Category Archives: Reactable
I’ve always thought Black Thought was one of the illest MCs in the game – first caught him live with The Roots back in 95 at Catfish Station in Austin – shit blew my mind. I flipped his collabo with Malik B and DJ Krush with a mellow beat I made on Reactable. Continue reading
In high school and freshman year at Boston University I was big into industrial music – Ministry, Front 242, Wax Trax, Skinny Puppy and the like. I probably spent haf of my pocket money freshman year buying industrial-edged CDs at Nuggets and Tower Records – where I picked up a compilation of proto-industrial weirdness called Tyranny of the Beat put out by Mute records (founded by Daniel Miller of The Normal – best known for ‘Warm Leatherette’) and featuring tracks by groups like Throbbing Gristle, Can and Wire that were mostly recorded in the 70s and early 80s.
Can’s “Vitamin C” and Miguel De Deus’s “Black Soul Brothers” for the beat; “Cacha Mechanica” (artist unknown) for the guitar sample and a piano loop from Krysztof Komeda’s soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water.”
The tight freak-out grooves on Krautrock pioneers Can’s Ege Bamyasi make it my favorite album in their wide-ranging discography. I really wanted to emulate that free-form sound in my band in grad school – but while the “free” part was do-able for us, the “form” didn’t work out so well due to my not-so-polished drum skills. Thank god for automatic beat-matching. Continue reading
Damn – they stole my idea – or rather they beat me to the punch. I love the piece “Proven Lands” on Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood’s soundtrack to There Will be Blood – if there were ever a beat to be flipped from music made for a string ensemble, this is it, and I’ve been struggling to find a way to remix it/mash it up. Now, it seems Radiohead and MF Doom (or DOOM, as he now prefers to be called) have done just that with “Retarded Fren“: Continue reading
This one’s a bit different, but I dig it all the same. You’ve probably seen these guys (two of whom are pictured above) in temples all over China (and greater East Asia) – in Journey to the West they battle it out with Sun Wukong using their assorted implements. My favorite is Chi Guo Tian Wang – Dhṛtarāṣṭra in Sanskrit – who uses sound-waves from his giant pipa to literally deafen his foes to death (somewhat reminiscent of this guy).
This is the song they’d be playing as they ride in from the horizon ready to crush your puny, mortal soul. Continue reading
Kool G Rap is one of the roughest MCs out there – and still going strong – definitely in my top five favorites. I made this remix of his seminal crime rap classic with a beat I made using the Reactable for iPad app.
Looking like something straight out of Star Trek, this electronic console synthesizer enables you to make music/noise/beats/soundscapes in an entirely different way – rather than playing on a traditional keyboard, tracks and effects are played and manipulated on a “table.” The actual instrument (see photo below) is fantastically futuristic looking and was introduced to live audiences on a Bjork tour a few years back. The analog processors and effects are tailor made for electronic music, but are entirely capable of flipping funky syncopated beats if you load up the right loops (via WAV files). More importantly, it’s incredibly fun to use and addictive. Continue reading