Mogees: Play The World

Mogees Fence

Mogees, a company in London, plans to change the way electronic music is performed. Their flagship product, also called Mogees, combines a high-tech vibration sensor and revolutionary music software to create one of the most unique products on the market. Mogees isn’t an instrument, so much as it is the maker of instruments; its vibration sensor allows you to place it on any object, and play it as a musical instrument.

Here is Mogees’ CEO and founder Bruno Zamborlin demoing Mogees at a TEDx event in Brussels:

The launch of Mogees is due mostly to two successful Kickstarter campaigns: one in 2014 and one in 2015. However, their enduring interest among electronic musicians is due to the sheer versatility of the product. Tired of using your coatrack to trigger samples? Why not try using a dinner plate? Or your kitchen table? The possibilities are literally endless with Mogees.

Mogees is also versatile on the digital side, allowing for use with popular production applications (Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, etc.), not just Mogees included (and expanding) sound library.

Look at what what percussionist Andrea Oboe was able to do with Mogees and a steel beam:

You can buy Mogees here. Even though they are based in London, they ship to anywhere in the world!

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Zach Danziger – Fusing Live Drumming with Contemporary Electronic Music

The modern drum set is a relatively young creation in the grand scheme of instrument history. The drum set as we know it today didn’t take form until the 1920s and the jazz era. Not much has changed since then. Naturally, someone had to get creative and apply the use of electronics to acoustic drums. Zach Danziger is that someone.

Zach Danziger

Zach Danziger, an innovative and virtuosic drummer, is pushing the limits of contemporary drumming and electronic music. By triggering samples from pickups on his drums and cymbals, he is able to perform and even improvise intricate electronic music while holding down a groove. Although drum triggers have been used before in a jazz fusion context (and death metal, of course), most notably by Akira Jimbo, Danziger uses the technology to compose and perform mind-blowing jungle and drum ‘n’ bass grooves.  A few of his compositions sound like some of the crazier Aphex Twin or Squarepusher songs have come to life. He’s almost more of an insane scientist than a musician.

One of his projects, Mister Barrington, encompasses live manipulation of sound AND video. They take playing instruments, electronic music production, and VJing and smash it all together into a completely unique performance. By using software from Ableton, iZoptope, and Native Instruments, they even control parameters of the other instruments in the band. They explain their rigs in this article.

Mister Barrington

I had the immense pleasure of seeing Zach and Owen Biddle, the bass player, perform last month. Owen tweaked sound and video parameters using his bass and a Keith McMillen SoftStep foot switch while Zach controlled sounds and the video by hitting different parts of his drums and operating a separate sampler pad and interface. Their set was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Check out this TEDx presentation they did at UMass Amherst to get an idea of what goes into one of their shows.

Zach Danziger is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to combining live instrumentation with electronic music performance. He will only continue to push the boundaries as more advanced technology makes itself available.

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Nick Garcia at TedxBeaconStreet [3/29]

tedxbeaconstOn March 29th, TedxBeaconStreet will be hosting a smaller version of their November conference. They will meet in a recording studio at Brookline Interactive Group, and many people will come to share, speak, and discuss.

Nick Garcia, one of our Ableton fellows here at Mmmmaven, will present at the conference.

I believe that music and technology are synonymous, two parts of the same whole: creativity. Many see [Ableton Live] as merely a tool, something one might use as an addition to an instrumental performance. Others immediately equate the concept of a laptop performer with the concept of a DJ. However I see no difference between the kind of improvisational techniques that the world of laptop performance opens up for me and the ones I employ when I am performing with jazz musicians…

His presentation will also feature a performance with an Ableton Push.

TedxBeaconStreet is one of the most innovative Tedx events around the world. The big conference isn’t until November, but their meet up on the 29th is definitely worth attending! For more info on the event and all the amazing people that will present, you can go to their website.

Listen to Nick Garcia’s you & me: