Archive for September, 2009

28
Sep
09

Ohm Force joins the Systema Solar crew from Colombia

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When we talk about ‘soundsystem culture’, many will immediately think on Jamaica’s ones pumping (very) loud reggae or dancehall; while connected guys will also remember those big Kuduro’s sound systems (Portugal and Angola) or even these huge Baile Funk’s wall of speakers at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But the sound system culture is more spread out than one could imagine: in Cartagena, Colombia, there are also some of these resistance heros that work hard to bring good music – and culture, and attitude – to popular crowds for who music’s role goes far beyond the simple leisure. There they called the sound systems “piko’s” and the coolest one is undoubtedly the Systema Solar‘s.

This colombian solar system is a collective composed by people coming from a variety of music traditions, mixing caribbean vibes to african influences and southern-american roots. Not only they’re a great music act and tough party starters, this crew also focus in social insertion throught music, by their NGO “Intermundos”, offering DJ and music production courses to local youngsters. “Cumbias, bullerengue, champeta, laptop, drums and vinyl records, all spinning in global orbits of stereo laser flavor”, it’s their table of contents. Actually used to be, as they can now add “Ohm Force plug-ins” in their studio gear list and also their students’ music lab. We’re glad to send the OhmBoyz and the Ohm Force to join/support these great colombian music activists – vamos todos bailar con el Systema Solar! If you want to dive in their spicy sound universe, take a look at this video presentation or their “Mi Colombia” song’s video clip – or even better, download for free their full album… (more pictures following)

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15
Sep
09

How to fatten a Vermona M.A.R.S.

How to fatten a Vermona M.A.R.S., first passing it through an Ohmicide:Melohman, then an Mobilohm. It seems that yes, you can fatten something that’s already phat, resulting in some obese sounds.

09
Sep
09

Jordan Rudess has used Ohm Force plugins to design the sounds of his Hexatone Pro iPhone app

Dream Theater’s keyboardist Jordan Rudess has recently announced JR Hexatone Pro (it’s an App Store link) for the iPhone, which is a kind of “next-generation” hexagonal loop generation tool that uses artificial intelligence and advanced randomization algorithms to produce constantly evolving sound structures. He has teamed with Amidio for developing the App and has been himself responsible for designing all the sounds/samples that comes with it. And guess what plugins he’s used to shape everything? His own words:

Once again Ohm Force plug-ins came to my rescue with my latest sonic adventure. While creating the sounds for my first official Iphone/Ipod touch app-JR Hexatone Pro, my most valued sonic resources were the extraordinary effects from these frenchies. Whenever I need an effect that is truly unique and incredibly cool, I go there first!

The app is a 6-directional drum machine/rhythm sequencer where each sequence can set to be totally chaotic, random, or strict and controlled. It’s also possible to load your own samples and there’s a way to export the audio to a external computer based DAW. Take a look at Jordan’s demo + tutorial and will understand it better…