The duo-project with Peter Riccio, known by various names but most recently Journey to the Twin Planet, played a spooky little gig on April 1. That is, coincidentally, the same day I had the first back problem in about 4 years. And what a pain in the back it was. Aside from the minor victory of not puking on stage from pain, and the minor defeat of having to call 1-800-MOTRIN to gut my way through it, it was a fun time. I hope to take some lessons from these gigs and come back with a tighter and better act the next time around.
One big upside was that I was able to road test Animoog on he iPad as a performance instrument and the verdict is: we have a winner. This app is everything I ever wanted in a synth, and is so much deeper than I expected. The good news is that you can call up a preset and get right down to playing music on it. Pick a keyboard layout you like and let it rip. Beyond that you have a level of control over synthesis that is unbelievable. Everythig from initial parameters, evolution, multitouch and extended-touch gestures, delay settings, built-in looper…. daummmmmmmmmm.
That also means that Moog, Inc. is doing something that was by no means a fait accompli: They managed to take a company that could have fallen over a cliff after Robert Moog’s passing, or worse been sold to some crap-factory like Korg*, and is now making a fantastic line of real tools for real musicians. The analog synths they are making now are among the best they have ever created, and are probably just flat-out The Best. They have a range from entry the level Phatty to the Voyager XL. All the while making MoogerFooger modules and Moog Theremins. Oh, and they make a couple of killer iOS apps, and have very nice merch. Pay them a visit. Warms my heart, it does.
I’ll revisit this soon, and be posting links to some JttTP audio real soon now. There are a few clips up at my Soundcloud.
* I own Korg gear, and it is not crap, but it is not Moog either…