Archive for January, 2010

Android Nexus One

Posted in Android, Article on January 20th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Could not resist while I am in California. I did order an Android Nexus One.

The iPhone is very sexy but there is to many limitations regarding what you can and what you can’t code with it.

I want to experiment with online remixing and this is too tricky with the iPhone.

Here is the picture of the unboxing of the Nexus One, the packaging is great!

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One

Android Nexus One, the accessories..

The accessories: the power supply, the headphones, the usb cable … and the battery, yes you can change the battery, it’s not like with the iPhone where you can throw away your phone when you need to change the battery…

Android Nexus One, the accessories..

Android Nexus One, the accessories..

Android Nexus One, the battery is replaceable!

Android Nexus One, the battery is replaceable!

Android Nexus One, booting for the first time

Android Nexus One, booting for the first time

Once the phone booted I needed to connect it to my wifi. Because I was in an hotel I shared my PowerBook connection and I needed to share the WEP password. To do that I converted the password phrase with this converted www.wifizard.com/wi-fi/convert I did set my encryption to 64 bits and used a 5 word password, very important.

Then I needed to move my contacts from my Sony Ericson k800i to the nexus One. To do that I synched a last time my contacts with iSync and then moved the contacts to my goggle account. To move the contacts to the google account I simply used Spanning Sync 3 in trial edition.

The most tricky thing was to get the sharing of the internet connection of my Mac working with the droid. To do that it was mandatory to convert the password I set on my Mac to an hex phrase. To my my life easy I used a 5 chars word and the basic 64 bits encryption. By using the link on this page you should have quickly the hex string to enter into the droid.

So far so go everything is great and I had no problems using my Mobistar sim and account from Belgium.

NAMM 2010 or the death of VJ ?

Posted in real-time video, VJ on January 17th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

My long time friend did this post on his blog an it’s true that in this time of recession music does not care that much about visuals.

We all know that at some point in times visualization of music will be as important as music but it looks like it’s more tomorrow than today.

namm and death of vj

I really prefer to say we are just holding on before it really finally is the big thing!

Ambient California

Posted in Music, Music Video, Travel on January 17th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Here is a video I did quickly with several Time-lapse that I took in California

Video – FraKtus
Music – monokle – bear and mug
Software – Lapseler and Final Cut Express

NAMM 2010 Day 1

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15th, 2010 by admin – 1 Comment

We are at NAMM with ArKaos to meet various friends and partners.

NAMM show 2010

NAMM show 2010

I was happy to see back Christophe Martin.

Fraktus with Christophe Martin

Fraktus with Christophe Martin

Christophe did help us a lot in the history of ArKaos, he is the one that got us working with Jean Michel Jarre more than 10 years ago. And since then he never miss a release of our products and make articles in the French magazines where he is reporting.

We also met the team of Living Instruments, we like a lot their Ohm64!

Fraktus with Peter and Jay from Livid Instruments

Fraktus with Peter and Jay from Livid Instruments

Here is a quick video I made where you see some news including Rane SIXTY-EIGHT Mixer for Serato Scratch Live -> 4 Virtual Decks in Scratch Live!
The Roland Octapad SPD-30.
And Live controlled by the cool Novation Launchpad

I liked a lot Pigtronix and their Futuristic Analog Technology for guitars:

I was also very impressed by the kids of Rock nation school, they played at the Hilton.

The played tunes from RATM, Metallica, Motorheads… not bad for kids between 9 to 14!

Documentary on the German electronic school of music in the 70s

Posted in Music, Music Video on January 2nd, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

I found this documentary a few days ago and found it fascinating. While we just turned the page of the 2000s it’s nice to reflect for a few moment on my cultural roots before we continue our explorations.

The documentary itself speak about Krautrock, but it’s a term I always hatted. They explain in depth the origin of the term Krautrock in the documentary. For me the right way to name this movement is Berlin School of electronic music. The electronic music appeared all over Germany, not only in Berlin, but the cold war made this place so special.

So in this documentary you have interviews of John Weinzierl and Renate Knaup (Amon Düül), Danny Fichelscher (Popol Vuh), Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream), Wolfgang Seidel (Ton Steine Scherben), Klaus Schulze, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Holger Czukay Jaki Liebezeit and Damo Suzuki (Can), Michael Rother Wolfgang Flür and Ralf Hütter (Kraftwerk), Iggy Pop, Zappi Diermaeir and Jean-Herve Peron (Faust), Eduard Meyer (engineer at Hansa Tonstudio)

One hour to understand the roots of electronic music that lead today to the many variations from ambient, goa, abstract … techno: