‘u’ — the First Authentic Klingon Opera On Earth

The Klingon are known as passionate opera-lovers. However very little is known about their highly evolved form of musical expression here on earth. Floris Schönfeld has managed to lay his hands on some fragments of a masterpiece of the batlh jachlut or Honorable Battle opera. Its title is ‘u’, which can be translated as ‘universe’ […]

Online Music Creating with Aviary

Aviary is a free suite of powerful online creation tools. You can edit photos, logos, web templates and more, but I’m not very good with graphics – until now I only use Aviary for screen capturing. Now they have released their online Music Creating tool. Of course it cannot compete with FLStudio or Ableton Live […]

Sample Tank & Live

IK-Multimedia has a group-buy for their Xpansion Tank 2, including some titles, depending on how many participants will join. It’s a really good offer – even if they stole the concept from Image-Line (the company behind FLStudio), so I joined and have 5 sample libraries extra, waiting for the sixth. Since Sample Tank works as […]

Op. 13 – Having a Cold

Almost a year ago I finished my opus 12 – Mystic Land; a Renoise Project. I’ve been trying very hard after that to make something new and my hard disc is filled with directories with unfinished projects. A lot of them were made with FLStudio, still my favorite DAW. But after I had the courage […]

Collaborative music making with Ohmstudio

From the Ohm Force newsletter: In 2000, a bunch of music geeks gathered around their computers, only to find themselves guided by a strange and mysterious power — the power of Ohm Force. It revealed to them the essence of audio processing which they used to create the now mythical Ohm plug-ins. But they had […]

Harmless 2010 – Image Line’s Christmas Present

Although I also work with other music software, Image Line’s FLStudio is my favourite DAW. Now they’ve almost given away their new synth: Harmless. Harmless is an additive synthesizer doing subtractive synthesis. Or if you prefer, a subtractive synthesizer powered by an additive synthesis engine. Until the end of the year customers can decide for […]

Samson Go Mic

My singing must be an harassment (not to say: an insult!) to the human ear, but for me Samson’s Go Mic is a wonderful invention, allowing me to take the little device with me wherever I go and to make recordings wherever I am. It records the voice, my guitar and the piano quite good […]

Opus 12 – Mystic Land

Another Renoise project. This one was inspired by the Renoise Music Competition to make music for the RPG Immortal Empire. Especially the winning song, “Goddess of Fate” by Jacek Dojwa inspired me to write something melodic, instead of Just Some Noise. Well, it was quite easy to make the beginning, because I was extraordinarily inspired […]

Just Some Noise

Last weeks I’ve been busy learning Renoise. The monthly workshop in Computer Music helped me a lot, and after last month’s issue I felt prepared for the job to make my own piece of noise. I have to admit: the drumtrack is based on the material CM offered – of course I entered the data […]


While I was fully obsessed with Renoise this week, I had an hour spare time during my work last thursday and what else could I do as Making some Music? But: I only had the computer in my classroom at my disposal with FLStudio installed and only a few VST’s. The less the better, because […]

  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.