT � SEQUENCE OF LOOPS
13.32 REMDOG � SON OF CYCLOPS
15:50 MONKIZZLE � UNDERWATER
17:45 BECY10 � CHEZZY
20:00 KELP � TORN SOLARSAIL
22:30 DAY OF VENGENCE � SWARM
24:25 REMDOG � SIGNS
27:00 AGT RAVE CRU � BILLIONS DEAD
30:00 ERG � HOUNDS OF HELL
31:55 SECRET PRODUCER � YOUNG URBAN MONSTERS
34:10 DJ MONEYSHOT � BASS POWER
36:14 THE CRANE � TACKED ON
38:14 TECHNIKEN DEFUNKUS � DIVING-WITHOUT-WATER
40:01 ALEX STACEY � PING PING COCONUT
42:08 MEXICAN BOB � SEARCHLIGHT
44:34 TECHNIKEN DEFUNKUS � DANCE-IT-AND-SIGNOFF
46:28 JAMES SWIFT � GREEN THING
48:48 KOVAS FEAT ROBBIE JOHNSON � DESIRE