New Years Speech 2007
Posted December 31st 2006, at 15:02 with tags , , , , ,

Dear fellow scientists, clones, robots and the rest of the scum of the earth,

another year has bitten the bullet, met it"s match, done it"s deeds and gone from dust to ashes. In a few hours of CET time, 2006 will exist no more. And my hopes, dear reader, is that DRM goes the same way. Straight to hell.

I predict and will do my utmost to make 2007 the Year Of The MP3 / The Death Of DRM. My hopes is that 2007 will be looked on as the year music came back on track. Call med naive, call me crazy, call me a genius but I think that humans in general, when given the opportunity, quite simply is an honest and well meaning bunch of nice fellas. If given a choice, most people are willing to pay for and protect their purchased music themselves.

It is a dubious example, but was insanely popular. For a good reason. I even used it a few times myself, if I wanted to check out some new artist and couldn"t get hold of what I wanted from Bleep or iTunes. It wasn"t free, and I do fear the money went into the pockets of drunk russians instead of the original artist, but it worked very well for the end users; you and me.

From the view of a consumer, the solution was perfect. The end user payed what I think a lot of people found a reasonable sum (a lot of people, including myself, thought it too cheap), there was a huge catalogue of music, and everything was instant. It just worked, no fuzz. It is very important for me being able to copy the music to my Nokia phone, or my iPod, or my USB memory stick, or send a song to my sister via email or bluetooth it to a friend I meet in a bar. I dont have to think or plan how to use the music.

This isn"t hurting music, at all, I think it benefits music. If there is to be a limit to how much you share, the limit should be transparent/invisible to everyday users looking to share with friends, but cumbersome for individuals intending to mass-pirate. And in my humble but brilliant opinion; the easiest way to make it difficult to mass-pirate, is to make it unnecessary to pirate.

I am already working on a system for selling sweet beautiful DRM free mp3s directly from my very own label website. Earlier this year I bought out all rights to my music from previous contracts, meaning I have total control of every single little 0 and 1. Yes, there is a plan behind everything I do even if it looks totally chaotic. (I keep telling myself this so I hope its true.) Within short time you will be able to purchase everything from Uncanny Planet directly on site. What a great start for 2007!

Here is to a better digital future for music in 2007. Cheers! May the http be with us.

(Updated Jan 4th rewrote some poor grammar/formatting.)

Most memorable albums of 2006
Posted December 31st 2006, at 08:04 with tags , , , , , , , , ,

I hereby introduce a new internet acronym: CWT. Crying While Typing. It hurts my heart so much to limit this list of albums I experienced in 2006. There were a lot to pick from, so I ended up selecting albums that met two criteria: I really liked them AND I really listened a lot to them. There were many albums I liked but didn"t end up listening to. I also must point out that some of these releases are late 2005 and didn"t reach my lab until 2006, because the caravans doesn"t go during the winter.

This year"s list sees some old timers making a comeback, some shocking alternatives and some new kids on the block. Where possible, I link to for instant mp3 preview/purchase.

Most memorable films of 2006
Posted December 30th 2006, at 08:07 with tags , ,

2006 is approaching its termination pretty fast, and if I am to fulfill my own ambition of presenting narcissistic lists of the best within major medias, I must accelerate and stop blabbering so much around each. Here goes, the best 5 films i experienced this year.

Links to IMDB page for the films.

My TV Heroes
Posted December 28th 2006, at 08:09 with tags , ,

I finally got myself an American iTunes account, and got me some TV show goodies, amongst others I picked up old Lost In Space episodes. And then I found the best TV series I have seen in ages, probably since Twin Peaks. It"s better than Carnivale. Heroes.

Happy Yagshemas
Posted December 24th 2006, at 08:11 with tags ,

Wether you are red, blue, green, believe in something or not, reading this or not. Pulp holiday wishes.

Sorry for the bad sound quality. Everything is gonna be better in Web 3.0.

Their war. Our world.
Posted December 22th 2006, at 08:12 with tags ,

Muhahaha. If there is one thing Michael Bay is good at, it"s making destruction cinematically beautiful.

This could be sweet.

Most memorable games of 2006
Posted December 21st 2006, at 20:14 with tags , ,

I am currently swamped in work, and xmas is looming like a dark cloud before the storm, but I"m having a late night break and a beer and here goes the list of the 5 most awesomest games I played this year. Again, as always, many of the games were not released in 2006, some are as old as 2004, but I finally found time to play them this year. And that is what matters.

Games link to their page on Gamespot.

Music 2.0 wiki
Posted December 21st 2006, at 08:12 with tags , ,

If there is a buzzword that captures the zeitgeist of music right now, it must be "Music 2.0". I think it"s a bit daft, the whole Web 2.0 thing is a bit too buzzwordish, but it also summarizes the concept really well. And the "2.0" term is slowly growing into a meaningful meme more than a marketing buzz.

I think music right now is on the verge of a paradigm shift. Perhaps not even on the verge, we could be right in the middle of it. There is so much going on, so much potential, it is really hard to tell where we are heading. But one thing is for sure: Everyone involved; fans, artists, clubs, labels, record shops and agents will see changes to their world, both good and bad.

Jason Herskowitz has created the Music 2.0 wiki. It was just born, and doesn"t contain much yet. But it will be interesting to watch it evolve, and the sum of everything within, could give a glimpse into the future of music. Now please excuse me, I have to go create the music of that future.

iPod pul hardcover case
Posted December 19th 2006, at 08:15 with tags , ,

If you are one of those heathens that celebrate the capitalist-religious mashup festivity called christmas, this could make a fantastic gift. A pulp book cover for your iPod! Complete with library card.

If you also give an iPod inside, preferably filled with excellent pulp christmas music, I am sure the receiver will announce you the best giver ever. I know I would.

Apocalypse soon: Uncanny robot legs
Posted December 18th 2006, at 12:12 with tags ,

For the robots and their revolution, this technological breakthru is definitely a step (or four) in the right direction towards total world domination and human race wipeout.

But what is most scary in this clip, is the music that will accompany the apocalypse. The horror!


Most memorable books of 2006
Posted December 16th 2006, at 08:17 with tags , ,

Update Dec 16th: Finished the post, moved to top.

First out in the "Most Memorable 2006" lists is my most dearest. The books. They are often monochrome, with hardcoded resolution and font, no cut copy paste or search, and when traveling in groups they are heavy. But even thou the technology is at least more than 100 years old, fictional literature has been my best friend since before I could read. I loved books before I knew there were worlds within.

I won"t http you to Wikipedia for the books, since they have full synopsis and give it all away. In full consumer-capitalist-christmas-compliance I will link them to Amazon for your instant purchase bling-bling relief. And since I have no sense of time just sense of quality, the list is not of books released in 2006, but books *I* read in 2006. Which is what matters.

Here are the 5 most memorable books for 2006.

Creative Commons
Posted December 15th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
Creative Commons is 4 years old today. Happy Birthday!

So this is a ncie time to announce that everything released by me / Ugress in 2007 will be released under the Creative Commons Sampling license. Read more in my journal.

All my 2007 releases under Creative Commons
Posted December 14th 2006, at 08:18 with tags , , , ,

The Creative Commons organization and concept is 4 years old today, December 15th. (CC, if you are copyright-illiterate, provides free tools for marking creative works with the freedom the artist wants.)

I sample a lot. I think sampling, in it"s most fundamental meaning, is a vital and inevitable part of our culture and art. All art is built upon previous art, there exists no artwork that is absolutely independent. Everything in nature and culture must come from and build upon something. Musical sampling takes this to a very tangible (and sadly economical) level.

Skillfull musical sampling creates goodness out of existing material, and changes the original source(s) to a new sum larger than the individual parts. And of course, lame sampling probably does the opposite. What is skillfull and what is lame is highly subjective, as just hyperlinkstually demonstrated, and the difference between the two can be blurry at best. This subject is über-interesting! But alas not the subject of this text.

The main problem with musical sampling, and the reason for this post, is not the quality of the sampling or the artwork. The problem, in my opinion, is the copyright and licensing bit. Musical sampling is a highly concrete form for creative evolution. You actually use a defined piece of something, instead of an abstract idea or general technique. This means in many cases the source, the original work, is evident in the new work. Which again means the original author usually comes running for bling bling. I think this stiffles creativity and art. It shouldn"t be like that.

This is a theoretical minefield. I"m not even in agreement with myself. I want to live off my music, control it, and get paid for the use of it, but I also want art to be free. I don"t like rules and limits, but I"m not sure how I would feel if P Diddy took one of my songs and raped it. I would have no problem paying a reasonable sum for using a sample. Problem is, the cost is usually disproportional to the actual value, and it takes a man a years work getting the permission.

I do not know if Creative Commons is the solution. But it is a step in the direction of an artistic world I would like to live in and worth a try. So here goes the money where my mouth is.

Everything I release in 2007, will be released under the Sampling License from Creative Commons.

Which means you still have to buy the CD, it doesn"t mean the music is free, or can be use freely for everything. It means the music is free to sample, mash-up, or otherwise creatively transform, for commercial or noncommercial purposes. A little disclaimer: Naturally I can only guarantee this for works where I control 100* of the rights.

Posted December 13th 2006, at 08:22 with tags
  • Like any good madman, nerd, and slightly dissocial figure I love lists.
    • And even more I love organized lists.
  • I have lists for everything, sortable in every conceivable manner.
  • In fact, if trackers hadn"t been a running lists of notes, I might not have been so intrigued by music, but rather ended up as a trainspotter.
  • And now it"s that time of the year.
  • No, not xmas, god forbid.
  • Xmas is the runner up on my worst-holiday-list.
  • It is the end of the year and high time for annual lists.
  • Time to organize the most memorable and honorable of 2006.
  • The intertubes is flooded with these now.
  • A great and clever disguise of narcissism by nerdery.
  • So without any further ado, let us list.

How to remove tourists from photos (and reality)
Posted December 13th 2006, at 08:22 with tags , , has a noob photoshop tutorial on how to remove tourists from pictures. That"s fine, but:

The question springs to mind; does anyone know of a technology to re-apply the shopped picture back into reality? I detest tourism.


Listmania: Top Ten Bad-Ass Bots
Posted December 13th 2006, at 08:21 with tags , ,

Since this journal clearly is in a frenzy of robots and lists, there is no way I could avoid to mention this beautiful list that would make Sarah Connor go postal. Make benefit Ten Bad-Ass Bots from Valleywag.

I love the smell of burning circuits at dusk
Posted December 13th 2006, at 08:20 with tags , ,

Today I accidently fried my beloved Amiga 500. Something really burned inside and the machine is dead as driftwood. The studio reeks of melted circuits and burned dust.

I needed some early 90ies R&R, and I can"t afford the newest Playstation Gameboy 180. So I turn to my trusty 16 bit multimedia retro-wonder. But I couldn"t get neither Kick Off nor Sim City to start, so i decided to try wiggle the RAM card, it"s been flaky at the best. When reinserting the power cord, zap bam boom. Or, not so dramatically, it just said "piooong" very softly, like the sound you imagine when old-skool TV sets are turned off. And the unmistakeable fragrance of electronic extinction filled my nostrils.

What a sad day. I guess that"s techno-karma balancing out for making fun of robots the other day. Skynet knows.

Rise Of The Robots (not a problem)
Posted December 12th 2006, at 08:26 with tags ,

The robots are rising. We are not safe anywhere. Except upstairs.

(Pay attention around 00:50.)

40ies futurism robots made from junk
Posted December 12th 2006, at 08:25 with tags , , ,

Gordon Bennet create robots of old mechanical parts like I make music from old vinyl. His parts are found in garbage dumps, at construction sites and at garage sales amongst others. The robots look like steampunk"ed retrofuturic souls. Each robot is hand built and unique. If you absolutely must give me a present for xmas, this could pass.

I Not Heart Myspace
Posted December 11th 2006, at 08:28 with tags , , , ,

I just spent a whole day, that means 16 working hours uploading tracks, fumbling with CSS, battling that disaster-area and hellhole of design, usability and superficiality called MySpace. And it still looks like crap. The most horrible element is that Windows 3.11 media player. AFAIK it"s un-CSSable.

I"m not actively pursuing a MySpace career, I don"t think MySpace is gonna be around forever. So I think I"m better off pouring most of my http-energy into my own websites, like here. I remember, just like MySpace, it was a good thing at the time, but eventually the world moved on. We are now, gentlemen, at the so-called "web 2.0" and I think MySpace was one of the earliest 2.0 phenomena. Time has not fared well with it, especially graphically. And it"s owned by a dubious character.

But that doesn"t mean I"m totally ignoring it either. Ach nein! What is bad is also good. The community is vast, there is a lot of potential biz for artists, labels, clubs and agents. It is, by any definition, the worlds largest social network.

So you can rest assure I"m working day and night to sculpt and finetune an overpimped slowloading blinking drop-shadowed rainbow-gradient background youtubical slideshow infected collage-feist of friends, flyer-comments, and favorite pet animal sodapop commercials. All the lemmings are going to love me and I don"t have to do anything MySpace will make me rich and famous and cool and Tom will beg me to be his friend for REAL this time.

Korean koto-etno-turntablism-breakography
Posted December 9th 2006, at 08:29 with tags , , ,

Late as usual, since even your granduncle blogged about this earlier this week. But this one is too good to pass up, even if it"s been slouching in the inbox for a few days. I have no idea what the commercial is about, or even if it is a commercial. But everything in it is AWE-ZOME, from the matrixesque koto players, to the cinematography, via the synced breaking slash ballet choreography, via the beatboxing via the classical musical references. It"s mashup essence goodness.

Oh, I just thought of something! An x-mas wish! That youTube goes HD and surround sound. Please please please.


Nintendo Wiimote (heart) MIIDI
Posted December 8th 2006, at 08:33 with tags , , ,

Diidn"t take long before enterprising nerds with hearts of gold started turning the Nintendo Wii controller into a musiical gesture iinstrument. Turns out the bluetooth chip inside is generic, so blue-benders, start your engines.

Create Diigital Music is keeping an eye on the progress.

Even the braiins over at Max/MSP forums are working on it. I am sure we will reach criitical mass and the Wiimote will be making sweet MIIDI data lovebursts wiithin short time!


Wifi compatible christmas decorations
Posted December 8th 2006, at 08:32 with tags ,

Remember that post three, four posts ago? The one about christmas decorations killing Wifi? Well a lot of people think I hate christmas. They are bloody right.

But I"m not überevil, no no no. And I certainly respect that other people make benefit christmas like I benefit MIDI. If you want the both of best worlds; you want your Wifi screaming and your X-mas dreaming, I hereby in true christmas spirit provide you the solution:

The Charlie Brown Pathetic Tree. The tree is made of metal (it probably strengthens your wifi!) and the ornaments are kept to a minimum. And it certainly expresses my feelings for this jolly holiday.

RIAA wants less royalty for artists, more for self
Posted December 8th 2006, at 08:30 with tags , ,

Are they totally mindless scum of the earth mutant maggot-brain idiot bling-bling orcs? After making sure the public hates them by suing everyone for downloading a few mp3s, they now want to make sure the musicians and artists hate them too. They want less royalty to musicians and more for themselves. For doing WHAT?

RIAA represent the recording companies. Recording companies are becoming extinct due to digital distribution. Artists can reach fans directly, music lovers can find music directly, promotion agencies handle the promotion, and the pressing and posting of a physical CD is well, a donkey"s job. Problem with the music biz, the donkey"s getting all the money.

I wonder what they will think of next. Compulsory RIAA income tax?

If this "association" and their members does not extinguish themselves by their own stupidity and obsolescence within a few years, I"m going to have a serious word with Mr Darwin about his theories.

(Via TUAW, but also IGN has a good article on this.)

Mad professor claims to solve division by zero
Posted December 7th 2006, at 12:15 with tags ,

It"s a sad sad day for us mad scientists. One of our highest regarded fruitcakes and most benefit crazybrained Dr James "Mad Nully" Anderson, appears to be teaching his theories in regular school! WTF? What happened to his lab? The castle? His secret funding? Where is his adorable mutant assistant?

I tell you, folks, it"s hard being a mad scientist these days. Most of us have fallen back on day jobs, but it hurts my heart to see James sink so low as public school. And it breaks my brain to see his over-the-top crazy excellent theory of "nullity" being taught to stupid maggot schoolchildren. What happened to world domination plans, Dr Anderson?

Shiny christmas baubles kills your WiFi
Posted December 7th 2006, at 08:36 with tags ,

Ha! An excellent reason to skip that pesky christmas this year. A study from Airmagnet concludes that WiFi signal drops with 25* strength when christmas decorations are present. Even that wunderbaum of a tree is a horrible http-over-the-air blocker!

More information and background info on the company at Engadet.

Talking about that horrible holiday. Check out these excellent and heartwarming Scared Of Santa pictures.

Frankenmites - when creations slap back
Posted December 7th 2006, at 08:34 with tags , , ,

<Flashback> Earlier this year I released the Nanokaravan album with one of my projects, Shadow Of The Beat. The cover shows a jolly bunch of dust mites shoveling their loot up a hill. I was very satisfied with the cover it took me ages to photoshop. </Flashback>

The last couple of weeks I"ve been really out of the loop, itchy eyes, running nose, the lots. And the usual allergy medicin just make drowsy. So I went to the local communal witchdoctor center, and they probed my veins with a huge metal spine-tentacle machine for many hours, at least. The results are just in, and whaddayaknow. I"m highly allergic to house dust - which, by large, is produced by and contains those devils the dust mites.

Naturally my off-balanced paranoia combined with mad genius skillz for detecting possible pattern everywhere makes a horrible conclusion. Does this mean I"m allergic to anything I put on my covers? What about the tiger on the PixxelTyger cover? Am I allergic to tigers?

Scary Poppins
Posted December 6th 2006, at 08:37 with tags ,

I didn"t like Mary Poppins as a kid. I didn"t know why then, but now that the subliminal curtain has been lifted off my mind, the reason is obvious.


Kids of major label steal music, gets stern talk
Posted December 5th 2006, at 08:38 with tags , , , ,

This is old news in the blogosphere, but it"s mentionable anyway. Edgar Bronfman is the CEO of Warner Music Group, and Reuters asked him if his kids stole music of the net. It appears they did. But not any longer. His reply:

"I explained to them what I believe is right, that the principle is that stealing music is stealing music. Frankly, right is right and wrong is wrong, particularly when a parent is talking to a child. A bright line around moral responsibility is very important. I can assure you they no longer do that."

I read the Second Life interview transcript, and he seems like an educated and well informed man. He"s probably not evil, for what I know. But it doesn"t matter, I will gladly take this totally out of context and say: Sue the fcuk out if him and his kids. Let the big guys taste their own medicine and put their money were their mouth is. He can just talk to them about morality, and then it"s OK? And then RIAA can run all their lawsuits against normal people? In particularly this case where the big smart record companies suce a soccer mom because her kids stole music. It doesn"t add up nicely, Edgar. Doesn"t add up.

I think most people would be moral, if given a proper choice, and not threatened to it via lawsuits. The world doesn"t work like that, EDGAR. Stop suing people. I wrote about this before.

(Via Wired / Listening Post.)

HP Lovecraft and contemporary music
Posted December 4th 2006, at 08:40 with tags , , ,

H.P. Lovecraft? Check. Film noir? Check. Stop-motion? Check. Burtonesque visuals? Check. Creepy contemporary piano music? Check. Free download? Check.

Visit TrickFilmNoir, and download Die Musik Des Erich Zann, a haunting stop-motion short made by Anna Gawrilow. I really like her philosophy and experiment on integrating contemporary and "difficult" music with animation. A piece of contemporary music gets several new meanings when used in this short. It benefits the animation very well. The music in the short is made by Olav Lervik.

"The Music Of Erich Zann" is one of H.P. Lovecraft"s best works. I am very fond of his spaced-out horror tales, but this one is rather subtle (for Lovecraft, that is). No tentacles or abysses. You can read the complete original story at Classic Reader.

Melodyne goes plugin
Posted December 4th 2006, at 08:39 with tags , ,

Now that we have documented how easy it is to make a pop star, it doesn"t take more than two posts before I gladly forget that and cover the release of the pop-star-creators favorite tool: Celemony finally releases their Melodyne software as plugin.

Melodyne is the best realtime software for pitch, formant and rhythm manipulation. Up until now, if you wanted to run this in sync with your host, you had two choices, either via Rewire or via a cumbersome bridge plugin solution. Now, you can have the whole application as a single plugin, as many times you want in your host. Best part; if you already own Melodyne Studio, it"s free. That"s pretty nice of them.

How to make a sexy popstar
Posted December 3rd 2006, at 08:41 with tags , , ,

Here is a clip from the documentary "Before The Music Dies", a documentary about the current homogenization of popular music. I saw the film earlier this year during BIFF (Bergen International Film Festival). I think it is a very important film, and it"s very well put together.

At times, IMO, it becomes a bit biased and prejudiced, like the filmmakers decided their view before starting the film, and they only talk to people that will support that view. But that is quickly forgiven, mostly because the problems and issues they investigate are really important to be aware of. And the filmmakers fundamental love for music really shines thru.

The clip above is a short segment that demonstrates how easy it is to create a potential pop star. I guess most people already know how easy this is, and that there several other aspects in creating and launching a successful "music product". So it"s not exactly breaking news, but the clip nevertheless illustrates the concept very well.

RIAA using scare tactics, ends up killing music
Posted December 1st 2006, at 08:43 with tags , , ,

If you are remotely interested in the future of music, I"m sure you have picked up that RIAA, the "saviour of music" and high defender of DRM and everything else fucked-up, is suing your mom and your 1 year old sister and everyone else. Right now they are after an elderly survivor of hurricane Katrina, and they are calling some guy"s boss just to, you know, spread the word he"s a criminal.

Its pretty clear to me that they"re not really after the poor victims in these cases. And to me it"s not really important if any of those people are innocent or guilty of downloading illegal music. I covered a sensible approach to that in a post about the germans.

Jimmy Remix
Posted November 30th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
We're currently working on a huge remix of the Free Jimmy music score and sound, for the DVD and soundtrack release. Read more about this and follow the progress in our http-journal!

If 007 was a buddhist monk
Posted November 30th 2006, at 11:13 with tags , , ,

Not much to say about this product, except perhaps it"s very 2006-y. I"m not sure if this is cool in a cool way or cool in a lame way, but the manufacturer Charbay claim this as a "sipping-vodka". And I don"t mind that.

MIDI sensor kit
Posted November 30th 2006, at 11:12 with tags , ,

Can"t afford a burglar alarm? How about this MIDI sensor kit, with photo sensor. Install it where your valuables are, wire the MIDI cable to your home keyboard, select a suitable sound and turn it up to 11, and go to sleep. If you hear stealthy notes playing during the night, someone"s after your silverware.

Not only a break-in alert, it also provides a suspenseful horror soundtrack to the experience.

Free Jimmy Score Remix
Posted November 30th 2006, at 11:10 with tags , , ,

I"ve really wanted to write an entry on this for some time, and I finally got permission from the producers to talk. I"m currently working on a remix of the Free Jimmy soundtrack. Free Jimmy is the first computer animated feature from Norway, and as always when Norwegians make animation with quirky characters, they become cult classics. Jimmy has not had international distribution yet, except the usual festival tour, but it was a huge success in Norway this summer.

The story is, in short, about a circus elephant on drugs yearning for freedom. 

Heroes Of GMM: John Carpenter
Posted November 28th 2006, at 11:14 with tags , , , ,

John Carpenter

Nothing much superexiting has happened today, so I started on a meta-series I intented to do for some time; GMM Heroes. First out is the legendary director/composer John Carpenter.

One late night in the early nineties, before the intertubewebs, when Protracker had gotten it"s nightly dose, and school was looming in a few hours, I was slouching in front of millions cable channels. Zapping TV-shops and MTV Alternative in hopes of an FSOL video. Suddenly I come across some guy with a patched eye and raspy voice flying a glider into Manhattan-turned-prison. WTF? OMG! The atmosphere. The music. The city. The bleak future. The lamp-posts on the limo. I was hooked. I was experiencing Escape From New York.

Kosmonaut video progress
Posted November 26th 2006, at 11:15 with tags , , ,

More photos from the shooting of the Kosmonaut video. Yesterday was the last day of bluescreen shooting, I popped in to take a look and make a cameo appearance. I got to see some footage of the breakers, captured on highspeed HD cam, this one guy doing a headspin, it was amazing and literally dizzying.

The video now goes into the magic post-production period, the mysterious area of film production where computers buzz and hum and make pixels of everything and beep very fast and replace the blue with the sweet goodness of CGI. I wish I could replace all the blue in my life with CGI.

Nintendo DS Midi Wifi Will Rock You
Posted November 25th 2006, at 11:36 with tags , , , ,

Czech with the utube goodness! Tob, the programmer of Nitrotracker for the Nintendo DS is working on MIDI-over-WiFi technology for the DS, together with someone called TheRain. Summarized; you can use your precious DS as a remote MIDI controller.

Be sure to notice the pitch bend technique. Now that is the nerd"s way of bending the pitch, I tell ya. Work that stylus.

Somehow I realize the concept is exceptionally cool in theory, but going up on a stage in front of an audience with it, is perhaps not. I mean, tapping a stylus in rhythm makes you look like a biz exec worried about stock market. Anyway, if a concept is cool in theory, it Must Be Done. That"s just the code of the nerd.

The software is not released yet, but will be "soon" according to ze programmers.

Germany puts a limit on illegal download fines
Posted November 25th 2006, at 11:16 with tags , , , , , ,

At last something sensible. The german government has put a limit of 50 Euro on fines for downloading illegal music. This means huge music companies and their ice cold lawyers cannot sue a soccer mom for thousands of Euro if her kids download music of the net.

I do not like illegal sharing of music. I (try to) make a living off my music. But I think the problem of filesharing and illegal downloads exists and persists mostly because the music biz was waaay too late in embracing and utilizing digital distribution. I mean, on one hand you can get free music that works everywhere, with no problems, free of the net. And on the other hand, pay for something full of DRMs and rootkits and problems and EULAs and limits and no"s and don"ts and expiry dates. What do you think a person would do, when given a choice between those two? I mean, IFPI and RIAA, listen to me, you fucking numbskulls. What do you THINK?

You were too late. You came too late to the party. And then you started yelling and making trouble and blaiming everyone else at the party, because there were no food left. No wonder you"re not popular. What you should have done, you should"ve apologized, somehow made up for your lateness, and made sure everyone at the party had fun. Maybe even ordered a pizza for sharing. People skillz, ever heard of it?

Whoa, we had a little steam-off situation there. But I really dislike the senseless way record companies and IFPI/RIAA have attacked the problem. I think they are hurting the music biz more than they are helping. On a general level, I get provoked by stupidity and whenever I hear something from their direction, it reeks of stupidity and cluelessness. I haven"t experienced anything from them that ultimately benefits music. It only benefits the pockets of a few and themselves. Its good to see a sensible and real-life approach to the problem from the germans. It"s a beginning. Sehr gut.

The bottom of the sea is not a fun place
Posted November 24th 2006, at 11:38 with tags

I must confess I had my suspicions, and this guy certainly confirms them. Living at the very bottom of the sea is no fun at all. Picture from an Australian deep sea expedition.

(Via the always boingy Boing Boing.)

Amazing Ugress Alien Logo Painting
Posted November 23th 2006, at 11:39 with tags , ,

Admire the above piece, it"s the Ugress Logo Painting! Now that is an alien I"d like to run into in a dark alley in a lost city on a strange planet. Created by graphics artist and Ugress fan Jostein Fox. Be sure to check out his Deviantart gallery for more amazing gfx.

Partner let me updgrade ya: Lemur 1.6
Posted November 22th 2006, at 11:40 with tags , , , ,

The superawesome totallycustomizable touch-screen interface Lemur from french geniuses Jazzmutant is now upgradable to 1.6 in a public beta. A lot of new features in the interface, but for me finally a must-have: The unit can now save the current setup, and autoload it. So when powering up it automatically loads your painfully created setup, and remembers your MIDI connections. Also on the host computer, you no longer need to run the Jazz Editor, there"s a sweet little client running in the background doing the MIDI routing. This saves a lot of time when playing live, and especially if something goes awry during performance.

If you do computer music, or computer VJing, or anything at all that involves a computer, even typing your hollywood blockbuster screenplay in Notepad, you MUST check out the Lemur. Any MIDI controller after Lemur will look and feel like something discovered in a 2000 year old grave in a temple in Myanmar; Ancient and stuck in a militant dictatorship.

I got myself one last year, and at times I wondered if I could justify the purchase. Especially since the first versions really had some bad latency and crooky documentation, I was a bit nervous. But the Mutants must be Golden Telepathy Ninja Mutants. Every software update has increased the usability and value of the unit, and they are very responsive and helpful in their forums.

Kontakt sampler updated to 2.2
Posted November 21st 2006, at 11:41 with tags , ,

My favorite sampler Kontakt by ze germans Native Instruments was just updated to version 2.2. If you are using the new Intel Macs this release is finally Universal Binary, but for the old skool powerpc-crew there really isn't much to celebrate. You can save and load groups, there is a new AHD envelope mode for percussive/one-shot sounds, and some sliced loops enhancement in Beat Machine. There's also some scripting updates.

However, the most interesting new thing is a new modulation source for banging out a random value on each note-on. Well what do you know, I actually programmed my own script to do this over a year ago. It was my super secret method for making subtle variations on each note, or rythmical changes on each note without a lot of programming hassle. And now, it's available for all to utilize. What a disaster, it was to be my secret signature sound. I have to start all over on the next Ugress album.

Accelerated USB CPU power
Posted November 20th 2006, at 11:47 with tags , , , ,

This thing pictured above is interesting, but not immediately because of what it does. It is a USB widget called InstantVideo To-Go that speeds up compression of various video formats, for example compressing a DVD into iPod formatted .H264 video in around 20 minutes. Meaning, there is specific hardware magic in that stick that is much better then your all-purpose CPU at doing what it does.

If you do a lot of video codec translating it's a must-have. But for me, the concept is much greater than the widget itself: Dedicated processing power for specific tasks, hot-pluggable via USB. Imagine the possibilities! For example for my life as a computer based musician/producer, someone can make a realtime FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) processing device, or a VA (Virtual Analog) DSP, or whatever it is that usually eats up your CPU juice. And you can expand your audio system after your needs. I tell you, the future, the future. Don't miss it.

Uncanny Planet Records on Last.FM
Posted November 19th 2006, at 11:48 with tags , , , ,

Good news for http radio lovers. I've uploaded all Uncanny Planet Records releases to the internet radio channel Last.FM. You can now listen to any UPR album in streaming format, including the "Film Music - Selected Cues 2002-2006" album, only released for promotional use earlier this year. The album consists of various film music I did the last four years. You can either listen to it all directly from the webpages, or tune in via the downloadable Last.FM radio-station app.

If you are not familiar with Last.FM take a look at the Wikipedia entry for a catch-up.

Sample Trolls
Posted November 18th 2006, at 11:51 with tags , ,

This is very interesting. It seems a lot of the sample cases in the previous years was NOT done by the sampled artists or their company, but rather by a single individual or company out to make fast cash. Slate has an excellent article "The Shady One-Man Corporation That's Destroying Hip-Hop" you MUST read, here is an excerpt:

Bridgeport is an unwelcome addition to the music world: the "sample troll." Similar to its cousins the patent trolls, Bridgeport and companies like it hold portfolios of old rights (sometimes accumulated in dubious fashion) and use lawsuits to extort money from successful music artists for routine sampling, no matter how minimal or unnoticeable. The sample trolls have already leveraged their position into millions in settlements and court damages, but that's not the real problem. The trolls are turning copyright into the foe rather than the friend of musical innovation. They are bad for everyone in the industry—including the major labels. The sample trolls need to be stopped, either by Congress or by court rulings that establish sampling as a boon, not a burden, to creativity.

Continue reading on Slate.

Kosmonaut video report
Posted November 18th 2006, at 11:50 with tags , , ,

Ugress video news: I'm just back from a visit at the shoot for the Kosmonaut music video, and here's some pullitzer-winning spy shots from my cell camera. The above photo is the beginning of a huge piece that is (besides pants-wettingly nice) a central background element for the video - as far as I know. It's done by Jørgen and Anders.

The video is directed by Svein Sund and produced by Yesbox. They are currently shooting backdrops and greenscreens and bluescreens and windscreens and I don't know what but it looks sweet. They are even using overhead projector. I'm happy just staring at that backdrop. The story behind the video is food for another post another time. It started out as a video for Binary Code... I will post updates on the video as it progresses.

Blah blah http
Posted November 17th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
In case you didn't notice, to your upper right, there is a link to our top secret blog, now in public beta. It is not exclusively dedicated to Ugress, but naturally many of the posts will be related to Ugress since it is my main project. For example this post about the album progress so far. In that post there is also a nice little preview of everything made so far, in form of an "iTunes signature".

Skateboard as a musical instrument
Posted November 17th 2006, at 11:54 with tags , , ,

In Stavanger, a small fishing village a few hours south of my hometown Bergen, Article, a biennial of electronic and unstable arts is currently going down. Simon Morris contributes with Musique Concrete, an exhibition where skateboard + wireless interface + topmodern sensors culminates in the opportunity for YOU to make music by skateboarding.

Via We-Make-Money-Not-Art, check out the post, there are links to other musical skateboards.

Bizarre soviet leader gifts
Posted November 17th 2006, at 11:53 with tags , ,

Check out these crazy over-the-top communist-themed gifts given to leaders in the soviet union world. The Kremlin Museum is currently running an exhibition named "Gifts to Soviet Leaders".

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need", wasn't it...

(Via Gadling.)

How Do You Like Your Mpegs
Posted November 17th 2006, at 11:52 with tags , ,
UPDATE: I realize this poll is going to drown in the upcoming posts, so moved a copy of the polls up on the right sidebar. It's the same as this one, you can change your vote anytime, but only one vote pr you counts.

I'm working on a system for selling high quality mp3's of my music on my websites. It's gonna be good and there is gonna be no stupid DRMs, just high quality mp3 goodness. I was just wondering what kind of bitrate everybody prefers. If you would take a minute and clickety click your opinion, I'd be very happy and even smarter after some time.

Bitrate preference:

What bitrate do you prefer for mp3 purchase?
320 kbps
256 kbps
192 kbps
160 kbps
128 kbps
Discuss this poll
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VBR preference:

Is VBR (variable bit rate) important?
Yes – I don’t consider anything else
It’s not important, but I take it if available
I don’t care
No, I prefer constant bit rate
I don’t know what it is
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Personally I'm somewhere between 192 and 256, with variable bitrate, thats a nice compromise between size and quality. And I am aware of other formats like ogg, aac and wma, but IMHO mp3 is the only format right now that is totally universal, and even your grand-auntie can make it work.

MOTU Traveler digital return - no more bounce
Posted November 16th 2006, at 11:55 with tags , , ,

I just learned this jawdropping timesaver trick from DanRad over at the Sonikmatter Logic forum (registration required). Basically it's this: The MOTU Traveler (and probably the rest of their Firewire family) has an option called "Return Mix 1-2 to computer". This means the output of everything you do (on submix 1) is returned on a virtual input pair, in my case input 13-14 in Logic.

If you set this up in Logic for record, arm that track, mute the input to avoid überfeedback, your recording and resampling workflow changes fundamentally. Especially if you're like me, who often resample your work to do meta-effects on the song itself, and work with rewire, external synths, samplers and FX.

No more bouncing, no more recording of rewired Live, external synths and FX, just put them in via External Instrument plugin, and instead of first recording the synth, then do a bounce, now simply hit record on your return channel. The "bounced" material appears right in front of your eyes, ready for further editing. No re-importing, no audio finder window searching, no drag and drop.

I believe the RME stuff also has this digital return feature (mentioned in the thread), and I'm sure others too.

Wireless MIDI
Posted November 15th 2006, at 11:56 with tags ,

What's better than wireless internet? Wireless MIDI! At last something usable from M-Audio. Suddenly every MIDI fitted instrument and controller became portable and performance-able. The only thing missing now is wireless electricity, and that's just around the corner.

DRMDumpster - remove nasty DRM bling-bling orcs from mp3's
Posted November 15th 2006, at 11:56 with tags ,

I don't like DRM. I love to purchase music online, and especially from places like Bleep that sells high quality DRM free mp3s. But sometimes I have to buy from iTunes because they are the only one carrying what I want. And then the trouble starts. I can't copy it over to my Nokia N91 phone/mp3 player without insane amounts of stupid workarounds and loosing the tags and all the blah blah. Until... now.

DRMDumpster automates the beforementioned insane amounts of workarounds, all you need is a CD-RW. This programs scours your library for DRM songs, burns them to the disc (perfectly legal) and reimports them with all tags, images, titles and all the blah blah. If you have more than one album (good for YOU) it just erases the CD and continues until done. Granted it costs you a re-encodement of the music, but depending on your settings this should theoretically be negligible.

DRM is evil. DRMDumpster is good.

The WWW is 16 yrs old
Posted November 14th 2006, at 11:58 with tags ,

According to Norwegian law, today you can screw the internet and its OK. The first http page ever (scroll down to 1990 for info) dates from Nov 13th, 1990, meaning WWW is 16 today.

I must say she has grown to be quite a suave young woman full of knowledge.

Fantastic X-mas commercial
Posted November 13th 2006, at 12:00 with tags ,

If these guys come visit me this christmas, maybe I finally will enjoy this traumatic overhyped holiday.


Universal CEO: iPods are stolen music repositories
Posted November 13th 2006, at 11:59 with tags , ,

It seems I should make a category for MUSIC BIZ IDIOTS in this intertube http-journal. Because they just seem to become dumber and dumber, I can't believe they are still walking after shooting themselves in their feet so many times.

Anyway, this time it's Doug Morris talking about why they (Universal Music) gets a share for each Zune sold:

"These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it," UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris says. "So it's time to get paid for it."

(Via Boing Boing.)

I'm in your bar, playing your tunez
Posted November 12th 2006, at 12:03 with tags , ,

Japan: A 73-year-old bar manager who illegally performed copyrighted tunes by the Beatles and other artists on the harmonica was arrested Thursday on suspicion of violating the Copyright Law, police said. (Via Joi Ito .)

I am speechless. Luckily, not typeless, so i managed to type this.

Sounddiver, a hidden gem of the XSKey
Posted November 12th 2006, at 12:02 with tags , , , ,

I love it when stuff I have suddenly increases their value because of external circumstances (there must be a word for that?). In this case, my love/hate relationship with my #!"#! XSKey turned into a sudden burst of rosy love. I just got myself a Roland D-550, and it sounds retrobeautiful but it's a bitch to program. Then because my brain sometimes actually works, I remembered one can get the superbad universal MIDI librarian/editor Sounddiver for free - all you need is an XSKey. So if you have Logic Pro, you also have Sounddiver.

The program was originally developed by Emagic, but after Apple purchased them, Sounddiver apparently became discontinued. However they offer a public beta for use if you got dah magic key.

No more scientific two-line synth-geek LCD programming, its topmodern computer interface click point drag and drop dead all the way baby!

Mind-rebooting future totalawesomepossibility
Posted November 12th 2006, at 12:01 with tags , , , , ,

Here's a mind boggling recipe for future awesometotalness.

1. Check out this upcoming Photosynth software from Microsoft. It takes a bunch of photos from and around a location, analyzes them, and creates a 3D world of the place for you to navigate around.

2. Now, digital cameras are starting to include a GPS chip that stores the exact location of the picture when it's taken.

3. Consider Google Earth. A total interactive zoomable navigationable map of the planet. Also including more and more building structures.

4. Consider flickr, and numerous other public photo sharing services.

5. Mix, shake, compile and execute the mix in your soon-to-come Web 3.0 intertubes browser.

How incredibly sweet is it going to be when you zoom into a location on Google Earth, and when you get down to building level, the surroundings are highly maneuverable and photo-realistic recognizable based on a photosynthesized 3D rendering based on GPS located photos from EVERYBODY'S uploads . Ka-zza-wazzingh! That was the sound of your brain rebooting.

Roland D-550: Instah-80ies
Posted November 10th 2006, at 12:07 with tags , , ,

For my new lovechild-project PixxelTyger (which i keep typing TigerPyxxel all the time) I just got myself a Roland D-550, the rack version of D-50. It's totally awesome sweet, and really, not just the 2006 meaning of sweet but the original meaning of "sugar-like". I think the samples are 32 khz 12 bit or something like that, refreshingly lofi, and it has the most beautiful antialiasing (or lack of, depends on your nerd-level) I have ever heard. Subtle, yet appearant, with a hint of innocence. Also the internal reverb is so digital, so exuberant and so naive! I could say "it tastes like a virgin" but that could be misinterpreted and i wouldn't really know anything about that I just read the phrase somewhere.

AFAIK, D-50 and D-550 was one of the very first romplers. My theory of why they sound so darn good, is because this was the first rompler evah. Roland didn't know of any corners they could cut, so they didn't. And any rompler/PCM based synth made since these, really just was about making better profit, bigger savings and more customers on newer technology, and therefore sounds crap.

To learn more about this fascinating part of early digital music technology visit Synthmania's D-50 page, with tons more information and a lot of sound examples.

Self portrait of the artist not present in his laboratory
Posted November 10th 2006, at 12:06 with tags ,

That's where it all goes down. Check out the bigger flickr version with comments.

Train controller as midi controller
Posted November 10th 2006, at 12:05 with tags , , ,

Dear Santa,

I've been really really nice this year. I made many good songs, and I put the out for free on my websites. I also didn't sample much, at least not so it's possible to hear. I also washed the coffee cups in the studio. Could i please please please pleeeeaaaase have one of these train controllers for xmas? I promise to only use it in the studio as a MIDI controller via Max/MSP.

(Via Kotaku.)

Why are there no comments system?
Posted November 10th 2006, at 12:04 with tags ,

Update Feb 15th, 2007: Comments now implemented.

The truest reason is because I quite simply haven't got the time for maintaining it, both content-wise by following up comments, and moderate-wise, by fighting spam and irrelevant posts. As of right now I try to fit in time to write on average one entry a day, and more than that I really don't have time for. And goodness gracious me, that is too bad, because usually there is so much to write about I have to prioritize. I'm running a secret laboratory here, there's no time for http chats! If you need to get in touch my email is on the left.

Perhaps when the next Ugress album is out, if there will be a lot of touring I could open up a comments system, because then I would have a lot of dead time / travel time / waiting time to fill up.

Technically I also would have to build it. I see there are some web 2.0 / ajax tools for implementing a comments system via third party scripting, but I prefer having the comments in my own database, and building my own system. So I would also need the time for building it, and I have some bigger "community" plans for version 4, and I would prefer to build it all into a complete planned package instead of randomly tacking on stuff here and there.

And of course - this journal is, like everything else, in public beta.

Scientists inadvertendly vipes out human race
Posted November 5th 2006, at 12:09 with tags , ,

Some clever american scientists has resurrected a million year old virus Now that's clever, veeery clever. Maybe Jurassic Park should be a compulsory part of biology studies from now on.

Record companies sue children of soccer mom
Posted November 5th 2006, at 12:08 with tags , , , , ,

I've just about had enough of the stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, money-loving, music-destroying, no-good-for-nobody entropic self-mutilating record companies, I'm just so mad I really could throw something like a rotten fruit on them. Twice. Or maybe just lay down and die dramatically. But I don't think they'd come rushing to check if I'm ok. See how evil they are?

I don't even bother arguing. (Peter Jenner does it better than me.)

The record companies are just wrong, always wrong, they are doing it totally wrong, they have always been doing it wrong, and they always will. We hates them, does we, hates hates hates nasty bling-bling orcs.

Posted November 4th 2006, at 12:10 with tags , ,

Introducing yet another sideproject. PixxelTyger is frantic pastel retrosymphonia and plastic time-pastiche, every ingredient is exclusively select from a highly representative super sonic definition of the melodies and the 14 bit frequencies of the first era of digital music: The neverending 80ies.

Go download the 4 superneon tracks.

Pastel launch
Posted November 3rd 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
PixxelTyger is amongst us.

Pastel retrosymphonia and plastic timepastiche, every ingredient is exclusively select from a highly representative super sonic definition of the melodies and the 14 bit frequencies of the first era of digital music.

Uncanny Planet Records presents for your entertainment another Ugress sideproject, four beautiful virgin 14 bit fidelity tracks to devour. (Thats a total of 56 bits, in case you wonder.)

What about questions about Ugress?
Posted October 31st 2006, at 12:11 with tags ,


Please note there is a separate FAQ for Ugress on

Kosmonaut EP
Posted October 16th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
The exceptionally new Kosmonaut EP is now available for download.

Four superfresh tracks just waiting for your excitement and trembling to slow down enough so you can hit this link with your mouse. Did you just think Ugress is the c00lest h77p l33t? Don't worry, that's ok.

Ugress Kosmonaut EP available for download
Posted October 16th 2006, at 12:12 with tags , , ,

I put out a new EP for download on Its called Kosmonaut and there are four pieces of music created with computer assistance in it.

Zebra 2
Posted October 11th 2006, at 12:12 with tags , ,

Finally the Zebra 2 synth from the great indie developer Urs Heckman is out, and i am very intrigued by this synthesizer. In fact, I love it. Most important of all, this is software with really great sound, and in addition it has so many possibilites for sound mangling and manipulation!

The Zebra 2 synth is the responsible for a lot of the sounds in the NBPD Theme song, on the Retroconnaissance EP released by Ugress. Also it takes care of camouflaging itself as a 80ies synth in my PixxelTyger sideproject.

And I am most excited by the mentioned possibility of featuring sampling in a future update, or in a new product.

PSP Rythm 6.1
Posted October 6th 2006, at 12:15 with tags , , ,

PSP Rhythm (now in version 6.1) is a great great great addition to Sony PSP. But most people must become criminal haxx0rs to run it alongside the newest games. Why, Sony, why do you not make it easy for the homebrew community to utilize the PSP. I know you don't make any money on the hardware so you need to protect the software (read: games) from illegal copying, but do you not see how much this unit could thrive if it was easy to develop and distribute homebrew, amateur and semi-pro software?

DRM/copy protection/shortsightedness is going to kill you all, money-loving-scum. And I get so frustrated because you won't understand why your greed killed you.

Roland Makes A Deathstar Controller
Posted October 4th 2006, at 12:15 with tags , ,

A synth that looks like the remote to Death Star! And it even has INCLUDED SPEAKERS. OMFG.
(Via CreateDigitalMusic.)

Timelapse sound
Posted October 4th 2006, at 12:14 with tags , , ,
R. Luke DuBois, an american laptop composer programmer, has with the help of Max/MSP made a CD that consists a "timelapse phonography" of all the hits topping Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2000. He has developed an algorithm that computes and reduces each song to a one-second snippet, and then plays the snippets relatively to how long the song was at number one.
That is one easy sample-infringement case for a greedy lawyer representing everyone having a hit the last 42 years!
More information in the Wired interview.

Ugress III - 1 year in the making
Posted October 1st 2006, at 12:16 with tags ,

As of today, the third Ugress album has been in the making for exactly 365 days. There are mindless statistics available. Except from a months time in April and May, when I released the Shadow Of The Beat album, I've been working constantly on it, on average 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are over 100 songs so far. And its still far off. Why isn't it finished?

I can make up a billion excuses!

Renoise 1.8 beta
Posted September 30th 2006, at 11:17 with tags , ,

Coming from a tracker background i will always miss the speed and convenience of "spreadsheet music". The worst part of modern sequencers is the high level of abstraction needed for sometimes incredibly simple tasks. Give me Protracker and the A command anytime over automating the release stage of the amp envelope!

My favorite modern tracker is Renoise, available as UB for OSX. Those indie guys never stop to amaze me. With version 1.8 now in beta, they introduce a proper mixer, and a bunch of other tracker snacks .

Quasi-review-recommendation: Nokia N91
Posted September 24th 2006, at 12:24 with tags , , ,

I recommend this music-playing piece of crash-happy shit and especially since Nokia opened up for software system updates over the http-web . The N91 is the first cellphone I am truly fond of because:

-Its a phone and a mp3 player and it works very very well for that
-It has a 3.5mm minijack so you can plug in whatever headphones you want
-It has 4 gig for music
-The music player interface is ipod-quality
-It has a standard USB port
-When plugging it into my powerbook its just a 4 GB regular external harddrive
-Its 3G, Edge, GSM and works like a charm as a 3G bluetooth modem for my powerbook
-Its a good enough camera for my sloppy use
-Its large, I never misplace it (kid you not, i lost a lot of phones because they disappear from view)

I must stress the importance of normal plugs, wires and no-driver-needed disk and modem usage. I hate stuff with proprietary solutions. But:

-It crashes/freezes/restartes (but less often with newer system updates)
-The microphone is dodgy and sometimes cuts out
-Music library sometimes screws up
-Phone OS navigation is sloo-oo-ooow
-USB disk mode transfer is slo-ow
-Battery is not impressive, but in 2006 you are never more than 50 feet away of a nokia charger no matter where you are

If you are as smart and chic as me and wield this monster of a portable phone, be sure to grab Opera Mini. It reformats webpages remotely before sending it to the phone, so you save time, bits, money and screensize. And check out the N91-Mac blog if you got a mac for good info.

Ableton Live 6
Posted September 17th 2006, at 12:25 with tags , , ,

By adding a Sampler to their newest version, Ableton Live 6 (out now) suddenly became very interesting... Previously I've only used Live for its literary meaning - on stage, where it really shines. Many of the new features in 6 will make live use even sweeter. However, I've been betatesting it for a few weeks now as a production tool, and I think it's starting to come together as a total package for music performance and creation. There are some things that really annoys me, coming from Logic, but also many things that impress me, and for the first time in Live's history, this balance between annoyances and xxx flats out.

USB cooking plate
Posted August 24th 2006, at 12:28 with tags

Well that must quite simply be the best use of USB ever. Combine it with one of those USB-fans and you have yourselves a USB kitchen.

PSP Remote for Ableton Live
Posted August 24th 2006, at 12:27 with tags , , ,

Ableton Live is soon out in version 6, and Rob King's PlayLive or remote controlling Live over Wifi with a PSP, is soon out for Mac. These are very exciting times!

Bob Dylan: -New records have sound all over them.
Posted August 24th 2006, at 12:26 with tags ,

Mr Dylan is one of the worlds greatest songwriters and poets, no doubt about that. Now he has spent some time in his home studio (pictured above), trying to get just the right "sound all over" sound so prominent in modern recordings.

UPDATE: Createdigitalmusic has a Bob Dylan quote contest where these excellent CD stickers from Swedish designer Arru appears.

Excellent pixel animation
Posted August 20th 2006, at 12:29 with tags , ,

I would gladly watch films of feature-length like this 10 minute meta-machinima , on big screen cinema.

Alive, its A-LIVE!
Posted August 19th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
We venture outside the soundproof walls of the studio and make an exclusive charity appearance: September 1st we play at Garage to support the Rafto Foundation for human rights. Its going to be most awesomest. We'll play a bunch of new stuff.

Other artists contributing are Heidi Marie Vestrheim, Josefin Winther, The Owens, Esther. Sissy Wish is your DJ. Doors open 2130, first band at 22, we play last, around midnight. CC is only 60 NOK.

Ugress videos now on youtube
Posted August 13th 2006, at 12:30 with tags , , ,

I put some of the Ugress videos up on youtube , as well as a 4 minute clip with video excerpts from live shows. If I could figure out how to inject the youtube html code into this blog editor i'd put a video into this post, but seems like i have to get my hands dirty and do it manually. And i'm too lazy.

Posted August 12th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
The music videos are now available to view directly on the music video page, and also on youtube.

Grand Theft Soda
Posted August 12th 2006, at 12:31 with tags , , ,

A Coca Cola commercial in GTA style! I wish my life was this exiting every time i go to get a refreshment from the sugarwaterdispenser in the studio. Here is a better fidelity version (and some more information) than the current youtube craze.

The dullest superhero ever
Posted August 9th 2006, at 12:32 with tags

I just have to say it. Superman, its by far, the dullest and least impressive superhero ever. He is dedicatedly boring as a real life person and tastelessly smug as a hero. He's even duller than milk-drinking The Phantom. Luckily there are real superheroes.

Roland JD-800: Instah-90ies
Posted August 2nd 2006, at 12:34 with tags , , ,

I came over this godzilla of a synthesizer in Japan (via the excellent used-items webservice of Ishibashi Music), and for a super-nice poor-musician-price I finally got to buy my teenage long distance synth-crush. Not because I really need this now, but because I wanted this synth so badly when I was a kid in the 90ies. I remember i picked up the brochure from a dealer, I just kept reading it and reading it and looking at the pictures and memorizing the preset titles and SO wanting it. But I could not afford it.

Until now, and it's mine, hahaha, miiiiine, finally, precious, it's all ours, yes, nice synths. It's got a gazillion buttons and faders, looks the works, and should theoretically be a dream to program, but it's not really that clever. You have to select which of the four parts of the sound you are currently programming, and this is done rather awkwardly.

The sound of this Verhoeven-looking piece of synth, I would sum it up as totally 90ies new-age-ish. There's an ethereal glaze over all the sounds, so its totally not usable for hammering analog synths, but I got that covered elsewhere. Aaaanyway, if you want to know interesting things about this synth, what it sounds like and who used it for what, check out Gilberto Strapazon's JD800 fan page. (Another 90ies phenomena...)

Posted July 3rd 2006, at 16:14 with tags , , , ,

I just programmed a script for my favourite sampler Kontakt 2 so i could make host tempo (the tempo of a song) a modulation source for whatever i fancied. The idea was to change the character of beats dependent of the songs tempo, so when going around in a lazy 90 bpm, the beats are soft and slow, but when adjusting the tempo towards 150 bpm the beats should gradually change character from soft and slow to hard and punchy.

Of course it sounds like shit. But the concept is executed, mission accomplished, the script works, and hopefully I'll put it to good use some day, and probably in a way i never thought of.

Posted June 30th 2006, at 16:16 with tags , , ,

I am currently diving into and learning myself Max/MSP. I've been meaning to do it for years, but finally there are two important reasons - one that I'm going to change the live visuals from Arkaos to Jitter, and secondly because i'm going to use a top secret weapon when playing live, and to do this i have to write a translating patch in Max, converting signals from Sony's Playstation 2 controllers to MIDI.
I prefer NI's Reaktor to sound programming and mangling, so i am not looking into the MSP bit yet, other than to pick up some tricks.

Ugress catalogue returns home
Posted June 30th 2006, at 16:15 with tags , , ,

Good news for the music-business minded and the long term planner: We managed to arrange a solution to buy back the complete Ugress catalogue from my former record company Tuba Records. That means, all masters, videos, prints, graphics, posters and not to forget MUSIC is now utterly completely MINE, for the rest of eternity.
Or, naturally, until somebody offers me a tastelessly huge amount of cash to buy it.

Wireless life
Posted June 27th 2006, at 16:17 with tags , , , ,

I've kicked out my broadband connection and by July 1st, are moving completely over to 3G and a completely nomadic lifestyle. From now on my crash-happy N91 are my bluetooth umbilicadigital chord. Most of the time I find myself in 3G covered areas, and there are WiFi spots in bars, cafes all over the place. Also, if you live in Bergen, note that Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (the public library) has free WiFi. I did some testing in June and mostly i get 300k link, good enough for email and sporadic surfing.

I figured, if I'm going to download or upload something huge, why not have a beer while waiting for it.

Prophet64, as prophecied by Nostradamus
Posted June 25th 2006, at 16:18 with tags , ,

"In the year of the huge battle for utter world dominance, there will be found a treasure, that which of most beauty will be revealed, when combined with relics of the far past ."

Nostradamus, Les Propheties, 1555. Nostradamus died in his 64th year.

Music Software For Successfull Living
Posted June 20th 2006, at 16:21 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Here is a list of music software one quite clearly should not live without, or at least if one wants a happy digital life. At the moment, in some kind of order, but i can't explain it.

Apple Logic Pro, for sequencing, synthesizer programming, mixing and composing.

Native Instruments Kontakt, for extensive sampling and samplebending

Native Instruments Reaktor , for experimentation, soundbending and alternative programming

Max/MSP , for even more alternative programming and human interface interaction customization

Audiofile Engineering Wave Editor , every sound surgeons precious supersharp knife

Iced Audio Audiofinder , if you have more than 5 samples on your HD, consider this

Ableton Live , for stage use, looking forward to the video stuff in version 6

Celemony Melodyne , for bending samples into something and someone else

Renoise , tracker escapism, great for composing in cramped places (tour bus/airplanes)

U-He Zebra, synth extravaganza

reFX QuadraSid, Commodore 64 takeaway

Native Instruments Absynth, lazy filmcomposer takeaway

Ohmforce QuadFrohmage, dirty filters and also the Ohmboyz delay

A bunch of other plugins I can't remember so i guess i dont use them that much and I'm sick of finding URLs for all of this.

Music Hardware For Successful Living
Posted June 20th 2006, at 16:20 with tags , , , , , ,

Since I made a list of software, i also must make a list of hardware:

Laptops. Any kind really. Portable juice is the key.

Motu Traveler, light, super sound, great IO, stable

Jazzmutant Lemur , can you spell c-u-s-t-o--i-m-z-e-?

Commodore 64 , it just works, fast loading of the OS

Faderfox , very portable, very stable, very German

These are the things one quite simply could not live without. I have a lot of other stuff, but its mostly trash and if I could take 1000 things to a deserted island for a two-day stay, i wouldn't, i would just take a laptop and a solar panel.

This is my journal
Posted May 19th 2006, at 16:30 with tags No tags.

I am SO interesting. Interesting interesting interesting. I am so sure everybody on this planet is just DYING to read about me, what I do, and what I care about. Let's procrastinate together!


More music
Posted May 14th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
If you thought the previous EP, Sophisticated Wickedness, was a walk in the park, prepare for a wildlife workout.

Download the complete new Retroconnaissance EP in high quality mp3.

We're moguls
Posted April 26th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
A new record company see's the grim digital light of the day!

Uncanny Planet Records, Ugress' very own beautiful label, celebrates its sudden appearance by announcing the immediate release of Nanokaravan, May 8th. This is the debut album from another Ugress sideproject, Shadow Of The Beat. Go visit them and feast on free downloads. And then buy the album or die.

New Prices
Posted April 25th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
We've cut the prices in the online store. You can now order Ugress albums for 15 Euro. Please note: Shipping comes in addition.

Easy evening
Posted March 21st 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
All work and no play and no cocktails makes Jack a dull boy. This Thursday, the 23rd, Ugress under alias DJ Superballoon and together with the excellent DJ Haans swoops into the beautiful parts of their vinyl collections and plays lounge, exotica and easy listening at Kamelon nightclub, Bergen.

Posted January 25th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
No artist without detailed meaningless statistics can be proud of themselves. Check out the next album's progress.

New music
Posted January 17th 2006, at 22:22 with tags No tags.
Ugress is working like crazy on the next album, but it will take some time... In the mean time, why not enjoy the free new Sophisticated Wickedness EP with easy electronic crimestyle manoeuvres. Nothing violently dangerous, just nice, beatsy gangsterlounge.