Category: music production

Ableton Live looping project

Current local version is in tkzic/van project/van47g key9d.als


  • Using Korg nanoKontrol instead of foot pedals (actually either will work) – see map below
  • Now works with any audio interface
  • Mic input for channel 9 is fed to output to use as direct live monitor

Essentially it now works with a minimal amount of external hardware.


Backed up the midiStroke config file in its current state. The file is located at: /Users/tkzic/Library/Application Support/midiStroke/midiStroke.cdcmidistroke. Backups will be kept in the same folder.

nanoKontrol map

Scene 1
Top row of buttons
  1. up
  2. down
  3. left
  4. right
  5. stop all clips
  6. delete
  7. finish recording and arm track to the right (enter/right/enter)
  8. record start/stop (enter)
  9. launch scene in current row and move cursor to track 5
bottom row of buttons
  1. unassigned…

Correspond to track levels 1-9

  1. Master level
  2. unassigned…

what’s next

  • Make a lightweight template version (without all of Van’s music) – that can be used for new projects
  • set up with Launchpad to do fx processing
  • Midi version – or midi tracks?


Osc synth in Max

Simple synthesizer controlled by touchOsc


folder: osc-synth

patch: tz-synth-4-touchOSC.maxpat


Shows how to use an ipod or iphone as a controller


  • Max/MSP
  • ipod touch
  • touchOSC


  1. setup touchOSC on the ipod to send to the host ip address that Max is running on – using port 8000 to send data.
  2. In the Max patch, try one of the last presets for a reasonable synth sound.
  3. In touchOSC, use the top (horizontal ) slider in the ‘simple’ layout.


Milton Babbitt – solo piano 1985

(This link is broken 4/13/2015)

Here is a Youtube review of the piece from @ateaytu 

“So it has come down to defending composition by arguing it is has some form of aesthetics when compared a drunk stumbling against the piano? The whole genre is garbage. Babbitt’s ‘music’, not his mathematics background, where he went to school or even his musical ability, is of focus. Here is a man that fits the definition of ‘brilliant’ but like many other artists chose to squander his talent on utter garbage. This primitive ugliness will forever be a source of ridicule and shame.”

214 electronic music genres

From Wikipedia “List of Electronic Music Genres”

Here’s the list: