Friday, March 27, 2009
Funky Friday - Plug and Play
It's 'Bring Your Dad to School Day' at the youngest Mini-Mondo's Junior School today. An annual event where the dad's in attendance typically demonstrate a hobby, hands on activity or an area of personal interest for the kiddies to tuck in and try.
For some it's football, others guitar lessons and occasionally even fruit smoothie making. I've had my orders for this year - "bring superhero comics". We've got an over-populated loft bulging (to the point of ceiling cracks) from my collection of comics, annuals and graphic novels.
But, on previous years I've taken along a mic, a pair of headphones and my Kaoss Pad for some junior funtime. The Kaoss Pad is a highly tactile TARDIS of electrickery - buzzing with sampling software, synthetic sounds, drum patterns, vocoder variations and endless FX to be looped, layered and replayed in limitless combinations. Or with the simple swish of a finger any voice can be morphed from the rich rumble of Barry White to the helium squeak of Mickey Mouse or the manic quack of a Dalek.
It's just as easy to build a bed of backbeats and bleeps using a few clicks or tricks, and who knows - perhaps with some extra study and application create an electric confection like...
Jean-Jacques Perrey - Soul City
Peppers - Pepper Box
Gershon Kingsley - Paperback Writer
Kaoss Theory applied live - (not me BTW)
PS there's a couple tasty Billy Preston space race nugg's right here