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August 26, 2013 6:47 AM   Subscribe


 
I don't have the slightest clue what is going on here but I know that it's got some GODDAMN SICK BEATS
posted by fight or flight at 6:49 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


I am eagerly awaiting the entrance into this thread of somebody who can explain what all the blinky lights mean. Wow.
posted by HeroZero at 7:00 AM on August 26, 2013


Pretty amazing. But, like others, I really have no idea what's going on here. The hand movements sometimes seem to have little correlation with the music or what's going on, especially with the lights on the 3D. I almost want to see it as a gag..."Just slam-away at all the buttons and we'll drop a banging soundtrack over it. It'll magically sync, just like those bad-lip-reading vids."

I know that's probably not what's happening here, though. I just can't prove it.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:07 AM on August 26, 2013


I bet this person can actually rub his belly and pat his head at the same time.
posted by NoMich at 7:15 AM on August 26, 2013


I know that's probably not what's happening here, though. I just can't prove it.

The musician is hitting the keys with purpose. I tried tracking a single button for a while and, sure enough, every time that key was pressed a particular note played. I'm not sure if the buttons are being reassigned to different sounds over the course of the track, but for the time I tracked that one key, it was being used consistently.
posted by Dreadnought at 7:15 AM on August 26, 2013


I'm not sure if the buttons are being reassigned to different sounds over the course of the track, but for the time I tracked that one key, it was being used consistently.

The four horizontal buttons on top are clearly bank selectors, so the keys were being remapped. It may be that there's more than four banks (where a button+a bank switch=a new bank) but there's at least four banks.
posted by eriko at 7:17 AM on August 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wait - have people seriously never seen sample pads before?
posted by koeselitz at 7:31 AM on August 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


(It's generally called an MPC, and they're particularly suited to producing this type of music on the fly. Here's another good example of someone using one live.)
posted by koeselitz at 7:39 AM on August 26, 2013




The one on the left is made by M-Audio, and is supposed to look like an MPC (although it is controlling software), and the one on the right is made by DJ Tech Tools out of what seems to be arcade parts (also controlling software)
posted by mkb at 7:46 AM on August 26, 2013 [2 favorites]




So I guess "MIDI Fighter 3D" is actually that blinky piece of equipment on the right. I'm a bit disappointed that it isn't an actual game you can play with friends and have a quantized bit of sampled insanity emerge from the fight. I'm imagining a cross between a rhythm game, a music composer and Puzzle Quest, and the results sounding like Kid606 run through a trash compactor. Someone get on this!
posted by naju at 7:59 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


If you are too busy watching his fingers on the buttons, you might have missed that he's also playing a regular electric guitar (and bass I think) for parts of it, which may further confuse your attempts to follow the action on the pads.
posted by SharkParty at 8:08 AM on August 26, 2013


Wait - have people seriously never seen sample pads before?

Well, some of us, not really -- and the UI on the one on the right make the original Star Trek consoles look well thought out and easy to understand.

Now, the idea of using arcade buttons is pretty smart, because they're built to handle a ton of mistreatment.
posted by eriko at 8:13 AM on August 26, 2013


Well, some of us, not really -- and the UI on the one on the right make the original Star Trek consoles look well thought out and easy to understand.

For example, until I looked it up, I had no idea it had motion control as well! Yeah, intuitive... It also has six side buttons that you can't see because we only see it face on and, unlike the disco fabulous of the front controls, they're matte black with no indicators.
posted by eriko at 8:19 AM on August 26, 2013


Dammit, I can barely tie my own shoelaces most days.
posted by jferg at 8:24 AM on August 26, 2013


You'll notice that he's playing the drums with his left hand on the three bottom left pads. The corner one is bass, top one is hat, and the side one is snare. The rest of the pads are riff snippets to be repeatedly triggered, or else longer one-shot samples. Pretty impressive performance, and a nice counterpart to this thread about live performance.
posted by echo target at 8:29 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man this is fucking fantastic. I love sssShawnnnn.

MPC pads bruise my fingers so I never got into them, but I need to lay down MIDI drum parts almost daily, and I always record them live on my keyboard using the General MIDI drum mapping (C1 = kick, D1 = snare, F#1 = closed hihat, etc.) After 20+ years of this I can pretty much play the shit out of some drums, crazy fills and solos, etc, and sometimes I serve as the "drummer" in a jam session, or incorporate it into my live set, shredding live drum'n'bass breaks over a backing track, like the "THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL" guy only fatter and less cool
posted by jake at 9:07 AM on August 26, 2013


if you like button-pressy musicians like these you'll probably like Daedalus, he is pretty great at this sort of stuff
posted by Mach5 at 9:14 AM on August 26, 2013


I want those two little machines really badly.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 9:36 AM on August 26, 2013


I had a friend drop off a guitar at my house a while ago. I've been noodling with it off and on but still I'm not getting invited to play at dance parties.

He gave it to me 30 years ago.
posted by surplus at 9:49 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


...like the "THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL" guy only fatter and less cool

I shit you not halfway through reading your comment I was thinking "oh man like that breakcore keyboard demo" and then yeah.
posted by griphus at 9:51 AM on August 26, 2013


So that's what Max Rebo has been up to.
posted by ericbop at 10:03 AM on August 26, 2013


not really a fan of the music, but...

1. this guy has skills and that's awesome!

2. i totally just bought a midi fighter... this is better than any product video that ean golden (inventor of the midi fighter) has put out.

if you like these sorts of videos, i really liked this jazz jam on ableton push... much slower, but really interesting to see someone make a more traditional style of music with such a cool piece of gear.
posted by raihan_ at 10:07 AM on August 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


a) skills and b) that 3D feature he didn't use in this track, I thought it was cool until I remembered people doing this with wii controllers 6 years ago.
posted by yoHighness at 11:21 AM on August 26, 2013


That Daedalus video is awesome, and at the same time indistinguishable from something from Nathan Barley: I think this is some new variant of Poe's law...
posted by Omission at 1:26 PM on August 26, 2013


Jack Conte of Pomplamoose FTW
posted by HyperBlue at 5:43 PM on August 28, 2013


Wow Conte Amazing Shit....also created Patreon.com
posted by HyperBlue at 5:57 PM on August 28, 2013


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