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17th June 2014

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The "C" Word →

I really hate the phrase “Content Curation” - back in pre-internet days it was called “shit that we listen to” (this is the opposite of what it tends to be now, which is “shit which I am being paid to tell you to listen to”… we had a word for that back in the day too - Payola).

The Nazi’s were so good at “Curation” that they were able to wipe the works of great artists (such as Amedeo Modigliani) from the public consciousness in favour of state approved, right-thinking German National Socialist artists (come to think of it, the Soviets were very good at that as well).

This is a round about way of saying that I while I hate what “Curation” has sometimes become, I still like making lists of “shit which I am listening to”, which is especially easy to do in this day of streaming services (let’s step away from the issue of artist compensation for a minute if we may…).

It is in this spirit that I offer up one of my many lists for your enjoyment - this one features artists whom I consider to be pioneers of electronic and experimental music and certainly remain influences on my work to this day. 

If you believe (as I do) that a pioneer is someone with arrows in his back (old joke), than you might consider the sheer “bravery” of some of these folk to do the work that they did (yes, I know that this is not the same “bravery” as a fireman, but none-the-less…) and I love listening to them as much for that, as the fine work they produced.

Makes you wonder if they (or their heirs) make as much money today from streaming as when they were busy pulling arrows from their backs…

Tagged: Rdiordio playlistelectronic musicexperimental musicDaniel Ottinicontent curation

15th October 2013

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danielottinisound:

One thing that Modulars are great for…is producing “Chaotic” (that is to say “Non-periodic”) drones. Musical uses of such drones remain for consideration in future projects… :-)

Tagged: modular synthesizersSound DesigndronedoepferSnazzy FXDaniel Ottini Musiceurorackelectronic music

30th May 2013

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Hinterland Album

I am happy to announce the release of the “Hinterland” album, now available on iTunes, Spotify and elsewhere (still doesn’t seem to be on Amazon yet, but it should be shortly).

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/hinterland/id653294270

This release marks the culmination of my work for the last year (or so) and I am looking forward to a break to pursue some other Sound related avenues…to this end you may well see a lot more posting on my sound design Blog, “A Hidden Sound” (http://danielottinisound.tumblr.com/ ), as I ramp up some long-put off field recording for the Summer.

I have several sketches for my next Album-related project and will be working towards that in the coming year (though I have no definite release date that I am keeping to); in addition I plan to catch up on some technical stuff (I never quite seem to learn to use all the tools I have at hand as well as I would like) particularly exploring the recent release of MOTU’s very excellent Digital Performer 8 for Windows.

You will also likely see a few more releases for the Production Music market as I focus on that sphere of my practice.

Many Thanks and keep watching this space!

Tagged: Daniel OttiniDaniel Ottini MusicHinterland (album)iTunesspotifyelectronic musicambient techno

28th April 2013

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The Centre Cannot Hold (Calm Seas Mix)

…the “Calm Seas” edit retains only the less chaotic elements of the original mix and adds ethereal female vocals (Courtesy Avanna).

Tagged: Daniel OttiniDaniel Ottini MusicHinterland (album)Original compositionelectronic musicThe Centre Cannot Hold

Source: SoundCloud / Daniel Ottini

28th April 2013

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A chaotic piece with a repeating, modulated, gritty synth sequence/drums, with calm chords/bass underneath. Conveys an atmosphere of stability in the midst of a harsh, changing background…

Tagged: Daniel OttiniDaniel Ottini MusicHinterland (album)electronic musicOriginal compositionThe Centre Cannot Hold

Source: SoundCloud / Daniel Ottini

12th January 2013

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The Robot Speaks…

While the weather outside was frightful (or at least it was for an hour or so a few weeks ago!) I’ve been enjoying Dave Tompkins’ excellent work on the history of the Vocoder. It’s any interesting journey from Military technology to weapon of Funk (with some side trips to Wendy Carlos and Kraftwerk). While the book obviously focuses on the Vocoder’s stereotypical use as a “robot voice generator”,  it does justice by noting that it’s much more useful to Electronic Music than that…

With all the new tools Electronic Musicians can reach for, it’s nice to know that there is one that has a noble history, but still presents new territory to be explored.

The Robot Speaks…

While the weather outside was frightful (or at least it was for an hour or so a few weeks ago!) I’ve been enjoying Dave Tompkins’ excellent work on the history of the Vocoder. It’s any interesting journey from Military technology to weapon of Funk (with some side trips to Wendy Carlos and Kraftwerk). While the book obviously focuses on the Vocoder’s stereotypical use as a “robot voice generator”, it does justice by noting that it’s much more useful to Electronic Music than that…

With all the new tools Electronic Musicians can reach for, it’s nice to know that there is one that has a noble history, but still presents new territory to be explored.

Tagged: VocoderHistoryElectronic MusicHow to Wreck a Nice Beach

28th November 2012

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Happy Birthday MIDI!?

A great article on a standard all electronic musicians have benefited from - though there is a debate as to when we should serve the birthday cake…

For all the criticism, MIDI works without asking too much in the way of configuration (for basic functionality and compared to, say, USB) and is fairly robust (as long as you don’t chain too many devices and push through too much data). Sure it’s “Dumb” and “Slower” than new technology, but it works every time I switch on my hardware…can’t always say that about USB.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20425376

Tagged: MIDIStandardsElectronic MusicHardwareSynthesizer

Source: synthtopia.com

15th October 2012

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My Baloney Has a First Name&#8230;
My next Album, &#8220;Hinterland&#8221; will be forthcoming in April 2013&#8230;in the meanwhile you can hear tracks from the album (as I release them) here, on Soundcloud:
http://soundcloud.com/daniel-ottini/sets/hinterland-2
Or purchase the pre-release album here, on Bandcamp:
http://danielottini.bandcamp.com/album/hinterland-coming-april-2013?permalink
Thanks (as always) for listening!

My Baloney Has a First Name…

My next Album, “Hinterland” will be forthcoming in April 2013…in the meanwhile you can hear tracks from the album (as I release them) here, on Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/daniel-ottini/sets/hinterland-2

Or purchase the pre-release album here, on Bandcamp:

http://danielottini.bandcamp.com/album/hinterland-coming-april-2013?permalink

Thanks (as always) for listening!


Tagged: Daniel OttiniDaniel Ottini MusicHinterlandMusicElectronic MusicAlbum

28th August 2012

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Your PI is Served…as this video demonstrates, the possibility of cheap Synth hardware is being explored as a result of the Raspberry PI project. The low price point of the hardware and the omnipresent use of the internet make the proliferation of more of these sorts of projects a given. As an aside, its also nice to see Phase Distortion synthesis making a re-entry since the days of Casio…

Tagged: Phase Distortion SynthesisRasberry PIElectronic MusicOpen Source

25th July 2012

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Many thanks to SOMA FM for the “airplay” :

Mission Control (Sat Jul 14 16:00:06 2012 through Sat Jul 21 16:13:19 2012)
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Top 30 Tracks BY SPINS
1. Magnetic Wind - Beginning (4)
2. Helios - First Dream Called Ocean (4)
3. Akumu - Haunted (3)
4. Cliff Martinez - Skull Crushing (3)
5. Daniel Ottini - Atrium 1 (3)
6. Fake Plastic Heads - String Theory (3)
7. Pjoni - So Sorry (3)
8. Clark - Broken Kite Footage (3)
9. Daniel Ottini - Unexpected Animals (3)
10. Patch - Treed (3)…

Tagged: SOMA FMElectronic MusicChartsMission Control